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12-24-2007, 08:00 AM
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Alright, so I have come up with specific year-by-year-lists. I have included 'graduated years' such as '83 and '84 for comparison sake.

Onto the lists. I didn't want to complete the 1991 list as most kids are barely 16 years old and have yet to make their professional debuts. I have however, mentioned the top two supposed youngsters from that year. Both have been getting a lot of praise for players their age and I had to include them. The entire 1991 generation is supposed to be pretty darn impressive.

Number definition:

10 - Once in a life time player
09 - Superstar
08 - Great/Star
07 - Good player, comes up short for greatness.
06 - Above average/useful player
05 - Average player
04 - Below average player
03 - Mediocre player
02 - Not a professional calibre talent
01 - You're in the wrong sport, my friend.

Grade definition:

A - Sure fine bet to reach potential/Already is.
B - Nearly having furfilled his potential
C - Need seasoning before reaching potential/to bigger league.
D - Needs to proof himself more/Unlikely to reach potential
E - Problem child


01) Rafael van der Vaart (HSV) 9.0A
02) Robin van Persie (Arsenal) 9.1B
03) Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (Ajax) 9.0B
04) Johnn Heitinga (Ajax) 8.5B
05) Demy de Zeeuw (AZ) 8.0B
06) Andwele Slory (Feyenoord) 7.5B
07) Leonardo Vitor Santiago (Ajax) 8.5C
08) Edson Braafheud (FC Twente) 7.5B
09) Paul Verhaegh (Vitesse) 7.5B
10) Gijs Luirink (AZ) 7.5B

HM: Everton Ramos da Silva, Michael Vorm, Danko Lazovic, Nicky Hofs, Gibril Sankoh, Romeo Castelen & Ramon Zomer.


01) Wesley Sneijder (Real Madrid) 9.0A
02) Arjen Robben (Real Madrid) 9.2B
03) Mounier El Hamdaoui (AZ) 8.5C
04) Stijn Schaars (AZ) 7.5A
05) Boy Waterman (AZ) 7.5A
06) Mbark Boussouffa (Anderlecht) 8.0B
07) Jefferson Farfan (PSV) 7.5A
08) Maarten Martens (AZ) 7.5B
09) Nigel de Jong (HSV) 7.0A
10) Daniel de Ridder (Birmingham) 8.0D

HM: Julian Jenner, Arnold Kruiswijk & Fred Benson.


01) Karim El Ahmadi (FC Twente) 8.5B
02) Thomas Vermaelen (Ajax) 8.0C
03) Ron Vlaar (Feyenoord) 8.0C
04) Hedwiges Maduro (Ajax) 8.5D
06) Haris Medunjanin (AZ) 8.0D
06) Ari da Silva (AZ) 7.5C
07) Greziano Pellé (AZ) 8.0D
08) Collins John (Fullham) 7.0C
09) Dwight Tiendalli (Feyenoord) 7.0B
10) Nicolas Mitea (Ajax) 7.0D

HM: Ferne Snoyl, Nassir Maachi, Dustley Mulder, Ottman Bakkal, Emmanuel Boakye.


01) Ryan Babel (Liverpool) 9.0C
02) Piet Velthuizen (Vitesse) 9.0C
03) Ryan Donk (AZ) 9.0C
04) Urby Emanuelson (Ajax) 8.5C
05) Ibrahim Afellay (PSV) 8.0B
06) Luigi Bruins (Feyenoord) 8.0C
07) Kenneth Vermeer (Ajax) 8.0C
08) Gianni Zuiverloon (Heerenveen) 7.5B
09) Tim Janssen (NEC) 7.5B
10) Kemy Agustien (AZ) 7.5C

HM: Quincy-Owusu Abeyie, Milano Koenders, Manuel da Costa, Robbert Schilder, Tim Vincken, Lorenzo Davids, Job Bulters & Marcus Berg.


