From U21 Euro MVP to oblivion, 5 fallen stars who cut through football's night sky

2020-06-15

a shooting star in the making

From 1978 to 2020, the U21 European Championship was held every two years for 42 years. Blanco, Figo, Pirlo and others, they have won the best players of the tournament, this is also the starting point of their fame.

But there is no shortage of sad stories like "Young and Wounded" in the long history of football. The stars of the future, who won the U21 European Cup, faded away like shooting stars in the night sky. And it's by no means just one person.

Here's a chat about the disillusioned man.


Renato Busso.

Year of award: 1992

Book of honours: 198586 Serie A champion, 1991 Italian Super Cup winner.

Four years later, he joined Fiorentina, where he continued to grow with the Lilywhites and scored a brace in the 1990 League Cup final.

He joined Fiorentina four years later, and continued to grow at the Lilywhites, scoring a goal in the 1990 League Cup final.

But all of Busso's good fortune came to an end in 1992 when he was named the U21 European Cup Player of the Year, and his form continued to decline.

Francesco Arnaud

Year of award: 1998

Book of honours: 1996 Supercopa de España, 1996-97 Copa del Rey, 1996-97 European Cup Winners' Cup, 1998-99 La Liga champion.

The young Arnaud was once regarded as one of Spain's most promising goalkeepers, having won many trophies in the 1990s as Barcelona's substitute goalkeeper, following Robson and Van Gaal's lead.

But the young Arnaud never got much of a chance to play at the Camp Nou, playing only 24 games for the Red Blues in six years. This adversity gradually eroded his talent and time, and the frustrated Arnauld eventually went to Malaga to seek a position as the main goalkeeper. .

Royston Drenthe.

Year of award: 2007

Book of honours: 200708 La Liga champion, 2008 Supercopa de España champion.

With a strong performance in the U21 European Championship that year, the Galacticos opened the door for the 20-year-old Drenthe to move to Real Madrid that summer for 14 million euros, when the Dutchman was no less popular than Sancho is today.

Unlike his compatriots Robben and Sneijder, who arrived in Madrid at the same time, Drenthe did not find success in the land.

Despite playing 65 games in his 3-year white career, his poor goalscoring form had the discerning Real Madrid fans booing him at the Bernabeu.

The Dutch winger then moved on a free transfer at the end of his contract and is now playing for a club in the Dutch C League.

Notably, in 2017 Drenthe announced his retirement from football to become a rapper and returned to the pitch less than a year later.

Marcus Berry.

Year of Award: 2009

Book of Honours: 2007 Swiss Premier League Champion, 201314 Greek Cup Champion

Marcus Berry shone at that U21 Euros, with the seven-goal Swedish winger taking home both the Player of the Tournament and Top Scorer awards, and his dominant performance on the pitch made it seem like another star was on the rise.

Of course, that was only a seeming. In the Hamburg and Eindhoven years that followed, the Swede completely lost his shooting boots and never scored a double in a single season.

Spare a thought, Berry continued to receive recognition from the Swedish national team. However, in the 2018 World Cup, Berry continued to be embarrassed, 15 feet on goal and 1 goal not scored.

Now 33 years old, the former Swedish national footballer has already reached the end of his career and is currently playing for Russian Premier League team Krasnodar.

William Carvalho.

Year of Award: 2015

Book of Honours: 201415 Portuguese Cup winner, 2016 European Cup winner

In 2015, Portuguese newcomer Carvalho was the top "waist of the beast" on the field, with good passing vision and skills at the same time. He is a strong defender, tough against the run of play, and very good at frontal interceptions. With Carvalho as his escort, Portugal conceded only one goal in that tournament.

But the lack of speed and lack of anticipation is his obvious shortcomings, and has become a key factor in his future downfall.

After the U21 UEFA Europa League, a number of big teams in the Premier League had chased Carvalho, but for various reasons were unable to do so. After his fame, Carvalho was gradually studied thoroughly by the opponents, and under the targeted tactical arrangement, the young man's performance deteriorated year by year, and finally, the young man's performance was not as good as it should be. In the previous summer went to the La Liga mid-table team Real Betis.

This season, the 28-year-old Carvalho's form is even worse, not only is there less than one key defensive statistic such as steals, interceptions and releases. And he was also crossed 1.1 times per game.

A player of Carvalho's characteristics is more suited to the Premier League than La Liga, and had he chosen to head to the English game rather than stay in the Portuguese Premier League in 2015, there may have been a different story and outcome.


The rest of the U21 Europa League's best players

1978: Vahid Halilhodzic.

1980: Anatoly Thermianenko.

1982: Waller

1984: Mark Hartley.

1986: Sanchis

1988: Branco.

1990: Davao Suk

1994: Fico

1996: Karnavaro

2000: Pirlo

2002: Cheh

2004: Ghirardino

2006: Huntelaar

2011: Juan Mata

2013: Thiago

2017: Dani Cevallos

2019: Favian Ruiz


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