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The 2019 edition of the FIFA U17 World Cup will come up later in the year in the South American country and will kick off in Brazil on October 26. Brazil replaced original hosts Peru in March this year and has opted to bring this tournament to the inland cities of Goiania and Brasilia, as well as Cariacica on the outskirts of the coastal city of Vitoria, giving these areas a chance to host a global soccer tournament.

This will be coming after FIFA organized two largely successful competitions earlier in the year including the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France and the FIFA U20 World Cup in Poland.

The draw for the FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019 took place on Thursday 11 July at the home of FIFA in Zurich, where the 24 participating teams learned who their group rivals would be in their quest to become world champions.

Fate decreed that Brazil and Canada would contest the opening game on Saturday 26 October at the Estadio Bezerrao in Gama. The ceremony was attended by FIFA President Gianni Infantino and FIFA Legends Sonny Anderson and Celestine Babayaro, two veterans of this competition.

It will be Brazil’s first time of hosting the competition and also coming in a year when they hosted and won the Copa America. The competition format still remains the same with 24 teams in 6 groups and group winners, runners up and three best third-placed teams to qualify to the next stage.

Nigeria are the most successful team in the competition with 5 trophies won in 1985, 1993, 2007, 2013, 2015 however, the Golden Eaglets failed to qualify for the last edition in India in 2017 which England won but they themselves would not be able to defend the trophy they won two years ago.

On Wednesday, July 11th, FIFA conducted the draws for the tourney initially scheduled for Peru but later shifted to Brazil due to an inspection of the facilities and concern over organizational challenges. Three teams namely Angola, Senegal and Solomon’s Island will be making their debut at this level and we take a look at them and all other teams gunning for the title.

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GROUP A

The tournament host finds themselves in an interesting foursome as they seek to deal with the pressure of playing at home and a disappointing showing at this year’s South American U-17 Championship. Opponents Canada arrive as CONCACAF semi-finalists with an exciting group of young players, while New Zealand are the reigning Oceania champions. Angola, for their part, are the only African side making their debut this year after their best-ever performance at the Africa U-17 Cup of Nations.

BRAZIL

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Nickname: Selecao

Appearance: 17

Debut: 1985

Last Appearance: 2017

Best Performance: Winners (x3, 1997, 1999, 2003)

Coach: Carlos Amadeu

 

CANADA

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Nickname: The Canucks

Appearance: 7

Debut: 1987

Last Appearance: 2013

Best Performance: Group Stages

Coach: Andrew Olivieri

 

NEW ZEALAND

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Nickname: The Young All Whites

Appearance: 9

Debut: 1997

Last Appearance: 2017

Best Performance: R16

Coach: Jose Figueira

 

ANGOLA

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Nickname: Palanquinhas

Appearance: 1

Debut: 2019

Last Appearance: –

Best Performance: Debut

Coach: Pedro Goncalves

 

GROUP B

Nigeria, the most successful team in the tournament’s history, did not have their best qualifying campaign and are matched against a determined and resilient Hungary side returning to the competition after a 34-year absence. Also, the group host are Ecuador, who played some fine attacking football during their regional qualifiers, and Australia, who recovered from a poor start in Asian qualifying to reach the semi-finals and claim a spot in Brazil

 

NIGERIA

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Nickname: Golden Eaglets

Appearance: 12

Debut: 1985

Last Appearance: 2015

Best Performance: Winners (x5)

Coach: Manu Garba

 

HUNGARY

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Nickname: The Magyars

Appearance: 2

Debut: 1985

Last Appearance: 1985

Best Performance: Quarter-Finals

Coach: Sandor Preisinger

 

ECUADOR

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Nickname: La Tricolor

Appearance: 4

Debut: 1987

Last Appearance: 2015

Best Performance: Quarterfinal

Coach: Javier Rodriguez

 

AUSTRALIA

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Nickname: Joeys

Appearance: 13

Debut: 1985

Last Appearance: 2015

Best Performance: Runners-up (1999)

Coach: Trevor Morgan

 

GROUP C

The Korea Republic, who are two-time Asian champions will kick start their campaign against underdog Haiti, who performed admirably during CONCACAF qualifying to reach only their second U-17 World Cup. With a very promising generation of players to choose from, France looks like a potent rival for anyone, while Chile showed their mettle in the South American Championship, where only goal difference denied them top spot.

