👶 EURO 2020: Youngest players

👶 EURO 2020: Youngest players

The record for the youngest player to ever appear at the EUROs was recently broken, twice, at the ongoing tournament. 

First, England's Jude Bellingham set the record in England's first match against Croatia, (17 years and 349 days), but was broken six days later when Kacper Kozłowski (17 years and 246 days) replaced  Mateusz Klich midway through the second half against Spain. 

But who else is on this list, and which other young players have left their marks on Europe's biggest stage?

EURO's youngest players

  • 17 yrs 246 days: Kacper Kozłowski (Poland 1-1 Spain, 19/06/2021)
  • 17 yrs 349 days: Jude Bellingham (England 1-0 Croatia, 13/06/2021)
  • 18 yrs 71 days: Jetro Willems (Netherlands 0-1 Denmark, 09/06/2012)
  • 18yrs 115 days: Enzo Scifo (Belgium 2-0 Yugoslavia, 13/06/1984)
  • 18yrs 128 days: Valeri Bozhinov (Italy 2-1 Bulgaria, 22/06/2004)

Youngest goalkeeper to appear

José Ángel Iribar (21 years and 108 days)

Iribar set the mark as the youngest keeper in Spain's 2-1 win against Hungary on 17 June 1964. Four days later he was the EURO's youngest winning goalkeeper, as his team beat the USSR 2-1.

Youngest player to score

Johan Vonlanthen (18 years and 141 days)

The teenaged midfielder made his finals debut at UEFA EURO 2004, on the day Wayne Rooney became the youngest scorer in EURO history with two goals against Vonlanthen's Switzerland side. Vonlanthen took that record for himself by scoring against France four days later, in a 3-1 defeat on 21 June.

Youngest player to score in a final

Pietro Anastasi (20 years and 63 days)

Anastasi's right-footed volley from outside the box doubled Italy's advantage against Yugoslavia in the 1968 final in Rome – and made the striker the youngest EURO final scorer ever. He was renowned for being the world's most expensive player when he joined Juventus from Varese in 1968.


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