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Well i thought the U-17 UEFA championship thread just finished went pretty well:) so i thought maybe i should do one in the same style for the upcoming finals to be held in Czech Republic on 14 July - 26 July.

It is the same format as last time with eight teams contesting the final tournament are split into two groups of four. The winners and runners-up advance to the semi-finals, with the winners of the two semi-finals qualifying for the final.

Just to get you all a bit excited here is a list of previous winners of this tournament, and as per usual Spain in the last few years a leading the youth teams.

2006 - 2007 Spain

2005 - 2006 Spain

2004 - 2005 France

2003 - 2004 Spain

2002 - 2003 Italy

2001 - 2002 Spain

2000 - 2001 Poland

1999 - 2000 France

1998 - 1999 Portugal

1997 - 1998 Republic of Ireland

1996 - 1997 France

1995 - 1996 France

1994 - 1995 Spain

1993 - 1994 Portugal

1992 - 1993 England

1990 - 1992 Turkey

1988 - 1989 USSR

1986 - 1988 USSR

1984 - 1986 German Dem. Rep.

1983 - 1984 Hungary

1982 - 1983 France

1981 - 1982 Scotland

1980 - 1981 Germany

The qualification is now complete and the following teams have qualified.

I will be giving some info on the star/key performers during qualification of each team.

The Czech Republic as hosts

Spain who knocked out Ukraine, Turkey and Armenia

Bulgaria who knocked out Iceland, Israel and Norway

Hungary who knocked out Portugal:eek:, Cyprus and Lithuania

Germany who knocked out Croatia, Slovakia and Albania

England who knocked out Belarus, Poland and Serbia

Greece who knocked out Russia, Moldova and Netherlands

Italy who knocked out France, Switzerland and Sweden

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i saw the game between Portugal and Hungary. the game not had scoring chances. After the goal of Hungary made by krisztian Nemeth the Portuguese players become uncontrolled with the chance of not going to EURO and one was sent off(Romeu Ribeiro).. the usual.. :\ for next time we will do better!

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i saw the game between Portugal and Hungary. the game not had scoring chances. After the goal of Hungary made by krisztian Nemeth the Portuguese players become uncontrolled with the chance of not going to EURO and one was sent off(Romeu Ribeiro).. the usual.. :\ for next time we will do better!

I've been to that game in the stadium mate :)

I must say Portugal have an extremely strong squad and very talented players on an individual level, better than most of the Hungary squad for sure. But it just wasn't their day and as you say mentally they seemed much less prepared than the home squad, so Hungary deserved to win that game.

Németh got denied another goal for straying offside in the 1st half which was disputable to say the least, along with a tackle in the box that smelled like a penalty. He could be one of the stars of the tournament if he keeps up his form.

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So these are the 8 teams that have qualified for the final.

Czech Republic

Spain

Bulgaria

Hungary

Germany

England

Greece

Italy

I will start posting some info on each of the star/key performers for each team during qualification over the next few days.

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NOTE: These players mentioned here may not be in the final squad for their respective teams for whatever reason eg age, injury but these players did play a key part in the qualification of their side to the final tournament.

England

Jason Steele

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A bright future is forecast for this kid, originally from Newton Aycliffe. Born on 18/8/90 standing at 6ft 3ins, Jason currently plays for Middlesbrough. He is a highly regarded goalkeeper who excels in most departments, particularly his distribution. After making his debut against China in April 2006, the Middlesbrough stopper played ten times at U17 level, including all five European Championship games. Went to the U17 World Cup in Korea this summer but didn’t play due to injury and Alex Smithies’ fine form. He and was called into the U19 squad in September 2007 just a month after celebrating his 17th Birthday

Jason joined Middlesbrough at the age of 13 from Newton Aycliffe sports club. Jason was a regular for his club's Academy side last year, even making the step-up to the reserve side. Made the England number one shirt his own last year, conceding just four goals in five European Championship games. At his school team he played centre midfield :confused::rolleyes: . Due to his progress he has been awarded with a two year professional contract on his 17th Birthday.

During qualification he appeared in 5 out of the 6 games.

Currently not on DB

James Henry

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Born on 10/6/89, He is a quick skillful winger who turned down interest from Chelsea to join Readings Academy during 2005.

This kid is a strange case having played for both England and Scotland, with actually playing against England at U16 level. Well the important thing now is it looks as though he has settled on England. He made is club debut for Reading against Liverpool in the League Cup at the end of September with displayed some impressive qualities.

