11-Year-Old American Soccer Prodigy Heads To FC Barcelona's Academy

By Meera Dolasia on June 4, 2011

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Every young soccer player dreams of being part of a world class soccer team - In April, 11-year old Southern Californiaresident, Ben Lederman came one step closer to fulfilling his, by becoming the first American to be offered a spot for a two-year training program at FC Barcelona's Youth Academy.

The invitation-only La Masia academy, is considered to be one of the world's best soccer training schools. Some of its most famous alumni include FC Barcelona midfielders Andre Iniesta and Xavi Hernandez and also, the team's forward Lionel Messi.

Ben was first spotted by the Spanish coaches in the spring of 2010, when his team FC Barcelona Penya, Los Angeles  competed and won against the academy's team. His performance impressed the coaches so much, that in April of 2011, they invited him to try out for a spot at the soccer school.

The youngster whose style of play and ball control skills have been compared to Andres Iniesta, did so well, that he was immediately offered a two-year stint to train with them.

This of course does not guarantee him a spot in the team or even an extension after his initial two-year training period is up - But, it is definitely a step in the right direction and very exciting for the young prodigy who lives and breathes soccer and has been ardent fan of the four-time European champions, since he was a toddler!

Resources: thedenimkit.com,rivals.yahoo.com, east-sports.com, barcelonausa.com

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  • Messi & neurSunday, June 21, 2015 at 7:02 am
    Me and my friend Patrik will make it to the fc Barcelona club in Toronto
    • kookokoFriday, May 29, 2015 at 11:28 am
      im better than him
      • mFriday, May 29, 2015 at 11:25 am
        im better lol
        • mFriday, May 29, 2015 at 11:22 am
          ronaldo is the best
          • tree300
            tree300Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 7:01 am
            that is ummmmmmmmmmm, cool? I wanna go there!
            • MRWednesday, May 20, 2015 at 9:12 am
              I wish Real madrid would sign young players like me.
              • cesarsky2
                cesarsky2Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 7:35 am
                I wish Barcelona so I could join BARCELONA
              • coolguyWednesday, May 13, 2015 at 6:49 am
                cool news
                • JimWednesday, May 6, 2015 at 3:36 pm
                  You are so right Paul
                  • BrunoTuesday, May 5, 2015 at 11:38 am
                    I wish i could go their and train with the team.
                    • RonaldoTuesday, April 28, 2015 at 8:26 am
                      Ronaldo rules the soccer field
                      • cesarsky2
                        cesarsky2Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 6:50 am
                        I hate Ronaldo

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