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A beach shot of my Grandma Gen, that part is easy. As for the location and which kid, well that isn’t as clear. My Dad can’t tell if this is him or his older brother Robert. His guess, which makes sense, is that this was his brother since there is only one kid around in the shot. That would mean this was most likely taken during the summer of 1940. 

As for the location, that too is a mystery. The family would take their summer vacations to a quiet beach in Western Michigan. Obviously, this is not a quiet place. I thought maybe Chicago, but you would be able to see some part of the city from this angle (based on the sun and that snow fence). So Chicago is out. Maybe it was near Detroit. You could probably get this angle from a beach on Belle Isle where downtown wouldn’t be in the background. 

Official Poland U21 Squad Call-Up for Euro U21 2017

Goalkeepers: Bartłomiej Drągowski (ACF Fiorentina), Maksymilian Stryjek (Sunderland), Jakub Wrąbel (Olimpia Grudziądz)

Defenders: Jan Bednarek (Lech Poznań), Krystian Bielik (Arsenal), Paweł Dawidowicz (Vfl Bochum - on Loan from Benfica), Jarosław Jach (Zagłębie Lubin), Paweł Jaroszyński (Cracovia), Tomasz Kędziora (Lech Poznań), Igor Łasicki (Carpi - on Loan from Napoli), Przemysław Szymiński (Wisła Płock)

Midfielders: Adam Buksa (Zaglebie Lubin), Przemysław Frankowski (Jagiellonia Białystok), Bartosz Kapustka (Leicester City), Jarosław Kubicki (Zagłębie Lubin), Karol Linetty (Sampdoria), Patryk Lipski (Ruch Chorzów), Łukasz Moneta (Ruch Chorzów), Radosław Murawski (Piast Gliwice)

Forwards: Dawid Kownacki (Lech Poznań), Jarosław Niezgoda (Ruch Chorzów - on Loan from Legia Warszawa), Krzysztof Piątek (Cracovia), Mariusz Stępiński (Nantes)

Under-21 European Championships 2017 scouting report: Transfer targets and ones to watch

The U21 European Championships get underway on Friday, with much of Europe’s best young talent set to put themselves in the shop window in Poland.

The likes of Luis Figo, Fabio Cannavaro, Andrea Pirlo, Petr Cech and Thiago Alcantara have won the competition’s Golden Player award in the past and there can be little doubt that some players will be taking the first steps in what will become special careers at the top level.

We have looked at each of the 12 squads and have selected a player from each nation who we think could light up the tournament and have plenty of suitors come the beginning of July.

GROUP A

Poland | Dawid Kownacki, Lech Poznan

The comparisons with former Lech striking prodigy Robert Lewandowski may seem obvious, but they do not look misplaced. This 20-year old striker has an eye for goal, scoring nine times in the Ekstraklasa last season, and has been labelled a “one-off” by former Lech striker Piotr Reiss.

Slovakia | Laszlo Benes, Borussia Monchengladbach

Benes may have only joined Borussia Monchengladbach last summer, but much is expected of the 19-year old midfielder. He didn’t make his Bundesliga debut until 19th March, but scored the winner in a phenomenal display against Hertha Berlin in his first start.

Slovakians have made comparisons with Marek Hamsik due to Benes’ strong dribbling and shooting ability. The next 12 months will be big for the midfielder, and it would be no surprise to see him turn heads in Poland.

Sweden | Joel Asoro, Sunderland

Not a great deal is known of this 18-year old forward, but he has recently been linked with a move to Arsenal in the local press. He is banned for Sweden’s opening fixture against England in Poland, but will be hoping he gets an opportunity to show Arsenal fans why Arsene Wenger is after him.

Asoro already has Premier League experience, having come on as a substitute for Duncan Watmore against Middlesbrough last August, and becoming the Black Cats’ youngest player. Having been relegated last season Sunderland will be looking to cash in on the youngster so a few goals here would not go amiss.

England | Ben Chilwell, Leicester City

Attacking left-back Chilwell was one of the shining lights in Leicester’s difficult Premier League title defence last season. Craig Shakespeare’s promotion to manager after Claudio Ranieri’s sacking saw him get more of a chance in the team, and he often caught the eye with his energetic runs down the flank.