He is a right winger but also can play in centre midfield. He has risen through Reading’s youth academy and signed his first professional contract in June 2006. He was lent on loan to Nottingham Forest to gain some first team expierence during the 2006-07 season, but returned after only 3 weeks after not really making an impact there, with only making on late substitute appearance.

At the beginning of November 2007 he was loaned to Bournemouth for 2 months. He had a fanatasic first game for the club scoring two goals in a 2-0 victory over Bristol Rovers. He managed to score a total of 3 goals during 12 appearances at Bournemouth. He recently signed a contract extension with Reading to July 2010.

Made 5 appearences during qualification and scored 2 goals.

Is on the DB rated 78

First mentioned by on the forum by jacob23

Krystian Pearce

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Pearce who was born on 5/5/90 in Birmingham joined Birming City’s Academy when he was only 10 years old. He is an imposing centre-half, who was arguably England’s best player during the last U17 World Cup. He also played a vital role in the qualification of England during the 2007 UEFA U17 Championship that enabled qualification to the U17 World Cup. It was in September 2007 that he stepped up to the U19 England team even though he is a year younger. He has made his club debut while on loan to Notts County on 17 November 2007.

Originally a striker he has been converted to play in defence. He was captain of the Under 18 side which reached the quarter final of the FA Youth Cup. In May 2008 he signed a new two year contract with Birmingham, this was given in recognition of his performances whilst on loan and his potential to develop into a first team regular.

He is good in the air, and has the pace and composer that would be more seen in a striker. He is comfortable with the ball at his feet and does not lack confidence.

During qualification he made 5 appearances scoring 2 goals.

He is on the DB rated only 70.

Kieran Gibbs

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He was born on 26/09/89 and is currently signed to Arsenal. He plays in central midfuled but can also play on the left wing. This past season he has featured regularly for Arsenal’s U18 and Reserve teams. In September 2007 he signed a professional contract. He made his first team debut for Arsenal on October 31st 2007 when he started a League Cup game against Sheffield United. He is a versatile player that has a fine left foot. He has the ability to play in wide areas but also can play in the defence. He played in all 6 qualifying matches for the England team.

On the database rated 76

Scott Sinclair

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Scott Sinclair was born on 25/3/89 and is currently signed to Chelsea. From the age of 9 he was part of the Bristol Rovers youth system he made his first team debut at the age of 15 against Leyton Orient. After signing for Chelsea under somewhat controversial circumstances, he has been loaned out to a number of sides: Plymouth, QPR, Charlton and Crystal Palace.

He has scored a number of goals during his loans spells but a performance to mention is while on loan at Plymouth and scored two goals in the FA Cup, including one superb solo effort. He is a potentional match winner for any side he plays for.

He made four appearances during qualifying and scored 1 goal

On the Database rated 85

First menionted by GeorgeECFC

Freddie Sears

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Freddie was born on 27/11/89 and is currently signed to West Ham United. He was signed to the West Ham Academy at the tender age of 11. In the 2007/08 season he was promoted from the youth side to the reserve squad after scoring 20 goals in 15 games. After playing a number of games for the reseves his had scored 25 goals in 24 games. After these performances he signed a new deal with the club and was also rewarded with his first team debut against Blackburn Rovers. He scored on his debut with a diving header to secure a win for his side.

He made 3 appearances during qualification after being a late call up and managed to score 2 goals

On the DB rated 75

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Germany

Dennis Diekmeier

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This kid who was born on 20/10/1989 is a highly rated Right Back is currently playing for Werder Bremen’s U19 side. He has signed a professional contract with Werder which lasts until 30.06.2009. He is the most expierenced defender in the U19 German team with 14 caps and 3 goals in total. During qualification he played in all 6 games and scored 3 goals. If Germany are to progress in this tournament he will be leading the defence.

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Dennis Naki

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Dennis Naki was born on the 9/07/1989. He is currently signed to Bayern Leverkusen. For the 2007/08 season he played in Bayern Leverkusen’s U19 side. Leverkusen have already agreed to loan Naki out for the season to 2. Bundesliga side Osnabrück on loan next season in order to gain first team expierence. Generally an attacking midfielder for his club side he has played more as a forward for the German U19 side. He has a fantastic goal scoring record at international level with 11 appearances for 9 goals. During qualification he played in all 6 qualifiers scoring 5 goals. Defiantly one to watch out for.

