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U17 Belgium vs Italy FREE STREAM - EURO Qualifiers Match Preview and Top Players to Watch from Both Teams

21.3.2024 14:21 GMT

By Vertti Suominen & Jantsu Nikula


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Promising U17 Azzurrini team before match against Holland in Finland. Pic: instagram.com/camardabomber

Exciting U17 EURO Qualifying tournament will continue in Finland on Saturday 23rd, as Belgium will face-off against Italy.


Both teams managed to pull a victory from first Group 3 games. Italy defeated Holland 2 - 0 and Belgium won 1 - 0 against Finland.


Italy displayed strong team effort against the Dutch team. Azzurrini managed ball-possession in a solid fashion and didn't experience much difficulties in the defense.


La Gazzetta Suomi gives insight on who to follow from Italy this Saturday according to the data we gathered from the first round of the U17 tournament:


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. 


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 that 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 the summer. 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. 


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


Belgium scored early from a penalty against Group 3 host country Finland and kept one goal lead till the end of the match.


According to Finland's U17 coach Erkka V. Lehtola, The Young Red Devils were tougher opponent than he expected.


-Belgium is a good side with a lots of fast and skilled individual's. They displayed a great team effort and made things difficult for us. We knew their player profiles well beforehand - but they were stronger collectively from what I expected, Lehtola said after the game.


La Gazzetta Suomi has picked two players to follow from Belgium in the remaining of Group 3 games:


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 excitement 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 thus far 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 prospect 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.


In 9 games, Olivier has scored twice and delivered one assist. 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.


Belgium vs Italy kicks-off Saturday 23rd at 11:00 GMT. HEO Tube offers free live stream for the fixture.



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