A major study of European football has revealed Roma’s youth system is among the top 10 in Europe, producing more footballers playing in the continent’s five best leagues than any other Italian side.
The CIES Football Observatory, which is dedicated to analyzing European and world football, released a new study on Monday, detailing the European clubs that have trained the most players currently competing for clubs in the top flights of Italy, England, Germany, France and Spain. The Giallorossi are seventh on the list, with three players currently in the first-team squad (Francesco Totti, Daniele De Rossi and Alessandro Florenzi) and a further 21 plying their trade around Europe.
CIES used the UEFA guidelines to set the guidelines for their study, with any player who spent three seasons at a club between the ages of 15 and 21 being defined as ‘homegrown’. Roma’s position in the final standings underlines the club’s success in nuturing young players, with many going on to successful careers. The club’s impressive track record could well be set to continue, too, as the AS Roma Primavera side are the current champions of Italy, and just also won the Italian Supercoppa 4-0 against Inter Milan last Friday.