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1.
Name: Antonio Cassano
Nationality: Italian
Current Club: Bari (Italy)
Date of Birth: 12/07/1982
Position: Attacking Midfielder/Forward Left/Centre
Previous Clubs: None
Comments: He is called the next Roberto Baggio. He is the perfect player. He has everything- dribbling qualities of a skilled Brazilian, great understanding of the game, great passes and even pretty good heading. Try to make a picture in your mind- Ronaldo's dribbling combined with Veron's understanding of the game and vision combined with Beckham's passes and you will have a pretty clear picture of what kind of player he is growing into. His agent admitted all of Italy's biggest clubs including Lazio, Juventus, Roma and Inter are after him. He mentioned that Manchester United are leading the chase for him and that United have been monitoring his situation ever since he started playing for Bari's youth. His price- tag is valued somewhere near 16 million pounds! And we are talking of a player that only turned 17 not long ago!

2.
Name: Ronaldo de Assis Moreira "Ronaldinho"
Nationality: Brazilian
Current Club: Gremio (Brazil)
Date of Birth: 21/03/1980
Position: Striker
Previous Clubs: None
Comments: What a prospect. He is really an amazing starlet and another amazing speedy striker that comes out of Brazil. He is the sure replacement for Romario in Brazil's national squad. He is an amazing dribbler and has that special ability that only Brazilians have. He is only 19 years old but has won lots of trophies. Here are some examples: With Gremio he has won the Gaucho Cup (1999), Gaucho Cup top scorer (1999) and the Copa Sul (1999). With Brazil he has won the U-17 South American Championship (1997), U-17 Fifa World Cup (1997), Copa America (1999) and the Fifa Confederations cup top scorer (1999). He also helped Brazil's U-23 team to qualify to the Olympics by scoring a total of 9 goals in the pre-Olympic tournament making him the top scorer of that competition. Barcelona and Real Madrid are after him and the chase winner will probably be setting the pace in Spain in the next few years.

3.
Name: Joe Cole
Nationality: English
Current Club: West Ham United (England)
Date of Birth: 08/11/1981
Position: Midfielder
Previous Clubs: Signed from trainee 11/12/98
Comments: For some years now he have been considered the most highly rated youngster in England and maybe in Europe but only now at 18 he is starting to show why he is so highly rated. At 18, he has already won the F.A youth cup with West Ham and has lead the England's U-21 team to some exciting performances. He has tremendous pace and he dribbles like a Brazilian. The best example to why he is so loved is that even fans of rival clubs like him and doesn't say a bad word about him. There's a reason for that; a whole country is building their hopes on him!

4.
Name: Javier Saviola
Nationality: Argentinian
Current Club: River Plate (Argentina)
Date of Birth: 11/12/1981
Position: Striker
Previous Clubs: None
Comments: Nicknamed “El Conejito”-Little Rabbit, he is considered to be the new Maradona. At 19, he is considered as one of the most talented youngsters in the world. He has amazing pace, dribbling and shooting. He scored his opening goal in his debut game against Gimnasia Jujoy and since then has never looked back. In his opening season he scored twice in five appearances. In the next season he scored four times in fourteen appearances. But his big break came this season when he ended as top goalscorer with 15 goals. At 19, he already led his team to the Argentinean title. His agent has said he received a bid from a team offering 45 million dollars for the promising 19 years old striker. Whether that’s true or not Saviola will soon find himself in one of Europe’s finest clubs.

5.
Name: Stephane Dalmat
Nationality: French
Current Club: Olympic Marseilles (France)
Date of Birth: 16/02/1979
Position: Left/Central Midfielder
Previous Clubs: Chateauroux & RC Lens
Comments: The best talent in France and one of the most promising youngsters in European Football. His vision is not something you see every day. He is an exceptional creator who has amazing passes. He is also a very good dribbler. Has given some fantastic performances in the Champions League.

6.
Name: Juan Roman Riquelme
Nationality: Argentinian
Current Club: Boca Juniors (Argentina)
Date of Birth: 24/06/1978
Position: Midfielder
Previous Clubs: None
Comments: Nicknamed "Romi", he is an exciting young player. He is a great attacking midfielder who can also play as a playmaker. In his style he very much reminds of Lazio's Juan Veron. He is a good dribbler, has good pace and a fantastic shot from distance. Real Madrid and Juventus want him immediately but he wants to stay at Boca for another year.

