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WATCH: Sixers' Joel Embiid plugs FIFA World Cup 2018 on FOX Sports
New Jersey Local | 1 month ago

All eyes in the soccer world will turn to Moscow on June 14th for the beginning of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

That includes Sixers center (and noted soccer fan) Joel Embiid.

In fact, Embiid is such a big soccer fan that he is helping FOX Sports promote its coverage of the FIFA World Cup.

Check out the video at the top of this story, in which Embiid is joined by David Beckham, Alex Morgan, Evander Holyfield and Deadpool (aka Ryan Reynolds) to pump up FOX's coverage.

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Below is a list of some young players hoping to make a big impact at the World Cup in Russia, per the Associated Press:

BENJAMIN MENDY

When France won the World Cup in 1998, it was formidably effective down the left flank. Playmaker Zinedine Zidane would wait for left back Bixente Lizarazu to push up and they would swap passes with devastating speed.

France has a left back in the making in Benjamin Mendy.

Quick, powerful and skillful, the 23-year-old Mendy excelled for Monaco when it won the French league and reached the Champions League semifinals in 2017. It earned him a move to Manchester City, where a serious knee injury curtailed his progress. He recovered to play in City's last few games of the season.

The attack-minded Mendy is also quick enough to track back when a move breaks down.

MARCO ASENSIO

Marco Asensio runs with the power and grace of former Brazil midfielder Kaka. The 22-year-old Spain midfielder likewise possesses a ferocious shot from outside the penalty area, excellent close control and endless stamina.

Asensio has a full passing range, too, either quickly to feet when playing it short, or hit with a golfer's precision so the ball drops perfectly when playing it long.

Asensio has shown his tactical versatility when playing for Real Madrid, and is lethal on counterattacks with quick one-twos.

Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta were the heartbeat in Spain's midfield when it won the 2010 World Cup. It could be Asensio's time to shine.

LEROY SANE

Leroy Sane was shortlisted for the Player of the Year award and voted the English Premier League's Young Player of the Year.

The son of a professional player and an Olympic gymnast, the 22-year-old Belgium left winger has speed, balance and agility that revive memories of a young Ryan Giggs when he was at Manchester United.

Sane scored 10 goals in City's record-breaking league campaign and set up 15 others a second in assists behind teammate Kevin De Bruyne.

City manager Pep Guardiola says Sane can become one of the world's best players and is impressed by the timing of his runs and his delivery.

OUSMANE DEMBELE

Ousmane Dembele is even quicker than France teammate Kylian Mbappe.

The 20-year-old forward is lethal launching runs from deep and is near-unstoppable when he's in full flow.

Dembele displayed his vast repertoire in a Spanish league game for Barcelona against Villarreal recently. Receiving the ball near the halfway line with his back to play, he flicked it with his heel and beat three players before passing for Philippe Coutinho to score.

Dembele also scored a superb solo goal: a mixture of strength, skill and speed. Turning again from midfield, he took the ball past several players and dinked it over the goalkeeper.

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