Belgium will battle Italy in an interesting U17 EURO Qualification fixture in Myyrmäki, Finland. We have picked five the most interesting players from this match who have the most promising future in European football. 

Teksti: Vertti Suominen & Jan-Matias Nikula

Francesco Camarda made his Milan debut as the youngest player to ever do so.                                             Pic:



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Christian Cama #3


Cama plays for Rome U17 team in Italy. He plays as a left-back. He was absolutely electric on that left wing against The Netherlands in the first group stage fixture which Italy won 0 – 2 against the Netherlands on 20th of March.


The 16-year-old was close to scoring a goal in the final minutes of the game, but ultimately just missed the opportunity. He and Italy kept a clean sheet, so there are no complaints on the defensive side. He gave good attacking support all game long. 


A good attacking left-back with potential defensive instincts. I do see him playing as a wing-back in Serie A in the future. 


Andrea Natali #15


Natali plays as a centre-back for Italy U17 team and La Macia (FC Barcelona academy). He is extremely good on the ball and very calm with it also. He’s only 16-years-old, born in 2008. Thus, he’s eligible to play in the U17 team next year also. 


In the game against The Netherlands, Andrea Natali was the main architect of almost every Italy’s attack. He led the build up play very maturely without mistakes.  His passing technique is top notch, which I believe is due to him playing for Barcelona. He is 1.86 m tall, hence why he was extremely dominant in the air. He didn’t lose any aerial battles in Thursday’s game.


I truly believe that he is going to be a generational defender for years to come, if he stays healthy. His current contract is ending with Barcelona in June. I reckon he will sign a long-term contract with the Catalonians after his current deal expires.


Francesco Camarda #9

Camarda is a 16-year-old youngster who plays for AC Milan. At the moment he plays for their Primavera 1 team and has also played two Serie A games this season.

His position is centre-forward. He is an aerial threat with quality ball control. He is the youngest player to debut in Serie A ever, which testifies his potential.


He was definitely the best player in Italy’s first game against the Netherlands. He was a constant threat for the Dutch defense line. A dutch defenceman Aaron Bouwman was in trouble in the 27th minute, as Camarda forced him into a turnover and stole the ball from him. Bouwman was forced to foul him, therefore, penalty was the only right decision in that situation. Penalty led to a goal, eventually. Scorer was the captain, Alessandro Ciardi. 


Camarda continued his good game in the second half. Even though he is only 16-years-old, he was by far the strongest and biggest player on the pitch. Holland’s defence couldn’t find solutions to stop him. Although Camarda didn’t score, he assisted Italy’s second goal in the ninetieth minute. He broke through the defence and found Mattia Liberalli who was alone in front of the goal.


The bravest have said that Camarda will be the next big striker in world football and I couldn’t agree more. If he keeps on improving with this pace, he could really become the next Francesco Totti. 



Konstantinos Karestas #10


The most exciting prospect from this Belgium U17 team is 16-year old Konstantinos Karestas. Already possessing 1,5 million transfer market value, Karestas brings electricity to Belgium’s midfield.


Karestas is a KRC Genk player who made his senior debut this season in Belgium’s second tier Challenger Pro League with Jong Genk. His debut season has been successful as he’s scored five times and delivered four assists.


Karestas could make a name for himself across the world with his attacking capabilities. Genk is frequently featured in the UEFA Champions League so this talent could be soon testing his skills against the very best of Europe.


Oscar Olivier #2


16-year old Oscar Olivier has taken massive leaps in his development this season. Olivier is a product of Standard Liege Academy, and like Karestas, has made an impact this season in Belgium’s second tier Challenger Pro League.


During this season Olivier has scored twice and delivered one assist in nine league games. It’s pretty remarkable considering that Oliver’s position is right-back.


Olivier played regularly in Belgium’s U16 side and will display at U17 level how promising modern wing-back creates scoring chances.