7.
Name: Gianluca Zambrotta
Nationality: Italian
Current Club: Juventus (Italy)
Date of Birth: 19/02/1977
Position: Right/Left Defensive Midfielder/Winger
Previous Clubs: Como (Italy), Bari (Italy)
Comments: Currently, one of the best talents in Italy, he is a real exceptional one. He played 3 years in small Italian club Como before moving to Bari. After playing two good seasons with Bari, Juventus were very impressed with him and bought him. He now plays regularly for them and also for the Italian national side. A good solid midfielder who's natural position is as a winger.

8.
Name: Sebastian Deisler
Nationality: German
Current Club: Hertha BSC (Germany)
Date of Birth: 05/01/1980
Position: Midfielder
Previous Clubs: Borussia M'gladbach (Germany), FC Larrach (Germany
Comments: He is nicknamed the Michael Owen of Germany. Germany has been waiting for a long time for some talents to pop up. These talents are Sebastian Deisler and Marco Reich. He is fast, dribbles well and a very good set- piece taker. His former club Borussia M'gladbach sold him to Hertha after their relegation from the Bundesliga. He will soon make his first appearance for Germany's national side. He has gained experience playing for Hertha in the Champions League.

9.
Name: Yossi Benayoun
Nationality: Israeli
Current Club: Maccabi Haifa (Israel)
Date of Birth: 05/05/1980
Position: Midfielder
Previous Clubs: Hapoel Beer Sheva (Israel), Ajax Youth team (Holland)
Comments: Nicknamed "the diamond", a whole country is building on his fantastic abilities. He is the one who should lead Israel into the next World Cup after the disappointment of failing to reach Euro 2000. He is not called "the diamond" for no reason- he is fast, an amazing dribbler and a very good passer of the ball. He has those defense- splitting passes who only the great ones have. But most of all he is a good person- one of the most remembered visions in Israeli football was seeing him cry after scoring a goal in the last match of the season. He thought that goal has saved his team from relegation, he ran to the crowd but they were not happy- that's when he understood they were relegated and startecrying. In his first season being only 17, he scored 15 goals and set up many others. After that season he moved to Maccabi Haifa and became the star of their team. He is now on the way to his first championship. Lots of teams have shown interest in him including the finest of Europe's clubs including Lazio, Fiorentina, Paris S.G and Monaco.

10.
Name: Roque Santa Cruz
Nationality: Paraguayan
Current Club: Bayern Munich (Germany)
Date of Birth: 16/08/1981
Position: Striker
Previous Clubs: Olimpia Asancion (Paraguay)
Comments: The tall striker who had his big brake in the Copa America is settling well in Bayern. Even though in his way stands the two Brazilians- Giovane Elber and Paulo Sergio and the two Germans- Mehmet Scholl and Alexander Zickler he is still getting enough first team action as Bayern is suffering from an injury crisis. He plays fantastically with his head, but also plays ok with his feet. Not a great dribbler but he really compensates for that issue with his fantastic head game.

11.
Name: John Carew
Nationality: Norwegian
Current Club: Rosenborg (Norway)
Date of Birth: 05/09/1979
Position: Striker
Previous Clubs: Valerenga (Norway)
Comments: A very strong but also very technical striker. You don't see his kind of players every day. Most tall and strong players are not that technical. But he really has everything- He is good in the air, can outrun most defenders and is also a very good dribbler. He has lots of caps for Norway's U-21 team and also several caps for Norway's senior team. He has gained important experience playing for Rosenborg in the Champions League and has even qualified with his team to the second phase of the competition after some good matches. He is wanted by lots of top European clubs.

12.
Name: Xavi Hernandez
Nationality: Spanish
Current Club: FC Barcelona (Spain)
Date of Birth: 25/01/1980
Position: Defensive Midfielder
Previous Clubs: None
Comments: He has been compared to Barcelona captain Josep "Pep" Guardiola ever since he substituted him in a game at the start of last season. He might not have the strength of Guardiola but his passing is just as good. He will become a regular in the Barcelona side when Guardiola will leave in the summer (He is on Barcelona's transfer list). He will have his Spanish debut in a year so.

13.
Name: De Souza Alexsandro "Alex"
Nationality: Brazilian
Current Club: Palmeiras (Brazil)
Date of Birth: 14/12/1977
Position: Attacking Midfielder/Forward
Previous Clubs: ?
Comments: Maybe the next great Brazilian midfielder after Rivaldo. He is all skill, great pace, great skill and good passing. He is wanted by lots of European clubs and together with Ronaldinho Asis, they will lead Brazil's senior squad into the 2002 world cup. He still has a long way to go but he is looking like a huge prospect for the future.

