There is nothing that makes me love football more, than when you watch a player for the first time and think he’s gonna be great and 5-10 years later when he is you think back on when you first watched him, I love it.

The 2 examples that stick out for me are Ronaldo and Ronaldinho, ever since 1994 I have loved Brazil it was Romario and Bebeto that started the love affair and two Ronnies just increased my love of Samba football. I first saw Ronaldo playing in the Atlanta Olympics, funnily enough he had Ronaldinho on the back of his shirt, I had remembered seeing him celebrate the 94 World Cup but never played, then he stood out to me in Atalanta and we all know how good he became, only the greatest goal scorer in World Cup history.

Ronaldinho was a special find also, I was watching a youth tournament on Eurosport, I can’t remember what year or if it was u17 or 19, Brazil were playing and there was this little bald midfielder who was destroying their opponents then he got a Free Kick and bent it over the wall past the goalkeeper, on the back of his shirt he wore the #7 and his name was RONALDO that name made me take notice and he was superb, then years later when PSG signed the player we knew as Ronaldinho I looked at him and the face was unforgettable it was him.

Yesterday saw the final of the European U17 championships and England picked up the trophy beating Spain 2-1,I didn’t get a chance to see any of the game luckily I found a great article this morning, UEFA’s commitee have picked out 10 players to watch out for so I thought I would share it on here. These are names I will definitely be looking out for, I would hope you would too.

Jack Butland (goalkeeper, England)
On the bench for England’s first two wins, Butland replaced Samuel Johnstone for the Turkey encounter with his team through. The tall Birmingham City FC keeper’s performance was so impressive, he retained his place and aided England to victory as they held on to beat Spain 2-1 in the final.

Tiago Ferreira (defender, Portugal)
FC Porto’s Ferreira combined superbly in central defence with Tobias Figueiredo and Portugal conceded only three goals in the whole finals, two of them late on against Spain when Rui Bento’s side had to chase a big win. Being schooled by Bento, no mean defender himself, is an added plus.

Mattia Desole (defender, Switzerland)
Left-back Desole already has a reputation – FC Internazionale Milano signed him from Grasshopper-Club in June 2008 – and although injury-hit Switzerland struggled in three defeats, Desole looked the equal of his opponents having already featured in his nation’s fine defensive performance in the elite round.

Konstantinos Rougkalas (defender, Greece)
Up front, captain Dimitrios Diamantakos, the hero in qualifying, was dominant for Greece but they mainly impressed in defence, conceding only once against England and holding the Czech Republic 0-0. Olympiacos FC player Rougkalas was a solid presence in a well-drilled backline.

Tomáš Kalas (Czech Republic)
The Czech Republic too had an impressive defence. Although Filip Twardzik made a costly slip against Turkey, the Celtic FC centre-back bolstered his reputation while alongside him Kalas did a sterling job, though a red card against Greece ended his tournament early.

Taşkın Çalış (winger, Turkey)
There was plenty of focus on three-goal Turkey captain Artun Akçakin but he was aided in his task by VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach winger Taşkın. It was the No7′s clever deep corner that helped put Turkey briefly ahead against England and Taşkın also equalised in the semi-final with Spain, though his side were to lose 3-1.

Abdoulaye Doucouré (midfielder, France)
Turkey’s fellow beaten semi-finalists France had a talented team, including Yaya Sanogo up front and another tall player, Paul Pogba, in midfield. Stade Rennais FC’s Doucouré has a lower profile than that pair, but proved a real prospect, showing great skill and coolness to set up Pogba to give France hope in their semi-final loss to England.

Gerard (forward, Spain)
In Gerard and Jesé Rodríguez, Spain had two superb wingers lurking on the touchlines blessed with skill and pace. Of the two, the pick was FC Barcelona man Gerard, who scored twice in the group stage against Portugal, including one straight from a corner, and lit up the final with the opening goal and an array of tricks. England won but left-back Luke Garbutt will not forget Gerard in a hurry.

Connor Wickham (forward, England)
England had talent running through their team from Garbutt in defence to Conor Coady in midfield and Joshua McEachran supporting the attack. Up front they had a formidable pair, Arsenal FC striker Benik Afobe supporting the strapping Wickham, already a senior regular for Ipswich Town FC. He did not score in the group stage but two in the semi-final defeat of France and the winner against Spain – a piece of superb control and cool finishing –  capped a season to remember.

Paco (forward, Spain)
He drew a blank in the final but that was out of character. Paco’s six goals in the finals, a winner against France, a hat-trick to beat Switzerland and two in the semi-final dismissal of Turkey, left him three clear of anyone else in Liechtenstein. Including qualifying, the Valencia CF forward managed a tournament record 14.

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