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I dont know if this belongs here, but it's certanly a issue that concerns world of football....

sorry, maybe someone sees a positive side in this way of "noticing the talent at young age", but this makes me sick......

http://www.cnn.com/2005/SPORT/01/27/brazil.youngster.ap/

SAO PAULO, Brazil (AP) -- Nine-year-old Jean Carlos Chera, who stands 1.37 meters (4-foot-6), is attracting interest from Manchester United and other top European football teams.

Chera, who weighs 35 kilograms (77 pounds), currently plays for the youth teams of Associacao Desportiva Atletica, a small club in the southern Brazilian state of Parana.

"Seven or eight European clubs have already contacted us to know more about Jean," team president Adilson Batista Prado said on Thursday.

"They want to know what he is all about, and I tell them he's a phenomenon, probably the best player to come out of Brazil."

Prado and team officials would not identify all the clubs interested in Jean, but confirmed that representatives of Manchester United have asked for videotapes of his matches.

Prado said teams from Portugal, France and Germany have made contact, and local media identified FC Porto as one of the teams.

The club said the European clubs haven't made official offers yet, but some have asked for permission to send representatives, and others have invited the midfielder and his family to go to Europe.

"He still needs to be a kid," said Prado, who does not allow Chera to talk to reporters.

Chera began to attract attention after the club put videos with highlights of Jean's matches on its Web site. In the videos, Chera is seen scoring goals from midfield, dribbling past several defenders and playing among 13- and 14-year-olds.

After the videos were posted, the site's page views nearly tripled and some of them had to be removed to keep the site from crashing, the club said.

Two years ago, Manchester and Inter Milan were among top clubs that expressed interest in then 14-year-old Freddy Adu, who signed for Major League Soccer instead.

European clubs generally are not allowed to use players from outside the European Union on their first teams until they turn 18.
 

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It is sick Knocc, it is, is designing the future of not now a teenager, of just a kid,, no matter the dollars, fame he will probably achieve, is plain sick, a golden acge, still a cage...
 

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It's a crime, is what it is. If the kid's parents allow this move, they are irresponsible and unfit parents. It would destroy the kid's childhood.
 

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Garrincha said:
It's a crime, is what it is. If the kid's parents allow this move, they are irresponsible and unfit parents. It would destroy the kid's childhood.
Agreed. Parents, unfortunately almost always make the wrong decisions with this.
 

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12 - 13 but if he is giffted like this boy then why the hell not
 

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It really depends on the parents, They have the power and If they are good parents then we shouldn't worry as they should will do whats best for their son.

Anyway why don't the clubs just come back when he is 15/16?, Then its more clearer to see what he can become.
 

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It is sick Knocc, it is, is designing the future of not now a teenager, of just a kid,, no matter the dollars, fame he will probably achieve, is plain sick, a golden acge, still a cage...

haha i just wanted to bring michael jackson in it ... im off topic

but ya he is too young .. the kid needs a childhood to
 
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