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    latios1314 got a reaction from Toro De Líbano in Bad joke competition!!!   
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    A couple had two little mischievous boys, ages 8 and 10. They were always getting into trouble, and their parents knew that if any mischief occurred in their town, their sons would get the blame.
    The boys' mother heard that a clergyman in town had been successful in disciplining children, so she asked if he would speak with her boys. The clergyman agreed and asked to see them individually.
    So, the mother sent her 8-year-old first, in the morning, with the older boy to see the clergyman in the afternoon.
    The clergyman, a huge man with a booming voice, sat the younger boy down and asked him sternly, "Where is God?"
    The boy's mouth dropped open, but he made no response, sitting there with his mouth hanging open.
    The clergyman repeated the question. "Where is God?"
    Again, the boy made no attempt to answer.
    So, the clergyman raised his voice some more and shook his finger in the boy's face and bellowed, "Where is God!?"
    The boy screamed and bolted from the room. He ran directly home and dove into his closet, slamming the door behind him.
    When his older brother found him in the closet, he asked, "What happened?"
    The younger brother, gasping for breath, replied: "We are in real BIG trouble this time! God is missing, and they think we did it!"
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    latios1314 got a reaction from Armand_Mufc in Official Manchester United Thread   
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    Hmmmm, it's true that United could do with another striker but i feel that Aguero isn't the type of player would be be contented to just sit on the bench.
    I think what United needs now is a striker who is contented with sitting on the bench and perhaps another variation to the Tevez-Rooney pairing. A centre forward would be pretty useful as he could be thrown into the fray to change a few things when the need arises especially against teams who defend deep because Saha isn't really that great this season
    But for the moment, I can't see the pair being broken up anytime soon as they have great chemistry between them. And even though they are not contributing as much goals as we could wish for but their overall contribution is great. And to add on to that, they are still kids in footballing terms and could most probably grow to become even better
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    latios1314 got a reaction from xinyao in Promising Players in Italy   
    My first attempt..Hope everyone would find them useful
    1) Sebastian Giovinco (Empoli)
    The 20-year-old attacking-midfielder is regarded as one of the brightest young talents in Europe. Skilful, fast, with great vision and technical ability, many have labelled Giovinco as the ‘Italian Messi’. Giovinco is on loan at Empoli from Juventus but many believe he is the Bianconeri’s natural heir to Alessandro Del Piero.
    Capello: Giovinco Is A Great Talent
    Ex Roma and Milan Coach Fabio Capello has heaped praise on young Empoli playmaker Sebastian Giovinco but says it is wrong to compare the player to Barcelona star Lionel Messi.
    The 20-year-old, who is on loan in Tuscany from Juventus, is rightly regarded as one of the most exciting young talents in European football. Blessed with some quite incredible dribbling skills and acceleration, many have already labelled the diminutive youngster as the ‘Italian Messi’.
    “Giovinco is a player with a great amount of ability. He has incredible technique and great dribbling,” Capello told La Domenica Sportiva.
    “However I think it is wrong to compare him to Messi. Messi is more physical and has a lot of upper-body strength.”
    Giovinco scored his first ever Serie A goal yesterday as Empoli came from behind to beat Palermo 3-1 at the Stadio Carlo Castellani. The win was the Azzurri’s first Serie A win of the new campaign and lifted them to 16th in the table.
    Giovinco is also a regular for the Italy Under-21 team and is widely regarded as the squad’s best player. The youngster has represented Italy at every age since under-16 level and it seems he will certainly have a starring role for the senior team at some point in the future.
    2) Giuseppe Rossi (Villareal)
    Rossi has made an outstanding start to his La Liga career with four goals in his first five games. Signed from Manchester United in the summer, having come through the famed youth system at Parma, Rossi has a beautiful left-foot and is a deadly finisher. Short and nimble, with excellent awareness, many have likened Rossi’s style to ex-Lazio legend Giuseppe Signori.
    3) Alberto Aquilani (Roma)
    It seems only injuries can stop this brilliant midfielder from becoming an Azzurri regular in the future. Aquilani is a complete midfielder, he can pass, tackle, run and as Palermo and Siena found out in the first two weeks of the season, he has a brilliant long-shot with both feet. Has just been ruled out for two months but don’t bet against the 23-year-old returning better than ever.
    4) Alessandro Rosina (Torino)
    Rosinaldo is a defender’s nightmare – Fast, skilful, both-footed – the player is surely the long-term replacement for Mauro Camoranesi on the right-hand side of Italy’s midfield. Last season he virtually single-handedly kept Torino in Serie A with his nine goals but his start to the new campaign has been complicated by a contract dispute. If Rosina wants to fulfil his undoubted talent, then he has to move to a big club. Milan have been mooted as a possible destination and it could be the perfect solution for both club and player.
    5) Ezequiel Lavezzi (Napoli)
    Not since the 1980s have the Napoli fans been so excited about a player. That player was Diego Maradona – the greatest footballer of all time. After Lavezzi’s stunning start to his Partenopei career, the comparisons between the two Argentineans have inevitably started. Both share incredible technical ability, skill and pace but Lavezzi probably has a more realistic likeness to Manchester United’s Carlos Tevez. Nevertheless Lavezzi is certainly one for the future.
    Ezequiel Iván Lavezzi (born May 3, 1985, in Villa Gobernador Gálvez, Santa Fe Province, Argentina) is an Argentine footballer currently playing for Serie A club SSC Napoli. He is forward who has a good shooting ability, very good dribbling and good playmaking abilities.
    Like many promising young Argentine players who appear in Italy, the media have been quick to dub Lavezzi the "New Maradona". Lavezzi himself however plays this down, instead comparing himself to another young Argentine player in Carlos Tévez.
    As a youngster, Lavezzi had a very keen interest in football and supported his local side Rosario Central; he would later get their badge tattooed on his chest.
    From a very young age, the footballing talent of Lavezzi was recognised, as he played in the youth squads of Boca Juniors from the age of 10 until he was 17.Lavezzi moved to the youth side of Estudiantes in 2003, where over one season he played 39 games and scored 17 goals.
    He was bought by Italian side Genoa in 2004 for 1 million euros,but was loaned out straight away to Argentina side San Lorenzo. Here at the age of 19, he competed in the Apertura 2004 tournament scoring six goals in total over the course of the season; which saw him finish as 4th top scorer.
    Lavezzi's most notable contributions included a spectacular effort against River Plate at the El Monumental. He scored in the 69th minute to give San Lorenzo a famous victory and seriously damage River's title challenge. This gained him the nickname la Bestia ("the Beast") from the Argentine media.
    Although it was planned for Lavezzi to return back to Genoa after a season on loan, there were problems. While Lavezzi was playing in Argentina, Genoa were involved in an alleged match fixing scandal which saw them relegated down to Serie C1; the third level of Italian football. Due to financial constraints, the promising forward was sold to San Lorenzo for 1.2 million euros.
    On his return to San Lorenzo for the Apertura 2005 season, he managed to help the club up into the top half of the table, with 8 goals, he finished as the overall 4th top scorer. His last act as a San Lorenzo player was to help them to the Clausura 2007 title, beating out Boca Juniors by six points.
    Napoli had recently achieved promotion back to Serie A, after finishing as runners-up the previous season in Serie B. Looking to strengthen their squad for a return to the top level, Napoli signed Lavezzi on a five-year contract on 5 July 2007. The transfer deal was worth around 6 million euros, he was presented before the fans and given the number 7 shirt for his first season.
    Very early on he made an impact for the club, scoring a hat-trick in a 3–1 victory over Pisa in the Coppa Italia at the Stadio San Paolo; this was the first hat-trick by a Napoli player in fourteen years. The first league goal Lavezzi scored for Napoli, came during a 5–0 victory against Udinese on 2 September 2007. After the match he was described in reports as "inspirational", with the media proclaiming "Napoli's star is born". The Neapolitan club hadn't won a league match by such a large margin since 1988, when Diego Maradona was at the club.
    He made his international debut for the Argentinian national team team against Chile, on the 18th of April, 2007.
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    Giampaolo Pazzini (Fiorentina)
    Giampaolo Pazzini (born August 2, 1984 in Pescia) is an Italian football (soccer) player, who currently plays for Fiorentina, having been transferred there from Atalanta in January 2005, with Valeri Bojinov from U.S. Lecce. He is a direct, powerful centre-forward who poses a significant threat in the air and also boasts a powerful shot. The striker is considered a natural replacement for FC Bayern Munich-bound Luca Toni by coach Cesare Prandelli.
    Club career
    Giampaolo Pazzini's high point of the 2005/2006 season was his spectacular equalising header against Juventus. Pazzini also struck a wonderfully powerful shot beating Juventus keeper, Gianluigi Buffon, to cap a traditional Italian counter attack, in the 2004/2005 season.
    International career
    Pazzini is currently a member of the Italy Under-21 team.
    Pazzini was the star of the first ever professional match at the new Wembley Stadium in a game against England Under-21 on 24 March 2007. The Fiorentina forward set three records in the 3-3 draw; he scored the first goal at the new Wembley Stadium after just 28 seconds (and thus the fastest ever goal to be scored at Wembley, in both its old and new incarnations), and then went on to score the first ever hat-trick at the new Wembley, after 68 minutes.[1] Pazzini recently signed a new contract with Fiorentina and is thought to be highly rated by staff and players alike.
    Season Club Country Competition Apps. Goals
    2003/04 Atalanta Italy Serie B 39 9
    2004/05 Atalanta Italy Serie A 12 3
    2004/05 Fiorentina Italy Serie A 14 3
    2005/06 Fiorentina Italy Serie A 26 5
    2006/07 Fiorentina Italy Serie A 23 7
    2004- Italy Under-21 17 (5)
    Riccardo Montolivo (Fiorentina)
    Riccardo Montolivo (born 18 January 1985 in Caravaggio, Bergamo) is an Italian footballer. He currently plays in the role of attacking midfielder for ACF Fiorentina of Serie A league. He is also nationally known as a good deep-lying forward. He is currently the Azzurrini's (Italy U21) creative fulcrum, Riccardo is blessed with great skill and vision, terrific touch with both feet and an unerring eye for goal.
    He started his career with Atalanta, for which he debuted in the 2003/2004 season, helping his team to gain a promotion to Series A, and scoring 4 goals in 41 matches. The next season, again for Atalanta, he played 32 times and scored 3 goals, being unable to avoid the immediate relegation for the team. He moved to Fiorentina in the summer of 2005, in a joint ownership bid. In 2006 Fiorentina got full ownership,
    He is one of the main players of the Under-21 national team of Italy coached by Pierluigi Casiraghi, and widely considered as one of the most promising youngsters in the country. He has been tipped to be the next Totti. However, in his first season with Fiorentina he was rarely first choice for coach Claudio Cesare Prandelli and spent most of the games on the bench.
    In recent publications in the press he has been linked with a move to Arsenal FC as they continue their search for a winger.
    In October 10th 2006 Montolivo scored the winning goal when Italy beat Spain 2-1 and qualified for 2007 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship
    Years Club App (Gls)*
    2003-2005 Atalanta 73 (7)
    2005- Fiorentina 56 (3)
    2004-2007 Italy U-21 20 (3)
    Yoann Gourcuff (Milan)
    Yoann Gourcuff (born July 11, 1986) is a French footballer who is presently playing with AC Milan.
    Career
    Gourcuff was born in Ploemeur, Morbihan, Brittany. Having started out with FC Lorient (whose manager is his father Christian Gourcuff) at a young age, Gourcuff signed a youth contract with Stade Rennais in 2001, followed by a professional contract two years later.
    Making only 9 appearances in the 2003-04 season, the following seasons were more successful, with him scoring 6 goals in the 2005-06 season, helping Rennes to finish 7th in Ligue 1 and winning them a place in the 2006 Intertoto Cup.
    Having been linked with a host of big name European clubs such as Ajax Amsterdam, Valencia CF and Arsenal F.C., at the end of the 2006 season, he moved to A.C. Milan where his contract runs until the 2010-11 season.
    He has been capped for France at schoolboy level and was part of the winning French team at the 2005 European Under-19 Football Championship.
    He started his Milan career by scoring a goal and being one of the best players on view in Milan's first UEFA Champions League match against AEK Athens.
    Gourcuff is being talked of by many as Zinédine Zidane's heir apparent due to his similar height, build, movement, and skill. Others have named him rather as the next Youri Djorkaeff.
    Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus)
    Giorgio Chiellini (born August 14, 1984 in Pisa) is an Italian footballer who currently plays for Juventus of the Italian Serie A. He is an attacking left back who has also played centre back.
    Chiellini started his career with Livorno where he played for two years each in Serie C1 and Serie B. He was signed by Juventus in summer 2004, for €6.5 million, but immediately sold on co-ownership deal to Fiorentina for €3.5 million, where he played for 2004/05 season. After an excellent first season in Serie A, he was recalled by Juventus for the 2005-06 season, where Juventus paid €4.3 million for full-ownership.
    Chiellini made his debut for the Italian national team in November 2004 against Finland, and has since become a regular squad member. He won the European Under-19 Championship with Italy in 2003, and was also a member of the Italy team that won the bronze medals at the football tournament of the 2004 Summer Olympics. As of September 2006, he has won 6 caps for Italian national team, despite still being eligible to play for Italian U-21 national team. He was named in the 'UEFA Team of the tournament' of the 2007 U-21 Championships held in the Netherlands where they qualified for the 2008 Summer Olympics.
    He extended his original contract from until 2009 to 2011 on 12 October 2006
    Edison Cavani (Palermo)
    Nicknamed El Matador, Cavani moved to Montevideo when he was 12 years old, and came through the youth system at Danubio F.C. to make his debut for the first team in 2006. He was part of the Apertura 2006 championship winning squad.
    In January 2007 Cavani was selected to join the Uruguay national football team Under-20 squad to play in the 2007 South American Youth Championship in Paraguay. Cavani finished the tournament as topscorer with 7goals in 9 games, this feat helped Uruguay to finish in 3rd place, earning them a place in the World Youth Championship. After his breakthrough at the 2007 South American Youth Championship, several teams were suggested to have interest in signing Cavani, including Juventus and AC Milan. However, on January 29, 2007, Palermo chairman Maurizio Zamparini announced the signing of the promising Uruguayan footballer. The bid was officially confirmed on January 31. He made his debut on March 11, 2007 in a home league match against Fiorentina, coming on in the 55th minute with his team 0-1 down and scoring an impressive equaliser only fifteen minutes later, a goal hailed as reminiscent of Marco van Basten's strike in the 1988 UEFA European Football Championship final.
    Domenico Criscito (Juventus)
    Criscito started his professional career at Genoa C.F.C., for which made his debut in Serie B in June 2003 at the age of 16. In the summer of 2004 Genoa sold 50% of the rights to Juventus for €150.000. He played for the youth team of Juventus in the following two seasons, winning the Italian youth championship in 2006 and scoring the opening goal in the final match against Fiorentina. In 2006-2007 he went to play for Genoa, this time in the first team, proving himself as one of the best Serie B defenders and earning a place in Italy's Under-21 national team.
    In January 2007, Juventus bought the remaining 50% of Criscito for a combined price of €7.5 million. This was paid by the co-ownership of Andrea Masiello and Abdoulay Konko to Genoa C.F.C., and €5.25 million. He also signed a new contract with Juventus which will last until June 30, 2011.
    Criscito made his Serie A debut with Juventus on August 25, in Juve's comeback game in Serie A versus Livorno, a crushing 5-1 victory.
    Raffaele Palladino (Juventus)
    The first team career of Palladino started in his native region of Campania where he played for Benevento in Serie C1. Including games played in Coppa Italia Serie C, his record at Benevento was 12 games played and 5 goals scored.
    It was not long before he gained the attentions of Juventus and was signed by the club in 2002, during his earlier years with Juventus he played in reserve and youth levels in competitions such as Torneo di Viareggio (which the club won in 2003 and 2004). However, during the 2003-04 season, he did make one appearance in the Coppa Italia. He scored 41 goals in 61 games in the Campionato Nazionale Primavera.
    Loan spells
    To gain some first team experience, Palladino was loaned out to Salernitana back in Campania. At the time the club were competing in Serie B, Palladino scored 15 goals during his season with the club, becoming their topscorer that season; he finished as 7th topscorer in the entire league.
    The first taste of Serie A football came in 2005-06 for the player, he was loaned out once more, this time to Livorno. Although he gained some valuable experience he did not score as many goals as he did during his spell with Salernitana the previous season.
    Return to Juventus
    Juventus had been relegated down to Serie B due to the result of the 2006 Serie A scandal. Despite the lower division, first team places were still hotly contested and the young Palladino was given a chance to prove himself in the first team by Didier Deschamps. On his league debut Palladino scored two goals, in the same season he also scored a hat-trick against Triestina. Juventus won promotion back into Serie A that season giving Palladino his first senior team honour.
    Marek Hamsik (Napoli)
    Cristian Zapata (Udinese)
    Bosko Jankovic (Palermo)
    Antonio Nocerino (Juventus)
    Daniele Dessena (Parma)
    Marco Andreolli (Roma)
    Gyan Asamoah (Udinese)
    Claudio Marchisio (Empoli/Juventus)
    Graziano Pelle (AZ)
    Anthony Vanden Boore (Fiorentina)
    Valon Behrami (Lazio)
    Arturo Lupoli (Fiorentina)
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    latios1314 got a reaction from Rishabh Desai in Official Manchester United Thread   
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    So the match up is basically,
    Arsenal vs Liverpool
    Chelsea vs Fenerbahce
    Barcelona vs Schalke 04
    Manchester United vs Roma
    Hmmmm, so Man u is drawn against Roma again and possibly facing a mouth watering semi-final matches with Barcelona. I would say that this match up would have a substantial impact on the final run-in to the Premier League trohpy. Obviously whoever falls out of the competition, that team would be able to put 100% focus on the illustrious Premier League trophy.
    Grant has been under fire for his failures in the two domestic cup competitions and i see that he would push his team hard to advance in the Champions league as well as to win the Premier League trophy. As much as i don't approve of Grant as Chelsea's manager, I must admit that Chelsea do have a fanasitc squad. A fanastic first team and capable substitutes. If Chelsea do fall in Chapions league, they would be a formidable foe in the run-in to the Premier League Trophy.
    There are currently both benefits as well as disasters in Arsenal's draw. Being matched up against Liverpool, currently the most in-form team in all competitions with six successive wins. Liverpool is a terrible opponent to meet in the Champions league, being the most successful English team in the Champions league in the past 3 years, having been in two finals, losing one and winning one. They are certainly well-versed in it. And now, led by the in-form Gerard and Torres, I must say they are the favourites for the Champions League trophy this year as they have no other things to play for and the fourth position in the Premier League looks to be just within their grasp and I don't think Everton, as good as they can be, would be able to snatch the fourth placing from Liverpool. So do Arsenal stand a chance? We would never know, or would we? For this is football, where anything can happen. But perhaps we can gain a picture when we analyse the tactics employed by the two teams.
    As for Manchester United, they face a potentially tough draw against Roma and I don't think Roma would make it any easy for us this time. But we can't overlook the fact that our squad has gotten much stronger over the summer. Tevez look to be a shrewd signing, being able to create an impact on the really important games, where it really matters. Anderson and Nani looks pretty promising too. And hargreaves adds depth to our squad. We must cast the 7-1 drubbing of Roma at Old Trafford aside as we are going to face an entirely different Roma team this time as they would be much much more prepared.
    Barcelona vs Schalke 04. Seems that this match is pretty much decided before the game even starts right? Hmmm, but in my opinion I do not think so. Barcelona always seems to have a problem facing teams that have a lot less quality and class in their side due to their free-flowing game. Most of these teams play a rigid 4-4-2 which actually restricts their free-flowing game. Teams that deploy more than one defensive midfielder can often crowd out the more inventive Barça players, deny them the chance to use their imagination. Ronaldinho struggles when people get up close and personal, while Lionel Messi is double-marked by almost every team - one covering his outside run, the other watching out for a cut inside. Frustration then sets in, and what should be a free-spirited approach to the game becomes instead clunky and disjointed. With Yaya toure and Messi unavailable this time, and Henry and Ronaldhino yet to hit top gear, what will Rijkaard do?
    If i manage to find the time, I would try to provide my own insight into the Manchester United vs Roma game and possibly even other games that involve English teams.
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    Footballers are humans too and they too make mistakes. It is not possible for them to do the things the right way everytime.
    It is very hard to get the ball off Eduardo's feet when he's playing his game due to his speed. It is in the job of a defender to negate opponents' attacks and dutifully doing his job, Taylor went up for the tackle and got it all wrong. His timing was way way off. He failed to get the ball and instead made contact with Eduardo's feet. Eduardo was too fast for him. His timing was way off. He had made a bad decision at that point in time and could have ended Eduardo's football career at that very instant. His tackle was high up on his leg and it was an immediate red card for me in this case. But to blame him further for that would be very unfair to him, he did not meant to hurt Eduardo at all.
    It was an unfortunate tackle, a really unfortunate tackle and none of us wanted it to happen. I really hope that Eduardo would be able to recover completely soon and continue being an integral part of the Gunners and the Croatia national team. I am absolutely regretful of the impact that Eduardo's injury would possibly bring about as it would mean one less great guy running on the pitch, playing his game his game, enjoying it himself and at the same time, entertaining us all. It is a great loss to both the Croatia national team and the Gunners. I wish him all the best in his recovery process.
    An article i found..
