Youth development: The best clubs in the 21st century - ranked

Youth development: The best clubs in the 21st century - ranked

Publish on 11/23 at 10:30


Check out which Ligue 1 Uber Eats clubs have benefited most from the players they brought through their academies in the 21st century.

In the 21st century, Stade Rennais FC is the club that has fielded the most players from its academy in Ligue 1 Uber Eats. From the benchmark Romain Danzé to Adrien Truffert, Yoann Gourcuff, Jimmy Briand, Yann M'Vila, Eduardo Camavinga, Julien Féret, Ousmane Dembélé - and the latest addition Mathis Lambourde - Les Rouge et Noir have a total of 83 'in-house' players who have played for SRFC in the French league.

In this ranking of the trainers making the most use of their younguns, Rennes are ahead of five clubs, who have all blooded at least 70 players over the period: FC Nantes, Bordeaux, Olympique Lyonnais, Toulouse FC, the latest to arrive, and PSG - in that order.

Academy to first team:
Stade Rennais FC: 83 players
FC Nantes: 75 players
Olympique Lyonnais and Girondins de Bordeaux: 72 players
Toulouse FC: 71 players
Paris Saint-Germain: 70 players
FC Metz: 68 players
AS Saint-Etienne: 65 players
AS Monaco, Montpellier HSC and OGC Nice: 64 players
RC Lens: 53 players
Olympique de Marseille: 51 players
FC Sochaux-Montbéliard: 49 players
AJ Auxerre and SM Caen: 42 players
LOSC: 39 players
ASNL: 37 players
RC Strasbourg Alsace: 34 players
Havre AC: 32 players
FC Lorient and ESTAC: 26 players
EA Guingamp: 24 players
AC Ajaccio and Le Mans FC: 21 players
Stade de Reims: 20 players
Angers SCO: 13 players
Stade Brestois 29: 11 players
Clermont Foot: 8 players

Stade Rennais riding high on academy brilliance

As a centre of talent, La Piverdière has produced the greatest number of players to have gone on to play in Ligue 1 Uber Eats. In total, these players have played 3,500 top-flight matches. Twelve of them have played at least 100 matches for SRFC (this will soon be 13, as Adrien Tuffert is currently on 97 matches), including Yoann Gourcuff, the revelation of the 2005-06 season.

"Lads like that, we don't need to train them, we just support them, highlighted Landry Chauvin, one of Gourcuff's coaches. "Yoann is the perfect player to coach: a talented player who wins you games and puts his talent to good use for the team."

Currently with Les Bleus, Eduardo Camavinga (71 games for SRFC) and Ousmane Dembélé (12 goals in 26 games) also got their start in professional football with the Breton club when they left La Piverdière.  Having arrived at the age of 13, current Parisian Dembélé was upgraded to U19 level, before being thrown into the deep end by Philippe Montanier in 2015-16.

Only OL, another of this century's great youth development clubs, have managed to keep up with Rennes. Les Gones have 13 players who have played more than 100 games for their parent club, led by Portugal goalkeeper Anthony Lopes. And in terms of the total number of games played, Olympique Lyonnais were a whisker ahead of the Bretons at the November international break.

Academy to first team - most matches by club:
Olympique Lyonnais: 3558 matches
Stade Rennais FC: 3,555 matches
FC Nantes: 3132 matches
Montpellier HSC: 3097 matches
Toulouse FC: 3070 matches
Girondins de Bordeaux: 2995 matches
AS Saint-Etienne: 2277 matches
FC Sochaux-Montbéliard: 2162 matches
LOSC: 2077 matches
AJ Auxerre: 2018 matches
FC Metz: 1945 matches
AS Monaco: 1654 matches
OGC Nice: 1579 matches
Paris Saint-Germain: 1528 matches
ASNL: 1448 matches
SM Caen: 1166 matches
SC Bastia: 1089 matches
RC Lens: 1087 matches
Le Mans FC: 1010 matches
Olympique de Marseille: 839 matches
FC Lorient: 796 matches
RC Strasbourg Alsace: 714 matches
EA Guingamp: 714 matches
Stade de Reims: 529 matches
Havre AC: 446 matches
Angers SCO: 397 matches
Stade Brestois 29: 363 matches
AC Ajaccio: 304 matches
Clermont Foot: 194 matches

OL buoyed by 'General' Lacazette

When it comes to the number of Ligue 1 Uber Eats goals scored by its younguns, Lyon are top of the pile, with Alexandre Lacazette making a decisive contribution! Not to mention Nabil Fekir and two former French champions: Sidney Govou and Karim Benzema.

Behind Les Gones, Stade Rennais are once again in a strong position, with the likes of Jimmy Briand, Adrien Hunou, Julien Féret, Sylvain Marveaux and Jirès Kembo-Ekoko. The podium is completed by MHSC - players from the Hérault club's youth academy (Téji Savanier, Younès Belhanda, Elye Wahi, Rémy Cabella, Habib Bamogo, etc.) have scored 22 goals for La Paillade.

Most goals scored by academy graduates:
Olympique Lyonnais: 422 goals
Stade Rennais FC: 240 goals
Montpellier HSC: 227 goals
Girondins de Bordeaux: 217 goals
FC Sochaux-Montbéliard: 205 goals
LOSC: 204 goals
FC Nantes: 176 goals
AJ Auxerre: 130 goals
AS Saint-Etienne: 129 goals
FC Metz: 120 goals
AS Monaco: 115 goals
ASNL: 91 goals
Olympique de Marseille: 83 goals
Paris Saint-Germain: 76 goals
OGC Nice: 72 goals
RC Lens: 62 goals
Stade de Reims: 55 goals
SC Bastia: 53 goals
SM Caen: 52 goals
RC Strasbourg Alsace: 47 goals
Le Mans FC: 41 goals
FC Lorient: 38 goals
EA Guingamp: 36 goals
ESTAC: 20 goals
Clermont Foot: 17 goals
Havre AC: 14 goals
Angers SCO: 9 goals
Stade Brestois 29: 9 goals

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