Not on the DB

Manuel Fischer

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Fischer will be well known to some of you already. Born on 19/09/1989 he is currently signed to VFB Stuttgart. Playing as a striker he made his debut against Barcelona in the Champions League coming on as a sub. He made another 2 appearences for Stuttgart in the Bundesliga both as sub and also managed to score 1 goal.

There is a belief amongst personal at Stuttugart that Fischer will follow the path of Kuranyi and Gomez as products of the VFB youth program. He has been described as a modern day goal poacher with a highly sensitive scoring sense bundled together with technical ability, tactical understanding and electrifying pace. In the U19 German squad he is the most capped player with 18 appearances with an impressive 7 goals. During qualifaction he played in all 6 games and scored 3 goals.

He is on the DB rated 78

Mario Vrancic

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Like many footballers these days Mario has a colourful history, being born on 23/05/1989 what is now Croatia but then was Yugoslavia. Having played for both U17 and U19 representing Germany, for some reason I cannot find his nationality on SM is Bosnian. (If all that makes sense!) He currently is signed to Mainz 05, he was widely regard as one of the biggest talents in Germany a few years ago, but hype has quieted down past year or so. Playing in midfield he has made 10 appearances for the U19 side with 1 goal. He is quite a flexible player being able to play as a LB and across the midfield. During qualification he made 5 appearances scoring 1 goal.

He is on the DB rated 74

Lars Bender

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Lars was born on 27/04/1989, and in 2003 was snapped up by TSV 1860 Munich. On the 27 November 2006 he was handed his debut in the 2. Bundesliga. He plays in midfield and can direct the game brilliantly. He has a great passing game combined with his good dribbling skills combine to pose a potent mix. In November 2007 signed a new contract that will keep him there until 2011.

This past season he has developed into one the of key players for TSV 1860 Munich with 28 appearences only 1 being as a sub racking up an impressive 2177 minutes, he managed to score 1 goal. For the U19 side he has made 5 appearances. During qualification he played the last 3 qualifiers.

He is on the DB rated 83

Sven Bender

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Is the twin brother of Lars so he was also born on 27/04/08 and guess what club he plays for……..thats right TSV 1860 Munich. Sven was handed his debut on 18th December 2006 in the 2. Bundesliga. Sven is a not a spectactler player, playing as a defensive midfielder its not his job to be. He is the workhorse of any team he is in. He also signed a contract with the that last to 2011. This past season he pushed for a first team spot making 27 appearances with 10 as a sub racking up 1655 minutes and managing 1 goal. For the German U19 side he has made 6 appearances scoring 1 goal, during qualification he played in the final 3 games and scored 1 goal.

He is on the DB rated 82

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Nice post on the German squad mate!!

Everybody already knows Fischer but I think that the public (us forumers) need to pay more attention to the Bender brothers who I find will have a very successful future.

They have very good talents and play for the same team as mentioned before. Unfortunately they didn't managed to qualify (why am I saying unfortunately? we don't need another Bayern team) but I'm sure that they'll move to other clubs or get promoted next season.

Once again great work, you've been making some nice reports lately and you fully deserve the rep that I'm going to give you. Cheers mate, keep doing what you're doing.

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Hungary

Krisztián Németh

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Nemeth already has a reputation on the SM forum as one to watch out for and with good reason. Born on 5/01/1989 plays in the striker role and is currently signed to Liverpool, playing in their reserve side. The striker who originally played for MTK Hungaria, signed a 3 year deal at Anfield. He started to make a name for himself, during the 2006 UEFA U17 tournament in Luxemburg as the star of the Hungary squad. In a recent U19 mini tournament in Cyprus he scored 7 goals in 3 matches.

He made his debut for the Liverpool reserces on the 27th of November 2007 scoring twice in the first half. Nemeth only made nine appearances for the Liverpool reserves since his move as a result of a dislocated shoulder at the beginning of the season, but he did score a number of crucial goals which help his side to secure the Prepier Reserve League North title.

During his time at the club he has already impressed fans with his creativity, technical skill and natural goalscoring instinct. Due to his performances he was award Liverpool fans reserves Player of the Year for the 2007-08 season.

