PEP GUARDIOLA OFFERS ADVICE TO ASPIRING FOOTBALLERS TO LAUNCH NIKE’S THE CHANCE
Who better to recieve advice from than Barcelona guru Pep Guardiola?
For Nike’s The Chance campaign, Pep Guardiola and Rio Ferdinand are conducting an extensive global search for the world’s best undiscovered talent, and the Barcelona visionary shared some advice for anybody hoping to be spotted.
The Chance will scour 55 countries across five continents to find the planet’s best unsigned footballing talent and to help in that quest, the game’s visionary leader Pep Guardiola is spearheading a network of scouts including the likes of Carlos Puyol, Rio Fedinand, Laurent Blanc and Jürgen Klinsmann.
The six month campaign, launched last week has already turned up one prodigal talent, a striker named Joe Bunney who was discovered by Rio Ferdinand playing in an U18 match in the outskirts of Manchester. Joe is the first player on the global search to take one of the 100 places in the national finals in Spain.
The 99 players joining Rio’s pick in the UK finals will be chosen by a nationwide network of scouts with the help of The Chance Facebook app. This will allow teams to enroll themselves on a shortlist and those that generate the most Facebook activity will receive a visit from the customised 4×4 that Nike will be using as a mobile scouting unit.
The Chance has an impressive track record – two of last year’s winners, Tobi Amokeodo and Titi Accam are playing full-time in the Premier League-affiliated Nike Academy, whilst a third, Tom Rogic, has recently signed a contract with Central Coast Mariners, an Australian A-League club. Rio is looking forward to unearthing similarly talented individuals over the coming months: “I remember how desperate I was to be a professional football when I was a teenager, and we’re looking for not only the most talented but also the most hungry young players in the game. It’s always exciting to see fresh talent break through, so I can’t wait to be a part of making that happen.”
For more information about The Chance, visit nikefootball.com.