 

KOREA REPUBLIC

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Nickname: The Reds

Appearance: 6

Debut: 1987

Last Appearance: 2015

Best Performance: Quarterfinals

Coach: Kim jung Soo

 

HAITI

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Nickname: Le Bicolors

Appearance: 2

Debut: 2007

Last Appearance: 2007

Best Performance: Group Stage

Coach: Rafael Novaes Dias

 

FRANCE

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Nickname: Le Bleuets

Appearance: 4th

Debut: 1987

Last Appearance: 2017

Best Performance: Winners (x1 2001)

Coach: Patrick Gonfalone

 

CHILE

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Nickname: La Rojitta

Appearance: 4th

Debut: 1993

Last Appearance: 2017

Best Performance: 3rd place (1993)

Coach: Hernan Caputto

 

GROUP D

This group could be tagged the toughest of all. CONCACAF runners-up USA face a formidable rival in two-time defending European champions the Netherlands. Also in the mix are Asian holders Japan as well as a strong debutant Senegal side who can’t be brushed aside.

USA

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Nickname: Baby Nats

Appearance: 16

Debut: 1985

Last Appearance: 2017

Best Performance: 4th place (1999)

Coach: Raphael Wicky

 

SENEGAL

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Nickname: Terranga Cubs

Appearance: –

Debut: 2019

Last Appearance: –

Best Performance:

Coach: Malick Daf

 

JAPAN

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Nickname: Samurai Blues

Appearance: 9

Debut: 1993

Last Appearance: 2017

Best Performance: Quarter final

Coach: Yoshiro Moriyama

 

NETHERLANDS

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Nickname: Oranje

Appearance: 3

Debut: 2005

Last Appearance: 2011

Best Performance: 3rd place (2005)

Coach: Kees Van Wonderen

 

GROUP E

The La Rojita are another brilliant side with a good history of the competition, they are renowned for the quality of their youth players and start off against South American champions Argentina in a match that could shape the outcome of the group. With them come Cameroon, who were miserly in defence in winning the African title, and a dangerous Tajikistan side who pulled strings of surprise in their qualifying series.

SPAIN

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Nickname: La Rojita

Appearance: 11

Debut: 1991

Last Appearance: 2017

Best Performance: Runners-up x4 (1991, 2003, 2007, 2017)

Coach: David Gordo

 

ARGENTINA

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Nickname: Albiceleste

Appearance: 13

Debut: 1985

Last Appearance: 2015

Best Performance: 3rd place (X3 1991, 1995, 2003)

Coach: Ezequiel Baez

 

TAJIKISTAN

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Nickname: Persian Lions

Appearance: 2

Debut: 2007

Last Appearance: 2007

Best Performance: R16

Coach: Zaynidin Rakhimov

 

CAMEROON

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Nickname: The Indomitable Cubs

Appearance: 2

Debut: 2005

Last Appearance: 2005

Best Performance: Group Stage

Coach: Thomas Libiih

 

GROUP F

The Young Azzurri’s have an exciting generation of young players, and they will need the very best when they go up against a tough Mexican side with a proud record in this competition. Paraguay, who always come hard and physically read to bully anyone, will also fancy their chances of progressing to the next stage of the competition, while debutant Solomon Islands will be hoping to replay the free-flowing football that captivated Oceania fans and earned them a maiden U-17 World Cup appearance.

