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The Most Valuable Teenagers in Europe

The estimable CIES Football Observatory have ranked the most valuable players in Europe’s Big 5 leagues. Unsurprisingly Lionel Messi tops the list, valued at a colossal €250.7 million. Neymar is in second place ahead of Eden Hazard, Cristiano Ronaldo and Harry Kane. Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur tops the list of valuable teenagers. The CIES…

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How they do in Pyongyang

As part of our series looking at different youth systems around the world we take a look at North Korea’s national academy. North Korea have had phenomenal success in recent years at the various Asian youth championships. They were runners-up at last year’s Under 19 Championships and won it in 2006 and 2010. They won the…

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The new Courtois?

If Mile Svilar ever needs advice on the pressures of being a goalkeeper he doesn’t have far to go. His father, Ratko, played for Yugoslavia and was keeper for Royal Antwerp for 16 years. The younger Svilar rejected offers from some of Europe’s top clubs to sign a professional contract with Anderlecht on his 16th…

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England’s teenage EURO 2016 hopefuls

Roy Hodgson likes teenagers. He has included two in each of the England squads he has picked for major tournaments. Alex Oxlade Chamberlain and Jack Butland went to EURO 2012 at 18 and 19. Raheem Sterling and Luke Shaw were 19 and 18 when Hodgson took them to the 2014 World Cup. Who from England’s…

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Thoughts on the Under 17 World Cup draw

The draw for the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup was made in Santiago, Chile yesterday. The tournament kicks off on October 17 and there are some very interesting ties in store. Stars from Chile’s sporting past and present including Ivan Zamorano and Marcelo Salas picked the teams and two groups stand out immediately. If Group C,…

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Dayot Upamecano flying with Red Bull

Red Bull Sulzburg had to fight some of the biggest clubs in the world to sign Dayot Upamecano. Manchester United, Arsenal and Manchester City had all been linked with the 16-year-old but he chose to move Austria from Valenciennes. Salzburg have wasted little time integrating him into their first team squad – justifying their move…

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More English kids should follow Mandela 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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