Starlets of the 2014 Libertadores

A full, in-depth look at the players in the list below can be found at Outside of the Boot

Edwin Cardona

As ever, the Libertadores showcases some of the finest talent in South America before many make the inevitable move across to Europe and beyond.  Predicting who will and who won’t ‘make it’ is fraught with difficulties and in some cases there were many options to choose from, whilst in others there wasn’t a standout candidate.  Nevertheless, the list below highlights who I believe to be each team’s best prospect (aged 23 or under) and at the very least constitutes impressive young players worth monitoring.  

Group 1
Lucas Romero (19, defensive midfielder, Velez)
Nathan (17, attacking midfielder, Atletico PR)
Alejandro Chumacero (22, midfielder, The Strongest)
Christofer Gonzales (21, midfielder, Universitario)

Group 2
Doria (19, defender, Botafogo)
Angel Correa (18, forward, San Lorenzo)
Junior Sornoza (20, attacking midfielder, Independiente del Valle)
Oscar Hernandez (19, attacking midfielder, Union Espanola)

Group 3
Cesar Fuentes (20, midfielder, O’Higgins)
Carlos Lizarazo (22, attacking midfielder, Dep. Cali)
Lucas Melano (20, forward, Lanus)
Angel Romero (21, striker, Cerro Porteno)

Group 4
Francisco Meza (22, defender, Santa Fe)
Carlos (18, striker, Atletico Mineiro)
Silvio Torales (22, midfielder, Nacional Asuncion)
Jhon Murillo (18, striker, Zamora)

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Group 5
Giorgian de Arrascaeta (19, attacking midfielder, Defensor Sporting, above)
Igor Lichnovsky (19, defender, Universidad de Chile)
Hugo Angeles (20, defender, Real Garcilaso)
Lucas Silva (20, midfielder, Cruzeiro)

Group 6
Edwin Cardona (21, attacking midfielder, Atletico Nacional, top of page)
Ramiro (20, attacking midfielder, Gremio)
Gaston Pereiro (18, midfielder, Nacional)
Fabian Munoz (22, striker, Newell’s)

Group 7
Carlos Pena (23, midfielder, Leon)
Fernando Gaibor (22, midfielder, Emelec)
Romel Quinonez (21, goalkeeper, Bolivar)
Lucas Mugni (22, attacking midfielder, Flamengo)

Group 8
Alonso Escoboza (21, winger, Santos Laguna)
Jaime Moreno (18, striker, Deportivo Anzoategui)
Jonathan Rodriguez (20, striker, Penarol)
Ramiro Carrera (20, midfielder, Arsenal)

For a more in-depth look at the chosen players, I highly recommend checking out the full article over at Outside of the Boot