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  • US teen star dreams of Manchester City move

    US junior national team star Shaquell Moore is dreaming of playing for Manchester City but accepts he may have to start somewhere else first.

    Moore, who is just 17 but turns out for his country’s under-20 side already, has turned heads in Europe with his fine performances both for the national team and at the IMG Academy in Florida.

    The highly-rated midfielder is set to skip the traditional College soccer route into the professional game, and wants to earn a move to a European club as soon as possible.

    He told Eurosport's Reda Maher:

    “My dream team is Manchester City but I’ll probably have to

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  • European U21 Championship: The ones to watch

    The European Under-21 Championships get underway on Wednesday, so the Eurosport network takes a look at some of the potential stars of the tournament in Israel.

    Regarding the big guns such as Spain, England, Italy and Germany, we have stuck with players you may not have heard of. We assume you don’t need to be told about David De Gea, Lewis Holtby, Jordan Henderson or Marco Verratti...

    Group A

    ENGLAND

    Wilfried Zaha (Manchester United) – all eyes are on United’s new signing, who has proven himself to be a great Championship player for Crystal Palace but is yet to be tested on the biggest

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  • As Brazil continued their preparations for next year's World Cup finals with a 1-1 friendly draw gainst Russia at Stamford Bridge, we decided to take a closer look at the young Gremio midfielder Fernando Lucas.

    Name: Fernando Lucas
    Date of birth: March 3 1992
    Place of birth: Erechim, Brazil
    Nationality: Brazilian
    Height: 1.74
    Position: Midfielder
    Current club: Gremio
    Caps: Two

    There are easier jobs in world football than trying to hold down a place in a Brazil team who are only 15 months or so away from hosting a World Cup finals in their homeland.

    Brazil expects, but can men such as

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  • Paul Pogba: The one Manchester United let get away

    Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba could make his France debut in the matches against Georgia and the mighty Spain.

    Name: Paul Pogba
    Date of birth: 15 March 1993 (20 years old)
    Place of birth: Lagny-sur-Marne, near Paris, France
    Nationality: French
    Height: 1.90m
    Position: Midfielder
    Current club: Juventus
    Former clubs: Le Havre (youth), Manchester United
    International caps: 0

    There are very few teenage sensations in European football at the moment, and Pogba is no longer one of them, having turned 20 at the weekend.

    The rangy, skilful midfielder was poached from Le Havre by Manchester United in 2009, but

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  • Diego Lopez: Iker Casillas’s replacement

    Real Madrid's goalkeeper Diego Lopez (AFP)

    With Iker Casillas out injured, Diego Lopez is the man charged with stopping Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie in tonight's Champions League blockbuster between Real Madrid and Manchester United.

    Name: Diego Lopez Rodriguez
    Date of birth: 3 November 1981 (31 years old)
    Place of birth: Paradela, Spain
    Nationality: Spanish
    Height: 1.96m
    Position: Goalkeeper
    Current club: Real Madrid
    Former clubs: Lugo, Real Madrid C, Alcorcón (loan), Real Madrid B, Real Madrid, Villarreal, Sevilla
    International caps: 1

    While number one Casillas, widely regarded as the best goalkeeper in the world, is a household name

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  • Euroscout – Africa’s rising stars

    Oboabonna_Nigeria_Jan21_630Euroscout takes a look at some of the stand-out young players based outside Europe who have impressed at the African Cup of Nations.

    We have not referred to anyone plying their trade in Europe or a major global league, meaning Cape Verde and Burkina Faso’s surprise packages and the likes of Ghana’s Christian Atsu and Nigeria’s Ahmed Musa are not listed.

    We have also operated a strict U25 cut-off point, which excludes African-based revelations such as Mpeko Issama (DR Congo, 26) and Walid Hichri (Tunisia, 26).

    So here are out top five African-based youngsters from this tournament, with

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  • Six tips for Afcon success

    South Africa hosts this year's editionThe 2013 edition of the African Cup of Nations gets underway this weekend in South Africa, a shop window for the cream of the continent’s talent as well as a premier international competition.

    We all know about Africa’s leading lights, with the likes of Didier Drogba, Emmanuel Adebayor and Kwadwo Asamoah expected to be key players as the tournament returns within 12 months thanks to the decision to move it to 'odd' years so as to avoid overlapping World Cups.

    There are also some high-profile absentees through injury and, in the case of Cameroon and Egypt, failure to qualify. So there will be

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  • Lorenzo Insigne: Following in the footsteps of Lavezzi

    As Napoli continue their pursuit of a first Serie A title since 1990, we look at the role  diminutive youngster Lorenzo Insigne is playing in their rise to the higher reaches of the Italian league.

    Name: Lorenzo Insigne
    Date of birth: 4 June 1991
    Place of birth: Naples
    Nationality: Italian
    Height: 1.63m
    Position: Striker
    Current club: Napoli
    Caps: 1
    Former clubs: Cavese (loan) Foggia (loan) Pescara (loan)

    "He is doing very well and is absorbing the pressure," commented Napoli coach Walter Mazzarri earlier this year. "He is a serious and mature lad who has understood that he must play for the

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  • Younes Belhanda, the next big thing from France

    Younes Belhanda of Montpellier (Reuters)

    Rising star Younes Belhanda will play for Montpellier against Arsenal in the Champions League tonight and, ahead of the match at the Emirates, Euroscout runs the rule over the young playmaker.

    Of course, the Gunners already know plenty about the 22-year-old's talents after he scored with a superb Panenka penalty when the two sides met on the opening matchday of this season's competition back in September.

    That moment of brilliance from 12 yards prompted our reporter to hand him man-of-the-match honours, writing at the time: "He may have been on the losing side, but the Moroccan playmaker was

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  • Tobias Sana, Sweden’s raw diamond

    Ajax and Sweden's Tobias Sana in Champions League action against Manchester City

    Ajax winger-forward Tobias Sana is set to make his second appearance for Sweden in tonight's friendly against England, so Euroscout takes a look at what all the fuss is about.

    At 23, Sana is not exactly a young prospect for the future but what marks the Ajax winger out is the rate at which he has progressed after moving up a level from the Swedish league.

    Until this summer, Sana was a decent player in a struggling Gothenburg side. He had plied the teenage years of his trade in Sweden's lower, largely semi-professional divisions, and was doing just a bit better than all right at the top-flight

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