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Meet Bruno Iglesias, Madrid’s Magisterial Midfielder

Real Madrid has had a long line of successful and world-class midfielders over decades that includes David Beckham, Kaka and Luka Modric, but the club could have another star in its midst in the coming seasons.

Bruno Iglesias hasn’t debuted for Los Blancos just yet, but the 18 year old has already begun to make a significant impression upon the club in his nearly seven years with the team.

Iglesias is seen as a logical replacement for Madrid’s aging midfield in the near future once Modric, Casemiro and Toni Kroos have completed their incredible careers in Spain.

ONE37pm takes a closer look at Iglesias, who is currently lighting it up with Madrid’s Under-19 side.

Iglesias’ Background

Iglesias began his youth career with Santa Marta before drawing significant interest from some of Spain’s top clubs.

The Spaniard had interest from both Atletico Madrid and Barcelona but ultimately chose Real back in 2015.

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Although he hasn’t trained regularly with Madrid’s senior team, Iglesias is being prepared steadily for a larger role as he continues to dominate the club’s U-19 squad.

This season, Iglesias has double digit goals and assists for his team, showing his tremendous value at a young age.

Iglesias’ Future

Although there’s a very strong chance Iglesias plays for Madrid in the near future, other clubs across Europe have expressed interest in the young Spaniard.

Iglesias can certainly work into Madrid’s side slowly as the midfield trio of Modric, Casemiro and Kroos continue to age. However, the arrival of Eduardo Camavinga is certainly another competitor to deal with in the center of the park.

The player that often draws comparisons to a young Kaka could soon have his chance at the Santiago Bernabeu, but until he makes his debut we’ll be watching his progress from afar.

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Meet Tanguy Nianzou, Bayern’s French Enforcer

Bayern Munich has dominated the Bundesliga for years and with a new crop of players leading this next generation of the club

When watching the German giants play a lot of the attention goes to the traditional stars like Robert Lewandowski, Manuel Neuer and Thomas Muller, however, this new-age Bayern team has plenty of young guns looking to make their impact.

Tanguy Nianzou is one of Bayern’s young defender that’s already making an impact as a teenager and the physically-imposing Frenchman could be a name to watch at the club for years to come.

Here’s more on the 19-year-old center back, who’s now in his second full season with the German side.

Nianzou’s Background

Nianzou was born in Paris and actually spent spent several years with Paris Saint-Germain at both the youth and professional levels.

The Frenchman also spent time with local side Fontainebleau prior to his arrival at PSG, where several other notable graduates have gone on to have amazing careers, including Lilian Thuram and Christopher Nkunku.

Although PSG never afforded the teenager the opportunities he was seeking, it was clear early on that he could play top-level football in Europe.

With a 6’3″ frame, Nianzou is seen as a dominating presence at the heart of a defense and at Bayern he’s earning more minutes at a young age.

Nianzou’s Future

The arrival of Dayot Upamecano at Bayern created a noticeable shift defensively for the club after Jerome Boateng left.

Meanwhile, Nianzou also figures to play a big role centrally for the club as they continue to get younger at the back alongside Upamecano and Alphonso Davies.

Nianzou has also lit it up for France’s youth national teams and with center back being one of the few areas where Les Bleus could use an injection of youth, the Bayern talent could potentially break into the senior side soon.

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Meet Benjamin Sesko, Salzburg’s Speedy Striker

Before Red Bull Salzburg emerged as one of the top destinations for youth talent in European football, there were clubs like Ajax and Sporting CP.

Salzburg, in its current capacity under Red Bull ownership, is only 16 years old and yet the club has consistently spit out some of the world’s most-recognized talents over the past decade.

Erling Haaland, Sadio Mane, Dayot Upamecano and so many others have passed through the Salzburg system and now their current side is about to propel several players onto the radar of many across the globe.

One player that is still in his infancy is Benjamin Šeško, one of the club’s most promising attacking players under the age of 20.

Here’s a closer at Šeško and how his time at Salzburg could turn him into one of the world’s next well-discussed strikers.

Šeško’s Background

Born in Slovenia, Šeško began his youth career at his local side Radece before landing with several other sides in his native country.

In 2019, Šeško joined Red Bull Salzburg and spent time with the club’s reserve side FC Liefering, where he began to shine over several seasons.

Šeško has been likened to Haaland because of his elite combination of size, a 6’4″ frame, and pace.

