uefa.com picks out ten players who made a real impact at the successful European U19 Championship finals.
By Andrew Haslam
A number of players made a real impact at the UEFA European Under-19 Championship finals in Northern Ireland, perhaps signalling the start of a promising international career. uefa.com picks out ten who have caught the eye and could be ready shine on the senior stage before too long.
Abdoulaye Balde, France
The Amiens SC striker was a constant threat to opposition defenders with his pace and power, racing clear to score against England in the opening game of the tournament and striking twice more in the semi-final win against Germany. Having scored seven league goals in 15 matches in 2004/05, his tournament finished with one goal and one assist in the final victory against England.
Edel Bete, Armenia
The Armenian goalkeeper produced a superlative display in the 1-1 draw with England on Matchday 2, save after save keeping the attackers at bay and earning his side an unexpected point. A confident shot-stopper who dominates the penalty area and is an assured presence between the posts.
Vassiriki Diaby, France
Similar in stature to Patrick Vieira, the AJ Auxerre midfield player exudes equal authority in the centre of the pitch. Athletic and powerful, his drive and ambition, allied to tireless energy and relentless work-rate, was never more in evidence than in the final as he spurred his side on again and again.
Matthew Fryatt, England
The Walsall FC striker's finest moment came in the 3-1 semi-final victory against Serbia and Montenegro, his blistering pace and predatory instincts bringing him an impressive hat-trick. Also on target in the group-stage draw with France, defences were caused no end of problems by his movement and energy.
Stylianos Iliadis, Greece
In an ultimately disappointing Greek campaign, their captain was a lively presence who never lost heart. Always prompting thoughtfully from midfield, his commitment and work-rate made him his side's most consistently impressive performer.
Grant Leadbitter, England
Despite his late red card in the final, the Sunderland AFC midfield player gave ample evidence of his ability. Strong and fearless tackler, his commitment and never-say-die attitude is allied to exceptional vision and fine passing ability.
Karim Aoudia, Norway
The Norwegian midfield player was his side's most regular goalscoring threat, timing his runs forward to arrive in the penalty area at exactly the moment. Aoudia scored Norway's first goal of the finals in the 2-0 victory against Armenia on the opening day, and was on target again against England, although that match ended in defeat and elimination for the Scandinavian side.
Eugen Polanski, Germany
The German captain led by example, driving forward from midfield at every opportunity and working tirelessly to win back possession when play broke down. At the heart of everything good about the German side, he found the net against Serbia and Montenegro and Greece and his free-kick for Kevin-Prince Boateng's late goal almost inspired a dramatic fightback in the semi-final loss to France.
Thomas Stewart, Northern Ireland
Came close to earning the tournament hosts a point in their opening fixture against Greece when his shot was cleared at the last as it rolled towards the net. Energetic and prominent throughout, he finally found the target in added time against Germany on Matchday 3 - the very least Northern Ireland deserved for three displays full of effort and endeavour.
Borko Veselinovic, Serbia and Montenegro
Until injury curtailed his semi-final appearance against England, the Serbo-Montenegrin captain was his side's best player. Scored twice against both Germany and Greece and got the only goal against the Northern Irish in the group stage, Veselinovic showed composure, confidence and a cool head in front of goal.