Spanish Soccer Club Barcelona Opens 2nd Academy In US

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BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spanish soccer giant Barcelona has opened a second training academy in the United States.

The new academy is in Charlotte, North Carolina. The club founded its first American academy in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in 2014.

The new school has programs for boys and girls from 6 to 12 years old and a separate program for boys aged 12 to 16.

The club says the academy’s goal is to train young players in the same “creative and attacking style” its top team is known for.

Barcelona’s La Masia academy in Spain has produced several world-class stars, including Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Cesc Fabregas.

Barcelona has 20 training schools around the world. It says it plans to open others in Moscow; Mumbai, India; Ottawa, Canada; and Lagos, Nigeria.

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