“My team-mates at the club tell me that Haaland and I are very similar, especially in terms of speed,” Šeško said. “Most of them even tell me that I’m better than him.”

Obviously that’s a very glowing endorsement from his teammates considering what Haaland is accomplishing at such a young age, but anyone that watches Šeško recognizes his athleticism is elite and if given the opportunity he could truly evolve into one of Europe’s best strikers.

Šeško’s Future

While players like Karim Adeyemi and Noah Okafor currently garner most of the attention for Salzburg in the attack, Šeško will be the player that’s next in line to bag goals for the Austrian giants.

At 18, Šeško has the chance to go down a similar path to Haaland, whose career skyrocketed at Salzburg.

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It only took one full season for Haaland to score 17 goals in 18 Austrian Bundesliga matches before he was sold to Dortmund.

Šeško is already being eyed by some of Europe’s elite clubs and there’s no reason to believe he won’t be on another squad within the next two to three seasons.

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Meet Darwin Nunez, Benfica’s Stellar Striker

Top strikers across Europe will be on the move this summer, highlighted by Erling Haaland, but a player residing in Portugal could be one of football’s most exciting prospects.

Darwin Nuñez has taken the Portuguese top flight by storm since arriving at Benfica in 2020 and now the Uruguayan is commanding a lot of attention.

Nuñez has nearly tripled his goal total from a season ago in the Primeira Liga and that’s why he has garnered attention from clubs like Barcelona, Newcastle, West Ham and more.

ONE37pm takes a closer look at the Benfica star ahead of a crucial summer.

Nuñez’s History

Nuñez was born in Uruguay and eventually ended up at Penarol, one of the top sides in the South American country.

The striker moved to Europe back in 2019 when he first got his chance at Spanish side Almeria, where he performed well in a very short span of time.

Nuñez parlayed his success in Spain with a move to one of the top sides in Portugal; Benfica. He has since become a huge part of the club’s recent success and currently has 20 league goals in 2021/22.

Uruguay has also started to involved Nuñez more in their national team set up over recent years as Luis Suarez and some of the country’s elder players close out their careers.

Style of Play

Nuñez is incredibly exciting to watch because of the separation he’s able to create around the penalty area.

The Benfica man primarily plays in a central role for the Portuguese giants but also has the ability to be sent out wide, preferably on the left wing, in order to cut in on his preferred right foot to create.

He’s great in counterattacking situations due to his athleticism and quick decision-making.

Nuñez’s Future

Nuñez may not be as highly coveted as a player like Haaland or Vlahovic, who was sold in the winter to Juventus, but the Uruguay international has seen his stock rise as his team continues to progress in Champions League.

If Benfica can get past Ajax that would lift his price even more, especially given the amount of top sides looking into him.

La Liga seems like a logical next step in Nuñez’s career, with Barcelona eyeing a new striker in the coming months.

A summer deal for Nuñez may be wise as well for a potential suitor, especially if Uruguay qualifies for the World Cup in Qatar. A bid for the South American side could see his stock grow even further.

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Meet Ryan Gravenberch, Ajax’s Midfield Master

Ajax is loaded with young ballers on a yearly basis, but the current crop of talent with the Eredivisie giants continues to soar to new heights.

Ryan Gravenberch is one of the latest talents to make a significant impact for the Dutch side, and now the young midfielder is preparing himself for a move in 2022 to some of Europe’s elite clubs.

The 19 year old is coming off of a tremendous performance against Cambuur which included a goal and two assists.

ONE37pm takes a closer look at Ajax’s midfield master and how he’s building a strong resume ahead of an important summer transfer window.

Gravenberch’s History

The Dutchman has been with Ajax since 2010 when he joined the club’s youth academy and was eventually awarded the organization’s Abdelhak Nouri Trofee, which goes out to the top academy talent annually.

Gravenberch has represented several Netherlands youth national teams and quickly risen to the senior team, already making 10 appearances for the European nation.

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The Amsterdam native became the youngest Ajax player to ever feature after passing legendary midfielder Clarence Seedorf. Gravenberch was only 16 years old and 242 days when he made his first-team appearance in the Eredivisie.

Gravenberch’s older brother, Danzell, also has a history with Ajax after coming up through the club’s academy despite never appearing for the senior team.

Gravenberch’s Future

The Dutch star is beginning to attract great attention and if Ajax can continue to progress in Champions League Gravenberch’s stock will only rise further.

