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Ten emerging talents from women's U19 finals

Published: Sunday 15 July 2012, 17.00CET
UEFA.com's team of reporters pick out ten players who caught the eye at the 2012 UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship, with finalists Spain and Sweden filling six positions.

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Published: Sunday 15 July 2012, 17.00CET

Ten emerging talents from women's U19 finals

UEFA.com's team of reporters pick out ten players who caught the eye at the 2012 UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship, with finalists Spain and Sweden filling six positions.

The 2012 UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship in Antalya produced some exceptional individual performances. UEFA.com's team of reporters now select their pick of ten emerging talents, with finalists Spain and Sweden filling six positions.

Bárbara Santos (Portugal)
After conceding just once in three Group A matches, goalkeeper Santos provided a virtuoso display against Spain. Repelling everything La Rojita threw at her, it took a superbly worked 87th-minute goal struck by Raquel Pinel to finally end her resistance.

Jennie Nordin (Sweden)
Powerful and uncompromising, the tough-tackling centre-back was a colossal presence throughout. Nordin picked her moments to shine, resisting Denmark's second-half onslaught in Sweden's semi-final triumph before keeping Spain at bay in the showpiece.

Ivana Andrés (Spain)
Strong in the tackle and composed on the ball, the defender cultivated a fine understanding with fellow centre-back Andrea Pereira to ensure Spain kept four clean sheets. There are high hopes in the Spanish camp that Andrés can go on to become one of the best in the world in her position.

Eda Karataş (Turkey)
Equally assured in defence and going forward, the marauding right-back was part of a Turkey back line that conceded just twice in three games. A set-piece specialist, the 17-year-old was also a constant source of inviting deliveries.

Amanda Sampedro (Spain)
Blessed with lightning-quick feet, vision and particularly dangerous when cutting in from the left, Sampedro's tireless running and ability to create something out of nothing made her a vital cog in Ángel Vilda's machine. Her confidence and outgoing personality are also key ingredients in the Spanish squad dynamic.

Ştefania Vătafu (Romania)
A tireless worker, Vătafu displayed an impressive passing range and marshalled her young troops with sagacity beyond her years. Despite Romania's early exit, coach Mirel Albon has tipped the midfielder to captain the full national team in the future.

Alexia Putellas (Spain)
A player who oozes class, Putellas showcased an ability to glide past defenders and the composure to pick out a team-mate or go for goal herself. Extremely difficult to knock off the ball and a real threat when given space, Putellas combined with Sampedro to create Spain's late winner against Portugal in the semi-finals.

Julie Jensen (Denmark)
Denmark's midfield linchpin, Jensen consistently dictated the tempo by instigating a number of beautifully crafted moves. A vocal presence too, she inspired, coordinated and unified her side's midfield quartet, before their semi-final defeat by Sweden.

Malin Diaz (Sweden)
Described as "something different" by her coach Calle Barrling, the diminutive midfielder exudes class. Technically gifted, innately intelligent and consummately confident with the ball, Diaz persistently eluded the opposition by drifting into space and threading neat, intricate passes to Sweden's forwards. She crowned a regal tournament by grabbing the winner against Spain.

Elin Rubensson (Sweden)
After eight goals during qualifying, Sweden expected and Rubensson delivered in emphatic style. Simply irresistible, the 19-year-old scored five in four games to propel her side to the final. The pick of the bunch? A sumptuous free-kick that left Denmark goalkeeper Maria Christensen rooted to the spot. She rose to the occasion in the final too, creating Diaz's winner.

Last updated: 05/12/13 4.12CET

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