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Germany is known for being a haven for producing and developing young talent, but Italy can also boast an equivalent amount, if not more, throughout Serie A.
This is a close call, but again, I point out that Serie A's best young players are scattered throughout the league, unlike, for the most part, the Bundesliga.
Marquinhos of Roma is one that instantly stands out, a player already being linked with the best team in Europe, Barcelona, according to Corriere dello Sport (via Football Italia).
At just 18 years old and having already been a champion with Corinthians in the Copa Libertadores, the Giallorossi have—alongside Real Madrid's Raphael Varane—the best young centre-back in world football.
Roma possess another world class young player, of course, in the shape of the aforementioned Erik Lamela, who is still only 21 years old, but already playing at a world class level.
Juan Quintero is another that stands above any other young player in world football, the Colombian is at relegation-bound Pescara, but was voted the MVP at this year's South American Youth Championship.
Juve's 20-year-old Paul Pogba is another young star, many would consider him to be the best centre-midfielder in world football for a player of his age.
Finally there is Stephan El Shaarawy, not just one of the best young players in world football, but also a contender for one of the best players in Europe this season, 13th in the race for the 2013 Golden Shoe.
There are great young players in Germany, no doubt, but Serie A boasts several players who can stake claim to be better than any of their contemporaries, not just in the Bundesliga, but in world football in general.