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Football’s Rising Stars: Timothy Fosu-Mensah

Manchester United have a proud history of promoting players from their youth system to the first team. In fact that policy has been so successful that the 20-time English champions have always had a youth team player at least on their bench – if not the first team – since the 1930s. That is a fantastic return for any club ...

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5 promising footballers who failed badly

Anderson The former Brazil international has had a well decorated career so far. During his eight-year stint at Manchester United, he went on to collect four Premier League titles, two League Cups and the 2008 Champions League amongst others. However, even the keenest of football watchers will be at pains to find out any real impact that the Brazilian made ...

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Football’s Rising Stars – Samuel Umtiti

  Barcelona have acquired France international Samuel Umtiti for a €25 million transfer fee earlier this summer. The youngster has been a key figure for Lyon in their past few campaigns and if his performances at the Euro 2016 are any indication then Barcelona have secured a potential star in their ranks.  Playing style Umtiti is a well-rounded centre-back. He is ...

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Football’s Rising Stars – Renato Sanches

The ever efficient Bayern Munich’s transfer dealings completed another good purchase when they acquired Benfica’s Renato Sanches earlier this summer. The young Portuguese star had been linked with a move to Manchester United but ultimately he chose the five-time European champions. Sanches is only 18-year-old, but his reading of the game is well beyond his years. The youngster played only ...

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Football’s Rising Stars – Leroy Sane

  Leroy Sane started his football education as a toddler when he joined SG Wattenscheid 09 way back in 2001. Four years later, Schalke acquired him and he progressed rapidly through the ranks of the Royal Blues before being sold to Bayer Leverkusen in 2008. However, he returned back to the Veltins-Arena in 2011 before being promoted to the club’s ...

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Football’s Rising Stars – Granit Xhaka

  Granit Xhaka has signed for Arsenal this summer and has become the first acquisition for the Gunners in the ongoing transfer window. For the 23-year-old midfielder the north London club have paid €45 million, according to reports. It is a steep price for a youngster, but then the rapid progress that the Swiss international of Albanian origin has made ...

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Football’s Rising Stars – Hector Bellerin

Hector Bellerin

Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin has made it to the Spanish national team for the upcoming European Championship due to be held in France later this month through the back door. However, no one can say that he didn’t deserve a spot in La Furia Roja squad considering the hugely successful campaign he enjoyed at the Emirates Stadium in the 2015/16 ...

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Football’s Rising Stars – Anthony Martial  

Anthony Martial signed for Manchester United at the start of last season from French Ligue 1 outfit Monaco for a price that made him the most expensive teenage signing in the history of the game. A price tag like that brings with it pressure, and heaps of it. There have been several instances of expensive signings bombing at their new ...

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Football’s Rising Stars – Jose Gimenez

Of all the playing positions in football, the defenders are always believed to be the ones who reach the top of their game in the latter half of their 20s. Unlike attacking positions, where an error might not lead to very drastic consequences – at most the player will miss a chance to score – the errors from defenders are ...

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