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Thiago Alcantara

The next superstar from Barca's famed La Masia. Iniesta in the making.
 

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Holy moly! Why didn't I think of this, well too bad..
One hell of a player in the making. What I like about him is that he has an even better eye for a trough ball than both Xavi and Iniesta. Really excellent vision in this kid.
BUT i'm still pissed he didn't accept med on facebook! :wallbang:
 

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Thiago and Keko are probably the most talented guys from generation 91' in Spain and they're scary by all means.

Thiago should do like his father and go to Valencia :D
 

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Thiago: “I hope this can continue”

Just like Jonathan dos Santos (19) – who was praised by everyone for his performance on his debut on Saturday, there were also good remarks levelled at Thiago Alcantara (18) for his composed display on Tuesday despite the defeat.

The Brazilian-born player, in his first official match for the first team, started the match alongside Andres Iniesta and Rafael Marquez in midfield. Against Sevilla, one of the top teams in Spain, it was sort of a trial by fire for the young player. He played for 70 minutes before being replaced by the player he hopes to emulate, Xavi Hernandez.

A match that will always be remembered by him, Thiago reminisce about the moment, “I only found out that I would be in the starting eleven a few minutes before the match, and I was not expecting it.”

“I hope that this can continue.”


Demonstrating his maturity beyond his years, Thiago was not awestruck by the stage or the opponent, giving an impressive display all-round.

“It is the only way I know how to play,” was his reply, noting his gratitude to his seniors for their treatment and advice before the match, “They are a fantastic group of players,” the player said.

Denying that he has a strong character, Thiago said, “It is not my personality. I have a lot of respect for everyone, but sometimes, that is just how I am on the pitch.”

Asked what he thinks of the coach, the player said, “Even though Pep has a serious personality, I have never seen him mad.”

Finally, touching the team’s chances of in the Copa, Thiago thinks that they can still qualify even though it is “tough.”
 

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Fran Sanchez: “Thiago is a virtuoso”

The first coach of Thiago Alcántara at La Masia, Francesc Sanchez Bas, stresses the potential of the young midfielder. According to Fran, “Thiago is the finest example of virtuosity with the ball.” Thiago Alcantara’s debut as a starter in an official match against Sevilla FC at the Camp Nou might have been subdued due to the defeat, but the midfielders playing was one of the most positive aspects of the first leg of the round of sixteen of the Copa Del Rey.

Thiago Alcantara signed for Barça in 2005 at the age of 14 along with his brother Rafa Alcantara (16), who is currently plying his trade in the Juvenil A side just two steps away from the first team. Fran was the coach of that team which included great talents like, Thiago Alcantara, Gai Assulin, Marti Riverola, Marc Barta, Martin Montoya, Ruben Rochina, Dani Pacheco, among others.

The current coach of the Cadet A was from the outset, fascinated by the quality of that young pearl of 14 years: “Thiago has football in his blood, he was by far the best player when he had ball. Gradually he learned to use his talent for the benefit of the team and this made him an even better player.”

Fran has worked with many players with great skill in the Barca ranks, but according to him Thiago’s technique and power to imbalance is unique: “I think he is the finest example of virtuosity with the ball. When the ball is at his feet he is amazing, he can do anything.”
 

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hes a brilliant talent. only saw him in proper games with the spanish youth squad, but boy can he read a game. this is a ready-made xavi replacement. a couple of years playing copa matches, a few sub appearances, filling in for injuries and he'll be set to go. fantastic footballer.
 

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He was superb with the Spanish U17's a couple of years ago, Santistebán called it the most talented generation he had managed and he had been in charge since 1989 until he retired in 2008 when Thiago and the 1991's beat France 4-0.

The guy is a great player though.
 

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Isn't there a Rising Stars forum this would be better suited for?
 

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I think he is going to be better than any current midfielder of Brazil NT. Thiago is a world class talent.

However, I am not sure if he will choose Brazil. I think Italy is pretty much out of question, even if he was born there and has citizenship. And when it comes to Brazil vs Spain, I think Spain has an advantage, looking at the fact that he played for Spanish youth sides.

He has Brazilian blood, but did he ever live in Brazil? If not, I can see why he won't feel as much Brazilian. It will be a great loss to Brazil, looking at the shit they have right now. The kid has talent, and with La Masia's ingredients, he is looking to be the best in the world in his position.
 

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He has Brazilian blood, but did he ever live in Brazil? If not, I can see why he won't feel as much Brazilian. It will be a great loss to Brazil, looking at the shit they have right now. The kid has talent, and with La Masia's ingredients, he is looking to be the best in the world in his position.

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Hernanes is already one of the best midfielders in Serie A, Ganso will be huge, and then Coutinho if he keeps up his current rate of progress
 

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It was harsh, but considering what they fielded in the world cup and who they used to have.. its an apparent fall from grace. I think Motta without all his injuries that almost ruined his career could have been capped for them as well. Meh who am I kidding, they've shunned their midfield artists since that football tragedy back in 1982. :undecide: :pp Ganso, Coutinho and Hernanes will probably end up on the wing..
 

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Hernanes is already one of the best midfielders in Serie A, Ganso will be huge, and then Coutinho if he keeps up his current rate of progress
To be honest, I said shit more referring to the fact that in recent years they used Gilberto Silva, who hardly moves around, Lucas Leiva, Ramires, Elano and Melo etc. Ganso and Hernanes MIGHT be huge, but AFAIK, they weren't first choice, were they?

For me, Thiago has potential to be far better than any of G. Silva, Lucas Leiva, Ramires or Melo, even if he doesn't directly compare to them because he is not a defensive midfielder. I do not know much about Ganso or Hernanes.

PS The above named players are "shit" by Brazil's own high standards of course. Some other countries would be glad to have them. The point is, Thiago has more talent.
 
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