Sunday, November 25, 2007

ATH: The next generation

I guess you either have to be a fan of Barcelona, or hate them entirely for their embarrassment of riches -- Thierry Henry, Ronaldinho, Lionel Messi, Eto'o, Thuram. But i've just spent an hour watching video of their two newest, and youngest, players and cannot believe what they have to offer. Giovanni dos Santos is a smooth, stealthy striker with an impeccable taste for the offensive hole. Alone he would be a prize for any club. But then i watched Bojan Krkic. If he is not, within three or four years, European or World Footballer of the Year then he's in a cast head to toe. What a brilliant touch, what a tenacious nose for the goal, what a superb sense of the direction of play. Most of the goals i watched him score came on the least likely touch, and seem to thread hordes of players untouched. He scored a lot of goals as a youngster, plenty of vids out there, but they merely demonstrated that he could run, break through, and was on target against middling opposition. But, beginning as a U-17 Spanish player it quickly became apparent to me that his touch borders on perfection. This is one i will be following for some time, and has made me instantly a Barca fan, if i wasn't always quietly rooting for those individual talents.

Bojan Krkic and Giovanni dos Santos



Bojan Krkic Highlights




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