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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  • RandomGuyMonday, June 6, 2016 at 6:06 am
    COOL
    • 2345678910Monday, February 22, 2016 at 8:08 am
      good
      • kaneboy998Friday, February 19, 2016 at 8:00 am
        nice :)
        • hhbTuesday, December 8, 2015 at 8:31 am
          messi is better!!!!
          • the bossWednesday, December 2, 2015 at 11:44 am
            I LOVE ANONYMOUS
            • bossTuesday, November 10, 2015 at 6:28 pm
              nice
              • rodo12
                rodo12Monday, November 2, 2015 at 8:17 am
                i want to go there
                • Gerard PiqueWednesday, October 28, 2015 at 8:50 am
                  Awesome
                  • Cristano RonaldFriday, October 16, 2015 at 10:15 am
                    Great job kid
                    • tbl5832
                      tbl5832Thursday, October 8, 2015 at 6:45 am
                      sweet

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