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Victors dominate dream XI

Published: Tuesday 31 July 2007, 8.13CET
After 12 days and 15 matches at the UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship, uefa.com selects its pick of the talents who lit up the finals in Iceland.
Published: Tuesday 31 July 2007, 8.13CET

Victors dominate dream XI

After 12 days and 15 matches at the UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship, uefa.com selects its pick of the talents who lit up the finals in Iceland.

The dust has settled on the 2007 UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship in Iceland and uefa.com reporters have selected their pick of the emerging talents. Not surprisingly, champions Germany feature heavily.

Alisa Vetterlein (Germany)
It took 247 tournament minutes before the Germany goalkeeper was beaten by France striker Marie-Laure Delie. A commanding presence, she had already kept clean sheets against Norway and Denmark in the group stage and shut out England in the final. And in the only game where she conceded, Maren Meinert's team were indebted to Vetterlein's brilliant save to deny Delie in semi-final extra time.

Bianca Schmidt (Germany)
A dependable presence at right-back, Schmidt shone in a cohesive Germany defence. Powerful in the tackle and with a good sense of positioning, Schmidt was seldom beaten and her understanding with winger Monique Kerschowski made her a potent attacking threat too.

Elodie Cordier (France)
Left-back Cordier's elegant running belied her tenacious tackling. She was an ever-present for France, providing some stability to a back line that were robbed of the commanding presence of Livia Jean for much of the tournament through injury.

Fern Whelan (England)
The centre-back was a natural leader for Mo Marley's team. Against Poland it was Whelan who rescued an opening point for her side with a late header, though it was in the more familiar surroundings of defence in which she shone. Strong in the air and fleet of foot, Whelan seldom came off second best.

Carolin Schiewe (Germany)
Standing at over 1.8m, the central defender was rarely beaten in aerial duels but her ability to read the game really stood out. Having scored twice in qualifying, she also posed an obvious threat going forward

Ellen White (England)
The right-winger's blistering pace proved too much for most defenders, leaving a trail of left-backs in her wake as she drove along the flank. In the semi-final win against Norway she gave Gunhild Herregården a torrid time and claimed two goals and a share of the top scorers' title.

Nicole Banecki (Germany)
A fleet of foot left-winger, Banecki's pace caused problems for most defences. She may not yet possess the finishing prowess of her elder brother, Werder Bremen's Francis, but her direct running and skilful turns were effective for Germany, especially in the final.

Maren Mjelde (Norway)
The youthful Mjelde captained Norway ahead of players with senior international experience like Isabell Herlovsen and Elise Thorsnes and rose to the task. A tenacious presence in central midfield, the 17-year-old set the tone for Norway with the first two goals in the opening-day 5-0 defeat of hosts Iceland and she maintained that form.

Amandine Henry (France)
In a tournament blessed by talented playmakers including Iceland's Sara Björk Gunnarsdóttir and Nadine Kessler of Germany, Henry was a vibrant presence, her relaxed running style belying a hive of activity. Henry's goal against Spain on the opening day secured victory but her superb performance in the defeat against Germany in the last four sticks in the memory.

Marie-Laure Delie (France)
Tall, powerful and pacy, the France No9 possesses the striker's holy trinity. A knee injury hampered her throughout her third U19 final tournament yet she still managed to add a joint-tournament leading three goals to her competition-best nine in qualifying.

Isabel Kerschowski (Germany)
Her twin sister Monique may have scored in the last minute against England to strike in her second successive final but it was Isabel's selfless running which stood out, holding the ball up for the midfield and looking to release Stephanie Goddard. Despite her withdrawn role, Isabel was one of five Germany players to score two goals.

Last updated: 23/08/07 13.47CET

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