AC Milan focuses on brain power to develop young players

CNN World Sport

While Italian football club Internazionale acquired new owners last week, there were also profound changes going on at city rival AC Milan.

The club that has won the Italian league 18 times and the European Champions League seven times is rethinking its youth structure’s organization — in future, Milan officials hope to tap in to the power of the brain.

For cerebral help, they have turned to a couple of Belgians — former Standard Liege coach Jose Riga and pioneering youth coach Michel Bruyninckx — to help influence the way the club develops its young players.

Milan has long had a reputation as a club that leaves nothing to chance in the pursuit of excellence. This after all is the team with its very own science establishment — the MilanLab — which it describes as a “high tech interdisciplinary scientific research center” to provide “the best possible management of individual…

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