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Slovakia set for Under-17 finals

Published: Friday 3 May 2013, 13.00CET
Slovakia stages its first international final tournament in over a decade as the hosts dispute the U17 title with Austria, Switzerland, Sweden, Russia, Ukraine, Italy and Croatia.
by Ian Holyman
from Zilina
Slovakia set for Under-17 finals
A view over the MŠK Žilina Stadium ahead of the UEFA European Under-17 Championship ©UEFA.com
Published: Friday 3 May 2013, 13.00CET

Slovakia set for Under-17 finals

Slovakia stages its first international final tournament in over a decade as the hosts dispute the U17 title with Austria, Switzerland, Sweden, Russia, Ukraine, Italy and Croatia.

Not since 2000 when it staged the UEFA European Under-21 Championship has Slovakia provided the backdrop for a continental final tournament.

However, Sunday's UEFA European U17 Championship group-stage opener between the host nation and neighbours Austria in Dubnica nad Vahom and the simultaneous Group B encounter featuring Russia and Ukraine in Zlate Moravce will mark the welcome return of international competition to the country.

The other Group A duo, Switzerland and Sweden, kick off their campaign later in the day in the picturesque setting of mountainous Zilina, which will also hold the competition's final on 17 May, while Group B pairing Croatia and Italy face off in Nitra. The top two in each section progress to the knockouts, and will be joined by the third-placed teams from each pool at the FIFA U-17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates.

Nine games, including the semi-finals on 14 May and the final on 17 May, will be broadcast live on Eurosport or Eurosport 2 (see schedule below). UEFA.com profiles all eight finalists and will have full coverage of the finals in text and video – including previews, interviews, a live MatchCentre, reports and reaction plus exclusive photos.

Team profiles

Group A
Austria

Slovakia

Sweden

Switzerland

Group B
Croatia

Italy

Russia

Ukraine

Finals schedule (kick-offs CET)
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– Live on Eurosport or *Eurosport 2
DateGroupMatchLocationKick-off
Sun 5 MayASVK v AUTDubnica nad Vahom14.30
Sun 5 MayASUI v SWEZilina19.30*
Sun 5 MayBRUS v UKRZlate Moravce14.30
Sun 5 MayBCRO v ITANitra17.30*
Wed 8 MayAAUT v SWEDubnica nad Vahom16.00
Wed 8 MayASVK v SUIZilina18.00
Wed 8 MayBRUS v CROZlate Moravce14.00
Wed 8 MayBUKR v ITANitra18.00
Sat 11 MayAAUT v SUIDubnica nad Vahom16.30
Sat 11 MayASWE v SVKZilina16.30*
Sat 11 MayBUKR v CROZlate Moravce19.30
Sat 11 MayBITA v RUSNitra19.30
Tue 14 MaySemi-finaltbcZilina16.00*
Tue 14 MaySemi-finaltbcZilina20.30
Fri 17 MayFinaltbcZilina18.00

Last updated: 04/05/13 12.15CET

Related information

http://www.uefa.com/under17/news/newsid=1947817.html#slovakia+under+finals

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