 

SOLOMON ISLANDS

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Nickname: The Katukatus

Appearance: Debut

Debut: 2019

Last Appearance: –

Best Performance: –

Coach: Stanley Waitas

 

ITALY

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Nickname: Young Azzuris

Appearance: 7

Debut: 1985

Last Appearance: 2013

Best Performance: 4th Place (1987)

Coach: Carmine Nunziata

 

PARAGUAY

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Nickname: Los Guaraníes La Albirroja 

Appearance: 4

Debut: 1999

Last Appearance: 2017

Best Performance: Quarterfinals

Coach: Gerardo Gonzalez Aquino

 

MEXICO

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Nickname: El Tri

Appearance: 14th

Debut: 1985

Last Appearance: 2017

Best Performance: Winners (x2 2005, 2011)

Coach: Mario Arteaga

 

 

 

 

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3 Premier League Flops Who Made It Big Elsewhere

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The English Premier League has welcomed some of the best players in the history of football. Players from different continents have made a huge impact on the league with impressive performances. There are others who failed to impress and can be termed as flops.

The League is quite unique from other European leagues. It is more competitive, fierce, physically challenging in nature. Needless to say, a player who isn’t mentally and physically geared up for this will stumble under the pressure.

Established stars can fall by the wayside with their former successes and triumphs becoming nothing more than a footnote in the EPL. Impressively, some of these players put in impressive performances when they moved to other leagues.

3 Premier League Flops Who Made It Big In Other Leagues

  • Paulinho

3 Premier League Flops Who Made It Big Elsewhere

Following the impending sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid, Tottenham bought several players, one of the players they bought was Paulinho.

Paulinho was signed from Corinthians in Brazil where he helped them win the Copa Libertadores, Brasileirao, and the FIFA Club World Cup.

They defeated Chelsea in the latter to lift the trophy. Importantly, he had just won the FIFA Confederations Cup with Brazil and was voted as the third-best player at the tournament.

He joined Tottenham as the club’s record signing in 2013, so a lot was expected of him. However, his performance was not as impressive as the club had envisaged. He was later sold to Guangzhou Evergrande in China at a loss.

The Brazilian’s transfer to the Chinese league resulted in a change of fortunes, as helped the club claim the Chinese league and the AFC Champions League title in his first season.

In the second, he was voted into the Chinese League team of the year in recognition of his performance. Also, he won the league, FA Cup, and Super Cup.

Although critics downplayed his performance, citing the standard of the Chinese league compared to the English league, Paulinho impressed in Spain too following a €40 million move to Barcelona.

Paulinho helped the club claim the league and the Copa del Rey trophy. His performance in his only season with Barcelona impressed Ronaldinho who said: “He really stood out.”

  • Iago Aspas

3 Premier League Flops Who Made It Big Elsewhere

Most Premier League fan remembers Aspas only as a Liverpool flop with the number 9 jersey. Aspas moved from boyhood club Celta Vigo to Liverpool for a deal estimated to be around £7.7 m, with Liverpool hoping to have unearthed a gem. However, that gem turns dregs, failing to score in any of his 14 league appearances.

After just one season, Liverpool decided that they have seen enough so they sent him on a season-long loan to Sevilla with an obligation to buy. In his season-long loan at the club, he was the joint top scorer in the Copa del Rey alongside Neymar with 7 goals and won the UEFA Europa League.

At the end of his season-long loan at Sevilla, the club signed him from Liverpool but sold him to Celta Vigo in the same transfer window. In every of his first 5 seasons at Celta Vigo, he scored in double digits.

In fact, in three of the 5 seasons, he won the Zarra Trophy awarded to the Spanish player with the most league goals in a season. As of December 2020, Aspas had won La Liga player of the month four times.

READ ALSO: 10 Premier League Players With Most Own Goals

  • Diego Forlan

3 Premier League Flops Who Made It Big Elsewhere

Perhaps, the most notable and interesting English Premier League flop who became a star in another League. He was not just impressive in another league; he was extraordinary with his National team Uruguay.

Sir Alex Ferguson signed Forlan in 2001 following the attacker’s impressive form at Independiente in Argentina. In his first season in England, Forlan made 18 appearances but failed to score a single goal. The two seasons after were not impressive either, hence his transfer to Villarreal.

Impressively, Forlan scored 25 league goals in his first season with Villarreal and won the league’s top scorers award (2004/05). Also, he was awarded the European Golden Shoe award alongside Thierry Henry the same year. He left the club two seasons later for Atletico with 59 goals scored in 128 matches.

