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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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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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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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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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One To Watch: Shinnosuke Nakatani

Some teams have a weak position, Japan have two – striker and centre back. An abundance of attacking midfielders and a couple of full backs have masked their deficiency but they are lacking quality in two crucial areas. Japan pass prettily but are toothless in attack and spineless in defence. Like a light punching boxer…

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