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Paco picks up scorers' prize

Published: Sunday 30 May 2010, 20.19CET
Paco's prolific performance in captaining Spain to second place at the UEFA European Under-17 Championship left him as finals top scorer with six goals and a record season tally of 14.
by Paul Saffer
from Vaduz
Paco picks up scorers' prize
Paco receives the UEFA European Under-17 Championship top scorer prize from UEFA Youth and Amateur Football Committee chairman Grigoriy Surkis ©Sportsfile
Published: Sunday 30 May 2010, 20.19CET

Paco picks up scorers' prize

Paco's prolific performance in captaining Spain to second place at the UEFA European Under-17 Championship left him as finals top scorer with six goals and a record season tally of 14.

Spain may have missed out on the UEFA European Under-17 Championship title but captain Paco took the honours on the goalscoring front.

Although he did not score in Sunday's 2-1 final loss to England, Paco's finals tally of six equalled the best since the showpiece stage was reduced to eight teams in 2002/03; the record of seven was set by Spain's Jonathan Soriano in the 16-nation 2001/02 edition. Also the top scorer in qualifying with eight, Paco's total makes the Valencia CF forward the most prolific player since the U17 classification was introduced in 2001/02, beating the record of 13 set four years ago by Germany's Manuel Fischer.

Paco was three goals clear of a trio of players: team-mate Gerard and England's Connor Wickham, who both scored in the final, and Turkey captain Artun Akçakin. On the roll of honour Paco joins names including Bojan Krkić and Toni Kroos, who on Saturday won his third senior Germany cap.

2010 UEFA European Under-17 Championship finals top scorers
PlayerTeamGoals
PacoSpain6
Artun AkçakinTurkey3
GerardSpain3
Connor WickhamEngland3
Ross BarkleyEngland2
Ricardo EsgaioPortugal2
Anthony KouraFrance2
Paul PogbaFrance2
Yaya SanogoFrance2
2009/10 UEFA European Under-17 Championship season top scorers
PlayerTeamGoals
PacoSpain     
14       
Dimitrios DiamantakosGreece
8
Connor Wickham
England8
Benik AfobeEngland
7
Stejpan VuletaSwitzerland
7
Artun AkçakinTurkey6
Tim VäyrynenFinland
6
UEFA European Under-17 Championship finals top scorers year by year
YearPlayerTeamGoals
2010Paco                         
Spain
6           
2009Luc Castaignos
Lennart Thy
Netherlands
Germany
3
2008Yannis TaferFrance4
2007Toni Kroos
Victor Moses
Germany
England
3
2006Bojan Krkić           
Manuel Fischer
Tomáš Necid
Spain
Germany
Czech Republic
5
2005Tevfik KöseTurkey6
2004Hatem Ben Arfa
Bruno Gama
Shane Paul
Marc Pedraza
France
Portugal
England
Spain
3
2003David RodríguezSpain6
2002Jonathan SorianoSpain7
UEFA European Under-17 Championship all-time final tournament top scorers
PlayerTeamGoals
Bojan Krkić (2006, 2007)
Spain              
7           
David Rodríguez (2002, 2003)
Spain
7
Jonathan Soriano (2002)
Spain7
Paco (2010)
Spain
6
Morten Rasmussen (2002)Denmark
6
Tevfik Köse (2005)
Turkey6
UEFA European Under-17 Championship all-time overall top scorers
PlayerTeamGoals
Paco                                    
Spain              
14         
Manuel FischerGermany
13
Vaclav KadlecCzech Republic
11
Nikola KalinićCroatia
11
Toni KroosGermany
11
Krisztián NémethTurkey11
David Rodríguez
Spain
10

Last updated: 30/05/10 21.43CET

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