OL partners with the "Pele Academia"
As part of its international development, Olympique Lyonnais has formalized a partnership with the "Pelé Academia".
The club's first national project in Brazil involves a football academy opened in December 2018 and sponsored by Brazilian football legend Pelé, which for its part was eager to form a partnership with Olympique Lyonnais to benefit from its experience, expertise and international recognization as the second-best Academy in Europe behind only Real Madrid and ahead of FC Barcelona.
The "Pele Academia" will sponsor every year three groups of 30 youngsters each (U15, U17 and U20) who will undergo high-level training, both in the sporting and academic fields, as part of the "OL Academy" model.
Members of the Olympique Lyonnais technical staff will travel regularly to Resende to coordinate the training program and individually monitor the progress of the young trainees.
A few weeks after the appointments of Juninho (Sporting Director) and Sylvinho (Head Coach), this partnership further strengthens the club's historical ties to Brazil, whose players who've worn the Lyon jersey include the likes of Sonny Anderson, Edmilson, Caçapa, Juninho , Elber, Cree, Nilmar, Fred, Bastos and, in the current squad, Rafael, Marcelo and Marcal.
"I'm very happy with this partnership that brings OL back to Brazil. The "OL Academy" will bring its expertise to the "Pelé Academia", which will be open to all young Brazilians to allow them to benefit from high-level sports and educational training. At the same time, the "Pelé Academia" will operate in the favelas to be closer to young people and to promote their sporting and social integration.
I'm also very happy that the "Pele Academia" has the short-term goal of opening a women's section for young Brazilian girls."
Jean-Michel AULAS – President of Olympique Lyonnais
About the "Pelé Academia"
The "Pele Academia" is located at the intersection of Brazil's three largest cities: Rio de Janeiro; Sao Paulo and Belo Horizonte.
- more than 100 000 m2 of infrastructure
- 128 boarding rooms
- Four natural grass pitches
- One synthetic and half-natural grass pitch
- Three age categories (U15, U17 and U20)
- 30 players per age category
- Sporting and educational formation
- School supervision (both on-site and off-site)
INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT OF THE "OL ACADEMY"
For the past several seasons the club has been exporting its know-how to different countries by developing international partnerships - both in terms of training via the "OL Academy" as well the sporting influence of its professional men's and women's teams.
The story began in Lebanon in 2011 with Athletico SC in Beirut and since then, eight additional partnerships have been signed. The club has also spread its "OL Academy" throughout China, South Korea, Senegal, Vietnam and now Brazil.
- Athletico SC (Beirut, Lebanon) since 2011
- Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors FC (South Korea) since 2015
- AS Dakar Sacré Cœur (Senegal) since 2015
- Hô-Chi-Minh Football Federation (Vietnam) since 2016
- Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu and Shenzen (China) since March 2016
In addition, the club carries out audits in various countries, thus extending its international activity.
ABOUT THE "OL ACADEMY"
Designated by the FFF, for the sixth straight year, as the best Academy in France for 2019, the "OL Academy" is also recognized on the European level as the second best behind only Real Madrid and ahead of FC Barcelona.
The "OL Academy," which is mixed, has trained many professional players, including three World Cup champions with France in 2018: Corentin Tolisso, Samuel Umtiti and current Olympique Lyonnais captain Nabil Fekir.