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Anwar El Ghazi: Ajax winger who models his ball striking on Ronaldo

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Anwar El Ghazi has risen to prominence in the Dutch league.

Anwar El Ghazi continued his highly impressive debut season with a goal and an assist in Ajax's 3-1 victory away to league leaders PSV Eindhoven on Sunday. His emergence has been one of the few bright spots in a largely disappointing campaign for the Amsterdam giants, who are still 11 points adrift of PSV at the top of the Eredivisie table despite their win.

Born in the Rotterdam suburb of Barendrecht to Moroccan parents, El Ghazi began his career at the local side BVV Barendrecht. Feyenoord took...

Yannick Ferreira Carrasco: Monaco's next young talent, will test Arsenal

The ESPN FC team preview Arsenal's clash against Monaco and debate whether or not the Gunners can avoid being knocked out in the Round of 16 for the first time in four seasons.
Ferreira Carrasco's speed, skill and positivity on the ball should give Arsenal some issues in their UCL clash.

Monaco progressed to the Champions League round of 16 on the back of conceding just one goal during the group stage. But while Arsenal's primary task on Wednesday will be to break down their visitors' defence, they should also be wary of the threat the Ligue 1 side carry on the counter-attack, where Yannick Ferreira Carrasco is their primary menace.

Ferreira Carrasco was born in Ixelles, Belgium to a Portuguese father and a Spanish mother and moved through the youth systems of Stade Everois,...

Goalkeeper Yvon Mvogo the future for Switzerland and Young Boys?

Yvon Mvogo is only 20 but is already impressing between the posts in Switzerland.

Yvon Mvogo made some crucial saves to help Young Boys through to the Europa League knockout stages, and the 20-year-old goalkeeper will hope to produce a similarly strong performance when they host Everton on Thursday in the first leg of their round of 32 tie.

Born in Yaounde, Cameroon, Mvogo's earliest memories include his family gathering around a television set to watch the country's national team in action. He and his parents moved to Switzerland when he was 6, and he began his training at local...

Villarreal star Eric Bailly an Africa Cup of Nations hero with a bright future

Ivory Coast secured their second African Nations Cup triumph with a 9-8 penalty shootout victory over Ghana in Sunday's finale in Bata.
Eric Bertrand Bailly is an African Cup of Nations champion with Ivory Coast and tipped for a bright future at Villarreal.

Ivory Coast's success in the African Cup of Nations has been widely characterised as the glorious last stand of a generation of players who had become accustomed to failure. Yet alongside those relative veterans, Herve Renard's side also featured a sprinkling of young talent that played a key role in the collective triumph.

While his attack struggled to function with any consistency in Sunday's final against Ghana, the defence were strong and solid. And it was 20-year-old Eric Bailly who stood out...

Dele Alli: Tottenham's future star a lot like young Steven Gerrard

Dele Alli
Dele Alli has been tipped for a bright future in the game.

Tottenham Hotspur held off interest from other Premier League clubs to sign MK Dons' highly rated midfielder Dele Alli for a 5 million pound fee on transfer deadline day. The 18-year-old, an England under-19 international, will be loaned back to his former club for the remainder of the season to assist in its bid for promotion from League One, but he will be hopeful of a future at White Hart Lane.

Alli was born and raised in Milton Keynes and played his early football for the local side City Colts....

Liverpool target Mathew Ryan ready to progress to the next level

Mathew Ryan has experience playing at the World Cup for Australia and has been linked with a move to the Premier League with Liverpool.

Mathew Ryan has put in plenty of solid performances in helping Australia to reach the final of the Asian Cup. The goalkeeper, linked with Liverpool, has been ever-present and is likely to have a key role if Australia are to win the trophy on home soil.

Born in the Sydney suburb of Plumpton, New South Wales, Ryan began his training at the nearby club Blacktown City before joining the youth setup of the A-League side Central Coast Mariners. He was signed to a professional contract for the start of...