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    latios1314 got a reaction from Armand_Mufc in Official Manchester United Thread   
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    An article from goal.com....
    At the start of the season, I was really disappointed with the performance of Anderson to say the truth. He did not impress me at all and fail to live up to any of my expectations and I thought that he would just become another Kleberson. Thanks god that he didn't. He has gone from strength to strength this season and started to shine after a few games. He impressed me during the big games especially against Arsenal twice and Liverpool of course:) He managed to keep Fabregas and Gerard quiet in those games and never lacked the courage to stand up to them and prevent them from playing their game.
    I put Anderson's poor performance at the start of the season as an adjusting period. Anderson was used to playing a more attacking rol at porto. But here at United, he is required to rein in his attacking instincts and stay back as additional cover for the defence and leave the attacking to the flanks where United is the strongest at. He has never failed to shine in the big games for United. This is incredibly important as Ronaldo have a tendency to disappear in this game. If Anderson is able to stay up a gear in these games, it will help to reduce the impact that Ronaldo's disappearance has on the team. Scholes is also getting older and do not seem to have the legs in him to run for an entire game anymore. And at this stage, the growth of Anderson is extremely important. In addition, Anderson is also actually much more suited to the game that United is playing this season. This season, United is mainly depending on the flanks to launch their attacks. Scholes is terribly bad at tackling and is more suited to an attacking position behind the strikers. But playing scholes would disrupt the free flow of United's game. United's game this season often involve the constant changing of positions among the front four (Giggs, Rooney, Ronaldo and Tevez) which makes it hard for any defence to counter against them. Thereby, Anderson by being able to sit back in front of the defence actually helps to break up the attacks of the opponents and prevent them from ever getting the ball into United's net. United have never lost a game this season whenever, Anderson and Owen started. The emergence of Anderson has never come at a better time. Scholes' experience will help the team lots but if i were Fergie, I probably won't play him that often as it would only serve to disrupt United's free flowing game. But all due credits to Scholes who has done a marvellous job at United for so many seasons.
    Tevez has also been terrific this season always scoring vital goals for the team. Nani has been impressive in the numerous game that he played in recently too but he does have to cut down on his showboating as it might eventually cause him to get injured. He needs to learn to respect other players on the opposite team even if United is leading in the game and the opponents look as if they have no chance of ever getting back into the game.
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    latios1314 got a reaction from Superhombre Legendario in Official Manchester United Thread   
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    An article from goal.com....
    At the start of the season, I was really disappointed with the performance of Anderson to say the truth. He did not impress me at all and fail to live up to any of my expectations and I thought that he would just become another Kleberson. Thanks god that he didn't. He has gone from strength to strength this season and started to shine after a few games. He impressed me during the big games especially against Arsenal twice and Liverpool of course:) He managed to keep Fabregas and Gerard quiet in those games and never lacked the courage to stand up to them and prevent them from playing their game.
    I put Anderson's poor performance at the start of the season as an adjusting period. Anderson was used to playing a more attacking rol at porto. But here at United, he is required to rein in his attacking instincts and stay back as additional cover for the defence and leave the attacking to the flanks where United is the strongest at. He has never failed to shine in the big games for United. This is incredibly important as Ronaldo have a tendency to disappear in this game. If Anderson is able to stay up a gear in these games, it will help to reduce the impact that Ronaldo's disappearance has on the team. Scholes is also getting older and do not seem to have the legs in him to run for an entire game anymore. And at this stage, the growth of Anderson is extremely important. In addition, Anderson is also actually much more suited to the game that United is playing this season. This season, United is mainly depending on the flanks to launch their attacks. Scholes is terribly bad at tackling and is more suited to an attacking position behind the strikers. But playing scholes would disrupt the free flow of United's game. United's game this season often involve the constant changing of positions among the front four (Giggs, Rooney, Ronaldo and Tevez) which makes it hard for any defence to counter against them. Thereby, Anderson by being able to sit back in front of the defence actually helps to break up the attacks of the opponents and prevent them from ever getting the ball into United's net. United have never lost a game this season whenever, Anderson and Owen started. The emergence of Anderson has never come at a better time. Scholes' experience will help the team lots but if i were Fergie, I probably won't play him that often as it would only serve to disrupt United's free flowing game. But all due credits to Scholes who has done a marvellous job at United for so many seasons.
    Tevez has also been terrific this season always scoring vital goals for the team. Nani has been impressive in the numerous game that he played in recently too but he does have to cut down on his showboating as it might eventually cause him to get injured. He needs to learn to respect other players on the opposite team even if United is leading in the game and the opponents look as if they have no chance of ever getting back into the game.
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    latios1314 got a reaction from Zazoon in Official Manchester United Thread   
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    An article from goal.com....
    At the start of the season, I was really disappointed with the performance of Anderson to say the truth. He did not impress me at all and fail to live up to any of my expectations and I thought that he would just become another Kleberson. Thanks god that he didn't. He has gone from strength to strength this season and started to shine after a few games. He impressed me during the big games especially against Arsenal twice and Liverpool of course:) He managed to keep Fabregas and Gerard quiet in those games and never lacked the courage to stand up to them and prevent them from playing their game.
    I put Anderson's poor performance at the start of the season as an adjusting period. Anderson was used to playing a more attacking rol at porto. But here at United, he is required to rein in his attacking instincts and stay back as additional cover for the defence and leave the attacking to the flanks where United is the strongest at. He has never failed to shine in the big games for United. This is incredibly important as Ronaldo have a tendency to disappear in this game. If Anderson is able to stay up a gear in these games, it will help to reduce the impact that Ronaldo's disappearance has on the team. Scholes is also getting older and do not seem to have the legs in him to run for an entire game anymore. And at this stage, the growth of Anderson is extremely important. In addition, Anderson is also actually much more suited to the game that United is playing this season. This season, United is mainly depending on the flanks to launch their attacks. Scholes is terribly bad at tackling and is more suited to an attacking position behind the strikers. But playing scholes would disrupt the free flow of United's game. United's game this season often involve the constant changing of positions among the front four (Giggs, Rooney, Ronaldo and Tevez) which makes it hard for any defence to counter against them. Thereby, Anderson by being able to sit back in front of the defence actually helps to break up the attacks of the opponents and prevent them from ever getting the ball into United's net. United have never lost a game this season whenever, Anderson and Owen started. The emergence of Anderson has never come at a better time. Scholes' experience will help the team lots but if i were Fergie, I probably won't play him that often as it would only serve to disrupt United's free flowing game. But all due credits to Scholes who has done a marvellous job at United for so many seasons.
    Tevez has also been terrific this season always scoring vital goals for the team. Nani has been impressive in the numerous game that he played in recently too but he does have to cut down on his showboating as it might eventually cause him to get injured. He needs to learn to respect other players on the opposite team even if United is leading in the game and the opponents look as if they have no chance of ever getting back into the game.
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    An article from goal.com....
    At the start of the season, I was really disappointed with the performance of Anderson to say the truth. He did not impress me at all and fail to live up to any of my expectations and I thought that he would just become another Kleberson. Thanks god that he didn't. He has gone from strength to strength this season and started to shine after a few games. He impressed me during the big games especially against Arsenal twice and Liverpool of course:) He managed to keep Fabregas and Gerard quiet in those games and never lacked the courage to stand up to them and prevent them from playing their game.
    I put Anderson's poor performance at the start of the season as an adjusting period. Anderson was used to playing a more attacking rol at porto. But here at United, he is required to rein in his attacking instincts and stay back as additional cover for the defence and leave the attacking to the flanks where United is the strongest at. He has never failed to shine in the big games for United. This is incredibly important as Ronaldo have a tendency to disappear in this game. If Anderson is able to stay up a gear in these games, it will help to reduce the impact that Ronaldo's disappearance has on the team. Scholes is also getting older and do not seem to have the legs in him to run for an entire game anymore. And at this stage, the growth of Anderson is extremely important. In addition, Anderson is also actually much more suited to the game that United is playing this season. This season, United is mainly depending on the flanks to launch their attacks. Scholes is terribly bad at tackling and is more suited to an attacking position behind the strikers. But playing scholes would disrupt the free flow of United's game. United's game this season often involve the constant changing of positions among the front four (Giggs, Rooney, Ronaldo and Tevez) which makes it hard for any defence to counter against them. Thereby, Anderson by being able to sit back in front of the defence actually helps to break up the attacks of the opponents and prevent them from ever getting the ball into United's net. United have never lost a game this season whenever, Anderson and Owen started. The emergence of Anderson has never come at a better time. Scholes' experience will help the team lots but if i were Fergie, I probably won't play him that often as it would only serve to disrupt United's free flowing game. But all due credits to Scholes who has done a marvellous job at United for so many seasons.
    Tevez has also been terrific this season always scoring vital goals for the team. Nani has been impressive in the numerous game that he played in recently too but he does have to cut down on his showboating as it might eventually cause him to get injured. He needs to learn to respect other players on the opposite team even if United is leading in the game and the opponents look as if they have no chance of ever getting back into the game.
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    An article from goal.com....
    At the start of the season, I was really disappointed with the performance of Anderson to say the truth. He did not impress me at all and fail to live up to any of my expectations and I thought that he would just become another Kleberson. Thanks god that he didn't. He has gone from strength to strength this season and started to shine after a few games. He impressed me during the big games especially against Arsenal twice and Liverpool of course:) He managed to keep Fabregas and Gerard quiet in those games and never lacked the courage to stand up to them and prevent them from playing their game.
    I put Anderson's poor performance at the start of the season as an adjusting period. Anderson was used to playing a more attacking rol at porto. But here at United, he is required to rein in his attacking instincts and stay back as additional cover for the defence and leave the attacking to the flanks where United is the strongest at. He has never failed to shine in the big games for United. This is incredibly important as Ronaldo have a tendency to disappear in this game. If Anderson is able to stay up a gear in these games, it will help to reduce the impact that Ronaldo's disappearance has on the team. Scholes is also getting older and do not seem to have the legs in him to run for an entire game anymore. And at this stage, the growth of Anderson is extremely important. In addition, Anderson is also actually much more suited to the game that United is playing this season. This season, United is mainly depending on the flanks to launch their attacks. Scholes is terribly bad at tackling and is more suited to an attacking position behind the strikers. But playing scholes would disrupt the free flow of United's game. United's game this season often involve the constant changing of positions among the front four (Giggs, Rooney, Ronaldo and Tevez) which makes it hard for any defence to counter against them. Thereby, Anderson by being able to sit back in front of the defence actually helps to break up the attacks of the opponents and prevent them from ever getting the ball into United's net. United have never lost a game this season whenever, Anderson and Owen started. The emergence of Anderson has never come at a better time. Scholes' experience will help the team lots but if i were Fergie, I probably won't play him that often as it would only serve to disrupt United's free flowing game. But all due credits to Scholes who has done a marvellous job at United for so many seasons.
    Tevez has also been terrific this season always scoring vital goals for the team. Nani has been impressive in the numerous game that he played in recently too but he does have to cut down on his showboating as it might eventually cause him to get injured. He needs to learn to respect other players on the opposite team even if United is leading in the game and the opponents look as if they have no chance of ever getting back into the game.
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    Here is the continuation of my previous thread....
    Manchester City - 5th
    Andreas Isaksson - 360 mins - Down to 88
    Kasper Schmeichel - 630 mins - Up to 85
    Joe Hart - 810 mins - Up to 86
    Javier Garrido - 1421 mins - Up to 89
    Michael Ball - 525 mins - Up to 87
    Jihai Sun - 173 mins - Down to 85
    Richard Dunne - 1685 mins - Up to 91
    Vedran Corluka - 1620 mins - Up to 90
    Micah Richards - 1710 mins - Up to 90
    Nedum Onuoha - 444 mins - Up to 86
    Deiberson Geovanni - 284 mins - 3 Goals - Down to 86
    Stephen Ireland - 1317 mins - 2 Goals - Up to 88
    Ousmane Dabo - 0 mins - Down to 84
    Michael Johnson - 1120 mins - 2 Goals - Up to 87
    Gelson Fernandes - 617 mins - Up to 86
    Dietmar Hamann - 1574 mins - Up to 89
    Blumer Elano - 1277 - 4 Goals - Stay at 91
    Martin Petrov - 1760 mins - 4 Goals - Up to 91
    Kelvin Etuhu - 130 mins - 1 Goal - Up to 79
    Valeri Bojinov - 50 mins - Down to 89
    Nery Castillo - 0 mins (just signed from Shakhtar) - Stay at 89
    Rolando Bianchi - 642 mins - 4 Goals - Stay at 88
    Darius Vassell - 650 mins - 2 Goals - Stay at 87
    Emile Mpenza - 713 mins - 2 Goals - Stay at 87
    Giorgos Samaras - 255 mins - Stay at 85
    Manchester United - 2nd
    Edwin Van Der Sar - 1395 mins - Stay at 94
    Ben Foster - 0 mins - Down to 87
    Tomasz Kuszczak - 405 mins - Up to 88
    Patrice Evra - 1575 mins - Up to 93
    Gary Neville - 0 mins - Down to 91
    Danny Simpson - 106 mins - Stay at 83
    Rio Ferdinand - 1656 mins - 1 Goal - Stay at 94
    Nemanja Vidic - 1532 mins - 1 Goal - Up to 94
    Wes Brown - 1650 mins - Up to 90
    Mikael Silvestre - 96 mins - Down to 87
    Gerard Pique - 280 mins - Up to 88
    John O'Shea - 430 mins - Stay at 89
    Ryan Giggs - 1436 mins - 2 Goals - Stay at 93
    Darren Fletcher - 310 mins - Down to 88
    Chris Eagles - 133 mins - Stay at 85
    Paul Scholes - 886 mins - 1 Goal - Down to 93
    Michael Carrick - 971 mins - Stay at 91
    Owen Hargreaves - 850 mins - Down to 90
    Luis Anderson - 831 mins - Up to 88
    Cristiano Ronaldo - 1326 mins - 13 Goals - Up to 97
    Ji-Sung Park - 34 mins - Down to 88
    Luis Nani - 815 mins - 2 Goals - Stay at 89
    Carlos Tevez - 1514 mins - 7 Goals - Up to 94
    Wayne Rooney - 1015 mins - 5 Goals - Stay at 96
    Frazier Campbell - 18 mins - Up to 82
    Louis Saha - 531 mins - 4 Goals - Down to 90
    Middlesbrough - 14th
    Mark Schwarzer - 1620 mins - Stay at 89
    Emanuel Pogatetz - 691 mins - Stay at 87
    Andrew Taylor - 1101 mins - Up to 87
    Sebastian Hines - 1 minute - Stay at 74
    Luke Young - 1530 mins - 1 Goal - Stay at 88
    Jonathan Woodgate - 1282 mins - Down to 90
    Robert Huth - 203 mins - Down to 86
    Chris Riggott - 649 mins - Stay at 86
    Andrew Davies - 278 mins - Stay at 85
    David Wheater - 1485 mins - 2 Goals - Up to 87
    Stewart Downing - 1798 mins - 4 Goals - Stay at 89
    Julio Arca - 822 mins - 2 Goals - Stay at 87
    Adam Johnson - 309 mins - Up to 85
    Gary O'Neil - 1008 mins - Stay at 87
    Fabio Rochemback - 1162 mins - Stay at 87
    Lee Cattermole - 598 mins - 1 Goal - Stay at 86
    George Boateng - 1442 mins - Stay at 89
    Mohamed Shawky - 90 mins - Stay at 84
    Sanli Tuncay - 1111 mins - 4 Goals - Stay at 91
    Jeremie Aliadiere - 1089 mins - 1 Goal - Up to 86
    Ahmed Hossam Mido - 542 mins - 2 Goals - Down to 87
    Dong Lee - 420 mins - Down to 85
    Ben Hutchinson - 141 mins - 1 Goal - Up to 79
    Tom Craddock - 94 mins - Up to 75
    Newcastle United - 11th
    Shay Given - 1080 mins - Down to 92
    Steve Harper - 720 mins - Up to 87
    Sanchez Jose Enrique - 450 mins - Stay at 87
    Habib Beye - 1216 mins - 1 Goal - Down to 90
    Stephen Carr - 246 mins - Down to 86
    David Rozehnal - 1336 mins - Stay at 89
    Claudio Cacapa - 848 mins - 1 Goal - Down to 88
    Steven Taylor - 1103 mins - 1 Goal - Up to 88
    Peter Ramage - 57 mins - Down to 85
    Charles N'Zogbia - 1666 mins - 3 Goals - Up to 89
    Joey Barton - 764 mins - 1 Goal - Down to 88
    Njitap Geremi - 1303 mins - Stay at 88
    Belozoglu Emre - 496 mins - 1 Goal - Down to 87
    Nicky Butt - 1504 mins - 2 Goals - Stay at 88
    Alan Smith - 1607 mins - Up to 88
    Damien Duff - 188 mins - Down to 88
    James Milner - 1580 mins - 2 Goals - Up to 89
    Obafemi Martins - 1277 mins - 6 Goals - Stay at 91
    Michael Owen - 615 mins - 2 Goals - Down to 92
    Mark Viduka - 910 mins - 5 Goals - Stay at 89
    Shola Ameobi - 168 mins - Down to 86
    Portsmouth - 8th
    David James - 1800 mins - Stay at 91
    Djimi Traore - 135 mins - Stay at 86
    Martin Cranie - 54 mins - Up to 82
    Bisan Lauren - 441 mins - Down to 88
    Glen Johnson - 1215 mins - 1 Goal - Up to 88
    Noe Pamarot - 691 mins - 1 Goal - Up to 87
    Sol Campbell - 1530 mins - Stay at 91
    Sylvain Distin - 1800 mins - Up to 90
    Hermann Hreidersson - 1183 mins - 2 Goals - Up to 89
    Linvoy Primus - 0 mins - Down to 85
    Matt Taylor - 459 mins - 1 Goal - Stay at 88
    Sulley Ali Muntari - 1573 mins - 4 Goals - Stay at 90
    Miguel Pedro Mendes - 618 mins - Down to 88
    Papa Boupa Diop - 1245 mins - Up to 89
    Sean Davis - 1171 mins - 1 Goal - Up to 88
    Richard Hughes - 278 mins - Up to 86
    Niko Krancjar - 1306 mins - 3 Goals - Up to 90
    John Utaka - 1515 mins - 3 Goals - Up to 89
    Benjani Mwaruwari - 1503 mins - 9 Goals - Up to 90
    David Nugent - 309 mins - Stay at 86
    Nwankwo Kanu - 825 mins - 3 Goals - Stay at 88
    Arnold Mvuemba - 1 min - Stay at 82
    Sunderland - 17th
    Craig Gordon - 1530 mins - Stay at 90
    Darren Ward - 270 mins - Up to 84
    Danny Higginbotham - 1440 mins - 2 Goals - Up to 86
    Ian Harte - 302 mins - Stay at 85
    Greg Halford - 676 mins - Stay at 84
    Russell Anderson - 29 mins - Down to 86
    Nyron Nosworthy - 1014 mins - Up to 86
    Danny Collins - 1514 mins - Up to 86
    Paul McShane - 1501 mins - Up to 86
    Kieran Richardson - 279 mins - 1 Goal - Down to 86
    Ross Wallace - 1319 mins - 2 Goals - Up to 86
    Carlos Edwards - 437 mins - Down to 85
    Dean Whitehead - 777 mins - Stay at 85
    Liam Miller - 895 mins - 1 Goal - Stay at 85
    Grant Leadbitter - 1291 mins - 2 Goals - Up to 86
    Dwight Yorke - 846 mins - 1 Goal - Up to 85
    Dickson Etuhu - 1331 mins - Up to 86
    Michael Chopra - 1248 mins - 3 Goals - Up to 86
    David Connolly - 96 mins - Down to 84
    Anthony Stokes - 519 mins - 1 Goal - Stay at 84
    Roy O'Donavan - 132 mins - Up to 82
    Andrew Cole - 212 mins - Down to 85
    Daryl Murphy - 608 mins - 1 Goal - Stay at 85
    Kenwyne Jones - 1386 mins - 5 Goals - Up to 86
    Martin Waghorn - 90 mins - Up to 76
    Tottenham Hotspur - 12th
    Paul Robinson - 1620 mins - Stay at 91
    Radek Cerny - 180 mins - Up to 85
    Young Pyo Lee - 1249 mins - Stay at 88
    Benoit Assou-Ekotto - 90 mins - Down to 85
    Gareth Bale - 610 mins - 2 Goals - Up to 87
    Pascal Chimbonda - 1790 mins - 2 Goals - Stay at 90
    Paul Stalteri - 156 mins - Stay at 86
    Ledley King - 132 mins - Down to 90
    Sergia Ricardo Rocha - 425 mins - Down to 87
    Michael Dawson - 997 mins - 1 Goal - Stay at 89
    Younes Kaboul - 1375 mins - 2 Goals - Stay at 88
    Antony Gardner - 360 mins - 1 Goal - Down to 86
    Jamie O'Hara - 193 mins - Up to 80
    Wayne Routledge - 94 mins - Down to 85
    Hossam Ghaly - 0 mins - Down to 84
    Didier Zokora - 1122 mins - Stay at 90
    Teemu Tainio - 481 mins - Stay at 87
    Kevin Boateng - 274 mins - Down to 86
    Jermaine Jenas - 1350 mins - 3 Goals - Stay at 89
    Tom Huddlestone - 800 mins - 2 Goals - Stay at 88
    Adel Taarabt - 65 mins - Up to 80
    Steed Malbranque - 1540 mins - 3 Goals - Stay at 90
    Aaron Lennon - 967 mins - 1 Goal - Stay at 89
    Jermain Defoe - 364 mins - 3 Goals - Down to 89
    Darren Bent - 630 mins - 3 Goals - Stay at 89
    Robbie Keane - 1399 mins - 10 Goals - Up to 93
    Dimitar Berbatov - 1515 mins - 8 Goals - Stay at 93
    West Ham United - 9th
    Robert Green - 1710 mins - Up to 89
    George McCartney - 1605 mins - 1 Goal - Up to 88
    Lucas Neill - 1530 mins - Stay at 89
    Jonathan Spector - 646 mins - Up to 86
    John Pantsil - 131 mins - Stay at 84
    Danny Gabbidon - 768 mins - Stay at 87
    Matthew Upson - 1710 mins - 1 Goal - Up to 88
    James Collins - 199 mins - Down to 85
    Anton Ferdinand - 541 mins - 1 Goal - Up to 87
    Luis Boa Morte - 631 mins - Down to 87
    Matthew Etherington - 1062 mins - 3 Goals - Up to 88
    Kyel Reid - 12 mins - Up to 79
    Kieron Dyer - 180 mins - Down to 87
    Julien Faubert - 0 mins - Down to 86
    Nolberto Solano - 761 mins + 22 mins for newcastle - 1 Goal - Stay at 88
    Lee Bowyer - 748 mins - 4 Goals - Stay at 87
    Scott Parker - 565 mins - 1 Goal - Down to 88
    Mark Noble - 1016 mins - 1 Goal - Up to 87
    Nigel Quashie - 0 mins - Down to 83
    Hayden Mullins - 1411 mins - Up to 88
    Fredrik Ljungberg - 665 mins - Down to 88
    Craig Bellamy - 503 mins - 2 Goals - Down to 89
    Henri Camara - 318 mins - Down to 86
    Bobby Zamora - 240 mins - Down to 86
    Dean Ashton - 839 mins - 4 Goals - Stay at 87
    Carlton Cole - 1019 mins - 2 Goals - Up to 87
    Wigan Athletic - 18th
    Chris Kirkland - 1710 mins - Stay at 88
    Mike Pollitt - 90 mins - Up to 84
    Mario Melchiot - 1307 mins - Stay at 88
    Ryan Taylor - 473 mins - 1 Goal - Up to 86
    Andreas Granqvist - 1171 mins - Up to 87
    Emmerson Boyce - 853 mins - Stay at 86
    Fitz Hall - 41 mins - Down to 85
    Titus Bramble - 1800 mins - 1 Goal - Up to 87
    Kevin Kilbane - 1666 mins - Stay at 87
    Saloman Olembe - 167 mins - Stay at 84
    Denny Landzaat - 1358 mins - 3 Goal - Down to 89
    Michael Brown - 1142 mins - Up to 87
    Josip Skoko - 433 mins - Stay at 86
    Paul Scharner - 1782 mins - 3 Goals - Up to 88
    Jason Koumas - 1317 mins - 1 Goal - Up to 87
    Luis Valencia - 1091 mins - Stay at 87
    Antoine Sibierski - 761 mins - 3 Goals - Stay at 87
    David Cotterill - 97 mins - Stay at 83
    Emile Heskey - 630 mins - 1 Goal - Stay at 88
    Marcus Bent - 1368 mins - 7 Goals - Up to 88
    Julius Aghahowa - 419 mins - Stay at 86
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    latios1314 reacted to Smartdoc in Bye Forum   
    Re: Bye Forum
    This thread certainly has opened up a can of worms.
