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Date TimeSeptember 05, 2019
VoiceGrêmio have reached the Copa Libertadores semi-finals for the third year running thanks to a core of youth products
Inside the Grêmio academy, home of Brazils brightest young footballers
By Joshua Law and Tom Sanderson
When Everton arrived at Grêmio in 2012, he was a 16-year-old who wanted to be a footballer. He is now a Brazil striker who has won the Copa América on home soil and finished as the joint top scorer in the tournament. “That is our biggest trophy,” says Francesco Barletta, the director of the Grêmio academy as he sits in his cold, slightly bare office on the outskirts of Porto Alegre. “We don’t play to win, we play to develop. When the players get to this level, it is a source of joy for us.”
Everton was not the only Grêmio academy product in the Brazil team that lifted the Copa América in July. Barcelona midfielder Arthur also came of age in Porto Alegre. Everton and Arthur won the 2017 Copa Libertadores together in a Grêmio squad that included six further players who had joined the club as teenagers – including Luan, who was voted player of the tournament.

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