The most outstanding young players to have passed through our football Academy sum up a value of over 43 million euros.

Spain, Italy, Mexico, Portugal, Russia… Each year the number of young atheletes passing through our academy grows as they gain a foothold in the world’s most prestigious leagues. The best among them assemble Marcet’s Eleven Pro, which brings together the 11 under 30 most outstanding players who have spent time and developed themselves as athletes at our football school. A combination of skill that would prove itself a hard nut to crack for any team and to which the website Transfermarkt attributes a value of more than 43 million euros.

Óliver Torres would undoubtedly be the captain of this virtual team. First of all due to his accumulated experience, since the player from Extremadura was the first Marcet recruit to make his debut in the First Division. In recent years he has played in teams such as Sevilla, Oporto, Atlético Madrid and Villarreal. He has also played several times in the Champions League and has been proclaimed champion of both the Spanish and Portuguese leagues. The midfielder also won the Eurocup with the Spanish U-19 National Team and his value currently stands at  around 17 million euros. A great example of success for millions of young people who dream of reaching professional football.

If Óliver is the brain of the Marcet Eleven Pro, the spearhead of this 3-4-3 is an attack composed by two Spaniards and a North Korean. Together they are worth 10 million euros and have been showing their capacity for scoring goals over the last few seasons. The oldest of them is Adrián Dalmau, a striker from Córdoba who knows what it means to step onto the top pitches. His 19 goals with Heracles in the 2018-19 season earned him his signing with Utrecht, another Eredivisie team. At 25, Ádrián will undoubtedly continue to grow and will surprise us again in the future.

Former Marcet players Óliver Torres, David Soria y Han Kwang-Song.
Former Marcet players Óliver Torres, David Soria y Han Kwang-Song.

The other two strikers are Brandon Thomas and Han Kwang-Song, two young stars who attended Marcet’s High Performance Academy at different times during their sporting careers. The Mallorca participated in several tournaments and intensive courses as a young child. Having played in Mallorca and Stade Rennais, he is now an Osasuna fixture in LaLiga after proclaiming himself champion of the Second Division in 2019.

His partner Han arrived in Barcelona at the end of 2013. The ‘number nine’ of Pyongyang trained in Marcet for a year with 17 other players from North Korea, in the framework of a training project sponsored by the Government of the Asian country. The experience in Spain helped him adapt to European football and enabled him to sign for Cagliari, with which he came to score a historic goal in the Italian Serie A. His recent signing for Juventus is the icing on the cake of an unstoppable trajectory that has left the sports press around the world speechless.

An international team

In addition to the mentioned Óliver, the center of the field of Marcet’s Eleven Pro is complemented by Misael Domínguez, Pedro Arce and Jonathan Toro. The first two come from the same Mexican city, Saltillo. Misael currently plays for Cruz Azul, one of the great historical teams of the Aztec country, while Pedro has returned to Greece (Panionios) after a brief experience with América. Then, Jonathan currently plays for Tondela and has received the call for the Honduran National Team after an international tour that led him to wear the shirt of important clubs such as Sion, Gil Vicente, Huesca, Varzim and Académica de Coimbra.

In the rear we have Vladimir Moskvichev, whose market value stands above 300.000 euros. The centre back, who participated in Marcet’s intensive High Performance courses, plays for Dynamo Moscow, a team from the Russian First Division. He is accompanied by Adrián Cova, who plays for Atlético Madrid’s second team, and Berta Pujadas, who was proclaimed subchampion of the world with the Spanish U20 National Team. The defender plays for Valencia in the First Division and also played for Espanyol, as well as for Barça’s lower team, who in the past tried to re-sign her.

Berta Pujadas (left) in a game of the Spanish National Team.
Berta Pujadas (left) in a game of the Spanish National Team.

David Soria completes Marcet’s Eleven Pro. The goalkeeper has just started his second year with Getafe after various seasons with Sevilla, a team with which he played an important role in winning a Europa League. His value now stands at 15 million euros, after his actions contributed to leaving his team just two points from a place in the Champion’s League. Who would have said a decade ago, when the keeper coincided with Óliver Torres at Marcet. Destiny then separated these two stars, now brought together once more in this virtual eleven.

And Marcet’s Eleven Pro is in no shortage of substitutes. There are many former students who we have not mentioned, such as: the goalkeepers Álvaro Fernández, Edu Frías and Javier Cendón, who respectively play for Celta de Vigo, Córdoba and Villarreal. Or the centre midfielder Choe Song-Hyok, who came to Fiorentina after winning the U-16 Asian Championship with North Korea’s National Team. Also in midfield we have Vladi Van de Wiel, who plays for Gent; Marta Pérez, who plays in the First Division for Real Betis; and Deependra Negi, of the Kerala Blasters. Neither do we fall short of strikers, with Álvaro Jiménez (Albacete), Konrad de la Fuente (Barça) or Nikita Muromskyi (Ural).

The best former Marcet players with no market value yet.
The best former Marcet players with no market value yet.

Of course, talent is not restricted to age, and the younger generations also deserve a mention. For this reason, we also compiled Marcet’s Eleven Promises, reserved for footballers who have reached the ranks of top teams but who do not yet hold a market value. This is a difficult combination to select, due to the large number of U14’s and U16’s from our football academy who today sport the colours of some of the best European clubs.

The team includes Daniel Kochen and Juan David Fuentes, of Barça; Enrique Peña, Guillermo Macho and Alex Ginard, of Atlético Madrid; Valentin Yotov, of Bayern Múnich; Bruno Padovani, of Stoke City; Ángel Blanco, of Getafe; Faysel Hinojosa, of Valladolid; Omar Ocampos, of Tigres; and Alan Godoy, from Alavés. One thing they all have in common is that at a certain moment of their football training, they trusted Marcet to help them progress and try to make the seemingly impossible leap to a great club. Our Hall of Fame gives an account of their personal stories and how they came to turn their dreams into a reality.

 

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