The basics: #U21EURO Group C preview

Five-time winners Italy are joined by 2015 hosts Czech Republic and semi-finalists Germany and Denmark in U21 EURO Group C – when are the games and who are the players to watch?

Germany begin their campaign against Czech Republic on Sunday
Germany begin their campaign against Czech Republic on Sunday ©Getty Images

UEFA.com takes a closer look at the U21 EURO Group C contenders ahead of their tournament openers on Sunday.

CZECH REPUBLIC

Fixtures: Germany (18 June, Tychy), Italy (21 June, Tychy), Denmark (24 June, Tychy)
One to watch: Patrik Schick (Sampdoria)
Players with senior caps: Antonín Barák, Jakub Jankto, Patrik Schick, Tomáš Souček
Top scorer in qualifying: Patrik Schick (10)
Coach: Vítězslav Lavička
U21 EURO best: winners 2002

Highlights: Italy-Denmark six-goal thriller from 2006
Highlights: Italy-Denmark six-goal thriller from 2006

DENMARK

Fixtures: Italy (18 June, Krakow), Germany (21 June, Krakow), Czech Republic (24 June, Krakow)
One to watch: Marcus Ingvartsen (Nordsjælland)
Players with senior caps: Lucas Andersen
Top scorer in qualifying: Marcus Ingvartsen (8)
Coach: Niels Frederiksen
U21 EURO best: semi-finals 1992, 2015

GERMANY

Fixtures: Czech Republic (18 June, Tychy), Denmark (21 June, Krakow), Italy (24 June, Italy)
One to watch: Mahmoud Dahoud (Borussia Dortmund)
Players with senior caps: Maximilian Arnold, Yannick Gerhardt, Serge Gnabry, Max Meyer
Top scorer in qualifying: Davie Selke (7)
Coach: Stefan Kuntz
U21 EURO best: winners 2009

Highlights: Five Italy Under-21 stars
Highlights: Five Italy Under-21 stars

ITALY

Fixtures: Denmark (18 June, Krakow), Czech Republic (21 June, Tychy), Germany (24 June, Krakow)
One to watch: Domenico Berardi (Sassuolo)
Players with senior caps: Federico Bernardeschi, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Roberto Gagliardini, Andrea Petagna, Daniele Rugani, Lorenzo Pellegrini
Top scorer in qualifying: Marco Benassi (3)
Coach: Luigi Di Biagio
U21 EURO best: winners 1992, 1994, 1996, 2000, 2004

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