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Uruguay's Copa America success last year was no fluke. They have a wealth of attacking talent that includes the likes of Edinson Cavani, Diego Forlan and Luis Suarez. But spare a thought for Abel Hernandez, as Palermo's striker finds his international opportunities limited and that is not quite right as the former Penarol frontman is a very special player.
Mikel San Jose is very quickly building himself a reputation in Spain as a tough-tackling, no nonsense centre back and national team coach Vicente Del Bosque has been monitoring the 22-year-old in action for Athletic Bilbao. The former Liverpool defender is fast becoming a world class defender back at his hometown club.
21 year old centre back Mateo Musacchio has firmly established himself as Villarreal's first choice centre back since a rapid progression into the first team during early 2010. Musacchio now finds himself in the Argentina national squad and continues to establish himself as one of the best centre backs in European football.
19 year old Erik Lamela is so highly regarded in his homeland of Argentina, that there have already been comparisons with the great Diego Maradona and Juan Roman Riquelme. The attacking midfielder has just completed a move to Roma from River Plate.
Brazilian starlet Ganso, otherwise known as Paulo Henrique Chagas de Lima, is very quickly building a reputation for himself. The Santos attacking midfielder, aged only 21, has already been capped by his country and in addition helped Santos to Copa Libertadores success this year.
Keko, the young 16 year old who is already breaking records at Atletico Madrid, has everything on his side at this stage. Time, bags of talent and coaches that see potential at him at such a young age.
23 year old winger Cristian Rodriguez has shown this season in Portugal that he is certainly going to be an excellent player in the future for his side Porto and for the international side, Uruguay.
Grenoble midfielder Sofiane Feghouli is seen by many in France as the long term answer to Zinedine Zidane, and despite interest of some of the biggest clubs in Europe, Feghouli has insisted he will stay at Grenoble.
Federico Fazio has recently been praised as one of the best young defenders in European football at the moment. The player, from Argentina, is currently playing for Sevilla and has already made his way into the first-team, despite his tender age of 21.
Adel Taarabt is regarded by many to be one of the best young players to hail from France over the last few years. The youngster is currently playing on the fringes of the Tottenham first-team squad, but has not appeared regularly since making a move from French Ligue side Lens.
Rafael Carioca is a young Brazilian holding midfielder, currently playing for Gremio. His full name is Rafael de Souza Pereira. The player, aged just 19, is already a regular for his side.
The hype in Turkey shrouding youngster Batuhan Karadeniz is immense. Many believe that this young forward is set to become the new Hakan Sukur, and is already proving his talents in the Turkish Super Lig. Currently playing for Besiktas, there are rumours that many other clubs are interested in signing the Turk.
Young right back Davide Santon is regarded by many in Italy as one of the best potential youngsters in the country. The player is currently playing for Inter Milan, but the likes of Man City are already interested.
Many believe that Brek Shea could be the USA's next hot prospect alongside the likes of Jozy Altidore and Freddy Adu. In fact, Shea has already attracted the attentions of Manchester United; a major indicator of this young lad's potential talent.
Mamadou Sakho is one of the hottest young players to have come out of France over the last few years. Currently at Paris St Germain, the versatile defender is wanted by a host of Europe's biggest clubs.