Academy Success Stories
IH Manchester Football Academy Roll of Honor
|Will Mullock||UK||Selected to play for his county.|
|Benjamin Hjun Woong Seol||Korean||Signed for Radcliffe Borough FC.|
|Michel Bou Farah||Lebanon||Signed by semi-professional side Lancaster City.|
|Will Brookshaw||UK||Invited to train with the academy at Crewe Alexandra Football Club.|
|Moses Duko Asaga||Ghana||Selected to train with the Ghana National under 17 squad.|
|Eric Behrens||Germany||Trialled with Manchester City FC and signed academy contract with Derby County FC|
|Nazar Kimit||Ukraine||Signed for Ukraine 2nd Division club FC Skala
|Sam Zimmerman||Switzerland||Signed for Swiss club SC Kriens – selected to play for under 21s squad of national team of Liechtenstein. As of Nov 2015 - Playing Division 1 Soccer at California State University Bakersfield|
|Ismail Zaan Amir||Maldives||Selected to play for and Captain Maldives national under 21s|
|Carlos Acuna||Venezuela||Signed for Venezuelan club Trujillanos FC|
|Miguel Hamutena||Namibia||Signed for Norwegian 2nd division club Strommen FC|
|Blaiz Hall||UK||Trialling with Crewe Alexander FC – English Football League 1|
|Quin Bredin||Canada||Selected for the Vancouver White Caps pro pathway Programme. Earned trials with English Championship club Birmingham City and English Premier League club Stoke City|
|Chafik Naceri||Canada||signed for Spanish Sigunda Division team Alcorcon AD Liga Adelante|
|Cristian Cantero||Puerto Rico||Represented his country playing in the national side in a friendly against Canada|
|Matt Jacobs||USA||Trialled with semi-pro club Witton Albion|
|Lawrence Hanna||Australia||Trialled with English League Two club Accrington Stanley FC|
Eric Behran’s, an IH Manchester goalkeeper signed for Championship club Derby County FC. Eric, who showed potential all season on the IH Manchester programme. First came to the attention of scouts at the Platt lane complex, home of the Manchester City youth academy. During his first month on the programme here in Manchester, Eric impressed the goalkeeper coaches of Manchester City that much that they invited him in to train with the clubs academy goalkeepers on a regular basis. In this time Eric received some top class coaching from the city goalkeeper coaches alongside training daily with the IH Manchester team and being our No 1 in matches. Over the course of the programme Eric earned himself several opportunities going on trial with Aston Villa, before visiting Derby County FC. Derby straight away took to Eric with head of recruitment Craig Short saying he had come into the team and preformed brilliantly. Eric spend several weeks travelling to Derby to join the team at weekends for matches, which in itself is a great experience for a 16 year old young player. However after a few weeks of discussions Eric has finally been offered a scholarship at the club and has put pen to paper.
Our IH Manchester goalkeeper, was in demand from two local pro clubs during his time with us. Carlos trained with the goalkeeping staff at Everton FC and visited Bury FC for a trial session.
While participating in a PFA coaching sessions at Carrington Carlos was also spotted by a highly respected coach who recommended him to Rochdale FC where he has now visited for a training session.
Carlos caught the eye of a few coaches in his time here in Manchester.
Following on from the UK football trials, straight after the session, even before he’d left the pitch, Matt Jacobs of IH Manchester was approached by the Witton Albion reserve team manager to go in on trial. Matt, 22 from the US has come on the IH Manchester programme to progress his football career, knowing that age is against him and to get a foot into non – league soccer in the UK would be a great start. So this is a chance matt has to take to try to get on the books of the non – league side and see if he can make his way up from there.
An excellent example of a great success story is Vyankatesh Kharage, who was inspired to open his own academy back home after his experience with us here in Manchester.
Read his letter below:
“The year I spent at the Manchester Academy was one of my best experiences so far. The state-of-art facilities and the coaches helped me to become the player I am today.
During the academic BTEC Sport science classes I learned a lot about sports and fitness, which I implement in the sessions of my academy.
It was also nice to be recognized for my hard work by staff and to receive the Student of the Year award. It gave me great confidence.
As part of the program I had the opportunity to obtain the English FA level 1 coaching badge, and while doing this I realized I could use the certificate to coach kids back in India.”
PRO SUCCESS! Former IH Manchester academy player, Carlos Acuna (from Venezuela) now on Trujillanos FC U20 squad. Trujillanos FC are a professional club in the Primera División in Venezuea. His performances in training and games were always top level and he showed that he had ability in every training session. During his time in Manchester Carlos studies English and became very proficient and fluent. After leaving the IH Manchester programme on the Christmas break to head back home to Venezuela Carlos trialed out a clubs near his home town and is now doing what he wanted to do, playing professionally.
Carlos has a very bright future ahead of him in the game, so keep an eye out for him in the headlines in future.
Following on from a fixture against Accrington Stanley, and being watch by the IH Manchester staff and Accrington Stanley Head of recruitment over the initial few weeks of his course, Lawrence Hanna was invited to Accrington Stanley to train with the academy team. Head of recruitment Dave Bailey though his passion and commitment during the initial period of his course were great.
IH Manchester Football Academy alum, Sam Zimmermann was selected to represent the country of Liechtenstein at the Under-21 level in the upcoming Euro Cup qualifiers in 2015.
Zimmermann spent time at the training camp with the Liechtenstien Under 21 squad. The camp was held in Valencia, Spain and was preparation for the Euro Cup qualifiers.
Liechtenstein have some tough group opponents in Croatia, Switzerland, Ukraine and Latvia so preparation was key. “The training camp was awesome,” said Zimmermann, “It was a fantastic sports complex with a beautiful Hotel and excellent grass pitches. During the camp as well as daily training sessions we played two games one against F.C. Basel and one against F.C. Gandia. I started in both games and the preparation went well so hopefully I am selected to participate in the qualifying matches.”
Zimmermann believes his development while with the Manchester Football program was key to his success and progress; “I got much stronger and developed my fitness. My game understanding increased significantly. Living for a whole year in England with a host family developed my character, and I enjoyed getting to play with people from other countries and experience their cultures. The experience made me a better player and a better person.”
At the end of his Year Long program Sam had a successful trial with English Championship side Peterborough United and was offered a contract but decided to return to his home in Switzerland to take up an offer with Swiss side F.C. Emmenbrücke, which allowed him to complete his academic studies. Sam spent a season with F.C. Emmenbrücke before moving on and is currently under contract with SC Kriens Under 21 squad – a professional club that plays in the 3rd division of professional Swiss football.