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France 0-4 Spain. Wonderfull game by the Spaniards. Keko (31'), Sergi (46'), Thiago (63')(pen), Manu (69'), scored to give Spain the U-17 cup again. this is all I can give, hope borogz will give us some information about the game and so on.

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Spain cleary showed their the powerforce in the U-17 UEFA Championship with a dominanting 4-0 win over France in the Final in Turkey. This was the 2nd meeting of the finals with the previous encounter ending in 3-3 all draw. But Spain won the won that counted.

Keko was the the clear man of the match with a superb inspirational performance, that some say even eclipsed Bojan Krkic performance in last years final. Keko scored spains first after turning in a Thiago pass. Shooting in at the left-hand post after Thiago pinged the ball across the face of goal.

Keko continued to produce some superb tricks, For the second goal Keko won the ball in midfield then provided the perfect pass to the advancing Sergi to slot the ball past the french keeper. It was Sergi 3rd goal of the tournament.

Keko also provided the assist with a cross for Manu to head in the 4th goal. Thiago put a penatly away for the the goal. Keko displayed a number of mazy dribbles and also during the game took out two France defenders with absolute amazing drag back.

KEKO

Keko who's actual name is Sergio Gontán is currently signed to Club Atlético de Madrid, was the star player of the final catching the eye with his trickery. He came to turkey with a big reputation but had been eclipsed by his team mates (espscially Thiago for me) prior to the final.

He showed a full repertoire of tricks with flicks, back-heels, dummies and miscellaneous magic on the ball. Its amazing to see a player not fully shine until the biggest stage. He scored one and assist in two out of the four goals on the night, more than that though he was a constant menace to the french defence tricking them at almost every opportunity.

After his performance tonight i would expect that he makes the step up into the first team of Athletico next season, atleast making a few appearances to step himself in La Liga

(Couldnt find a photo of video of him in action)

In a few days i will do a summary of each player specifically mentioned.

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A report has been released on the best 10 players in the tournament.

Jeroen Zoet (Netherlands)

Netherlands coach Albert Stuivenberg singled goalkeeper Zoet out for praise after his group stage performances, notably in the nerve-jangling 1-0 defeat of Serbia that ultimately booked their semi-final place. There was little he could do about Ángel Martínez's extra-time winner for Spain in the last four but the PSV Eindhoven player obviously learned well having been an unused squad member in the finals a year ago.

Philippe Koch (Switzerland)

Switzerland found life tough in the finals but did beat the Republic of Ireland 1-0 with an own goal and their defence came into their own late on in that game. Goalkeeper René Borkovic and full-back Fabio Daprelà both performed excellently but FC Zürich prospect Koch worked hard in the centre of defence to keep Ireland out not least with his aerial strength.

Pulido (Spain)

Spain's attacking players naturally caught the eye but their was ability throughout the squad and Club Atlético de Madrid defender Pulido helped keep things tight at the back when the flair men roved forward. He did not take part in qualifying but did not miss a second of the finals – also chipping in with crucial equalisers against France in the group stage and in the last-four encounter with the Netherlands.

Abdülkadir Kayalı (Turkey)

Turkey's captain has already played in the Süper Lig for MKE Ankaragücü and brought a mature approach to the hosts' midfield. Given a trial by Manchester City FC but then too young to sign, Abdülkadir bolstered his reputation even further with the clever long-range strike that looked like taking Turkey into the final until France's late equaliser.

Conor Hourihane (Republic of Ireland)

Ireland were defeated three times but gave all their opponents good games, and had Sunderland AFC midfielder Hourihane, so impressive in qualifying, not been absent in the opener against France they may have averted the last-gasp loss. A fine all-round player, Hourihane worked hard in the narrow defeat by Switzerland and shot Ireland ahead against Spain.

John Fleck (Scotland)

Scotland did not score in the finals but their main playmaker showed more than a few glimpses of why he has risen up the ranks so quickly at his uncle Robert's old club, Rangers FC. The captain, by coach Ross Mathie's own admission, had a lot of pressure as Scotland's recognised star but he showed leadership skills against the toughest opponents of his career.

