Once again I have a very special guest coming to us from Milano. He calls himself the “Rain Man” of the Youth Sector, otherwise known as Francesco Battaglia of Milan Next fame. This time, we talk about:   • News of the Week: Ciao Niang, Get better El Shaarawy, grudge match friendly, mercato madness   • Centro Sportiva Vismara: improvements   • Youth Teams:  updates on the Primavera, Allievi Nazionali, Allievi I/II, Giovanissimi Regionali, and Pulcini 2005   • The Milan Model: 4-3-3   • Loaning Young Players:  Bryan Cristante   Thanks once again to the prophetic and wise Francesco. Follow him on @MilanNext on Twitter, or like the Milan Next Facebook page. For the really good tweets, follow him @bennybatta on Twitter.     Happy New Year from Milan Obsession! [...]
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This special edition podcast features Francesco Battaglia, a long-time fan of Milan’s Youth Sector, who can often be found at Centro Sportiva Vismara. He is the genius behind @MilanNext on Twitter and the Milan Next Facebook page, which offer the most complete coverage of Milan’s Youth sector online. We chat about: • In the News: new youth coaches, technical director, and Galli’s announcement about Cristante and Petagna • Youth Sector History: reinvesting in the youth, FFP, and more • Why the Youth Sector? Francesco’s background with the Milan Youth Sector • The Life of a Youth Player: the training and match commitments • What are the odds? How likely it is a youth player to become a professional • Dreams: Francesco shares his dreams for the Youth Sector Thanks so much to Francesco for braving a new language and sharing his knowledge with us! And thanks for all of his work and commitment to Milan Next so the rest of us can keep up with the triumphs of [...]
Direct download: milan_obsession_podcast_09b.mp3
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