14.
Name: Marco Rigoni
Nationality: Italian
Current Club: Juventus (Italy)
Date of Birth: 05/01/1980
Position: Attacking Midfielder
Previous Clubs: Padova's youth team (Italy)
Comments: If there is anyone so similar to Del Piero, it is this lad. He is quite brilliant. He is so fast and has brilliant dribbling skills. He even has the same birth origins as Del Piero. He will definitely be a regular next year. He has the potential to become better than Del Piero. He is considered as one of Italy's best talents for some time now.

15.
Name: Shinji Ono
Nationality: Japanese
Current Club: Urawa Red Diamonds (Japan)
Date of Birth: 27/09/1979
Position: Attacking Midfielder
Previous Clubs: None
Comments: A fantastic midfielder and one of the best players in the Japanese league. He has already been capped for Japan's national side playing in the last match of the World Cup in France. He has captained the U-20 team for the U-20 World Championships in Nigeria where Japan ended second after Spain. He has won the "Most Valuable Player" of the tournament award after scoring two goals and setting up a few others. He is fast, a great passer of the ball and has good vision. He is very highly rated and Japan's national team manager Philipe Trousier was allegedly asked by Manchester United's coach Alex Ferguson if Ono is ready for premiership action. Trousier said he is ready. Another side who is interested in him is Arsenal as coach Arsene Venger is a close friend of Trousier and the latter have also noted to him that Ono is ready for action. He will probably play another season with his current club before moving to Europe.

16.
Name: Simao Sabrosa
Nationality: Portuguese
Current Club: FC Barcelona (Spain)
Date of Birth: 30/10/1979
Position: Attacking Midfielder/Right Winger
Previous Clubs: Sporting Lisbon (Portugal)
Comments: The most highly rated youngster in Portugal has joined Barcelona in the summer for 15 million dollars from Sporting Lisbon. So far his last season in Sporting was his best in his short career. He scored 10 times in 30 appearances. He has yet broken into Barcelona's first team but that's not surprising because in his position stands maybe the best right winger in the world- Luis Figo. In most other clubs he would surely be an opener. He shouldn't worry though his time will surely come otherwise Luis Van-Gaal wouldn't have spent 15 million dollars for him.

17.
Name: Andrea Pirlo
Nationality: Italian
Current Club: Reggina (Italy) (Loaned from Inter Milan)
Date of Birth: 19/05/1979
Position: Striker/Attacking Midfielder (behind the strikers)
Previous Clubs: Brescia (Italy), Inter Milan (Italy)
Comments: Nicknamed the new Gianni Rivera- one of Italy's biggest ever stars, he is a very technical player who has a good shot. He is also a fantastic set-piece taker. He can play in various positions including as a forward, central midfielder, attacking midfielder or even as a playmaker. He is smart and has great vision. He reads the game well and possesses good passing. He came to Inter after helping Brescia promote to the Serie A. He failed to gain a starting role in inter with the likes of Ronaldo, Zamorano, Ventola and Baggio being in his way. He is now starring in Reggina and if he'll be good enough he'll return to Inter but this time in the starting lineup. Not that this time it will be any easier- two other strikers have joined the club since he left- Alvaro Recoba and the 50 million dollars man Cristian Vieri.

18.
Name: Johnnier Montano
Nationality: Colombian
Current Club: Parma (Italy)
Date of Birth: 14/01/1983
Position: Attacking Midfielder/Forward
Previous Clubs: Quilmes (Argentina)
Comments: A fantastic midfielder who has shown the world his talent in 99's Toulon tournament and Copa America. He is only 16 old has already been capped for Colombia's national side and has even scored a goal. His amazing performances in the Toulon tournament convinced Parma to buy him at such a young age.

19.
Name: Pablo Aimar
Nationality: Argentinian
Current Club: River Plate (Argentina)
Date of Birth: 03/11/1979
Position: Midfielder
Previous Clubs: None
Comments: A fantastic prospect for the future. He is called "El Payaso"- the clown. A fantastic midfielder who has already been capped for Argentina. He is a good fast dribbler who has his whole future ahead of him. He will soon move to Europe with basically every big club showing interest in him.

20.
Name: Artem Bezrodny
Nationality: Russian
Current Club: Spartak Moscow (Russia)
Date of Birth: 10/02/1979
Position: Central Midfielder/Forward
Previous Clubs: ?
Comments: A great midfielder and an amazing prospect for the future. He is the next star in the Russian production line, which have already given us great players like Valery Karpin, Alexander Mostovoi and Dimitry Aleinichev. He is destined to lead Russia's national squad to World Cup 2002. He has been capped lots of times for Russia's U-21 side. His only fault is having lots of injuries. But then again Ryan Giggs also has lots of injuries.