Keko (Spain)

Atlético winger Keko perhaps had been outshone by Thiago, Sergi and Rubén prior to the final but in the decider against France the player also known as Sergio Gontán was stunning, showing off a wide range of skills in between scoring the first goal and making two more in the 4-0 victory.

Thiago (Spain)

If Keko was the star of the final, Thiago was probably Spain's greatest inspiration over the course of the tournament, the FC Barcelona midfielder scoring the first and third equalisers with two superb free-kicks in the 3-3 group draw with France, converting a penalty against the same team in the final, and producing runs and passes that has seen him compared to club-mate Lionel Messi; indeed he has a South American link as the son of Brazil's 1994 FIFA World Cup winner Mazinho.

Danijel Aleksić (Serbia)

Along with the Netherlands' Geoffrey Castillion, Danijel Aleksić was joint-top goalscorer over the course of the U17 with nine goals, including five in the Elite round and both in the opening 2-0 defeat of Scotland, the first a stunning bicycle kick on the stroke of half-time. He was unlucky not to add to that tally as Serbia missed out on the semi-finals but Aleksić is already in the goals for league high-flyers FK Vojvodina, for whom he made his debut five days after his 16th birthday last year.

Yannis Tafer (France)

Prior to the final France had produced a string of fine displays thanks to the attacking zeal of Gaël Kakuta, Clément Grenier, super sub Alexandre Lacazette and Tafer, whose four goals were the best tally of the final. Mentored at Olympique Lyonnais by Karim Benzema, Tafer's positioning and finishing in the group stage was first rate.

Watch out for them, a few might be the stars of tomorrow.

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Those two assingments are now done:D thank god!. Thanks for that post Ahmed, good to see lots of people making this a good used thread!!:)

There was a few players on that list that i had missed. Prob coz i like to watch the mids and forwards a tad more then the defenders lol. Later on I will talk about all the players on the list of 10 to watch.

So in the coming days i will do a round of each team with the star performers that have been mentioned throughout the thread. I will start with the teams that go knocked out first though and work my way to the eventual champions Spain.

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Scotland Team

Archie Campbell

Played and started in all three of Scotland games as a forward. Failed to get on the score sheet but one was commendable for his work rate up front. Still playing for Rangers Reserves and U/19 might see him get some game time next season after this youth international experience. Unfortunately he didn’t shine here.

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U-17 Championship Rating 5/10

John Fleck

Defiantly the star of the Scottish team, he had a name for himself before the tournament and did no harm to it with his performances. Defiantly has great ability and it wont be long before he is a regular for Rangers, that’s if he doesn’t move before then. He was the captain of the Scotland side and did show great leadership in his position. He was instrumental in Scotland qualifying for the finals scoring three goals. He scored the decisive goal in the 1-0 over Slovenia that sent them to the finals. Even though he didn’t score in the finals he was their main playmaker he did play well against tough opposition.

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U-17 Championship Rating 7.5/10 (Scottish Star of the future)

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Republic of Ireland

Gavin Gunning

Played in all three of Rep. Ireland’s games, he was their leading goal scorer during qualification with 3 goals but sadly the only goal he scored in the finals was an own goal that gave Switzerland there only win. In the other games though he was pretty solid at the back but Rep. Ireland was just out classed by the other teams.

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U-17 Championship Rating 4.5/10

Aaron Doran

Playing in all three of Rep. Ireland’s game on the wing, he played well but was not as influential as he would have liked to be during the tournament. He was a major reason why the got to the finals but was unable to continue the form.

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U-17 Championship Rating 6/10

Conor Hourihane

Only played in two out of Rep. Ireland’s three games but I think they would be now wishing he had played in all of them. Playing in midfield he worked hard and actually managed to score a goal against the strong Spanish team. Defiantly the star of the Rep. Ireland team.

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U-17 Championship Rating 6.5/10

Conor Clifford

The captian of the Rep. Ireland team, showed some skill in the 3 matches he played in. Was a key player in the make up of this side and showed why with some superb play but the team lacked a genuine striker up front that he could link up with.

