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7 Footballers Rejected For Being 'Too Small'

Franck Ribery of Bayern Muenchen celebrates after he scored a goal to make it 5:0 during the Bundesliga match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Hamburger SV at Allianz Arena on March 10, 2018...

We just did a video on the best footballer at every height from 5’1” to 6’11”, yes, that’s right, 6’11” - so go and give that a watch if you haven’t already - but making that video gave me another idea. I have lost count of the amount of times I’ve heard of a club releasing a player or turning them down following an impressive trial because they’re quote, too small, too short or too weak.

7 Brilliant Academy Players Manchester City Let Go

Denis Suarez of FC Barcelona celebrates after scoring his team's third goal during the La Liga match between Barcelona and SD Eibar at Camp Nou on September 19, 2017 in Barcelona, Spain.

Manchester City have had extraordinary success since being taken over by the City Football Group in 2008, and they have well-and-truly become the dominant force within the English game over these last two seasons under Pep Guardiola. One thing we’re yet to really see at the Etihad though, and the Citizens certainly aren’t alone in this in terms of the Premier League’s top clubs, is a tangible route from the youth team setup into the first team.

7 Most Complete Footballers of All Time

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - 1999

You’ll often hear a footballer being described as a ‘complete’ player, but everyone probably has a slightly different understanding of the term. Marco van Basten, for example, was an extremely complete centre-forward, in the sense that he possessed virtually every key attribute expected of a world class centre-forward.

7 Ajax Debutants Under Frank de Boer: Where Are They Now?

Jaïro Riedewald of Crystal Palace controls the ball during the during FA Cup Third Round match between Crystal Palace FC and Grimsby Town at Selhurst Park on January 5, 2019 in London,...

Both the Netherlands national team and Ajax have a number of fantastic young players at their disposal right now, but this is not particularly new. The Netherlands has long had a fantastic conveyor-belt of talent despite the modest size of the country, whilst Ajax undoubtedly have one of the finest academies in world football.

7 Best La Liga Players Outside the Top 3 Clubs

Sergio Aguero of Manchester City celebrates scoring his sides third goal with Kevin De Bruyne of Manchester City and Jesus Navas of Manchester City during the Premier League match between...

It’s been another turbulent but thoroughly entertaining season of football in La Liga in 2018-19. Barcelona won their fourth league title in five years, Real Madrid dropped to third following the departures of Cristiano Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane last summer, and Atletico Madrid proved their class under Diego Simeone yet again.

7 Footballers Retiring This Summer

Spain Legend Iker Casillas is seen next to the World Cup trophy prior to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Group A match between Russia and Saudi Arabia at Luzhniki Stadium on June 14, 2018...

At some stage or another, the career of every footballer must come to an end. Whether you’re Stanley Matthews who went gaily on the highest level until the age of 50, or Marco van Basten, who had no choice but to call time on his playing days at 28, all good things must come to an end.

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Denis Suarez of FC Barcelona celebrates after scoring his team's third goal during the La Liga match between Barcelona and SD Eibar at Camp Nou on September 19, 2017 in Barcelona, Spain.

7 Brilliant Academy Players Manchester City Let Go

Manchester City have had extraordinary success since being taken over by the City Football Group in 2008, and they have well-and-truly become the dominant force within the English game over these last two seasons under Pep Guardiola. One thing we’re yet to really see at the Etihad though, and the Citizens certainly aren’t alone in this in terms of the Premier League’s top clubs, is a tangible route from the youth team setup into the first team.

Franck Ribery of Bayern Muenchen celebrates after he scored a goal to make it 5:0 during the Bundesliga match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Hamburger SV at Allianz Arena on March 10, 2018...

7 Footballers Rejected For Being 'Too Small'

We just did a video on the best footballer at every height from 5’1” to 6’11”, yes, that’s right, 6’11” - so go and give that a watch if you haven’t already - but making that video gave me another idea. I have lost count of the amount of times I’ve heard of a club releasing a player or turning them down following an impressive trial because they’re quote, too small, too short or too weak.

TOPSHOT - Paris Saint-Germain's Uruguayan forward Edinson Cavani celebrates after scoring a goal during the French Cup final football match between Les Herbiers and Paris Saint-Germain (...

7 Best Strikers in World Football

Well, today is the day, the ninth and final installment of our look at the 7 best footballers in each position in world football. We may well do another video on the 7 best managers, and we will certainly do one on our combined HITC Sevens World XI after that, but today is the turn of the centre-forwards.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - 1999

7 Most Complete Footballers of All Time

You’ll often hear a footballer being described as a ‘complete’ player, but everyone probably has a slightly different understanding of the term. Marco van Basten, for example, was an extremely complete centre-forward, in the sense that he possessed virtually every key attribute expected of a world class centre-forward.

Spain Legend Iker Casillas is seen next to the World Cup trophy prior to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Group A match between Russia and Saudi Arabia at Luzhniki Stadium on June 14, 2018...

7 Footballers Retiring This Summer

At some stage or another, the career of every footballer must come to an end. Whether you’re Stanley Matthews who went gaily on the highest level until the age of 50, or Marco van Basten, who had no choice but to call time on his playing days at 28, all good things must come to an end.

Ryan Babel of Fulham (12) celebrates after scoring his team's first goal with team mates during the Premier League match between Fulham FC and Cardiff City at Craven Cottage on April 27,...

7 Best Players From the Relegated Premier League Clubs

At the end of last season, I did a video on the 7 best players at the three relegated teams, which included the likes of Jonny Evans and Xherdan Shaqiri. That seven would probably make for a pretty interesting ‘where are they now’ video 12 months on, but today we wanted to do a similar video for players relegated in the 2018-19 season.

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