Gravenberch and Ajax are currently leading the Eredivisie this season as well and that helps his case for moving into a bigger scene ahead of the 2022 World Cup.

With the Netherlands already qualified for Qatar, Gravenberch is expected to not only make the squad but can very likely feature in the midfield for the European nation alongside talents like Frenkie De Jong.

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Best Transfer Destinations for Jonathan David

Erling Haaland, Kylian Mbappe and Dusan Vlahovic continue to dominate the talks of the best young strikers to lead the next generation, but another name that deserves recognition is Lille star Jonathan David.

Since arriving at the French club, David has become more and more important for the reigning Ligue 1 champions and that’s brought significant spotlight to him as clubs across Europe take notes.

David is agile and exhibits good off-the-ball reading of the game, which often results in putting himself in the proper areas to rack up goals.

This season, David has 17 goals in all competitions and he’s equalled his Ligue 1 total from a season ago in 10 fewer matches.

With Lille constantly producing talent outside of just David, it’s highly possible that the Canada star moves this summer with many top sides seeking for that elite goal scorer that can produce for years to come.

ONE37pm takes a closer look at some of the top transfer destinations for Jonathan David ahead of a busy summer transfer window.

Arsenal

It’s clear Arsenal are in the market for a striker, and with Mikel Arteta’s side boasting loads of young talent, the Gunners could make a push for David.

It makes total sense given the direction Arsenal is heading in under their manager. David is young, quick and capable of playing in a variety of systems.

The Premier League side desperately needs a player like David that can move seamlessly in the penalty area and create space for himself. With the help of other promising Arsenal talents like Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli, this may be the best fit for David.

Barcelona

It’s no secret that Barcelona, like many clubs, is heavily pursuing Haaland. The reality is only one club will pen the Norwegian star though, and if it’s not the Blaugrana, they’ll likely be in the market for another striker to compete with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

David is a logical choice because of his quick movements and the fact that he would fit into the mold of the modern Barcelona squad. Young, unafraid players that can potentially create a new generation of wealth for the Camp Nou side.

The thought of David alongside Ansu Fati, Ferran Torres, Gavi, Pedri and others is quite the prospect.

Chelsea

Chelsea’s financial situation will definitely be a topic of conversation if Roman Abramovich sells the club. The Russian has never been shy when it comes to the transfer market, but it’s not a guarantee that a new owner will be as flush with free capital each year to be active with prospective players.

That said, David would be an ideal fit in a squad that is starting to see Kai Havertz and Hakim Ziyech come to life up front. Meanwhile, Romelu Lukaku’s struggles could mean he won’t be at Stamford Bridge for long.

AC Milan

Milan has a strong relationship with Lille and that could do wonders for enticing David. The Serie A giants are already looking to bring in central defender Sven Botman, while Rafael Leao has taken the club by storm with his pace and finishing abilities.

David would represent a new generation of attacking talent at the San Siro, especially with aging stars Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Olivier Giroud nearly the end of their tremendous careers.

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Meet Antony, Ajax’s Brazilian Baller

Ajax is known for producing top-end talent almost yearly, and Antony is no exception as he prepares to lead Ajax on a deep UEFA Champions League run.

We’re just a few seasons removed from Ajax’s magical run to the UCL semifinals and n0w the Dutch giants could be in line to repeat that success in 2022.

Antony is one of several key players under the age of 25 that have contributed massively this season for Ajax, including Edson Alvarez, Lisandro Martinez and Jurrien Timber.

The Brazilian has been huge for the Dutch giants all season, scoring 11 goals in all competitions, including two in the Champions League.

With Antony’s meteoric rise this season, ONE37pm takes a look at how the Ajax playmaker is progressing.

Style of Play

Antony is a versatile Brazilian that utilizes his pace and skill with the ball to perfection.

The Ajax star mainly plays on the right wing where he can cut in on his preferred left foot, but he’s been known to slide centrally at times at Ajax to work more closely with Sebastien Haller.

Antony is one of many promising Brazilian wingers, including Vinicius Jr., Raphinha and Rodrygo.

Antony’s Future

If things continue to go well for Ajax this season it’s very possible Antony makes a giant move before he heads off the the World Cup in Qatar this November.

Given the timing of this year’s World Cup though, some high-profile moves could be on hold until after the competition.