21.
Name: Emre Belozoglu
Nationality: Turkish
Current Club: Galatasaray (Turkey)
Date of Birth: 07/09/1980
Position: Attacking Midfielder/Playmaker
Previous Clubs: Galatasaray Youth Team (Turkey)
Comments: Emre is the next big Turkish name after Hakan Sukur. He is fast and creative. He has a fantastic shot and he reads the game well. He is a good dribbler and is very good at one on one situations. Together with Berkant Goktan they will lead the senior squad in Euro 2000 and hopefully in the 2002 world cup like they have led Turkey's u-21 side. Spanish side Real Madrid is after him and has allegedly offered Galatasaray 15 million dollars for him.

22.
Name: Eirik Bakke
Nationality: Norwegian
Current Club: Leeds United (England)
Date of Birth: 13/09/1977
Position: Attacking Midfielder/Forward
Previous Clubs: Sogndal IL (Norway)
Comments: A great midfielder who has moved to the righclub for him apparently. Leeds United is the team for him as they accept youngsters fantastically and give them first team chances. They have so many great youngsters: Woodgate, Harte, Mills, Kewell, Bowyer, Mcphail, Jones, Bridges, Smith, Robinson, McMaster, Milosevic and now also Bakke. Bakke is a fantastic midfielder who can do the job both in defensive roles or in attacking ones. He was hunted by lots of other clubs but eventually moved to Leeds for 5 million pounds.

23.
Name: Hugo Leal
Nationality: Portuguese
Current Club: Atletico Madrid (Spain)
Date of Birth: 21/05/1980
Position: Attacking Midfielder (Behind the strikers)
Previous Clubs: Alverca (Portugal), Benfica Lisbon (Portugal)
Comments: Nicknamed the new "Rui Costa" he is very much alike the Fiorentina man. The pair play in the same position (Att. Midfielder who plays just after the strikers) and have the same qualities. They are fast and like to use the opposition's blind spots by supplying good balls to the forwards. They both dribble well and have a good shot. Hugo Leal will replace Rui Costa in Portugal's senior side in a couple of years' time. For now, he plays for the U-21 team.

24.
Name: Mohamad Kallon
Nationality: Sierra Leone
Current Club: Reggina (Italy)
Date of Birth: 16/10/1979
Position: Striker
Previous Clubs: Lugano (Switzerland), Genoa (Italy), Bologna (Italy), Cagliary (Italy)
Comments: A great young striker. He has started his career in Lugano playing 18 matches in two years only scoring once. Later, he moved to Genoa where he had a much better season scoring 10 times in 26 matches. He then moved to Bologna but only played 3 times and didn't score. In a quest for first team action he moved to Cagliary where he played in 26 matches netting 6 times. This season he moved to Reggina and alongside Andrea Pirlo they are trying to keep Reggina in the Seria A. My prediction is Reggina will not stay in the league but Kallon will have his big brake, score lots of goals and move to a big club.

25.
Name: Claudio Pizzaro
Nationality: Peruvian/ Italian
Current Club: Werder Bremen (Germany)
Date of Birth: 03/10/1978
Position: Striker
Previous Clubs: ?
Comments: The Peruvian/Italian striker is a real classy one. He is fast, good on the ball and a great finisher. He is the second best scorer in his team after Germany's Marco Bode. He will soon make a move to a bigger club in Germany or in another European country.

26.
Name: Richard Knopper
Nationality: Dutch
Current Club: Ajax Amsterdam (Holland)
Date of Birth: 29/08/1977
Position: Attacking Midfielder/Forward
Previous Clubs: Feyenoord (Holland)
Comments: Currently the best player in Ajax alongside aging Bryan Laudrup. He is another one of the stars in Ajax's production line which includes players like: Dennis Begkamp, Marc Overmars, Patrick Kluivert, Winston Bogarde, Michael Reiziger, Edgar Davids and Clarence Seedorf. He is not very quick but he is a good dribbler and he has a fantastic shot from distance. He will probably move to a better league and club soon.