He is yet to make his debut for the first team though, he is expected to make the step up to first team football in the coming season. In May 2008 he received his first call up to the Hungarian Senior national squad but remained an unused substitute in a 1-1 draw against Croatia.

During qualifaction he started the prelimary stage by coming on as a substitute in the first 3 games, in the elite round a started in all 3 games. So all up he made 6 appearances and scored 5 goals.

He is on the DB rated 81

First info posted fraser mcinnes

Peter Gulacsi

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Another liverpool player, Peter came from the same club as Nemeth in MTK Hungaria. He is currently on a loan deal with the option to buy at the end of the loan. Born on 06/05/1990, He also impressed during his appearances in the Hungary U17 team. This keeper had a lot of interest from around europe in his signature but I would suggest due to the connection between MTK Hungaria and Liverpool is why they got him. He got his first call up to the Bulgaria National Squad but as did Nemeth remained an unused substitute. During qualifaction he played in all six games, which is quite impressive as he has only just turned 18 so he is a year younger then the rest of the squad.

Not on the DB

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ITALY

Alberto Paloschi

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Another player well known on the forum after scoring within 18 seconds of his debut in Serie A with his first touch to grab a win for AC Milan. Born on 4/01/1990 as mentioned he is currently signed to AC Milan, though this season has predominantly played in their youth side. During this season in Serie A he made 7 appearances 6 as a sub racking up 298 minutes and scored 2 goals. There have been a number of rumors about saying he will be loaned out next season instead of being promoted to the first team. Defiantly a star of the future.

During qualifcation he played in 5 out of 6 games and scored 2 goals. Impressive as he is still only 18.

Is on the DB rated 80

Matteo Darmian

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This kid is the captain of the Italian U-19 squad playing in the Heart of the defence. Born on 2/12/1989 he also currently plays for AC Milan. He has played throughout the Italian youth sides. On November 28, 2006 he made is Coppa Italia debut for AC Milan against Brescia replacing Kaladze at half-time. On May 19, 2007 he made his Serie A debut against Udinese. In the 2007-08 season he didn’t make any appearances in the Senior team playing for the AC Milan youth side. I would expect next season he if he doesn’t step up to the Senior squad, to be sold or at least loaned out.

During qualification he made 5 out of 6 appearances.

Is on the DB rated 74

Andrea Mazzarani

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This kid plays for Cisco Roma, though he hasn’t had a large amount of attention on him as yet. I am tipping him now for a bright future. Born on 6/11/1989 he plays in centre midfield. He was a key figure in qualification for Italy making 6 appearances and scored 3 goals. Being the highest goal scorer for Italy from midfield.

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Stefano Okaka Chuka

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Born to Nigerian parents who later obtained Italian citizenship. He joined the AS Roma youth system in 2004 only a year later on September 29, 2005 made his his first team debut in the UEFA Cup, in doing so he became the youngest footballer to debut in an international competition for an Italian team. At Roma he made a total of 14 Serie A appearances and scored 1 goal. For this past 2007-08 season he was loaned to Serie B side Modena where he made 33 appearances with 17 being subs and scored 7 goals.

During qualifaction he made 5 appearacnes scoring 2 goals.

He is on the DB rated 82

Andrea Poli

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Born on 29/9/1989 he plays in midfield and is currently signed to Sampdoria. Having previously made his professional debut at Treviso playing four games for the club. He is a noted playmaker with the tag already of the future of Italian football. Appearantly Sampdoria beat Milan, Inter and Roma to the young midfielder. During qualification he made 6 appearances scoring 1 goal.

Is on the DB rated 74

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James Henry and Kieran Gibbs were both on loan with Norwich for part of last season. Gibbs started very slow but by the end of the season started to look the part, but Henry really struggled and never got it going. Reading recalled him because he couldn't get a game in a terrible Norwich team. Definitely not impressed with him, especially with all the hype that preceded him, but he is still young and can get it together.

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Greece

Michalis Pavlis

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Born on 22 September 1989, Pavlis plays as striker and is currently signed to AEK Athens. He made his debut for his club on 3 September 2007 in the second leg of the Champions League Fixture against Sevilla. During his debut he played for 30 minutes during this time he won a pentaly and also made life very difficult for the defenders. He scored his first Super League goal against Veria on January 12th 2008 after coming on as a sub. So far his club career as consisted of 6 sub with 1 goal. His career so far representing his country is a shade more impressive though he has played 15 times for the Greek U-19 team scoring 7 goals. Though during qualification he appearaed in all 6 games and scored 6 goals.

