Last December, after months of deliberation and assessment, we identified 100 young footballers across the globe that represented the finest of their generation.
Born on or after 1/1/91, these boys were on the steepest trajectory at that point. Things were happening. You may not have agreed with our choices, but we had valid reason for each and every selection. One year on, we review The IBWM 100 for 2013.
Over the last four weeks we have assessed how 2013 has panned out for each individual, marking the year as we see it. Remember, it is the year we are reviewing NOT the individual abilities of the player.
A An outstanding year, possibly trophy laden but a player making a huge impact for club and becoming essential for country. What more could they have done?
B An excellent year, rapid development made and a key player for club with international recognition nailed or imminent.
C+ A very good year. Developing and performing better than we had expected with the next twelve months offering great promise.
C A good year with steady progress made. The straight line that is the minimum we expect.
C- A disappointing year. Progress has been made, but not as we would have hoped.
D A poor year. Progress and development have been largely non-existent, and while not off the map completely, this boy isn’t near what we thought he could be.
E An abysmal year. Absolutely no progress made, development stunted and little prospect of anything improving anytime soon.
Click the ‘100’ link at the top of this page to begin reading.
All of the sublime artwork is by the outstanding Michael Atkinson. Remember the name, he’s the new Peter Saville.
On Wednesday 18 December 2013, we will release our list for the next twelve months; The IBWM 100 for 2014.
We’d like to thank everyone that has been involved in compiling our review. You know who you are and you know that you mean everything to us.
Thanks also to JD Pro for believing in us, and to Opta for the continued support.