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Youngsters of the Champions League – Thiago Alcantara

Thiago Alcantara is the first in the Youth Radar's new series.

The Champions League is at it’s quarter final stage but there is still an abundance of young talent throughout the tournament and many players are still to shine.

These youngsters may not have the experience of some of the other stars of the tournament, but they certainly have the enthusiasm and playing on Europe’s biggest stage is something they relish.

The Youth Radar has taken a look at some of the brightest youngsters left in the tournament. Whether you’re a keen youth football follower, a regular checker of the latest Champions League odds or simply want to look for something exciting when watching the rest of the tournament, this article should provide something for everyone.

This week, we are looking at FC Barcelona’s Thiago Alcantara and his bid to start earning a wealth of trophies at the Catalan club.

Thiago Alcantarais a midfielder that has now cemented his place in this golden era of FC Barcelona.

The Spaniard is still only 20-years-old and has already made three appearances for the Spanish senior side after a long spell in the Under 21s.

He has played for Spain at every youth level and has scored 12 goals in 35 appearances over those age groups. His current appearance tally has unfortunately came with no goals, but the youngster has proved he is not shy of finding the target on more than one occasion. He has grabbed three goals in 35 games for Barcelona this season, which is positive for such a young central midfielder. He is always looking to create chances and fits into Barca’s style of play magnificiently. He is a typical example of someone to come through the La Masia academy and is now making people take notice on the world stage.

He is the son of 1994 Brazilian World Cup winner Mazinho and his brother, Rafinha, is a member of the current Barcelona ‘B’ side, which Thiago used to be a part of.

Thiago has played for Barcelona ‘B’ since 2007, when he was only 16-years-old. He racked up 59 appearances for the feeder side which has also seen the likes of Sergio Busquets come through it’s ranks in recent years.

Thiago already has an impressive medal haul. Amongst three La Liga winners medals, two Spanish Super Cup winners medals and a Copa del Rey winners medal he also has a Champions League winners medal already to his name and is looking to add to that tally as Barcelona play AC Milan in the next round.

Thiago was an ever-present member of Spain’s European Under 21 Championship winning side who defeated Switzerland in the final of last year’s competition.

Thiago’s current contract runs until 2015 and he has a huge buy-out clause of 90million Euros. He will undoubtedly be a key figure for Barcelona for many leagues to come but surely already has the experience and prowess in order to see Barcelona to another final of this competition.

 

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About Tom Bennett

I'm a 21-year-old Multimedia Journalism student at Bournemouth University aspiring to be one of Britain's top sports journalists. Follow me on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn for contact and further information.

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