Barcelona Build La Masia in Indonesia
Not a team to rest on their laurels, FC Barcelona have given their consent to a new 100 million euro soccer academy in Indonesia - based on the famous La Masia, where the likes of Messi, Fabregas and Xavi learnt their trade - in the hope of harvesting footballing talent from further and further afield.
The FC Barcelona Escola Indonesia is being co-funded by a group of Indonesian businessmen together with the Hong Kong-based High Dynamics Investment and Threesixty Sport Marketing and will occupy 15 hectares and comprise of a dormitory building and a large training facility of five fields (one grass, four synthetic).
"It is a huge investment, but we really want to have Indonesian kids playing for Barcelona, or any teams in Europe," said the project spokesperson.
This Indonesian academy bring the total number of officially established FC Barcelona footballing schools to seven, with others located in Warsaw, Poland; Fukuoka, Japan; Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Lima, Peru; Egypt and Kuwait.