• Euroscout: Iker Muniain

    Ahead of Manchester United's Europa League tie with Athletic Bilbao, we take a close look at the Basque club's talented young forward Iker Muniain.

    Player: Iker Muniain
    Date of birth: December 19, 1992 (age: 19)
    Place of birth: Pamplona
    Nationality: Spanish, Basque
    Height: 1.69m (5ft 6in)
    Position: Forward
    Current club: Athletic Bilbao
    Previous clubs: None

    It takes rare talent to break into a Spain side that are reigning European and world champions but, at just 19 years of age, Muniain was handed his debut in a friendly against Venezuela in February as Vicente del Bosque rewarded the forward

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  • Euroscout: Urby Emanuelson

    Ahead of Arsenal's Champions League last-16 second leg against Milan, we take a closer look at the Rossoneri's versatile Dutch midfielder Urby Emanuelson.

    Urby Emanuelson

    Player: Urby Emanuelson

    Date of birth: June 16, 1986 (age 25)

    Place of birth: Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Nationality: Dutch

    Height: 1.76m (5ft 9.5in)

    Current club: Milan

    Former clubs: Ajax, Voorland SC (youth)

    Euroscout seems to spend a lot of time looking at the products of Dutch academies, our past two reports having been on Christian Eriksen (Ajax) and Kevin Strootman (PSV, formerly of Sparta Rotterdam's youth set-up).

    But the making of

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  • Euroscout: Kevin Strootman

    Ahead of England's pre-Euro 2012 friendly against Netherlands at Wembley on Wednesday, we take a look at Oranje midfielder Kevin Strootman.

    Player: Kevin Strootman
    Date of birth: February 13, 1990 (age: 22)
    Place of birth: Ridderkerk, Netherlands
    Nationality: Dutch
    Height: 1.86m (6ft 1in)
    Position: Midfielder
    Current club: PSV Eindhoven
    Former clubs: Sparta Rotterdam, Utrecht

    The abiding image of Netherlands' World Cup campaign was the boot of Nigel de Jong plunging into the chest of Xabi Alonso as Bert van Marwijk's side disgusted disciples of Total Football with a horribly cynical

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  • Euroscout: Christian Eriksen

    Christian Eriksen is one of Europe's finest young talentsAhead of Manchester United's Europa League tie with Ajax, we take a closer look at the Amsterdam club's highly-rated young playmaker Christian Eriksen.

    Player: Christian Eriksen
    Date of birth: February 14, 1992 (age 20)
    Place of birth: Middelfart, Denmark
    Nationality: Danish
    Height: 1.75m (5ft 10in)
    Position: Attacking midfielder
    Current club: Ajax
    Former clubs: OB Odense
    Eriksen has become a key player in the Danish national sideFor a player schooled at the famous Ajax academy and who now shoulders the expectation of the Danish nation, accolades come no higher than the great Johan Cruyff stating that Eriksen is "a player I really like with all my

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  • Euroscout: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in action against Tunisia

    We take a closer look at Gabon forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after their surprise qualification for the quarter-finals of the African Cup of Nations.

    Player: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
    Date of birth: June 18, 1989 (age 22)
    Place of birth: Laval, France
    Nationality: Gabonese (also holds French and Italian nationalities)
    Height: 1.85m (6ft 1in)
    Position: Winger/forward
    Current club: St Etienne
    Former clubs: Milan, Dijon (loan), Lille (loan), Monaco (loan)

    Background: Like Ghana's Andre Ayew, Aubameyang is the son of a former player — defender Pierre snr, who is head scout at Milan.

    There are

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  • Euroscout: Andre Ayew

    Andre Ayew inherits quite a football legacy

    We take a closer look at Marseille and Ghana star Andre Ayew as the Black Stars embark on their African Cup of Nations campaign.

    Player: Andre Ayew
    Date of birth: December 17, 1989 (age 22)
    Place of birth: Seclin, France
    Nationality: Ghanaian
    Height: 1.76m (5ft 9in)
    Position: Winger/forward
    Current club: Marseille
    Former clubs: Lorient (loan), Arles-Avignon (loan)

    Background: As the son of a man who was once named as one of the 100 greatest living footballers by Pele, and also derived his nickname from the greatest striker of all time, it is perhaps no surprise that Andre Ayew is
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  • Euroscout: Papiss Cisse

    Papiss Cisse joins Demba Ba at St James' Park

    After Newcastle completed a deal for Freiburg's Papiss Cisse, we cast our eye over the Premier League's latest striking star during Senegal's first game at the African Cup of Nations.

    Player: Papiss Demba Cisse
    Date of birth: June 3, 1985 (age 26)
    Place of birth: Dakar, Senegal
    Nationality: Senegalese
    Height: 1.83m (6ft)
    Position: Striker
    Current club: Newcastle United
    Former clubs: Freiburg, Metz, Cherbourg (loan), Chateauroux (loan), Douanes Dakar

    Background: The Newcastle No.9 shirt possesses a certain mystique.  From Jackie Milburn, through Malcolm MacDonald and on to Alan Shearer, great
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  • Euroscout: Neymar

    Neymar: The next big thingNeymar: The next big thing

    Ahead of the Club World Cup final between Barcelona and Santos, we take a look at a player described recently by Pele as being even better than Lionel Messi.

    Player: Neymar
    Date of birth:
    February 5, 1992 (age 19)
    Place of birth:
    Mogi das Cruzes, Sao Paulo, Brazil
    1.75m (5ft 9in)
    Current club:
    Former clubs:

    Background: A succession of Brazilian forwards have been forced to shoulder the expectations of a nation since Pele finally retired from international duty in 1971. Some have flourished, some have floundered, but now
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  • Euroscout: David Alaba

    Ahead of Manchester City's must-win Champions League clash with Bayern Munich on Wednesday we take a look at the German side's promising midfielder who is set to play at the Etihad Stadium.

    Player: David Alaba
    Date of birth: June 24, 1992 (age 19)
    Place of birth: Vienna, Austria
    Nationality: Austrian
    Height: 1.80m (5ft 10in)
    Position: Midfielder
    Current club: Bayern Munich
    Former clubs: Austria Vienna (youth), Hoffenheim (loan)
    Number: 27

    Background: With Bayern confirming the absence of both Arjen Robben and Toni Kroos from the party travelling to the Etihad Stadium due to the pair suffering from

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