Under 17 World Cup 2007
3. It is between; Canada,
4. Trinidad and Tobago and the USA
5. Costa Rica Jamaica,
1. New Zealand
The UEFA U-17 European Championship final tournament will take place in Belgium from 2-13 May, with five of the eight participants qualifying for the FIFA U-17 World Cup Korea 2007. Group A will comprise France, Spain, Germany and the Ukraine, with the Netherlands, Belgium, Iceland and England competing in Group B. The top two from each pool will progress to the semi-finals and clinch a ticket to Korea, where they will be joined by the winner of the fifth-placed playoff between the third-placed teams.
HOST (1) 1. Korea Republic
I will not bother with looking at the all of the European teams, just those I here have a promising youth, and maybe England too.
Anyone who wants to mention work permits remember we can send them to feeder clubs.
Player to watch Yoichiro Kakitani, a Cerezo Osaka midfielder whose dazzling play won him the Most Valuable Player award at this year's AFC U-17 Championship. He appeared in five of Japan's six matches, scoring four goals.
Japan will always have the odd star and won the Asian youth cup, after Wenger’s time in Japan expect him to be watching.
South Korea (hosts):
Players to watch.
Yoon Bitgaram / Ju Sung-Hwan / Bae Chun-Suk
One of the nations we do not have representing us, each age is improving and it wont be long till they produce a world class player, we should be watching.
Very little to find about this team, but they showed good quality in Peru 05, beating Ivory Coast 3-0, we all know how good the Ivory Coast are at producing quality at the moment. Plus they were finalists in the Asian Youth Cup
Cannot find the squad but Ri Myong-Jun, Ri Sang-Chol and O Jin-Hyok (their playmaker) are there forward threat.
They are a little behind there southern neighbours in terms of quality but to the Gunners though.
I can’t find much. 3rd in the Asian youth cup beating south Korea, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan and others on the way, but were eliminated by North Korea in the semis.
Affectionately nicknamed ‘beanpole’, 16-year-old Davrondzhon Tukhtasunov is Tajikistan’s top marksman. He burst into the continental arena at this year’s AFC U-17 Championship, scoring four times to help his team qualify for FIFA U-17 World Cup Korea 2007- idol is Thierry Henry and with his lightning speed, deft skills and sharp nose for goals, Tukhtasunov is hoping prove Tajikistan’s answer to Arsenal’s fantastic Frenchman.
If he is as quick as they say then expect wenger to be looking as almost every young player we sign have frightening pace. Apart from this I think the quality of the championship will be elsewhere.
Mohammad Jaafar Asian youth cup golden boot with 6 goals. There only hope.
Forever producing quality players, the African nations have caught up in recent years but they are still a top African nation. Looking in midfield for the powerhouse players.
Some good quick strong players, seems to be perfect for the Premiership. This team will have at least one future star.
A rising nation from Africa who could surprise a few people.
Abraw Camaldine ST, soon to go on a 3 month trial with Anderlecht.
If there’s quality expect Wenger to be there. With Adebayor already at Arsenal all of this squad would love to follow him.
Another rising nation, Essien is a brilliant player and expect more to follow. If they play in the same fashion as the men’s team do then they will be well worth the viewing.
Missed out on Essien a player that would be brilliant at Arsenal, hopefully we’ll get the next Ghana superstar.
Player to watch
Hadhria Nour- either foot, plays off the main striker, make the team tick.
Few but as with all African nations, have masses of potential.
Mexico did not qualify. I am shocked to say this as this was the only team worth talking about. In Peru we found Vela, we all know about Barca’s Dos Santos as well. I heard that Mexico were starting to produce a good crop, obviously not this year.
Honduras may be worth a watch as they are improving but maybe this tournament is too early for them.
(The reason why we’re here)
Lula (Luiz Marcelo Morais dos Reis) Corinthians-behind everything they create AM orchestrates their attacks. Qualifying 12 goals / 9 games-need I say more.
Maicon and Fabio-classic Brazilian wing backs.
This Lula bases himself on Ronaldinho and Zidane-yes please.
Are Brazilians are growing at Arsenal and I for one would like to see more.
Frightening Defence, toughest in South America-they simply kick people, and I for one like it. Will be worth the watch. Held the mighty Brazil 0-0 conceding 5 in 9. At this age is very good.
Cristian Nazarith-Combining speed, power and explosive finishing skills to devastating effect -looking for a move to Europe.
Another nation we do not possess at Arsenal, maybe now will be the time, especially in defence where I’d like to see some brute strength and bullying.
Eduardo Salvio will be their main attacking threat, however the stand out player is injured for the tournament-Federico Laurito (Udinese)
An argie at arsenal sounds strange, I’m sure Wenger will be trying to find one that isn’t already owned by MSI.
One day good the next day terrible.
Reimond Manco-player of the qualifiers and the one to watch. Alianza is his club, but he is yet to play for them but has played for Peru under 20’s.
Not much but Manco and if he is what they say than it’ll be worth the watch.
Australia didn’t compete and New Zealand won. That’s all I have to say.
UEFA-5 of the 8 teams will qualify
Players to watch
Bourgeois and Saivet
If they’re French and they’re good then I’m sure we’ll see them at the Emirates sooner or later-I doubt Wenger will watch their matches as he probably knows all about them anyway.
UkraineI know that this nation is having another boom of talent, look to Dinamo Kiev as ever they’ll be producing the national team.
Shevchuk and Korkishko
Expect more eastern Europeans in the Premiership, hopefully we’ll get the best ones although it’ll be difficult if they all already play for Kiev!
Iceland knocked out Portugal but do not expect too much. Player to watch Kolbeinn Sigthórsson
Germany cruised an easy group. Player to watch Kroos
Some talented youngsters worth watching. Dutch football has slumped in recent years so the possibility of signing players cheap from them has risen. I do not expect another super generation but talent as always.
Barazite will be playing so it’ll be worth seeing how he does.
With Van Persie starring for Arsenal and Holland and the clubs large Dutch support another Dutch kid is always on the cards. Wenger will be watching, so should we.
The place to sign from at the moment. All Spanish kids know about Fabregas and we have since signed Merida and are looking for more.
Players to watch
Fran Merida-should be brilliant to watch our young starlet
Bojan Krkic-the player that everyone will be watching.
Expect Wenger to be watching closely, we’ve taken Cesc and Fran from Barca, to take Bojan would be perfect-although I believe impossible, next season he is in Barca B and it wont be long when he replaces someone in the first team-unbelievable talent.
I hope we are watching and can bring more English through at Arsenal that are good enough for the first team.
Players to watch
Rhys Murphy, Henry Lansbury
Let’s see how our English hopefuls do.
Not one Spurs player in the squad!
We need a home grown Englishman at Arsenal to come through, so lets keep an eye out for what we have or what we can acquire.