North sign Kristou as a part of talent development plan; enter partnership with AGF

The 18-year-old will continue playing with AGF on loan while following a personal development plan made by North.

North have announced a long-term talent development strategy, entering a partnership with AGF and signing Kristoffer "⁠Kristou⁠" Aamand, who is loaned back to the organization. With this move, North hope to reduce the load on their players and aim to help develop regional talent.

Kristou will continue playing with AGF on a loan deal

"North Esports intends to build a sustainable Talent Development model, giving some of the biggest Scandinavian talents a healthier path into the professional scene", North's announcement reads, as they reveal the signing of Kristou.

The 18-year-old player was loaned to North earlier this year, when Markus "⁠Kjaerbye⁠" Kjærbye was sidelined due to to medical reasons. North initiated a clause in the loan agreement that allowed them to buy out the player permanently at the end of the period, North's Head of Esports Operations Graham Pitt disclosed.

"As part of the buyout, we negotiated with both Kristou and AGF to secure his return on loan to continue his development as a starting member of their roster, whilst also finishing his final year of education", Pitt explains, adding that Kristou will "continue to receive full support and coaching from the North staff, and where appropriate will also be brought back for practice sessions to monitor his progress, simultaneously providing members the starting roster time to rest during the season".

Kristou will follow a development plan made by North during his stay with AGF, with the player and his coach Rasmus "⁠FaagaN⁠" Møller Thomsen set to be in constant communication with Jimmy "⁠Jumpy⁠" Berndtsson to "ensure the development and progress for Kristou".

North will not be operating a six-man roster directly during this period, with the organization instead entering an agreement with AGF that will help them reduce the load on their players and simultanously give talents from the Scandinavian-Nordic region a path to develop on.

"Our new setup with AGF will allow us to develop talent in a way that ensures all players can be playing regularly, ensure a gradual introduction to the professional life for Kristou, and we make sure that all players can recharge during the season", Pitt adds, revealing that the aim is to have new talents, in time, develop into first-team candidates. Additionally, the agreement with AGF will allow them to perform specifically focused practice sessions with their partnered team.

North revealed that they plan to go further than just AGF and "partner up with several ambitious Nordic esports organizations to help young players develop and prevent burnout of seasoned players". "Our new Talent Development Strategy is one tool in that toolbox," says Christian Engell, North Performance Coach.

North's starting lineup remains unchanged:

Denmark Mathias "⁠MSL⁠" Lauridsen
Denmark René "⁠cajunb⁠" Borg
Denmark Nicklas "⁠gade⁠" Gade
Denmark Philip "⁠aizy⁠" Aistrup
Sweden Jonas "⁠Lekr0⁠" Olofsson

Sweden Jimmy "⁠Jumpy⁠" Berndtsson (coach)

Meanwhile, AGF, ranked 54th in the world, are as follows:

Denmark Kristoffer "⁠Kristou⁠" Aamand (on loan)
Denmark Lucas "⁠Lukki⁠" Pilheden
Denmark Jonas "⁠netrick⁠" Wenzelsen
Denmark Magnus "⁠fr0slev⁠" Frøslev
Denmark Thomas "⁠TMB⁠" Bundsbæk

Denmark Rasmus "⁠FaagaN⁠" Møller Thomsen (coach)