27.
Name: Haruna Babangida
Nationality: Nigerian
Current Club: Barcelona B (Spain)
Date of Birth: 01/10/1982
Position: Right Winger/Forward
Previous Clubs: None
Comments: Haruna Babangida The much-talked about Nigerian is still very young but is considered to be one of the most promising youngsters in the world. He is still very far from Barcelona's first team but undoubtedly his time will come. At 16, he has scored an amazing amount of goals in Barcelona's second team that got him publicized. Much like Jermaine Pennant at Arsenal he is still unproven but everyone knows about his skill from such a young age. He is currently playing for Nigeria's U-21 team but in a year's time he will definitely be an opener in Nigeria's national team.

28.
Name: Mateja Kezman
Nationality: Yugoslav
Current Club: Partizan Belgrade (Yugoslavia)
Date of Birth: 01/04/1979
Position: Striker
Previous Clubs: Zemun (Yuguslavia), Radnicki Pirot (Yugoslavia), Loznica (Yugoslavia), Sartid (Yugoslavia)
Comments: Currently the best talent in the Yugoslav league. Kezman is a great finisher who also has great dribbling skills and good pace. While he played for Zamun's youth side he broke his leg and his career was in quite some scare. But his strong will got him out of the tough injury. He has already been capped for Yugoslavia. Lazio is interested in him and have allegedly offered a bid for 20 million dollars in order to get his services.

29.
Name: Jermaine Pennant
Nationality: English/Jamaican
Current Club: Arsenal (England)
Date of Birth: 16/01/1983
Position: Attacking Midfielder Right/ Centre
Previous Clubs: Notts County (England)
Comments: He has recently made his debut appearance for Arsenal's senior side being only 16. The much-talked about star has moved to Arsenal from Notts County last summer for 1,500,000 pounds. He has had some great performances for England's youth team. He is an amazing dribbler, who has tremendous pace and good finishing skill. He will be Arsenal's leader in 3 or 4 years time. He will certainly develop into a top star in European football.

30.
Name: Nils-Erik Johansson
Nationality: Swedish
Current Club: FC Bayer Munich (Germany)
Date of Birth: 19/01/1980
Position: Central Defender
Previous Clubs: Brommapojkarna (Sweden), AIK Stockholm (Sweden)
Comments: The perfect defender. He has all the qualities to become the next Stam, Maldini or Thuram. A real classy player. He has been raised in talent maker Brommapojkarna who also sold youth star Bojan Djordic to Manchester United. He is strong, tall, smart, hard to get by, has good ball control for a defender and a fantastic head game. He is a natural leader and the captain of Sweden's U-21 team. He has also scored 8 goals for the U-21 side in 32 games. A sure star for the future.

31.
Name: Pontus Farnerud
Nationality: Swedish
Current Club: AS Monaco (France)
Date of Birth: 04/06/1980
Position: Central Midfielder
Previous Clubs: Landskrona Boys (Sweden)
Comments: Considered to be one of the best talents in Sweden. He is a really classy player who has lots of skills. Among those skills are his finishing, his understanding of the game, his passing and his vision. He had lots of offers from about every club which respects itself but eventually decided to go to Monaco. He has played 4 times for Monaco last season. This season will surely see him break into Monaco's first team and develop into a star grade player.

32.
Name: Lokonda Emile Mpenza
Nationality: Belgian
Current Club: Shalke 04 (Germany)
Date of Birth: 04/07/1978
Position: Striker
Previous Clubs: LC Mesvin (Belgium), KV Kortrijk (Belgium), Mouscron (Belgium), Standard Liege (Belgium)
Comments: A good speedy striker. Have recently left sinking Belgian club Standard Liege for the likes of Shalke 04 from Germany. His first good season came for Mouscron where he scored 12 goals in 31 games. He was bought by Standard Liege and in his first season there he scored 6 times in 19 appearances. His next season there was better- he scored 10 times in 17 matches. He has decided to go in the footsteps of his brother Mbo and left Standard Liege for a bigger club. For the first time in his life he is playing in a different club than his brother. But they will surely meet in Belgium's national squad were they will play together upfront. Emile has already given some good performances for Schalke in a friendly tournament in Turkey.

33.
Name: Mazzolie Oliviera "Athirson"
Nationality: Brazilian
Current Club: Flamengo (Brazil)
Date of Birth: 16/01/1977
Position: Left Defender/ Midfielder/ Winger
Previous Clubs:
Comments: What a cracker. The fantastic left sided Brazilian wizard showed all his fantastic qualities in the South American Pre-Olympic tournament where he scored twice and gave many assists. He helped Brazil qualify to the Olympics after giving some amazing performances. He is fast, a great dribbler and a good finisher. He has everything a winger needs. The next Roberto Carlos?

