A new European football season has given several talented footballers the platform to announce themselves on the world stage. TheHardTackle looks at the top five breakout stars from the first half of the 2015-2016 season.

  VfL Wolfsburg v FC Schalke 04 Volkswagen Arena Sunday 19th April, 16:30 GMT *** Title challengers Wolfsburg take on Schalke today in a game that could heap even more pressure on Roberto Di Matteo as his side are now sixth after unfavourable results elsewhere. Schalke fans are hopeful of a Champions league berth for next season, but that looks really bleak at the moment as their side are 13 points behind Borussia Monchengladbach who occupy the final Champions League spot. A win will reduce the gap to ten points, but they’ll have to be at their best to beat Dieter Hecking’s side who will be hurting after their poor Europa League showing against Napoli. Although Schalke have a good head to head record against Wolfsburg, they will start as underdogs for the game. Team news and tactics Wolfsburg With Bayern Munich running away with the title, Dieter Hecking will want to ensure a second place finish. Bayer Leverkusen are […]