01) Royston Drenthe (Real Madrid) 9.0C
02) Tim Krul (Newcastle United) 9.0C
03) Luis Suaréz (Ajax) 9.0C
04) Moussa Dembélé (AZ) 8.5B
05) Jonathan de Guzman (Feyenoord) 8.5C
06) Jan Verthongen (Ajax) 7.5B
07) Dominique Kivuvu (NEC) 7.5B
08) Sebastian Pocognoli (AZ) 7.5B
09) Nordin Amrabat (VVV) 8.0C
10) Evander Sno (Celtic) 7.5C

HM: Edgar Manucharyan, Javier Martina, Sergio Zijler, Patrick Gerritsen, Donovan Slijngard, Michael Bradley, Roy Beerens, Murat Yildirim, Jermaine Lens & Sergio Romero.


01) Ismael Aissati (PSV) 9.0C
02) Nuri Sahin (Feyenoord) 9.0C
03) Dirk Marcellis (PSV) 8.5C
04) Jeffrey Sarpong (Ajax) 9.0C
05) Gregory van der Wiel (Ajax) 8.0B
06) Diego Biseswar (Feyenoord) 8.0C
07) Geert Arend Roorda (Heerenveen) 8.0C
08) John Goossens (Ajax) 8.5D
09) Jan-Arie van der Heijden (Ajax) 8.0C
10) Jordy Brouwer (Liverpool) 7.5B

HM: Aykut Demir, Michel Poldervaart, Mitchell Donald, Erik Pieters, Miralem Sulejmani & Koen Verhoeff.


01) Vurnon Anita (Ajax) 9.0D
02) Erwin Mulder (Feyenoord) 8.0B
03) Siem de Jong (Ajax) 8.0B
04) Slobodan Rajkovic (PSV) 8.5C
05) Giliano Wijnaldum (Sparta) 9.0D
06) Ilias Haddad (Excelsior) 8.0C
07) Christian Supusepa (Ajax) 7.0C
08) Vincent van den Bergh (Arsenal) 7.0C
09) Marvin Hasselbaink (Ajax) 7.0C
10) Toby Alderweireld (Ajax) 7.0C

HM: Jonathan Reis, Olivier ter Horst, Hanne Hagary, Leandro Resida, Nathaniel Will, Ratko Vansimpsen.


01) Daley Blind (Ajax) 9.0C
02) Georgino Wijnaldum (Feyenoord) 8.5C
03) Patrick van Aanholt (Chelsea) 9.0C
04) Nacer Barazite (Arsenal) 8.5C
05) Genaro Zeefuik (PSV) 8.5C
06) Daylon Claasen (Ajax) 8.0C
07) Richard Maciel Sousa Campos (Ajax) 8.0D
08) Nigel Hasselbaink (PSV) 8.0D
09) Ridny Cairo (PSV) 7.5C
10) Leroy Fer (Feyenoord) 7.0C

HM: Marko Matic, Luciano Narsingh.


01) Rodney Sneijder (Ajax) 9.0C
02) Jeffrey Bruma (Chelsea) 8.5C

If I had to order the generations, it would probably be:

1) 1983
2) 1990
3) 1991
4) 1984
5) 1986
6) 1988
7) 1987
8) 1989
9) 1985

Onto my list.

Frank de Boer scored a powerful freekick right before halftime to put Ajax up 1-0 over PSV this afternoon. After Marco Van Basten was hauled down by Ronald Koeman, it all appeared it was either Johan Cruijff or Dennis Bergkamp to be taking the kick, but then there was Frank. PSV came back storming in the second half, led by their strikers. Ronaldo came close hitting the post after a subleme pass from Luc Nilis right after the break. And then, in the 70th minute PSV finally caught a break, when Romario was tackled hard and illegally by Christian Chivu. The Romanian had to be send off whilst his coach, Louis van Gaal, made an air-kick on the sideline. Zlatan Ibrahimovic received a yellow card for protesting. Philip Cocu lined up to take the penalty, shooting it perfect into the upper corner only to be denied by Edwin van der Sar. Ajax didn't give away much after being down a man and played out the game. Ruud Gullit and Edgar Davids exchanged some bad words near the end. Rijkaard stood up for his teammate and spitted Gullit in the back of the neck. Johan Neeskens and Jaap Stam started interferring but the refs calmed the situation right in time by blowing his whistle. The two teams meet again in 2 months, then, Seedorf, Overmars, Robben, Jonk and van Nistelrooij will all be fully recovered from their injuries for an even more spectacle matchup.


