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World academies . . . Portland Timbers

How they do in Stumptown Who has the best youth system in the world?     Barcelona? Ajax? Partizan Belgrade? This highly subjective question is almost impossible to answer. Much has been written about the world’s great academies but what about the setup at clubs less famous for talent production? We thought it would be interesting…

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More English kids should follow Mandela Egbo to Europe

  Crystal Palace had high hopes for Mandela Egbo. The 17-year-old right back was one of the best prospects to come through their academy in recent years. Palace offered him a good contract but he chose to sign his first full professional deal with Borussia Monchenglabach in Germany. The English club will receive approximately £200,000…

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Why Barca are hot for cool Marlon

Marlon Santos of Fluminense was the classiest defender at the Under 20 World Cup in New Zealand. Calm and composed throughout as Brazil reached the final he was the defensive rock on which their potent attack was based. Quick but unhurried, dynamic yet languid – Marlon is a cool centre back. And now news emerges…

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Women’s World Cup Wonderkids

As the Women’s World Cup gets underway in Canada we take a look at five of the most interesting young players at the tournament. Gloriana Villalobos – Costa Rica (20/08/1999) The future of Costa Rican football is only 15 and is the youngest player at the 2015 Women’s World Cup. To put that into context…

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