Everyone loves a football wunderkind, a once in a generation talent hailed as the next big thing.
But, for every Lionel Messi or Neymar, there is someone who was destined for greatness but instead disappeared rapidly into obscurity. Freddy Adu, John Bostock, Kerlon, Anthony Le Tellec, Cherno Samba. Any of these names ring a bell? Yeah, we thought so. Whether it was uncovering them on Football Manager and turning them (and you) into a football god or seeing them shine at an international youth talent, all of the above were vaunted as their country’s saviour.
Another one likely to be added to this list in years to come is Martin Ødegaard, the Norwegian sensation who joined Real Madrid, aged just 15, in January 2015. He became Los Blancos’ youngest player when he made his debut that May. But in January 2017 he was loaned to Dutch side Heerenveen for 18 months. The now 19-year-old has scored two goals in 38 appearances. Is there still hope for him?
Check out this video from COPA90 to find out what happened to the next Scandinavian star.
History will be made on Sunday as Los Angeles Football Club make their first-ever appearance in MLS only four years after being established.
Managed by Bob Bradley, the newly-formed club are set to make their bow in the league, when they take on Seattle Sounders at CenturyLink Field.
Ahead of the game, COPA90 heads to Los Angeles to find out more about the club and speak to fans about what will surely prove to be a fierce rivalry with LA Galaxy.
Check out the video above.
Since his arrival from Napoli in 2013, Edinson Cavani has played alongside the likes of Angel Di Maria, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.
Yet despite the superstars around him and having played second-fiddle to Ibrahimovic and now Neymar, the Uruguayan international and PSG’s record goalscorer has always been a fan favourite.
COPA90 have been to Paris to speak to the 31-year-old about his time at Parc des Princes, as well as fans of the club to get their views on why Cavani is such an important figure for the club.
Check out the insightful documentary above.