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  • Scouting World Cup Stars: Francisco Calvo

    Although Costa Rica did not set the World Cup alight in the same way they did in 2010; when they knocked out both Italy and England, finishing top of their group above Uruguay, they certainly did their nation proud. With a population of just 4.85 million, only 1 million more than minnows Panama, Costa Rica…

  • Scouting World Cup Stars: Edgar Bárcenas

    Panama may have been the worst team at the World Cup, but as the now viral video of Panamanian television broadcasters crying as Panama’s anthem was played at a World Cup for the first time reminds us, the World Cup is about so much more than winning. This tournament was a just reward for the…

  • Scouting World Cup Stars: Oghenekaro Etebo

    Five days before Nigeria’s opening World Cup game against Croatia at the World Cup, news broke that Oghenekaro Peter Etebo had joined Stoke City from Portuguese side Feirense on a five-year contract for €7.2million. Etebo had reportedly turned down interest from a host of Premier League sides, including Leicester, West Brom and Newcastle United to…

  • Scouting World Cup Stars: Miguel Trauco

    While most Peruvian footballers on the national team are born in Lima and Callao, there are a few exceptions. Anderson Santamaría, the central defender born in Tingo María, Huánuco, is one of them. Luis Advíncula was born in Chincha, down in the southwest coast of Peru, but one of the stars of the team was…

  • Player Analysis: Aleksandr Golovin

    Thrust into the international footballing limelight due to a superb performance in the opening game of the 2018 World Cup, Aleksandr Golovin has certainly caught the eye of Europe’s elite. An energetic midfielder with a penchant for the spectacular, the 22-year-old first achieved notoriety in 2016,  winning the Russian Premier League with CSKA Moscow. Able…

  • Scouting World Cup Stars: Youri Tielemans

    A name that will need no introduction to fans of the FIFA or Football Manager games, Youri Tielemans is AS Monaco’s 21-year-old Belgian-Congolese midfielder; considered to be one of the brightest starlets in the modern game. Tielemans is a talisman in the making and has been tipped for greatness since an early age. Born just…

  • Scouting World Cup Stars: Marco Asensio

    It is no lie that Real Madrid’s Spanish midfielder Marco Asensio is one of stars of the future; if not already making himself known as a star of the present. The 22-year-old is attracting interest from a number of big clubs, who could have to pay Madrid upwards of €150m to seal a deal. Currently,…

  • Scouting World Cup Stars: Ismaïla Sarr

    Prologue After a successful play-off run defeating Morocco, Egypt and Algeria, French coach Bruno Metsu took Senegal to South Korea and Japan, to play in their first World Cup back in 2002. One of the dark horses of the tournament, 42nd placed Senegal surprised the world after a 1-0 victory against European powerhouse France, who were ranked 1st…

  • Nikola Milenković: Serbia’s long-term heir to Vidić?

    Although living in the shadow of the hype surrounding Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Fiorentina centre-back Nikola Milenković is thriving. With just five international caps to his name, Milenković is inexperienced yet has quickly taken to international football and is now demonstrating his ability on the world’s biggest stage. Milenković, 20, started his career in the youth ranks…

  • Scouting World Cup Stars: Lee Jae Sung

    When Kwon Chang-Hoon limped off the pitch after rupturing his ACL, every beating heart in South Korea’s fanbase stood still. The Dijon midfielder had an immaculate start to life in Europe; in his first full season at Dijon, he netted 11 goals in 34 performances, becoming one of the biggest revelations in the Ligue 1…