Almost half of the Villarreal players have grown through the youth ranks
A firm commitment. Bruno Soriano, Juan Carlos, Musacchio, Mario Gaspar, Jaume Costa, Pablo Iniguez, Manu Trigueros, Moisés Gómez, Jonathan Pereira, Aitor Fernandez, Edu Ramos and Nahuel Leiva are the 12 members of the first team of Villarreal who have gone through the soccer school of the Submarine, specifically the pro-B-Villarreal team and have managed to reach the top flight thanks to the confidence the club and the various technical teams have placed in them.
Almost half of the first team squad -12 out of 25 – has gone through the ranks of Villarreal CF, in an effort to promote young players and amplify their sporting development. This attraction of youth is reflected in the attitude of the team on the field and off it, because it has an average age of just over 24 years, which makes the team one of the younger clubs of the League BBVA.
The focus is on Bruno Soriano, team captain. Born in Artana, a few kilometers from Miralcamp Sports City, he was trained entirely in the Submarine School. After passing through the subsidiary, which he was also the captain, debuted in the First Division in 2006, more than seven years ago. Since then, the yellow player has not stopped. With 181 games in the top 40 and in European competition, one of the highlights of his career came with the selection to Vicente del Bosque’s world champions national team. “I am truly proud to have grown and learned in this club and get to reach the top,” said the Submarine captain repeatedly.
The midfielder, who has spent his entire career defending the colors of Villarreal, stated the importance of the pool of young players for the Submarine. “A lot of teams in world football would like to have the structure of our club, which is demonstrated by the good results. It is a reference to follow.”
The training model of the Villarreal CF youth system, with all the necessities for maximum progression of young athletes, has been taken as a reference of efficiency and good management by many clubs from different countries. It is a confirmation of the good work of the Academy, that in a few years it has become one of the reference points, only comparable to the major European clubs.