34.
Name: Luciano Galletti
Nationality: Argentinian
Current Club: Parma (Italy)
Date of Birth: 09/04/1980
Position: Striker
Previous Clubs: Estudiantes LP (Argentina)
Comments: Galletti is one the fastest players you are ever going to see. Heis small but still a tough player to take the ball from. He is a very good dribbler. He Still has not yet made it in Parma's Starting 11 but it will happen soon. He was a star in Argentina's U-21 squad

35.
Name: Mario
Nationality: Spain
Current Club: FC Barcelona (Spain)
Date of Birth: 22/05/1980
Position: Left Attacking Midfielder
Previous Clubs: Barcelona B (Spain)
Comments: One of the stars in Spain's youth teams who practically won every major youth tournament last year. He is a small and very creative player. He can play with both his feet quite well. He has played some first team games for Barca but he is still not a regular. Maybe in a year or two he will be.

36.
Name: Rati Alexidze
Nationality: Georgian
Current Club: Chelsea (England)
Date of Birth: 03/08/1978
Position: Attacking Midfielder/ Forward
Previous Clubs: Dinamo Tbilisi (Georgia), Chelsea - as a trainee (England
Comments: Rati was chosen to be the Georgian player of the season last year. He is a good player who will continue the work Shota Arveladze and Giorgiou Kinkladze started doing in Giorgia's national side. He is currently the captain of Giorgia's U-21 team. He was once a trainee at Chelsea . After some trouble receiving a work permit he eventully got it and made the move to London.

37.
Name: Gaetano D'agostino
Nationality: Italian
Current Club: AS Roma (Italy)
Date of Birth: 03/06/1982
Position: Attacking Midfielder
Previous Clubs: None
Comments: Gaetento is the youngest player in Roma's main squad. If you think Mihajlovic's free kicks wont ever be equaled, then think a again. Cappelo has even stated that this lad has got the best left foot Italy. He has amazing technique and also amazing passing skills. A typical flair player. He will be a star.

38.
Name: Peter Ofori Quaye
Nationality: Ghanaian
Current Club: Olympiakos (Greece)
Date of Birth: 21/03/1980
Position: Striker
Previous Clubs: ?
Comments: Ofori Quaye is a good solid, tall and strong striker. He is usually playing in Olympiakos' first team squad and has gained useful experience playing for his club in Europe's Champions League. He has great pace and he is a very good finisher. He is one of the new fantastic generation of players coming from Ghana. He will soon move to a bigger club.

39.
Name: Enzo Maresca
Nationality: Italian
Current Club: Juventus (Italy)
Date of Birth: 10/02/1980
Position: Defensive/Attacking Midfielder Left/Centre
Previous Clubs: Cagliari (Italy), West Bromwich Albion (England)
Comments: The young dynamo is already a part of Dino Zoff's national squad. He played two years in Cagliary before moving to England to join West Bromwich Albion. He has won the club's best young player of the 1998/99 season. He played 22 matches in that season and scored 2 goals. Manchester United and Arsenal have shown interest in the young midfielder but he decided to come back to Italy and play for Juventus.

40.
Name: Sebastian Frey
Nationality: French
Current Club: Hellas Verona (Italy)- on loan from Inter Milan (Italy)
Date of Birth: 18/03/1980
Position: Goalkeeper
Previous Clubs: Cannes (France), Inter Milan (Italy)
Comments: This fantastic goalkeeper started his career in French club Cannes. On his first season there he played 24 games while he was only 17 years old. He gave some great performances for Cannes and lots of big European clubs where interested in him. He eventually decided to join Italy's Inter Milan and even played there 7 times in his first season. This season, he was loaned to Hellas Verona in order to give him more playing time. He is currently showing great ability there and it doesn't look likely that he will want to come back to Inter next year only to sit on the bench. We await developments.

41.
Name: Mikael Forsell
Nationality: Finnish
Current Club: Chelsea (England)
Date of Birth: 15/03/1981
Position: Striker
Previous Clubs: HJK Helsinki (Fin)
Comments: The Finnish striker actually was born in Steinfurt, Germany. He burst into the Premier League on his first season showing great skills and even scoring once or twice. He was bought by Chelsea from HJK Helsinki on a free transfer from under the noses of Inter Milan, Bayern Munich and Ajax Amsterdam. He is very highly rated in Finland and is the current star of their U-21 team. He hasn't got much playing time this season, though.

