At FootballCantera.com we are proud to have a fantastic team of scouts/journalists/correspondents that are passionate about the Spanish youth development and footballing revolution across Europe. Please find short bios on each of our team members and if you are interested in joining the team please get in touch via the Contact page.
Founder and Editor: Caleb Cousens (Twitter: @FootballCantera)
I am a football fanatic and Hispanophile living in Western Canada. I recently graduated with a Business degree and am planning on pursuing a career in the business management side of football. I have a passion for youth development and am enthralled with the model of youth academies and development in Spain. I have written for, and been featured in, various websites and publications including In Bed With Maradona, Back Page Football, World Soccer, FC Barcelona and Barcaloco. I specialize (if you can call it that) in youth football and have profiled many of the top youth academies in the world. Three young Spaniards that I rate the highest at the moment are: Alex Grimaldo, Jese Rodriguez and Oliver Torres.
Disclaimer: I am a massive fan of FC Barcelona, but I support and respect any team that takes youth development seriously (including but not limited to Real Madrid). Any biases I may have will be put aside as best as I can manage for the purposes of this blog. Where my views differ from yours I am always willing and happy to have a mature discussion about it and my mind is always open to be changed.
Chief Contributor & Atlético Madrid Correspondent: Billy Edwards (Twitter: @billyedwards94)
I’m 18 years old and from the south west of England, and have a long standing love of Spanish football. My team is Atlético Madrid, who’s cantera I follow extensively, especially given the great success it has enjoyed in the last year or so. I’ve also always enjoyed watching Spain’s youth teams, with the style implemented at all levels one that I find particularly intriguing. I also contribute to AtleticoFans, MadridAtleticos and ForzaFutbol, and got the chance to write for FootballCantera last summer after coming into contact with Caleb during the Under-19 European Championships.
My favourite upcoming players at Atleti are Saúl Ñíguez, Óliver Torres and Borja Martinez, all ball-playing midfielders of real quality. Elsewhere in Spain I’m also a big fan of Isco, Sergio Canales, Alejandro Grimaldo and José Rodríguez amongst others, most of whom I’ve been able to watch progress since U17 level. I’m very proud to be a part of the site and am optimistic about what can be achieved, with great potential to grow and take advantage of a niche that I think football fans have a genuine interest in.
La Masia Correspondent: Alexandra Jonson (Twitter: @AlexandraJonson)
I am a 19-year old Swedish student and freelance journalist mostly writing for totalBarça.com, currently living in Barcelona. I started playing football when I was 5 years old and began following FC Barcelona when I was 11. During the last few years I’ve become more and more interested in following the young prospects at La Masia, and have come to see how players like Thiago Alcantara and Gerard Deulofeu have grown up and developed through the different youth teams at the club. It’s a great privilege for me to be able to follow these players in their development at the club as well with the international squads. This season I’ve been a regular at Mini Estadi following the future generation at Barça; FC Barcelona B in the Spanish second division. I’m looking forward to sharing my knowledge about our future football stars here at Football Cantera with you.
Caleb asked me to include my favorite young Spaniard, and it’s a tough one as there are so many and you get fascinated by a new talent every weekend. I have to say Alejandro Grimaldo, he have been a big favorite for me for awhile now, and is the one the blows me away the most at Mini Estadi. Always the youngest on the field but always the one that plays the most experienced, nearly never making a mistake. Even though he is a left back Grimaldo is one of the biggest favorites among the spectators at MiniEstadi and that says a lot.
Lezama Correspondent: Michael Moschetto (Twitter: @Moschetto11)
I am a tremendous football supporter from New York. I have a Sport Management degree and am currently trying to enroll in law school or business school in the near future. Being of Spanish heritage, I mainly follow the Spanish game. Although Claude Makelele and Chelsea FC were my first football heroes, I have mainly focused on Athletic Club de Bilbao as my favorite club to watch. Over the spring and summer of 2012 I wrote a few articles for El Centrocampista and EURO 2012 analysis for soccerticketsonline.com. I will try to devote my time between Football Cantera and Inside La Liga. I am always interested in the game’s brightest youth prospects and love to write about football as it is. I hope to bring you some interesting content with Caleb as we start 2013.
Arsenal Reserve & Academy Correspondent: Paul Collins (Twitter: @pabmundo)
I’m a journalist based in Madrid and also a huge Arsenal fan, so writing about Spanish Gunners is a dream. I studied Spanish and Politics at university and then trained to be a journalist in London. I’ve worked at a newspaper that focused on non-league football in the UK, and reported on the FA Trophy final from Wembley twice. The main bulk of my journalism career though has been with the Press Association, the UK’s main news agency. I’ve also dabbled in the marketing world, and alongside my journalism here in Spain, I also work as a project manager in the marketing department at a business school. I’ve been an Arsenal fan since I can remember. Cesc Fabregas is up there with Bergkamp, Vieria and Pires as one of my all-time favourites. Would love to see him come ‘home’ soon!
La Castilla Correspondent: Neil Moran (Twitter: @Neilmadrid)