Who has the pedigree to win Under-19 finals?

UEFA.com looks at performances of the eight sides hoping to lift the Under-19 trophy in Greece, and finds some big names have gone before the class of 2015.

Gerard Piqué (left) and Mario Suarez celebrate Spain's 2006 victory
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Group A:
Austria
U19 best: semi-finals 2003, 2006, 2014
Previous U19 finals appearances: 2003, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2014
Notable names to have appeared in U19 finals: Sebastian Prödl (2006), Marko Arnautović (2007), David Alaba (2010)
2014/15 qualifying record: WWWLWW
2014/15 qualifying top scorer: Marko Kvasina – 5

France
U19 best: winners 2005, 2010
Previous U19 finals appearances: 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013
Notable names to have appeared in U19 finals: Hugo Lloris, Yoann Gourcuff, Yohan Cabaye (2005), Yann M'Vila (2009), Antoine Griezmann, Alexandre Lacazette (2010), Paul Pogba, Lucas Digne (2012), Adrien Rabiot, Aymeric Laporte (2013)
2014/15 qualifying record: WWDWWW
2014/15 qualifying top scorer: Sehrou Guirassy – 3

Greece (hosts)
U19 best: runners-up 2007, 2012
Previous U19 finals appearances: 2005, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012
Notable names to have appeared in U19 finals: Giannis Maniatis (2005), Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Kostas Mitroglou (2007), Sotiris Ninis (2007, 2008), Kostas Fortounis (2011), Kostas Stafylidis (2011, 2012)
2014/15 qualifying record: n/a
2014/15 qualifying top scorer: n/a

David Alaba starred for Austria in 2010
David Alaba starred for Austria in 2010©Sportsfile

Ukraine
U19 best: winners 2009
Previous U19 finals appearances: 2004, 2009, 2014
Notable names to have appeared in U19 finals: Dmytro Chygrynskiy, Artem Milevskiy (2004), Denys Harmash (2009),
2014/15 qualifying record: DWWDWW
2014/15 qualifying top scorer: Viktor Kovalenko, Andriy Boryachuk, Olexandr Zubkov – 3

Group B
Germany (holders)
U19 best: winners 2008, 2014
Previous U19 finals appearances: 2002, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2014
Notable names to have appeared in U19 finals: Philipp Lahm, Per Mertesacker (2002), Marcell Jansen, Mario Gomez (2004), Manuel Neuer (2005), Benedikt Höwedes, Jérôme Boateng, Mesut Özil (2007), Sven Bender, Lars Bender (2008)
2014/15 qualifying record: WWLDWW
2014/15 qualifying top scorer: Lucas Cueto, Timo Werner – 4

France's Paul Pogba at the 2012 tournament
France's Paul Pogba at the 2012 tournament©Sportsfile

Netherlands
U19 best: group stage 2010, 2013
Previous U19 finals appearances: 2010, 2013
Notable names to have appeared in U19 finals: Bruno Martins Indi, Ricardo van Rhijn, Jordy Clasie (2010)
2014/15 qualifying record: WWWWDW
2014/15 qualifying top scorer: Abdelhak Nouri – 5

Russia
U19 best: group stage 2007
Previous U19 finals appearances: 2007
Notable names to have appeared in U19 finals: Artyom Dzyuba, Igor Smolnikov (2007)
2014/15 qualifying record: WWWWWW
2014/15 qualifying top scorer: Ramil Sheydaev – 10

Mesut Özil in action for Germany in 2007
Mesut Özil in action for Germany in 2007©Sportsfile

Spain
U19 best: winners 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2011, 2012
Previous U19 finals appearances: 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Notable names to have appeared in U19 finals: Fernando Torres, Andrés Iniesta (2002), Sergio Ramos, Juanfran, David Silva, Raúl Albiol (2004), Gerard Piqué, Mario Suárez, Juan Mata (2006), Javi Martínez (2007), Jordi Alba (2008), David de Gea (2008, 2009), Thiago Alcántara (2009, 2010), Koke, Iker Muniain (2010), Dani Carvajal, Álvaro Morata (2011), Paco Alcácer (2011, 2012), Juan Bernat (2012)
2014/15 qualifying record: WWW
2014/15 qualifying top scorer: Borja Mayoral – 4

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