Alright, the Eredivisie isn't what it used to be, but it's showing signs of improving on a yearly base. The league has pretty much been a development league for the youngsters. Whenever they're ready to hit their prime, they are leaving. And when they're on the downside, they return again. Due to the constant awareness of scouts and managers trying to buy every player who can lace his own boots, the Eredivisie has the fortune of giving their youngsters all the time and development that they need, until they reach their prime, ofcourse.

I've chosed not to use youtube cli[s, as they usually stop working after a while anyway. I'll post 5 series of 10 prospects, as HF only allows 10 images in one post.

Here goes, the top 50:

01) Daley Blind (CM; Ajax) 9.0C - Steven Gerrard

Top Ajax youngster at the moment IMO. Son of former Ajax legend and coach Danny Blind, Daley has captained several national youth teams, despite often being the youngest of the entire bunch. Daley is a neutral midfielder but can also play CB. Blind doesn't play a sexy position, but was still voted runner up to Eden Hazard and Bojan Krkic as the best player during the ECU17 this past summer after being named best player during a pre-EC tournament in Spain a month earlier. He was also named best player of the tournament during the presticious Aegean Cup in Turkey last year. Oranje U16 finished 4th, yet Blind took home the hardware. Barcelona and Arsenal have knocked on his door repeatedly over the past season. Blind could've made 100.000 Pounds per season if he had signed for the Gunners and likely an equal amount playing for Barcelona. He personally declined by signing a 3-year contract for Ajax.

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02) Rodney Sneijder (AM; Ajax) 9.0C - Wesley Sneijder

Picture Wesley Sneijder, but a little bigger. This would land your thoughts on his younger brother; Rodney. Rodney Sneijder is already an identical player to his brother. He's the same long distance threat and can shoot, pass, dribble and cross with both his feet extremely well. He's also developed a knack for free-kicks, just like his older brother. Insiders claim Rodney to have more natural talent than Wesley, but only time will tell us.

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03) Ryan Babel (SS; Liverpool) 9.0C - Thierry Henry

Ryan Babel is the prototype "diamond in the rough'. Only 20 years old, but has more experience than some 25 year old internationals. For all his shortcomings, such as a poor first touch and inconsistency issues, the name Babel automaticly comes with excitement. No current prospect in the world of football, posesses the combined pace and strenght that he does. Add his shot, his technique and versatality and Ryan Babel is a prospect with a legit claim at being the best of his position some day.

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04) Royston Drenthe (LB/LM; Real Madrid) 9.0C - Edgar Davids

Royston Drenthe is without a doubt one of the most promissing youngsters in the world. I like to see him as an Edgar Davids/Ronaldinho mix, as he brings a lot of spirit and enthousiasm, combining it with a technique to kill for. He has a great cross and can cover much of the left flank. To boot, he has an outstanding workspirit. It's still uncertain which position he will likely focuss on, as he's too inconsistent defensively to be a left-back. Not to mention that his offensive skill would be wasted there. I think he'd have to concentrate on LM or LW. Regardless, Drenthe is a potential superstar. Drenthe was recently named the best player of the U21 EC this past summer, after he almost singlehandedly won the tournament for Oranje.

