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Five to Watch at the U-21 European Championships

By Alex Fairchild




TEL AVIV, ISRAEL - JUNE 05: Francesco Bardi of Italy makes a save during the UEFA European U21 Championships, Group A match between England and Italy at the Bloomfield Stadium on June 5, 2013 in Tel Aviv, Israel
TEL AVIV, ISRAEL - JUNE 05: Francesco Bardi of Italy makes a save during the UEFA European U21 Championships, Group A match between England and Italy at the Bloomfield Stadium on June 5, 2013 in Tel Aviv, Israel

Israel and Norway kick-off the U-21 UEFA European Championships at 12 pm EST today. The tournament will be hosted by the Israelis and features 7 additional teams. With European powers Spain, Germany, and England fit to make bids for the title, this is a competition studded with the stars of tomorrow.

In qualifying, 24.5% of goals were scored in the final 15 minutes of regulation or stoppage time, so the next few weeks are sure to provide some excellent finishes. For those looking to get ahead of the contest, below are 5 players to watch as the tournament proceeds.