In his second season with Atletico Madrid (2008/09), Forlan beat Samuel Eto’o to the Spanish league’s top scorer’s award. He scored 32 league goals in 33 league appearances that season which earned him the Pichichi trophy. Again, he won the European Golden Shoe but this time it was not shared with anyone.

The next season (2009/10), Forlan played a key role as Atletico won the Europa League. He scored six times in the tournament, including two in the 2-1 win over Fulham in the final. He was voted as the man of the match in the final.

With his national team, he was just as impressive; he scored the most goals at the 2010 FIFA World Cup alongside Thomas Muller, Wesley Sneijder, and David Villa.

Furthermore, he was voted into the FIFA World Cup dream team and won the Golden Ball and goal of the tournament title. By the time he retired, he was Uruguay’s highest goal scorer in history, a record which has since been broken by Luis Suarez.

Forlan eventually became so good that some Football fans think he is the caliber of player that could have won the Ballon d’Or.

 

Conclusion

There are several reasons why players struggle when they change clubs, especially to other countries. Culture, language, teammates, family are some factors that can affect their performances.

These 3 cases show that a player may fail to perform in one league but go on to become a star in another league.

 

 

 

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Ligue 1 no doubt harbors quite a number of talented players, as such it’s quite understandable for those considered to be world-class players among them to cash out hugely on what they earn at the end of the month.

As of late, the players’ salaries have given indications of solid development, on account of the tremendous income pouring into the game. The fierce rivalry between the country’s top football clubs has brought the nature of the competition higher than ever. The league has more than its own fair share of highly paid players.

Here is a rundown of the top 15 highest-paid players in the Ligue 1

  • Neymar Jr – (Paris Saint Germain, – €3.06 Per Month )

Top 15 Highest Paid Players In Ligue 1

Behind Ronaldo and Messi, the Brazilian forward is regarded as the third-best player in world football since moving from Santos to Barcelona in 2013 for a deal reported worth €86.2million.

After apparently growing and widening his status as a footballer with his achievement on and off the pitch, it was evident that the former Puskas Award winner would go on to attract top elite clubs.

With the Parisian club brimming with a lot of cash to flex muscles with high spending clubs, it was just a matter of time before Neymar would join them. Fast forward to 2017, the Selecao captain signed for PSG for a world record transfer fee worth €222million, and since then he’s been an important figure of both the club and their project.

Amidst transfer rumors of him returning to his old home Barcelona, plus the fact that the Parisian are also ready to offer him a new deal that would tie him down with the French side for at least another three seasons.

  • Kylian Mbappe – (Paris Saint Germain, € 1.91m Per Month)

Top 15 Highest Paid Players In Ligue 1

As a World Cup winner and one of the best prospects in world football, it’s quite understandable for Mbappe to be among the highest-paid players in Ligue 1 and Paris Saint Germain. The 2018 World Cup winner burst into the scene as a young player for Monaco, making his professional debut in 2015 at the age of 15.

The Frenchman signed for the Parisian club in 2017 on loan, which was later made permanent in 2018. He has shown to be a great prospect for both the club and their project in dominating the Ligue 1 and also flex muscles with the top clubs in Europe.

His permanent transfer to Paris Saint Germain is reported to be worth €180million, making him both the second most expensive player and most expensive teenager. Since joining the Ligue 1 Champions permanently, the 22-year-old has scored over 120 goals for the Parisian club.

However, amidst the rumor of Real Madrid prepping up to break the bank in their quest to bring him down to the Bernabeu, the World Cup winner is still actively the second biggest earner in the league and of course Paris Saint Germain.

READ ALSO: Top 10 Highest Paid Premier League Players As Of 2020/21

  • Correa Marquinhos & Marco Verratti – (Paris Saint Germain, €1.2m Per Month)

Top 15 Highest Paid Players In Ligue 1

Since the departure of top players such as Edinson Cavani, Zlatan, and recently Thiago Silva, Marquinhos’s status has risen from being a mere squad player in the dressing room into a leader, captain, and one of the best gladiator of the club.

