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Talents to watch from U17 finals

Published: Monday 16 May 2011, 9.00CET
UEFA.com's team of reporters in Serbia pick out their most eye-catching talents at the 2011 UEFA European Under-17 Championship, at least one from each team on show.

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Published: Monday 16 May 2011, 9.00CET

Talents to watch from U17 finals

UEFA.com's team of reporters in Serbia pick out their most eye-catching talents at the 2011 UEFA European Under-17 Championship, at least one from each team on show.

Lukáš Zima (goalkeeper, Czech Republic)
An imposing presence in the Czech goal, SK Slavia Praha's Zima saved two penalties against Germany and subsequently pulled off a string of tremendous stops to help hold the Netherlands to a 0-0 draw.

Mitchell Weiser (defender, Germany)
The lightning-quick 1. FC Köln full-back is comfortable on both the right and left of defence, and showed himself to be physically strong on the ball and nigh-on impossible to dispossess when in full flow.

Terence Kongolo/ Karim Rekik (defenders, Netherlands)
Feyenoord team-mates and central defensive partners, Kongolo and Rekik did not concede until the final and showed splendid composure throughout.

Kyle Ebecilio (midfielder, Netherlands)
Though Arsenal FC midfielder Ebicilio takes the spotlight for his livewire performances and three goals, he was just one cog in a delightful Netherlands attack. Winger Memphis Depay's solo final goal summed up his qualities and three-goal playmaker Tonny Trindade de Vilhena also shone, as did lone striker Anass Achahbar, so often the creator of the Dutch goals.

Patrick Olsen (midfielder, Denmark)
Viktor Fischer, soon to be an AFC Ajax player, may often have stolen the headlines, but Brøndby IF prospect Olsen played an understated yet pivotal role for Denmark, always showing great calmness on the ball alongside Christian Nørgaard.

Abdallah Yaisien (midfielder, France)
Scorer of eight goals in qualifying, Paris Saint-Germain FC's Yaisien was never shy in demanding the ball and proved consistently tricky for defenders to pick up as he drifted into the gap between defence and midfield.

John Lundstram (midfielder, England)
With a whiff of the Steven Gerrard about him, the Everton FC midfielder possesses a biting tackle and was always keen to take the ball off his defence, displaying a fine range of passing to instigate attacks, usually finshed off by finals top scorer, fellow Toffee Hallam Hope.

Nikola Ninković (midfielder, Serbia)
It proved a tough campaign for Serbia but they operated well as a team and in their best spell of the tournament, the second half against England, FK Partizan attacker Ninković stood out with surging runs.

Fabian Himcinschi (forward, Romania)
Prolific in qualifying, FC Unirea Alba Iulia striker Himcinschi made a flying start to the finals with his brilliant solo goal against the Czech Republic. Even when isolated up front, Himcinschi was always a danger.

Samed Yesil (forward, Germany)
Goals against the Czech Republic and Romania left Bayer 04 Leverkusen striker Yesil on a run of scoring in seven straight U17 Championship games going into the final. He added one more in the showpiece and further demonstrated his ability to hold up the ball, beat opponents and finish with aplomb. His tally of three finals goals was joint top with Hope, Trindade de Vilhena and Ebecilio; Yesil's 11 for the tournament unmatched this season.

This list has been determined by UEFA.com reporters Tom Kell, Paul Saffer, Andy Lockwood, Sébastien Billington and Tim Vollmer working at the tournament. The UEFA Technical Team will produce an official squad of the tournament as part of their technical report on the finals.

Last updated: 07/12/13 3.57CET

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