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    Ayoub abou Oulam

    28-06-1998, Casablanca (Morocco)


    I was watching a Cadet A game, when i noticed this kid. He has something special, but I would like to know your opinion.
    He is a complete midfielder and for me he is the most promising talent in La masia with Carles Alena.

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    He is indeed one of the most talented midfielders in La Masia. Some even liken him to Zidane, which is premature in my opinion. Carles Alena has put forth some outstanding performances in the Xavi role as well. Let us hope they, and the rest of the impressive 1998 generation, impress with the Juvenil teams.

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    He was born in Casablanca, but is very much a culé. Ayoub Abou Oulam was born in the economic capital and the most populous city in Morocco on June 28, 1998 and nine years later his life changed dramatically when his parents decided to move to Barcelona to live with Latif, his brother, who had already been working in Barcelona and was eventually responsible for his move to Barça. Today, he is arguably the most promising talent in La Masia.

    Although he was never part of a football team before, Latif was convinced that Ayoub was eligible to play football. And he immediately enrolled him at FCB Escola, Barça’s football pre-school, from where a few chosen kids enter La Masia. Barcelona’s then director of youth football in 2007, Josep Gombau, immediately detected that the Escola was too small for Ayoub’s talent and he called up Alberto Benaiges, then head of Youth football, to see him in action. Benaiges was left enchanted and Ayoub joined the youngest age group in La Masia, specifically the Benjamin A (U10), which had Sergi Mila as the coach and Carles Alena as the star of the team.

    Since then, his progress has been phenomenal, to the point that today, despite being of the Infantil age group (U14), he is playing in the Cadet category (U16). In Alevín B (U11) he improved under the orders of Jordi Font and in Alevin A (U12) was reunited with Sergi Mila. At the end of that season, 2009-2010, Ayoub excelled in Barça’s victory in the prestigious Torneo Alevin de Estepona, especially in the win in the final vs Real Madrid.


    In 2010, given his privileged physique and breathtaking technical qualities, the people responsible for youth football, Guillermo Amor and Albert Puig, decided he would jump a category and go from Alevin A (U12) to Infantil A (U14) without playing a single game with the Infantil B, although he did win the prestigious Torneo de Arona with Infantil B later that season. Despite being the youngest in the team, he was the best player in the league which was won by the Infantil A team of Fran Sánchez. In the next two years he would pass through the Cadet B (U15) under Fran Artiga and Cadet A (U16, current) under Quique Alvarez, again being the undisputed star, and has showcased some incredible football along with other very promising players of that team like Alexis Meva, Josimar, Theo Chendri, Ferran Sarsanedas, Sergi Canós, and Paik.



    Ayoub is a complete midfielder, or as they would say in Spain, a ‘todocampista’ – A midfielder for all positions. He has talent to combine in midfield and the ability to resolve matches on his own. He has presence, strength, speed, an enviable technique and displays elegance that makes even a rival fan gaze upon him in awe. His versatility allows him to act in various positions and be just as effective, like in the league game against Sant Andreu last season, for example, he played in four different positions in a single game: started as a left winger, finished as a ’9′ after replacing Alexis Meva, and during the match played in central midfield and as a trequartista (10) in a 3-4-3.

    He had a tendency to seem easy going and look disinterested during games in his younger years, which raised doubts about his attitude. I believe it arose due to his tremendous superiority to the rival players as it almost seemed like he was apathetic about playing them, but it has since been rectified as the technical staff have worked to mend his attitude and he has been promoted to a higher category.

    On a personal level, Ayoub admires his brothers, Mustafa and Latif, with whom he lives in the Barrio Gotico de Barcelona, who take care of him, along with his representatives Pere Guardiola (brother of Pep Guardiola) and Pau Clavero, while his parents remain in Casablanca. In football, he admires Iniesta and Xavi, whom he observes closely in every match with Barça and the Spanish National team. His playing style, however, resembles more closely Zinedine Zidane or Boca legend Juan Roman Riquelme. If he continues to progress the way he has up to now, he may very well go on to live a career as decorated as those four legends.

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    Looks great whenever I've watched him. Obviously far advanced from his age category and showing a certain level of intelligence and maturity above the rest. I like Kaptoum's style more but Ayoub is definitely a favorite. Alena doesn't strike me the same way as those two do in terms of positional intelligence and tactical anticipation (knowing where to be and being 1 or 2 steps ahead of everyone else in buildup play). Great vision and composure on the ball but if those two things were the deciding factors of a great Barca midfielder then Cesc would've been one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KingMessi View Post
    He is indeed one of the most talented midfielders in La Masia. Some even liken him to Zidane, which is premature in my opinion. Carles Alena has put forth some outstanding performances in the Xavi role as well. Let us hope they, and the rest of the impressive 1998 generation, impress with the Juvenil teams.

