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The best young players in each position

Discussion in 'Football' started by Gedtillo, 8 May 2006.

  1. Gedtillo

    Gedtillo Mediocentro defensivo

    13 July 2004
    I was thinking that there are lots of great young, experienced and talented players that have still lots of years ahead, and that they represent the next generation of world-class stars, as the Figo, Zidane, Rui Costa, Vieri, Shearer, Kluivert and the likes start to fade away.

    I'd suggest trying to build a team of under 25 players and substitutes, to see who do we think are the next Ballon D'Or and FIFA World Player winners... :)

    I'll propose some players, as I find me unable of completing the team:

    GK: Casillas, Hildebrant
    CB: Heitinga, Boulahrouz, S. Ramos, Mejía, G. Rodríguez, Coloccini, Piqué
    MF: Fabregas, Kaká, J. Baptista, C. Ronaldo
    FW: Rooney, Robinho, Messi, F. Torres, Saviola, Tevez
  2. steevio_uk

    steevio_uk Premiership

    7 October 2003
    West Ham
    Walcott ;) :lol:
  3. steevio_uk

    steevio_uk Premiership

    7 October 2003
    West Ham
    I'd add Aguero, Kameni and possibly Guiseppe Rossi and Podolski.
  4. Gedtillo

    Gedtillo Mediocentro defensivo

    13 July 2004

    Yeah, I forgot Agüero, Rossi and Podolski! and Zlatan, of course! :D
  5. steevio_uk

    steevio_uk Premiership

    7 October 2003
    West Ham
    Zlatan will be a very yes/no inclusion.

    A no for me i'm afraid.

    Do you not rate Carlos Kameni?
  6. Gedtillo

    Gedtillo Mediocentro defensivo

    13 July 2004
    You mean Kameni the goalie? I find himself too inconsistent, capable of the very best and the very worst in the same game. He's just not as good as Reina or Hildebrant, and of course far from Iker.
  7. joostebrood

    joostebrood Premiership

    4 March 2002
    Klaas Jan Huntelaar
  8. Joystick

    Joystick Deep like Titanic

    10 August 2004
    The Arse
    Phil Senderos
    Manu Eboue
    David Villa
  9. steevio_uk

    steevio_uk Premiership

    7 October 2003
    West Ham
    Senderos should be nowhere near that list.
    Toure is twice the defender he is for a start.
  10. Joystick

    Joystick Deep like Titanic

    10 August 2004
    The Arse
    Please... I'll admit I'm a bit biased but he's 21 years old and has been a rock in a defence which has kept out Real Madrid, Juve and Villareal. How many young centrebacks fall into that category?

    Toure is better but he's 25 and a different kind of defender.
  11. steevio_uk

    steevio_uk Premiership

    7 October 2003
    West Ham
    Agree mate.
    Toure has been doing it for so long now though.

    If Senderos does it for as good and as long then he too would be in there.
  12. Milanista

    Milanista Mangiamoli! Staff

    19 December 2002
    London & Milan
    AC Milan
    Zlatan is rubbish. He gets booed by his own fans.
  13. Glavisted

    Glavisted Premiership

    20 July 2005
    Lima, Perú
    But Hildebrand has 27 years old, Baptista 25, I don't know if they could be considered as "young players" yet, depends of your criterion.
  14. Cloud1863

    Cloud1863 Premiership

    10 December 2004
    Stoke City
    Ribery and João Moutinho should be included somewhere.
  15. Gedtillo

    Gedtillo Mediocentro defensivo

    13 July 2004
    Hildebrand is 27, right. Julio Baptista is 24 as far as I know, at least that's what Wikipedia says. Kolo Toure is 25, so he is not elligible :)
  16. Glavisted

    Glavisted Premiership

    20 July 2005
    Lima, Perú
    Yes mate, sorry, he has 24 years, his birthday is in October yet.

    This is a list of players that hasn't more than 23 years old around the world, I think they're the best or the most known.


