* Soccer prospects rankings by leagues *
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12-12-2004, 06:13 AM
Join Date: Mar 2002
Here is an update as of 12/12/04
The last ranking (dating back from this summer) is between brackets.
1 (1)- Phillipe Mexes, AS Roma, D, 30/03/1982
Filled with energy, Mexes is a marvelous defenseman. He's excellent defensively, good with the header, and his passing is great. He can also score quite a few goals a year. Simply a wonderful prospect.
2 (2)- Nilmar, Brazil, Lyon, ST, 17/07/84
Now we know why he's supposed to be the next best thing in Brazil. First game, he comes up as a sub at the 76th minute, and he scores two goals to give Lyon the victory in Rennes. And two pure striker type of goals. Definitely a future star. A great feel for positionning.
3 (8)- Hatem Ben Arfa, Lyon, ST, 07/03/87
Is making a huge impact for a guy his age. He can already hurt defenses thanks to his dribbling ability. A future star no matter what.
4 (30)- Michael Essien, Ghana, Lyon, MF, 09/06/82
Was known in Bastia for his amazing shot, and good defensive midfield skills. Suffered a bad injury that prevented him to show his stuff in Lyon. He now has developped into a complete midfielder in Lyon. He’s a rock defensively, with effortless tackling skills, and is great in offensive support. He scores regularly now.
5 (5)- Petr Cech, Czech Republic, Chelsea, G, 20/05/82
Big, rather agile, he's excellent at using his big frame and at stopping penalties.
6 (16)- Jérémy Menez, Sochaux, ST, 30/11/87
Another great striker coming up but this time for Sochaux. He has speed to burn, and is accurate in front of the net.
7 (7)- Kim Kallstrom, Sweden, Rennes, MF, 24/08/82
Great vision and a knack for amazing passes. He had a very average EC for his talent. Is also excellent on free kicks.
8 (10)- Franck Ribery, Metz, MF, 01/04/83
THE player of the beginning of the year. He was playing in the third division last year and emerged this year as a star player. He's a small player with great technique and superb awareness. Not only can he pass everywhere, but he can dribble a defense by himself and turn a game around in one single action. He's not physically strong (1,70m, 60kg) and that might be where his biggest difficulty is. He leads the league in assists.
9 (6)- Florent Sinama Pongolle, Liverpool, ST, 20/10/84
Great feel for the goal, a true striker. Lacks some physical tools, but his talent should get him a star status.
10 (11)- Rio Mavuba, Bordeaux, MF, 08/03/84
Another Tigana according to Domenech, Rio was born on a boat people in the middle of the ocean. A great story, Rio's upside is so big that his future seems much brighter than his past. Real Madrid is interested in him.
11 (15)- Modeste M’Bami, Cameroon, PSG, MF, 09/10/82
Untiring defensive midfielder from PSG. Very effective and good passing skills.
12 (4)- Eduardo Costa, Brazil, Marseille, MF, 23/09/82
Defensive midfielder is probably already the best midfielder in France apart from Rothen (now that Giuly is gone). He is never tired, and has great offensive upside. His shot is simply a rocket. A bit disapointing in Marseille, but the whole team is.
13 (Unranked)-Mathieu Bodmer, Lille, MF, 22/11/82
He’s the star in Lille. He makes blind passes look easy. One of the best passers in the league.
14 (9)- Gaël Clichy, Arsenal, D, 26/07/85
Left back will take Ashley Cole’s spot sooner or later.
15 (28)- Samir Nasri, Marseille, ST, 26/06/87
Is supposed to be a great technical striker/offensive midfielder. He has great technique and combativity. He should turn the season around for Marseille pretty soon thanks to a new coach that trusts him.
16 (12)- Jérémy Mathieu, Sochaux, MF, 29/10/83
Sochaux midfielder is one of the most complete player in the league. He’s excellent defensively, and his offensive game is very good as well. He has a great shot and is a guy that will sacrifice for the team. He even plays left back once in a while.
17 (13)- Jérémie Aliadière, Arsenal, ST, 30/03/83
With Wiltord gone and Bergkamp nearing retirement, Aliadière should see more time and he WILL produce. That is, if he can battle injuries.
18 (3)- Anthony Le Tallec, St Etienne (on loan from Liverpool), ST, 03/10/84
Talent at its best. Has amazing techinque but even better vision. He’s aware of everything, has a pretty good shot, and it tall enough not to be pushed around. I expect great things from him. He’s been injured this season after a good start. He has trouble cracking the line up now, since St Etienne has scored the most goal in the league during his injury.
19 (Unranked)- Lucas Perreira, Brazil, Ajaccio, ST, 02/05/82
As of today (12/12/04), he’s tied for the scoring lead. He is excellent with the header, and smart in his positionning.
