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Twelve talents who shone at a U17 EURO finals

Published: Friday 28 April 2017, 14.51CET
The UEFA European Under-17 Championship finals, which start in Croatia on Wednesday, have provided a platform for a host of high-profile players to demonstrate their skills.
Twelve talents who shone at a U17 EURO finals
Renato Sanches, now of Bayern, first made his mark for Portugal at the U17 finals three years ago ©Sportsfile

Road to the final

The UEFA European Under-17 Championship consists of three distinct stages: the qualifying round, the elite round and the final tournament. The format changed for 2014/15 with the expansion of the final tournament from eight to 16 teams.

Qualifying round
The qualifying round, played in autumn, is made up of 13 groups of four countries playing in one-venue mini-tournaments. The top two from each pool progress alongside the four third-placed sides with the best record against the leading pair in their groups.

Elite round
In the elite round, held in early spring, those 30 qualifiers plus the top two seeds – given a bye this far – compete in eight mini-tournament groups of four. The group winners and seven runners-up with the best record against the teams first and third in their section advance to the finals to join the hosts.

Final tournament
In the final tournament the contenders are split into four groups of four, with the front two from each proceeding to the knockout phase.

Further details, including the criteria for separating sides that finish level on points in a group, or after 80 minutes in a match, can be found in the official competition regulations.

 

Published: Friday 28 April 2017, 14.51CET

Twelve talents who shone at a U17 EURO finals

The UEFA European Under-17 Championship finals, which start in Croatia on Wednesday, have provided a platform for a host of high-profile players to demonstrate their skills.

Players from 16 teams will arrive in Croatia in the coming days dreaming of inspiring their country to UEFA European Under-17 Championship glory. Since the competition's first edition, in 2002, a raft of now famous names have showcased their talents at the finals. UEFA.com selects a dozen of them.

2015, Bulgaria: Felix Passlack (Germany)
All-time UEFA European Under-17 Championship appearances/goals: 9/5

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2014, Malta: Renato Sanches (Portugal)
All-time UEFA European Under-17 Championship appearances/goals: 11/3

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2012, Slovenia: Max Meyer (Germany)
All-time UEFA European Under-17 Championship appearances/goals: 11/6

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2011, Serbia: Memphis Depay (Netherlands)
All-time UEFA European Under-17 Championship appearances/goals: 10/5

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2010, Liechtenstein: Paul Pogba (France)
All-time UEFA European Under-17 Championship appearances/goals: 7/2

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2009, Germany: Mario Götze (Germany)
All-time UEFA European Under-17 Championship appearances/goals: 4/1

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2008, Turkey: Thiago Alcántara (Spain)
All-time UEFA European Under-17 Championship appearances/goals: 8/6

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2007, Belgium: Eden Hazard (Belgium)
All-time UEFA European Under-17 Championship appearances/goals: 7/1

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2006, Luxembourg: Toni Kroos (Germany)
All-time UEFA European Under-17 Championship appearances/goals: 20/11

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2005, Italy: Nuri Şahin (Turkey)
All-time UEFA European Under-17 Championship appearances/goals: 11/1

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2004, France: Cesc Fábregas (Spain)
All-time UEFA European Under-17 Championship appearances/goals: 8/2

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2002, Denmark: Wayne Rooney (England)
All-time UEFA European Under-17 Championship appearances/goals: 8/7

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Last updated: 29/04/17 11.52CET

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