The U-21 European Championship kicks off on Wednesday and there is a huge hype surrounding this years tournament being held in the Czech Republic. Some of the best players in Europe will be appearing in the tournament and here is a preview ahead of the big kick off starting with Group A:visualcage.ru
Denmark are very excited about the current crop of U-21 players coming through and expectations are high for their chances this summer. Seven of the sides squad have already played for the main national team, giving them a huge boost in terms of experience ahead of other teams. Denmark have educated their players with a keep ball mentality so you can expect some tidy play from the Danes.
Key Players: Jannick Westergaard (Weder Breman) Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (Bayern Munich) Lasse Vigen Christensen (Fulham)
Considering the success of the senior national with the influx of young players, the German U-21 side has not quite lived up to similar expectations. However, Germany are widely held as favourites going into this years competition and a 3 – 2 friendly loss has done little to dim those expectations. Liverpool’s Emre Can will be a key figure for the German side who will be looking to build on the senior’s side recent success.
Key Players: Johannes Geis (Mainz 05) Robin Knoche (Wolfsburg) Nico Schulz (Hertha BSC)
Serbia have qualified for this tournament for the first time in six years after a shock play-off win over Spain but several key players including Liverpool’s Lazar Markovic will be missing. Other players who would have otherwise been included are in New Zealand for the U-20 World Cup. What is left is the oldest team in the tournament so it appears that Serbia will be up against it.
Key Players: Filip Duricic (Benfica) Milos Jojic (Borussia Dortmund) Uros Spajic (Toulouse)
The host nation have prepared for this tournament without any real competitive games which may prove to be a problem for them. Coach Jakub Dovali has complained about the lack of firepower in the side so scoring goals may be one of their biggest problems. However, home advantage should never be underrated and there is still enough quality in the squad to qualify for the final four.
Key Players: Vaclav Kadlec (Eintracht Frankfurt) Pavel Kaderabek (Sparta Prague) Tomas Kalas (Chelsea)