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  • 11.03.16
    Five of the best under-21s in the world today. Ones to watch | Comments Off on Five of the best under-21s in the world today.
    As Francesco Totti recently celebrated his 40th birthday and 24th year in Roma's senior side, it got me thinking how there are some supremely gifted up-and-coming players that are half his age - or in some cases, even younger. Youri Tielemans (Anderlecht) A sublime midfielder, the 19-year-old Belgian is already into his fourth season with the Brussels side. Having made his debut in summer 2013, Tielemans became the youngest ever Belgian to play in the Champions League in October 2013. All the big clubs around Europe have been keeping an eye on him - he definitely won't be at Anderlecht forever. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKUZTUvldOc   Gianluigi Donnarumma ...
  • 07.20.16
    In the name of the father Ones to watch | Comments Off on In the name of the father
    Enzo Fernandez currently plays with Real Madrid's B team. He was named after former River Plate and Marseille star and Uruguayan international Enzo Francescoli. He chose his mother's surname to try avoid the possibly unavoidable comparisons with his father, one of the greatest to ever play the game, Zinedine Zidane. The 21-year-old clearly has ability, but he is not the only up-and-coming footballer to follow in his footsteps in football. When Paolo Maldini retired from professional football in 2009, his one and only club AC Milan retired the number 3 shirt in his honour, but with the possibility of having it reinstated should either ...
  • 12.24.15
    Four players to watch out for in 2016. Ones to watch, Superstars | Comments Off on Four players to watch out for in 2016.
    It's been a remarkable twelve months in football. Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo battling it out for the the prestige of the being the best footballer on the planet. Again. Neymar and Luis Suarez reaching stellar heights. Robert Lewandowski has become arguably the world's greatest no.9 striker with team mate Thomas Müller going from strength to strength as one of the most in-form and in-demand players around. The next twelve months will witness some players emerging onto big stages. Keep an eye out for these names over the coming year. Jonathan Calleri (Boca Juniors) One of the hottest prospects in Argentina, the 22-year-old ...
  • 01.23.15
    Just who exactly is Martin Odegaard? Ones to watch, Superstars | Comments Off on Just who exactly is Martin Odegaard?
    I won't profess that I know much about Martin Odegaard before a few weeks ago. In fact I never even heard his name before last month. But the Norwegian wonderkid this week, after being eyed up by some of Europe's biggest clubs, has signed a deal with giants Real Madrid from Stromgodset. The 16-year-old, who has been capped at senior international level, made a switch for around €3 million mark after passing a medical in the Spanish capital yesterday. "It's a dream come true," he said. "It's a bit unreal that I'm here at the biggest club in the world. It's huge ...
  • 09.10.14
    Ones to watch #15: Sergi Samper Ones to watch | Comments Off on Ones to watch #15: Sergi Samper
    Barcelona born-and-bred Sergi Samper Montaña will be 20 years old next January but is one of the most talked about young players in Spain.  A product of Barcelona's famous youth academy, known as La Masia, Samper has impressed immensely since joining the academy at the age of six in 2001. He has been making a huge impact in recent times with Barcelona B and has attracted the attention of many managers around Spain and especially one London-based manager in Mr. Arsene Wenger. Indeed the Arsenal boss wants to make Samper the new Fabregas and, according to the press in Spain, is prepared to meet ...
  • 08.12.14
    Four players in the EPL to keep an eye on this season Ones to watch | Comments Off on Four players in the EPL to keep an eye on this season
    There has been some big money moved to the English Premier League so far. Alexis Sanchez to Arsenal, Cesc Fabregas to Chelsea and Ander Herrera to Man United all stick out. But, and as with every year, there will be a few players with a smaller profile that will stick out for their clubs. Let's have a look at some hot prospects for the forthcoming season: Bojan - Stoke City When Bojan was the darling of Barcelona and the envy of opposing managers, plenty were heard saying if the Catalan player could do it on a rainy Wednesday night in Stoke. Well now ...
  • 05.21.14
    Five talents to watch out for in the World Cup (part 1) Internationals, Ones to watch | Comments Off on Five talents to watch out for in the World Cup (part 1)
    Not long left now until football's biggest festival is due to start. The World Cup will no doubt have some mouth-watering fixtures, some upsets, some moments of sheer brilliance and maybe the occasional blooper. But it should also introduce the world to some young talent who could be making big money moves after the competition should they fare well on football's biggest stage. Here are five players that I have picked to keep an eye on during the competition. The first five that is: Georginio Wijnaldum (The Netherlands) Twenty-three year old Wijnaldum was a product of both Sparta Rotterdam and Feyenoord's youth academies. ...
  • 04.24.14
    Ones to watch #14: Alen Halilović Ones to watch | Comments Off on Ones to watch #14: Alen Halilović
    I must introduce you to this guy. The son of former Valladolid midfielder and Bosnian international Sejad Halilović is also youngest ever goalscorer in Croatia's top tier with his current club Dinamo Zgreb, and he is also the youngest debutant for the Croatian national side. Meet 17-year-old wonderkid Alen Halilović. By the age of 14, Real Madrid spotted young Alen at a youth tournament and tried to immediately sign him. After holding talks with his father, it was his youth club Dinamo that had to fight hard to hold onto him, which they did.   Within two years he made his senior debut for the club, aged 16 ...
