Players to Watch at the World Cup

This summer's tournament features a wealth of young talent. (Video)

The World Cup is on its way.  Many well established stars will put their skills on display as they try to bring home soccer's most coveted prize.  While the tournament gives us the chance to watch players like Cristiano Ronaldo and Leo Messi do battle and cement themselves as legends of the game, the stage is also set to welcome the next generation of world class talent.  As we move toward the summer's tournament, the LANCO League will periodically highlight some players to watch this summer.  For more content like this, check out the LANCO League Facebook Page.

 

4/30/14, Julian Draxler (Schalke 04/Germany):  In the last 12 months, Julian Draxler has been linked with several high profile transfers including moves to Arsenal in England and to German champions, Bayern Munich.  It's easy to see why so many clubs are excited by the prospect of signing Draxler.  The young German has many of the same qualities of a young Thierry Henry.  He's got pace, size, and wonderful technique.  He can score goals and create them for others.  This could be a breakout summer for him.

 

3/19/14, Julian Green (Bayern Munich/USA):  Just days ago, Julian Green, the highly regarded son of an American father and German mother filed papers to officially request that FIFA allow him to represent the USA at full international level.  Green is a highly regarded young talent at Bayern Munich who many feel are currently the best club side in the world.  Green's decision to represent the United States creates the possibility of his inclusion in the World Cup roster for this summer's tournament in Brazil.

2/28/14, Paul Pogba (Juventus/France):  After failing to break through during a spell at Manchester United, Pogba, moved on to Juventus where he has been better able to show his impressive attacking talent.  Pogba, who will turn 21 in 2 weeks, has become the focal point of the Juventus midfield, a role that highlights his dribbling ability and capacity to score stunning goals.  At 6’2” tall, his silky skill and bite in challenges reminds one of France and Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira.  This summer’s World Cup could be his chance to break out on the world stage.

 

 

2/11/14, Eden Hazard, (Chlesea/Belgium):  At this point, Hazard is probably on your radar as a top young talent.  He has been on an incredible run of form over the last month or two for his club team Chelsea and is beginning to mature as a top talent.  Hazard brings pace, creativity and a real scoring threat to the game every time he steps onto the field, and he may be the biggest offensive threat to opponents of Belgium’s second “Golden Generation” this summer in Brazil.  The World Cup will offer him the opportunity to achieve his goal of achieving the same status as a top player as Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Argentina’s Leo Messi.