Under-19 talent-spotting with UEFA.com

UEFA.com revisits past Under-19 tournaments to discover how its rising stars fared in their careers, and picks out a few other alumni who also made a big impression.

Spain's Marco Asensio at the 2015 finals
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Having covered the UEFA European Under-19 Championship since the start, back in 2001/02, UEFA.com has usually picked out a number of players who have impressed at the finals – and plenty have gone on to sparkle beyond the tournament. Then there's a few who didn't quite set the competition alight ... but haven't done too badly since.

2002 winners: Spain
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At the tournament: Petr Čech (Czech Republic), Marek Čech (Slovakia), Andrés Iniesta, Fernando Torres (Spain), Philipp Lahm, Per Mertesacker (Germany), Glen Johnson (England)

2003 winners: Italy
Caught the eye: Alberto Aquilani (Italy), João Pereira (Portugal)
Under the radar: Giorgio Chiellini (Italy), Hugo Almeida (Portugal), Michal Kadlec (Czech Republic)

2004 winners: Spain
Caught the eye: David Silva, Juanfran (Spain), Łukasz Piszczek (Poland), Johan Djourou (Switzerland), Thomas Vermaelen (Belgium)
Under the radar: Riccardo Montolivo (Italy), Artem Milevskiy (Ukraine), Mario Gomez (Germany), Łukasz Fabiański, Jakub Błaszczykowski (Poland), Sergio Ramos (Spain), Selçuk İnan, Burak Yılmaz (Turkey)

2005 winners: France
Caught the eye: Abou Diaby (France)
Under the radar: Hugo Lloris, Yoann Gourcuff, Yohan Cabaye (France), Manuel Neuer, Kevin-Prince Boateng (Germany)

2006 winners: Spain
Caught the eye: Juan Mata (Spain)
Under the radar: Marouane Fellaini (Belgium), Gerard Piqué (Spain), Arda Turan (Turkey)

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

2007 winners: Spain
Caught the eye: Sokratis Papastathopoulos (Greece), Javi Martínez (Spain), Artem Dzyuba (Russia)
Under the radar: Marko Arnautović (Austria), Kostas Mitroglou (Greece), Benedikt Höwedes, Jérôme Boateng, Mesut Özil (Germany), Dušan Tadić (Serbia)

2008 winners: Germany
Caught the eye: Tomáš Necid (Czech Republic), Kyriakos Papadopoulos (Greece)
Under the radar: David De Gea, Jordi Alba (Spain), Daniel Sturridge, Danny Rose (England)

2009 winners: Ukraine
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At the tournament: Kyle Walker, Danny Welbeck (England), Admir Mehmedi (Switzerland), David De Gea, Thiago Alcántara, Nacho (Spain)

2010 winners: France
Caught the eye: Antoine Griezmann (France), Thiago Alcántara (Spain)
Under the radar: David Alaba (Austria), Alexandre Lacazette (France), Koke (Spain)

2011 winners: Spain
Caught the eye: Gerard Deulofeu, Álvaro Morata (Spain)
Under the radar: Dani Carvajal (Spain)

Harry Kane after scoring for England in 2012
Harry Kane after scoring for England in 2012©Sportsfile

2012 winners: Spain
Caught the eye: Gerard Deulofeu, Paco Alcácer (Spain), Eric Dier (England)
Under the radar: João Mário, André Gomes (Portugal), Juan Bernat, Saúl Ñiguez (Spain), Ross Barkley, Harry Kane (England), Samuel Umtiti, Paul Pogba (France)

2013 winners: Serbia
Caught the eye: Adrien Rabiot (France), Bernardo Silva (Portugal)
Under the radar: Héctor Bellerín (Spain), Anthony Martial (France)

2014 winners: Germany
Caught the eye: Joshua Kimmich (Germany), André Silva (Portugal)
Under the radar: Julian Brandt (Germany), Viktor Kovalenko (Ukraine), Andrija Živković (Serbia)

2015 winners: Spain
Caught the eye: Marco Asensio, Dani Ceballos (Spain), Aleksandr Golovin (Russia)
Under the radar: Kingsley Coman (France), Jonathan Tah, Leroy Sané (Germany)

2016 winners: France
Caught the eye: Kylian Mbappé (France)
Under the radar: Benjamin Henrichs (Germany)

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