With an odd number of groups (3) and 12 European countries participating, the UEFA European Under-21 Championship is one of the weird tournaments you’ll find on the football calendar. But that’s not the only thing that sets this competition apart.
The world may not focus too much on what happens in this competition but, a tourney featuring some of very best young talents in football today is hard to overlook.
Two players currently representing England have already made huge transfer moves this summer – with one becoming the most expensive British goalkeeper of all time. A familiar name like Marco Asensio of Real Madrid is currently the tournament’s leading goal-scorer on a list that features Saúl of Spain, D. Berardi of Italy.
May not be the biggest, but this one features heavyweights. And those heavyweights are about to go head-to-head as the tournament reaches the knockout stages.
England, Spain and Italy both finished top of their respective groups while Germany qualified as best losers.
England, still unbeaten so far in the tournament, go head to head against Germany, a side that has conceded just one goal so far.
The English youngsters will be looking to repeat the feat achieved by the England U20 squad which saw the English side win the FIFA U20 World Cup. The Germans will also like to prove to Europe, for the umpteenth time, that their youth system is still very well intact.
In the other semi-final, Spain, with 3 wins from 3, take on Italy, a side that lost only one game since the tournament began. With the tournament’s highest goal scorer in their ranks, the Spaniards will be looking to get one over the Italians.
Europe is the battle ground, and the European princes, with swords at the ready, take on each other in a battle for supremacy. Which team will reign supreme? Which two teams will make it to the final?
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