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The best talents under 21 at the European Football Championship 2019

By Gabriele Ferraresi / LUZ
FIFA Women's World Cup is not the only football event that will keep alive the attention of football fans in 2019. Indeed, there’s also the under 21 european championships, which will take place from 16th to 30th June in Italy and San Marino.

The twenty-second edition of the continental youth championship will be a battle of twelve teams that will compete in the stadiums of Bologna, Cesena, Reggio Emilia, Trieste, Udine, and Serravalle, as well as in San Marino under Mount Titano.  European Under-21 is an important appointment for many reasons, especially for the players who are playing for the qualification to Tokyo 2020.

Celebrating after a goal
The Under 21 european championships of football starts with a group stage of four teams, from which two will access to the semifinals. Italy is in Group A together with Spain, Poland, and Belgium. In Group B the challenge is between Germany, Denmark, Serbia, and Austria, while in Group C between England, France, Romania, and Croatia. There is almost all the best of European football: there are no Holland and Portugal, which have not managed to pass the qualification phase.
Which are the favorites Under 21 teams for the final victory? Germany is the reigning champion, along with Spain, Italy's opponent in the group stage, France and England. Possible surprise teams? Croatia and Denmark.

Italy Under 21, favoured by bookmakers

Aligned before the start whistle
Italian Under 21 team is the most titled team of the European continent, with five final victories in 1992, 1994, 1996, 2000, 2004. No success since then, but high hopes to win the home edition. But who are the most interesting Italian players that we will see on the pitch? Under 21 National team coached by Luigi Di Biagio, there will be names already known to the general public and fans.

From the poles to the attack, in the European Under 21 football teams there is really the future of world football

First interesting player of the Italian Under 21 team is the goalkeeper Alex Meret, born in 1997 who plays for Napoli, who paid 20 million euros last summer. In defense, there will be a chance for Claud Adjapong along with his teammates Romagna, Mancini and Pezzella. We will see Italian team on the pitch with the 4-3-3 boasts a very interesting midfield, with Lorenzo Pellegrini and Nicolò Barella almost irremovable players. But Roma's talent Nicolò Zaniolo is the player from whom stakeholder expects the quality leap: born on 2 July 1999, Zaniolo comes from an impressive season with the Giallorossi, he was called up to the national team by Mancini without having played a single minute in Serie A and Tottenham Hotspur recently offered £40 million to take him to New White Hart Lane.
We can find other young promises of Italian football already kept in the attack. It is difficult to choose the most promising one among Federico Chiesa, from Fiorentina, son of Enrico, legendary 90s striker of Parma and Sampdoria; Patrick Cutrone, a revelation of AC Milan in 2018/19 season, and Moise Kean, explosive center forward of Juventus born on 28 February 2000.

Other Under 21 favourite teams: Spain, Germany, France, England, Belgium, Croatia

Spain Under 21 team brings the playmaker Pablo Fornals, an excellent prospect to European Championship. Born in 1996, with a €30 million contract expiring in June 2022, Pablo has already been the subject of Carlo Ancelotti's desire for Napoli. However, the termination clause of his contract is 28 million euros, perhaps too many for southern Italy's club. Real Madrid's midfielder Dani Ceballos is among the other under 21 Spanish talents, to be by the strikers of FC Valencia Carlos Soler and Dani Olmo, the latter being the playmaker for Dinamo Zagreb.

Germany Under 21 team is the reigning champion: all the eyes of football experts are on Leroy Sané, a striker born in 1996 in Manchester City, but also on his colleagues Julian Brandt and Timo Werner, respectively from Bayer Leverkusen and Leipzig.

Head advance
France Under 21 is under special surveillance because everyone is looking for the new Kylian Mbappé and it is likely that among the talents selected by the coach Sylvain Ripoll some surprises will come out. In the meantime, let's rely our promises on Moussa Dembélé, striker of Olympique Lyon with 21 goals scored this year in the French championship, and on the waterfall of curls of Arsenal midfielder Mattéo Guendouzi. And then what? And then it's impossible not to mention Jonathan Bamba, Lille's left outside who was liked by top clubs in the past, but already too expensive. It's likely that in the future we'll see him in the Premier League.
Team of young talents
England Under 21 team won the qualifying round and condemned Holland to follow the European Championships on TV. Coached by Aidy Boothroyd, England brings to the field a team that is young but already experienced. Solid since the defensive department, where the star is Ryan Sessegnon, born in 2000 but able to dominate the field like a seasoned professional. In strength to Fulham, Segnesson is one of the talents of which we will hear about in the next years, perhaps decades. Always in defense, a talent that is talked about a lot in the continental calcium market is Fikayo Tomori: born in 1997 in Canada, naturalized British but with a double passport UK / Nigeria, central defender of Chelsea, Tomori grew up in the Blues youth team. Keep an eye on the talent of 21-year-old Bournemouth striker Dominic Solanke and Everton's Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
Illustration of national football team
The loose cannon of Belgium Under 21 team is Dodi Lukebakio: Dodi is born in 1997, he is the right external - left-handed - of Fortuna Düsseldorf. Dodi helps Fortuna Dusseldorf to remain in Bundesliga with his 14 goals. For Croatia Filip Benković could find a good stage in the European Championship to express himself at his best. Grown up in Dinamo Zagreb, gone to Leicester and then on loan to Celtic, Benković is a massive and elegant defender, 194 cm high.
Let’s close with Denmark’s Robert Skov, born in 1996, he is a prolific striker - 29 goals in the last Danish season - and deadly on free kicks. He plays for Copenhagen, but probably still for a short time, given the still accessible price and the concrete interest already expressed by both Tottenham and West Ham.

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