Antony has been on many team’s watch lists given his ceiling and that could lead to a bidding war as clubs across Europe aim to secure one of the sport’s next attacking talents.

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Meet Jurrien Timber, Ajax’s Dutch Defender

Jurrien Timber has all the potential to become one of Ajax’s bigger exports in the future, but for now the club’s star defender is helping his side make a huge push in the UEFA Champions League.

Timber is no exception when looking at how good the Eredivisie leaders have been this season.

Timber is one of many young players that have contributed massively this season for Ajax, including Antony, Edson Alvarez and Lisandro Martinez.

ONE37pm takes a closer look at Timber’s rise with the Dutch side and how his career could progress at Ajax and beyond.

Style of Play

Timber is a strong, versatile defender that primarily plays center back but also has experience on the outside.

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The Ajax star has made a real case as one of the best at his position in the Eredivisie at the age of 20 and there’s no reason to believe he cannot follow in the footsteps of previous stars like Matthijs de Ligt.

Timber’s Future

Timber has immersed himself in the Ajax squad since last season and he’s locked down a starting role alongside Lisandro Martinez.

Given how well Timber looks with one of Europe’s top sides this season, he’ll be on many club’s radars soon enough.

Timber will also be fighting for a place at the World Cup with the Netherlands after qualifying for their 11th competition.

Even with stiff competition from Virgil Van Dijk, Nathan Ake and Matthijs de Ligt, Timber has a very real chance to make the Dutch squad given his versatility and calmness in tough situations.

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Meet Noah Okafor, Salzburg’s Supreme Striker

RB Salzburg has one of the most potent attacks in Europe after building an exciting unit following the departure of Erling Haaland.

Although Haaland continues to garner plenty of attention for his play at Borussia Dortmund, Salzburg have positioned themselves well with two more forwards that have world-class potential.

ONE37pm has already highlighted Karim Adeyemi, who will likely take his talents to Dortmund this summer when Haaland leaves, but Noah Okafor is another name that not nearly enough people are discussing.

The Swiss striker has been on a tear this season after really establishing a strong connection with Adeyemi.

This season, the pair have combined for 21 league goals in Austria’s top flight and Salzburg has only lost one match their entire domestic campaign.

It’s safe to say the trust the duo are building is paying off and now they have the chance to shine against one of Europe’s biggest giants in the UEFA Champions League; Bayern Munich.

History of Okafor

Okafor was born in Basel, Switzerland, where he’d eventually have the chance to play for his hometown side.

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He started out with local club FC Arisdorf before joining Basel as a kid and that eventually led to Okafor making his first-team debut in 2018.

Despite only scoring three goals in his Basel career, Okafor has quickly become a star at Salzburg after increasing his role steadily since 2020.

Okafor has become one of the go-to attackers for the Austrian side over the last two seasons and now he’ll surely be getting more eyes on him from bigger clubs if Salzburg continues to reach new heights.

Style of Play

The budding Salzburg star has elite pace, similar to Adeyemi, and his dynamic play allows Okafor to drift into wide positions and play centrally alongside his teammate.

Okafor thrives in Salzburg’s attacking set up because of the freedom it provides him. He’s great at dropping deep or spreading wide to receive the ball, but he’s equally strong when he’s tasked with making darting runs into the box to attack the ball.

The Swiss star is also strong with both feet, making him extremely deadly in, and around, the penalty area.

Okafor’s Future

Okafor may have the chance to really make a name for himself in 2022 if Salzburg continues down its current path.

The Swiss star has been seeing more opportunities at the international level and with his native country qualified for the World Cup in Qatar there’s a very real chance Okafor features heavily.

With Okafor’s combination of speed and finishing abilities, the 21 year old will be a name that’s synonymous with scoring goals over the years to come.

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UEFA Champions League Round of 16 Leg 1 Predictions

The UEFA Champions League Round of 16 kicks off next week and many eyes will be drawn to the marquee matchup of Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid.

That doesn’t mean there aren’t other quality matchups though, including Serie A leaders Inter Milan taking on Premier League giants Liverpool and last season’s Ligue 1 winners Lille aiming to defeat defending Champions League holders Chelsea.

Meanwhile, UCL top scorer Sebastien Haller will be looking to carry on his form for Ajax and lead them back into the quarterfinals for the first time since the 2018/19 campaign.

Below, ONE37pm breaks down all the first leg affairs in the Champions League and offers up winners in each match.