    Mariano Barbosa (Argentina) - 21
    Óscar Ustari (Argentina) - 19
    Germán Lux (Argentina) - 23
    Silvio Proto (Belgium) - 22
    Idriss Kameni (Cameroon) - 22
    Petr Cech (Czech Republic) - 23
    Maarten Stekelenburg (Holland) - 22
    Gianluca Curci (Italy) - 20
    Igor Akinfeev (Russia) - 20
    David Marshall (Scotland) - 21
    José Manuel Reina (Spain) - 23
    Sebastián Viera (Uruguay) - 23


    Gonzalo Rodríguez (Argentina) - 22
    Emanuel Pogatetz (Austria) - 23
    Vincent Kompany (Belgium) - 20
    Anthony Vanden Borre (Belgium) - 18
    Dani Álves (Brazil) - 22
    Álex (Brazil) - 23
    François Clerc (France) - 23
    Philipp Lahm (Germany) - 22
    Marcell Jansen (Germany) - 20
    Per Mertesacker (Germany) - 21
    Lukas Sinkiewicz (Germany) - 20
    John Heitinga (Holland) - 22
    Ron Vlaar (Holland) - 21
    Giorgio Chiellini (Italy) - 21
    Emmanuel Eboué (Ivory Coast) - 22
    Taye Taiwo (Nigeria) - 21
    Gerard Piqué (Spain) - 19
    Philippe Senderos (Switzerland) - 21
    Carlos Diogo (Uruguay) - 22


    Pablo Zabaleta (Argentina) - 21
    Fernando Gago (Argentina) - 20
    Lucas Biglia (Argentina) - 20
    Fernando Belluschi (Argentina) - 22
    Javier Mascherano (Argentina) - 21
    Thiago Motta (Brazil) - 23
    Diego (Brazil) - 21
    Ánderson (Brazil) - 18
    Daniel Carvalho (Brazil) - 23
    Carlos Alberto (Brazil) - 21
    Kérlon (Brazil) - 18
    Modeste M'Bami (Cameroon) - 23
    Mark González (Chile) - 21
    Luis Jiménez (Chile) - 21
    Thomas Kahlenberg (Denmark) - 23
    Kieran Richardson (England) - 21
    Stewart Downing (England) - 21
    Jermaine Jenas (England) - 23
    Aaron Lennon (England) - 19
    Nigel Reo-Coker (England) - 21
    Kevin Nolan (England) - 23
    Charles N'Zogbia (France) - 19
    Rio Mavuba (France) - 22
    Hatem Ben Arfa (France) - 19
    Franck Ribéry (France) - 23
    Jéremy Toulalan (France) - 22
    Samir Nasri (France) - 18
    Mourad Meghni (France) - 22
    Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany) - 21
    Alexander Baumjohann (Germany) - 19
    Mickaël Essien (Ghana) - 23
    Sulley Muntari (Ghana) - 21
    Rafael Van der Vaart (Holland) - 23
    Nigel De Jong (Holland) - 21
    Hedwiges Maduro (Holland) - 21
    Wesley Sneijder (Holland) - 21
    Nicky Hofs (Holland) - 22
    Daniele De Rossi (Italy) - 21
    Emerse Fae (Ivory Coast) - 22
    Mohamed Sissoko (Mali) - 21
    Christian Obodo (Nigeria) - 21
    Giovanni Dos Santos (Mexico) - 16
    Julio Dos Santos (Paraguay) - 23
    Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) - 21
    Manuel Fernandes (Portugal) - 20
    Ricardo Quaresma (Portugal) - 22
    João Moutinho (Portugal) - 19
    Marat Izmailov (Russia) - 23
    Cesc Fábregas (Spain) - 19
    Gonzalo Castro (Spain) - 18
    Andrés Iniesta (Spain) - 21
    Raúl García (Spain) - 19
    Jesús Navas (Spain) - 20
    Kim Källström (Sweden) - 23
    Tranquillo Barnetta (Switzerland) - 20
    Valon Behrami (Switzerland) - 21
    Nuri Sahin (Turkey) - 18
    DaMarcus Beasley (United States) - 22
    Olexandr Aliyev (Ukraine) - 21