    I think that people must realise that we are all individuals and are all different. So we all have different opinions on football, SM, life etc. We come from different walks of life, are in different age groups and from different cultures.
    But most importantly our personalities are different! Some may feel they are strong personalities and can takethings on the chin when we have criticism thrown at us. However, perhaps others of us are not so strong.
    What some people see as a joke is offensive to others. Language and cultural barriers can also make some people interpret as criticism, when the person making the comment was actually praising you.
    Of course forum should have debate and disagreement as it would be a boring one otherwise. I'm quite new on here and mostly enjoy the banter. However, on more than one occasion, I've seen often newish forumers castagated by not one but groups of forumers. Fair enough if you perceive someone has made a mistake tell them. However, there is no need for 6 or 7 people to comment on the same mistake, one should be enough!
    Another thing I've noticed recently is there appears to be an almost gang-culture forming on this forum. Nothing wrong with standing up for your friends whom you have known for a long time and with whom you share similar ideas. However when you collectively start to criticise 1 or 2 forumers who are just trying to air their personal views, this is wrong. Imagine you are the one and you have 4-5 well known respected forumers locking horns with you and in some cases belittling you - how would you feel? I have stopped short of using the words bullying but in some cases we are not that far short of this .
    I thankfully haven't experienced anything like this personally (although I have a feeling I may get a fair few negative responses to this post ) but can empathise with thosewho are feeling alienated.
    A forum should be a friendly welcoming place and we should respect the views of all even if we don't agree with them. We should be enticing new forumers with new unique ideas on SM, football and life and should not be turning them away. If we have offended someone an apology doesn't cost much as far as I'm aware!!
    I'm sure there will be many forumers who won't like what I've written, but as I've said we won'tagree with everything on here. Last but not certainly not least lets not belittle the work the moderators do on here. I haven't been on here as long as a lot of you, but can certainly say that the work I've seen them do in merging threads, defusing arguments and offering information is second to none. A moderator role in any walk of life is not easy and certainly not on SM where we have so many faceless voices. So let's cutthem some slack hey!!!
    Sorry for the long philosophical statement, but I've bitten my lip for long enough and it had to be said
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    My first attempt..Hope everyone would find them useful
    1) Sebastian Giovinco (Empoli)
    The 20-year-old attacking-midfielder is regarded as one of the brightest young talents in Europe. Skilful, fast, with great vision and technical ability, many have labelled Giovinco as the ‘Italian Messi’. Giovinco is on loan at Empoli from Juventus but many believe he is the Bianconeri’s natural heir to Alessandro Del Piero.
    Capello: Giovinco Is A Great Talent
    Ex Roma and Milan Coach Fabio Capello has heaped praise on young Empoli playmaker Sebastian Giovinco but says it is wrong to compare the player to Barcelona star Lionel Messi.
    The 20-year-old, who is on loan in Tuscany from Juventus, is rightly regarded as one of the most exciting young talents in European football. Blessed with some quite incredible dribbling skills and acceleration, many have already labelled the diminutive youngster as the ‘Italian Messi’.
    “Giovinco is a player with a great amount of ability. He has incredible technique and great dribbling,” Capello told La Domenica Sportiva.
    “However I think it is wrong to compare him to Messi. Messi is more physical and has a lot of upper-body strength.”
    Giovinco scored his first ever Serie A goal yesterday as Empoli came from behind to beat Palermo 3-1 at the Stadio Carlo Castellani. The win was the Azzurri’s first Serie A win of the new campaign and lifted them to 16th in the table.
    Giovinco is also a regular for the Italy Under-21 team and is widely regarded as the squad’s best player. The youngster has represented Italy at every age since under-16 level and it seems he will certainly have a starring role for the senior team at some point in the future.
    2) Giuseppe Rossi (Villareal)
    Rossi has made an outstanding start to his La Liga career with four goals in his first five games. Signed from Manchester United in the summer, having come through the famed youth system at Parma, Rossi has a beautiful left-foot and is a deadly finisher. Short and nimble, with excellent awareness, many have likened Rossi’s style to ex-Lazio legend Giuseppe Signori.
    3) Alberto Aquilani (Roma)
    It seems only injuries can stop this brilliant midfielder from becoming an Azzurri regular in the future. Aquilani is a complete midfielder, he can pass, tackle, run and as Palermo and Siena found out in the first two weeks of the season, he has a brilliant long-shot with both feet. Has just been ruled out for two months but don’t bet against the 23-year-old returning better than ever.
    4) Alessandro Rosina (Torino)
    Rosinaldo is a defender’s nightmare – Fast, skilful, both-footed – the player is surely the long-term replacement for Mauro Camoranesi on the right-hand side of Italy’s midfield. Last season he virtually single-handedly kept Torino in Serie A with his nine goals but his start to the new campaign has been complicated by a contract dispute. If Rosina wants to fulfil his undoubted talent, then he has to move to a big club. Milan have been mooted as a possible destination and it could be the perfect solution for both club and player.
    5) Ezequiel Lavezzi (Napoli)
    Not since the 1980s have the Napoli fans been so excited about a player. That player was Diego Maradona – the greatest footballer of all time. After Lavezzi’s stunning start to his Partenopei career, the comparisons between the two Argentineans have inevitably started. Both share incredible technical ability, skill and pace but Lavezzi probably has a more realistic likeness to Manchester United’s Carlos Tevez. Nevertheless Lavezzi is certainly one for the future.
    Ezequiel Iván Lavezzi (born May 3, 1985, in Villa Gobernador Gálvez, Santa Fe Province, Argentina) is an Argentine footballer currently playing for Serie A club SSC Napoli. He is forward who has a good shooting ability, very good dribbling and good playmaking abilities.
    Like many promising young Argentine players who appear in Italy, the media have been quick to dub Lavezzi the "New Maradona". Lavezzi himself however plays this down, instead comparing himself to another young Argentine player in Carlos Tévez.
    As a youngster, Lavezzi had a very keen interest in football and supported his local side Rosario Central; he would later get their badge tattooed on his chest.
    From a very young age, the footballing talent of Lavezzi was recognised, as he played in the youth squads of Boca Juniors from the age of 10 until he was 17.Lavezzi moved to the youth side of Estudiantes in 2003, where over one season he played 39 games and scored 17 goals.
    He was bought by Italian side Genoa in 2004 for 1 million euros,but was loaned out straight away to Argentina side San Lorenzo. Here at the age of 19, he competed in the Apertura 2004 tournament scoring six goals in total over the course of the season; which saw him finish as 4th top scorer.
    Lavezzi's most notable contributions included a spectacular effort against River Plate at the El Monumental. He scored in the 69th minute to give San Lorenzo a famous victory and seriously damage River's title challenge. This gained him the nickname la Bestia ("the Beast") from the Argentine media.
    Although it was planned for Lavezzi to return back to Genoa after a season on loan, there were problems. While Lavezzi was playing in Argentina, Genoa were involved in an alleged match fixing scandal which saw them relegated down to Serie C1; the third level of Italian football. Due to financial constraints, the promising forward was sold to San Lorenzo for 1.2 million euros.
    On his return to San Lorenzo for the Apertura 2005 season, he managed to help the club up into the top half of the table, with 8 goals, he finished as the overall 4th top scorer. His last act as a San Lorenzo player was to help them to the Clausura 2007 title, beating out Boca Juniors by six points.
    Napoli had recently achieved promotion back to Serie A, after finishing as runners-up the previous season in Serie B. Looking to strengthen their squad for a return to the top level, Napoli signed Lavezzi on a five-year contract on 5 July 2007. The transfer deal was worth around 6 million euros, he was presented before the fans and given the number 7 shirt for his first season.
    Very early on he made an impact for the club, scoring a hat-trick in a 3–1 victory over Pisa in the Coppa Italia at the Stadio San Paolo; this was the first hat-trick by a Napoli player in fourteen years. The first league goal Lavezzi scored for Napoli, came during a 5–0 victory against Udinese on 2 September 2007. After the match he was described in reports as "inspirational", with the media proclaiming "Napoli's star is born". The Neapolitan club hadn't won a league match by such a large margin since 1988, when Diego Maradona was at the club.
    He made his international debut for the Argentinian national team team against Chile, on the 18th of April, 2007.
    A list of other hot prospects
    Giampaolo Pazzini (Fiorentina)
    Giampaolo Pazzini (born August 2, 1984 in Pescia) is an Italian football (soccer) player, who currently plays for Fiorentina, having been transferred there from Atalanta in January 2005, with Valeri Bojinov from U.S. Lecce. He is a direct, powerful centre-forward who poses a significant threat in the air and also boasts a powerful shot. The striker is considered a natural replacement for FC Bayern Munich-bound Luca Toni by coach Cesare Prandelli.
    Club career
    Giampaolo Pazzini's high point of the 2005/2006 season was his spectacular equalising header against Juventus. Pazzini also struck a wonderfully powerful shot beating Juventus keeper, Gianluigi Buffon, to cap a traditional Italian counter attack, in the 2004/2005 season.
    International career
    Pazzini is currently a member of the Italy Under-21 team.
    Pazzini was the star of the first ever professional match at the new Wembley Stadium in a game against England Under-21 on 24 March 2007. The Fiorentina forward set three records in the 3-3 draw; he scored the first goal at the new Wembley Stadium after just 28 seconds (and thus the fastest ever goal to be scored at Wembley, in both its old and new incarnations), and then went on to score the first ever hat-trick at the new Wembley, after 68 minutes.[1] Pazzini recently signed a new contract with Fiorentina and is thought to be highly rated by staff and players alike.
    Season Club Country Competition Apps. Goals
    2003/04 Atalanta Italy Serie B 39 9
    2004/05 Atalanta Italy Serie A 12 3
    2004/05 Fiorentina Italy Serie A 14 3
    2005/06 Fiorentina Italy Serie A 26 5
    2006/07 Fiorentina Italy Serie A 23 7
    2004- Italy Under-21 17 (5)
    Riccardo Montolivo (Fiorentina)
    Riccardo Montolivo (born 18 January 1985 in Caravaggio, Bergamo) is an Italian footballer. He currently plays in the role of attacking midfielder for ACF Fiorentina of Serie A league. He is also nationally known as a good deep-lying forward. He is currently the Azzurrini's (Italy U21) creative fulcrum, Riccardo is blessed with great skill and vision, terrific touch with both feet and an unerring eye for goal.
    He started his career with Atalanta, for which he debuted in the 2003/2004 season, helping his team to gain a promotion to Series A, and scoring 4 goals in 41 matches. The next season, again for Atalanta, he played 32 times and scored 3 goals, being unable to avoid the immediate relegation for the team. He moved to Fiorentina in the summer of 2005, in a joint ownership bid. In 2006 Fiorentina got full ownership,
    He is one of the main players of the Under-21 national team of Italy coached by Pierluigi Casiraghi, and widely considered as one of the most promising youngsters in the country. He has been tipped to be the next Totti. However, in his first season with Fiorentina he was rarely first choice for coach Claudio Cesare Prandelli and spent most of the games on the bench.
    In recent publications in the press he has been linked with a move to Arsenal FC as they continue their search for a winger.
    In October 10th 2006 Montolivo scored the winning goal when Italy beat Spain 2-1 and qualified for 2007 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship
    Years Club App (Gls)*
    2003-2005 Atalanta 73 (7)
    2005- Fiorentina 56 (3)
    2004-2007 Italy U-21 20 (3)
    Yoann Gourcuff (Milan)
    Yoann Gourcuff (born July 11, 1986) is a French footballer who is presently playing with AC Milan.
    Career
    Gourcuff was born in Ploemeur, Morbihan, Brittany. Having started out with FC Lorient (whose manager is his father Christian Gourcuff) at a young age, Gourcuff signed a youth contract with Stade Rennais in 2001, followed by a professional contract two years later.
    Making only 9 appearances in the 2003-04 season, the following seasons were more successful, with him scoring 6 goals in the 2005-06 season, helping Rennes to finish 7th in Ligue 1 and winning them a place in the 2006 Intertoto Cup.
    Having been linked with a host of big name European clubs such as Ajax Amsterdam, Valencia CF and Arsenal F.C., at the end of the 2006 season, he moved to A.C. Milan where his contract runs until the 2010-11 season.
    He has been capped for France at schoolboy level and was part of the winning French team at the 2005 European Under-19 Football Championship.
    He started his Milan career by scoring a goal and being one of the best players on view in Milan's first UEFA Champions League match against AEK Athens.
    Gourcuff is being talked of by many as Zinédine Zidane's heir apparent due to his similar height, build, movement, and skill. Others have named him rather as the next Youri Djorkaeff.
    Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus)
    Giorgio Chiellini (born August 14, 1984 in Pisa) is an Italian footballer who currently plays for Juventus of the Italian Serie A. He is an attacking left back who has also played centre back.
    Chiellini started his career with Livorno where he played for two years each in Serie C1 and Serie B. He was signed by Juventus in summer 2004, for €6.5 million, but immediately sold on co-ownership deal to Fiorentina for €3.5 million, where he played for 2004/05 season. After an excellent first season in Serie A, he was recalled by Juventus for the 2005-06 season, where Juventus paid €4.3 million for full-ownership.
    Chiellini made his debut for the Italian national team in November 2004 against Finland, and has since become a regular squad member. He won the European Under-19 Championship with Italy in 2003, and was also a member of the Italy team that won the bronze medals at the football tournament of the 2004 Summer Olympics. As of September 2006, he has won 6 caps for Italian national team, despite still being eligible to play for Italian U-21 national team. He was named in the 'UEFA Team of the tournament' of the 2007 U-21 Championships held in the Netherlands where they qualified for the 2008 Summer Olympics.
    He extended his original contract from until 2009 to 2011 on 12 October 2006
    Edison Cavani (Palermo)
    Nicknamed El Matador, Cavani moved to Montevideo when he was 12 years old, and came through the youth system at Danubio F.C. to make his debut for the first team in 2006. He was part of the Apertura 2006 championship winning squad.
    In January 2007 Cavani was selected to join the Uruguay national football team Under-20 squad to play in the 2007 South American Youth Championship in Paraguay. Cavani finished the tournament as topscorer with 7goals in 9 games, this feat helped Uruguay to finish in 3rd place, earning them a place in the World Youth Championship. After his breakthrough at the 2007 South American Youth Championship, several teams were suggested to have interest in signing Cavani, including Juventus and AC Milan. However, on January 29, 2007, Palermo chairman Maurizio Zamparini announced the signing of the promising Uruguayan footballer. The bid was officially confirmed on January 31. He made his debut on March 11, 2007 in a home league match against Fiorentina, coming on in the 55th minute with his team 0-1 down and scoring an impressive equaliser only fifteen minutes later, a goal hailed as reminiscent of Marco van Basten's strike in the 1988 UEFA European Football Championship final.
    Domenico Criscito (Juventus)
    Criscito started his professional career at Genoa C.F.C., for which made his debut in Serie B in June 2003 at the age of 16. In the summer of 2004 Genoa sold 50% of the rights to Juventus for €150.000. He played for the youth team of Juventus in the following two seasons, winning the Italian youth championship in 2006 and scoring the opening goal in the final match against Fiorentina. In 2006-2007 he went to play for Genoa, this time in the first team, proving himself as one of the best Serie B defenders and earning a place in Italy's Under-21 national team.
    In January 2007, Juventus bought the remaining 50% of Criscito for a combined price of €7.5 million. This was paid by the co-ownership of Andrea Masiello and Abdoulay Konko to Genoa C.F.C., and €5.25 million. He also signed a new contract with Juventus which will last until June 30, 2011.
    Criscito made his Serie A debut with Juventus on August 25, in Juve's comeback game in Serie A versus Livorno, a crushing 5-1 victory.
    Raffaele Palladino (Juventus)
    The first team career of Palladino started in his native region of Campania where he played for Benevento in Serie C1. Including games played in Coppa Italia Serie C, his record at Benevento was 12 games played and 5 goals scored.
    It was not long before he gained the attentions of Juventus and was signed by the club in 2002, during his earlier years with Juventus he played in reserve and youth levels in competitions such as Torneo di Viareggio (which the club won in 2003 and 2004). However, during the 2003-04 season, he did make one appearance in the Coppa Italia. He scored 41 goals in 61 games in the Campionato Nazionale Primavera.
    Loan spells
    To gain some first team experience, Palladino was loaned out to Salernitana back in Campania. At the time the club were competing in Serie B, Palladino scored 15 goals during his season with the club, becoming their topscorer that season; he finished as 7th topscorer in the entire league.
    The first taste of Serie A football came in 2005-06 for the player, he was loaned out once more, this time to Livorno. Although he gained some valuable experience he did not score as many goals as he did during his spell with Salernitana the previous season.
    Return to Juventus
    Juventus had been relegated down to Serie B due to the result of the 2006 Serie A scandal. Despite the lower division, first team places were still hotly contested and the young Palladino was given a chance to prove himself in the first team by Didier Deschamps. On his league debut Palladino scored two goals, in the same season he also scored a hat-trick against Triestina. Juventus won promotion back into Serie A that season giving Palladino his first senior team honour.
    Marek Hamsik (Napoli)
    Cristian Zapata (Udinese)
    Bosko Jankovic (Palermo)
    Antonio Nocerino (Juventus)
    Daniele Dessena (Parma)
    Marco Andreolli (Roma)
    Gyan Asamoah (Udinese)
    Claudio Marchisio (Empoli/Juventus)
    Graziano Pelle (AZ)
    Anthony Vanden Boore (Fiorentina)
    Valon Behrami (Lazio)
    Arturo Lupoli (Fiorentina)
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    1) Sebastian Giovinco (Empoli)
    The 20-year-old attacking-midfielder is regarded as one of the brightest young talents in Europe. Skilful, fast, with great vision and technical ability, many have labelled Giovinco as the ‘Italian Messi’. Giovinco is on loan at Empoli from Juventus but many believe he is the Bianconeri’s natural heir to Alessandro Del Piero.
    Capello: Giovinco Is A Great Talent
    Ex Roma and Milan Coach Fabio Capello has heaped praise on young Empoli playmaker Sebastian Giovinco but says it is wrong to compare the player to Barcelona star Lionel Messi.
