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Revealed: Roma's academy best in Italy, among Europe's top 10


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 analysing European and world football, released on Monday a new study, 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 Luciano Spalletti's squad (Francesco Totti, Daniele De Rossi and Alessandro Florenzi) and a further 21 plying their trade around Europe.

Real Madrid (41 players) and Barcelona (37) top the list, while Roma sit comfortably ahead of their nearest domestic rivals - AC Milan (19 players) sit just inside the top 20.


Totti, De Rossi and Florenzi have become the cornerstones of the current Roma side, making over 1,150 Serie A appearances for the club between them.

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 - Alberto De Rossi's Primavera side are the current champions of Italy, and won the Supercoppa 4-0 against Inter Milan last Friday.

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They travel to face Cork City in the next round of the UEFA Youth League this week.

Read more about the CIES study here.