While the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal, Lionel Messi of Argentina, Luis Suarez of Uruguay, Andre Pirlo of Italy, Bastian Schweinsteiger of Germany and Wayne Rooney of England would be the usual suspects to run the show in Brazil 2014, there are several young players who are waiting to prove their mettle and announce themselves on the international platform. The fact that Juventus has reportedly slapped a fee of 60 million pound on their star asset, it speaks volumes about the high-caliber of this young sensation. Ross Barkley (England) Thibaut Courtois (Belgium) Lorenzo Insgine (Italy) Koke (Spain) (Harshdeep Singh/JPN)
The World Cup in past has time and again proved to be a perfect launching pad for young players to make name for themselves and get noticed in world football.
Whether its Germany’s talismanic midfielder Mesut Ozil in 2010 World Cup or England’s star striker Rooney in 2006 World Cup or Argentina’s deadly striker Suarez in 2010 World Cup, these are some young players who made themselves known at the biggest football tournament.
Similarly, there is now no dearth of young players waiting to make a mark for themselves at the FIFA World Cup in Brazil, commencing on June 12.
Many youngsters are tipped as the next big stars and here is a list of five players which the Jagranpost thinks would shine in the World Cup:
Paul Pogba (France)
Touted as one of the hottest young commodities in the football world, the 21-year Juventus midfielder is already carrying the weight of huge expectations from French fans.
The former Manchester United midfielder is the engine of the French national team despite playing less than dozen games for the Les Blues and his performances in the previous two seasons with the Italian champions Juventus has earned him lot of accolades.
Whether it is his dribbling skills, fooling the opponent player, scoring stunning volleys or breaking up rival team’s attack, Pogba possess it all.
Trapped arguably in the toughest group in the World Cup coupled with injury problem to one of their key players Alex Ox-Chamberlain and a drab draw with Honduras in their last friendly game, the England fans have been screaming for some positives of late.
And the relief for them came from a bright young star Ross Barkley, whose sparkling performances in England’s last two friendly games against Ecuador and Honduras earned him the praise from all corners.
Although, the Everton youngster is yet to cement his place in the national team but his performances of late with England has added more flames to the rallying cries that have urged team manager Roy Hodgson to start him in the World Cup.
The 20-year old midfielder had a breakthrough season under Toffees’ manager Roberto Martinez and is widely tipped to be England’s surprise package in the World Cup if given enough opportunities.
A certain starter for the Spanish champions Atletico Madrid and already established as one of world’s finest young goalkeepers, Belgium fans have already pinned their hopes on the performances of Thibaut Courtois in the World Cup.
Keeping 20 clean sheets in 37 league matches in the La Liga last season and conceding fewest goals in a sizeable amount of matches during the last season are a testimony to the 22-year shot stopper’s high credentials.
In his last season with champions Atletico Madrid, he helped the team break the hegemony of Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona in the La Liga.
A lot is expected from Courtois, a part of Belgium’s golden generation, in the World Cup.
A dead ball specialist and blessed with a sublime first touch, Italy’s 22-year young star Lorenzo Insgine is another player to watch out for in this World Cup.
Despite Italy not being fancied much in the biggest football tournament, Insgine is already touted to be one of biggest talents emerging from the Azzurris, which won the World Cup in 2006 and reached finals of the Euro Cup two years back.
Those who have watched the European Under 21 Championships already know about his immense potential.
Although he did not have an ideal ending to the last season with his club Napoli, expectations are still towering high from this young fledgling.
Although, it is not easy to fill the boots of a legendary player like Xavi Hernandez but one player who is widely hyped to replace the Barcelona great in the Spanish side is Atletico Madrid’s Koke.
The 22-year old is the latest inclusion in the pantheon of midfield geniuses produced by Spain and his amazing form with the Spanish champions Atletico Madrid was awarded with his selection in the World Cup team.
Getting picked in the World Cup in the world champion’s team, which is already overflowing with a host of stunning midfield talent, is no small deal.
Youthfulness and athleticism are two of his biggest assets and the highly rated midfielder could provide a fresh impetus to Vicente Del Bosque’s team.
While the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal, Lionel Messi of Argentina, Luis Suarez of Uruguay, Andre Pirlo of Italy, Bastian Schweinsteiger of Germany and Wayne Rooney of England would be the usual suspects to run the show in Brazil 2014, there are several young players who are waiting to prove their mettle and announce themselves on the international platform.
The fact that Juventus has reportedly slapped a fee of 60 million pound on their star asset, it speaks volumes about the high-caliber of this young sensation.
Ross Barkley (England)
Thibaut Courtois (Belgium)
Lorenzo Insgine (Italy)