x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Club World Cup: five players to watch

An Internacional playmaker, a French winger for Inter Milan and Pachuca's pacey forward amongst others.

Andres D'Alessandro, 29, Internacional
The playmaker was yet another in a long list of teenage prodigies to be hailed as the new Diego Maradona, but his career has never scaled the heights it should have done given his talent. Finally looks to have found a club to settle at in Internacional.

Jonathan Biabany, 22, Inter Milan
One of Inter’s scouts was killing time by watching an amateur game in Paris when he spotted a 15-year-old Biabany, who scored four goals that day. The French winger has been given his first-team chance by manager Rafa Benitez this season. He runs 100m in 10.5 seconds.

Herculez Gomez, 28, Pachuca
Born in California to Mexican-American parents, the pacey forward made his name in Major League Soccer before moving to the Mexican league this year. He played three games in the United States’ run to the last 16 of the 2010 World Cup.

Mauricio Molina, 30, Seongnam
The attacking midfielder knows all about the UAE, having played 10 games for Al Ain in 2004. Molina, who won the 2001 Copa America with Colombia, cost Seongnam US$1.275 million (Dh4.7m) and has scored close to a goal every two games.

Hamdan al Kamali, 21, Al Wahda
The best defensive prospect in the UAE, al Kamali captained his country at the Under 20 World Cup last year. With great heading ability, he is real danger from set pieces, and he likes a tackle.