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Shooting stars from Switzerland

Published: Monday 24 July 2006, 13.40CET
After a fine fortnight of football, uefa.com's team of reporters at the tournament highlight eleven of the many to impress in the finals.
by Paul Saffer
from Berne
Published: Monday 24 July 2006, 13.40CET

Shooting stars from Switzerland

After a fine fortnight of football, uefa.com's team of reporters at the tournament highlight eleven of the many to impress in the finals.

The UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship in Switzerland over the past fortnight has produced the usual surfeit of excellent individual performances and new names to watch, especially from winners Germany and runners-up France. uefa.com's team of reporters at the tournament highlight eleven of the many to impress in the finals.

Angela Christ (Netherlands)
The Dutch were given a tough group with France, hosts Switzerland and holders Russia, but although they lost their three games and went down 5-1 in their final match, Christ produced a number of superb saves, notably in the 1-0 reverse against France.

Elodie Cordier (France)
France were blessed with intelligent and technically sound players throughout, but strong left-back Cordier was flawless. This was especially the case in the close matches against the Netherlands and Denmark and in the final she nearly turned the game with her forward runs. Defensive partner Livia Jean should also have a fine future.

Caroline Abbé (Switzerland)
Another towering defender who also produced the hosts' moment of the tournament when she rose to head them ahead just 45 seconds in against Russia. Confident and powerful in her duties at the back.

Nathalie Junius (Belgium)
Named player of the match in Belgium's impressive draw with Sweden, Junius controlled their midfield in tandem with Marlies Verbruggen. Junius has an eye for a game-opening pass and like her team-mates is more than comfortable on the ball.

Fatmire Bajramaj (Germany)
It is hard to pick one or two outstanding individuals from a squad with as many options as Germany, but Bajramaj, twice selected as player of the match in the finals, made the team tick by linking the midfield anchors with the forwards and wingers. Her contribution was vital when coach Maren Meinert made her tactical substitutions meaning the system still gelled as the personnel changed.

Nanna Christiansen (Denmark)
The 17-year-old claimed she was below par in this tournament due to nerves; in that case her best must be very special because she stood out as a skilful attacking winger. Denmark's injury woes deprived them of striking options but chances still came thanks to the creativity of Christiansen and, when fit, Marie Bjerg.

Louise Fors (Sweden)
Even younger than Christiansen at 16, Fors was able to beat players at will. Sweden only scored one goal in Switzerland but that was not for lack of chances, and Fors is already being quietly compared to Hanna Ljungberg.

Isabel & Monique Kerschowski (Germany)
Incredibly, each of these twins scored in both the semi-finals and the final, spurred on by what Meinert admits is a fierce sibling rivalry. Both are quick and caused havoc in the showpiece against France, running on to superb through balls from Nadine Kessler and Juliane Maier.

Marie Laure Delie (France)
Last year Delie made her name as an impressive substitute in Hungary; this season, a senior player, she scored in every game up to the semi-finals. Powerful, able to score with both feet and her head, she also struck at crucial times - including twice in the opener against Russia.

Elena Danilova (Russia)
While France beat Russia 4-1 and got further in the competition than their 2005 final foes, the deposed holders did keep hold of one bauble. Danilova was top scorer again with seven goals including a record four against the Netherlands. She has played her last match in this competition, but the various records she set with the support of namesakes Elena Terekhova and Elena Morozova may not be beaten for a while, if at all.

List compiled by Mark Chaplin, Massimo Gonnella, Adrian Harte, David Lemos & Paul Saffer

Last updated: 30/01/12 9.48CET

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