New stars of the Old World. Who should pay attention to Euro

The European Football Championship kicks off on Friday and is awaited by fans around the world. Each European championship opened up new football talents – at Euro 2004 the star of Cristiano Ronaldo lit up, in 2008 the young Luka Modric began his journey as part of the Croatian national team, in 2016 the whole world learned the name N “Golo Kante. It will not be possible to follow the young and promising only fans, but also scouts. The European Championship is a fair of talents, after the tournament the strongest clubs in the world will open the hunt for them. We suggest who can “light up” at the upcoming football festival.

Jude Bellingham

The defensive midfielder of Borussia Dortmund and England will turn 18 at the end of June. He has already become one of the most sought-after players in the transfer market, the German portal Transfermarkt estimates Bellingham at € 55 million. The footballer has already begun to set records – he scored a goal in the match against Manchester City in the 2020/21 Champions League and became the youngest an Englishman who scored in the tournament (17 years and 289 days).

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The midfielder’s strength is considered to be his ability to act both on the cutting edge of the attack and in defense. England head coach Gareth Southgate appreciated the combination of good physical condition and hard work, and invited the young midfielder to the Euro. Bellingham will have at least three group stage matches to live up to his mentor’s confidence.


The attacking midfielder of Barcelona and the Spanish national team turned 18 in November, and numerous Catalan fans do not skimp on epithets: “the new Iniesta,” “the future of Barcelona.” Pedri came to the club in a very difficult period – an unsuccessful start to the season and the injury of Philip Coutinho Forced Barcelona head coach Ronald Koeman to include Pedri in the starting line-up, and the Spaniard immediately revealed himself: in the 2020/21 season, he played 52 games, scored four goals and provided six assists.

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Pedri scored his first goal for the Catalan club in his Champions League debut against Ferencváros. The good vision and technique that the midfielder possesses can help his teammates in the Spanish national team and cause a lot of trouble for opponents in the European Championship.

Mason Mount

The Chelsea midfielder has already gained popularity and the love of the London club’s fans. For the 22-year-old midfielder, the 2020/21 season marked his debut in the Blues’ main team, scoring nine goals and nine assists in 54 matches. At first glance – not so much, but the significance of these scoring actions is extremely high.

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One of the most recent confirmations is Mount’s goal pass in the Champions League final, which resulted in the winning and only goal of the match. In addition to the ability to give accurate passes at different distances, Mount’s strengths are called good vision of the field and the ability to act at the forefront of the attack. Gareth Southgate is well aware of this, so Mount can be expected in the starting lineups of the England national team at the European Championship.

Maxim Mukhin

The midfielder parade continues the 19-year-old rookie CSKA, who in May joined the “red-blue” from Moscow “Lokomotiv”. Mukhin moved to the main team of the “railroad workers” in January 2021 from “Kazanka” and managed to play 21 matches in six months. With Lokomotiv, Mukhin won the Russian Cup, in the final, the red-greens beat Samara’s Wings of the Soviets.

Mukhin copes with the role of a defensive midfielder, plays confidently in tackles and accelerates the team’s attack with precise long passes. He is the very “first pass” from which assists start. In the matches of the Russian championship, Mukhin more than once took Lokomotiv out of defense, after which the team scored a goal. The upcoming European Championship may become a new stage in the development of the young talented midfielder of the Russian national team.

Federico Chiesa

The Italian national team missed the 2018 World Cup in Russia and will now try to rehabilitate themselves in front of the fans at the European Championship. Together with experienced players, new bright footballers joined the national team. One of them is the son of the famous Italian striker Enrico Chiesa – Federico. The 23-year-old winger is a Fiorentina player but spent the 2020/21 season at Juventus. It is likely that the Turin club will take advantage of the buyout, as Chiesa spent the season at a high level – in 46 games the Italian scored 15 goals and provided 11 assists.

Chiesa helped Juventus win the Italian Cup by scoring the winning goal in the final against Atalanta, for which he was named Man of the Match. If the winger does not slow down, then along with Ciro Immobile, Lorenzo Insigne and Andrea Belotti, Chiesa will form a serious attacking force for the Italian national team.

Yoshko Guardiol

Only the lazy one did not joke about the possible relationship of the 19-year-old Croatian defender with the famous Spanish coach Josep Guardiola. But Russian fans had to remember the exact pronunciation of the Croatian surname when Guardiol interrupted the attacks of CSKA and Krasnodar in the Europa League and scored one of three goals against Dynamo Zagreb in the match against the “red-blue”.

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In total, Guardiol scored three goals and provided three assists last season. His strengths are body work and horse wrestling, so the Croatian rivals in the European Championships will have to try to get past the defender. In the summer, Guardiol will move to the German Bundesliga club Leipzig for € 19 million.

Victor Tsygankov

The Ukrainian midfielder has been playing for the main team since 2016, but the upcoming European Championship will be his first international tournament. At 23, he is one of the main stars of Dynamo Kiev and the team’s vice-captain. At the moment, Tsygankov’s best season was the 2020/21 season, in which the midfielder scored 15 goals and gave nine assists in 34 matches, and Dynamo won all domestic tournaments (Super Cup, Championship and Cup).

In matches for the Ukrainian national team, Tsygankov scored six goals, including against the national teams of Serbia, France and Spain. The midfielder’s strengths include dribbling and long shots. At Euro Tsygankov will try to show the best game to help the national team to show a decent result.

Pavel Stepanov

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