    The 20-year-old, who is on loan in Tuscany from Juventus, is rightly regarded as one of the most exciting young talents in European football. Blessed with some quite incredible dribbling skills and acceleration, many have already labelled the diminutive youngster as the ‘Italian Messi’.
    “Giovinco is a player with a great amount of ability. He has incredible technique and great dribbling,” Capello told La Domenica Sportiva.
    “However I think it is wrong to compare him to Messi. Messi is more physical and has a lot of upper-body strength.”
    Giovinco scored his first ever Serie A goal yesterday as Empoli came from behind to beat Palermo 3-1 at the Stadio Carlo Castellani. The win was the Azzurri’s first Serie A win of the new campaign and lifted them to 16th in the table.
    Giovinco is also a regular for the Italy Under-21 team and is widely regarded as the squad’s best player. The youngster has represented Italy at every age since under-16 level and it seems he will certainly have a starring role for the senior team at some point in the future.
    2) Giuseppe Rossi (Villareal)
    Rossi has made an outstanding start to his La Liga career with four goals in his first five games. Signed from Manchester United in the summer, having come through the famed youth system at Parma, Rossi has a beautiful left-foot and is a deadly finisher. Short and nimble, with excellent awareness, many have likened Rossi’s style to ex-Lazio legend Giuseppe Signori.
    3) Alberto Aquilani (Roma)
    It seems only injuries can stop this brilliant midfielder from becoming an Azzurri regular in the future. Aquilani is a complete midfielder, he can pass, tackle, run and as Palermo and Siena found out in the first two weeks of the season, he has a brilliant long-shot with both feet. Has just been ruled out for two months but don’t bet against the 23-year-old returning better than ever.
    4) Alessandro Rosina (Torino)
    Rosinaldo is a defender’s nightmare – Fast, skilful, both-footed – the player is surely the long-term replacement for Mauro Camoranesi on the right-hand side of Italy’s midfield. Last season he virtually single-handedly kept Torino in Serie A with his nine goals but his start to the new campaign has been complicated by a contract dispute. If Rosina wants to fulfil his undoubted talent, then he has to move to a big club. Milan have been mooted as a possible destination and it could be the perfect solution for both club and player.
    5) Ezequiel Lavezzi (Napoli)
    Not since the 1980s have the Napoli fans been so excited about a player. That player was Diego Maradona – the greatest footballer of all time. After Lavezzi’s stunning start to his Partenopei career, the comparisons between the two Argentineans have inevitably started. Both share incredible technical ability, skill and pace but Lavezzi probably has a more realistic likeness to Manchester United’s Carlos Tevez. Nevertheless Lavezzi is certainly one for the future.
    Ezequiel Iván Lavezzi (born May 3, 1985, in Villa Gobernador Gálvez, Santa Fe Province, Argentina) is an Argentine footballer currently playing for Serie A club SSC Napoli. He is forward who has a good shooting ability, very good dribbling and good playmaking abilities.
    Like many promising young Argentine players who appear in Italy, the media have been quick to dub Lavezzi the "New Maradona". Lavezzi himself however plays this down, instead comparing himself to another young Argentine player in Carlos Tévez.
    As a youngster, Lavezzi had a very keen interest in football and supported his local side Rosario Central; he would later get their badge tattooed on his chest.
    From a very young age, the footballing talent of Lavezzi was recognised, as he played in the youth squads of Boca Juniors from the age of 10 until he was 17.Lavezzi moved to the youth side of Estudiantes in 2003, where over one season he played 39 games and scored 17 goals.
    He was bought by Italian side Genoa in 2004 for 1 million euros,but was loaned out straight away to Argentina side San Lorenzo. Here at the age of 19, he competed in the Apertura 2004 tournament scoring six goals in total over the course of the season; which saw him finish as 4th top scorer.
    Lavezzi's most notable contributions included a spectacular effort against River Plate at the El Monumental. He scored in the 69th minute to give San Lorenzo a famous victory and seriously damage River's title challenge. This gained him the nickname la Bestia ("the Beast") from the Argentine media.
    Although it was planned for Lavezzi to return back to Genoa after a season on loan, there were problems. While Lavezzi was playing in Argentina, Genoa were involved in an alleged match fixing scandal which saw them relegated down to Serie C1; the third level of Italian football. Due to financial constraints, the promising forward was sold to San Lorenzo for 1.2 million euros.
    On his return to San Lorenzo for the Apertura 2005 season, he managed to help the club up into the top half of the table, with 8 goals, he finished as the overall 4th top scorer. His last act as a San Lorenzo player was to help them to the Clausura 2007 title, beating out Boca Juniors by six points.
    Napoli had recently achieved promotion back to Serie A, after finishing as runners-up the previous season in Serie B. Looking to strengthen their squad for a return to the top level, Napoli signed Lavezzi on a five-year contract on 5 July 2007. The transfer deal was worth around 6 million euros, he was presented before the fans and given the number 7 shirt for his first season.
    Very early on he made an impact for the club, scoring a hat-trick in a 3–1 victory over Pisa in the Coppa Italia at the Stadio San Paolo; this was the first hat-trick by a Napoli player in fourteen years. The first league goal Lavezzi scored for Napoli, came during a 5–0 victory against Udinese on 2 September 2007. After the match he was described in reports as "inspirational", with the media proclaiming "Napoli's star is born". The Neapolitan club hadn't won a league match by such a large margin since 1988, when Diego Maradona was at the club.
    He made his international debut for the Argentinian national team team against Chile, on the 18th of April, 2007.
    A list of other hot prospects
    Giampaolo Pazzini (Fiorentina)
    Giampaolo Pazzini (born August 2, 1984 in Pescia) is an Italian football (soccer) player, who currently plays for Fiorentina, having been transferred there from Atalanta in January 2005, with Valeri Bojinov from U.S. Lecce. He is a direct, powerful centre-forward who poses a significant threat in the air and also boasts a powerful shot. The striker is considered a natural replacement for FC Bayern Munich-bound Luca Toni by coach Cesare Prandelli.
    Club career
    Giampaolo Pazzini's high point of the 2005/2006 season was his spectacular equalising header against Juventus. Pazzini also struck a wonderfully powerful shot beating Juventus keeper, Gianluigi Buffon, to cap a traditional Italian counter attack, in the 2004/2005 season.
    International career
    Pazzini is currently a member of the Italy Under-21 team.
    Pazzini was the star of the first ever professional match at the new Wembley Stadium in a game against England Under-21 on 24 March 2007. The Fiorentina forward set three records in the 3-3 draw; he scored the first goal at the new Wembley Stadium after just 28 seconds (and thus the fastest ever goal to be scored at Wembley, in both its old and new incarnations), and then went on to score the first ever hat-trick at the new Wembley, after 68 minutes.[1] Pazzini recently signed a new contract with Fiorentina and is thought to be highly rated by staff and players alike.
    Season Club Country Competition Apps. Goals
    2003/04 Atalanta Italy Serie B 39 9
    2004/05 Atalanta Italy Serie A 12 3
    2004/05 Fiorentina Italy Serie A 14 3
    2005/06 Fiorentina Italy Serie A 26 5
    2006/07 Fiorentina Italy Serie A 23 7
    2004- Italy Under-21 17 (5)
    Riccardo Montolivo (Fiorentina)
    Riccardo Montolivo (born 18 January 1985 in Caravaggio, Bergamo) is an Italian footballer. He currently plays in the role of attacking midfielder for ACF Fiorentina of Serie A league. He is also nationally known as a good deep-lying forward. He is currently the Azzurrini's (Italy U21) creative fulcrum, Riccardo is blessed with great skill and vision, terrific touch with both feet and an unerring eye for goal.
    He started his career with Atalanta, for which he debuted in the 2003/2004 season, helping his team to gain a promotion to Series A, and scoring 4 goals in 41 matches. The next season, again for Atalanta, he played 32 times and scored 3 goals, being unable to avoid the immediate relegation for the team. He moved to Fiorentina in the summer of 2005, in a joint ownership bid. In 2006 Fiorentina got full ownership,
    He is one of the main players of the Under-21 national team of Italy coached by Pierluigi Casiraghi, and widely considered as one of the most promising youngsters in the country. He has been tipped to be the next Totti. However, in his first season with Fiorentina he was rarely first choice for coach Claudio Cesare Prandelli and spent most of the games on the bench.
    In recent publications in the press he has been linked with a move to Arsenal FC as they continue their search for a winger.
    In October 10th 2006 Montolivo scored the winning goal when Italy beat Spain 2-1 and qualified for 2007 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship
    Years Club App (Gls)*
    2003-2005 Atalanta 73 (7)
    2005- Fiorentina 56 (3)
    2004-2007 Italy U-21 20 (3)
    Yoann Gourcuff (Milan)
    Yoann Gourcuff (born July 11, 1986) is a French footballer who is presently playing with AC Milan.
    Career
    Gourcuff was born in Ploemeur, Morbihan, Brittany. Having started out with FC Lorient (whose manager is his father Christian Gourcuff) at a young age, Gourcuff signed a youth contract with Stade Rennais in 2001, followed by a professional contract two years later.
    Making only 9 appearances in the 2003-04 season, the following seasons were more successful, with him scoring 6 goals in the 2005-06 season, helping Rennes to finish 7th in Ligue 1 and winning them a place in the 2006 Intertoto Cup.
    Having been linked with a host of big name European clubs such as Ajax Amsterdam, Valencia CF and Arsenal F.C., at the end of the 2006 season, he moved to A.C. Milan where his contract runs until the 2010-11 season.
    He has been capped for France at schoolboy level and was part of the winning French team at the 2005 European Under-19 Football Championship.
    He started his Milan career by scoring a goal and being one of the best players on view in Milan's first UEFA Champions League match against AEK Athens.
    Gourcuff is being talked of by many as Zinédine Zidane's heir apparent due to his similar height, build, movement, and skill. Others have named him rather as the next Youri Djorkaeff.
    Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus)
    Giorgio Chiellini (born August 14, 1984 in Pisa) is an Italian footballer who currently plays for Juventus of the Italian Serie A. He is an attacking left back who has also played centre back.
    Chiellini started his career with Livorno where he played for two years each in Serie C1 and Serie B. He was signed by Juventus in summer 2004, for €6.5 million, but immediately sold on co-ownership deal to Fiorentina for €3.5 million, where he played for 2004/05 season. After an excellent first season in Serie A, he was recalled by Juventus for the 2005-06 season, where Juventus paid €4.3 million for full-ownership.
    Chiellini made his debut for the Italian national team in November 2004 against Finland, and has since become a regular squad member. He won the European Under-19 Championship with Italy in 2003, and was also a member of the Italy team that won the bronze medals at the football tournament of the 2004 Summer Olympics. As of September 2006, he has won 6 caps for Italian national team, despite still being eligible to play for Italian U-21 national team. He was named in the 'UEFA Team of the tournament' of the 2007 U-21 Championships held in the Netherlands where they qualified for the 2008 Summer Olympics.
    He extended his original contract from until 2009 to 2011 on 12 October 2006
    Edison Cavani (Palermo)
    Nicknamed El Matador, Cavani moved to Montevideo when he was 12 years old, and came through the youth system at Danubio F.C. to make his debut for the first team in 2006. He was part of the Apertura 2006 championship winning squad.
    In January 2007 Cavani was selected to join the Uruguay national football team Under-20 squad to play in the 2007 South American Youth Championship in Paraguay. Cavani finished the tournament as topscorer with 7goals in 9 games, this feat helped Uruguay to finish in 3rd place, earning them a place in the World Youth Championship. After his breakthrough at the 2007 South American Youth Championship, several teams were suggested to have interest in signing Cavani, including Juventus and AC Milan. However, on January 29, 2007, Palermo chairman Maurizio Zamparini announced the signing of the promising Uruguayan footballer. The bid was officially confirmed on January 31. He made his debut on March 11, 2007 in a home league match against Fiorentina, coming on in the 55th minute with his team 0-1 down and scoring an impressive equaliser only fifteen minutes later, a goal hailed as reminiscent of Marco van Basten's strike in the 1988 UEFA European Football Championship final.
    Domenico Criscito (Juventus)
    Criscito started his professional career at Genoa C.F.C., for which made his debut in Serie B in June 2003 at the age of 16. In the summer of 2004 Genoa sold 50% of the rights to Juventus for €150.000. He played for the youth team of Juventus in the following two seasons, winning the Italian youth championship in 2006 and scoring the opening goal in the final match against Fiorentina. In 2006-2007 he went to play for Genoa, this time in the first team, proving himself as one of the best Serie B defenders and earning a place in Italy's Under-21 national team.
    In January 2007, Juventus bought the remaining 50% of Criscito for a combined price of €7.5 million. This was paid by the co-ownership of Andrea Masiello and Abdoulay Konko to Genoa C.F.C., and €5.25 million. He also signed a new contract with Juventus which will last until June 30, 2011.
    Criscito made his Serie A debut with Juventus on August 25, in Juve's comeback game in Serie A versus Livorno, a crushing 5-1 victory.
    Raffaele Palladino (Juventus)
    The first team career of Palladino started in his native region of Campania where he played for Benevento in Serie C1. Including games played in Coppa Italia Serie C, his record at Benevento was 12 games played and 5 goals scored.
    It was not long before he gained the attentions of Juventus and was signed by the club in 2002, during his earlier years with Juventus he played in reserve and youth levels in competitions such as Torneo di Viareggio (which the club won in 2003 and 2004). However, during the 2003-04 season, he did make one appearance in the Coppa Italia. He scored 41 goals in 61 games in the Campionato Nazionale Primavera.
    Loan spells
    To gain some first team experience, Palladino was loaned out to Salernitana back in Campania. At the time the club were competing in Serie B, Palladino scored 15 goals during his season with the club, becoming their topscorer that season; he finished as 7th topscorer in the entire league.
    The first taste of Serie A football came in 2005-06 for the player, he was loaned out once more, this time to Livorno. Although he gained some valuable experience he did not score as many goals as he did during his spell with Salernitana the previous season.
    Return to Juventus
    Juventus had been relegated down to Serie B due to the result of the 2006 Serie A scandal. Despite the lower division, first team places were still hotly contested and the young Palladino was given a chance to prove himself in the first team by Didier Deschamps. On his league debut Palladino scored two goals, in the same season he also scored a hat-trick against Triestina. Juventus won promotion back into Serie A that season giving Palladino his first senior team honour.
    Marek Hamsik (Napoli)
    Cristian Zapata (Udinese)
    Bosko Jankovic (Palermo)
    Antonio Nocerino (Juventus)
    Daniele Dessena (Parma)
    Marco Andreolli (Roma)
    Gyan Asamoah (Udinese)
    Claudio Marchisio (Empoli/Juventus)
    Graziano Pelle (AZ)
    Anthony Vanden Boore (Fiorentina)
    Valon Behrami (Lazio)
    Arturo Lupoli (Fiorentina)
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    1) Sebastian Giovinco (Empoli)
    The 20-year-old attacking-midfielder is regarded as one of the brightest young talents in Europe. Skilful, fast, with great vision and technical ability, many have labelled Giovinco as the ‘Italian Messi’. Giovinco is on loan at Empoli from Juventus but many believe he is the Bianconeri’s natural heir to Alessandro Del Piero.
    Capello: Giovinco Is A Great Talent
    Ex Roma and Milan Coach Fabio Capello has heaped praise on young Empoli playmaker Sebastian Giovinco but says it is wrong to compare the player to Barcelona star Lionel Messi.
    The 20-year-old, who is on loan in Tuscany from Juventus, is rightly regarded as one of the most exciting young talents in European football. Blessed with some quite incredible dribbling skills and acceleration, many have already labelled the diminutive youngster as the ‘Italian Messi’.
    “Giovinco is a player with a great amount of ability. He has incredible technique and great dribbling,” Capello told La Domenica Sportiva.
    “However I think it is wrong to compare him to Messi. Messi is more physical and has a lot of upper-body strength.”
    Giovinco scored his first ever Serie A goal yesterday as Empoli came from behind to beat Palermo 3-1 at the Stadio Carlo Castellani. The win was the Azzurri’s first Serie A win of the new campaign and lifted them to 16th in the table.
    Giovinco is also a regular for the Italy Under-21 team and is widely regarded as the squad’s best player. The youngster has represented Italy at every age since under-16 level and it seems he will certainly have a starring role for the senior team at some point in the future.
    2) Giuseppe Rossi (Villareal)
    Rossi has made an outstanding start to his La Liga career with four goals in his first five games. Signed from Manchester United in the summer, having come through the famed youth system at Parma, Rossi has a beautiful left-foot and is a deadly finisher. Short and nimble, with excellent awareness, many have likened Rossi’s style to ex-Lazio legend Giuseppe Signori.
    3) Alberto Aquilani (Roma)
    It seems only injuries can stop this brilliant midfielder from becoming an Azzurri regular in the future. Aquilani is a complete midfielder, he can pass, tackle, run and as Palermo and Siena found out in the first two weeks of the season, he has a brilliant long-shot with both feet. Has just been ruled out for two months but don’t bet against the 23-year-old returning better than ever.
    4) Alessandro Rosina (Torino)
    Rosinaldo is a defender’s nightmare – Fast, skilful, both-footed – the player is surely the long-term replacement for Mauro Camoranesi on the right-hand side of Italy’s midfield. Last season he virtually single-handedly kept Torino in Serie A with his nine goals but his start to the new campaign has been complicated by a contract dispute. If Rosina wants to fulfil his undoubted talent, then he has to move to a big club. Milan have been mooted as a possible destination and it could be the perfect solution for both club and player.
    5) Ezequiel Lavezzi (Napoli)
    Not since the 1980s have the Napoli fans been so excited about a player. That player was Diego Maradona – the greatest footballer of all time. After Lavezzi’s stunning start to his Partenopei career, the comparisons between the two Argentineans have inevitably started. Both share incredible technical ability, skill and pace but Lavezzi probably has a more realistic likeness to Manchester United’s Carlos Tevez. Nevertheless Lavezzi is certainly one for the future.
    Ezequiel Iván Lavezzi (born May 3, 1985, in Villa Gobernador Gálvez, Santa Fe Province, Argentina) is an Argentine footballer currently playing for Serie A club SSC Napoli. He is forward who has a good shooting ability, very good dribbling and good playmaking abilities.
    Like many promising young Argentine players who appear in Italy, the media have been quick to dub Lavezzi the "New Maradona". Lavezzi himself however plays this down, instead comparing himself to another young Argentine player in Carlos Tévez.
    As a youngster, Lavezzi had a very keen interest in football and supported his local side Rosario Central; he would later get their badge tattooed on his chest.
    From a very young age, the footballing talent of Lavezzi was recognised, as he played in the youth squads of Boca Juniors from the age of 10 until he was 17.Lavezzi moved to the youth side of Estudiantes in 2003, where over one season he played 39 games and scored 17 goals.
    He was bought by Italian side Genoa in 2004 for 1 million euros,but was loaned out straight away to Argentina side San Lorenzo. Here at the age of 19, he competed in the Apertura 2004 tournament scoring six goals in total over the course of the season; which saw him finish as 4th top scorer.
    Lavezzi's most notable contributions included a spectacular effort against River Plate at the El Monumental. He scored in the 69th minute to give San Lorenzo a famous victory and seriously damage River's title challenge. This gained him the nickname la Bestia ("the Beast") from the Argentine media.
    Although it was planned for Lavezzi to return back to Genoa after a season on loan, there were problems. While Lavezzi was playing in Argentina, Genoa were involved in an alleged match fixing scandal which saw them relegated down to Serie C1; the third level of Italian football. Due to financial constraints, the promising forward was sold to San Lorenzo for 1.2 million euros.
    On his return to San Lorenzo for the Apertura 2005 season, he managed to help the club up into the top half of the table, with 8 goals, he finished as the overall 4th top scorer. His last act as a San Lorenzo player was to help them to the Clausura 2007 title, beating out Boca Juniors by six points.
    Napoli had recently achieved promotion back to Serie A, after finishing as runners-up the previous season in Serie B. Looking to strengthen their squad for a return to the top level, Napoli signed Lavezzi on a five-year contract on 5 July 2007. The transfer deal was worth around 6 million euros, he was presented before the fans and given the number 7 shirt for his first season.
    Very early on he made an impact for the club, scoring a hat-trick in a 3–1 victory over Pisa in the Coppa Italia at the Stadio San Paolo; this was the first hat-trick by a Napoli player in fourteen years. The first league goal Lavezzi scored for Napoli, came during a 5–0 victory against Udinese on 2 September 2007. After the match he was described in reports as "inspirational", with the media proclaiming "Napoli's star is born". The Neapolitan club hadn't won a league match by such a large margin since 1988, when Diego Maradona was at the club.
    He made his international debut for the Argentinian national team team against Chile, on the 18th of April, 2007.
    A list of other hot prospects
    Giampaolo Pazzini (Fiorentina)
    Giampaolo Pazzini (born August 2, 1984 in Pescia) is an Italian football (soccer) player, who currently plays for Fiorentina, having been transferred there from Atalanta in January 2005, with Valeri Bojinov from U.S. Lecce. He is a direct, powerful centre-forward who poses a significant threat in the air and also boasts a powerful shot. The striker is considered a natural replacement for FC Bayern Munich-bound Luca Toni by coach Cesare Prandelli.