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U-17 Championship Rating 6.5/10

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Switzerland Team

René Borkovic

“A keeper is only as good as the team the players in front of him” is saying I go by. So with this in mind there wasn’t much this kid could do to stop them being knocked out. He was the man between the sticks in all 3 of Switzerland’s games. Only letting in total of 4 goals against is a feat against the likes of Spain and France in the group stage. A very good future player.

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Under 17 Championship Rating 6.5/10

Nassim Ben Khalifa

This kid played in 2 out of the 3 games. Unfortunately did not step up to the next level which was needed at this tournament. Maybe needs some more time to develop.

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Under 17 Championship Rating 4.5/10

Philippe Koch

This central defender ran the show at the back in the centre of defence for the Swiss side. He has great aerial strength which he showed in the Ireland game that they won. With Ireland scoring a lot of the qualifying goals via the cross he did extremely well. Very talented defender who can read the game well. Unfortunately for the Swiss side it was the forwards you let them down not the defence. He played all 3 games for the Swiss outfit.

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Under 17 Championship Rating 6.5/10

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Serbia Team

Predrag Stevanovic

This kid has potential, showed some great skill on the left wing for Serbia, having recently signed for FC Schalke 04 we might get to see a game or two next season. He played in all three of Serbia’s games in the Finals, Serbia as a whole was an impressive team for me, but just couldn’t finish the job.

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U-17 Championship Rating 6.5/10

Adem Ljajic

As far as the search button works I couldn’t find any body else to mention him as a future talent, and I tell you I am glad I can claim credit for informing you all about this kid. He is going to be a star of the future, outshone by Aleksic but really who wouldn’t be! He has great pace and ball control. I will keep an eye on this kid for when he makes the step up to the first team at FK Partizan. He played in all three game for Serbia in the midfield with Aleksic.

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U-17 Championship Rating 7.5/10

Danijel Aleksic

Being listed in the 10 players to watch in nothing more then this kid deserves. He opened the scoring for Serbia with an absolutely awesome bicycle kick (Video). During qualification for the tournament was top scorer along with Castillion scoring a total of 9 goals. He was unlucky in the other 2 games not to score but showed a great touch and control. It wont be long before a bigger team snaps him up. Played behind the forwards in this tournament though in a more AM/F role, rather the his SM F. He played in all 3games and though Serbia only won 1 he still starred in all 3.

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U-17 Championship Rating 8/10

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Turkey Team

Soner Aydogu

This kid played in all four matches for the Turkish team, didn’t disappoint in any of his performances but at the same time didn’t stand out hugely either. Linked up well with the team captain Abdülkadir Kayalı and provided go support to the men up front. Wasn’t as good as I had expected but then others stepped up where he didn’t.

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U-17 Championship Rating 6/10

Cem Sultan

Unfortunately for us and for Cem Sultan he got injuried just before the finals, having torn knee ligaments in a domestic match. Currently playing at Galatasaray A.S. keep an eye on him.

Abdülkadir Kayalı

One of my favorite players at the tournament, this kid defiantly has some talent. He was the maestro in the midfield for the Turkish side throughout the tournament. He is one of those players that is just ahead of his teammates in the sense that he is think 3 paces ahead and there still thinking of the next move. One of the top players at the tournament. Having already made his club debut, we should see him make some more appearances next season, unless he gets snapped up soon.

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U-17 Championship Rating 8/10

Batuhan Karadeniz

The key striker came with a big reputation as a top notch goal scorer having scored 40 goals through the various Turkish youth sides. In this tournament though he didn’t manage to score, did show some talent though and played all 4 games. Was disappointing after coming with such a big reputation. He did have some great passes and did have many a shot stopped, defiantly worth buying as he is getting regular games for his club side and has been watched by countless big clubs.

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U-17 Championship Rating 7/10

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Netherlands

Jeffrey Bruma

Again this is another player that we didn’t get to see in action after pulling out through injury. After playing nearly the qualifiers this is maybe why the Netherlands faulted at the back on occasions. He will no doubt play in future Netherlands youth teams.