    From Totalbarca



    He was born in Casablanca, but is very much a culé. Ayoub Abou Oulam was born in the economic capital and the most populous city in Morocco on June 28, 1998 and nine years later his life changed dramatically when his parents decided to move to Barcelona to live with Latif, his brother, who had already been working in Barcelona and was eventually responsible for his move to Barça. Today, he is arguably the most promising talent in La Masia.

    Although he was never part of a football team before, Latif was convinced that Ayoub was eligible to play football. And he immediately enrolled him at FCB Escola, Barça’s football pre-school, from where a few chosen kids enter La Masia. Barcelona’s then director of youth football in 2007, Josep Gombau, immediately detected that the Escola was too small for Ayoub’s talent and he called up Alberto Benaiges, then head of Youth football, to see him in action. Benaiges was left enchanted and Ayoub joined the youngest age group in La Masia, specifically the Benjamin A (U10), which had Sergi Mila as the coach and Carles Alena as the star of the team.

    Since then, his progress has been phenomenal, to the point that today, despite being of the Infantil age group (U14), he is playing in the Cadet category (U16). In Alevín B (U11) he improved under the orders of Jordi Font and in Alevin A (U12) was reunited with Sergi Mila. At the end of that season, 2009-2010, Ayoub excelled in Barça’s victory in the prestigious Torneo Alevin de Estepona, especially in the win in the final vs Real Madrid.


    In 2010, given his privileged physique and breathtaking technical qualities, the people responsible for youth football, Guillermo Amor and Albert Puig, decided he would jump a category and go from Alevin A (U12) to Infantil A (U14) without playing a single game with the Infantil B, although he did win the prestigious Torneo de Arona with Infantil B later that season. Despite being the youngest in the team, he was the best player in the league which was won by the Infantil A team of Fran Sánchez. In the next two years he would pass through the Cadet B (U15) under Fran Artiga and Cadet A (U16, current) under Quique Alvarez, again being the undisputed star, and has showcased some incredible football along with other very promising players of that team like Alexis Meva, Josimar, Theo Chendri, Ferran Sarsanedas, Sergi Canós, and Paik.



    Ayoub is a complete midfielder, or as they would say in Spain, a ‘todocampista’ – A midfielder for all positions. He has talent to combine in midfield and the ability to resolve matches on his own. He has presence, strength, speed, an enviable technique and displays elegance that makes even a rival fan gaze upon him in awe. His versatility allows him to act in various positions and be just as effective, like in the league game against Sant Andreu last season, for example, he played in four different positions in a single game: started as a left winger, finished as a ’9′ after replacing Alexis Meva, and during the match played in central midfield and as a trequartista (10) in a 3-4-3.

    He had a tendency to seem easy going and look disinterested during games in his younger years, which raised doubts about his attitude. I believe it arose due to his tremendous superiority to the rival players as it almost seemed like he was apathetic about playing them, but it has since been rectified as the technical staff have worked to mend his attitude and he has been promoted to a higher category.

    On a personal level, Ayoub admires his brothers, Mustafa and Latif, with whom he lives in the Barrio Gotico de Barcelona, who take care of him, along with his representatives Pere Guardiola (brother of Pep Guardiola) and Pau Clavero, while his parents remain in Casablanca. In football, he admires Iniesta and Xavi, whom he observes closely in every match with Barça and the Spanish National team. His playing style, however, resembles more closely Zinedine Zidane or Boca legend Juan Roman Riquelme. If he continues to progress the way he has up to now, he may very well go on to live a career as decorated as those four legends.

    Do you know if he is joining Juvenial A this season? Because he just turned 16, so he is still very young.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DonAndres View Post
    Looks great whenever I've watched him. Obviously far advanced from his age category and showing a certain level of intelligence and maturity above the rest. I like Kaptoum's style more but Ayoub is definitely a favorite. Alena doesn't strike me the same way as those two do in terms of positional intelligence and tactical anticipation (knowing where to be and being 1 or 2 steps ahead of everyone else in buildup play). Great vision and composure on the ball but if those two things were the deciding factors of a great Barca midfielder then Cesc would've been one.
    Kaptoum is also a player I like, but do you know if these guys play for the Spanish youth teams or Moroccan/Cameroon?

