20 Young Players Who Could Become Stars at the 2014 World Cup

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20 Young Players Who Could Become Stars at the 2014 World Cup
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A World Cup often sees previously unknown players light up the biggest stage, or young players burst onto the scene to make themselves household names among football fans around the world.

A 21-year-old Alexis Sanchez impressed for Chile at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, while the performances of Germany's Mesut Ozil persuaded Real Madrid to snap up the 21-year-old. Similarly, Real also signed a 22-year-old Angel di Maria after his performances with Argentina.

The 2010 World Cup saw then-20-year-old Thomas Muller impress for Germany, while a 23-year-old Luis Suarez made himself a household name for both right and wrong reasons.

So who will be the youngsters who impress at this year's tournament? Perhaps earning themselves a big move, or simply confirming their name as one of the best youngsters around.

Here are 20 young players who could become stars of the 2014 World Cup.

Note: For "young" we've made 23 the maximum age to be included in the list.

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