    Club career
    Giampaolo Pazzini's high point of the 2005/2006 season was his spectacular equalising header against Juventus. Pazzini also struck a wonderfully powerful shot beating Juventus keeper, Gianluigi Buffon, to cap a traditional Italian counter attack, in the 2004/2005 season.
    International career
    Pazzini is currently a member of the Italy Under-21 team.
    Pazzini was the star of the first ever professional match at the new Wembley Stadium in a game against England Under-21 on 24 March 2007. The Fiorentina forward set three records in the 3-3 draw; he scored the first goal at the new Wembley Stadium after just 28 seconds (and thus the fastest ever goal to be scored at Wembley, in both its old and new incarnations), and then went on to score the first ever hat-trick at the new Wembley, after 68 minutes.[1] Pazzini recently signed a new contract with Fiorentina and is thought to be highly rated by staff and players alike.
    Season Club Country Competition Apps. Goals
    2003/04 Atalanta Italy Serie B 39 9
    2004/05 Atalanta Italy Serie A 12 3
    2004/05 Fiorentina Italy Serie A 14 3
    2005/06 Fiorentina Italy Serie A 26 5
    2006/07 Fiorentina Italy Serie A 23 7
    2004- Italy Under-21 17 (5)
    Riccardo Montolivo (Fiorentina)
    Riccardo Montolivo (born 18 January 1985 in Caravaggio, Bergamo) is an Italian footballer. He currently plays in the role of attacking midfielder for ACF Fiorentina of Serie A league. He is also nationally known as a good deep-lying forward. He is currently the Azzurrini's (Italy U21) creative fulcrum, Riccardo is blessed with great skill and vision, terrific touch with both feet and an unerring eye for goal.
    He started his career with Atalanta, for which he debuted in the 2003/2004 season, helping his team to gain a promotion to Series A, and scoring 4 goals in 41 matches. The next season, again for Atalanta, he played 32 times and scored 3 goals, being unable to avoid the immediate relegation for the team. He moved to Fiorentina in the summer of 2005, in a joint ownership bid. In 2006 Fiorentina got full ownership,
    He is one of the main players of the Under-21 national team of Italy coached by Pierluigi Casiraghi, and widely considered as one of the most promising youngsters in the country. He has been tipped to be the next Totti. However, in his first season with Fiorentina he was rarely first choice for coach Claudio Cesare Prandelli and spent most of the games on the bench.
    In recent publications in the press he has been linked with a move to Arsenal FC as they continue their search for a winger.
    In October 10th 2006 Montolivo scored the winning goal when Italy beat Spain 2-1 and qualified for 2007 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship
    Years Club App (Gls)*
    2003-2005 Atalanta 73 (7)
    2005- Fiorentina 56 (3)
    2004-2007 Italy U-21 20 (3)
    Yoann Gourcuff (Milan)
    Yoann Gourcuff (born July 11, 1986) is a French footballer who is presently playing with AC Milan.
    Career
    Gourcuff was born in Ploemeur, Morbihan, Brittany. Having started out with FC Lorient (whose manager is his father Christian Gourcuff) at a young age, Gourcuff signed a youth contract with Stade Rennais in 2001, followed by a professional contract two years later.
    Making only 9 appearances in the 2003-04 season, the following seasons were more successful, with him scoring 6 goals in the 2005-06 season, helping Rennes to finish 7th in Ligue 1 and winning them a place in the 2006 Intertoto Cup.
    Having been linked with a host of big name European clubs such as Ajax Amsterdam, Valencia CF and Arsenal F.C., at the end of the 2006 season, he moved to A.C. Milan where his contract runs until the 2010-11 season.
    He has been capped for France at schoolboy level and was part of the winning French team at the 2005 European Under-19 Football Championship.
    He started his Milan career by scoring a goal and being one of the best players on view in Milan's first UEFA Champions League match against AEK Athens.
    Gourcuff is being talked of by many as Zinédine Zidane's heir apparent due to his similar height, build, movement, and skill. Others have named him rather as the next Youri Djorkaeff.
    Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus)
    Giorgio Chiellini (born August 14, 1984 in Pisa) is an Italian footballer who currently plays for Juventus of the Italian Serie A. He is an attacking left back who has also played centre back.
    Chiellini started his career with Livorno where he played for two years each in Serie C1 and Serie B. He was signed by Juventus in summer 2004, for €6.5 million, but immediately sold on co-ownership deal to Fiorentina for €3.5 million, where he played for 2004/05 season. After an excellent first season in Serie A, he was recalled by Juventus for the 2005-06 season, where Juventus paid €4.3 million for full-ownership.
    Chiellini made his debut for the Italian national team in November 2004 against Finland, and has since become a regular squad member. He won the European Under-19 Championship with Italy in 2003, and was also a member of the Italy team that won the bronze medals at the football tournament of the 2004 Summer Olympics. As of September 2006, he has won 6 caps for Italian national team, despite still being eligible to play for Italian U-21 national team. He was named in the 'UEFA Team of the tournament' of the 2007 U-21 Championships held in the Netherlands where they qualified for the 2008 Summer Olympics.
    He extended his original contract from until 2009 to 2011 on 12 October 2006
    Edison Cavani (Palermo)
    Nicknamed El Matador, Cavani moved to Montevideo when he was 12 years old, and came through the youth system at Danubio F.C. to make his debut for the first team in 2006. He was part of the Apertura 2006 championship winning squad.
    In January 2007 Cavani was selected to join the Uruguay national football team Under-20 squad to play in the 2007 South American Youth Championship in Paraguay. Cavani finished the tournament as topscorer with 7goals in 9 games, this feat helped Uruguay to finish in 3rd place, earning them a place in the World Youth Championship. After his breakthrough at the 2007 South American Youth Championship, several teams were suggested to have interest in signing Cavani, including Juventus and AC Milan. However, on January 29, 2007, Palermo chairman Maurizio Zamparini announced the signing of the promising Uruguayan footballer. The bid was officially confirmed on January 31. He made his debut on March 11, 2007 in a home league match against Fiorentina, coming on in the 55th minute with his team 0-1 down and scoring an impressive equaliser only fifteen minutes later, a goal hailed as reminiscent of Marco van Basten's strike in the 1988 UEFA European Football Championship final.
    Domenico Criscito (Juventus)
    Criscito started his professional career at Genoa C.F.C., for which made his debut in Serie B in June 2003 at the age of 16. In the summer of 2004 Genoa sold 50% of the rights to Juventus for €150.000. He played for the youth team of Juventus in the following two seasons, winning the Italian youth championship in 2006 and scoring the opening goal in the final match against Fiorentina. In 2006-2007 he went to play for Genoa, this time in the first team, proving himself as one of the best Serie B defenders and earning a place in Italy's Under-21 national team.
    In January 2007, Juventus bought the remaining 50% of Criscito for a combined price of €7.5 million. This was paid by the co-ownership of Andrea Masiello and Abdoulay Konko to Genoa C.F.C., and €5.25 million. He also signed a new contract with Juventus which will last until June 30, 2011.
    Criscito made his Serie A debut with Juventus on August 25, in Juve's comeback game in Serie A versus Livorno, a crushing 5-1 victory.
    Raffaele Palladino (Juventus)
    The first team career of Palladino started in his native region of Campania where he played for Benevento in Serie C1. Including games played in Coppa Italia Serie C, his record at Benevento was 12 games played and 5 goals scored.
    It was not long before he gained the attentions of Juventus and was signed by the club in 2002, during his earlier years with Juventus he played in reserve and youth levels in competitions such as Torneo di Viareggio (which the club won in 2003 and 2004). However, during the 2003-04 season, he did make one appearance in the Coppa Italia. He scored 41 goals in 61 games in the Campionato Nazionale Primavera.
    Loan spells
    To gain some first team experience, Palladino was loaned out to Salernitana back in Campania. At the time the club were competing in Serie B, Palladino scored 15 goals during his season with the club, becoming their topscorer that season; he finished as 7th topscorer in the entire league.
    The first taste of Serie A football came in 2005-06 for the player, he was loaned out once more, this time to Livorno. Although he gained some valuable experience he did not score as many goals as he did during his spell with Salernitana the previous season.
    Return to Juventus
    Juventus had been relegated down to Serie B due to the result of the 2006 Serie A scandal. Despite the lower division, first team places were still hotly contested and the young Palladino was given a chance to prove himself in the first team by Didier Deschamps. On his league debut Palladino scored two goals, in the same season he also scored a hat-trick against Triestina. Juventus won promotion back into Serie A that season giving Palladino his first senior team honour.
    Marek Hamsik (Napoli)
    Cristian Zapata (Udinese)
    Bosko Jankovic (Palermo)
    Antonio Nocerino (Juventus)
    Daniele Dessena (Parma)
    Marco Andreolli (Roma)
    Gyan Asamoah (Udinese)
    Claudio Marchisio (Empoli/Juventus)
    Graziano Pelle (AZ)
    Anthony Vanden Boore (Fiorentina)
    Valon Behrami (Lazio)
    Arturo Lupoli (Fiorentina)
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    1) Sebastian Giovinco (Empoli)
    The 20-year-old attacking-midfielder is regarded as one of the brightest young talents in Europe. Skilful, fast, with great vision and technical ability, many have labelled Giovinco as the ‘Italian Messi’. Giovinco is on loan at Empoli from Juventus but many believe he is the Bianconeri’s natural heir to Alessandro Del Piero.
    Capello: Giovinco Is A Great Talent
    Ex Roma and Milan Coach Fabio Capello has heaped praise on young Empoli playmaker Sebastian Giovinco but says it is wrong to compare the player to Barcelona star Lionel Messi.
    The 20-year-old, who is on loan in Tuscany from Juventus, is rightly regarded as one of the most exciting young talents in European football. Blessed with some quite incredible dribbling skills and acceleration, many have already labelled the diminutive youngster as the ‘Italian Messi’.
    “Giovinco is a player with a great amount of ability. He has incredible technique and great dribbling,” Capello told La Domenica Sportiva.
    “However I think it is wrong to compare him to Messi. Messi is more physical and has a lot of upper-body strength.”
    Giovinco scored his first ever Serie A goal yesterday as Empoli came from behind to beat Palermo 3-1 at the Stadio Carlo Castellani. The win was the Azzurri’s first Serie A win of the new campaign and lifted them to 16th in the table.
    Giovinco is also a regular for the Italy Under-21 team and is widely regarded as the squad’s best player. The youngster has represented Italy at every age since under-16 level and it seems he will certainly have a starring role for the senior team at some point in the future.
    2) Giuseppe Rossi (Villareal)
    Rossi has made an outstanding start to his La Liga career with four goals in his first five games. Signed from Manchester United in the summer, having come through the famed youth system at Parma, Rossi has a beautiful left-foot and is a deadly finisher. Short and nimble, with excellent awareness, many have likened Rossi’s style to ex-Lazio legend Giuseppe Signori.
    3) Alberto Aquilani (Roma)
    It seems only injuries can stop this brilliant midfielder from becoming an Azzurri regular in the future. Aquilani is a complete midfielder, he can pass, tackle, run and as Palermo and Siena found out in the first two weeks of the season, he has a brilliant long-shot with both feet. Has just been ruled out for two months but don’t bet against the 23-year-old returning better than ever.
    4) Alessandro Rosina (Torino)
    Rosinaldo is a defender’s nightmare – Fast, skilful, both-footed – the player is surely the long-term replacement for Mauro Camoranesi on the right-hand side of Italy’s midfield. Last season he virtually single-handedly kept Torino in Serie A with his nine goals but his start to the new campaign has been complicated by a contract dispute. If Rosina wants to fulfil his undoubted talent, then he has to move to a big club. Milan have been mooted as a possible destination and it could be the perfect solution for both club and player.
    5) Ezequiel Lavezzi (Napoli)
    Not since the 1980s have the Napoli fans been so excited about a player. That player was Diego Maradona – the greatest footballer of all time. After Lavezzi’s stunning start to his Partenopei career, the comparisons between the two Argentineans have inevitably started. Both share incredible technical ability, skill and pace but Lavezzi probably has a more realistic likeness to Manchester United’s Carlos Tevez. Nevertheless Lavezzi is certainly one for the future.
    Ezequiel Iván Lavezzi (born May 3, 1985, in Villa Gobernador Gálvez, Santa Fe Province, Argentina) is an Argentine footballer currently playing for Serie A club SSC Napoli. He is forward who has a good shooting ability, very good dribbling and good playmaking abilities.
    Like many promising young Argentine players who appear in Italy, the media have been quick to dub Lavezzi the "New Maradona". Lavezzi himself however plays this down, instead comparing himself to another young Argentine player in Carlos Tévez.
    As a youngster, Lavezzi had a very keen interest in football and supported his local side Rosario Central; he would later get their badge tattooed on his chest.
    From a very young age, the footballing talent of Lavezzi was recognised, as he played in the youth squads of Boca Juniors from the age of 10 until he was 17.Lavezzi moved to the youth side of Estudiantes in 2003, where over one season he played 39 games and scored 17 goals.
    He was bought by Italian side Genoa in 2004 for 1 million euros,but was loaned out straight away to Argentina side San Lorenzo. Here at the age of 19, he competed in the Apertura 2004 tournament scoring six goals in total over the course of the season; which saw him finish as 4th top scorer.
    Lavezzi's most notable contributions included a spectacular effort against River Plate at the El Monumental. He scored in the 69th minute to give San Lorenzo a famous victory and seriously damage River's title challenge. This gained him the nickname la Bestia ("the Beast") from the Argentine media.
    Although it was planned for Lavezzi to return back to Genoa after a season on loan, there were problems. While Lavezzi was playing in Argentina, Genoa were involved in an alleged match fixing scandal which saw them relegated down to Serie C1; the third level of Italian football. Due to financial constraints, the promising forward was sold to San Lorenzo for 1.2 million euros.
    On his return to San Lorenzo for the Apertura 2005 season, he managed to help the club up into the top half of the table, with 8 goals, he finished as the overall 4th top scorer. His last act as a San Lorenzo player was to help them to the Clausura 2007 title, beating out Boca Juniors by six points.
    Napoli had recently achieved promotion back to Serie A, after finishing as runners-up the previous season in Serie B. Looking to strengthen their squad for a return to the top level, Napoli signed Lavezzi on a five-year contract on 5 July 2007. The transfer deal was worth around 6 million euros, he was presented before the fans and given the number 7 shirt for his first season.
    Very early on he made an impact for the club, scoring a hat-trick in a 3–1 victory over Pisa in the Coppa Italia at the Stadio San Paolo; this was the first hat-trick by a Napoli player in fourteen years. The first league goal Lavezzi scored for Napoli, came during a 5–0 victory against Udinese on 2 September 2007. After the match he was described in reports as "inspirational", with the media proclaiming "Napoli's star is born". The Neapolitan club hadn't won a league match by such a large margin since 1988, when Diego Maradona was at the club.
    He made his international debut for the Argentinian national team team against Chile, on the 18th of April, 2007.
    A list of other hot prospects
    Giampaolo Pazzini (Fiorentina)
    Giampaolo Pazzini (born August 2, 1984 in Pescia) is an Italian football (soccer) player, who currently plays for Fiorentina, having been transferred there from Atalanta in January 2005, with Valeri Bojinov from U.S. Lecce. He is a direct, powerful centre-forward who poses a significant threat in the air and also boasts a powerful shot. The striker is considered a natural replacement for FC Bayern Munich-bound Luca Toni by coach Cesare Prandelli.
    Club career
    Giampaolo Pazzini's high point of the 2005/2006 season was his spectacular equalising header against Juventus. Pazzini also struck a wonderfully powerful shot beating Juventus keeper, Gianluigi Buffon, to cap a traditional Italian counter attack, in the 2004/2005 season.
    International career
    Pazzini is currently a member of the Italy Under-21 team.
    Pazzini was the star of the first ever professional match at the new Wembley Stadium in a game against England Under-21 on 24 March 2007. The Fiorentina forward set three records in the 3-3 draw; he scored the first goal at the new Wembley Stadium after just 28 seconds (and thus the fastest ever goal to be scored at Wembley, in both its old and new incarnations), and then went on to score the first ever hat-trick at the new Wembley, after 68 minutes.[1] Pazzini recently signed a new contract with Fiorentina and is thought to be highly rated by staff and players alike.
    Season Club Country Competition Apps. Goals
    2003/04 Atalanta Italy Serie B 39 9
    2004/05 Atalanta Italy Serie A 12 3
    2004/05 Fiorentina Italy Serie A 14 3
    2005/06 Fiorentina Italy Serie A 26 5
    2006/07 Fiorentina Italy Serie A 23 7
    2004- Italy Under-21 17 (5)
    Riccardo Montolivo (Fiorentina)
    Riccardo Montolivo (born 18 January 1985 in Caravaggio, Bergamo) is an Italian footballer. He currently plays in the role of attacking midfielder for ACF Fiorentina of Serie A league. He is also nationally known as a good deep-lying forward. He is currently the Azzurrini's (Italy U21) creative fulcrum, Riccardo is blessed with great skill and vision, terrific touch with both feet and an unerring eye for goal.
    He started his career with Atalanta, for which he debuted in the 2003/2004 season, helping his team to gain a promotion to Series A, and scoring 4 goals in 41 matches. The next season, again for Atalanta, he played 32 times and scored 3 goals, being unable to avoid the immediate relegation for the team. He moved to Fiorentina in the summer of 2005, in a joint ownership bid. In 2006 Fiorentina got full ownership,
    He is one of the main players of the Under-21 national team of Italy coached by Pierluigi Casiraghi, and widely considered as one of the most promising youngsters in the country. He has been tipped to be the next Totti. However, in his first season with Fiorentina he was rarely first choice for coach Claudio Cesare Prandelli and spent most of the games on the bench.
    In recent publications in the press he has been linked with a move to Arsenal FC as they continue their search for a winger.
    In October 10th 2006 Montolivo scored the winning goal when Italy beat Spain 2-1 and qualified for 2007 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship
    Years Club App (Gls)*
    2003-2005 Atalanta 73 (7)
    2005- Fiorentina 56 (3)
    2004-2007 Italy U-21 20 (3)
    Yoann Gourcuff (Milan)
    Yoann Gourcuff (born July 11, 1986) is a French footballer who is presently playing with AC Milan.
    Career
    Gourcuff was born in Ploemeur, Morbihan, Brittany. Having started out with FC Lorient (whose manager is his father Christian Gourcuff) at a young age, Gourcuff signed a youth contract with Stade Rennais in 2001, followed by a professional contract two years later.
    Making only 9 appearances in the 2003-04 season, the following seasons were more successful, with him scoring 6 goals in the 2005-06 season, helping Rennes to finish 7th in Ligue 1 and winning them a place in the 2006 Intertoto Cup.
    Having been linked with a host of big name European clubs such as Ajax Amsterdam, Valencia CF and Arsenal F.C., at the end of the 2006 season, he moved to A.C. Milan where his contract runs until the 2010-11 season.
    He has been capped for France at schoolboy level and was part of the winning French team at the 2005 European Under-19 Football Championship.
    He started his Milan career by scoring a goal and being one of the best players on view in Milan's first UEFA Champions League match against AEK Athens.
    Gourcuff is being talked of by many as Zinédine Zidane's heir apparent due to his similar height, build, movement, and skill. Others have named him rather as the next Youri Djorkaeff.
    Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus)
    Giorgio Chiellini (born August 14, 1984 in Pisa) is an Italian footballer who currently plays for Juventus of the Italian Serie A. He is an attacking left back who has also played centre back.
    Chiellini started his career with Livorno where he played for two years each in Serie C1 and Serie B. He was signed by Juventus in summer 2004, for €6.5 million, but immediately sold on co-ownership deal to Fiorentina for €3.5 million, where he played for 2004/05 season. After an excellent first season in Serie A, he was recalled by Juventus for the 2005-06 season, where Juventus paid €4.3 million for full-ownership.
    Chiellini made his debut for the Italian national team in November 2004 against Finland, and has since become a regular squad member. He won the European Under-19 Championship with Italy in 2003, and was also a member of the Italy team that won the bronze medals at the football tournament of the 2004 Summer Olympics. As of September 2006, he has won 6 caps for Italian national team, despite still being eligible to play for Italian U-21 national team. He was named in the 'UEFA Team of the tournament' of the 2007 U-21 Championships held in the Netherlands where they qualified for the 2008 Summer Olympics.
    He extended his original contract from until 2009 to 2011 on 12 October 2006
    Edison Cavani (Palermo)
    Nicknamed El Matador, Cavani moved to Montevideo when he was 12 years old, and came through the youth system at Danubio F.C. to make his debut for the first team in 2006. He was part of the Apertura 2006 championship winning squad.
    In January 2007 Cavani was selected to join the Uruguay national football team Under-20 squad to play in the 2007 South American Youth Championship in Paraguay. Cavani finished the tournament as topscorer with 7goals in 9 games, this feat helped Uruguay to finish in 3rd place, earning them a place in the World Youth Championship. After his breakthrough at the 2007 South American Youth Championship, several teams were suggested to have interest in signing Cavani, including Juventus and AC Milan. However, on January 29, 2007, Palermo chairman Maurizio Zamparini announced the signing of the promising Uruguayan footballer. The bid was officially confirmed on January 31. He made his debut on March 11, 2007 in a home league match against Fiorentina, coming on in the 55th minute with his team 0-1 down and scoring an impressive equaliser only fifteen minutes later, a goal hailed as reminiscent of Marco van Basten's strike in the 1988 UEFA European Football Championship final.
