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Stark on Germany's victorious U19 squad

Published: Thursday 31 July 2014, 20.45CET
Captain Niklas Stark takes inside the Germany squad, featuring a high proportion of fighters and friends, all under the guidance of "an excellent tactician".
by Grega Sever

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Road to the final

The UEFA European Under-19 Championship consists of three distinct stages: the qualifying round, the elite round and the final tournament.

Qualifying round
The qualifying round, played in autumn, is made up of 13 groups of four teams playing in one-venue mini-tournaments. The top two from each progress.

Elite round
In the elite round, played in the spring, those 26 qualifiers join the top two seeds, given a bye, in seven mini-tournament groups of four. The group winners then join the hosts in the finals.

Final tournament

The seven qualifiers plus the hosts are split into two groups of four who play each other once, with the top two progressing to the semi-finals. The winners of those ties contest the final.

Further details, including the criteria for separating teams that finish level on points in a group, or after extra time in a match, can be found in the official competition regulations.

Published: Thursday 31 July 2014, 20.45CET

Stark on Germany's victorious U19 squad

Captain Niklas Stark takes inside the Germany squad, featuring a high proportion of fighters and friends, all under the guidance of "an excellent tactician".

Oliver Schnitzler
An amazing goalkeeper.

Marius Gersbeck
Super guy, important to the team, and his performances never drop in standard.

Kevin Akpoguma
A good friend who's very important for the team, strong in the tackle.

Fabian Holthaus
Amazing attitude, an excellent character, would do anything for the team.

Marc-Oliver Kempf
An excellent tackler, a real team-player, good on the ball.

Pascal Itter
The most important member of the squad. Creates a good atmosphere, a very good friend.

Anthony Syhre
Another important piece of the puzzle. Presses well from the back, gives it all for the team.

Marvin Friedrich
Relatively new to the team, but he integrated very well. Tries very hard and it shows in his performances.


Anthony Syhre and Fabian Holthaus

Joshua Kimmich
Our brains in midfield, brings calm into our game, very important in the build-up.

Hany Mukhtar
An all-round technically excellent midfield fighter, and a good friend.

Levin Öztunali
Another great technical player, connects well with defence and feeds our attack with quality passes.

Marc Stendera
Great quality with and without the ball, never gives up, a real fighter.

Benjamin Trümner
Brings a lot of pace into our game, great attitute, always a danger for the opponents.

Sebastian Stolze
A rookie in the team, but he gives it his all always.

Davie Selke
Great player, great person, he scores for the entire team, not just for himself. His attitude takes us forward.


Davie Selke brings the goals

Julian Brandt
Superb technique, very fast, deadly at one-on-ones, he always makes things happen.

Felix Lohkemper
A true attacker, a fighter. You can always count on him.

Coach Marcus Sorg
Excellent technician [laughs]! He prepares us really well tactically, makes sure that we always know what to expect from our opponents.

Niklas Stark
[Sorg jumps in and answers] The best captain a coach could wish for in this generation.

Last updated: 31/07/14 21.05CET

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