  • 02.12.14
    Five players to watch out for during the World Cup Internationals, Ones to watch, Superstars | Comments Off on Five players to watch out for during the World Cup
    At this year's World Cup, all eyes will be on the usual suspects in Messi, Neymar, Ronaldo, Suarez, Ribery etc. But here is a list of players that will feature in the competition this summer that may just shake things up a little. Miralem Pjanić (Bosnia and Herzegovina) While Edin Dzeko is the main man for Bosnia and Herzegovina for some, upon closer inspection it is twenty-three year old Miralem Pjanić that is the engine for the team. The Roma midfielder is a classic playmaker with a sharp eye for creating chances. In Bosnia and Herzegovina's group is Argentina and it will be ...
  • 01.02.14
    Four players to keep your eye on in 2014 Ones to watch | Comments Off on Four players to keep your eye on in 2014
    Happy new year, dear readers. There's some wonderful young talent out there. Vast amounts of talent seem to be pouring out of clubs' academies left, right and centre. But here are four that I feel you should definitely keep your eye on over the coming months. 1. Marco Rojas (Stuttgart & New Zealand) At just 22, Rojas had already been making a name for himself in Australia by winning both the Johnny Warren Medal (for player of the season) and Young Footballer of the Year at the end of the 2012/13 season. As his contract expired last April, there was no shortage ...
  • 12.08.13
    Deulofeu: future superstar and current heartbreaker for Arsenal fans Europe, Ones to watch | Comments Off on Deulofeu: future superstar and current heartbreaker for Arsenal fans
    Back in 2003, when a nine-year-old boy named Gerard Deulofeu turned up at the FC Barcelona offices, an hour south from his tiny village of Riudarenes, he arrived as a kid with great promise. Like many in Barça's youth academy, known as La Masia, the club were taking on a great talent. As the years passed, Deulofeu was constantly making a name for himself more and more and in 2011, he was called up the Barcelona's B team. Usually the Catalan sports press are Barça-mad, with very little written about their B side. However, like Messi and Pedro before him, Deulofeu's ...
  • 06.20.13
    Ones to watch: 5 players you need to keep an eye on during 2013/14 Ones to watch | Comments Off on Ones to watch: 5 players you need to keep an eye on during 2013/14
    The Confederations Cup is tying some of us over, but the new season will be upon us quicker than you think. Here's a list of players from various leagues that I predict we all should be keeping an eye on as the season progresses. Oscar (Chelsea) The one thing you must remember about the Brazilian is that he is only 21 years old. He made quite the contribution to Chelsea since joining the Blues in 2012. In the forthcoming season, his contribution will be even more prominent. He has incredible skills and reminds me a lot like his compatriot Kaká during his ...
  • 04.10.13
    Ones to watch #13: Mateo Kovačić Ones to watch | Comments Off on Ones to watch #13: Mateo Kovačić
    It's been just under a year since I last blogged about a young up-and-coming footballing star. Some of my previous ones to watch, such as Juan Mata, Neymar, David de Gea, Alexis Sanchez and Hernanes have all gone on to make big money moves (well, except Neymar - but that will change in the summer - more about that at a later date). Let's hope my 13th pick as a One To Watch doesn't have an unlucky future ahead of him. May I present Mateo Kovačić. Kovačić was born in Linz, Austria to Bosnian Croat parents. Having played outstanding with LASK ...
  • 04.15.12
    Five foreign players that should move to England this summer Europe, Ones to watch | Comments Off on Five foreign players that should move to England this summer
    1. Mario Götze. How has he not been snapped up already? An enormously hot prospect with speed that makes Theo Walcott look like a pensioner, play-making abilities that Zizou would be proud of, and has the best creativity in the Bundesliga since...well...possibly ever. Only last March, Götze renenwed his contract with Borussia Dortmund, making any potential tranfer that bit more expensive. The likes of Chelsea or City could afford him, but in my opinion it should be Arsene Wenger chasing up the 19-year old. It would be his best signing since Thierry Henry. Big words, I know. [caption id="attachment_1896" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Hot prospect ...
  • 03.05.12
    Ones to watch #12: Iker Muniain Ones to watch | Comments Off on Ones to watch #12: Iker Muniain
    It's been a while since I profiled youngsters to watch out for. Some of my previous inclusions (such as Juan Mata, Neymar and Alexis Sanchez) are all causing a stir this season. In this edition I bring you a certain Basque winger that, if you have been watching any Spanish football this season, will find hard to ignore. Let me introduce to you Athletic Bilbao's Iker Muniain. Señor Muniain first came to my attention as part of Spain's Under-21 European winning squad that won the competition last summer (in which a previous 'one to watch', Thiago, featured prominently). Clearly, Muniain had ability. ...