It is hard to say who will become the next big footballer, but the chance of bumping into one of them at Statoil’s talent camp in Porsgrunn is rather big. Who knows, one of them might be the next Solskjær?

This June 130 of the very best 14-16 year old football players in Norway skipped summer vacation, and spent a few days practicing to become even better football players. Statoil’s talent camp is the highest level in the Football Association of Norway’s national team school, and the goal is to find and develop the future national team players.

“I really hope to be a part of the national team one day. I am determined to work hard to make it,” says Max Normann Williamsen who plays for team Clausenengen when he is not at camp. A team known for giving us one of Norwegian football’s major stars, Ole Gunnar Solskjær.

When we meet with Max he has just finished up a session with different maneuvers and tricks, and he is looking forward to practice even more.

“Now it is all about repeating and practicing to become even better. To trick defence players is one of the most entertaining things to do on the field,” says the Kristiansund-player.

Martin is the proof in the pudding

“Well done. But try to use your body more so you fool your opponent,” Martin Samuelsen shouts out on the football field.

This year the West Ham pro and national team player mentors and instructs the young talents as a summer job.

Martin Samuelsen is not only this year’s mentor, but he is the example that players that attend the talent camp can become top players. He attended the camp both in 2011, 2012 and in 2013. And the first time around he was a scrawny 14 year old that had a hard time keeping up with the best ones at camp.

I hope I can inspire them to train and practice more, and to become even better football players. And I really do enjoy playing with them as well.

Martin Samuelsen on attending the talent camp.

This time around Samuelsen is attending Statoil’s talent camp as an inspiratory an instructor, and his message to the young player is not to give up, even if they feel others players are far ahead.

“Some of you might not be very large when it comes to size, but then the challenge is to become even better technically. Most likely you will become larger and stronger in the years to come, “was the message from Samuelsen who is a mentor for Statoil’s Heroes of Tomorrow.

Practiced with the 14 year olds

Samuelsen already has 34 games for the Norwegian youth level national teams and 3 games at the senior level. Being back at camp was a great experience for the still rather young player.

13-year-old Oscar Bobb plays for the football team Lyn in Oslo. He was excited about the input he received from Samuelsen. Already nicknamed the little technician, Bobb, has already gotten a lot of attention for his great performance during Norway Cup. This has given him the opportunity to train and play for the top league team FC Porto in Portugal.

Martin Samuelsen enjoyed both teaching and playing with the young talents.

“I really admire Martin for how far he has come in his football career, and it was great to get some input from him. He taught me how to place myself in a way that would make it possible for me to pass the defence,“ the 13-year-old from Oslo says.

Statoil Heroes of Tomorrow collaborate with the Football Association of Norway to develop talents. This also includes support for the youth level national teams and a talent camp for girls that was arranged in Stavanger in June.

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