    Domenico Criscito (Juventus)
    Criscito started his professional career at Genoa C.F.C., for which made his debut in Serie B in June 2003 at the age of 16. In the summer of 2004 Genoa sold 50% of the rights to Juventus for €150.000. He played for the youth team of Juventus in the following two seasons, winning the Italian youth championship in 2006 and scoring the opening goal in the final match against Fiorentina. In 2006-2007 he went to play for Genoa, this time in the first team, proving himself as one of the best Serie B defenders and earning a place in Italy's Under-21 national team.
    In January 2007, Juventus bought the remaining 50% of Criscito for a combined price of €7.5 million. This was paid by the co-ownership of Andrea Masiello and Abdoulay Konko to Genoa C.F.C., and €5.25 million. He also signed a new contract with Juventus which will last until June 30, 2011.
    Criscito made his Serie A debut with Juventus on August 25, in Juve's comeback game in Serie A versus Livorno, a crushing 5-1 victory.
    Raffaele Palladino (Juventus)
    The first team career of Palladino started in his native region of Campania where he played for Benevento in Serie C1. Including games played in Coppa Italia Serie C, his record at Benevento was 12 games played and 5 goals scored.
    It was not long before he gained the attentions of Juventus and was signed by the club in 2002, during his earlier years with Juventus he played in reserve and youth levels in competitions such as Torneo di Viareggio (which the club won in 2003 and 2004). However, during the 2003-04 season, he did make one appearance in the Coppa Italia. He scored 41 goals in 61 games in the Campionato Nazionale Primavera.
    Loan spells
    To gain some first team experience, Palladino was loaned out to Salernitana back in Campania. At the time the club were competing in Serie B, Palladino scored 15 goals during his season with the club, becoming their topscorer that season; he finished as 7th topscorer in the entire league.
    The first taste of Serie A football came in 2005-06 for the player, he was loaned out once more, this time to Livorno. Although he gained some valuable experience he did not score as many goals as he did during his spell with Salernitana the previous season.
    Return to Juventus
    Juventus had been relegated down to Serie B due to the result of the 2006 Serie A scandal. Despite the lower division, first team places were still hotly contested and the young Palladino was given a chance to prove himself in the first team by Didier Deschamps. On his league debut Palladino scored two goals, in the same season he also scored a hat-trick against Triestina. Juventus won promotion back into Serie A that season giving Palladino his first senior team honour.
    Marek Hamsik (Napoli)
    Cristian Zapata (Udinese)
    Bosko Jankovic (Palermo)
    Antonio Nocerino (Juventus)
    Daniele Dessena (Parma)
    Marco Andreolli (Roma)
    Gyan Asamoah (Udinese)
    Claudio Marchisio (Empoli/Juventus)
    Graziano Pelle (AZ)
    Anthony Vanden Boore (Fiorentina)
    Valon Behrami (Lazio)
    Arturo Lupoli (Fiorentina)
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    My first attempt..Hope everyone would find them useful
    1) Sebastian Giovinco (Empoli)
    The 20-year-old attacking-midfielder is regarded as one of the brightest young talents in Europe. Skilful, fast, with great vision and technical ability, many have labelled Giovinco as the ‘Italian Messi’. Giovinco is on loan at Empoli from Juventus but many believe he is the Bianconeri’s natural heir to Alessandro Del Piero.
    Capello: Giovinco Is A Great Talent
    Ex Roma and Milan Coach Fabio Capello has heaped praise on young Empoli playmaker Sebastian Giovinco but says it is wrong to compare the player to Barcelona star Lionel Messi.
    The 20-year-old, who is on loan in Tuscany from Juventus, is rightly regarded as one of the most exciting young talents in European football. Blessed with some quite incredible dribbling skills and acceleration, many have already labelled the diminutive youngster as the ‘Italian Messi’.
    “Giovinco is a player with a great amount of ability. He has incredible technique and great dribbling,” Capello told La Domenica Sportiva.
    “However I think it is wrong to compare him to Messi. Messi is more physical and has a lot of upper-body strength.”
    Giovinco scored his first ever Serie A goal yesterday as Empoli came from behind to beat Palermo 3-1 at the Stadio Carlo Castellani. The win was the Azzurri’s first Serie A win of the new campaign and lifted them to 16th in the table.
    Giovinco is also a regular for the Italy Under-21 team and is widely regarded as the squad’s best player. The youngster has represented Italy at every age since under-16 level and it seems he will certainly have a starring role for the senior team at some point in the future.
    2) Giuseppe Rossi (Villareal)
    Rossi has made an outstanding start to his La Liga career with four goals in his first five games. Signed from Manchester United in the summer, having come through the famed youth system at Parma, Rossi has a beautiful left-foot and is a deadly finisher. Short and nimble, with excellent awareness, many have likened Rossi’s style to ex-Lazio legend Giuseppe Signori.
    3) Alberto Aquilani (Roma)
    It seems only injuries can stop this brilliant midfielder from becoming an Azzurri regular in the future. Aquilani is a complete midfielder, he can pass, tackle, run and as Palermo and Siena found out in the first two weeks of the season, he has a brilliant long-shot with both feet. Has just been ruled out for two months but don’t bet against the 23-year-old returning better than ever.
    4) Alessandro Rosina (Torino)
    Rosinaldo is a defender’s nightmare – Fast, skilful, both-footed – the player is surely the long-term replacement for Mauro Camoranesi on the right-hand side of Italy’s midfield. Last season he virtually single-handedly kept Torino in Serie A with his nine goals but his start to the new campaign has been complicated by a contract dispute. If Rosina wants to fulfil his undoubted talent, then he has to move to a big club. Milan have been mooted as a possible destination and it could be the perfect solution for both club and player.
    5) Ezequiel Lavezzi (Napoli)
    Not since the 1980s have the Napoli fans been so excited about a player. That player was Diego Maradona – the greatest footballer of all time. After Lavezzi’s stunning start to his Partenopei career, the comparisons between the two Argentineans have inevitably started. Both share incredible technical ability, skill and pace but Lavezzi probably has a more realistic likeness to Manchester United’s Carlos Tevez. Nevertheless Lavezzi is certainly one for the future.
    Ezequiel Iván Lavezzi (born May 3, 1985, in Villa Gobernador Gálvez, Santa Fe Province, Argentina) is an Argentine footballer currently playing for Serie A club SSC Napoli. He is forward who has a good shooting ability, very good dribbling and good playmaking abilities.
    Like many promising young Argentine players who appear in Italy, the media have been quick to dub Lavezzi the "New Maradona". Lavezzi himself however plays this down, instead comparing himself to another young Argentine player in Carlos Tévez.
    As a youngster, Lavezzi had a very keen interest in football and supported his local side Rosario Central; he would later get their badge tattooed on his chest.
    From a very young age, the footballing talent of Lavezzi was recognised, as he played in the youth squads of Boca Juniors from the age of 10 until he was 17.Lavezzi moved to the youth side of Estudiantes in 2003, where over one season he played 39 games and scored 17 goals.
    He was bought by Italian side Genoa in 2004 for 1 million euros,but was loaned out straight away to Argentina side San Lorenzo. Here at the age of 19, he competed in the Apertura 2004 tournament scoring six goals in total over the course of the season; which saw him finish as 4th top scorer.
    Lavezzi's most notable contributions included a spectacular effort against River Plate at the El Monumental. He scored in the 69th minute to give San Lorenzo a famous victory and seriously damage River's title challenge. This gained him the nickname la Bestia ("the Beast") from the Argentine media.
    Although it was planned for Lavezzi to return back to Genoa after a season on loan, there were problems. While Lavezzi was playing in Argentina, Genoa were involved in an alleged match fixing scandal which saw them relegated down to Serie C1; the third level of Italian football. Due to financial constraints, the promising forward was sold to San Lorenzo for 1.2 million euros.
    On his return to San Lorenzo for the Apertura 2005 season, he managed to help the club up into the top half of the table, with 8 goals, he finished as the overall 4th top scorer. His last act as a San Lorenzo player was to help them to the Clausura 2007 title, beating out Boca Juniors by six points.
    Napoli had recently achieved promotion back to Serie A, after finishing as runners-up the previous season in Serie B. Looking to strengthen their squad for a return to the top level, Napoli signed Lavezzi on a five-year contract on 5 July 2007. The transfer deal was worth around 6 million euros, he was presented before the fans and given the number 7 shirt for his first season.
    Very early on he made an impact for the club, scoring a hat-trick in a 3–1 victory over Pisa in the Coppa Italia at the Stadio San Paolo; this was the first hat-trick by a Napoli player in fourteen years. The first league goal Lavezzi scored for Napoli, came during a 5–0 victory against Udinese on 2 September 2007. After the match he was described in reports as "inspirational", with the media proclaiming "Napoli's star is born". The Neapolitan club hadn't won a league match by such a large margin since 1988, when Diego Maradona was at the club.
    He made his international debut for the Argentinian national team team against Chile, on the 18th of April, 2007.
    A list of other hot prospects
    Giampaolo Pazzini (Fiorentina)
    Giampaolo Pazzini (born August 2, 1984 in Pescia) is an Italian football (soccer) player, who currently plays for Fiorentina, having been transferred there from Atalanta in January 2005, with Valeri Bojinov from U.S. Lecce. He is a direct, powerful centre-forward who poses a significant threat in the air and also boasts a powerful shot. The striker is considered a natural replacement for FC Bayern Munich-bound Luca Toni by coach Cesare Prandelli.
    Club career
    Giampaolo Pazzini's high point of the 2005/2006 season was his spectacular equalising header against Juventus. Pazzini also struck a wonderfully powerful shot beating Juventus keeper, Gianluigi Buffon, to cap a traditional Italian counter attack, in the 2004/2005 season.
    International career
    Pazzini is currently a member of the Italy Under-21 team.
    Pazzini was the star of the first ever professional match at the new Wembley Stadium in a game against England Under-21 on 24 March 2007. The Fiorentina forward set three records in the 3-3 draw; he scored the first goal at the new Wembley Stadium after just 28 seconds (and thus the fastest ever goal to be scored at Wembley, in both its old and new incarnations), and then went on to score the first ever hat-trick at the new Wembley, after 68 minutes.[1] Pazzini recently signed a new contract with Fiorentina and is thought to be highly rated by staff and players alike.
    Season Club Country Competition Apps. Goals
    2003/04 Atalanta Italy Serie B 39 9
    2004/05 Atalanta Italy Serie A 12 3
    2004/05 Fiorentina Italy Serie A 14 3
    2005/06 Fiorentina Italy Serie A 26 5
    2006/07 Fiorentina Italy Serie A 23 7
    2004- Italy Under-21 17 (5)
    Riccardo Montolivo (Fiorentina)
    Riccardo Montolivo (born 18 January 1985 in Caravaggio, Bergamo) is an Italian footballer. He currently plays in the role of attacking midfielder for ACF Fiorentina of Serie A league. He is also nationally known as a good deep-lying forward. He is currently the Azzurrini's (Italy U21) creative fulcrum, Riccardo is blessed with great skill and vision, terrific touch with both feet and an unerring eye for goal.
    He started his career with Atalanta, for which he debuted in the 2003/2004 season, helping his team to gain a promotion to Series A, and scoring 4 goals in 41 matches. The next season, again for Atalanta, he played 32 times and scored 3 goals, being unable to avoid the immediate relegation for the team. He moved to Fiorentina in the summer of 2005, in a joint ownership bid. In 2006 Fiorentina got full ownership,
    He is one of the main players of the Under-21 national team of Italy coached by Pierluigi Casiraghi, and widely considered as one of the most promising youngsters in the country. He has been tipped to be the next Totti. However, in his first season with Fiorentina he was rarely first choice for coach Claudio Cesare Prandelli and spent most of the games on the bench.
    In recent publications in the press he has been linked with a move to Arsenal FC as they continue their search for a winger.
    In October 10th 2006 Montolivo scored the winning goal when Italy beat Spain 2-1 and qualified for 2007 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship
    Years Club App (Gls)*
    2003-2005 Atalanta 73 (7)
    2005- Fiorentina 56 (3)
    2004-2007 Italy U-21 20 (3)
    Yoann Gourcuff (Milan)
    Yoann Gourcuff (born July 11, 1986) is a French footballer who is presently playing with AC Milan.
    Career
    Gourcuff was born in Ploemeur, Morbihan, Brittany. Having started out with FC Lorient (whose manager is his father Christian Gourcuff) at a young age, Gourcuff signed a youth contract with Stade Rennais in 2001, followed by a professional contract two years later.
    Making only 9 appearances in the 2003-04 season, the following seasons were more successful, with him scoring 6 goals in the 2005-06 season, helping Rennes to finish 7th in Ligue 1 and winning them a place in the 2006 Intertoto Cup.
    Having been linked with a host of big name European clubs such as Ajax Amsterdam, Valencia CF and Arsenal F.C., at the end of the 2006 season, he moved to A.C. Milan where his contract runs until the 2010-11 season.
    He has been capped for France at schoolboy level and was part of the winning French team at the 2005 European Under-19 Football Championship.
    He started his Milan career by scoring a goal and being one of the best players on view in Milan's first UEFA Champions League match against AEK Athens.
    Gourcuff is being talked of by many as Zinédine Zidane's heir apparent due to his similar height, build, movement, and skill. Others have named him rather as the next Youri Djorkaeff.
    Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus)
    Giorgio Chiellini (born August 14, 1984 in Pisa) is an Italian footballer who currently plays for Juventus of the Italian Serie A. He is an attacking left back who has also played centre back.
    Chiellini started his career with Livorno where he played for two years each in Serie C1 and Serie B. He was signed by Juventus in summer 2004, for €6.5 million, but immediately sold on co-ownership deal to Fiorentina for €3.5 million, where he played for 2004/05 season. After an excellent first season in Serie A, he was recalled by Juventus for the 2005-06 season, where Juventus paid €4.3 million for full-ownership.
    Chiellini made his debut for the Italian national team in November 2004 against Finland, and has since become a regular squad member. He won the European Under-19 Championship with Italy in 2003, and was also a member of the Italy team that won the bronze medals at the football tournament of the 2004 Summer Olympics. As of September 2006, he has won 6 caps for Italian national team, despite still being eligible to play for Italian U-21 national team. He was named in the 'UEFA Team of the tournament' of the 2007 U-21 Championships held in the Netherlands where they qualified for the 2008 Summer Olympics.
    He extended his original contract from until 2009 to 2011 on 12 October 2006
    Edison Cavani (Palermo)
    Nicknamed El Matador, Cavani moved to Montevideo when he was 12 years old, and came through the youth system at Danubio F.C. to make his debut for the first team in 2006. He was part of the Apertura 2006 championship winning squad.
    In January 2007 Cavani was selected to join the Uruguay national football team Under-20 squad to play in the 2007 South American Youth Championship in Paraguay. Cavani finished the tournament as topscorer with 7goals in 9 games, this feat helped Uruguay to finish in 3rd place, earning them a place in the World Youth Championship. After his breakthrough at the 2007 South American Youth Championship, several teams were suggested to have interest in signing Cavani, including Juventus and AC Milan. However, on January 29, 2007, Palermo chairman Maurizio Zamparini announced the signing of the promising Uruguayan footballer. The bid was officially confirmed on January 31. He made his debut on March 11, 2007 in a home league match against Fiorentina, coming on in the 55th minute with his team 0-1 down and scoring an impressive equaliser only fifteen minutes later, a goal hailed as reminiscent of Marco van Basten's strike in the 1988 UEFA European Football Championship final.
    Domenico Criscito (Juventus)
    Criscito started his professional career at Genoa C.F.C., for which made his debut in Serie B in June 2003 at the age of 16. In the summer of 2004 Genoa sold 50% of the rights to Juventus for €150.000. He played for the youth team of Juventus in the following two seasons, winning the Italian youth championship in 2006 and scoring the opening goal in the final match against Fiorentina. In 2006-2007 he went to play for Genoa, this time in the first team, proving himself as one of the best Serie B defenders and earning a place in Italy's Under-21 national team.
    In January 2007, Juventus bought the remaining 50% of Criscito for a combined price of €7.5 million. This was paid by the co-ownership of Andrea Masiello and Abdoulay Konko to Genoa C.F.C., and €5.25 million. He also signed a new contract with Juventus which will last until June 30, 2011.
    Criscito made his Serie A debut with Juventus on August 25, in Juve's comeback game in Serie A versus Livorno, a crushing 5-1 victory.
    Raffaele Palladino (Juventus)
    The first team career of Palladino started in his native region of Campania where he played for Benevento in Serie C1. Including games played in Coppa Italia Serie C, his record at Benevento was 12 games played and 5 goals scored.
    It was not long before he gained the attentions of Juventus and was signed by the club in 2002, during his earlier years with Juventus he played in reserve and youth levels in competitions such as Torneo di Viareggio (which the club won in 2003 and 2004). However, during the 2003-04 season, he did make one appearance in the Coppa Italia. He scored 41 goals in 61 games in the Campionato Nazionale Primavera.
    Loan spells
    To gain some first team experience, Palladino was loaned out to Salernitana back in Campania. At the time the club were competing in Serie B, Palladino scored 15 goals during his season with the club, becoming their topscorer that season; he finished as 7th topscorer in the entire league.
    The first taste of Serie A football came in 2005-06 for the player, he was loaned out once more, this time to Livorno. Although he gained some valuable experience he did not score as many goals as he did during his spell with Salernitana the previous season.
    Return to Juventus
    Juventus had been relegated down to Serie B due to the result of the 2006 Serie A scandal. Despite the lower division, first team places were still hotly contested and the young Palladino was given a chance to prove himself in the first team by Didier Deschamps. On his league debut Palladino scored two goals, in the same season he also scored a hat-trick against Triestina. Juventus won promotion back into Serie A that season giving Palladino his first senior team honour.
    Marek Hamsik (Napoli)
    Cristian Zapata (Udinese)
    Bosko Jankovic (Palermo)
    Antonio Nocerino (Juventus)
    Daniele Dessena (Parma)
    Marco Andreolli (Roma)
    Gyan Asamoah (Udinese)
    Claudio Marchisio (Empoli/Juventus)
    Graziano Pelle (AZ)
    Anthony Vanden Boore (Fiorentina)
    Valon Behrami (Lazio)
    Arturo Lupoli (Fiorentina)
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    My first attempt..Hope everyone would find them useful
    1) Sebastian Giovinco (Empoli)
    The 20-year-old attacking-midfielder is regarded as one of the brightest young talents in Europe. Skilful, fast, with great vision and technical ability, many have labelled Giovinco as the ‘Italian Messi’. Giovinco is on loan at Empoli from Juventus but many believe he is the Bianconeri’s natural heir to Alessandro Del Piero.
    Capello: Giovinco Is A Great Talent
    Ex Roma and Milan Coach Fabio Capello has heaped praise on young Empoli playmaker Sebastian Giovinco but says it is wrong to compare the player to Barcelona star Lionel Messi.
    The 20-year-old, who is on loan in Tuscany from Juventus, is rightly regarded as one of the most exciting young talents in European football. Blessed with some quite incredible dribbling skills and acceleration, many have already labelled the diminutive youngster as the ‘Italian Messi’.
    “Giovinco is a player with a great amount of ability. He has incredible technique and great dribbling,” Capello told La Domenica Sportiva.
    “However I think it is wrong to compare him to Messi. Messi is more physical and has a lot of upper-body strength.”
    Giovinco scored his first ever Serie A goal yesterday as Empoli came from behind to beat Palermo 3-1 at the Stadio Carlo Castellani. The win was the Azzurri’s first Serie A win of the new campaign and lifted them to 16th in the table.
    Giovinco is also a regular for the Italy Under-21 team and is widely regarded as the squad’s best player. The youngster has represented Italy at every age since under-16 level and it seems he will certainly have a starring role for the senior team at some point in the future.
    2) Giuseppe Rossi (Villareal)
    Rossi has made an outstanding start to his La Liga career with four goals in his first five games. Signed from Manchester United in the summer, having come through the famed youth system at Parma, Rossi has a beautiful left-foot and is a deadly finisher. Short and nimble, with excellent awareness, many have likened Rossi’s style to ex-Lazio legend Giuseppe Signori.
    3) Alberto Aquilani (Roma)
    It seems only injuries can stop this brilliant midfielder from becoming an Azzurri regular in the future. Aquilani is a complete midfielder, he can pass, tackle, run and as Palermo and Siena found out in the first two weeks of the season, he has a brilliant long-shot with both feet. Has just been ruled out for two months but don’t bet against the 23-year-old returning better than ever.
    4) Alessandro Rosina (Torino)
    Rosinaldo is a defender’s nightmare – Fast, skilful, both-footed – the player is surely the long-term replacement for Mauro Camoranesi on the right-hand side of Italy’s midfield. Last season he virtually single-handedly kept Torino in Serie A with his nine goals but his start to the new campaign has been complicated by a contract dispute. If Rosina wants to fulfil his undoubted talent, then he has to move to a big club. Milan have been mooted as a possible destination and it could be the perfect solution for both club and player.
    5) Ezequiel Lavezzi (Napoli)
    Not since the 1980s have the Napoli fans been so excited about a player. That player was Diego Maradona – the greatest footballer of all time. After Lavezzi’s stunning start to his Partenopei career, the comparisons between the two Argentineans have inevitably started. Both share incredible technical ability, skill and pace but Lavezzi probably has a more realistic likeness to Manchester United’s Carlos Tevez. Nevertheless Lavezzi is certainly one for the future.