20 (14)- Marouane Chamakh, Marocco, Bordeaux, ST, 10/01/84
Was very effective. Isn’t an awfully talented striker but he positions himself nicely and is deadly in the box.
21 (24)- Bryan Bergougnoux, Lyon, ST, 12/01/83
Lyon must lick their chops with this guy and Ben Arfa coming up. When France won the Toulon tournament, Bergougnoux scored 4 of his team’s 5 goals.
22 (17)- Ludovic Butelle, Valencia, G, 13/04/83
Metz goalie was so poised so young that Valencia booked him last year.
23 (42)- Emmanuel Adebayor, Togo, Monaco, ST, 26/02/84
“Albatros” has all the tools. Strong, good headers, powerful shot, etc... Can he find the toolbox? He had a huge streak earlier this year that make me think he can find it.
24 (19)- Pablo Francia, Argentina, Bordeaux, MF, 03/12/84
Argentinian midfielder proved stellar this year for Bordeaux. Great shot and great passes.
25 (20)- Charles Itandje, Lens, G, 02/11/82
Has amazing moves, including his now famous dance before penalties. Can be the best goalie in the world for a game and a pretty bad one in the following game. Needs to find consistency.
26 (33)- John Utaka, Nigeria, Lens, ST, 08/01/82
Plenty of skills, but so far no consistency. But look out, he can really score.
27 (50)- Jérémy Gavanon, Marseille, G, 20/09/83
Barthez’s backup will carry the load as soon as Fabien retires.
28 (52)- Yann Gourcuff, Rennes, MF, 11/07/86
Son of Christian, the coach. Is touted as the next boss for Rennes’ midfield. Has great awareness, which would be expected from Gourcuff’s son.
29 (59)- Sébastien Grax, Monaco, ST, 23/06/84
And the rich get richer. A great prospect playing as striker or offensive midfielder. Good technique. He’s among the best scorers in Ligue 2 this year (he was loaned to Troyes).
30 (51)- Matt Moussilou, Lille, ST, 01/02/82
Came out of nowhere this year to score goal after goal. We’ll see if that was fluke next year. Well after a few months, he’s definately not a fluke.
31 (22)- Nicolas Karlamoff, Valencia, MF, 20/01/83
A guy that should soon crack the Valencia lineup is something to be aware of.
32 (45)- Jérémy Berthod, Lyon, D, 24/04/84
A 20 year old guy being a regular on Lyon, french champions, is impressive, especially at left back.
33 (25)- Bartholomew Ogbeche, Nigeria, PSG, ST, 01/10/84
Was called “Superman without kryptonite” by Fernandez two years ago. Has not progressed much since, but the talent is there and undoubtable.
34 (26)- Nabil Taider, Toulouse, MF, 26/05/83
Excellent offensive midfielder, and can sure shoot the free kicks. His upside is quite big.
35 (27)- Jaroslav Plasil, Czech Republic, Monaco, MF, 05/01/82
“Can do kid” Plasil was a good surprise for Monaco this year. Was effective coming off the bench to finish games because of his passing skills. Is pretty good at “keeping the ball”.
36 (34)- Gilles Yapi Yapo, Ivory Coast, Nantes, MF, 30/01/82
The guy is small, doesn’t have the most powerful shot, doesn’t have the Zidane type of skill, but he can do it all. He has a huge heart, is excellent in ball control and steals balls from opponents all game long.
37 (18)- Jaouad Zairi, Marocco, Sochaux, MF/ST, 14/04/82
You think Cristiano Ronaldo can dribble ? Try this guy. He’s just as amazing, but loses less balls. Of course the rest of his game isn’t good enough right now to say he’s the next star. His shot could be better. But he’s explosive as a winger, and is basically “ungardable”.
38 (29)- Landry Bonnefoi, Juventus, G, 20/09/83
Future star goalie for Juventus.
39 (21)- Albert Riera, Spain, Bordeaux, MF, 15/04/82
Spanish midfielder teamed up with Francia for a very effective one-two punch.
40 (40)- Stephen Drouin, Nantes, D, 27/01/84
Excellent defenseman once again for Nantes.
41 (31)- Jacques Faty, Rennes, D, 25/02/84
Called “the next Desailly”, Faty is a solid stay at home defenseman.
42 (32)- Hossam Ahmed Mido, Egypt, AS Roma, ST, 23/02/83
Mido should be sold by Marseille because mostly of his bad temper. Too bad because the big guy sure has talent.
43 (41)- Jérémy Toulalan, Nantes, MF, 10/09/83
Another Nantes diamond. Has ALL the tools.
