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The Dream Factory : Inside the Make-or-Break World of Football's Academies

The Dream Factory : Inside the Make-or-Break World of Football's Academies

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Shortlisted for the Sunday Times Football Book of the Year 2022'A forensic insight into how our football academies operate. Every angle covered by a splendid author' - Daniel Taylor, The AthleticWith unparalleled behind-the-scenes access to academies at all levels of English football, The Dream Factory: Inside the Make-or-Break World of Football's Academies is a journey deep into the heart of youth football, revealing in gripping detail how home-grown Premier League stars such as Marcus Rashford and Trent Alexander-Arnold are created, and at what cost. The Dream Factory introduces a rich array of characters - players, coaches, directors - behind talent production lines at several Premier League clubs, including Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City, zooming in on the stories of Alexander-Arnold's unique development, how Rashford's sense of social responsibility was nurtured, and how Phil Foden has become a beacon to City's young hopefuls.
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