Over the next few weeks, Europe’s finest young footballers will come together for the tournament of their lives. The UEFA European Under 21 Championship is a defining moment in any footballer’s career. It’s the stepping stone to greatness and the first place to make your impact as a player. Some of the biggest names in football became household names after proving themselves in this arena. The likes of Ronaldo and Luis Figo both had incredible games here in their early years. It’s the competition that sets players apart. It shows us the future world stars. As the competition draws closer, we’re looking at the players we expect to make an impact.
Johannes Geis (Germany)
Germany are a force to be reckoned with at the tournament, and are favourites to lift the trophy. Their squad is full of exciting talent, not least Matthias Ginter who helped Germany win the world cup in 2014. However, it’s Johannes Geis that we’re most excited about. The defensive midfielder is the beating heart of this young German squad. He is the playmaker with a creative flair and perfect passing record. We expect him to be influential in Germany’s campaign with plenty of goal assists.
Domenico Berardi (Italy)
Berardi is striker with immense potential and fantastic talent. He has already come up through the ranks in Italy. Starting out in Serie B, he took the entire league by storm as a standout player. He soon moved to Serie A, where he is now under the wing of Juventus. The promising striker has already put a hat trick past the legendary AC Milan team. With a resume like this, we expect big things at the UEFA tournament.
Expect goals from Domenico Berardi
Pione Sisto (Denmark)
Sisto comes to the tournament with a handful of accolades to his name. Named Danish Superliga’s best player of 2014, he has already been linked to Juventus, Barcelona and Manchester City. The fierce bidding war will give him confidence going into the tournament and you can expect a flood of goals from the center forward. He can handle the pressure of big events too, sinking a hat trick on his international debut appearance.
Milos Jojic (Serbia)
After knocking the defending champions Spain out of the qualifying round, Serbia will be watched closely. Their spirited performance will be lead by Milos Jojic, a midfielder who isn’t scared to go forward. He’s already made his mark on German domestic football at Borussia Dortmund, with four quick goals after signing. The tournament is a chance to prove himself on the bigger stage.
Kurt Zouma (France)
France are in the enviable position of boasting three world class young defenders. Kurt Zouma is perhaps the most promising. But, he also has Benjamin Mendy and Aymeric Laporte by his side. Each of the are tall, powerful and commanding in central defence. It’s Zouma we’re highlighting for glory though. He has already helped the U20 France team take home the World Cup trophy. He understands the pressure of major tournaments. More importantly, he’s now at Chelsea under the guidance of defending expert Jose Mourinho.
Keep an eye out for these names as the tournament takes shape. We think there are stars just waiting to shine here.