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Manu Morlanes on his Spain team-mates

Published: Friday 20 May 2016, 16.09CET
Spain's UEFA European Under-17 Championship finalists include a midfielder called Busquets from Barcelona, a rap-loving winger and an animal of a defender.
by Manu Morlanes
from Baku
Manu Morlanes on his Spain team-mates
Captain Manu Morlanes celebrates after Spain's semi-final win against Germany ©Sportsfile

Road to the final

The UEFA European Under-17 Championship consists of three distinct stages: the qualifying round, the elite round and the final tournament. The format changed for 2014/15 with the expansion of the final tournament from eight to 16 teams.

Qualifying round
The qualifying round, played in autumn, is made up of 13 groups of four countries playing in one-venue mini-tournaments. The top two from each pool progress alongside the five third-placed sides with the best record against the leading pair in their groups.

Elite round
In the elite round, held in early spring, those 31 qualifiers plus the top seed – given a bye this far – compete in eight mini-tournament groups of four. The group winners and seven runners-up with the best record against the teams first and third in their section advance to the finals to join the hosts.

Final tournament
In the final tournament the contenders are split into four groups of four, with the front two from each proceeding to the knockout phase.

Further details, including the criteria for separating sides that finish level on points in a group, or after 80 minutes in a match, can be found in the official competition regulations.

 

Published: Friday 20 May 2016, 16.09CET

Manu Morlanes on his Spain team-mates

Spain's UEFA European Under-17 Championship finalists include a midfielder called Busquets from Barcelona, a rap-loving winger and an animal of a defender.

1. Ignacio Peña (goalkeeper, Barcelona)
An excellent goalkeeper who is very good with his feet. He's a bit shy.

2. Alejandro Robles (defender, Málaga)
The way he speaks is very funny because he's from the south of Spain. His accent is typical of someone from Andalusia.

3. Francisco García (defender, Real Madrid)
He's tough for his opponents and a good person.

Watch Francisco García's solo goal against England

4. Juan Brandariz (defender, Barcelona)
Good on the ball and very funny in the dressing room. The joker.

5. Gorka Zabarte (defender, Real Madrid)
He can play in any defensive position and is very strong and energetic. Serious.

6. Oriol Busquets (midfielder, Barcelona)
Similar to Barcelona player Sergio in surname and position. Has good quality. 

7. Jordi Mboula (winger/forward, Barcelona)
Very fast. He likes rap music.

8. Manu Morlanes (midfielder, captain, Villarreal)
I do whatever I can to help the team and to ensure each player gives their best.

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Spain U17s' answer to Barcelona's Sergio Busquets

9. Abel Ruiz (forward, Barcelona)
A striker who scores a lot of goals. He's the youngest in the squad.

10. Brahim Díaz (attacking midfielder, Manchester City)
Always laughing and smiling. Very happy.

11. Iván Martín (attacking midfielder, forward, Roda)
Good at taking possession – he's a conductor – and providing the last pass.

12. Alex Ujía (defender, Real Sociedad)
Very direct up the wing.

13. Adrián (goalkeeper, Espanyol)
He moves very quick between the posts. He always helps the team in spite of not playing.

14. Martín Calderón (midfielder, Real Madrid)
A strong midfielder with a powerful shot.

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Pol Lozano celebrates his goal against Italy

15. David Subias (defender, Real Zaragoza)
Very assured in central defence.

16. Pol Lozano (midfielder, Espanyol)
Confident and calm.

17. Alejandro Millán (forward, Zaragoza)
Electric.

18. José Carlos Aliaga (defender, Atlético Madrid)
An animal on the pitch and always happy.

Coach: Santi Denia
He helps us with everything we do and to improve.

Manu Morlanes was speaking to UEFA.com reporter Wayne Harrison.

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Last updated: 20/05/16 16.40CET

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