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  • Barcelona charging just $3,000 a year to convert American kids into fans of the club

    Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle21 hrs ago

    European clubs have been attempting to win over fans in the U.S. with summer tours for years now, but Barcelona might have discovered the most effective and profitable way to achieve this mission: youth academies that teach kids to be fans of the club for the low price of $3,000 a year.

    Barca's first permanent youth academy in the U.S. opens in south Florida this month, promising to teach kids lucky enough to be selected and have parents willing to spend thousands of dollars the methodology that has produced some of the best footballers in the world. From the AP:

    Over 600 boys and girls attended tryouts in May, some coming from other states and countries, like Haiti, Venezuela and Canada, to vie for 384 spots. The winners will pay $3,000 annually to attend the academy, which does not include room, board or schooling. Some parents say they will move their family to South Florida if their child is picked.

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