• 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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  • 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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