French soccer side Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) have opened a youth soccer school in Lisbon, Portugal.
The new facility will provide soccer training for girls and boys aged between five and 14 across year-round programmes and summer camps. The syllabus is to emphasise soccer skills, while also ‘ensuring respect for the values and playing philosophy of Paris Saint-Germain’.
Former PSG striker and club legend Pedro Miguel Pauleta, who scored 47 goals in 88 appearances for Portugal, is to act as the team’s ambassador for the academy, and the school will be run by coaches from PSG’s Paris academy.
The move adds to the Ligue 1 outfit’s academies in 11 countries that include Brazil, India and the USA, as well as 150 summer camps, forming part of their international development strategy.
“Portugal is an important location in football and has close ties with France in many areas,” said PSG’s director Fabien Allègre. “The quality of the facilities at Urban Soccer and the superb training offered by our coaches will allow us to offer our young Portuguese fans the best possible conditions for them to learn the ropes and share their passion for football with us.”
“This is the first time we have opened a Paris Saint-Germain Academy in a major European capital outside France. We are now present in 11 countries and we are continuing to expand and to project the Paris Saint-Germain brand around the world.”
“Thanks to the Paris Saint-Germain Academy in Lisbon, Paris is now here in the Portuguese capital, all year round,” added Pauleta. “I am delighted that my young compatriots, many of whom are Paris Saint-Germain fans, can live out their passion to the full and learn the game through the methods of one of Europe’s great clubs. It’s a pleasure for me to be part of this project.”
Six-time French champions PSG finished second in the 2016/17 season to Monaco, but have dominated the 2017/18 league start with six wins on the trot. The side’s winning streak was broken when they were held to a 0-0 draw away to Montpellier on Saturday, and they will host Bayern Munich in the Uefa Champions League on Wednesday.