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Ajax’s Soccer Academy Beats Barcelona as Club Training Dwindles

Ajax’s academy, which trained former Netherlands stars Johan Cruyff and Dennis Bergkamp, developed more of today’s elite players in Europe than any other soccer team, beating Barcelona and Arsenal, according to research group Football Observatory.

There are 69 former Ajax trainees with first-division clubs, with 12 of them on the Dutch team’s roster, according to the Neuchatel, Switzerland-based organization’s annual report on soccer demographics. Partizan of Serbia and Barcelona have the next-most prolific schools with 66 and 61 former graduates still active across Europe, respectively.