    Nando Rafael (Angola) - 22
    Maxi López (Argentina) - 22
    Lionel Messi (Argentina) - 18
    Sergio Agüero (Argentina) - 17
    Fernando Cavenaghi (Argentina) - 22
    Carlos Tévez (Argentina) - 22
    Fréd (Brazil) - 22
    Diego Tardelli (Brazil) - 20
    Robinho (Brazil) - 22
    Vágner Love (Brazil) - 21
    Nilmar (Brazil) - 21
    Valeri Bojinov (Bulgaria) - 20
    Rafamel Falcao García (Colombia) - 20
    Hugo Rodallega (Colombia) - 20
    Wason Rentería (Colombia) - 20
    Mido (Egypt) - 23
    Darren Bent (England) - 22
    Wayne Rooney (England) - 20
    Jermain Defoe (England) - 23
    Lukas Podolski (Germany) - 20
    Mike Hanke (Germany) - 22
    Georgios Samaras (Greece) - 21
    Ioannis Masmanidis (Greece) - 22
    Robin Van Persie (Holland) - 22
    Arjen Robben (Holland) - 22
    Ryan Babel (Holland) - 19
    Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (Holland) - 22
    Romeo Castelen (Holland) - 23
    Quincy Owusu-Abeyie (Holland) - 20
    Antonio Cassano (Italy) - 23
    Alberto Gilardino (Italy) - 23
    Salomon Kalou (Ivory Coast) - 20
    Arouna Koné (Ivory Coast) - 22
    Goran Pandev (Macedonia) - 22
    Marouane Chamakh (Morocco) - 22
    Yakubu (Nigeria) - 23
    Víctor Obinna (Nigeria) - 19
    Obafemi Martins (Nigeria) - 21
    Stephen Makinwa (Nigeria) - 22
    John Obi Mikel (Nigeria) - 19
    Nelson Haedo Valdez (Paraguay) - 22
    Paolo Guerrero (Peru) - 22
    Jefferson Farfán (Peru) - 21
    Ricardo Vaz Té (Portugal) - 19
    Aleksandr Kerzhakov (Russia) - 23
    Kris Boyd (Scotland) - 22
    Mirko Vucinic (Serbia and Montenegro) - 22
    José Antonio Reyes (Spain) - 22
    Fernando Llorente (Spain) - 21
    Fernando Torres (Spain) - 22
    Emmanuel Adebayor (Togo) - 22
    Halil Altintop (Turkey) - 23
  17. lucasetor

    lucasetor Conference

    12 June 2003
    Saint Peter, MN
    GK's- Petr Cech
    DF's - Eboue, Kompany, Mexes, Cole
    MF's - Messi, Fabregas, Essien, Sulley Muntari
    FW's - Carlos Tevez, Fernando Torres

    The above will be my team if I had to have a balanced team that I felt could perform optimally. The Eboue-Messi(I know he can also be a forward)-Tevez right side will destroy anyone. Fabregas can orchestrate throough the center and also cover the right side( he does have defensive capabilities. Essien will destroy whatever comes through the middle and Muntari is a well-rounded midfielder who can hold up the ball and has play-making abilities as well. Torres will complement Tevez since he is tall strong and good in the air. The defence with Mexes(who came into his own this season with Roma) and Kompany, both solid in the air and really agile and athletic. Ashley Cole? What needs to be said; the best in the world (or soon to be).

