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  • Scouting World Cup Stars: Marko Pjaca

    Marko Pjaca has been one of the most highly-rated young players in World Football for some years now, and rightly so. Since he burst onto the scene at Lokomotiva in Croatia, many have tipped him for greatness. And why not? At just 18, he lit up the Prva Hrvatska Nogometna Liga (Prva HNL) with breathtaking…

  • Scouting World Cup Stars: Timo Werner

    When you journey through the rich, illustrious history of German football, successful strikers are plentiful. From past legends like Gerd Müller and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge to more recent heroes such as Jürgen Klinsmann and Miroslav Klose, the number nine position has been mastered by names synonymous with scoring goals. Yet recently, Die Mannschaft has seen a…

  • Scouting World Cup Stars: Trézéguet

    As an Egyptian football player, it’s been impossible to steal some headlines from Mohamed Salah this season. However, in the huge shadow cast by Salah, Mahmoud Ahmed Ibrahim Hassan, more commonly known as Trézéguet, has had the season of his career – being one of the standout players in the Turkish Süper Lig, and, Egyptian…

  • El doble cinco y muchas cosas más

    “Dime con que mediocentro juegas y te diré que equipo eres” Argentina se enfrentó a Islandia en un partido que dejó muchas dudas, tanto defensiva como ofensivamente, en las pocas veces que se les atacó su repliegue fue malo, su portero titular es suplente en su equipo, Franco Armani está en un mejor estado de…

  • Scouting World Cup Stars: Cristian Pavón

    Shortly after Huddersfield Town won their promotion to the Premier League, they were linked to Cristian Pavón. Everyone kept asking me who is this player and what does he bring to the table? Frankly speaking, we’re aren’t too sure just how far this was true. But if David Wagner in any way was keen to…

  • Scouting World Cup Stars: Gabriel Jesus

    “He is our new Ronaldo. Their qualities are alike, they have a similar pace. He is just 21, and he is certainly going to be great.” Some words of praise echoed recently by his international team-mate, Willian Borges. This time around four years ago, Gabriel Jesus was pictured painting the street of Sao Paulo in…

  • Scouting World Cup Stars: Pione Sisto

    Soon after Pione Sisto was born in Uganda, on 4 February 1995, his family embarked on a long journey to Europe, having already fled Sudan. Few of the 736 players in Russia for the World Cup representing their respective countries can speak of such a complex upbringing: Sisto, along with his parents and seven siblings,…

  • Scouting World Cup Stars: Denis Zakaria

    Denis Zakaria is the third youngest player on the Swiss roster for this summer and is coming off a season where he played an integral part in Borussia Monchengladbach’s midfield as they finished 9th in the Bundesliga. The six-foot three inch holding midfielder for Switzerland will surely leave an impact on the World Cup in…

  • Scouting World Cup Stars: Gonçalo Guedes

    15 October 2017: in a topsy-turvy La Liga encounter, which Valencia won 6-3 away to Real Betis, winger Gonçalo Guedes scored a stunning goal to make it 2-0 to the visitors. A collective gasp, before the away fans celebrated, could be heard at Estadio Benito Villamarín after Guedes’ shot flew into the top corner from…

  • Scouting World Cup Stars: Hirving Lozano

    In every World Cup, there’s a long list of players who have been the ‘breakout stars’ of the tournaments. In the days before the explosion of the Champions League, players like the Brazilian Ronaldo, Paul Gascoigne and even Michael Owen have emerged from World Cup tournaments as future stars or new talents for the world…