Germany lifted their second Under-21 European Championship after a 1-0 victory over Spain in Krakow, courtesy of a delicate header from Mitchell Weiser.
Unsurprisingly, they have also taken over UEFA’s official Team of the Tournament, with no less than six players making the cut.
Runners-up Spain boast three established names in the side, while Slovakia and Italy had one outstanding performer each.
Played every minute of the tournament, keeping three clean sheets and saving two penalties in the shootout against England in the Semi-Finals. Will debut in the Bundesliga with Hamburg next season after signing from Kaiserslautern for €3.5 million.
The Slovak is one of two non-German/Spanish players to earn recognition, and rightfully so after leading by example in the heart of Slovakia’s defence. Only goal difference separated the Slovakians from a spot in the Semi-Finals.
Racked up three assists, more than any other player in the tournament, from his five starting appearances, including the all-important cross for Mitchel Weiser’s winner in the Final against Spain.
Germany conceded just one goal from Stark’s four starting appearances, illustrating the calmness that the Hertha defender instils in the side.
A near all-German defence is rounded out by Wolfsburg’s Yannick Gerhardt, whose balanced abilities in both attack and defence allowed him to make bombarding runs up and down the flank, much like Jeremy Toljan.
Instrumental to Germany’s dominance throughout the tournament, Arnold kept his side ticking with accurate passing and tireless work-rate. Led by example when he stepped up first, and converted, from the spot against England in the penalty shootout.
The Real Betis man excelled for his country, taking out the Player of the Tournament award, and has created a whirlwind of discussion in the media as to who will attain his signature over the summer at club level.
Threatened with intelligent movement between the lines and so-often provided the creativity in the final third, Meyer finished the tournament with a goal and an assist, and held his nerve to convert from the spot against England in the Semi-Final penalty shootout.
Arguably the most established player to feature in this XI, Saul Niguez took out the Golden Boot award with five goals and one assist from four appearances, with three of those goals coming in a spectacular hat-trick against Italy in the Semi-Finals.
The Champions League winner picked up where he left off at club level by netting a hat-trick against FYROM and collecting an assist to finish the joint-second top-scorer alongside Portugal’s Bruma.
Fiorentina forward Federico Bernardeschi netted two goals from his four appearances, including the winner against Germany, a goal which ensured the Italians a spot in the Semi-Final, where he would score against Spain in a losing effort.
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