Emerging Talents

The Future of Manchester United’s Left Wing remains unclear as Nani believed headed for the summer exit door

The Future of Manchester United’s Left Wing remains unclear as Nani believed headed for the summer exit door

Luís Carlos Almeida da Cunha better known as Nani, was once regarded as Cristiano Ronaldo’s substitute. After Ronaldo was transferred to Real Madrid it was time for a the sub to become the first choice. Nani’s game indeed was very similar to that of Ronaldo; however, that seemed to be too much of a heavy [...]

Edinson Cavani: Europe’s Most Wanted Striker and Napoli’s Gem

Edinson Cavani: Europe’s Most Wanted Striker and Napoli’s Gem

Edinson Cavani did not just become a superstar overnight. Since his stay at Danubio, all Uruguayans knew he was going to be something special. After two seasons, Palermo decided to snatch the striker from his home country and bring him to European waters. In Serie A, it was a little different for Cavani and it [...]

SWOL Top 100: The Best U-21 Footballers to Watch in 2013 (85-81)

SWOL Top 100: The Best U-21 Footballers to Watch in 2013 (85-81)

SWOL analyst Mohamed Al-Hendy continues his countdown of the best U21 footballers in the world that you should watch in 2013 as we break into the the 80′s with places 85-81. 85. Thomas Ince It’s hard to know exactly where to rank Thomas Ince. He’s one of the few players on this list plying his [...]

Emerging Talents: FC Barcelona’s Seung Woo Lee

Emerging Talents: FC Barcelona’s Seung Woo Lee

It’s no surprise that one of our featured Emerging Talents was going to be coming out of La Masia and FC Barcelona soon enough. This week, we head straight to Catalonia to take a look at rising Korean star Seung Woo Lee. The 14 year old is quick, intelligent, and technically outstanding. His prowess in [...]

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SWOL Top 100: The Best U-21 Footballers to Watch in 2013 (95-91)

SWOL Top 100: The Best U-21 Footballers to Watch in 2013 (95-91)

SWOL analyst Mohamed Al-Hendy continues his countdown of the best U21 players in the world that you should watch in 2013 with the remainder of the first ten on the lists with the 95-91 places. 95. Gueida Fofana Lyon are current undergoing a youth revolution under Remi Garde in Ligue 1. Despite the influx of [...]

Emerging Talents: Hachim Mastour of AC Milan Continues to Shine

Emerging Talents: Hachim Mastour of AC Milan Continues to Shine

If you missed our original article on Hachim Mastour, AC Milan’s wonderkid, then be sure to read up about the young Italian after watching the video below. Basically, Milan bought Mastour in the summer and he’s looking to be one of the best youth purchases the Italian giants have ever made. He’s already tantalized fans [...]

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SWOL Top 100: The Best U-21 Footballers to Watch in 2013 (100-96)

SWOL Top 100: The Best U-21 Footballers to Watch in 2013 (100-96)

  Mohamed Al-Hendy breaks down the best under-21 world football players in the game, starting with 100 and going all the way to number one. Stick with SWOL for the following installments of the SWOL Top 100 U-21′s to Watch in 2013. 100. Nicola Leali At 19 years old, there are few better ways to [...]

Serie A: Players to Watch in 2013

Serie A: Players to Watch in 2013

With the second-half of the Italian football calendar upon us, there are some very promising players to keep an eye on as the season heats up. The most obvious players to watch are the league’s top scorers. Antonio Di Natale (17) of Udinese, Edinson Cavani of Napoli (14) and Stephan El Shaarawy of AC Milan (14) [...]

SWOL announces The Top 100 U-21 Footballers to Watch in 2013 (Introduction and Guidelines)

SWOL announces The Top 100 U-21 Footballers to Watch in 2013 (Introduction and Guidelines)

Today marks the launch of one of the most ambitious projects ever undertaken at SWOL: A list ranking the Top 100 youth players to watch in world football which will be done in twice a week segments of five players on Mondays and Thursdays starting Jan. 28, 2013. The inspiration for this list actually came [...]

Player Spotlight: Is Gerard Deulofeu Another Future Spanish Star from Barcelona’s Youth Program

Player Spotlight: Is Gerard Deulofeu Another Future Spanish Star from Barcelona’s Youth Program

Gerard Deulofeu is a name most football fans have not even heard of yet — but one you should probably start paying attention to. Background The 18-year-old Spaniard is a product of the world-famous Barcelona youth system, known as La Masia. Deulofeu has spent his entire career with Barcelona, being promoted each year he has [...]

Emerging Talents: Luciano Vietto of Racing Club de Avellaneda

Emerging Talents: Luciano Vietto of Racing Club de Avellaneda

Lionel Messi. Hernan Crespo. Diego Maradona. Sergio Aguero. Javier Saviola – The long list of goalscoring Argentines can go on and on, and for this reason it should be no surprise that another young goalscorer is emerging in the South American country. Enter Luciano Vietto. The 19 year old striker from Racing Club de Avellaneda [...]

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Emerging Talents: Kurt Zouma of Saint Etienne

Emerging Talents: Kurt Zouma of Saint Etienne

French youth international Kurt Zouma has represented France at the U16, U17, and U19 levels, featuring for his country in the 2011 UEFA U17 Championships as well as the 2011 FIFA U17 World Championships. Contracted by St. Etienne and having made his debut at just 16 against Bordeaux in a League Cup match, the towering [...]

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Emerging Talents: Hachim Mastour of AC Milan

Emerging Talents: Hachim Mastour of AC Milan

Although AC Milan seem to be having a slow year in terms of results, there may be a bright spot in their season that will certainly have fans talking. This past summer, the Rossoneri splashed €500,000 to secure the services of Hachim Mastour, an Italian boy born to Moroccan parents in Reggio Emilia. The youngster [...]

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Emerging Talents: Carlos Fierro of Chivas de Guadalajara

Emerging Talents: Carlos Fierro of Chivas de Guadalajara

  When global soccer fans think of Mexicans and goal-scorers, it’s hard not to think of Manchester United’s Chicharito. The pacey front man burst onto the European scene two years ago and has refused to look back since his move from Chivas de Guadalajara. Back in Mexico, however, Chivas continues to develop young talent, and [...]

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Emerging Talents: Joel Campbell Scores Winner for Real Betis (Video)

Emerging Talents: Joel Campbell Scores Winner for Real Betis (Video)

Though many Arsenal fans may not be too familiar with Costa Rican international Joel Campbell, they may want to start keeping tabs on him. After signing for the London club at the end of a rather dramatic transfer saga in the summer of 2011, the left-footed attacking player immediately went on loan to Lorient in [...]

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FC Porto Comment: Next Talents To Watch For in the Transfer Window

FC Porto Comment: Next Talents To Watch For in the Transfer Window

FC Porto’s prowess at developing and selling on talent has been well documented here at SWOL. Their ability to consistently produce world-class players has been astounding in the last decade and beyond, and it continues today. The bright young talent on display in the Estádio do Dragão is the focus of today’s post, with some of [...]