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    Quote Originally Posted by catalonarca View Post
    Kaptoum is also a player I like, but do you know if these guys play for the Spanish youth teams or Moroccan/Cameroon?
    I don't know about Ayoub (I imagine he'll play for Morocco or Spain), but Kaptoum, I think, plays or, at least, would play for the Cameroonian youth sides.

    According to transfermarkt, Kaptoum hasn't played for any youth international sides.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KingMessi View Post
    I don't know about Ayoub (I imagine he'll play for Morocco or Spain), but Kaptoum, I think, plays or, at least, would play for the Cameroonian youth sides.

    According to transfermarkt, Kaptoum hasn't played for any youth international sides.
    ooh thanks, I think he would chose Morocco above Spain, because he was born there and his parents still live there.
    However I hope he will show us some great things at barca

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    In tonight's team for Argentina?

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    Dam!!! Just scored a cracker for the Juvenil A!
    thought he the youngest player in that team?

    Big Future

    Spain will be calling him up for the full squad now haha

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    Very Impressive. 3-4 years away from the first team. Our Zidane.

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    Amazing! Lets hope we will see him in some Uefa youth league matches.

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    Another article from Wonderkids of La Masia.


    The Wonderkids of La Masia #2
    Ayoub Abou — Morocco


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    Birthday: 28.06.98 (16 years old)
    Position: Midfielder
    Nationality: Moroccan
    Been at Barça since: Summer 2007
    Nickname: Ayo

    Ayoub
    Just like Lee, Ayoub Abou is a part of the 1998 generation at La Masia, packed with many talents and probable future first team players. Four of these players are very special: Carles Perez, Lee Seung Woo, Ayoub Abou and Carles Aleña. The latter three is a trio which you could compare to the Messi-Xavi-Iniesta-trio from the first team. But the difference between the two trios is that we haven’t seen Lee, Ayoub and Aleña play together as much as we should’ve had, because Ayoub has always played with kids one to two years older than him.

    Ayoub is a vintage La Masia midfielder with immense technique, both in terms of passing and dribbling. On top of that, his goal scoring and physical aspects of the game is something worth noticing as well. Ayoub maybe does look a bit small, but he is great at holding opponents off the ball in possession. Also adding his goal scoring abilities, there hasn’t been many opponents who has been able to stop him since he joined La Masia. Filled with flair and natural ability, his abilities shines through whenever he is on the ball.

    When Ayoub was nine years old, his parents decided to move to Barcelona to live with Latif, his big brother, who had found himself a job in Barcelona. Ayoub’s brother was eventually responsible for his move to Barça. Although Ayoub was never a part of a football team before, his brother was confident that Ayoub had the abilities to be able to play at La Masia.

    Ayoub’s brother signed him up at FCB Escola, Barça’s football pre-school, from where a few chosen kids enter a La Masia team. Josep Gombau, one of the La Masia leaders back in 2007, immediately found out that Ayoub was too good for Escola, and contacted his boss Alberto Benaiges, the head of youth football, so that he could see him in action. Benaiges was stunned by his dominant style of play compared to the other kids in his age group, and he decided that Ayoub should join the Benjamin A (U-11) at La Masia. Naturally Ayoub should’ve joined the U-10's, Benjamin C, but Benaiges decided that Ayoub was good enough to play with the older kids.

    A mix of Zizou and Riquelme

    Even though his two favorite players are Xavi and Iniesta, Ayoub’s playing style is a lot more comparable to Zinedine Zidane and former Barça player Joan Roman Riquelme. A mix of Zidane’s excellent physique, ball control and skills with Riquelme’s playmaking abilities and versatility in midfield. I’m not necessarily saying that he is as talented as the two, but Ayoub’s style of play is comparable to the two greats.
    The thing that Ayoub is taking most advantage of is his all-roundness. He can do it all as a midfielder. Together with Aleña, he is arguably the most all-rounded midfielder we’ve seen in the past generations at La Masia. The prototypical La Masia midfielder is a player with less dominant physical ability btu with brilliant technique and passing skills. Ayoub has both of the latter two, but in addition to that, he is also strong, fast and can easily use both feet. Ayoub is as they would say in Spain, a Todocampista — a midfielder for all positions. His versatility allows him to play in various positions and be just as effective.

    He showed that in a league game against Sant Andreu in 2012 where he played in four different positions during the game. He started out as a left winger, then went on to play in the regista spot in midfield (number 6), then as the trequartista (number 10), and then he finished off the game playing at the false 9.

