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SENDEROS Philippe (SUI)

At 17 Philippe Senderos became the first Swiss footballer to hold aloft an international trophy. Four years on he is a key player in a resurgent Switzerland senior team.

 
 VUKCEVIC Simon (SCG)

The Balkan region has a long tradition of producing talented midfielders and the latest to roll off the production line is the 20-year-old
 
 MAVUBA Rio Antonio (FRA)

Likened to former French midfield star Jean Tigana, young Bordeaux midfielder Rio Antonio Mavuba is hoping his stirring performances
 
 MONTIEL Jose (PAR)

A combination of talent, exemplary timing and maturity beyond his years has put young midfielder Jose Montiel at the head of the pack
 
 HIRAYAMA Sota (JPN)

Tall and powerful with a nose for goal, young Japanese striker Sota Hirayama's form for Dutch club Heracles Almelo could yet earn
 
 VUCINIC Mirko (SCG)

With the innate skills so many of his countrymen seem to possess, Serbia and Montenegro's young striker Mirko Vucinic is combining
 
 ADU Freddy (USA)

At 13 he was shining for the United States' U-17 team and drawing more than casual attention from some of the world's leading clubs
 
 DINDANE Aruna (CIV)

There is more to the Côte d'Ivoire attack than Didier Drogba. The Lens-based Aruna Dindane struck five goals and created just as many
 
 BABEL Ryan (NED)

Ajax striker Ryan Babel needed just 61 minutes to make his mark on the international stage, with a debut goal for the Netherlands
 
 MATHIAS Emmanuel (TOG)

Nigerian-born full-back Emmanuel Mathias has made a big impression in Togo since making his debut for his adopted country in March
   
 

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