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JUNE: Euro 2016
This month's Hipster's Choice will be about no club, nor will it be about a certain player that I find interesting in any way. No, this month's edition of the very Fresh off the Gegenpress-ish feature will feature quite afew players. Players to look out for during the Euros. However, as this has been done before by many others and by many other sites, none of them as amazing as ours of course, I will do it in latin to show you that we are different and we care about being different.
Axelus pulchrus est. Proelia Europam magnus sit et sumus laetus ut videamus proeliam magnam et... Okay, fine, never mind. Here is our top 5-list of players to watch in the Euros 2016.
5. Julian Baumgartlinger.
Whether he's teaming up with Danny Latza or David Alaba, this man does his job expertly and it doesn't matter who he's playing with or which team he is playing for. His passionate tackles and vision can make a team tick and the opponents squirm with fright, while the Austrian himself laughs and leans back until another tackle is possible. The man is a machine and should be watched closely, both due to his amazing style and his fantastic hair. Oh, and if you don't know how to spot him; it's the big man with funny hair right behind Alaba. Look out for him, he's a killer and a really tough guy so if a player messes with Alaba, he messes with Baumgartlinger and that's no good.
4. Arkadiusz Milik.
How's that for a spelling? It's easier to spell than Jakub Blaszczykowski though. Milik is a polish striker who together with Lewandowski will spearhead Poland's attack. Even though he isn't exactly the quickest or the most technical, his strength and workrate will prove as valuable to Poland as it has been to Ajax this season where he scored goals for fun during large parts of the season. It seems like Milik and Lewandowski make a great partnership as well, exciting stuff for the poles.
3. Emil Forsberg.
This Swede will amaze you, blow your mind and score a goal while he's at it. The man from Leipzig scored eight goals this term and has impressed massively since moving to the German club from Malmö FF in 2015. His workrate and space is his best attributes, but his finishing and vision is almost as good and valuable. Expect a few goals and some hard work from the man who shares a surname with one of the biggest sporting icons of Swedish history.
2. Vladimir Darida.
What would a top 5-list be without my favourite player? It would still be a top 5-list, but not as Axel-ish and ergo not as good. No matter who he plays with, this man's workrate and technical ability will make you wonder what he's made of. The answer is dreams. He is made of dreams. Dreams of a Czech Euros where Kolar is the top scorer and Cech has the most clean sheets, a tournament where the world stops and starts to appreciate the magic that Darida produces from his deep-lying midfield position. Add to that his killer right foot and you've got yourself a winner. However these dreams come true or not is another story, but make sure to enjoy Vlad's magic on the big stage.
1. Piotr Zielinski.
Owned by Udinese, according to FIFA and not the human rights of course, but loaned out to Empoli where he continues to impress game by game with fellow exciting prospect Leandro Paredes alongside him. This Polish midfielder is brilliant, his technique and vison makes him a direct threat whenever he's on the ball and is without a doubt one of the players wanted by big clubs in Europe. He will probably form a pivot together with Krychowiak, the hard-tackling sevilla maestro and we'll be able to see this Polish machine on the big stage for the first time. What can they achieve with this team? It's hard to tell, but they will go far. Like Greece 2004? No, I wouldn't go that far, but they could reach the semifinals would they be lucky and in-form.
Have a great week and heja Sverige.
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