He is on the DB rated 75

Nikos Barboudis

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Barboudis was born on 6 March 1989, he plays at right back is currently playing at Fostires on loan from AEK Athens. Fostires plays in Gamma Ethniki which is the lowest professional division in Greece it’s basically a 3rd division, any lower it is becomes semi-professional. He is one of the most capped players for the current U-19 Greek side having played 24 games and scored 2 goals. During qualification he appeared in all 6 qualifiers and scored 1 goal.

He is on the DB rated 71

Lefteris Matsoukas

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This kid plays up front with Pavlis also as a striker. He was born on 7 March 1990 and is currently signed to Olympiacos. He has promoted to the first team from their youth setup and in doing was given his first professional contract by the club. The club moved quickly to sign him on a professional contract as Roma had made enquiries about the player. He made 1 sub appearance for his club this season. During qualification he made 5 appearances and scored 4 goals.

He is on the DB rated 72

Sotiris Ninis

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Another name on this thread that will be well known amongst forumers. Ninis was born on 3rd April 1990 in Albania. He joined Panathinaikos youth academies in 2004 from feeder club Apollon Symyris. He became an integral part for the youth squad and as such as offered a 5 year professional contract by the club on 22 December 2006. Only 14 days later he made his professional debut at 16 years of age. A month later he rejected a call up to the Albanian U-21 national side. He has since signed a new contract with the club that has a minimum release clause in it of 14 million euro. He has made limited appearances this season 2007/08 as he has been marred by injuries.

Ninis has already played at the last UEFA U-19 championship finals for Greece at only 17 years of age. During that tournament he was seleceted in the U19 names to notes which contained the best eleven players at the tournament. This qualifying campaign he has also played a key role in the success of the side in qualifying for the finals. Again due to injuries though he has only played in the later 3 qualifiers and scored 1 goal.

He was called up on May 16 to make his international debut for Greece against Cyprus. He scored within the first 5 minutes and with a terrific performance was named man of the match. To my surprise though he was left out of the Greek squad that went to Euro 2008. His fine performances at all levels have attracted interest from the usual big clubs in Arsenal, Man Utd, Real Madrid and AC Milan, all of whom have scouted his performances during the U-19 qualfication campaign.

Is on the DB rated 82, which is still a bargain for the potential this kid has.

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Great work as ever Borogz. One thing that springs to mind about Ninis is if he's already starred at these championships 2 years ago, and has appeared for the under 21s and full national side, it seems a bit of a backward step for him to play in these championships again. Surely it'd be better for the player to rest up ahead of the new season where he'll probably be a 1st team regular.

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Great work as ever Borogz. One thing that springs to mind about Ninis is if he's already starred at these championships 2 years ago' date=' and has appeared for the under 21s and full national side, it seems a bit of a backward step for him to play in these championships again. Surely it'd be better for the player to rest up ahead of the new season where he'll probably be a 1st team regular.[/quote']

thanks:)

I cannot guarrentee that he is in the final squad, he did appear in the latter stages of qualfication which only finished this month so i wouldnt at all be surprised if he did make the final team. In saying that he didnt play much at all for his team this season so i would expect that he would want to play all the matches he could.

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Sortis Ninis and Krisztián Németh are the biggest prospects from this list of players.

These guys are the next big thing in Europe and World :)...

Nemeth is really good but it seems he will not start until the far away future.

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Nemeth is fantastic.

I would expect to be a fringe player for Benitez next season together with Plessis, Insua and Hobbs

These 4 players are the brightest talents for Liverpool at the moment and injuries to the senier team would mean chances for them to shine.

cheers

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Nemeth is fantastic.

I would expect to be a fringe player for Benitez next season together with Plessis' date=' Insua and Hobbs

These 4 players are the brightest talents for Liverpool at the moment and injuries to the senier team would mean chances for them to shine.

cheers[/quote']

With Carragher, Skrtel, Hyypia and Agger fit again, Hobbs will not get a chance.

I think with Rafa's 1 striker system, it will be extremely hard for Nemeth to get minutes.

With Mascherano and Lucas off to the Olympics for the start of the season, Plessis could most probably get his chance to shine.

Insua is one for the future, with Dossena on the way, I think it signals Rafa still has no intention in giving him first team games throughout the season.

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