Santiago Giménez, a star in the Feyenoord lineup and a pride of Mexico, is about to welcome another compatriot to the Dutch Eredivisie. As announced by Club Tigres through their official channels, young talent Luis Ángel Ibarra Mange is headed to the Netherlands.
This move, part of a broader initiative by Club Tigres, aims to bolster the development of Mexican talent through European exposure.
At just 16, Ibarra is set to join Feyenoord’s U-18 squad. Mario Domínguez Sosa, a physical trainer from the Tigres’ developmental teams, is with him on this journey. The underlying objective is clear: immerse the young players in a European training environment to refine their skills and bring back invaluable insights to Mexican soccer.
“Luis Ángel Ibarra Mange, a promising player from their youth teams, has been sent to the Netherlands to exchange work methodologies that will enable him to improve his skills and development as a player,” stated the official communication from Club Tigres.
Tigres and Feyenoord are well-known partners
This endeavor is not an isolated one. An existing partnership between Los Felinos and Feyenoord, colloquially known as El Club del Pueblo, focuses on exchanging player development practices. The intent is to revolutionize soccer training in Mexico by leveraging European expertise.
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In a related initiative, Juan Carlos Ortega, Director of Tigres’ Basic Forces, is embarking on a European tour from September 11 to 27. The mission? To delve deep into the training methodologies of famed clubs like Feyenoord, Athletic Bilbao, Espanyol Barcelona, Villarreal, and Real Madrid.
This exposure will give Club Tigres a panoramic view of best practices in nurturing young talent, further enhancing their training methodology.
Setting the pace
Club Tigres is looking to lead by example. The club aspires to upskill its training methodologies and youth player development by venturing abroad, setting a benchmark for other Liga MX teams. This aligns with their steadfast dedication to innovate and strategize in their training sectors.
While these developments unfold, there’s palpable excitement in the air for fans of Los Auriazules. In the upcoming Clasico Regio, they’re gearing up for a thrilling face-off against their archrival, Rayados de Monterrey. Scheduled for Saturday, September 23 at 9:05 p.m. Central Mexico time, this fixture is part of Day 9 of the Apertura 2023. Soccer aficionados anticipate a fierce contest between these two Mexican soccer titans.