Denmark René 'cajunb' Borg
René 'cajunb' Borg
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1627
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.12
Denmark Jonas 'netrick' Wenzelsen
Jonas 'netrick' Wenzelsen
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.83
Maps played:
414
KPR:
0.57
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.14
Denmark Lucas 'Lukki' Pilheden
Lucas 'Lukki' Pilheden
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
806
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Denmark Rasmus 'FaagaN' Møller Thomsen
Rasmus 'FaagaN' Møller Thomsen
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.00
Maps played:
0
KPR:
0.00
DPR:
0.00
APR:
0.00
Denmark Markus 'Kjaerbye' Kjærbye
Markus 'Kjaerbye' Kjærbye
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1449
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Denmark Nicklas 'gade' Gade
Nicklas 'gade' Gade
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
818
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.12
Sweden Jonas 'Lekr0' Olofsson
Jonas 'Lekr0' Olofsson
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
989
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Denmark Kristoffer 'Kristou' Aamand
Kristoffer 'Kristou' Aamand
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.95
Maps played:
256
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.09
Denmark Mathias 'MSL' Lauridsen
Mathias 'MSL' Lauridsen
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
1682
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.72
APR:
0.15
Sweden Jimmy 'Jumpy' Berndtsson
Jimmy 'Jumpy' Berndtsson
Age:
33
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.83
Maps played:
175
KPR:
0.56
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
Denmark Magnus 'fr0slev' Frøslev
Magnus 'fr0slev' Frøslev
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
485
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Denmark Thomas 'TMB' Bundsbæk
Thomas 'TMB' Bundsbæk
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
378
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.16
Denmark Philip 'aizy' Aistrup
Philip 'aizy' Aistrup
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1487
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Ok Sucks that you cant do academy teams anymore.
2020-09-04 12:07
Ty
2020-09-04 12:09
#41
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United States Festive_
they cant progress anywhere though because they arent allowed to play in the same tournaments as the main team
2020-09-04 15:17
They can progress if a player is good enough to join the main roster
2020-09-04 15:23
#46
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United States Festive_
yeah but the team isnt profitable otherwise
2020-09-04 16:38
It is lol, whole org has sponsors etc etc
2020-09-04 17:10
#51
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United States Festive_
but the academy teams dont pull in the sponsors. they only take salary
2020-09-04 18:43
Lmaoo dude you're clueless
2020-09-05 04:56
#54
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United States Festive_
care to explain why? fewer viewers and fans of academy teams so sponsors are less likely to advertise through them. cr4zy is about the same level as navi junior. they have fewer sponsors than navi because navi has a tier 1 team that brings in viewers and fans
2020-09-05 19:16
Can't do academy teams but can contract a player and rent him out, charging more as they get better while keeping them locked in a contract? Basically the Danish CSGO orgs are going to make money whether their teams win or lose by just buying upcoming talent and renting it out to smaller orgs & taking a cut.
2020-09-04 12:14
#36
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United Kingdom Hammondo
I don't know how it works, but I imagine he's cheaper for agf now. At least in theory north sign him and agf give him a team to get good experience with north overlooking. Win - win.
2020-09-04 13:31
#2
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Portugal eilzinho
So, AGF = North Academy?
2020-09-04 12:04
2017
2020-09-04 12:42
#32
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Europe wutwute
yes
2020-09-04 12:44
NO.. North is Football Club Copenhagen AGF is another football club.. Its two seperate entities...
2020-09-04 13:40
But off football, it looks like that
2020-09-04 16:57
more or less
2020-09-04 13:54
#3
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Australia Sify
YAY!
2020-09-04 12:04
#4
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Russia TACO1
GL
2020-09-04 12:05
#5
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Poland Hanse
>Kristou >talent Bruh
2020-09-04 12:05
who?
2020-09-04 12:06
Lmaooo he is the worst player of their team wtf
2020-09-04 12:06
#8
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Europe wutwute
Awesome!
2020-09-04 12:06
bot
2020-09-04 12:07
my boys from Norph on the way to destroy another career
2020-09-04 12:07
-cajunb +kristou
2020-09-04 12:09
>kristou >talent choose one
2020-09-04 12:09
kristou > Lekr0
2020-09-04 12:10
0/8
2020-09-04 12:14
#15
RpK | 
France pol44r
KICK MSL PLZ NOW THX
2020-09-04 12:10
#17
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Denmark Notallama
A perfect example that the org is being run by a football club. I think it's a worthwhile idea, especially from a business perspective, but it will never be as prevalent nor successful in CS:GO as in football as CS:GO, just like any other team-oriented esport, is too reliant on communication and synergy where physical fatigue isn't really a thing. They never really used any of the North Academy as standins or prospects for the main team back in the day either, although mertz eventually ended up on the team.
2020-09-04 12:12
#20
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India OOFmiester
+111111
2020-09-04 12:14
#37
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Sweden axelious
I think it's a good move though and would love to see a Swedish org talong responsibility of developing talents! It's needed
2020-09-04 13:39
#18
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Japan Inlivino
North, career destroyer
2020-09-04 12:12
to develop talent you should have at least a bit of it in your main roster huh
2020-09-04 12:16
#27
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Estonia qoznyyy
XDDXXDXD
2020-09-04 12:29
North tanking another career expected kekw
2020-09-04 12:18
Why is this news. Literally no one cares.
2020-09-04 12:24
0.93 rating against tier 5 a perfect pick up for North♿♿♿♿♿
2020-09-04 12:28
ty for ur comment if we need something remind me to not call u
2020-09-04 12:46
#28
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Panama Bill_Bait
wasted
2020-09-04 12:36
#29
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Romania SkipLD
Interesting
2020-09-04 12:41
STOP SIGNING THIS BOT HES LITERALLY THE WORST CS PRO I HAVE SEEN Hope this helps
2020-09-04 12:47
expected
2020-09-04 13:27
#43
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Denmark Vqwerty03
Very nice. A very interesting way to go, instead of making 6-7 mans roster
2020-09-04 15:32
#44
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United States druggar0
Following football models here. I like it. Really fascinating route to take. I personally think Astralis’ way is better, they can sub on short notice, and the extra players get to practice and bootcamp with the team regularly, so when subbed in they won’t be lost and chemistry will be sound.
2020-09-04 15:40
So many young players. Fack. We are getting old..
2020-09-04 16:29
Interesting project, however I don't think it will give them a result they would like.
2020-09-04 16:40
definately not, now that agf beat North 2-1 :D
2020-09-09 17:51
AGF is looking pretty good atm., they are close to North level but North is still better than them, one match doesn't change that.
2020-09-09 18:35
Look at the match agf vs cph inferno and see how many easy shots this bot missed.
2020-09-04 18:03
#53
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Russia win73ry
TMB is much better, but they still suckkristou’s dick for no reason.
2020-09-05 05:05
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