    Honourable mention:
    GK- Jose Reina
    DF- Senderos, Lahm, Chiellini
    MF- Ribery, Nolan, Ronaldo
    FW- Robinho, Rooney

    PS: Obi Mikel is not a forward
  18. Revan

    Revan out the window

    8 August 2003
    Madeira, Portugal.
    FC Porto
    Pepe - CB made a terrific season at Porto. He is extremely fast, and good aerial game. Started slow but around november last year and till now he has been great.
    Juve is reported to be after. Hope it's bull. :)
  19. Gedtillo

    Gedtillo Mediocentro defensivo

    13 July 2004
    Amazing work, Glavisted! Strange how you did not mention Iker Casillas or Sergio Ramos...
  20. CBG

    CBG League 2

    5 August 2003
    Manuel Fernandez, Aleksandar Keržakov and Nikola Žigić
  21. Glavisted

    Glavisted Premiership

    20 July 2005
    Lima, Perú
    Because both of them has more than 23 years old, Casillas (20-05-81) in some days going to have 25 years, and Sergio Ramos (30-03-81) has 25 years already.
  22. PLF

    PLF Legend

    2 August 2004
    Sergio Ramos is only 20 Glav.

    And yes Casillas will be 24 on May 20th but still pretty young for a keeper especially a world-class one and hopefully has many great years ahead. (maybe even more than 10 years) so I'd still classify any GK below 26 a young player because they virtually have as many 'good' years remaining as a 20 or 19 year old striker will have more or less so for me they should also be eligible for the "Best young player" list but yeah Hildebrand is pushing it at 27 for this list and this thread's purpose so I agree it shouldn't be there.

    Edit: To be honest though for outfield players I don't think we should be naming 24 year olds and more in this thread like Boulahrouz or Baptista! They're not exactly young although it depends on your criteria.

    I think it'd be best to set the limit at 22 or 23 for outfield players and 26 for GK! That's what I'd call "young" depending on position of course.
    Last edited: 11 May 2006
  23. kevano22

    kevano22 TDWFYU

    2 August 2003
    why hasnt anyone mentioned darren potter :(
  24. pogoss

    pogoss International

    19 March 2005
    Hirayama sota the young japanese (20) desearve to be in the list also . and the speedy Hossein Kaabi from Iran (19 I think) is also a Huge talent .
    I don't remember the youth (U20) world cup's best 11 but moroccan libero Youssef Rabeh was in it , you should count him in as you don't have many defenders in you list . from mali there is modibo maiga (18) who is a fantastic MOF/SS . I think faubert (wing back) is 22 , he desearve a place in the list as he played a great role this season with bordeaux which qualified for the champion's league . there is also La gantoise's Mbark Boussoufa (21 , midfielder) who have been crowned best african player in belgium , best young player in belgium , best player in belium and most fair play player in belgium (I'm not lying) .
    also you should remove martins as he was revealed to be 27 and not 21 .

    ps : here is a video of boussoufa's season with la gantoise (he scored 9 goals and made 18 assist) :
    Last edited: 13 May 2006
  25. Rochemback10

    Rochemback10 All aboard the Mogganaut

    30 November 2005
    Struggling to understand that after an unconvincing first season here :-s
  26. Glavisted

    Glavisted Premiership

    20 July 2005
    Lima, Perú
    Yes!!!, definitely my mistake, sorry; I though too time he was over 23 years old, I had a mistake in the squads of footballsquads.com :shock: ; Sergio Ramos is one of the 20th youngest players convocated to WC 2006.
  27. Justin8

    Justin8 Guest

  28. Mastermind

    Mastermind FRANCESC SON!

    28 June 2005
    North London
    Da Goons

    u pretty much covered all the best around. I agree with the list.:applause:
  29. Sedat

    Sedat Guest

    Mehmet Topuz
    Gokhan Unal
    Gohkan Gulec
    Ugur Boral
    Ibrahim Toraman
    Tuncay Sanli
    Volkan Demirel
    Fahri Tatan
    Gokdeniz Karadeniz
    Ibrahim Akin

    Players are based in Turkey.

    theres more which i cant think off. The TURKish league has MANY promising talents coming up you'd be suprised. But because the lack of media coverage they are unknown. I can say this safely and knowingly that if Mehmet Topuz played in the Spanish, English or Italian league, he'd be a superstar!

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