In conjunction with Nike Football, Manager Pep Guardiola of F.C. Barcelona launches “The Chance” 2012 – “a unique global football talent search that gives young amateur footballers from around the world the chance to prove themselves on an elite stage and take their game to the highest level.” Over the next six months, Guardiola is looking to give the brightest amateur players – 16 and older – the opportunity to play at some of the leading football facilities in the world, showcasing their talent in front of Nike coaches and mentors, with one goal: to get noticed. After narrowing the applicants to a field of 100, the players will take part in an intense training and competition schedule in Barcelona, while being evaluated by a world-class team of coaches and scouts. From there, the best 16 footballers will be chosen to experience the ultimate four-week training tour, taking on some of the most renowned academy teams in the world, including Manchester United and the U.S. Youth National Team. Players can register themselves, and their teams, by building a “team page” on “The Chance” app, which is available via the Nike Football Facebook page. Nike scouts will then select teams to visit and watch them play, with the hopes of spotting talented individuals and rewarding them with an entry to their local country final. Running alongside this unique talent showcase is a competition that recognizes and celebrates emerging talent within the creative industry. Young photographers and filmmakers from across the globe are encouraged to participate in the competition, working with creative mentors from Nike, and ambassador for the project, the film director, writer, producer and actor, Spike Lee. Stay tuned for updates as the “The Chance” progresses, and to get additional information visit here.
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