    Ezequiel Iván Lavezzi (born May 3, 1985, in Villa Gobernador Gálvez, Santa Fe Province, Argentina) is an Argentine footballer currently playing for Serie A club SSC Napoli. He is forward who has a good shooting ability, very good dribbling and good playmaking abilities.
    Like many promising young Argentine players who appear in Italy, the media have been quick to dub Lavezzi the "New Maradona". Lavezzi himself however plays this down, instead comparing himself to another young Argentine player in Carlos Tévez.
    As a youngster, Lavezzi had a very keen interest in football and supported his local side Rosario Central; he would later get their badge tattooed on his chest.
    From a very young age, the footballing talent of Lavezzi was recognised, as he played in the youth squads of Boca Juniors from the age of 10 until he was 17.Lavezzi moved to the youth side of Estudiantes in 2003, where over one season he played 39 games and scored 17 goals.
    He was bought by Italian side Genoa in 2004 for 1 million euros,but was loaned out straight away to Argentina side San Lorenzo. Here at the age of 19, he competed in the Apertura 2004 tournament scoring six goals in total over the course of the season; which saw him finish as 4th top scorer.
    Lavezzi's most notable contributions included a spectacular effort against River Plate at the El Monumental. He scored in the 69th minute to give San Lorenzo a famous victory and seriously damage River's title challenge. This gained him the nickname la Bestia ("the Beast") from the Argentine media.
    Although it was planned for Lavezzi to return back to Genoa after a season on loan, there were problems. While Lavezzi was playing in Argentina, Genoa were involved in an alleged match fixing scandal which saw them relegated down to Serie C1; the third level of Italian football. Due to financial constraints, the promising forward was sold to San Lorenzo for 1.2 million euros.
    On his return to San Lorenzo for the Apertura 2005 season, he managed to help the club up into the top half of the table, with 8 goals, he finished as the overall 4th top scorer. His last act as a San Lorenzo player was to help them to the Clausura 2007 title, beating out Boca Juniors by six points.
    Napoli had recently achieved promotion back to Serie A, after finishing as runners-up the previous season in Serie B. Looking to strengthen their squad for a return to the top level, Napoli signed Lavezzi on a five-year contract on 5 July 2007. The transfer deal was worth around 6 million euros, he was presented before the fans and given the number 7 shirt for his first season.
    Very early on he made an impact for the club, scoring a hat-trick in a 3–1 victory over Pisa in the Coppa Italia at the Stadio San Paolo; this was the first hat-trick by a Napoli player in fourteen years. The first league goal Lavezzi scored for Napoli, came during a 5–0 victory against Udinese on 2 September 2007. After the match he was described in reports as "inspirational", with the media proclaiming "Napoli's star is born". The Neapolitan club hadn't won a league match by such a large margin since 1988, when Diego Maradona was at the club.
    He made his international debut for the Argentinian national team team against Chile, on the 18th of April, 2007.
    A list of other hot prospects
    Giampaolo Pazzini (Fiorentina)
    Giampaolo Pazzini (born August 2, 1984 in Pescia) is an Italian football (soccer) player, who currently plays for Fiorentina, having been transferred there from Atalanta in January 2005, with Valeri Bojinov from U.S. Lecce. He is a direct, powerful centre-forward who poses a significant threat in the air and also boasts a powerful shot. The striker is considered a natural replacement for FC Bayern Munich-bound Luca Toni by coach Cesare Prandelli.
    Club career
    Giampaolo Pazzini's high point of the 2005/2006 season was his spectacular equalising header against Juventus. Pazzini also struck a wonderfully powerful shot beating Juventus keeper, Gianluigi Buffon, to cap a traditional Italian counter attack, in the 2004/2005 season.
    International career
    Pazzini is currently a member of the Italy Under-21 team.
    Pazzini was the star of the first ever professional match at the new Wembley Stadium in a game against England Under-21 on 24 March 2007. The Fiorentina forward set three records in the 3-3 draw; he scored the first goal at the new Wembley Stadium after just 28 seconds (and thus the fastest ever goal to be scored at Wembley, in both its old and new incarnations), and then went on to score the first ever hat-trick at the new Wembley, after 68 minutes.[1] Pazzini recently signed a new contract with Fiorentina and is thought to be highly rated by staff and players alike.
    Season Club Country Competition Apps. Goals
    2003/04 Atalanta Italy Serie B 39 9
    2004/05 Atalanta Italy Serie A 12 3
    2004/05 Fiorentina Italy Serie A 14 3
    2005/06 Fiorentina Italy Serie A 26 5
    2006/07 Fiorentina Italy Serie A 23 7
    2004- Italy Under-21 17 (5)
    Riccardo Montolivo (Fiorentina)
    Riccardo Montolivo (born 18 January 1985 in Caravaggio, Bergamo) is an Italian footballer. He currently plays in the role of attacking midfielder for ACF Fiorentina of Serie A league. He is also nationally known as a good deep-lying forward. He is currently the Azzurrini's (Italy U21) creative fulcrum, Riccardo is blessed with great skill and vision, terrific touch with both feet and an unerring eye for goal.
    He started his career with Atalanta, for which he debuted in the 2003/2004 season, helping his team to gain a promotion to Series A, and scoring 4 goals in 41 matches. The next season, again for Atalanta, he played 32 times and scored 3 goals, being unable to avoid the immediate relegation for the team. He moved to Fiorentina in the summer of 2005, in a joint ownership bid. In 2006 Fiorentina got full ownership,
    He is one of the main players of the Under-21 national team of Italy coached by Pierluigi Casiraghi, and widely considered as one of the most promising youngsters in the country. He has been tipped to be the next Totti. However, in his first season with Fiorentina he was rarely first choice for coach Claudio Cesare Prandelli and spent most of the games on the bench.
    In recent publications in the press he has been linked with a move to Arsenal FC as they continue their search for a winger.
    In October 10th 2006 Montolivo scored the winning goal when Italy beat Spain 2-1 and qualified for 2007 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship
    Years Club App (Gls)*
    2003-2005 Atalanta 73 (7)
    2005- Fiorentina 56 (3)
    2004-2007 Italy U-21 20 (3)
    Yoann Gourcuff (Milan)
    Yoann Gourcuff (born July 11, 1986) is a French footballer who is presently playing with AC Milan.
    Career
    Gourcuff was born in Ploemeur, Morbihan, Brittany. Having started out with FC Lorient (whose manager is his father Christian Gourcuff) at a young age, Gourcuff signed a youth contract with Stade Rennais in 2001, followed by a professional contract two years later.
    Making only 9 appearances in the 2003-04 season, the following seasons were more successful, with him scoring 6 goals in the 2005-06 season, helping Rennes to finish 7th in Ligue 1 and winning them a place in the 2006 Intertoto Cup.
    Having been linked with a host of big name European clubs such as Ajax Amsterdam, Valencia CF and Arsenal F.C., at the end of the 2006 season, he moved to A.C. Milan where his contract runs until the 2010-11 season.
    He has been capped for France at schoolboy level and was part of the winning French team at the 2005 European Under-19 Football Championship.
    He started his Milan career by scoring a goal and being one of the best players on view in Milan's first UEFA Champions League match against AEK Athens.
    Gourcuff is being talked of by many as Zinédine Zidane's heir apparent due to his similar height, build, movement, and skill. Others have named him rather as the next Youri Djorkaeff.
    Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus)
    Giorgio Chiellini (born August 14, 1984 in Pisa) is an Italian footballer who currently plays for Juventus of the Italian Serie A. He is an attacking left back who has also played centre back.
    Chiellini started his career with Livorno where he played for two years each in Serie C1 and Serie B. He was signed by Juventus in summer 2004, for €6.5 million, but immediately sold on co-ownership deal to Fiorentina for €3.5 million, where he played for 2004/05 season. After an excellent first season in Serie A, he was recalled by Juventus for the 2005-06 season, where Juventus paid €4.3 million for full-ownership.
    Chiellini made his debut for the Italian national team in November 2004 against Finland, and has since become a regular squad member. He won the European Under-19 Championship with Italy in 2003, and was also a member of the Italy team that won the bronze medals at the football tournament of the 2004 Summer Olympics. As of September 2006, he has won 6 caps for Italian national team, despite still being eligible to play for Italian U-21 national team. He was named in the 'UEFA Team of the tournament' of the 2007 U-21 Championships held in the Netherlands where they qualified for the 2008 Summer Olympics.
    He extended his original contract from until 2009 to 2011 on 12 October 2006
    Edison Cavani (Palermo)
    Nicknamed El Matador, Cavani moved to Montevideo when he was 12 years old, and came through the youth system at Danubio F.C. to make his debut for the first team in 2006. He was part of the Apertura 2006 championship winning squad.
    In January 2007 Cavani was selected to join the Uruguay national football team Under-20 squad to play in the 2007 South American Youth Championship in Paraguay. Cavani finished the tournament as topscorer with 7goals in 9 games, this feat helped Uruguay to finish in 3rd place, earning them a place in the World Youth Championship. After his breakthrough at the 2007 South American Youth Championship, several teams were suggested to have interest in signing Cavani, including Juventus and AC Milan. However, on January 29, 2007, Palermo chairman Maurizio Zamparini announced the signing of the promising Uruguayan footballer. The bid was officially confirmed on January 31. He made his debut on March 11, 2007 in a home league match against Fiorentina, coming on in the 55th minute with his team 0-1 down and scoring an impressive equaliser only fifteen minutes later, a goal hailed as reminiscent of Marco van Basten's strike in the 1988 UEFA European Football Championship final.
    Domenico Criscito (Juventus)
    Criscito started his professional career at Genoa C.F.C., for which made his debut in Serie B in June 2003 at the age of 16. In the summer of 2004 Genoa sold 50% of the rights to Juventus for €150.000. He played for the youth team of Juventus in the following two seasons, winning the Italian youth championship in 2006 and scoring the opening goal in the final match against Fiorentina. In 2006-2007 he went to play for Genoa, this time in the first team, proving himself as one of the best Serie B defenders and earning a place in Italy's Under-21 national team.
    In January 2007, Juventus bought the remaining 50% of Criscito for a combined price of €7.5 million. This was paid by the co-ownership of Andrea Masiello and Abdoulay Konko to Genoa C.F.C., and €5.25 million. He also signed a new contract with Juventus which will last until June 30, 2011.
    Criscito made his Serie A debut with Juventus on August 25, in Juve's comeback game in Serie A versus Livorno, a crushing 5-1 victory.
    Raffaele Palladino (Juventus)
    The first team career of Palladino started in his native region of Campania where he played for Benevento in Serie C1. Including games played in Coppa Italia Serie C, his record at Benevento was 12 games played and 5 goals scored.
    It was not long before he gained the attentions of Juventus and was signed by the club in 2002, during his earlier years with Juventus he played in reserve and youth levels in competitions such as Torneo di Viareggio (which the club won in 2003 and 2004). However, during the 2003-04 season, he did make one appearance in the Coppa Italia. He scored 41 goals in 61 games in the Campionato Nazionale Primavera.
    Loan spells
    To gain some first team experience, Palladino was loaned out to Salernitana back in Campania. At the time the club were competing in Serie B, Palladino scored 15 goals during his season with the club, becoming their topscorer that season; he finished as 7th topscorer in the entire league.
    The first taste of Serie A football came in 2005-06 for the player, he was loaned out once more, this time to Livorno. Although he gained some valuable experience he did not score as many goals as he did during his spell with Salernitana the previous season.
    Return to Juventus
    Juventus had been relegated down to Serie B due to the result of the 2006 Serie A scandal. Despite the lower division, first team places were still hotly contested and the young Palladino was given a chance to prove himself in the first team by Didier Deschamps. On his league debut Palladino scored two goals, in the same season he also scored a hat-trick against Triestina. Juventus won promotion back into Serie A that season giving Palladino his first senior team honour.
    Marek Hamsik (Napoli)
    Cristian Zapata (Udinese)
    Bosko Jankovic (Palermo)
    Antonio Nocerino (Juventus)
    Daniele Dessena (Parma)
    Marco Andreolli (Roma)
    Gyan Asamoah (Udinese)
    Claudio Marchisio (Empoli/Juventus)
    Graziano Pelle (AZ)
    Anthony Vanden Boore (Fiorentina)
    Valon Behrami (Lazio)
    Arturo Lupoli (Fiorentina)
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    1) Sebastian Giovinco (Empoli)
    The 20-year-old attacking-midfielder is regarded as one of the brightest young talents in Europe. Skilful, fast, with great vision and technical ability, many have labelled Giovinco as the ‘Italian Messi’. Giovinco is on loan at Empoli from Juventus but many believe he is the Bianconeri’s natural heir to Alessandro Del Piero.
    Capello: Giovinco Is A Great Talent
    Ex Roma and Milan Coach Fabio Capello has heaped praise on young Empoli playmaker Sebastian Giovinco but says it is wrong to compare the player to Barcelona star Lionel Messi.
    The 20-year-old, who is on loan in Tuscany from Juventus, is rightly regarded as one of the most exciting young talents in European football. Blessed with some quite incredible dribbling skills and acceleration, many have already labelled the diminutive youngster as the ‘Italian Messi’.
    “Giovinco is a player with a great amount of ability. He has incredible technique and great dribbling,” Capello told La Domenica Sportiva.
    “However I think it is wrong to compare him to Messi. Messi is more physical and has a lot of upper-body strength.”
    Giovinco scored his first ever Serie A goal yesterday as Empoli came from behind to beat Palermo 3-1 at the Stadio Carlo Castellani. The win was the Azzurri’s first Serie A win of the new campaign and lifted them to 16th in the table.
    Giovinco is also a regular for the Italy Under-21 team and is widely regarded as the squad’s best player. The youngster has represented Italy at every age since under-16 level and it seems he will certainly have a starring role for the senior team at some point in the future.
    2) Giuseppe Rossi (Villareal)
    Rossi has made an outstanding start to his La Liga career with four goals in his first five games. Signed from Manchester United in the summer, having come through the famed youth system at Parma, Rossi has a beautiful left-foot and is a deadly finisher. Short and nimble, with excellent awareness, many have likened Rossi’s style to ex-Lazio legend Giuseppe Signori.
    3) Alberto Aquilani (Roma)
    It seems only injuries can stop this brilliant midfielder from becoming an Azzurri regular in the future. Aquilani is a complete midfielder, he can pass, tackle, run and as Palermo and Siena found out in the first two weeks of the season, he has a brilliant long-shot with both feet. Has just been ruled out for two months but don’t bet against the 23-year-old returning better than ever.
    4) Alessandro Rosina (Torino)
    Rosinaldo is a defender’s nightmare – Fast, skilful, both-footed – the player is surely the long-term replacement for Mauro Camoranesi on the right-hand side of Italy’s midfield. Last season he virtually single-handedly kept Torino in Serie A with his nine goals but his start to the new campaign has been complicated by a contract dispute. If Rosina wants to fulfil his undoubted talent, then he has to move to a big club. Milan have been mooted as a possible destination and it could be the perfect solution for both club and player.
    5) Ezequiel Lavezzi (Napoli)
    Not since the 1980s have the Napoli fans been so excited about a player. That player was Diego Maradona – the greatest footballer of all time. After Lavezzi’s stunning start to his Partenopei career, the comparisons between the two Argentineans have inevitably started. Both share incredible technical ability, skill and pace but Lavezzi probably has a more realistic likeness to Manchester United’s Carlos Tevez. Nevertheless Lavezzi is certainly one for the future.
    Ezequiel Iván Lavezzi (born May 3, 1985, in Villa Gobernador Gálvez, Santa Fe Province, Argentina) is an Argentine footballer currently playing for Serie A club SSC Napoli. He is forward who has a good shooting ability, very good dribbling and good playmaking abilities.
    Like many promising young Argentine players who appear in Italy, the media have been quick to dub Lavezzi the "New Maradona". Lavezzi himself however plays this down, instead comparing himself to another young Argentine player in Carlos Tévez.
    As a youngster, Lavezzi had a very keen interest in football and supported his local side Rosario Central; he would later get their badge tattooed on his chest.
    From a very young age, the footballing talent of Lavezzi was recognised, as he played in the youth squads of Boca Juniors from the age of 10 until he was 17.Lavezzi moved to the youth side of Estudiantes in 2003, where over one season he played 39 games and scored 17 goals.
    He was bought by Italian side Genoa in 2004 for 1 million euros,but was loaned out straight away to Argentina side San Lorenzo. Here at the age of 19, he competed in the Apertura 2004 tournament scoring six goals in total over the course of the season; which saw him finish as 4th top scorer.
    Lavezzi's most notable contributions included a spectacular effort against River Plate at the El Monumental. He scored in the 69th minute to give San Lorenzo a famous victory and seriously damage River's title challenge. This gained him the nickname la Bestia ("the Beast") from the Argentine media.
    Although it was planned for Lavezzi to return back to Genoa after a season on loan, there were problems. While Lavezzi was playing in Argentina, Genoa were involved in an alleged match fixing scandal which saw them relegated down to Serie C1; the third level of Italian football. Due to financial constraints, the promising forward was sold to San Lorenzo for 1.2 million euros.
    On his return to San Lorenzo for the Apertura 2005 season, he managed to help the club up into the top half of the table, with 8 goals, he finished as the overall 4th top scorer. His last act as a San Lorenzo player was to help them to the Clausura 2007 title, beating out Boca Juniors by six points.
    Napoli had recently achieved promotion back to Serie A, after finishing as runners-up the previous season in Serie B. Looking to strengthen their squad for a return to the top level, Napoli signed Lavezzi on a five-year contract on 5 July 2007. The transfer deal was worth around 6 million euros, he was presented before the fans and given the number 7 shirt for his first season.
    Very early on he made an impact for the club, scoring a hat-trick in a 3–1 victory over Pisa in the Coppa Italia at the Stadio San Paolo; this was the first hat-trick by a Napoli player in fourteen years. The first league goal Lavezzi scored for Napoli, came during a 5–0 victory against Udinese on 2 September 2007. After the match he was described in reports as "inspirational", with the media proclaiming "Napoli's star is born". The Neapolitan club hadn't won a league match by such a large margin since 1988, when Diego Maradona was at the club.
    He made his international debut for the Argentinian national team team against Chile, on the 18th of April, 2007.
    A list of other hot prospects
    Giampaolo Pazzini (Fiorentina)
    Giampaolo Pazzini (born August 2, 1984 in Pescia) is an Italian football (soccer) player, who currently plays for Fiorentina, having been transferred there from Atalanta in January 2005, with Valeri Bojinov from U.S. Lecce. He is a direct, powerful centre-forward who poses a significant threat in the air and also boasts a powerful shot. The striker is considered a natural replacement for FC Bayern Munich-bound Luca Toni by coach Cesare Prandelli.
    Club career
    Giampaolo Pazzini's high point of the 2005/2006 season was his spectacular equalising header against Juventus. Pazzini also struck a wonderfully powerful shot beating Juventus keeper, Gianluigi Buffon, to cap a traditional Italian counter attack, in the 2004/2005 season.
    International career
    Pazzini is currently a member of the Italy Under-21 team.
    Pazzini was the star of the first ever professional match at the new Wembley Stadium in a game against England Under-21 on 24 March 2007. The Fiorentina forward set three records in the 3-3 draw; he scored the first goal at the new Wembley Stadium after just 28 seconds (and thus the fastest ever goal to be scored at Wembley, in both its old and new incarnations), and then went on to score the first ever hat-trick at the new Wembley, after 68 minutes.[1] Pazzini recently signed a new contract with Fiorentina and is thought to be highly rated by staff and players alike.
    Season Club Country Competition Apps. Goals
    2003/04 Atalanta Italy Serie B 39 9
    2004/05 Atalanta Italy Serie A 12 3
    2004/05 Fiorentina Italy Serie A 14 3
    2005/06 Fiorentina Italy Serie A 26 5
    2006/07 Fiorentina Italy Serie A 23 7
    2004- Italy Under-21 17 (5)
    Riccardo Montolivo (Fiorentina)
    Riccardo Montolivo (born 18 January 1985 in Caravaggio, Bergamo) is an Italian footballer. He currently plays in the role of attacking midfielder for ACF Fiorentina of Serie A league. He is also nationally known as a good deep-lying forward. He is currently the Azzurrini's (Italy U21) creative fulcrum, Riccardo is blessed with great skill and vision, terrific touch with both feet and an unerring eye for goal.
    He started his career with Atalanta, for which he debuted in the 2003/2004 season, helping his team to gain a promotion to Series A, and scoring 4 goals in 41 matches. The next season, again for Atalanta, he played 32 times and scored 3 goals, being unable to avoid the immediate relegation for the team. He moved to Fiorentina in the summer of 2005, in a joint ownership bid. In 2006 Fiorentina got full ownership,
    He is one of the main players of the Under-21 national team of Italy coached by Pierluigi Casiraghi, and widely considered as one of the most promising youngsters in the country. He has been tipped to be the next Totti. However, in his first season with Fiorentina he was rarely first choice for coach Claudio Cesare Prandelli and spent most of the games on the bench.
    In recent publications in the press he has been linked with a move to Arsenal FC as they continue their search for a winger.
    In October 10th 2006 Montolivo scored the winning goal when Italy beat Spain 2-1 and qualified for 2007 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship
    Years Club App (Gls)*
    2003-2005 Atalanta 73 (7)
    2005- Fiorentina 56 (3)
    2004-2007 Italy U-21 20 (3)
    Yoann Gourcuff (Milan)
    Yoann Gourcuff (born July 11, 1986) is a French footballer who is presently playing with AC Milan.