As a 19-year-old teenager, the Brazilian was signed in 2013 on a five-year deal by Paris Saint Germain from AS Roma for a fee of around €31.4million. And as reported by BBC Sport, the deal was said to be the highest transfer fee for a teenager then, while Sky also reports it to be the then fifth highest transfer.

The current form of the Brazilian makes him rank as one of Europe’s most valuable players, most especially as a player who is currently plying his trade with the best team in France.

According to the transfer market rating, Marquinhos market value currently stands at €70million, as such with his years of experience and playing over 313 matches for the Parisian, it’s no surprise that the club captain takes home €1.2m per month tied with the Italian on the same amount.

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As for the Italian, he’s also been a very instrumental player for the team since joining the club nine years ago. There have always been rumors concerning his future, either joining Barcelona or go back to Italy, but as it stands his current contract with Paris Saint Germain would expire in 2024.

  • Angel Di Maria – (Paris Saint Germain, €1.1m Per Month)

Top 15 Highest Paid Players In Ligue 1

Since joining the Parisian for €63million after a disappointing stint with Manchester United in 2015, the Argentine winger has continued to prove to the world that he’s still one of the best players in football since leaving Real Madrid.

Di Maria isn’t just rank among the highest earner for doing nothing, he earns his pay through his brilliant performances over the years since joining them, accumulating a total of 251 appearances scoring over 88 goals and 104 assists.

The former Real Madrid winger may not stay in the Ligue 1 with Paris Saint Germain for three years or more, as he’s already moving close to the end of his career. However, with his deal still running that makes him the fourth-highest earner in the league.

  • Keylor Navas – (Paris Saint Germain, €1m Per Month)

Top 15 Highest Paid Players In Ligue 1

When Navas joined Madrid from Levante in the summer of 2014, no one ever thought he’s going to achieve quite a number of success with Los Blancos based on where he was coming from and his antecedent as a goalkeeper.

After a successful stint with Los Merengues, the imminent arrival of Thibaut Courtois means the Costa Rican goalkeeper days at Real Madrid are numbered.

With his achievement at Real Madrid, it was evident that the Costa Rican won’t find it hard to get good European suitor to come by, as such Paris Saint Germain came calling for his services in 2019 having been told he won’t be Real Madrid number one going forward into the new season.

Following Navas’s move to the French capital, it means his salary would be on the high side based on his achievement and reputation as a Champions League winner with arguably the biggest club in Europe.

As a Paris Saint Germain player, he earns €1m per month, making the Costa Rican one of the highest-paid players in Ligue 1

READ ALSO: 10 Richest Club Owners In World Football

  • Mauro Icardi – (Paris Saint Germain, €800,000 Per Month)

Top 15 Highest Paid Players In Ligue 1

The imminent departure of El Matador when Icardi joined Paris Saint Germain on loan means the responsibility of goalscoring would be on the shoulder of the Argentine. The former Inter Milan forward made his loan permanent with the PSG following a strong start in Paris.

The Argentine and controversy certainly go hand in hand based on his antecedent with his previous clubs. Everywhere he goes he has always shown he could lead the line perfectly, and since he joined the Parisian permanently no report of controversy has been recorded concerning the former Nerazzurri captain.

Icardi may not be the poster boy of PSG just like his days at Inter, that doesn’t make him less of a player in the dressing room among other star players like Neymar and Mbappe who are no doubt the face of the club.

  • Leandro Paredes – (Paris Saint Germain, €750,000 Per Month)
    Juan Bernat – (Paris Saint Germain, €700,000 Per Month)
    Presnel Kimpembe – (Paris Saint Germain, €670,000 Per Month)
    Ander Herrera – (Paris Saint Germain, €650,000 Per Month)
    Wissam Ben Yedder – (Monaco, €650,000 Per Month)
    Cesc Fabregas – (Monaco, €600,000 Per Month)
    Julian Draxler – (Paris Saint Germain, €600,000 Per Month)
    Idrissa Guaye – (Paris Saint Germain, €500,000 Per Month)

 

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