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More players at the ongoing World Cup have come through the Feyenoord Academy than the academy of any other club, according to the ranking published by the CIES Football Observatory on Monday. Nine players at Brazil 2014 came through the Feyenoord Academy. FC Barcelona and Deportivo Saprissa in Costa Rica also developed nine players, but they made fewer appearances for their club before the age of 23. The list is another distinction for the Feyenoord Academy, which was recently named the best youth academy in the Netherlands for the fifth successive year.
Eight of the nine players who came through at Feyenoord are in the Dutch World Cup squad. Four of them (Stefan de Vrij, Bruno Martins Indi, Terence Kongolo and Jordy Clasie) are first-team regulars at De Kuip.
Robin van Persie, Jonathan de Guzman, Leroy Fer and Georginio Wijnaldum played in various age groups at Varkenaard before making the step up to the first team and then leaving for pastures new.
The ninth player is Salomon Kalou, the former Feyenoord favourite who is in the Ivory Coast squad. All told, the nine players made 882 appearances for the Feyenoord first team up to the age of 23.
The list takes account of the number of players selected for the World Cup developed by each club and the number of league matches they played for the first team. The counts are based on FIFA and UEFA guidelines. Players must have been at the club’s academy for at least three years between their 15th and 21st birthday, while only appearances made by these players up to the age of 23 years are counted.
As well as FC Barcelona (second), the list includes top clubs like Manchester United (sixth) and FC Bayern Munich (tenth).
Read the full report here.