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City youngster picks up accolade

29 November 2019

City’s Gianluca Bucci has been recognised for his on and off pitch achievements along with 10 other young footballers by League Football Education (LFE) after being named as one of ‘The 11’.

‘The 11’ are chosen for their football and academic progression at current or former English Football League (EFL) clubs - and is also designed to assess other factors, including involvement in community or charity-based initiatives.

Bucci has been selected along with players from Birmingham City, Derby County and Ipswich Town amongst others, after his development had impressed the selection panel. 

The 11’ are chosen for their football and academic progression at current or former English Football League (EFL) clubs - and is also designed to assess other factors, including involvement in community or charity-based initiatives.

During the 2019-20 season, 33 apprentices will be selected for the award, which celebrates the holistic development of young players and is a barometer applied to the LFE Apprentice of the Year awards. All three Academy players to triumph at the EFL Awards last April – Max Bird (Derby County), Daniel Adshead (Rochdale AFC – now Norwich City) and Arthur Iontton (Stevenage) – were also previously named in The 11.

LFE chief executive Sarah Stephen added: “The 11 is directly associated with apprentice reviews that are conducted by our regional officers throughout the season. It is a great way to highlight the achievements and progression of talented young footballers who apply themselves to all aspects of their apprenticeship.”

For in-depth profiles on all of the players named in ‘The 11’ for November, please visit the LFE website.


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