Paris Saint-Germain vs. Real Madrid – Feb. 15

PSG haven’t reached the level that many expected them to after signing Lionel Messi, Sergio Ramos and a host of other talents over the summer, but the good news for the Parisians is that Madrid are starting to show signs of weakness.

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Los Blancos have lost twice since the start of 2022, including being eliminated from the Copa del Rey recently. Goals aren’t flowing in the way they were previously so if PSG can slow down Madrid up front there will be an opportunity to gain belief.

PSG will also likely benefit from the return of Neymar after being sidelined with an ankle injury. However, Ramos is in doubt with an injury of his own and that will hamper their back line.

Prediction: PSG 1-2 Real Madrid

Manchester City vs. Sporting CP – Feb. 15

Manchester City have been a machine all season and it doesn’t appear that truth will halt in the immediate future.

With Champions League being the one thing that has loomed over Pep Guardiola since his arrival, it’s beginning to feel like this may be the season where City gets the job done.

For Sporting, they will need to be disciplined and hope that they can fend off a flurry of City attacks, but that likely won’t be an easy task.

Prediction: Man City 4-0 Sporting CP

Bayern Munich vs. RB Salzburg – Feb. 16

Bayern are still one of the clear favorites to win the Champions League this season, but this matchup could be closer than some might want to admit.

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Salzburg has a plethora of attacking options, including Karim Adeyemi, Noah Okafor and Brenden Aaronson.

The Austrian side is currently 14 points ahead in their domestic league and they’ll be looking to pull off a monster upset against the Bundesliga giants.

Prediction: Salzburg 3-3 Bayern

Inter Milan vs. Liverpool – Feb. 16

Liverpool enter the Champions League restart playing some fine football and the good news for the Reds is that Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah have returned from the African Cup of Nations.

New signing Luis Diaz is already shining for the Reds, while Diogo Jota continues to play at a very high level this season.

For Inter, their strength is their back line and ability to hit teams going the other way. The Serie A side will need players like Lautaro Martinez and Alexis Sanchez to help speed up their transition game and create chances when they get them.

Prediction: Liverpool 2-1 Inter

Chelsea vs. Lille – Feb. 22

Chelsea have the opportunity to become world champions when they take on Palmeiras in the Club World Cup final on Saturday, but their attention will soon turn to defending their UCL crown.

Despite some inconsistent play up front, the Blues enter the Round of 16 as one of the teams that should be taken seriously.

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Thomas Tuchel’s side are still one of the best in Europe at the back and if Romelu Lukaku ever finds consistency Chelsea can take their game to another level.

Meanwhile, Lille have one of the best scorers in the tournament with Canada international Jonathan David up front. The French side hasn’t be consistent enough in league play this season, but there’s plenty of talent to potentially upset the Blues.

Prediction: Chelsea 1-0 Lille

Juventus vs. Villarreal – Feb. 22

The arrival of Dušan Vlahović is a game changer for Juventus and while they probably win Champions League, the Serbian gives the Turin club massive hope heading into the future.

The Serie A side now has one of the elite finishers in Europe and that gives them a chance in almost any match.

Meanwhile, Villarreal look to use their experiences from last season as Europa League winners to carry them on a deep UCL run.

Prediction: Juventus 1-1 Villarreal

Atletico Madrid vs. Man United – Feb. 23

Man United have done a 180 since the arrival of Ralf Rangnick in some ways but in others the club is exactly the same.

While the Red Devils have certainly improved defensively, their attack has gone stagnant in matches where Cristiano Ronaldo isn’t scoring. Luckily for them, Ronaldo is one of the best to compete in UCL.

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Atletico will be looking to find some kind of attacking consistency after many struggles in 2021/22. Diego Simeone’s group always pride itself on being an elite defensive unit though, so perhaps stifling United’s attack will lead to some chances on the counter.

Prediction: Atletico 2-1 Man United

Benfica vs. Ajax – Feb. 23

Ajax have been one of the top sides in Europe this season and finished the group stage undefeated.

With Haller leading the line up front alongside young starlet Antony, this Dutch side has the makings of what Ajax previously built in 2019 when they reached the semifinals.

Benfica will be hoping that young Uruguayan star Darwin Nuñez can bring his league form over to Champions League because they’ll need to capitalize on several attacking chances if they want to win.

Prediction: Ajax 3-1 Benfica