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Chelsea’s youth coach, Neil Bath, is the driving force behind the club’s academy, which has produced talent worth £500 million. Chelsea named Neil Bath as their academy director in 2004 after a 12-year stint with the club. Nobody could have predicted that 17 years later, the fruits of his labors would be dominating the football landscape in England and abroad. When the West Londoner’s youth programme was completely restructured after the die-hard Blues fan, now 55, was installed in his new position, he put a greater emphasis on acquiring and developing the best talent in London and the South-East. Mason…

Philippe Coutinho, Thierry Henry, and Dennis Bergkamp are examples of Premier League stars who were flops in Serie A. SERIE A continues to be a tough league for Premier League stars to succeed in. Sure, in recent years, Romelu Lukaku, Ashley Young, and Chris Smalling have made waves in Italy. Despite being a consistent performer on our shores, many have flopped in Italy. Here are the seven that didn’t make the cut. Henry, Arsenal’s all-time leading scorer, had his best years in North London. But, before dazzling the Premier League with his finesse and skill, the World Cup winner from…