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August 20, 2012

The Chance: Final 100 begin competition at FC Barcelona’s training ground

FC Barcelona players including Andrés Iniesta and Gerard Pique drop in on day one of The Chance finals.

“Day one is nerve wracking. You are desperate to impress but my advice is to keep things as simple as possible.” Reyaad Pieterse (South Africa) - one of the 8 winners of The Chance 2010/11.

The Final 100 were put through their paces working at first on basic control and passing, followed by intense drills concentrating on possession. "It was a great first session," enthused Liam Baker, from London. "Today is all about catching the coaches’ eye and it’s important to keep your head up if you make a mistake. Go and look for the ball again, show you’re hungry."

Having trained hard in the Barcelona sunshine for the morning the Final 100 players were rewarded with a visit from several of FC Barcelona’s superstar players. Andres Iniesta, Gerard Pique and Adriano were among a group who after their own training session had ended, walked over to meet the youngsters before joining in with some drills and offering their own tips and advice.

About The Chance, Adriano said: "This is such a big opportunity for the young footballers, they should take this chance as if it was the last of their lives and show what they are made of."

And on the Final 100 working together as a team as well as for individual merit over the week in Barcelona, Gerard Pique commented: "At the end of the day football is a team game. Work as a team and have fun, learn more and you will stand out and be noticed."

The Nike Academy's head coach Jimmy Gilligan was pleased with what he saw. "The standard is very good," he said, “We knew it would be but today was all about the basics. If a building’s foundations aren’t done properly, that building will fall down. I equate that to football and the guys didn’t disappoint."

Visit The Chance homepage on NikeInc.com to follow the daily action at the finals.