44 (56)- Achille Emana, Cameroon, Toulouse, ST, 05/06/82
Bulldozer this year for Toulouse.
45 (35)- Florent Chaigneau, Rennes, G, 21/03/84
Rennes only bought Cech and Isaksson until this guy is ready to carry the load. During Cech’s injury this year, he proved already that he’s not far from the big show. He put up a “Banks” type of save. He also had a miserable game though, and that was probably enough for the Rennes management to seek another goalie for the immediate future.
46 (36)- Hassan Yebda, Auxerre, MF, 14/05/84
Great skills for Roux’s protégé. Should see time this year.
47 (37)- Mathieu Flamini, Arsenal, MF, 07/03/84
Was a pleasent surprise this year for Marseille. Went from unkown to unquestionnable starter. Not overly skilled, but excellent at taking balls from opponents.
48 (60)- Jimmy Briand, Rennes, ST, 02/08/85
Rennes hopes to have the final piece of the puzzle here (Chaigneau, Faty, Kallstrom-Gourcuff and Briand are the core of the future for Rennes). Good finishing touch and great speed for Briand.
49 (38)- Rudy Haddad, PSG, MF, 05/05/85
Big potential with good scoring touch.
50 (39)- Mathieu Moreau, Inter Milan, G, 22/02/83
Former Nantes goalie was blocked by Landreau.
51 (Unranked)- Sylvain Idangar, ST, Lyon, 08/03/84
Salim Arrache, ST, Strasbourg, 14/07/82
52 (43)- Lorik Cana, Albania, PSG, MF, 27/07/83
Was rock solid this year for PSG and gained a starter spot on a deep team.
53 (44)- Mickael Fabre, Sedan, G, 15/07/84
Another Nantes goalie playing in Italy. Just came back to Sedan though. We'll see how he fares in Ligue 2.
54 (46)- Habib Bamogo, Marseille, ST, 08/05/82
Scored a lot in Montpellier and that rewarded a transfer to Marseille. We’ll learn more about his potential this year.
55 (47)- Yoann Folly, Southempton, MF, 6/6/85
Former St Etienne midfield has bright future. But maybe staying in St Etienne would have helped his development.
56 (48)- Grégory Lacombe, Monaco, MF, 11/01/82
Tiny offensive midfielder is in the true spirit of the “10” of old time. Is very small, but has great passing skills and good free kicks.
57 (49)- Luigi Glombard, Nantes, ST, 21/08/84
Great potential for another Nantes prospect.
58 (23)- Choukie Ben Saada, Bastia, ST, 01/07/84
Bastia striker has already made his mark in the french league.... for two years already. Great technique, but he has to make his game more simple.
59 (53)- Alexander Farnerud, Sweden, Strasbourg, MF, 10/05/84
Has talent, but he’ll have to show more than an amazing shot once a year to prove his worth. Still a question mark.
60 (54)- David Bellion, Manchester United, ST, 27/11/82
Young ManU forward is multi-talented.
61 (55)- Emerse Fae, Nantes, MF, 24/01/84
Tough defensive midfielder with high potential.
62 (57)- Souleymane Camara, Senegal, Monaco, ST, 22/12/82
Was great for Monaco two years ago but was burried this year. Expected to rebound next season.
63 (58)- Jean-Michel Badiane, PSG, D, 09/05/83
Good shot and otherwise Desailly type of defense.
64 (61)- Yohann Pelé, Le Mans, G, 04/11/82
Is capable from the best and worst. He was the starter for a struggling team last season, but in League 2 this year he should prove his worth.
65 (62)- Léandre Griffit, Southampton, MF, 21/05/84
Creative offensive midfielder.
66 (63)- Hamed Namouchi, Glasgow Rangers, MF, 14/02/84
Another Zidane clone, especially since he comes from Cannes.
67 (64)- Samir Bertin d'Avesnes, Comores, Bastia, ST 15/04/86
I heard he had very good finishing skills. Haven’t seen him in person though.
68 (65)- Michael Ciani, Charleroi, D, 06/04/84
69 (66)- Carl Medjani, Liverpool, D, 15/05/85
Tough physical player. Good at headers.
70 (67)- Franck Songo’o, Barcelona, MF, 14/05/87
Son of goalie Jacques, he’s a two way defensive midfielder.
71 (68)- Guillaume Valmy, Inter, D, 12/03/87
Too small right now, but has time to grow.
My wild card is :
Claudiu Keseru, Roumania, Nantes, ST, ?-?-86
This guy is my wild card because even though his potential is through the roof, I'm not sold yet on his ability to reach it. He's a lefty and has a knack for scoring goals. We may see him this year in Nantes so I reserve my judgment until I see him against tougher defensemen.
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