After bursting onto the scene there were rumours of interest from Liverpool and, whilst the Foxes will be keen to keep hold of their young English star, most of the Premier League’s big hitters are lacking quality in his position.

GROUP B

Macedonia | Elif Elmas, Robotnichki

Macedonia are the outsiders for the whole competition, but they have high hopes for attacking midfielder Elmas. He is just 17-years of age, but has already made his full international debut when coming on at half-time against Spain in a World Cup Qualifier.

He scored six goals in the Macedonian top flight last term and holds the future hopes of his nation upon his shoulders. He has signed a contract to move to Heerenveen when he turns 18 in September, but will already have loftier ambitions than the Eredivisie club.

Portugal | Renato Sanches, Bayern Munich

The wonderkid burst onto the scene in last years’ European Championships as his native Portugal lifted the trophy, and Bayern Munich parted with an initial €35million, which could rise to €85million in later instalments.

His first season in Bavaria saw Sanches used sparingly and mostly off the bench, so there are now rumours that Bayern are looking to cut their losses on the 19-year old. Manchester United and Barcelona have been linked, and Sanches will now have to prove that he is still the prodigious talent that wowed the continent last year.

Serbia | Uros Durdevic, Partizan

Durdevic is an out-and-out goal scorer whose 24 goals fired Partizan to the Serbian Super Liga title last season. He has already had a chance in Serie A, moving to Palermo in 2015 (pictures), but struggled for form when not regularly playing.

His season Partizan has alerted much of Europe to his predatory talents, and he will be the man Serbia turn to for goals in this competition. Strikers come at a premium, and it is likely that his club will cash in on the 23-year old this summer.

Spain | Dani Ceballos, Real Betis

Liverpool are one of many clubs said to be after the Betis midfielder who is one of many immensely talented youngsters in the Spain squad. Most comfortable in central midfield, Ceballos is a versatile midfielder who can also operate wide or as a no.10.

He is technically very gifted, comfortable both dribbling with the ball and passing out from deep. He has been touted as a replacement for Isco at Real Madrid, and it seems likely that he will end up at the Bernabeu unless someone can beat them to his signature this summer.

GROUP C

Czech Republic | Jakub Jankto, Udinese

This classy midfielder has now proven himself in Serie A for Udinese and it looks only a matter of time until the 21-year old moves to pastures new. He scored five goals and picked up four assists last season and has built a reputation for his outstanding dead-ball ability.

He possesses a thunderous left-foot and has the engine to be a driving force in midfield. Udinese will be hoping their talented youngster is kept as something of a secret, but with Arsenal already sniffing around this is seemingly unlikely.

Denmark | Marcus Ingvartsen, FC Nordsjælland

The marksman has recently been linked to both Arsenal and Everton having scored 23 goals in 35 appearances in the Danish Superligaen last season. The 21-year-old has a blistering turn of pace as well as an eye for goal and can hold himself physically at aver 6ft 1in.

He has 8 in 8 for the U21s, so a good campaign for the Danes will likely rely on Ingvartsen’s scoring form, and he is in fine fettle with 9 in his last 10 for his club. It will be impossible for clubs to ignore him should he continue this blistering form.

Germany | Max Meyer, Schalke 04

The Tottenham target is expected to leave Schalke this summer, with the club keen to cash in before his contract expires next year. The 20-year old attacking midfielder can play through the middle or off the left-hand side, but endured a somewhat disappointing Bundesliga campaign.

In 2015/16, however, he notched five goals and six assists when a teenager to attract attention from across Europe. He will be hoping to use this tournament to showcase his talents.

Italy | Andrea Conti, Atalanta

This right wing-back has been rumoured to have been sounded out by Antonio Conte as the perfect replacement for Victory Moses in Chelsea’s 3-4-3 formation and looks set to be one of the stars of this year’s tournament.

Eight goals and four assists is an impressive return from a reserved role on the right, and Conti also has a reputation for being very diligent defensively, with the raw pace to get back into position when caught further up the pitch.