42.
Name: Adrian Mutu
Nationality: Romanian
Current Club: Inter Milan (Italy)
Date of Birth: 08/01/1979
Position: Attacking Midfielder/Striker
Previous Clubs: Dinamo Bucharest (Romania)
Comments: The Romanian midfielder/striker is another prodigy of Dinamo Bucharest who at the moment have good youngsters like Adrian Mihalcea, Marius Niculae and Florentin Petre. Together with some other players, this bunch and Mutu will be the new leaders of the aging Romanian team. Mutu has moved to Inter this season after scoring 18 goals for his club Dinamo Bucharest making him Romania's top scorer. He is not playing regularly for Inter yet, but he played so far in two games in the Italian cup and scored in both of them. He is one to watch for the future.

43.
Name: Jamie McMaster
Nationality: English/ Australian/ Scottish
Current Club: Leeds United (England)
Date of Birth: ??/??/????
Position: Attacking Midfielder/ Forward
Previous Clubs: ?
Comments: The young midfielder is the next star that will come out of Leeds' academy teams. He is very fast and a good finisher. Leeds hope he will follow Harry Kewell and become a star. There is a big row over his nationality. He has played for England's U-16 team in an official match but he also played for Australia's U-17 team but not in an official match. He also has roots in Scotland so he needs to decide who to play for in senior level. The Australian F.A is accusing Leeds that they are trying to convince him to play for one of the British sides. Whether that's true or not, he will probably become a big star in the future.

44.
Name: Andrea Rabito
Nationality: Italian
Current Club: AC Milan (Italy)
Date of Birth: 11/05/1980
Position: Left Winger
Previous Clubs: None
Comments: This young Italian star has one very important quality and that is his fantastic speed. He is very small and quick and is a typical winger. He is a good dribbler and also a good crosser. He has already been called up several times to sit on AC Milan's bench. Expect the unexpected from him.

45.
Name: John Harley
Nationality: English
Current Club: Chelsea (England)
Date of Birth: 26/09/1979
Position: Left Defender/ Midfielder/ Winger
Previous Clubs: None
Comments: This starlet has had his big brake this season. Chelsea are basically a very old team but this season some youngsters started poping up like Harley, Terry, Forsell and maybe now Alexidze. Harley might even get his chance to play for England's senior squad in the future as England are not exactly full of left-sided players at present time.

46.
Name: Darren Fletcher
Nationality: Scottish
Current Club: Manchester United FC (England)
Date of Birth: ??/02/1984
Position: Right/Central Midfielder/ Playmaker
Previous Clubs: Delkeith (Scotland), Celtic Boys club (Scotland), Rangers Boys Club (Scotland)
Comments: The 16 years old right midfielder joined Manchester United this season from small Scottish club Delkeith. He interested all of England's biggest teams including Leeds United, Newcastle United, Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea. He also interested Celtic and Rangers and even French side Lyon. He is already playing for United's reserves unlike most the kids his age who play at schoolboy level. He has already scored 2 goals for the reserves only playing 3 games. He is the star of Scotland's U-16 side. His manger there describes him as "outstanding". Alex Ferguson's assistant coach Steve McClaren also said that the young midfielder will be in the first team in 2 or 3 years.

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Name: Frederico Lazzeri
Nationality: Italian
Current Club: Torino (Italy)
Date of Birth: 15/10/1981
Position: Central Defender/Sweeper
Previous Clubs: None
Comments: A great sweeper whose best qualities are his great pace and fantastic anticipation. He understands the game real well and is a sure star for the future. He started playing for Italy's U-18 team ever since he was 16. He is nicknamethe new Franco Baresi.

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Name: Berkgant Goktan
Nationality: Turkish/ German
Current Club: Arminia Bielefeld (Germany)
Date of Birth: 12/12/1980
Position: Striker
Previous Clubs: FC Bayern Munich (Germany), FC Bayern Munich (A), Borussia M'gladbach (Germany)
Comments: A great striker who will surely develop into a top star in Turkish football. He is versatile, fast, a good dribbler and a good finisher. He currently plays for Turkey's U-21 team with Emre Belozoglu but will soon make his debut in the senior team. This pair should lead Turkey in Euro 2000 and maybe to the 2002 world cup.

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Name: Stein Huysegems
Nationality: Belgian
Current Club: SK Lierse (Belgium)
Date of Birth: 16/06/1982
Position: Striker
Previous Clubs: None
Comments: He will lead the Belgian team in the 2002 or the 2006 world cup alongside Emile Mpenza. He is a great striker who has tremendous pace and good accuracy. He has recently signed a new deal contracting him to the club to four more years.