Geoffrey Castillion

After scoring 7 goals in just 6 games through the qualifying rounds, there was much expected from Castillion. In the finals however it was a mixed showing, with at times utter brilliance with the ball scoring unimaginable goals, but then 10 minutes later could miss a wide open goal from 5 feet out. After playing all four games and scoring two goals there is no doubt he has talent and can turn it on, but the question does remain whether he can learn not to make simple mistakes.

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U-17 Championship Rating 7.5/10

Rodney Sneijder

He played all four matches and scored one goal, but still I thought he had a tendency to fade out of a match on occasions. Then again the Dutch are renowned for emphasis on teamwork rather than individual flair. Rodney played pretty well with some great passing displayed. Overall a pretty solid performance during the tournament.

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U-17 Championship Rating 7.5/10

Jeroen Zoet

After being an unused squad member at the finals a year ago, Zoet stepped up and took his chance playing all four games. An absolute stand out player for the Netherlands, pulled of some amazing saves and almost individually got them through to the semi-finals with some game savers against Serbia. Defiantly the best keeper of the tournament.

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U-17 Championship Rating 8/10

Oğuzhan Özyakup

Defiantly one to watch out for this kid, being only 15 playing with in a tournament with kids two years his senior. Has already confirmed a move to Arsenal in the summer when he turns 16, he played in two matches this tournament but has the possibility to play at the next two U-17 Tournaments!! Played well in both games he appeared in, wasn’t outshone by anyone on the field and managed hold his own with the older players. He will be better for the experience watch out for him at next years U-17 qualifier.

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U-17 Championship Rating 6.5/10

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France Team

Enzo Reale

Played all 5 games for the French side, a solid player for them in the midfield, showed he has a lot of potential with great passing and reading of the game. Was a step above the opposing players in their early games but was dominated by Thiago and Keko in the final.

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U-17 Championship Rating 7/10

Gael Kakuta

Coming into the tournament as one to the big name French players he showed class in this tournament. Playing his club football in the Chelsea youth team I read somewhere that he wasn’t happy at Chelsea because after some great performances for the youth side and in the French U-17 team they still have yet to offer him a professional contract. Anyway that is news for another day. In this tournament he played all five games and was a leader on the field, great dribbiling and played some awesome through balls linking up so well with Grenier.

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U-17 Championship Rating 7.5/10

Gueida Fofana

Playing in the central of defence, the captain of the French team lead his players well. Was solid throughout the first rounds, but just couldn’t not stop Keko in the final. A decent player who has a good future ahead of him, can read the game well and his good in the air.

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U-17 Championship Rating 7/10

Clément Grenier

Playing all five games on the right wing on the French team, he is defiantly an attacking minded winger. Apparently along with Tafer both have signed professional contracts at Lyon to stop either of them moving away just yet. Labbled before the tournament as ‘the new kaka’ he had a big name to live up to. He showed skill, but not enough to be group with players like Bojan. Great speed on the wing beat many a player during the tournament with flashes of creativity. He also managed to score one goal with some fine finishing skills shown.

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U-17 Championship 7.5/10

Yannis Tafer (GOLDEN BOOT WINNER)

A class player in a pretty decent team. Tafer was the golden boot winner scoring four goals in five games. He was provided with a lot of opportuinites due to creativity of Grenier and Kakuta. He played in all five matches up front of the French side, he came into the tournament as a relative unknown player in the side. His performances during the tournament have now made him one to watch in the coming years, with great positioning and finishing. Maybe he can replicate what Benzema has done with Lyon.

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U-17 Championship Rating 9/10

Alexandre Lacazette

After he scored the winner in the final minute for the French side in the opening game, he appeared in another 3 games. So he played in 4 out of 5 games during the tournament. Mainly playing as a sub he earned the title super-sub after his performance against Ireland. Has good pace and finishing but needs more time to develop to become a higher class player.

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U-17 Championship Rating 7/10

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Spain Team

Ruben Molero Cortes

Ok I admit it! I have absolutely no idea why this kid didn’t play. Defiantly a very good played at Real Madrid youth level, so I cant provide a summary of how he played because he didn’t play!?!

