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Cream of English U17s well beaten by Qatar academy

Watching the Qatar Aspire Academy U17s playing in the Milk Cup youth tournament in Northern Ireland its hard not to be very impressed. The players are individually very skilfull and Qatar is developing a wonderful team.
They won the final against Manchester Utd U17s 5-1. Utd are known for having a very strong team but had nothing to give against these boys.

Qatar also beat a Brazilian youth team 6-1 and a Dutch youth team 7-1… watch this space.

Here they are beating Manchester Utd with some fabulous play.


My top five players at the Asian Cup Finals

Here are the top five players who stand out at the AFC Asian Cup Finals at Qatar 2011. I’m sure scouts from America and Europe have them in their sights.

Yusef Ahmed, aged 22

Forward, Al Sadd and Qatar
His first goal in Iran’s second game against China was brilliant, controlled the ball on his thigh volleyed into the net… love that one. Was a threat against Kuwait and Japan and looks like he will be one of the country’s best players in years to come. Watch the goal below.

Odil Ahmedov, aged 23
Midfielder, Pakhtakor and Uzbekistan
Fired Uzbekistan to the semis against Australia.
Boy this guy can hit the ball… watch his superb long range strike in opening game against Qatar and again against China. Pivotal role in bossing the central of the park.

Matt McKay, aged 27
Midfielder, Brisbane Roar and Australia
Stands out by being the only Australian based player Socceroos. Helped them get through to the semi-finals for the first time with his high-tempo passing game in the middle of the park or at left fullback role. Key player on the road to Brazil 2014.

Yoon Bit-Garam
Midfielder, Gyeongnam FC and Korea Republic
In only his third game at Doha – all as a substitute – he scored the winner to take Korea through to the last four. Voted the K-League Rookie of the Year last season he is seen as one of Korea Republic’s best youth talents.

Shinji Kagawa, aged 21
Forward, Borussia Dortmund and Japan
Player of the match performance in their 3-2 quarter-final triumph over Qatar and a stunning debut Bundesliga return of eight goals in just 17 appearances with Borussia Dortmund. Watch him score below.

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