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Copa America 2015: FM15 uncovers the unknown stars to watch

Using the FM 2015 database, FMScout.com has garnered and compiled a list of the not-so-known talents that will likely impress during this summers' Copa America.

By Updated on Jun 11, 2015   21221 views   0 comments
FM 2015 Best Players - Copa America 2015: FM15 uncovers the unknown stars to watch
The 2015 Copa America kicks off in Chile on Thursday 11 June.

The tournament will be a good opportunity for players currently based in Latin America to impress the scouts and potentially earn themselves a move to Europe. With that in mind, it makes sense to point out players who aren't popular yet to the global audience.

I have assessed all 276 players who will be taking part in the Copa America 2015 in correlation with their abilities in Football Manager 2015. Knowing that it wouldn't really offer anything of value to list the already known star players like Messi, Vidal, Cavani, Neymar or Falcao... I've picked 40+1 talents likely to surprise scouts and pundits alike.

The list is in nation alphabetical order.

40+1 unknown players to watch at Copa America 2015

Angelo Henriquez
Angelo Henriquez
Age: 21
Nation: Chile
Position: striker
Current Ability: 123
Potential Ability: -8
Owned by Man Utd since 2012, he has had 3 loan spells since then, with the last one being the most successful one at Dinamo Zagreb scoring 20 goals in 25 apps.
He's included in our list of Football Manager 2015 wonderkids.

Eugenio Mena
Eugenio Mena
Age: 26
Nation: Chile
Position: left back
Current Ability: 134
Potential Ability: 140
He was a starter at Santos for as long as he played there (2013-15), but he left the club due to unpaid wages and joined Cruzeiro in January. A solid full back with both defensive and offensive qualities.

Charles Aranguiz
Charles Aranguiz
Age: 26
Nation: Chile
Position: central midfielder
Current Ability: 148
Potential Ability: 155
He was named the MVP of the 214 Campeonato Gaucho as Internacional (his current club) won the tournament. He signed a contract extension til June 2018. A creative yet balanced midfielder who can play in the centre but also on the right wing.

Felipe Gutierrez
Felipe Gutierrez
Age: 24
Nation: Chile
Position: midfielder
Current Ability: 140
Potential Ability: 154
An indispensable player to FC Twente who is a versatile and balanced midfielder. Good technique and vision paired with great physical traits.

Mati Fernandez
Mati Fernandez
Age: 29
Nation: Chile
Position: attacking midfielder
Current Ability: 136
Potential Ability: 145
Not so unknown as he spent 3 successful years at Villarreal (2006-09), another 3 at Sporting CP (2009-12) and 3 more at Fiorentina (2012-15) where he's still playing. He missed the World Cup due to injury and looking to make a memorable return. Quite skilful and a model professional.

Raul Jimenez
Raul Jimenez
Age: 24
Nation: Mexico
Position: striker
Current Ability: 138
Potential Ability: 147
Atletico acquired him last summer spending around 11M. He has featured quite a few times in La Liga mostly coming off the bench though. He Mexico's best striker in this tournament and he'll surely be looking to make a good impression and possibly earn more playing time at Atletico next season.

Javier Guemez
Javier Guemez
Age: 23
Nation: Mexico
Position: central midfielder
Current Ability: 124
Potential Ability: 144
He has just signed for Club America after 2 solid seasons at Xolos Tijuana. A hard working midfielder with remarkable mental traits and a consistent performer.

Jesus Corona
Jesus Corona
Age: 22
Nation: Mexico
Position: winger
Current Ability: 122
Potential Ability: 142
Acquired by FC Twente in 2013, he still hasn't managed to break into the first team as a starter, partly due to injuries. He's now fit and roaring to go. A fast, agile winger who is great at dribbling and moving without the ball.

Marco Fabian
Marco Fabian
Age: 25
Nation: Mexico
Position: winger
Current Ability: 140
Potential Ability: 143
An already developed attacking midfielder who might be looking to take the big step to a European league. Skilful, pacey, a decisive finisher and passer; good all-around, he can be a real threat on the left wing.

Adrian Aldrete
Adrian Aldrete
Age: 27
Nation: Mexico
Position: left back
Current Ability: 132
Potential Ability: 137
First team material for Santos Laguna (current club) and previously Club America. A hard working full back with balanced duties and consistency.

Juan Cazares
Juan Cazares
Age: 23
Nation: Ecuador
Position: attacking midfielder
Current Ability: 128
Potential Ability: -8
He won the best player award of U-20 Copa Libertadores 2012 while at River Plate. Banfield acquired his services at first on loan in 2013 and then with regular transfer a year later. A player gifted with impressive technique and great mental traits, quite fast too. Has the makings of a top class winger.

Jonathan Gonzalez
Jonathan Gonzalez
Age: 20
Nation: Ecuador
Position: right winger
Current Ability: 111
Potential Ability: -8
This season saw him get more first team time at his club and has already earned 2 caps. A skillful team player with a bright future ahead. He's included in our list of FM 2015 wonderkids.

