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Spanish football club Barcelona opens 2nd academy in US

ASSOCIATED PRESS
  Kathmandu, Nepal      September 12 2016

FC Barcelona s Luis Suarez, left, talks with Gerard Pique, second left, and Lionel Messi during a training session at the Sports Center FC Barcelona Joan Gamper in Sant Joan Despi, Spain, Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016.

 
BARCELONA, Sept 12: Spanish football 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.