In this list JMG academy of Bamako is located between the training center of 2 prestigious clubs in South America: River Plate from Argentina and Santos from Brazil
Still according to the latest Football Observatory report, Olympique Lyonnais is the leading training center in France and third in Europe. Olympique Lyonnais and its training center are at the top of the ranking of the best French training centers, ahead of Rennes and Paris Saint-Germain.
In addition, with 32 players having played in the youth teams of OL and today playing for a team of the five major European leagues (Germany, England, Spain, Italy, France), places Lyon institution in the third position of European clubs according to these criteria, just behind Real Madrid and FC Barcelona.
Testimony of OL’s confidence in the development of players trained in JMG Academies
During the game on September 19, 2021 at the Parc des Princes stadium when the score was 1-1, Peter Bosz coach of Lyonnais decided in the 86th minute of play to withdraw Lucas Paqueta fron the field and replace him with the newcomer of the JMG academy of Mali Habib Keita. For the last minutes of play of this game between Lyon and PSG, of the 11 Lyonnais present on the field there were 3 JMG academicians, i.e. the young Habib Keita , Jason Denayer who played the whole game and Sinaly Diomandé who entered at the 76th minute.
This confidence of the OL coach is a testament towards the JMG graduates when in the last minutes of play against the PSG whom dominates the Ligue 1 championship decides to play it All in One while going with practically. 30% of players on the pitch trained with the methodology and philosophy of founder Jean Marc Guillou.
The Bamako academy is the one designated as the standard bearer of Jean Marc Guillou’s academies by the football observatory. A completely logical and fair choice, the academy of Mali has developed more than 75% of academicians of this new generation who plays in the top 5 leagues . The academy, led for more than 10 years by Fred Martin and Mr. Wad , has been surrounded over the years by a responsible and qualified staff. Frédérique Martin, former Ligue 1 player, captain of Nice and former coach of the Benin national team, is passionate about football and training. He is well aware of the reality from which young academics come and ensures that these young people develop to their maximum potential in order to live their dreams. Mr. Wad who has been there since the very beginning of the JMG brand in Côte d’Ivoire in Abdijan has more than 20 years of experience in the field of the organization and the necessary preparations for the proper functioning of an academy which is also a boarding school for these young footballers.
It is quite a feat on the part of the JMG Academies to succeed in appearing and ranking among the largest training centers on the planet and especially with an operating budget that is barely equivalent to 10% of the annual salary of only one of the OL top players