Garang Kuol in high demand after star Accor Stadium turn

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Garang Kuol competes with Samuel Umtiti for aerial ball.

Garang Kuol competes with Samuel Umtiti for aerial ball.Credit:Getty

Speaking of Xavi’s praise, Kuol said: “It’s just an honor, isn’t it? To have a [former] players like Xavi talk about me. I was watching him back then, which he dominated with [World Cup-winning former Barca superstar Andres] Ikiesta. But yes, I changed my clothes with Aubameyang. Life goes on. “

Yorke, who will coach Macarthur FC in the A-League next season, said it was immediately clear Kuol’s talent when taking on the All Stars group over two days of limited preparation.

“I don’t know much about him, and he’s definitely surprised with Barcelona. He should have scored two goals,” Yorke said. “Even though we acknowledge the equalizer, it’s also his fault. Overall, it’s fantastic – I’m happy that the public can see him because he’s one for the future.

It now seems only a matter of time until Kuol follows in his brother’s footsteps and moves to Europe-but since he wasn’t 18 until September, the earliest he could move was in the January transfer window, in the middle of the A-League season.

Alou has long told anyone who will listen that Garang is a better player. Upon arriving in Stuttgart, he told the club’s sporting director and renowned talent scout Sven Mislintat: “You have mistakenly signed Kuol.”

In fact there is much speculation that Kuol should seriously play for the Socceroos, or at least be selected in Graham Arnold’s squad as a game-changer from the bench, for next month’s World Cup qualifier play-offs against the team. UAE and, if it wins, Peru.

Xavi had nothing but praise for Garang Kuol after the match.

Xavi had nothing but praise for Garang Kuol after the match.Credit:AP

“Watching this guy is crazy,” Alou said Herald and The Age.

“I don’t even know this kid, I’m just a fan like the rest of us. I sent a message and the kid didn’t respond. It might take a signed jersey from this kid.

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Originally from Sudan, the Kuol family – father, Mawien, and mother, Antonita, and seven children – lived in Shepparton, north of Victoria, when they moved to Australia. Just a few years ago, Garang played junior football for the Goulburn Valley Suns in the Victoria NPL.

“Alou knows what’s going on,” he said. “Alou knows I’m better than him.”

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