Young footballers need every support they can get while they are chasing their footballing dream. And football infrastructure is an important feature in their future success.
Training facilities and new stadiums are a necessity in football. Especially if you want to help players to develop quickly and to reach their full potential.
In the last 10 years, we had an enormous project of building new stadiums and training facilities across Europe. Poland, Turkey, and Hungary had by far the most infrastructure projects. We are beginning to see the effects of those investments in recent years.
The region of Europe with the fewest number of infrastructure is ex Yugoslavia. Only Serbia had more than 5 new stadiums built in the last 10 years. Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and North Macedonia all had less than 5 new stadiums projects. Some of those countries didn’t have new stadiums built at all in the last 20 or 30 years.
Yet, the talent from this region is overflowing European football regularly, which we can see in recent products from Dinamo Zagreb, Partizan, Red Star, Voždovac, Vojvodina and Hajduk Split’s academies.
So it’s clear that football in these countries needs financial support, and most of all young talents need backing up to get new Modrić, Džeko, Vidić, Jovetić or Pandev.