Quiz! Can you guess if these 30 wonderkids are real or made up?

The U16 UEFA development tournament game between Germany U16 and Colombia U16 at Complexo Desportivo on February 8, 2020 in Vila Real de Santo Antonio Portugal.
(Image credit: Filipe Farinha/Getty Images for DFB)

No time limit on this one, 30 players to guess.

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There's a perception in some circles of this sport that only real football fans have knowledge of obscure players three divisions down and wonderkids from far-off continents.

That's rubbish, of course. Football fandom is measured in your passion and excitement rather than the depths of your knowledge. But just how clued up are you when it comes to players breaking through? 

We've listed out 30 footballers. Some of them are real wonderkids at real clubs, looking to break through. Others are completely fake: Football Manager regens, if you will, who we've made up for the purposes of trying to trip you up.

So to quote the kids, how good's your ball knowledge?


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Mark White
Staff Writer

Mark White has been a staff writer on FourFourTwo since joining in January 2020, writing pieces for both online and the magazine. An encyclopedia of football shirts and boots knowledge – both past and present – Mark has also been to the FA Cup and League Cup finals for FFT and has written pieces for the mag ranging on subjects from Bobby Robson's season at Barcelona to Robinho's career. He once saw Tyrone Mings at a petrol station in Bournemouth but felt far too short to ask for a photo.