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50 players to watch at the World Cup - No 36 Jozy Altidore

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22 Apr 2010 11:15:17

50 players to watch at the World Cup - No 36 Jozy Altidore

The World Cup countdown continues, as Robbie Blakeley takes a look at young USA striker Jozy Altidore


Name: Jozy Altidore
Age: 20
Country: USA
Club: Hull City (on loan from Villarreal)
International Caps: 24
International Goals: 8

A striker possessing vast physical strength, he is seen as the answer to the recently retired USA legend Brian McBride.

Having started his career with New York Red Bulls, he became an instant hit with fans, bagging 15 goals for the club, his first coming when he was just 16 years old.

Clubs all across Europe were alerted to the young starlet's talents, and Spanish club Villarreal won the race for his signature, paying $10 million for him in 2008.

Altidore continued his rapid progress when he became the first USA international to score in La Liga, with a goal against Athletic Bilbao in November 2008.

He is also the youngest American to score an international hat-trick, the goals coming against Trinidad & Tobago last year.

Altidore has impressed on loan at Hull this season, and despite noises that they would like to keep hold of the American, he has maintained he wants to return to Villarreal next season to fight for his place with the Yellow Submarine.

THE COUNTDOWN SO FAR..
No 37: Robert Koren
No 38: Teko Modise
No 39: Simon Kjaer

No 40: Jong Tae-Se

No 41: Nadir Belhadj

No 42: Roque Santa Cruz

No 43: Park Ji-Sun
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No 44: Nikola Zigic
No 45: Yaya Toure
No 46: Angelos Charisteas
No 47: Keisuke Honda
No 48: Hugo Lloris
No 49: Mario Gomez
No 50: Guiseppe Rossi

 


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