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Name: Landon Donovan
Nationality: American
Current Club: Bayer Leverkuen (Germany)
Date of Birth: 04/03/1982
Position: Attacking Midfielder/ Forward
Previous Clubs: None
Comments: One of the uprising talents in American soccer. He is not yet playing in Leverkusen's first team but maybe with the likes of Brazilians Emerson and Ze Roberto leaving he will get his chance. He is currently playing for United States' U-17 team and has even won the "Most Valuable Player" in the recent U-17 world championships.
 

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San Siro:
one question.....

how long did it take you to write all of that?

:D
 

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:):):)Marcoa, what's up amigo?
Well it took me some time indeed...:)
But i enjoyed doing it!
 

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San Siro: The list is somewhat old, and I also know that you did not write it but instead you copied it from http://www.footballtransfers.co.uk, the authors of the top 50 are Roy Lieber and Sami Murtaza. You should have clarified that you are not the actual author of this list and give credit to those who really dedicated the time and effort to compose the top 50 list.
 

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You're absolutely correct Czar!I just wanted to share it with people around here.
Actually its a great site with lots of good infos.
 

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The list is bad.And I mean really BAAAAAD.There is no Lambros Choutos,which is of course a joke since he is easily better than half of the players mentioned.Then they have that monkey Ofori-Quaie in,what a joke! he is not even on the bench for Olympiakos while Choutos is a starter.
 

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amo but maybe the list is right if you look at the potential. Ofori-Quaie is an arrogant 'dumass', but he has talent hasn't he?
 

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Yes,but still Choutos is much better at everything.

Besides,"he will soon move to a bigger club".IDIOT! whoever wrote that list should loose his job...
 

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gOD: Amo's right. I don't mean to say I know all the players mentioned, but I do know that Ofori-Quaie is not that good to be included in the Stars of the Future. He has the talent all right, but the brains... another story. No talent, no matter how big, is ever going to evolve into a future star if he doesn't set his mind to work. The guy is unbelievable, he leaves to play for Ghana and forgets to come back on occasions! The club has been patient with him because of his young age, but there's a strong possibility of giving him out on loan this year (and CERTAINLY NOT to a bigger club, he'll be lucky to end up in Kalamata! :) )

Anyway, I also rate him under Lambros Choutos and certainly under the Cypriot Michalis Konstandinou. Amo, I'm surprised you didn't mention him yourself...


P.S. And that Zambrotta... aaahhhhh :(

P.S. 2 I was under the impression that Esteban Cambiasso had a place in this list. Well, I may be wrong, I don't really know him well.

[Edited by hala on 12-07-2000 at 16:24]
 

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Konstadinou is 23 and I rate him among the top 15 strikers in the world.Not a talent.He is ready and complete.
 

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Come on Amo, Zambrotta and Kezman are 23 and included! And it's not like Konstandinou has already made an international reputation for himself... :)
 

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Yes but only because he plays for crappy Iraklis!

Dont you think he is better than Crespo or Salas? I do!
 

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Because those bastards dont want to sell him.They have rejected bids from all big Greek teams and now they got a rich owner who gave him an absolutely unbelievable salary and said that "he wants to build his team on him".Bull****.When he gets into the spotlight (if Iraklis make a good UEFA Cup season this year) a big foreighn team will buy him.
 

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Amo, all season long you've rated Crespo among the top three strikers in Serie A. Konstadinou better than him...well either you are being sarcastic(why would you?) or out of your mind. The guy hasn't proved himself on a top level, how can you rate him that highly?
 

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Name: Luciano Galletti
Nationality: Argentinian
Current Club: Parma (Italy)...Now on loan to (Napoli)
Date of Birth: 09/04/1980
Position: Striker

Why they didnt include Esteban Campiasso, Daniel Montenegro,
Damian Manso and Moreno.

And Aimar should be on the top five no 19..
 

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Everybody you should know that the greek CHOUTOS from Olympiakos was top goalscorer to the last years qualafier for the under-21 in football. In 10 games he scored 9 goals and made 5 assist. He was top goalscorer in europe. Well i dont think i can convince anybody you have to see him in real to understand about Mihalis Konstantinou yes he is really a Batistuta kind of player to stay in Greece makes the Greek Chmapinship better and more attractive.
 

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Kafka,Crespo is the second best striker in Seria A but even if you asked me last season I would still answer Kostadinou is better.

I know you cant believe me till you see the guy playing...if only I could mail Parma and recomend him!
 
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