Picking a Best XI Playing Outside the Major European Leagues

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Picking a Best XI Playing Outside the Major European Leagues
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Basel winger Mohamed Salah is one of the hottest properties in Europe

We spend so much time poring over Europe's leading domestic championships that it's easy to forget—especially in a fallow period for the Champions League—some of the quality that exists outside them.

Some excellent talents, including Olympiacos' goal machine Kostas Mitroglou and Lokomotiv Moscow's Mbark Boussoufa, have just missed the cut for our select XI, but here follows some of the best players who are sure to be coveted by Europe's big guns in the current and future transfer windows—and who, in some cases, could light up the World Cup.

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