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05) Piet Velthuizen (GK; Vitesse) 9.0C - Iker Cassilas

Piet Velthuizen bursted onto the scene in 2006/2007 and took over the starting role while at the bare age of 19. In 21 Eredivisie games so far, Velthuizen has kept a clean sheet nine times. That while Vitesse isn't exactly known as a defensive side. Velthuizen is a great line-keeper with outstanding reflexes. Like most Dutch goalkeepers, he's also strong with his feet and is the only young goalkeeper whom I know of to be two footed. PSV want to get him to replace a possible departing Gomes. While Sampdoria has already laid out a €6 million offer on the table. His trainer, Aad de Mos, compares him to Belgium and European legend Michel Preud'homme, who he coached during his stay in Belgium as well. Velthuizen is a U21 international so far (playing two games, two clean sheets), but will likely take over from van der Sar in the near future. With Stekelenburg, Velthuizen Krul and Vermeer, Oranje's has goalkeeping depth it has never had before.

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06) Ismael Aissati (AM; PSV) 9.0C

Once pegged as world's greatest 17 year old talent, Aissati has played under heavy pressure ever since. Playing under Ronald Koeman has not helped that, btw. Koeman is known for taking little risks and always prefers experience over youth. Hence Aissati was loaned out to Twente for the second half of last season. That move nearly bite Koeman in the ass as Aissati carried Twente to UEFA Cup football, while PSV blew it's 11 point lead. Ismael Aissati will be a superstar someday, I know that much. Whether he will chose for Oranje or for the country of his parents (Marocco) that's still up in the air, but expect to be informed in the near future. Currently having a lot of competition with PSV (Perez, Mendes, Afellay), but he blows them all out of the water in terms of talent but. You are able to see Aissati perform his tricks in the Eredivisie for at least two more years before he'll move abroad. My gut says it will be AC Milan. Aissati's potential is huge. Being the best of his position someday is definitely not out of the quesion.

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07) Tim Krul (GK; Newcastle United) 9.0C - Gianluca Buffon

Krul was named best goalkeeper of the 2004-2005 EC U19, where his team lost in the finals. He also cracked Newcastle's line-up at the bare age of 17 years, which is extraordinary for a goalkeeper. In an article about scouting and talent about a year ago, Juventus scout Pasquale Sensibile stated: "We keep an eye out on all the talents in the world. Tim Krul for example, is a new version of Gianluca Buffon." He's currently loaned out to Falkirk to get experience, and he has done nothing there but turning heads. "We hope to keep him for an even longer period, he's been really supurb for us. It's because of him we didn't get send home humiliated in at least two games" - John Hughes, Falkirk manager.

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08) Nuri Sahin (AM; Dortmund/Feyenoord) 9.0C

Nuri Sahin has been deemed one of world's best talents for a few years now. He's currently loaned out to Feyenoord where he has done nothing but turning heads. He turned 19th not too long ago but plays like a savy veteran. Sahin is the youngest Bundesliga player to have ever make his debut, as he is the youngest Bundesliga goalscorer in history. Sahin is a midfielder with vision and creative idea's. He's more of a playmaker than he is a scorer. Sahin needs to work on his strenght and needs to help out more defensively in order to be even more valueble for his team. He can go on stretches where he's barely noticable. Yet, Sahin has unquestionable been one of Feyenoord's MVP's so far into the season.

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09) Jeffrey Bruma (CM; Chelsea) 8.5C

Like Blind and Sneijder, Bruma too, has family playing professional football. Marciano Bruma plays for Barnsley. His little brother, however, should amount into a whole lot more. Jeffrey made the transition from Feyenoord to Chelsea this past summer, and just keeps on growing on a weekly base. Bruma, like Blind, can play at midfield or on defense and has been a revelation for Oranje U16. Bruma plays with composure and awaits his moments to join the forwards. He will likely have to wait a few year sbefore making his first team debut. Which is no shame considering his age (16) and his team (Chelsea). His grade has not been set in stone, so it will likely alter as the years go by.

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10) Georgino Wijnaldum (AM; Feyenoord) 8.5C

Wijnaldum is the youngest Eredivisie player in Feyenoord history. The youth international was absolutely tearing up the youth competition, was brought up to the A-squad and hasn't looked back since. Wijnaldum was named MotM during his debut and has often been Feyenoord's best player. The young attacking midfielder is said to be Feyenoord's biggest brightspot for the future, ahead of more established talents such as Vlaar, Bruins, Slory and de Guzman.

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