Enner Valencia
Enner Valencia
Age: 25
Nation: Ecuador
Position: forward
Current Ability: 149
Potential Ability: 155
Joined West Ham last summer for a fee around 12M and became an integral part of the team at once. The "Superman" will be looking to continue his good form and help Ecuador go far in this tournament. A consistent performer, fast and agile with good dribbling skills and off the ball movement.

Mario Pineida
Mario Pineida
Age: 22
Nation: Ecuador
Position: right back
Current Ability: 115
Potential Ability: 140
Started his professional career at Independiente del Valle in 2010 and he's still there making his way into the first team. Exceptionally skilled with impressive mental traits, but lacking speed. He seems like a quality wing back with lots of room for improvement.

Fidel Martinez
Fidel Martinez
Age: 25
Nation: Ecuador
Position: forward
Current Ability: 129
Potential Ability: 139
He has recently joined Pumas after a good campaign on loan at UdeG. Poacher, trequartista or false nine are among roles he can perform well as.

Marcelo Moreno
Marcelo Moreno
Age: 28
Nation: Bolivia
Position: striker
Current Ability: 145
Potential Ability: 149
The journeyman striker of Brazilian descend has changed 8 clubs already, having experience from European leagues (Shakhtar, Werder Bremen, Wigan) and Brazilian ones. Currently at China as of February 2015. A towering striker who's best role is a poacher. Great attributes for most key attributes a striker must have.

Milton Casco
Milton Casco
Age: 27
Nation: Argentina
Position: full back
Current Ability: 142
Potential Ability: 145
Started his professional career at the age of 21 for Gimnasia La Plata where he stayed for 3 seasons before moving to Newell's in 2012. He has been heavily featured on both teams he played for. He can play at both flanks equally. Short but very athletic with great off the ball movement and mostly offensive qualities.

Sergio Romero
Sergio Romero
Age: 28
Nation: Argentina
Position: goalkeeper
Current Ability: 142
Potential Ability: 156
He was an integral part of AZ before Sampdoria secured his services for a fee around 3.5M. He was a stater the first 2 seasons, but since 2013 he's not getting any first team time. A solid all-around goalkeeper who's expected to be Argentina's first choice in this tournament.

Roberto Pereyra
Roberto Pereyra
Age: 24
Nation: Argentina
Position: attacking midfielder
Current Ability: 144
Potential Ability: 164
Product of River Plate's youth system, he earned his first caps in October 2014. Spent the season at Juventus on loan from Udinese, having a good campaign overall. Fast, agile, creative, technically skilful outlet with more potential to fulfill.

Facundo Roncaglia
Facundo Roncaglia
Age: 28
Nation: Argentina
Position: defender
Current Ability: 135
Potential Ability: 148
Joined Fiorentina in 2012 as a free agent and featured on the first team at once. Last season he moved to Genoa on loan where he was an integral part of the team in their run to finish 6th in Serie A. He's more of a right back with defensive focus. Strong with great mental traits.

Lucas Biglia
Lucas Biglia
Age: 29
Nation: Argentina
Position: central midfielder
Current Ability: 149
Potential Ability: 153
He spent 7 years at Anderlecht before moving to Serie A for Lazio in 2013. His style is often compared with Fernando Redondo. A great player all-around, that might be looking to complete a move to a major club as his release clause is rather low for his calibre (6M).

Fernando Muslera
Fernando Muslera
Age: 28
Nation: Uruguay
Position: goalkeeper
Current Ability: 158
Potential Ability: 163
After a 4-year spell at Lazio, he moved to Galatasaray in 2011 where he signed an extension til 2018 for 2.75M per season. Still he might be waiting for a move to a bigger club in a more reputable league. A brilliant goalkeeper with great reflexes.

Jose Maria Gimenez
Jose Maria Gimenez
Age: 20
Nation: Uruguay
Position: central defender
Current Ability: 143
Potential Ability: 168
Atletico snatched from Danubio for 1M in 2013. He only appear in 1 La Liga match that season, but the last one he featured in 18 league games. Strong and hard working player, very good in the air with great positioning. On the downside, he's injury prone. He's included in our list of FM15 wonderkids.

Jonathan Rodriguez
Jonathan Rodriguez
Age: 21
Nation: Uruguay
Position: striker
Current Ability: 130
Potential Ability: 153
He joined Benfica on loan from Penarol this season, but he didn't really play much. Fast and agile striker, ideal for a poacher role. Good off the ball movement, finishing and composure. He's included in our list of FM 2015 wonderkids.

Giorgian De Arrascaeta
Giorgian De Arrascaeta
Age: 21
Nation: Uruguay
Position: forward
Current Ability: 122
Potential Ability: -8
He joined Cruzeiro this year after impressing with Defensor Sporting. A player with exceptional technical skills for attacking who relishes the big games. Hopefully his lack of work rate and determination won't limit his development as he has more potential to fulfil. He's included in our list of FM15 wonderkids.

Diego Rolan
Diego Rolan
Age: 22
Nation: Uruguay
Position: forward
Current Ability: 125
Potential Ability: -8
Another product of Defensor Sporting academy, he moved to Bordeaux in 2013. He's not getting first team time consistently, but he's still developing and could improve a lot. Poacher, trequartista, false nine, inside forward or just plain winger... you name it, he'll deliver.