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Thiago Alcantara (my pick as player of the tournament)

Wasn’t the star in the final but for me was player of the tournament. Currently playing at Barcelona has him playing at club level with a number of future stars, eg Gai Assulin, which cant hurt how you play. Was brilliant throughout the tournament playing all five games and scoring 3 times, twice to equal against france in the group phase and also converted a penalty in the final. Produced some amazing runs and passes that has seen him compared to Messi. Having already played in the first team at Barcelona coming on as a sub for Xavi (but in a tournament not acknowledged by SM the Copa de Catalunya) we should see him make an appearance next season hopefully. Sublime player with immense talent and a great future.

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U-17 Championship Rating 9/10

Daniel Pacheco

Unfortunately another player who had to pull out through injury before the tournament started. From what I have seen of him, he is a class finisher and has been put in the same mould as Thiago. So hopefully we will see him in future tournaments.

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Ruben Rochina

Coming from Barcelona along with teammate Thiago, he also had a big reputation as a talent. Played in four out of the five games, he was suspended for the first game. Though his suspension and Pacheco’s absence gave Sergi a run into the team for the first time. Ruben came on as a sub just after half time vs Ireland to score the opening two goals and show what he can do. The coach did prefer to play Sergi at times over Ruben but when Ruben got his chances he showed he is a clear player of the future for Barcelona and Spain.

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U-17 Championship Rating 8/10

Sergi

After being called into the team at short notice the Valencia player he preformed wonderfully appearing in 3 out of the 5 games played scoring 3 goals. Quick on his feet and his a real goal poacher having the knack to be in the right place at the right time to knock the ball in. Does not have the flair the other Spanish attackers have but gets the job done. Spain would not have reached the finals if it wasn’t for Sergi.

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U-17 Championship Rating 7.5/10

KEKO

The Atletico winger Keko was undoubtedly the man of the match in the final. His performances up until the final at been good and solid but not superb. In the final was absolutely outstanding showing all the tricks in the book, scoring one assisting in two he was unstoppable on the night. Maybe like Camacho this season, Keko will get a chance in next seasons first team.

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U-17 Championship Rating 9/10

Pulido

Also coming from Atletico, Pulido played in the defence and played all five games of the finals. He even scored to crucial goals to help Spain progress some tough games.

Was solid at the back and kept things extremely tight and well run. Do we have another Puyol in the making?

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U-17 Championship Rating 8.5/10

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Thanks for this Borogz, i've repped you for your efforts. Spain seem to once again have an outstanding youth team.

Quick question for you, did Henri Saivet appear for France at all, or is he a year older? I thought he was 17 and would've played but you've not mentioned him.

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Thanks for this Borogz' date=' i've repped you for your efforts. Spain seem to once again have an outstanding youth team.

Quick question for you, did Henri Saivet appear for France at all, or is he a year older? I thought he was 17 and would've played but you've not mentioned him.[/quote']

cheers mate, I am not sure on Saviet, he didnt play for the U17 team in the finals and didnt appear in the qualifying stages either. Not sure why this is so though?

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Thanks for this Borogz' date=' i've repped you for your efforts. Spain seem to once again have an outstanding youth team.

Quick question for you, did Henri Saivet appear for France at all, or is he a year older? I thought he was 17 and would've played but you've not mentioned him.[/quote']

he played last year.

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he played last year.

as far as my research has shown, saviet did not play for the U-17 this campaign at all, i have checked all the games played through qualification and also the elite round and he did not play in any of them.

I agree Keko will get a start at the beginning of the next season. It is amazing to see that Atletico have a huge amoutn of talent it would appear alot more so than Real Madrid have currently coming through.

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as far as my research has shown' date=' saviet did not play for the U-17 this campaign at all, i have checked all the games played through qualification and also the elite round and he did not play in any of them.

I agree Keko will get a start at the beginning of the next season. It is amazing to see that Atletico have a huge amoutn of talent it would appear alot more so than Real Madrid have currently coming through.[/quote']

August 17th Saivet played Henri Saviet's elegant display was rewarded with the equaliser following the interval but from a Osanga free-kick, Rabiu Ibrahim netted the game's third and final goal in the 64th minute to claim all three points for Nigeria.

The start of the video is his game against Spain

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