Over 100 scouts registered to attend the UEFA u21 Championship which has just finished in Sweden. Previous participants have included Raul, Michael Ballack, Luis Figo, Frank Lampard, Henrik Larsson, Eric Cantona and Zinedine Zidane.
Here are the rising stars who caught my eye –
#1 – MARCUS BERG, 22, Groningen & Sweden The hottest shot of the tournament began with a hat-trick and ended with seven goals in four games. A Poker Online Indonesia class apart from his rivals with two deadly feet and immaculate off the ball running. What are the big clubs waiting for?
#2 – ZORAN TOSIĆ, 22, Man Utd & Serbia. Signed by Sir Alex in January, he has only made two cup appearances for the Red Devils so far but with his high-speed dribbling, free kicks and ability to play on both wings, expect to see more of this Serbian starlet in the EPL soon.
#3 – MESUT ÖZIL, 20, Werder Bremen & Germany. Germany’s ace in the pack destroyed England in the final and with his speed and pinpoint vision has the potential to be his country’s greatest attacking midfielder since Lothar Matthaus.
#4 – MARIO BALOTELLI, 18, Inter & Italy. Astonishingly good for his age, he will likely be one of Europe’s most feared forwards across the next decade. Balotelli is fast, strong, difficult to mark and shoots with abandon. Looks dangerous whenever he is on the ball.
#5 – ANDREW DRIVER, 19, Hearts & England. Driver by name and by nature, the Hearts teen made his u21 debut against Germany in the group stage, but what a debut. A revelation on the right wing, unlike his first-choice colleagues, he caused no end of problems to the eventual winners with his penetrative surges.
And the best of the rest:
Sebastiano Giovinco 22, Juventus & Italy. Blessed with speed, strength and skill, the young Juventino has that knack of being the protagonista in the middle, dominating proceedings and threatening to score with his deft shooting.
Nikola Petković, 23, Eintracht Frankfurt & Serbia. A …