State of the Academy: The 15 Finest Young Players in the Russian Premier League

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State of the Academy: The 15 Finest Young Players in the Russian Premier League

Over the past two Russian Premier League seasons, a new trend has been spreading at tremendous speed. Club records are falling like dominoes, many club records that have stood for decades. What is the cause of this?

An infusion of youth throughout the ranks of the league.

Nearly every club has seen a record fall for the youngest player in its history to score a Top Division goal.

The influence of Russian "sport schools" is in full force, with many players that began at the schools after 1991 finally arriving at the Premier League level.

While other top clubs around Europe like Barcelona, Arsenal, and AJAX all have famous academies, Russian clubs aren't quite there yet. But the status of youth teams has never been better.

Let's take a look at the finest stars age 20 and under in Russia.

Partial credit to Yoosof Farah for the idea.

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