U19 Euro’s – The Final!

Posted: July 15, 2012 in Uncategorized

It’s finally here. The U19 Euro’s final. Spain will take on Greece in what will be a fascinating encounter.

Spain’s attack is something any team dreams of having; whilst their defence is incredibly lacklustre. Jese Rodriguez, the top scorer in the tournament, has had two good games. Despite having the most goals in the tournament he hasn’t been consistent. Deulofeu, though, has been superb. Be it via assists/goals Deulofeu has been Spain’s shining star. Paco Alcacer also deserves a mention, being used by Spain as a ‘super-sub’, he’s been a huge player for Spain. In the semi-final, against France, Spain brought on Paco Alcacer who had a stunning impact on the game. A goal and two assists for Valencia’s hot prospect after coming on as a 55th minute sub. There have been others who have been great for Spain in this tournament, Grimaldo has shown great maturity for someone who is the youngest player in the tournament. Oliver Torres has been instrumental in the midfield.

Greece have a great all round squad. Greece’s ‘forwards’ Katidis and Diamantakos have a keen eye for goal. Diamantakos is the second highest top scorer in the tournament, one goal behind Spain’s Jese Rodriguez. Gianniotas is another of Greece’s gems, a tireless winger/out-and-out striker. Katidis, the captain, has been superb for Greece. His quick movement in the box and lethal finishing has seen him carry Greece in the last two games. I used the term ‘forwards’ loosely when mentioning Katidis because he’s usually a central midfielder, but he’s been playing just behind Diamantakos or even up-front supporting Diamantakos, at times. Greece have a decent defence. Their full-backs are a bit dodgy, defensively. Going forward they’re superb, but Greece usually concede most of their goals via crosses and exploits down the flanks.

I think it’ll be an even affair for the most part. Spain will start off possibly with their ‘false9’ approach, which they’ve used quite a lot. Deulofeu on the left, Jese Rodriguez on the right and Juanmi spearheading the attack, despite being a midfielder – Fabregas-esque. Spain could start with Paco Alcacer playing up-front, which would signal some attacking intent from the Spaniards. Greece will most probably start with an un-changed side. They’ll want to force Spain’s defence into making mistakes, which isn’t hard. They’ll have Diamantakos to pounce on any loose balls/rebounds. Let’s not forget, these two met in the first game of the tournament! Spain were the victors in that game. 2-1. Spain dominated the first-half but got very complacent. Greece took advantage of their complacency and will surely try and force Spain into ‘panic mode’.

I believe Spain will win. Should Alcacer start, I think Greece will have no chance. I’m going for a 2-0 Spain. If Alcacer and Deulofeu link up as well as they did in the previous game, Greece are going to need a footballing miracle to keep Spain from scoring. The game kicks off at 19:30 GMT, I believe.

~GB 1886 – Hope you guys enjoyed the final installment of my U19 Euro’s articles. It was fun writing these, hopefully you guys have had fun reading them. I’ll now return to writing about Arsenal and other teams/leagues.

  1. reecesim says:

    Ha, you weren’t far off with your prediction, eh?!

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