    Career
    Gourcuff was born in Ploemeur, Morbihan, Brittany. Having started out with FC Lorient (whose manager is his father Christian Gourcuff) at a young age, Gourcuff signed a youth contract with Stade Rennais in 2001, followed by a professional contract two years later.
    Making only 9 appearances in the 2003-04 season, the following seasons were more successful, with him scoring 6 goals in the 2005-06 season, helping Rennes to finish 7th in Ligue 1 and winning them a place in the 2006 Intertoto Cup.
    Having been linked with a host of big name European clubs such as Ajax Amsterdam, Valencia CF and Arsenal F.C., at the end of the 2006 season, he moved to A.C. Milan where his contract runs until the 2010-11 season.
    He has been capped for France at schoolboy level and was part of the winning French team at the 2005 European Under-19 Football Championship.
    He started his Milan career by scoring a goal and being one of the best players on view in Milan's first UEFA Champions League match against AEK Athens.
    Gourcuff is being talked of by many as Zinédine Zidane's heir apparent due to his similar height, build, movement, and skill. Others have named him rather as the next Youri Djorkaeff.
    Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus)
    Giorgio Chiellini (born August 14, 1984 in Pisa) is an Italian footballer who currently plays for Juventus of the Italian Serie A. He is an attacking left back who has also played centre back.
    Chiellini started his career with Livorno where he played for two years each in Serie C1 and Serie B. He was signed by Juventus in summer 2004, for €6.5 million, but immediately sold on co-ownership deal to Fiorentina for €3.5 million, where he played for 2004/05 season. After an excellent first season in Serie A, he was recalled by Juventus for the 2005-06 season, where Juventus paid €4.3 million for full-ownership.
    Chiellini made his debut for the Italian national team in November 2004 against Finland, and has since become a regular squad member. He won the European Under-19 Championship with Italy in 2003, and was also a member of the Italy team that won the bronze medals at the football tournament of the 2004 Summer Olympics. As of September 2006, he has won 6 caps for Italian national team, despite still being eligible to play for Italian U-21 national team. He was named in the 'UEFA Team of the tournament' of the 2007 U-21 Championships held in the Netherlands where they qualified for the 2008 Summer Olympics.
    He extended his original contract from until 2009 to 2011 on 12 October 2006
    Edison Cavani (Palermo)
    Nicknamed El Matador, Cavani moved to Montevideo when he was 12 years old, and came through the youth system at Danubio F.C. to make his debut for the first team in 2006. He was part of the Apertura 2006 championship winning squad.
    In January 2007 Cavani was selected to join the Uruguay national football team Under-20 squad to play in the 2007 South American Youth Championship in Paraguay. Cavani finished the tournament as topscorer with 7goals in 9 games, this feat helped Uruguay to finish in 3rd place, earning them a place in the World Youth Championship. After his breakthrough at the 2007 South American Youth Championship, several teams were suggested to have interest in signing Cavani, including Juventus and AC Milan. However, on January 29, 2007, Palermo chairman Maurizio Zamparini announced the signing of the promising Uruguayan footballer. The bid was officially confirmed on January 31. He made his debut on March 11, 2007 in a home league match against Fiorentina, coming on in the 55th minute with his team 0-1 down and scoring an impressive equaliser only fifteen minutes later, a goal hailed as reminiscent of Marco van Basten's strike in the 1988 UEFA European Football Championship final.
    Domenico Criscito (Juventus)
    Criscito started his professional career at Genoa C.F.C., for which made his debut in Serie B in June 2003 at the age of 16. In the summer of 2004 Genoa sold 50% of the rights to Juventus for €150.000. He played for the youth team of Juventus in the following two seasons, winning the Italian youth championship in 2006 and scoring the opening goal in the final match against Fiorentina. In 2006-2007 he went to play for Genoa, this time in the first team, proving himself as one of the best Serie B defenders and earning a place in Italy's Under-21 national team.
    In January 2007, Juventus bought the remaining 50% of Criscito for a combined price of €7.5 million. This was paid by the co-ownership of Andrea Masiello and Abdoulay Konko to Genoa C.F.C., and €5.25 million. He also signed a new contract with Juventus which will last until June 30, 2011.
    Criscito made his Serie A debut with Juventus on August 25, in Juve's comeback game in Serie A versus Livorno, a crushing 5-1 victory.
    Raffaele Palladino (Juventus)
    The first team career of Palladino started in his native region of Campania where he played for Benevento in Serie C1. Including games played in Coppa Italia Serie C, his record at Benevento was 12 games played and 5 goals scored.
    It was not long before he gained the attentions of Juventus and was signed by the club in 2002, during his earlier years with Juventus he played in reserve and youth levels in competitions such as Torneo di Viareggio (which the club won in 2003 and 2004). However, during the 2003-04 season, he did make one appearance in the Coppa Italia. He scored 41 goals in 61 games in the Campionato Nazionale Primavera.
    Loan spells
    To gain some first team experience, Palladino was loaned out to Salernitana back in Campania. At the time the club were competing in Serie B, Palladino scored 15 goals during his season with the club, becoming their topscorer that season; he finished as 7th topscorer in the entire league.
    The first taste of Serie A football came in 2005-06 for the player, he was loaned out once more, this time to Livorno. Although he gained some valuable experience he did not score as many goals as he did during his spell with Salernitana the previous season.
    Return to Juventus
    Juventus had been relegated down to Serie B due to the result of the 2006 Serie A scandal. Despite the lower division, first team places were still hotly contested and the young Palladino was given a chance to prove himself in the first team by Didier Deschamps. On his league debut Palladino scored two goals, in the same season he also scored a hat-trick against Triestina. Juventus won promotion back into Serie A that season giving Palladino his first senior team honour.
    Marek Hamsik (Napoli)
    Cristian Zapata (Udinese)
    Bosko Jankovic (Palermo)
    Antonio Nocerino (Juventus)
    Daniele Dessena (Parma)
    Marco Andreolli (Roma)
    Gyan Asamoah (Udinese)
    Claudio Marchisio (Empoli/Juventus)
    Graziano Pelle (AZ)
    Anthony Vanden Boore (Fiorentina)
    Valon Behrami (Lazio)
    Arturo Lupoli (Fiorentina)
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    1) Sebastian Giovinco (Empoli)
    The 20-year-old attacking-midfielder is regarded as one of the brightest young talents in Europe. Skilful, fast, with great vision and technical ability, many have labelled Giovinco as the ‘Italian Messi’. Giovinco is on loan at Empoli from Juventus but many believe he is the Bianconeri’s natural heir to Alessandro Del Piero.
    Capello: Giovinco Is A Great Talent
    Ex Roma and Milan Coach Fabio Capello has heaped praise on young Empoli playmaker Sebastian Giovinco but says it is wrong to compare the player to Barcelona star Lionel Messi.
    The 20-year-old, who is on loan in Tuscany from Juventus, is rightly regarded as one of the most exciting young talents in European football. Blessed with some quite incredible dribbling skills and acceleration, many have already labelled the diminutive youngster as the ‘Italian Messi’.
    “Giovinco is a player with a great amount of ability. He has incredible technique and great dribbling,” Capello told La Domenica Sportiva.
    “However I think it is wrong to compare him to Messi. Messi is more physical and has a lot of upper-body strength.”
    Giovinco scored his first ever Serie A goal yesterday as Empoli came from behind to beat Palermo 3-1 at the Stadio Carlo Castellani. The win was the Azzurri’s first Serie A win of the new campaign and lifted them to 16th in the table.
    Giovinco is also a regular for the Italy Under-21 team and is widely regarded as the squad’s best player. The youngster has represented Italy at every age since under-16 level and it seems he will certainly have a starring role for the senior team at some point in the future.
    2) Giuseppe Rossi (Villareal)
    Rossi has made an outstanding start to his La Liga career with four goals in his first five games. Signed from Manchester United in the summer, having come through the famed youth system at Parma, Rossi has a beautiful left-foot and is a deadly finisher. Short and nimble, with excellent awareness, many have likened Rossi’s style to ex-Lazio legend Giuseppe Signori.
    3) Alberto Aquilani (Roma)
    It seems only injuries can stop this brilliant midfielder from becoming an Azzurri regular in the future. Aquilani is a complete midfielder, he can pass, tackle, run and as Palermo and Siena found out in the first two weeks of the season, he has a brilliant long-shot with both feet. Has just been ruled out for two months but don’t bet against the 23-year-old returning better than ever.
    4) Alessandro Rosina (Torino)
    Rosinaldo is a defender’s nightmare – Fast, skilful, both-footed – the player is surely the long-term replacement for Mauro Camoranesi on the right-hand side of Italy’s midfield. Last season he virtually single-handedly kept Torino in Serie A with his nine goals but his start to the new campaign has been complicated by a contract dispute. If Rosina wants to fulfil his undoubted talent, then he has to move to a big club. Milan have been mooted as a possible destination and it could be the perfect solution for both club and player.
    5) Ezequiel Lavezzi (Napoli)
    Not since the 1980s have the Napoli fans been so excited about a player. That player was Diego Maradona – the greatest footballer of all time. After Lavezzi’s stunning start to his Partenopei career, the comparisons between the two Argentineans have inevitably started. Both share incredible technical ability, skill and pace but Lavezzi probably has a more realistic likeness to Manchester United’s Carlos Tevez. Nevertheless Lavezzi is certainly one for the future.
    Ezequiel Iván Lavezzi (born May 3, 1985, in Villa Gobernador Gálvez, Santa Fe Province, Argentina) is an Argentine footballer currently playing for Serie A club SSC Napoli. He is forward who has a good shooting ability, very good dribbling and good playmaking abilities.
    Like many promising young Argentine players who appear in Italy, the media have been quick to dub Lavezzi the "New Maradona". Lavezzi himself however plays this down, instead comparing himself to another young Argentine player in Carlos Tévez.
    As a youngster, Lavezzi had a very keen interest in football and supported his local side Rosario Central; he would later get their badge tattooed on his chest.
    From a very young age, the footballing talent of Lavezzi was recognised, as he played in the youth squads of Boca Juniors from the age of 10 until he was 17.Lavezzi moved to the youth side of Estudiantes in 2003, where over one season he played 39 games and scored 17 goals.
    He was bought by Italian side Genoa in 2004 for 1 million euros,but was loaned out straight away to Argentina side San Lorenzo. Here at the age of 19, he competed in the Apertura 2004 tournament scoring six goals in total over the course of the season; which saw him finish as 4th top scorer.
    Lavezzi's most notable contributions included a spectacular effort against River Plate at the El Monumental. He scored in the 69th minute to give San Lorenzo a famous victory and seriously damage River's title challenge. This gained him the nickname la Bestia ("the Beast") from the Argentine media.
    Although it was planned for Lavezzi to return back to Genoa after a season on loan, there were problems. While Lavezzi was playing in Argentina, Genoa were involved in an alleged match fixing scandal which saw them relegated down to Serie C1; the third level of Italian football. Due to financial constraints, the promising forward was sold to San Lorenzo for 1.2 million euros.
    On his return to San Lorenzo for the Apertura 2005 season, he managed to help the club up into the top half of the table, with 8 goals, he finished as the overall 4th top scorer. His last act as a San Lorenzo player was to help them to the Clausura 2007 title, beating out Boca Juniors by six points.
    Napoli had recently achieved promotion back to Serie A, after finishing as runners-up the previous season in Serie B. Looking to strengthen their squad for a return to the top level, Napoli signed Lavezzi on a five-year contract on 5 July 2007. The transfer deal was worth around 6 million euros, he was presented before the fans and given the number 7 shirt for his first season.
    Very early on he made an impact for the club, scoring a hat-trick in a 3–1 victory over Pisa in the Coppa Italia at the Stadio San Paolo; this was the first hat-trick by a Napoli player in fourteen years. The first league goal Lavezzi scored for Napoli, came during a 5–0 victory against Udinese on 2 September 2007. After the match he was described in reports as "inspirational", with the media proclaiming "Napoli's star is born". The Neapolitan club hadn't won a league match by such a large margin since 1988, when Diego Maradona was at the club.
    He made his international debut for the Argentinian national team team against Chile, on the 18th of April, 2007.
    A list of other hot prospects
    Giampaolo Pazzini (Fiorentina)
    Giampaolo Pazzini (born August 2, 1984 in Pescia) is an Italian football (soccer) player, who currently plays for Fiorentina, having been transferred there from Atalanta in January 2005, with Valeri Bojinov from U.S. Lecce. He is a direct, powerful centre-forward who poses a significant threat in the air and also boasts a powerful shot. The striker is considered a natural replacement for FC Bayern Munich-bound Luca Toni by coach Cesare Prandelli.
    Club career
    Giampaolo Pazzini's high point of the 2005/2006 season was his spectacular equalising header against Juventus. Pazzini also struck a wonderfully powerful shot beating Juventus keeper, Gianluigi Buffon, to cap a traditional Italian counter attack, in the 2004/2005 season.
    International career
    Pazzini is currently a member of the Italy Under-21 team.
    Pazzini was the star of the first ever professional match at the new Wembley Stadium in a game against England Under-21 on 24 March 2007. The Fiorentina forward set three records in the 3-3 draw; he scored the first goal at the new Wembley Stadium after just 28 seconds (and thus the fastest ever goal to be scored at Wembley, in both its old and new incarnations), and then went on to score the first ever hat-trick at the new Wembley, after 68 minutes.[1] Pazzini recently signed a new contract with Fiorentina and is thought to be highly rated by staff and players alike.
    Season Club Country Competition Apps. Goals
    2003/04 Atalanta Italy Serie B 39 9
    2004/05 Atalanta Italy Serie A 12 3
    2004/05 Fiorentina Italy Serie A 14 3
    2005/06 Fiorentina Italy Serie A 26 5
    2006/07 Fiorentina Italy Serie A 23 7
    2004- Italy Under-21 17 (5)
    Riccardo Montolivo (Fiorentina)
    Riccardo Montolivo (born 18 January 1985 in Caravaggio, Bergamo) is an Italian footballer. He currently plays in the role of attacking midfielder for ACF Fiorentina of Serie A league. He is also nationally known as a good deep-lying forward. He is currently the Azzurrini's (Italy U21) creative fulcrum, Riccardo is blessed with great skill and vision, terrific touch with both feet and an unerring eye for goal.
    He started his career with Atalanta, for which he debuted in the 2003/2004 season, helping his team to gain a promotion to Series A, and scoring 4 goals in 41 matches. The next season, again for Atalanta, he played 32 times and scored 3 goals, being unable to avoid the immediate relegation for the team. He moved to Fiorentina in the summer of 2005, in a joint ownership bid. In 2006 Fiorentina got full ownership,
    He is one of the main players of the Under-21 national team of Italy coached by Pierluigi Casiraghi, and widely considered as one of the most promising youngsters in the country. He has been tipped to be the next Totti. However, in his first season with Fiorentina he was rarely first choice for coach Claudio Cesare Prandelli and spent most of the games on the bench.
    In recent publications in the press he has been linked with a move to Arsenal FC as they continue their search for a winger.
    In October 10th 2006 Montolivo scored the winning goal when Italy beat Spain 2-1 and qualified for 2007 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship
    Years Club App (Gls)*
    2003-2005 Atalanta 73 (7)
    2005- Fiorentina 56 (3)
    2004-2007 Italy U-21 20 (3)
    Yoann Gourcuff (Milan)
    Yoann Gourcuff (born July 11, 1986) is a French footballer who is presently playing with AC Milan.
    Career
    Gourcuff was born in Ploemeur, Morbihan, Brittany. Having started out with FC Lorient (whose manager is his father Christian Gourcuff) at a young age, Gourcuff signed a youth contract with Stade Rennais in 2001, followed by a professional contract two years later.
    Making only 9 appearances in the 2003-04 season, the following seasons were more successful, with him scoring 6 goals in the 2005-06 season, helping Rennes to finish 7th in Ligue 1 and winning them a place in the 2006 Intertoto Cup.
    Having been linked with a host of big name European clubs such as Ajax Amsterdam, Valencia CF and Arsenal F.C., at the end of the 2006 season, he moved to A.C. Milan where his contract runs until the 2010-11 season.
    He has been capped for France at schoolboy level and was part of the winning French team at the 2005 European Under-19 Football Championship.
    He started his Milan career by scoring a goal and being one of the best players on view in Milan's first UEFA Champions League match against AEK Athens.
    Gourcuff is being talked of by many as Zinédine Zidane's heir apparent due to his similar height, build, movement, and skill. Others have named him rather as the next Youri Djorkaeff.
    Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus)
    Giorgio Chiellini (born August 14, 1984 in Pisa) is an Italian footballer who currently plays for Juventus of the Italian Serie A. He is an attacking left back who has also played centre back.
    Chiellini started his career with Livorno where he played for two years each in Serie C1 and Serie B. He was signed by Juventus in summer 2004, for €6.5 million, but immediately sold on co-ownership deal to Fiorentina for €3.5 million, where he played for 2004/05 season. After an excellent first season in Serie A, he was recalled by Juventus for the 2005-06 season, where Juventus paid €4.3 million for full-ownership.
    Chiellini made his debut for the Italian national team in November 2004 against Finland, and has since become a regular squad member. He won the European Under-19 Championship with Italy in 2003, and was also a member of the Italy team that won the bronze medals at the football tournament of the 2004 Summer Olympics. As of September 2006, he has won 6 caps for Italian national team, despite still being eligible to play for Italian U-21 national team. He was named in the 'UEFA Team of the tournament' of the 2007 U-21 Championships held in the Netherlands where they qualified for the 2008 Summer Olympics.
    He extended his original contract from until 2009 to 2011 on 12 October 2006
    Edison Cavani (Palermo)
    Nicknamed El Matador, Cavani moved to Montevideo when he was 12 years old, and came through the youth system at Danubio F.C. to make his debut for the first team in 2006. He was part of the Apertura 2006 championship winning squad.
    In January 2007 Cavani was selected to join the Uruguay national football team Under-20 squad to play in the 2007 South American Youth Championship in Paraguay. Cavani finished the tournament as topscorer with 7goals in 9 games, this feat helped Uruguay to finish in 3rd place, earning them a place in the World Youth Championship. After his breakthrough at the 2007 South American Youth Championship, several teams were suggested to have interest in signing Cavani, including Juventus and AC Milan. However, on January 29, 2007, Palermo chairman Maurizio Zamparini announced the signing of the promising Uruguayan footballer. The bid was officially confirmed on January 31. He made his debut on March 11, 2007 in a home league match against Fiorentina, coming on in the 55th minute with his team 0-1 down and scoring an impressive equaliser only fifteen minutes later, a goal hailed as reminiscent of Marco van Basten's strike in the 1988 UEFA European Football Championship final.
    Domenico Criscito (Juventus)
    Criscito started his professional career at Genoa C.F.C., for which made his debut in Serie B in June 2003 at the age of 16. In the summer of 2004 Genoa sold 50% of the rights to Juventus for €150.000. He played for the youth team of Juventus in the following two seasons, winning the Italian youth championship in 2006 and scoring the opening goal in the final match against Fiorentina. In 2006-2007 he went to play for Genoa, this time in the first team, proving himself as one of the best Serie B defenders and earning a place in Italy's Under-21 national team.
    In January 2007, Juventus bought the remaining 50% of Criscito for a combined price of €7.5 million. This was paid by the co-ownership of Andrea Masiello and Abdoulay Konko to Genoa C.F.C., and €5.25 million. He also signed a new contract with Juventus which will last until June 30, 2011.
    Criscito made his Serie A debut with Juventus on August 25, in Juve's comeback game in Serie A versus Livorno, a crushing 5-1 victory.
    Raffaele Palladino (Juventus)
    The first team career of Palladino started in his native region of Campania where he played for Benevento in Serie C1. Including games played in Coppa Italia Serie C, his record at Benevento was 12 games played and 5 goals scored.
    It was not long before he gained the attentions of Juventus and was signed by the club in 2002, during his earlier years with Juventus he played in reserve and youth levels in competitions such as Torneo di Viareggio (which the club won in 2003 and 2004). However, during the 2003-04 season, he did make one appearance in the Coppa Italia. He scored 41 goals in 61 games in the Campionato Nazionale Primavera.
    Loan spells
    To gain some first team experience, Palladino was loaned out to Salernitana back in Campania. At the time the club were competing in Serie B, Palladino scored 15 goals during his season with the club, becoming their topscorer that season; he finished as 7th topscorer in the entire league.
    The first taste of Serie A football came in 2005-06 for the player, he was loaned out once more, this time to Livorno. Although he gained some valuable experience he did not score as many goals as he did during his spell with Salernitana the previous season.
    Return to Juventus
    Juventus had been relegated down to Serie B due to the result of the 2006 Serie A scandal. Despite the lower division, first team places were still hotly contested and the young Palladino was given a chance to prove himself in the first team by Didier Deschamps. On his league debut Palladino scored two goals, in the same season he also scored a hat-trick against Triestina. Juventus won promotion back into Serie A that season giving Palladino his first senior team honour.
    Marek Hamsik (Napoli)
    Cristian Zapata (Udinese)
    Bosko Jankovic (Palermo)
    Antonio Nocerino (Juventus)
    Daniele Dessena (Parma)
    Marco Andreolli (Roma)
    Gyan Asamoah (Udinese)
    Claudio Marchisio (Empoli/Juventus)
    Graziano Pelle (AZ)
    Anthony Vanden Boore (Fiorentina)
    Valon Behrami (Lazio)
    Arturo Lupoli (Fiorentina)
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