Derlis Gonzalez
Derlis Gonzalez
Age: 20
Nation: Paraguay
Position: forward
Current Ability: 124
Potential Ability: -8
He has become an important first team player for FC Basel since joining in 2014. Good finisher that can get past his marker. Relatively fast and a hard worker. Appears on our list of Football Manager 2015 wonderkids.

Nestor Ortigoza
Nestor Ortigoza
Age: 30
Nation: Paraguay
Position: midfielder
Current Ability: 140
Potential Ability: 141
A solid midfielder currently at San Lorenzo as a starter. A penalty specialist, enjoys big games, great mental traits as well as accurate passing. He's not fast, but that isn't a problem when deployed as deep lying playmaker or advanced playmaker.

Victor Caceres
Victor Caceres
Age: 30
Nation: Paraguay
Position: defensive midfielder
Current Ability: 135
Potential Ability: 143
Played at Libertad for 8 years before joining Flamengo in 2012. He'll be the 2nd captain of Paraguay in the tournament. The experienced midfielder has some great mental attributes to show as well as solid stats for all the key aspects of a DM.

Rodolph Austin
Rodolph Austin
Age: 30
Nation: Jamaica
Position: defensive midfielder
Current Ability: 121
Potential Ability: 135
He was recently released from Leeds, so he's available as a free agent which should motivate him to impress in the tournament in search of a new club. A good player in general with a weakness in decisions and anticipation.

Roberto Firmino
Roberto Firmino
Age: 23
Nation: Brazil
Position: forward
Current Ability: 158
Potential Ability: 170
Arrived at Hoffenheim in 2011 and broke into the first team on a regular basis a season later. His development over the last few years has been outstanding. A world-class versatile forward, particularly lethal when used in the wings.

Fred
Fred
Age: 22
Nation: Brazil
Position: attacking midfielder
Current Ability: 140
Potential Ability: 168
He joined Shakhtar in 2013 in a deal worth 15M. Earned his first international caps a year later. A consistent performer with bags of ability and wicked dribbling.

Everton Ribeiro
Everton Ribeiro
Age: 25
Nation: Brazil
Position: attacking midfielder
Current Ability: 150
Potential Ability: 161
He was linked to Man Utd, AC Milan and Monaco but in the end he joined Al-Ahli for a fee around 15M. Best used as a winger or an inside forward, the Brazilian might be having 2nd thoughts about joining a big European club instead.

Casemiro
Casemiro
Age: 23
Nation: Brazil
Position: central midfielder
Current Ability: 138
Potential Ability: 154
R. Madrid signed him in 2013 but only featured in 13 La Liga matches that season. He moved on loan to Porto where he had a remarkable campaign this season. Good all-around, strong and creative.

Diego Tardelli
Diego Tardelli
Age: 30
Nation: Brazil
Position: forward
Current Ability: 147
Potential Ability: 152
He has changed 9 clubs so far and he might be looking for his last shot at a reputable European league. Currently playing at China for Shandong Luneng. Best deployed as an inside forward, he's a very skillful player able to cause chaos to the opposition defense.

Teofilo Gutierrez
Teofilo Gutierrez
Age: 30
Nation: Colombia
Position: striker
Current Ability: 141
Potential Ability: 143
The journeyman striker who is now at River Plate (since 2013) has 38 caps so far. Not particularly fast but possessing impressive key striker stats all-around. The trequartista role seems to be ideal.

Luis Muriel
Luis Muriel
Age: 24
Nation: Colombia
Position: striker
Current Ability: 137
Potential Ability: 156
He's currently at Sampdoria who splashed 15M to acquire him from Udinese in 2015. His technique with the ball has led to comparisons to that of Brazilian legend Ronaldo. Quite fast, he's a good finisher and has a powerful long shot.

Jeison Murillo
Jeison Murillo
Age: 23
Nation: Colombia
Position: central defender
Current Ability: 137
Potential Ability: 155
Inter recently acquired his services for a fee around 8M. A force to be reckoned in the air with great key defensive attributes and quite consistent.

Carlos Zambrano
Carlos Zambrano
Age: 25
Nation: Peru
Position: central defender
Current Ability: 137
Potential Ability: 141
Played in Germany for his entire professional career, currently at Frankfurt (since 2012). A rock in the centre of defence, known for his strong tackle and excellent defensive capabilities.

Andre Carrillo
Andre Carrillo
Age: 24
Nation: Peru
Position: forward
Current Ability: 135
Potential Ability: 150
He became first team regular from his first season as Sporting CP in 2011. A player with great speed and off the ball movement, best utilized as a right winger.

Tomas Rincon
Tomas Rincon
Age: 27
Nation: Venezuela
Position: defensive midfielder
Current Ability: 127
Potential Ability: 132
After 5 years at HSV, he joined Genoa in 2014. He has a bunch of very impressive attributes (18/19) at marking, tackling, work rate, determination, bravery, aggression and stamina. He's also a very consistent performer who enjoys the big games. Best role would be ball winning midfielder.


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