Spain might ultimately have been worthy champions but a number of talented players from the seven other finalists also made a significant impact in Poland.
Although Spain ultimately took the honours at the UEFA European Under-19 Championship, a high-quality competition in Poland has brought a number of players to wider prominence. uefa.com picks out ten who, having flourished at the finals, have the potential to transfer their talents to the senior stage.
Cafercan Aksu (Turkey)
A thoughtful and probing presence in the heart of the Turkish midfield, captain Cafercan also took the majority of their set-pieces and scored twice against Scotland, once with a perfectly-placed free-kick from the right wing, the other a nerveless penalty – although it was not enough to prevent his side bowing out of the competition.
Igor Araújo (Portugal)
The Portuguese goalkeeper was a lively figure between the posts, celebrating wildly after keeping out a first-half effort from Ílhan Parlak in his side's 4-4 draw with Turkey. He may have conceded seven goals in his three matches but the tournament would have been a duller affair without his energetic contribution.
Scott Cuthbert (Scotland)
The Scotland captain led by example and was a dominant presence at the heart of his side's defence. Calm and assured in possession and an astute reader of the game, the Celtic FC centre-back seemed to grow in stature as the tournament progressed.
Steven Fletcher (Scotland)
Scored nine goals in Scotland's overall campaign, including two in Poland, although he was unfortunate to miss the final through suspension. A tireless runner who led the line with skill and endeavour, he has already made his mark on the senior game with Hibernian FC and looks to have many more goals in him.
Javi García (Spain)
The Real Madrid CF midfielder was a quietly imposing figure at the heart of a hugely impressive Spanish side and, in addition to his free-kick prowess, provided a regular aerial threat at set-pieces. Scored twice in the semi-final against Austria.
Erwin Hoffer (Austria)
Veli Kavlak's perceptive passing might have created the opportunities but Hoffer was clinical in front of goal, scoring in each of his three matches in Poland and four in total. Joined SK Rapid Wien before the tournament and looks to have every chance of making a real impact in Vienna.
Dawid Janczyk (Poland)
The brightest light in a disappointing campaign for the hosts, the Legia Warszawa striker's hat-trick against Belgium was the foundation of a 4-1 win that temporarily revived the hosts' hopes. Calm and collected in front of goal, Janczyk's nerveless finishing provided his side with a valuable cutting edge.
Roland Lamah (Belgium)
Belgium might have bowed out after finishing bottom of Group A but they look to have unearthed a real gem in the RSC Anderlecht forward. Scorer of an impressive double against the Czechs in the first round of matches, Lamah also found the net against Poland and was a contstant threat with his pace and physical presence.
Juan Mata (Spain)
The Madrid forward began the tournament in perfect fashion with a scintillating hat-trick in Spain's 5-3 win against Turkey on the opening day, and continued in the same vein by setting up further goals against Scotland in the group stage and Austria in the semi-finals, also finding the net in the latter encounter. A lively and creative striker.
Marek Strestik (Czech Republic)
The creative hub of a Czech team who bounced back from losing their opening Group A encounter to reach the semi-finals, the 1. FC Brno midfielder scored in each of their first three games including a superb strike against Poland. Clever and inventive, his forward threat was allied to an impressive work rate and dead-ball skills.