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I thought I would buck the trend and bring you some of Britiain's fresh talent.

Giles COKE

Age: 20

Position: Central Midfield

Rating: 74

Current Team: Mansfield Town

Recommended For: EC Division 2-4

1986 in London is an English footballer who currently plays for Mansfield. Coke is regarded as one of the most talented midfielders in League Two. An attacking central midfielder he is a good passer, tackler, and double-footed with an impressive long range shot with either of his feet.

Coke began his football career at Queens Park Rangers' in the youth team set up, where he swiftly moved into the Reserve team. However, he was not offered a professional contract at QPR, consequently when he was released moved to non-league side Kingstonian (where his brother Jon Coke still plays). Whilst playing for Kingstonian, in the spring of 2005, Coke was spotted by Mansfield, and signed his first professional contract within weeks of being at the Nottinghamshire club for an undisclosed transfer fee after impressing Carlton Palmer (Mansfield's manager at the time). He made his debut in league football on March 19th 2005 starting in a high scoring game against Bristol Rovers.

Coke soon became a regular in Mansfield's starting lineup, and has become known for scoring in important games. He scored the only goal of the game when the Stags knocked Southampton out of the League Cup in September 2005, and also scored in the FA Cup match against Rotherham that the Stags eventually won 4-3. More recently he gave a dominant display during the narrow FA Cup defeat at Newcastle.

His name has been linked with several Championship clubs, including Southampton, Reading, Watford and Wolves. A move is likely soon, as the highy talented midfielder seems destined for the upper reaches of the game. His contract at Mansfield expired in June 2006. Coke has, for the moment, turned down a new 2 year deal with the club, and whilst negotiations continue Mansfield have taken up their option to keep him for another year.

Although born and bred in London, England, Giles has both Ghanian and English ancestry that would allow him to represent either nation at international level.

Greg Halford

Age: 21

Position: Right Midfield

Rating: 78

Current Team: Colchester United

Recommended For: EC Divisions 3-4

Greg Halford (born 8 December 1984) was a student at the Boswells School in Chelmsford Essex and is an English football player currently playing for Colchester United. Greg has been linked with a £1million switch to Norwich City, specualtion fuelled by Norwich's sale of Dean Ashton to Premier League side West Ham United.

He has now settled down in a right midfield position but his main strengths include his versatility and throwing ability.

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Iranian Hotshot The Next Ballack?

Name: Ali Karimi

Position: Midfield

Club: Bayern Munich

Age: 27

Rating: 87 (Will Definately Increase This Season.)

Recommended For: WC Divisions 2-4 EC Divisions 1-2

Ali Karimi started his career in Fath Football Club and experienced significant improvement during the time he was playing for Persepolis football club where he got an offer from Atletico Madrid, among other European clubs. However, Karimi did not accept them and chose to play in the UAE, because he wanted to stay close to Iran. He is arguably the best dribbler in Iran and his ball skills are amongst the best in Asia. His skills are often compared to those of Maradona and therefore received the title of Asian Maradona from world newspapers. He showcased his skills in the Iran-Germany friendly game for Bam victims.

He is generally regarded as the best player in Iran, along with team mate, Mehdi Mahdavikia. Karimi, in 2004 was given the prestigious Asian Player of the Year award, like his fellow Iranians, Mehdi Mahdavikia in 2003, Ali Daei in 1999, and Khodadad Azizi in 1996.

Ali Karimi performed well at the 2004 Asian Cup, where he tied for most goals scored with five to his name. Iran placed third in the overall tournament, behind Japan and China.

As of July 2006, he has 92 caps with Iran national team and has scored 33 goals for Team Melli.

"He's very important to us, an excellent player." Says the Iranian coach, Branko Ivankovic

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Greg Halford

Age: 21

Position: Right Midfield

Rating: 78

Current Team: Colchester United

Recommended For: EC Divisions 3-4

Greg Halford (born 8 December 1984) was a student at the Boswells School in Chelmsford Essex and is an English football player currently playing for Colchester United. Greg has been linked with a £1million switch to Norwich City' date=' specualtion fuelled by Norwich's sale of Dean Ashton to Premier League side West Ham United.

He has now settled down in a right midfield position but his main strengths include his versatility and throwing ability.

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Greg Halford has been linked with a move for about 2 years since he played for the England U20s at the Toulon tournament. Problem is he is to inconsistent which is why none of the big clubs will take a risk on him. He has been linked with West Ham again in recent weeks though so you never know what might happen.

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Name: Ali Karimi

Position: Midfield

Club: Bayern Munich

Age: 27

Rating: 87 (Will Definately Increase This Season.)

Recommended For: WC Divisions 2-4 EC Divisions 1-2

Ali Karimi started his career in Fath Football Club and experienced significant improvement during the time he was playing for Persepolis football club where he got an offer from Atletico Madrid' date=' among other European clubs. However, Karimi did not accept them and chose to play in the UAE, because he wanted to stay close to Iran. He is arguably the best dribbler in Iran and his ball skills are amongst the best in Asia. His skills are often compared to those of Maradona and therefore received the title of Asian Maradona from world newspapers. He showcased his skills in the Iran-Germany friendly game for Bam victims.

He is generally regarded as the best player in Iran, along with team mate, Mehdi Mahdavikia. Karimi, in 2004 was given the prestigious Asian Player of the Year award, like his fellow Iranians, Mehdi Mahdavikia in 2003, Ali Daei in 1999, and Khodadad Azizi in 1996.

Ali Karimi performed well at the 2004 Asian Cup, where he tied for most goals scored with five to his name. Iran placed third in the overall tournament, behind Japan and China.

As of July 2006, he has 92 caps with Iran national team and has scored 33 goals for Team Melli.

"He's very important to us, an excellent player." Says the Iranian coach, Branko Ivankovic[/quote']

he's skilled, but too soft. If he improves his fitness and gets tougher, he could be great. This season will be decisive for him because he'll be one of the players that Bayern Munich is expecting to fill Ballack's shoes.

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