A highly competitive sport, football requires the players to be in peak physical & mental conditions, Here’s the best young football players.

The Best Young Football Players You Don’t Know Yet.

We’re sure you’re familiar with the likes of Jadon Sancho, Phil Foden, Vinicius Júnior, Ansu Fati, Pedri, Jude Bellingham, Alphonso Davies, Bukayo Saka, Ryan Gravenberch, and Erling Braut Haaland. Instead, we’ve (mostly) looked a little left of field.

The Best Young Football Players You Don't Know Yet.

The glamorization of football is not without reason—football players are among the best paid sports persons and earn considerably more than professionals in other sports.

Professional football players start playing early on in their childhood for local clubs and play for several small teams before getting selected for high-ranking teams.

Individuals with a deep passion for the game coupled with a love for physical activity make ideal football players.

A highly competitive sport, football requires the players to be in peak physical as well as mental conditions; the game is as mentally stressful as it is physically exhausting. Browse this section to explore about the life and works of various famous football players from all over the world.

  • Naouirou Ahamada

Born in Marseille, Naouirou Ahamada spent five years of his formative development at SC Air Bel, a small academy club in nestled in the city suburbs, much like Wesley Fofana and Mohamed Simakan did before him.

The Best Young Football Players You Don't Know Yet.

Youth career
2010–2011 JO Saint Gabriel
          2011–2016           Sporting Club Bel Air
2016–2018 Istres
2018–2020 Juventus

Ahamada is a very promising athlete – he moves around the pitch comfortably and has room to fill out, possessing dynamic changes of pace with a good burst off his back foot.

He has good body control in general, agile and well-balanced in most situations, while he is fairly robust in contact and able to withstand challenges.

He’s a solid as the first receiver in midfield and is quick to create options for passes. His pass selection at Bundesliga level is simple, but his technique is clean and crisp and his passing is consistent with adequate accuracy and speed. There is a lack of range and inventiveness, but he links play efficiently and can add tempo.

  • Lynnt Audoor

Lynnt Audoor has emerged as a standout, playing a range of midfield roles for their B team in Belgium’s lower divisions, as well as off the left wing for the under-19 side in this season’s UEFA Youth League.

The Best Young Football Players You Don't Know Yet.

Senior career*
           Years               Team Apps    (Gls)
2020– Club NXT 2 (0)
National team
2019– Belgium U17 2 (0)

His progression has seen him deservedly feature in matchday squads for the senior side. He also recently signed a new long-term contract at Club.

Audoor is a smart, technical player. His excellent technical quality shines through every time he receives possession. He looks light on his feet as he dribbles through traffic, always ready to anticipate a challenge and shift direction.

It’s easy to see how this part of his game would translate to being a deep-lying midfielder; he receives the ball sharply and evades pressure calmly – both important qualities for breaking through the first line of an opposition press.

  • Armel Bella-Kotchap

Armel Bella-Kotchap has been around VfL Bochum’s first-team since the age of 16, when he first appeared in their pre-season programme

The Best Young Football Players You Don't Know Yet.

Youth career
2005–2009 Rot Weiss Ahlen
2009–2012 SC Grimlinghausen
      2012–2015       Borussia Mönchengladbach
2015–2016 SG Unterrath
2016–2017 MSV Duisburg
2017–2020 VfL Bochum

The Paris-born son of a Cyrille Bella, a Cameroonian goalscorer in Germany’s lower leagues, Bella-Kotchap has been a fixture in Bochum’s first-team since the start of the 2020/21 season.

He helped the club win promotion last season, and has so far done fairly well in his first season at Bundesliga level.

His performances have also earned him an ever-growing role with Germany’s under-21 team, and links to bigger Bundesliga clubs are beginning to emerge.

Bella-Kotchap is a high-level athlete, and has been for some time. He’s extremely advanced for his age – tall and muscular with good top-end speed and a relatively nimble agility for someone of his size, it defines his style as a defender.

  • Liberato Cacace

A-League exports often struggle to settle into foreign surroundings, but Liberato Cacace has been unafflicted by teething issues since his arrival in Belgium in 2020.

The Best Young Football Players You Don't Know Yet.

Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2016–2018 Wellington Phoeni Reserves 23 (0)
2018–2020 Wellington Phoenix 58 (4)
2020–2022 Sint-Truiden 50 (0)
2022 → Empoli (loan) 10 (0)
2022– Empoli 0 (0)

After becoming the most dominant left-back in the A-League during his time with the Wellington Phoenix, Cacace was brought to Belgium by ex-Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat.

While Muscat’s time at Sint-Truiden was short-lived, Cacace has been a consistent performer for a relegation-threatened team – so much so, he was signed by Serie A club Empoli on deadline day of the 2022 winter transfer window.

Cacace can certainly look a little ungainly in possession, but he is nonetheless effective. He is confident carrying the ball forward and bursting past defenders into space; he is not so much a technical dribbler as he is a bulldozer, unafraid of any physical confrontation that stands between him and where he wants to go.

  • Davide Frattesi

Davide Frattesi has been a fixture of Italian youth international teams moving through the age groups for a while now.

The Best Young Football Players You Don't Know Yet.

Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2017– Sassuolo 36 (4)
2018–2019 → Ascoli (loan) 33 (0)
     2019–2020      → Empoli (loan) 37 (5)
2020–2021 → Monza (loan) 37 (8)

In particular though, a starring role in Italy’s 2019 Under-20 World Cup side that reached the semi-finals of the tournament in South Korea threw him into the spotlight.

After three separate loans to Serie B – where he has amassed over 100 appearances – since they acquired him from Roma in 2017, US Sassuolo have now integrated him into their starting line-up in Serie A.

His latest loan move, to an AC Monza team pushing for promotion last season, was a resounding success and provided Frattesi with a strong platform to establish himself as a Serie A player this season.

By Rishabh

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