We are a group of football lovers, who, knowing the football reality in our country have come to a conclusion that methods of talent management have to be dramatically changed. The reality which was familiar to us not only from heard stories but primarily known from our own experiences – as everyone of our team has tried to start a fruitful football career. However, we were forced to finish those adventures as we reached the age when parents made us realize that if we wanted to make a comfortable living we have to go to college to have a degree.
Lack of raw talents is not a problem of polish football, the real struggle is that we don’t know how to manage them. It’s not probable that in a 40 milion country we would have no talented players. Having a correct metod of youth football management we can find a new followers of Lewandowski, Szczęsny or Milik. To make it possible we have to observe appropriately and promote talented teenagers.
Football in Poland is going through a period of flourishing. We want this growth to be accompanied with higher awarness of people managing football clubs, coaches, supporters and all people somehow connected with the discipline. We want to turn attention towards players born and raised in poorer families, smaller, rural areas of the country, those who play in lower, not professional leagues and finally, those who don’t have widely spread contacts in the world of football. There is a great undiscovered potential in those players!
Lack of scouting network is the core of the problem which has been widely discussed by polish football clubs. In the majority of polish professional clubs scouting network consist of few people instead of groups of people which are common in western professional clubs. Polish underfunded scouting networks are inevitably forced to be unsuccessful. Creating and maintaining a scouting network costs a lot of money – it’s necessary to pay people who have football experience, who are willing to travel massive number of kilometers to search for talents playing in rural regional leagues. In English clubs most often there are a few scouts who go to watch a player playing live. Subsequently, if a player is good in the eyes of scouts another person has to agree on this player. In the end the coaching team has the final decision.
Polish teams which don’t have scouts try to find a player believing in their luck. In 2013 Wisła Kraków which was coached by Franciszek Smuda invited on a week trail Romanian Sorian Oproiescu, who was anonymous to the majority of polish football spectators. However, in the media Oproiescu was portrayed as a talented player who was on his way to have a great career. The problem was that Sorin Oproiescu was not a footballer who he had said that he was. There were number of false data written in his footballing CV – where he put a team for which he has never played. Additionally, the video recieved by Wisła didn’t present Sorin Oproiescu but a few random players. The fake was discovered by an internet user, then it was publicly spread and the youtube film and wikipedia description of the player were removed for good. It’s unbelievable that it was reveal by some internet surfer. That a random fan was more investigative than the professional football club.
During the trails the player didn’t know how to move on the pitch and he was sent back home. What if he succeded in this friendly game. Would he be given a contract? As the case was discovered by an internet user then how many of those cases were not discovered, and how many of them went missed? And it’s happening while there are numbers of polish talented players waiting for their chance to be found by those clubs.
34% of top league polish players were playing in the third division at the time when they were younger. In proves that the level of top polish league is achievable even for those who started in less developed clubs, anyway 33% of players who play in the top league in Poland are not polish players. Unfortunately clubs which don’t have a scouting web is limited to opinion of managers which, in majority of cases, want to sell a player whose skills are not reliable at all.
We want to change this system giving a chance to young players, who would finally have a tool which would give them a chance to present their skills to a wide audience. We believe that a polish player should be the first choice for a polish team. We want that every young player who has a passion, who believes in his hard-work, have a chance to escape from lower leagues. We want to avoid situations when a player is finishing his career not having checked whether his skills would be enough to continue playing in higher leagues. We want everyone to have a chance to show their skills regardless of their birth-place or family wealthiness. Not everyone afford to have a manager to promote his skills nor everyone can start playing football in top polish football academies.
The tool will be free for male and female footballers. It will be easy to update your basic parameters and update a video showing you in the action. Futbol Kolektyw will be a constant connecting factor making in possible for talents to be seen by clubs, and the other way, for clubs not to miss talents.
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We are a group of football lovers, who, knowing the football reality in our country have come to a conclusion that methods of talent management have to be dramatically changed. The reality which was familiar to us not only from heard stories but primarily known from our own experiences – as everyone of our team […]