Top 5 K-League Academies

Discussion in 'Korean Domestic Leagues' started by DoTheDriving, Oct 2, 2012.

  1. DoTheDriving

    DoTheDriving New Member

    Apr 17, 2011
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    What is your opinion on the top 3 K-league youth academies? Which one has the strongest connection to the Korean Youth National team?
     
  2. jsk14

    jsk14 Member+

    Mar 2, 2010
    설리의집
    Club:
    FC Girondins de Bordeaux
    Nat'l Team:
    --other--
    i would say 1. Suwon, 2. Pohang, and 3. Ulsan for the k-league ones. Shingal, Boin, and Shinpyung for the non-k-league ones.
     
  3. DoTheDriving

    DoTheDriving New Member

    Apr 17, 2011
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    jsk, thank you! So would all of the K-league academies be considered better than the non-K-league ones? I have seen your extensive posts on the youth and university leagues so I appreciate your input.
     
  4. jinseokyang

    jinseokyang Member+

    Feb 28, 2011
    Nat'l Team:
    Korea Republic
    I agree, 매탄 and 포항제철 churn out talents pretty regularly iirc
     
  5. jsk14

    jsk14 Member+

    Mar 2, 2010
    설리의집
    Club:
    FC Girondins de Bordeaux
    Nat'l Team:
    --other--
    it really depends on the academy cause outside the top 6 academies the rest arent really nothing special. typically the big chaebol clubs with the funds got the best ones but now the non-kleague schools are producing quite a few more gems. it used to be that player's university choice mattered more than their high school but the academies are coming a long way since then. now your better and talented youths turn pro much earlier and dont even go to the unis. just to give you an idea heres where our current NT players played in their youths.

    K-League:
    Jung Sung-Ryong - Jeju Youths
    Kim Young-Kwang- Chunnam Dragons Youths
    Park Ju-Young - Brazil/Pohang Youths
    Lee Chung-Yong- FC Seoul Youths
    Oh Beom-Suk - Pohang Youths
    Park Won-Jae - Pohang Youths
    Yoon Suk-Young - Chunnam Youths
    Shin Kwang-Hoo - Pohang Youths
    Nam Tae-Hee - Ulsan Youths/Reading
    Son Heung-Min - FC Seoul Youths/Hamburg

    Non-K-League:
    Kim Young-Kwon - Jeonju Technical
    Kwak Tae-Hwi - Daegu HS
    Hwang Suk-Ho - Unho HS
    Jung In-Hwan - Baekam HS
    Kim Bo-Kyung - Shingal HS
    Kim Jung-Woo - Bupyung HS
    Lee Keun-Ho - Bupyung HS
    Kim Shin-Wook - Kwacheon HS
    Park Jong-Woo - Janghoon HS
    Ha Dae-Sung - Bupyung HS
    Ki Sung-Yong - Australia/Gwangju Youths*
    Lee Seung-Gi - Gwangju Youths*

    i put gwangju cause they are there now but they were there before the parent club was founded.
     
  6. ChaDuRi671

    ChaDuRi671 Member+

    Dec 30, 2010
    Club:
    FC Seoul
    Nat'l Team:
    Korea Republic
    Definitely Dongbuk High School. Son Heung-Min was one of their products.
     
  7. jsk14

    jsk14 Member+

    Mar 2, 2010
    설리의집
    Club:
    FC Girondins de Bordeaux
    Nat'l Team:
    --other--
    its interesting FC Seoul because you would think their academy is great but in reality its quite average to above average. i also remember reading they are going to switch schools so it wont be at Dongbuk anymore.
     
  8. toohyper

    toohyper BigSoccer Yellow Card

    Mar 23, 2004
    MI/NJ/NY
    Club:
    Gwangju FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Korea Republic
    Gyeongnam youth academy has a very solid structural foundation. Don't be surprised if they start producing some solid talent in the next few years.
     
  9. gambeta20

    gambeta20 Member

    Sep 27, 2012
    Pohang and Jeonnam have the best youth systems on the peninsula.
     
  10. toohyper

    toohyper BigSoccer Yellow Card

    Mar 23, 2004
    MI/NJ/NY
    Club:
    Gwangju FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Korea Republic
    Pohang I think are far above any other club in terms of their youth academy and producing young talent.
     
  11. Seoul Man

    Seoul Man Member

    Sep 17, 2001
    World Wide Web
    Nat'l Team:
    Korea Republic
    Are any of these K-League academies affiliated with schools or do they have their own academic programs?
     
  12. dudedudedude

    dudedudedude Member+

    Aug 3, 2008
    Baltimore, MD
    Nat'l Team:
    Korea Republic
    are they sponsored by corporate companies?
     
  13. jsk14

    jsk14 Member+

    Mar 2, 2010
    설리의집
    Club:
    FC Girondins de Bordeaux
    Nat'l Team:
    --other--
    the clubs basically give funding to the school and all their players in their academy attend that school only. they give the school nice facilities and the school wears the kit of the parent club. but the schools are independent of the clubs and the clubs can switch schools if they really wanted to. typically the clubs with corporate sponsors have better academies and clubs. and yes Pohang in the past has had the best academy with ton of players on the NT. typically if a player is good he will relocate. so Pohangs youth teams are made up of players from all over Korea its not a regional type of deal.
     
    dudedudedude repped this.
  14. Seoul Man

    Seoul Man Member

    Sep 17, 2001
    World Wide Web
    Nat'l Team:
    Korea Republic
    Good stuff, thanks as always. Heard that Hong MB may be thinking of starting up an U15 team in Seoul, wonder if anyone else heard that?
     

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