    A star from the beginning
    Ever since his arrival, Ayoub has been dominant at every single team he has been at, despite being at teams where the players has been one or two years older than him. When he should’ve played with the Infantil A bracket (U-15), he played with the Cadet B and A brackets (U-16 and U-17) instead and he still played as if it didn’t even bother him.

    At the end the 2009-2010 season, Ayoub shined in Barça’s victory in the prestigious Torneo Alevin de Estepona, especially in the final against Real Madrid. After that tournament, the people responsible for youth football, Guillermo Amor and Albert Puig, decided that the following season, he’d jump from his natural bracket Alevin A (U-13) to Infantil A (U-15) without playing a single official game with the Infantil B (U-14). In that season, even though he was the youngest player on the team, he was rewarded as the best player in the league which was won by Infantil A.

    Last season he played with the Juvenil B (U-18) which consists of players in the age of 16 and 17, with him being 15. At the end of the season, there were four players from the 1998 age group: Ayoub, Lee Seung Woo, Carles Aleña and Carles Perez. While Lee was still suspended by FIFA, Aleña, Ayoub and Perez, a year younger than their teammates and opponents, both ended up in the starting line-up towards the end of the season, showing the major talent they possess.

    In May 2014, I was in Barcelona to watch the first team play against Atletico Madrid. The day after, I went to the club’s training ground to watch the final league game of the season for Juvenil B, against Cornella who were beaten 6–0 in a game where Juvenil B were secured the league title beforehand. Aleña and Perez started the game, with the latter scoring two goals, while Ayoub made his entrance in the second half, showing exactly what I expected from him: Good distribution with the ball, great technical moves, and just a very calm game with no mistakes made, although it wasn’t a tough game, to say the least.

    Unlike Perez and Aleña, who stayed with Juvenil B, Ayoub was promoted to Juvenil A (U-19). But this season, he hasn’t gotten as much playing time as he would’ve wanted. He’s been more of a substitute an rotational squad player. There are some reasons for that: This season, with the arrival of Amir Natkho, Juvenil A has had four great players for the two midfield spots: Amir Natkho, Lionel Enguene, Alex Corredera and Ayoub. With the other three being older than Ayoub, they need the minutes more than he does because they are a few steps away from senior football, while Ayoub most likely still has another season left at Juvenil A, together with his natural bracket. The second reason for the less amount of playing time this season for Ayoub is that he was temporarily sanctioned from playing official games for the club during Fall, because the Spanish FA had to investigate more youth transfers at Barça. It later it turned out that there were no problems problems found in the investigations, and Ayoub is now allowed to play again.

    Ayoub’s talent is undeniable, and with his abilities, there is no doubt that he has the abilities to become a first team player at Barcelona. But first he has to continue his development. Defensively, he still has some stuff to learn. He will most likely form the midfield at Juvenil A next season with Carles Aleña. A partnership that I think has the potential to become absolutely brilliant. Not only next season, but hopefully also at Barça B in a couple of years. The midfield is secured for many years to come.


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    Quote Originally Posted by KingMessi View Post
    Four of these players are very special: Carles Perez, Lee Seung Woo, Ayoub Abou and Carles Aleña. The latter three is a trio which you could compare to the Messi-Xavi-Iniesta-trio from the first team.
    This is how crazy hype is build.
    In 1-2-3 years it will lead to "fights" on forums whenever someone says that those guys aren't actually as good as Messi, Xavi and Iniesta.

    I am not saying that they won't make it.
    But this is how the hype and problems are created.

    I guess it will never stop, and no matter how many times in a row journalists will be wrong, they will "create" next Messi's and Xavi's each new Season.
    And some fans will always "buy" that hype. Each new Season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BBZ8800 View Post
    This is how crazy hype is build.
    In 1-2-3 years it will lead to "fights" on forums whenever someone says that those guys aren't actually as good as Messi, Xavi and Iniesta.

    I am not saying that they won't make it.
    But this is how the hype and problems are created.

    I guess it will never stop, and no matter how many times in a row journalists will be wrong, they will "create" next Messi's and Xavi's each new Season.
    And some fans will always "buy" that hype. Each new Season.
    Man,how many times does you read false transfer rumors ?did it ever stopped? same with hyping the kids
    One more thing is that this comparison is more about type than level of those players .there is huge difference between skillset comparison and skill level comparison .people who fail to realize the huge difference between the two are the ones who are making the mistake