The future superstars to watch at the Under 17 European Championships

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While they may not be household names yet, a number of individuals who are set to take part in this month's tournament have the potential to shine

Some of the best teenage talents in the world will be on show in the coming weeks as Ireland hosts the Under-17 European Championships.

The tournament kicks-off on Friday, with the likes of France, England, Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal and defending champions Netherlands all involved.

But who are the players that fans should be keeping an eye on? Goal takes a look at some of the potential stars...

  1. Karim Adeyemi | Germany
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    Karim Adeyemi | Germany

    Despite Adeyemi playing his football for Austrian second division outfit FC Liefering, the speedy forward arrives in Ireland as the star man among the current German crop.

    A regular starter at senior level for the best part of a year, it is believed that he will make the step up to join Austrian champions Red Bull Salzburg in the not-too-distant future.

  2. Thierno Ballo | Austria
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    Thierno Ballo | Austria

    Upon his arrival at Chelsea in January 2018, then 16-year-old striker Ballo claimed that he wanted to be in the first-team picture within a year in west London.

    That has not quite come to pass, but he has still earned rave reviews and carries much of Austria's hopes on his shoulders this month.

  3. Brian Brobbey | Netherlands
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    Brian Brobbey | Netherlands

    Likened to Romelu Lukaku due to his physical stature and eye for goal, striker Brobbey is one of a number of talented teens who look set to step up into the Ajax first team in the coming years.

    Part of the Oranje squad which won this competition in 2018, he is a decent bet to finish as top goalscorer this time around.

  4. Sebastiano Esposito | Italy
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    Sebastiano Esposito | Italy

    While most Italy fans are resting their hopes on Moise Kean to end their wait for a regular goalscorer at international level, in Esposito they may have an even more clinical finisher to look out for.

    He became the first player born in 2002 to feature in top level European competition when making his debut for Inter in their Europa League clash with Eintracht Frankfurt in March.

  5. Ki-Jana Hoever | Netherlands
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    Ki-Jana Hoever | Netherlands

    Hoever made headlines in January when, at the age of 16, he made his Liverpool debut when coming off the bench against Wolves in the FA Cup.

    Though he has not made another appearance as yet, he has spent much of the season training with Jurgen Klopp's first team as he looks to cement a role either at right-back or in the centre of defence.

  6. Ben Knight | England
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    Ben Knight | England

    Manchester City beat Tottenham to the signing of winger Knight in the summer of 2018, forking out £700,000 to bring him to the Etihad campus from Ipswich Town.

    And he has shown exactly why they were willing to part with such a sum already, playing a key role in City's run to the FA Youth Cup final despite playing two years above his age group.

  7. Nianzou Kouassi | France
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    Nianzou Kouassi | France

    Comfortable with the ball at his feet in possession or duelling with opposition attackers, Paris Saint-Germain centre-back Kouassi has already represented the Ligue 1 champions in the UEFA Youth League.

    Voted by Le Parisien as the best young footballer in the capital in the summer of 2018, he is destined for a bright future.

  8. Ian Maatsen | Netherlands
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    Ian Maatsen | Netherlands

    Chelsea moved quickly to bring left-back Maatsen to west London from PSV in the summer of 2018, and he has not disappointed.

    Likened by some to another fellow Dutchman to come through the ranks with the Blues, Nathan Ake, he has been tipped for the top by a number of onlookers.

  9. Nonso Madueke | England
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    Nonso Madueke | England

    Like many English players of the current generation, Madueke has taken the jump and moved to mainland Europe in the hope of earning a chance at the big time sooner rather than later.

    The midfielder left Tottenham for PSV in the summer of 2018 and looks set for a big future with the Eredivise giants, if they can keep hold of him.

  10. Robert Navarro | Spain
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    Robert Navarro | Spain

    Regarded as one of the finest players within the La Masia system, Navarro took a leap of faith in the summer of 2018 and left Barcelona to join Monaco.

    In January the midfielder became the youngest debutant in the Ligue 1 club's history – a record previously held by the likes of Thierry Henry and Kylian Mbappe.

  11. Tiago Ribeiro | Portugal
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    Tiago Ribeiro | Portugal

    Another currently on the books at Monaco, Ribeiro swapped Porto for the principality club in the summer of 2018.

    A holding midfielder by trade, he is one of a number of talented Portugal players being tipped to do great things at senior level.

  12. Georginio Rutter | France
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    Georginio Rutter | France

    A proven goalscorer at youth level, striker Rutter has already made the bench for Rennes – a club with a proven track record for developing young talent.

    He signed his first professional contract with the Ligue 1 outfit last summer despite a number of Europe's top clubs showing an interest in him.

  13. Fabio Silva | Portugal
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    Fabio Silva | Portugal

    Silva will not celebrate his 17th birthday until July, but he is already being tipped for superstardom after finding the net with regularity for both Portugal and Porto.

    The phrase 'next Cristiano Ronaldo' has been thrown around once or twice already, but even if he does reach that level, he promises to become a household name.

  14. Malik Tillman | Germany
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    Malik Tillman | Germany

    Bayern Munich midfielder Tillman might only be 16, but he possesses the vision and ease on the ball of a man twice his age.

    Though he will represent Germany at this tournament, it is understood that he could yet decide to play for the USA at senior level.

  15. Franco Tongya | Italy
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    Franco Tongya | Italy

    One of the jewels of the Juventus youth academy, midfielder Tongya has all the attributes required to become a player at the highest level.

    A quick turn of pace and willingness to run at defenders as well as a fine passing range has seen him marked out as one to watch since he joined the Bianconeri in 2012.

  16. Theo Zidane | France
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    Theo Zidane | France

    Whenever a midfielder with the surname 'Zidane' appears in a France shirt, fans and scouts alike sit up and take notice.

    Schooled at Real Madrid, the third son of the Blancos manager perhaps has the best chance of all of making it at the top level.