The 1990s - an era where players like Alan Shearer, Zinedine Zidane and Romario dominated the world of football and Manchester United became the global-superpower they now are.
In a time where Brazil reached two World Cup finals and their prodigal son became the most prolific, feared striker on the planet. This was the decade where the English Premier League was born.
The players who experienced the 1990s football; are a dying breed. David Beckham, Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes are all survivors of one of the most exciting times in football history. But what of the children of the 1990s? How good would an all-star-side of the 1990’s actually be? And will they keep the beautiful game in safe-hands as the old-heads pass the guard down?
Born in the '90s
In terms of safe-hands, the goalkeepers of the 1990s are looking a sure bet; Manchester United’sGoalkeeper David De Gea, as well as on-loan Chelsea star Thibaut Courtois (On-loan at Athletico Madrid) are two of the finest goalkeepers the '90s youngsters have to offer. However, recently capped England international Jack Butland is the finest of the English goalkeepers; some believe in the coming years he will push Manchester Cities Joe Hart all the way for the England number one role. In defence, youngsters like Manchester United’s Phil Jones and the Frenchman Raphael Varane are fine examples of future world-class centre-backs. FC Schalke’s Kyriakos Papadopoulos is another centre-back who bigger teams are circling around.
Full-backs of players born in the 1990s seem to be all out attacking menaces. Bayern Muniches’ David Alaba has netted five times this campaign already and Manchester United’s Rafael has netted three times. The full-backs are mercurial in nature, and a joy to watch. There is no shortages of exciting names in the midfield department to throw around – Jack Wilshire, Casemiro, Eden Hazard and Joel Obi are all who’s shoulders our football mantle falls upon.
The 21-year-old Jack Wilshire is perhaps the most exciting talent in English football; after a stellar performance against Barcelona in Arsenals quarter-final showdown in 2011, the biggest clubs in the world are circling around him.
There is no shortage in exciting Brazilian youngsters; the emergence of these starlets just before the 2014 World Cup in Rio is mouth-watering. It brings similarities back to the emergences of Rivaldo, Ronaldo and Roberto Carlos in the early 1990s. Casemiro, Neymar and Lucas could be the Brazilians that bring the World Cup after a 12 year absence. The strikers born in the 1990s are another area for excitement. Mario Balotelli, Lacina Traore and Romelu Lukaku are reasons why the coming years are going to be fantastic.
AC Milan’s Stephan El Shaarawy has the potential to rub shoulders with Lionel Messi and Cristano Ronaldo. The Italian international has netted 19 goals this season; averaging a-goal-every-other-game.
Christian Benteke was a sensational find by Aston Villa and 15 goals for a struggling Premier League side is an amazing feet. In the coming ten years or so - faces like Steven Gerrard, Xavi and Cristiano Ronaldo will vanish. But a new generation of exciting footballers will rise and replace them. Neymar, Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard are all names that will grace our back-pages for the foreseeable future.
Players to lookout for:
Kurt Zouma (St. Eittene)
Nathan Redmond (Birmingham City)
Thomas Ince (Blackpool)
Ibrahima Mbaye (Inter Milan)
Adam Campbell (Newcastle United)
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