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Euro Under-21 Best X1

The Under-21 tournament has come to a close at Israel with Spain taking their second trophy in a row after an emphatic 4-2 win over Italy, 22 teams sent scouts to Israel in order to find the next new player to shine at their clubs, there have been disappointments (England) and surprises (Norway) players that played one level ahead of everybody and players that weren’t good.

Goalkeeper: Francesco Bardi, 21, Italy- Although there is David De Gea from Manchester United in the same competition and the England Champion hadn’t conceded a goal until the final, the Euro Under-21 is mostly based on getting to know young, unknown prospects such as Inter Milan’s Francesco Bardi, the young goalkeeper didn’t concede just one goal from a 90-minute penalty against Norway and he produced some great saves throghout the tournament, now Inter’s first goalkeeper Samir Handanovic will have a big fight over the number 1 spot.

Right Back: Omar Elabdellaoui, 21, Norway – The former Manchester City man was part of the reasons that Norway reached the semi-final, with his strength, pace, attacking mind combined with defensive mind Elabdellaoui showed what kind of player City had lost grip, against Spain he was the only player to try and attack and he was quick enough to come back in time to defend.

Center Back: Bruno Martins Indi, 21, Holland – Feyenoord can be happy about their young center half displays in Israel, so much strength, determination, power and most importantly reading of the game, I never saw him just clear the ball to nowhere, always aggressive on the ball, in the right position and ready for everything the opposition throws at him, and he is the reason to why Holland haven’t conceded a lot of goals (exept against Spain)

Center Back: Luca Caldirola, 22, Italy – When you see him on the pitch, it’s hard to recall Juventus’ great defender Giorgio Chiellini, both are very simillar in the style of play, always looking for the quiet way to clear the ball, don’t get into many troubles, and the Azzurini captain was consistent all through the the tournament. We could see him in a Seria A squad next season.

Left Back: Daley Blind, 23, Holland – No suprise that the young full back comes from the best team in the world in producing the best young players, Ajax, and like most of the Oranje squad, he already made his debut at the first national team, and won the Erevedisie championship with Ajax this season, with a lot of pace, helping both attack and defence, covering major holes on the wing, Blind will look for the first national team from now on.

Defensive Midfielder: Asier Illarramendi, 23, Spain – One of the reasons for Real Sociedad’s success this season, the young Spanish midfielder has 84.3 passes for game with 94.7% accuracy kind of like Xavi right? Because of him De Gea and his fellow defenders hadn’t had a lot to do, he was the axe at Spain’s midfield.

Defensive Midfielder: Marco Verratti, 20, Italy – If we had the next Xavi, now we have ‘The Next Pirlo’, Verratti is already known for his career at PSG, he passed the most passes per game (100) and was Italt’s engine, he kept Italy balanced, helped the defence, pick up great passes, so after his performances in the Euros Italy can relax and count at Verrratti to replace Pirlo.

Left Midfielder: Isco, 21, Spain – Every superlative can’t describe the tournament that Malaga’s midfielder has had, he came to the competition as ‘2012 Golden Boy’ (an award for the best under-21 player) and a lot of expectations and in every game he suprised all of us, the passes, dribbles, vision, composure kept all of us amazed no wonder that some of the best teams in the world wait for him to sign with bags of money, even if Spain won’t win the competition Isco is the best player in Euro 2013.

Right Midfielder: Lorenzo Insigne, 22, Italy – Napoli’s young talent, it’s a pleasure to see him every time when he run down the wings with the balls at his feet, he fights for every ball, and in the semi-final against Holland when Italy didn’t know what to do, some how Insigne found Liverpool’s striker Fabio Borini to assist the goal that will send them to the final.

Attacking Midfielder: Georginio Wijnaldum, 22, Holland – The best player in the group stages, he did everything he wanted against Russia’s and Germany’s defence, he scored two amazing goals but in the semi-final against Italy he didn’t got enough help from his team-mates but still was able to perform proudly and a big move from PSV Eindhoven to one of the big European teams is right over the corner.

Striker: Alvaro Morata, 20, Spain – 3 goals as a subtitute, 2 starts the young striker from Real Madrid came to the tournament as a third striker after Benfica’s Rodrigo and Getafe’s Alvaro Vazquez, but he came as a late sub against Russia and Germany and netted two goals to confirm Spain’s Semi-final ticket, Morata is the top-scorer of the tournament with four goals (like Isco) in less minutes, and if he keeps that up we might see him at the 2014 World Cup next year.

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