Sporting youth academy player Bruma is apparently a target for Manchester City and Chelsea. The speedy winger has been dubbed “the new Ronaldo” and is one of the more promising players currently enrolled in the academy. Bruma, who is currently 15, is celebrating his 16th birthday on the 24th. Because he is now turning 16, he will be eligible for a professional contract. Bruma started all three of the Portugal U-17 team’s group stage matches at this last summer’s UEFA U-17 Championship. Since then, still at age 15, he has gone on to be a regular for the Portugal U-19 team. It’s no wonder that some of the top teams in the world are after him.
The Portuguese Under-17 team is pitted against Spain, France, and Switzerland in this May’s 2010 UEFA Under-17 Championship. Liechtenstein host the finals tournament, which will be held between the 18th and the 30th of May. Spain won the 2007 and 2008 editions of the tournament, so they’re going to be our biggest threat. Switzerland reached the semi-finals last year, and France was in the 2008 final, so that is why the Portuguese Under-17 coach appropriately dubbed our group the group of death. But even if we don’t do well, this is the first UEFA Under-17 championship we have qualified for since 2004, so that in itself is an accomplishment.