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Over the last year, Aspire coaches, staff and more than 4,000 vol­un­teers as­sessed 400,000 13-year-old foot­ball play­ers on ap­prox­i­mately 650 foot­ball fields in 14 coun­tries to pick the best play­ers for the Foot­ball Dreams team.

Af­ter fly­ing in from all over the African con­ti­nent to Sene­gal Academy, the boys met with their new team­mates and spent the week train­ing be­fore tak­ing to the pitch in two matches against Span­ish youth team, RCD Es­panyol. Coaches had the op­por­tu­nity to as­sess each of the play­ers on the field as they worked to­gether to de­feat RCD Es­panyol 1-0 in the first match, and held them off dur­ing the fi­nal match nil-nil draw. Those se­lected to en­ter the Academy this year will be flown to Barcelona to play against FC Barcelona's youth team.

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