• Ten players to watch this summer

    Bologna's Gaston Ramirez (left)1. Gaston Ramirez

    The Uruguay playmaker 21, has been linked with Liverpool among others following an excellent season for Bologna, during which he scored eight Serie A goals as the perennial strugglers finished in the top half of the standings.

    Ramirez is a gifted, technical attacking midfielder who plays in the space between the midfield and the strikers. Ordinarily, players of this ilk struggle in the Premier League, but ordinarily, such trequartistas are slight of frame, and find themselves shunted out wide or forced to play in an orthodox four-man midfield.

    But he is six-foot tall and has

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  • Euroscout: Aiden McGeady

    Ahead of the Euro 2012 finals, we looked at Republic of Ireland winger Aiden McGeady during the 0-0 draw with Hungary.

    Name: Aiden McGeady

    Date of birth: April 4, 1986 (age 26)

    Place of birth: Glasgow, Scotland

    Nationality: Irish

    Height: 1.81m (5'11)

    Position: Right and left wing

    Current club: Spartak Moscow

    Former clubs: Celtic, Queen's Park

    McGeady is hardly an unknown quantity for Irish and British football fans, but he is only really seen on these Isles when playing for his country as his move to Russia means he has slipped off the domestic radar.

    Revitalised after a Scottish

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  • Euroscout: Miguel Lopes

    Ahead of the Euro 2012 finals, we look at Portugal right-back Miguel Lopes, who made his international debut in the pre-tournament friendly against Turkey at the Estadio Da Luz in Lisbon, which ended 3-1 to the visitors.

    Name: Hugo Miguel Almeida Costa Lopes
    Date of birth: December 19, 1986 (age 25)
    Place of birth: Lisbon, Portugal
    Nationality: Portuguese
    Height: 1.82m (5ft 11 1/2in)
    Position: Right-back
    Current club: Porto
    Former clubs: Benfica, Operario, Rio Ave, Betis (loan), Braga (loan)

    Miguel Lopes has been the unlikely beneficiary from the falling-out between coach Paulo Bento and Jose

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  • Euroscout: Andre Schuerrle

    Andre Schuerrle celebrates scoring against Israel

    Ahead of the Euro 2012 finals, we take a look at what young Bayer Leverkusen forward Andre Schuerrle can add to Germany's attacking options as they chase their first European crown since 1996.

    Name: Andre Schuerrle
    Date of birth: November 6, 1990 (age 21)
    Place of birth: Ludwigshafen, Germany
    Nationality: German
    Height: 1.84m (6ft)
    Position: Forward/winger
    Current club: Bayer Leverkusen
    Former club: FSV Mainz

    The finals of a major tournament is traditionally a showcase for some of the continent's brightest talent. In Bayer Levekusem forward Andre Schuerrle, Germany appear to possess a figure who

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  • Euroscout: Gregory van der Wiel

    Gregory van der Wiel

    Ahead of the Euro 2012 finals, we study the flying Dutch right-back who could move to Chelsea this summer.

    Name: Gregory van der Wiel

    Date of birth: February 3, 1988 (age 24)

    Place of birth: Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Nationality: Dutch

    Height: 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)

    Position: Right-back

    Current club: Ajax Amsterdam

    Chelsea and Bayern Munich were linked with Gregory van der Wiel in January, but it is fair to say they may have a bit more competition for the young Ajax right-back if he impresses at the Euro 2012 finals.

    A £20 million price tag was slapped on his head by the Dutch club at the outset of

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  • Euroscout: Alan Dzagoev

    CSKA Moscow and Russia midfielder Alan Dzagoev

    Ahead of the Euro 2012 finals, we take a look at the free-kick specialist who is aiming to help Russia go one step further after reaching the last four of Euro 2008.

    Full name: Alan Dzagoev
    Date of birth: June 17, 1990
    Place of birth: Beslan
    Nationality: Russian
    Height: 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
    Position: Attacking midfielder
    Current club: CSKA Moscow
    Previous club: Krylia Sovet-SOK

    Russia coach Dick Advocaat professed his belief that Russia could win Euro 2012 after holding South American champions Uruguay to a 1-1 draw on Friday. CSKA Moscow midfielder Alan Dzagoev is a figure who could help Advocaat

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  • Euroscout: Andriy Yarmolenko

    Ahead of the Euro 2012 finals, we study a figure who is aiming to follow in the footsteps of Ukraine team-mate and legend Andriy Shevchenko by impressing on the big stage.

    Full name: Andriy Yarmolenko

    Date of birth: October 23, 1989 (Age 22)

    Place of birth: Saint Petersburg

    Nationality: Ukrainian

    Height: 1.87m (6ft 1 12 in)

    Position: Forward

    Current club: Dynamo Kiev

    Previous club: Desna Chernihiv

    There have been strong rumours suggesting Yarmolenko could emulate Sheva by heading to Italy and playing for AC Milan, with Shevchenko himself apparently suggesting Milan should take the chance to

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  • Euroscout: Mathieu Debuchy

    Ahead of the Euro 2012 finals, we take a close look at a player who has been pushed into action for France following an injury to Bacary Sagna.

    Full name: Mathieu Debuchy
    Date of birth: July 2. 1985 (age 26)
    Place of birth: Fretin, France
    Nationality: French
    Height: 1.77 (5ft 9.5 in)
    Position: Right back/right midfielder
    Current club: Lille
    Previous clubs: None

    Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Valencia and Newcastle are among the European clubs linked with the Lille right-back, who is a product of his club's youth system.

    Reports suggest he could be available for around £7 million, but that

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  • Euroscout: Diego Contento

    Ahead of Chelsea's Champions League final against Bayern Munich, we look at the relative novice who may be forced to fill in at left-back for the German club.

    Full name: Diego Armando Contento
    Date of birth: May 1, 1990 (22 years old)
    Place of birth: Munich
    Nationality: German (also Italian)
    Height: 1.76m (5ft 9in)
    Position: Left-back
    Current club: Bayern Munich
    Previous clubs: None

    Named after the great Diego Armando Maradona, Contento may have initially disappointed his parents by taking up the full-back trade but on Saturday he can achieve a feat that not even El Diego managed during his

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  • Euroscout: Isaac Cuenca

    Barcelona's Isaac Cuenca

    Ahead of Chelsea's Champions League semi-final first leg against Barcelona, we take a close look at the European champion's young attacking talent Isaac Cuenca.

    Full name: Joan Isaac Cuenca Lopez

    Date of birth: April 27, 1991 (20 years old)

    Place of birth: Reus, Catalonia

    Nationality: Spanish

    Height: 1.81m (5ft 11in)

    Position: Forward

    Current club: Barcelona

    Previous clubs: Sabadell (loan), Barcelona B

    Yet another product of Barcelona's famous La Masia academy, Isaac Cuenca has broken into the first-team picture this season.

    Since making his debut in the final two minutes of a Champions

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