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Ten talents to watch from the U17 finals

Published: Monday 21 May 2012, 9.30CET
UEFA.com's team of reporters pick out ten players who caught the eye at the 2012 UEFA European Under-17 Championship, selecting at least one from each team on show.

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Published: Monday 21 May 2012, 9.30CET

Ten talents to watch from the U17 finals

UEFA.com's team of reporters pick out ten players who caught the eye at the 2012 UEFA European Under-17 Championship, selecting at least one from each team on show.

Oliver Schnitzler (goalkeeper, Germany)
A level-headed and agile No1 who was confidence personified. Instrumental from the outset, keeping an attacking Georgia at bay, he also saved a penalty against France to turn the tide on matchday three.

Hjörtur Hermannsson (defender, Iceland)
The giant centre-back was an imposing presence in defence, rarely beaten in the air and positionally astute. Add in a neat first touch and a goalscoring threat and you have an exciting defensive prospect.

Gracjan Horoszkiewicz (defender, Poland)
Marcin Dorna's side were as disciplined off the field as they were on it. Horoszkiewicz deserves his share of the credit having shown fine leadership and composure to organise an impressively sturdy defence.

Sébastien Locigno (defender, Belgium)
A rampaging presence down the right-hand side, Locigno, of R. Standard de Liège, was not only solid at the back but also proved himself to be one of Belgium's most potent attacking weapons.

Otar Kakabadze (defender, Georgia)
A composed and skilful player who starred at right-back, but is equally comfortable as a wide midfielder. Kakabadze defended well and was at the heart of almost every exciting Georgian attack.

Nathan Ake (midfielder, Netherlands)
Ake oozed class throughout. A dominant presence in midfield, the Chelsea FC youngster was the driving force for his side and showed himself to be equally effective at either end of the pitch.

Dino Hotič (midfielder, Slovenia)
The hosts found it tough going for much of the tournament but showed enough glimpses of promise to evoke optimism. Hotič was a case in point, showing himself to be a steadying presence in midfield.

Thom Haye (midfielder, Netherlands)
Haye combined with Ake to devastating effect. An equally imposing physical figure in midfield, he was just as keen to make his presence felt in either penalty area and showed a fine engine from start to finish.

Mohamed Chemlal (midfielder, France)
An identikit Hatem Ben Arfa in appearance and playing style, Chemlal showed skill, speed and vision as he purred in a stuttering France team. His goal against Iceland was one of the best finishes of the tournament.

Max Meyer (forward, Germany)
He finished as three-goal top scorer, but Meyer's impact on matches went further than that, carving out a series of chances throughout the tournament. Surely bound to go far.

This list has been determined by UEFA.com reporters Tom Kell, Dan Ross, Grega Sever, Rok Šinkovc, Daniel Olkowicz and Vakhtang Bzikadze 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: 05/12/13 5.08CET

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