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Liverpool wonderkid Ben Woodburn earns Wales call-up

Ben Woodburn initially gained recognition for his standout performances for Liverpool at youth level, which saw the youngster fast-tracked into the senior side at the beginning of this campaign. After being included in the latest Wales squad for the first time, the 17-year-old is now in the process of developing his career for both club and country. Read More »

The three most outstanding French teenagers this season

The French Ligue 1 is renowned for grooming and nurturing raw talents who in the long run blossom into some of the best players in the world. And this season hasn’t been an exception with teenagers taking the French top flight by storm with superb and improbable performances way beyond their age. Read More »

The Europe-Wide Battle For Moussa Dembele

20 years of age, 26-goals, 3 hat-tricks and is quite possibly the best player Scotland has ever seen in their top tier; Moussa Dembele has gone from an unheard of Fulham youngster to the hottest striking prodigy in World Football in less than 7 months. Read More »

Freddy Adu – From football’s hottest prospect to sadly unemployed.

If you were a keen fan of Football Manager in the noughties you would have inevitably googled ‘Best Football Manager Wonderkids’ – and top of that list around 2005, more often than not, would have been a young American teenager called Freddy Adu, once tipped for success now he is desperate to sign a club after being rejected by several, ... Read More »

Taking Marco van Basten seriously

Opening minds in this day and age is even more difficult than unlocking a defense with ten men behind the ball. Those who fear globalization and climate legislation may force uncertain change in their lives are gaining political power, threatening to stagnate society into a dull existence of losses and nil-nil draws that will eventually relegate humanity to self-extinction. Accepting new challenges in ... Read More »

Wonderkids: Winners and Losers

According to football simulator games such as FIFA and Football Manager; there’s a certain number of so-called ‘Wonderkids’ that should develop into the next generation of Ballon D’Or winners. However, very few of these young talents actually blossom into World Class stars – where are some of them now you might ask? Read More »

The rise of Chris Wood

New Zealand hitman Chris Wood has had a magnificent rise in form this season, banging in 14 goals domestically in the Championship and helping Leeds United climb up the table to 3rd place and are firmly knocking on the door for an automatic promotion place and a well overdue return to the top flight of English football. Read More »

Ishak Belfodil – Lukaku’s Replacement?

We all know how often Romelu Lukaku is linked with a return to Chelsea or a move away from Everton to a so called bigger club, every day of every transfer window for the past 4/5 years and it does begin to get monotonous….. Read More »

Justin Kluivert: Wonderkid or not?

The Dutch Eredivisie doesn’t receive anywhere near as much attention as it deserves these days but the limelight has swung in Ajax’s direction over the last 48 hours. A news story broke on Saturday if you were paying attention, that a very familiar name would be on the bench for Ajax as they took on PEC Zwolle. Read More »

Let’s not try to put too much pressure on Tom Davies, for England’s sake.

Admittedly, a great performance it was by young Tom Davies at the weekend, however, I really hope that the media do not bombard the 18-year old with the old ‘The Next Gerrard’ or ‘The English Zidane’ typical cliché headlines which overhyped young English talents do not warrant nor deserve the overwhelming attention, and just let Davies flourish. Read More »

The rise of AC Milan youngster Gianluigi Donnarumma

AC Milan supporters haven’t had much to celebrate over the last several seasons, but the emergence of Gianluigi Donnarumma is something all associated with the club should feel proud of. The 17-year-old has the potential to become one of the best goalkeepers in world football. Read More »

How far can Dele Alli’s potential take him?

Dele Alli’s brace at White Hart Lane on Wednesday helped Tottenham to a 2-0 win over Chelsea. The victory also ended their London rivals’ 13 game winning streak in the Premier League and meant Spurs jumped to third in the table. The 20-year-old’s performance on the night epitomised his form of late and has people wondering what heights this young ... Read More »

How likely is Simon Kuper’s prediction for a football dystopia ruled by analytics and technology?

This image was attached with the kind permission of Liem Nguyen of PixelReborn.com

Simon Kuper’s place in football journalism was secured when Soccernomics, co-written with Stefan Symanski, was published in 2006. He’d written other books previously, and more since, but Soccernomics forever equated him with the growing analytics movement sweeping across athletics. Because writers are criminally underpaid, the Ugandan-born Dutchman frequently contributes to ESPNFC to keep the lights on. Thursday last, he posted one of ... Read More »

Leon Bailey – The Next Instalment of Belgian Superstars

Despite only having a population of 11.3 million, 1/5 of England’s alone, Belgium have produced some of the best players on the planet in recent years: Eden Hazard, Vincent Kompany and Kevin De Bruyne – to name a few. Read More »

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