We have endeavoured to compile a list of the world’s most talked-about players – the most newsworthy players who, by definition, are the most important. We started by drawing up a list of the key players by league – starting with 50 each for the leading leagues in Europe (England, Germany, Spain), 40 for France and Italy, between 15 and 25 for middle-ranking leagues, and ending with between five and 10 for smaller leagues. We then added players who were important figures for their national sides and in their respective regions.

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ALEX SANDRO – Porto/Brazil/26/01/1991

In the best traditions of Brazilian rampaging full-backs. Moved to Portugal in 2011 and is being watched by a number of top European clubs.

ALEX TEIXEIRA – Shakhtar/Brazil/06/01/1990

Attacking midfielder who is the latest Brazilian to emerge at Shakhtar. Has played for his country at
junior level.

Osvaldo ALONSO – Seattle Sounders/Cuba/11/11/1985

Cuban-born midfielder who defected to the USA at the 2007 Gold Cup. Speculation is growing that he could play for the US.

ANDERSON – Internacional/Brazil/13/04/1988

A left-footed midfielder whose potential has been undermined by injuries and a lack of focus. Were his new club reckless in offering a four-year contract?

Andre ANDRE – Guimaraes/Portugal/26/08/1989

Goalscoring midfielder who has been one of the stars of Guimaraes’ impressive season. Joined from Varzim three seasons ago.

Charles ARANGUIZ – Internacional/Chile/17/04/1989

Product of the Cobreola academy in his native land. The dynamic midfielder is a stalwart for club and country.

ARDA Turan – Atletico Madrid/Turkey/30/01/1987

Arda Turan

Attacking midfielder and captain of his national side, he was also a key performer in Atletico’s league triumph last season.

ARI – Krasnodar/Brazil/11/12/1985

A regular scorer in the Russian league after spells in Sweden and Holland. In talks about taking Russian citizenship.

Maximilian ARNOLD – Wolfsburg/Germany/27/05/1994

Goalscoring midfielder who is excelling for Bundesliga high-flyers Wolfsburg. In Germany’s pre-World Cup squad but missed final cut.

Stefanos ATHANASIADIS – PAOK/Greece/24/12/1988

In fine goalscoring form for PAOK in this season’s Europa League, including an 18-minute hat-trick against Dinamo Minsk.

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