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Portugal, Spain rematched in Under-17 elite round

Published: Tuesday 13 December 2016, 12.13CET
Holders Portugal are rematched with the nation they beat on penalties in last season's final, Spain, in this spring's U17 EURO elite round, with 15 places in Croatia on offer.
Portugal, Spain rematched in Under-17 elite round
UEFA head of national team competitions Lance Kelly shows the name of Norway during the draw ©Getty Images for UEFA
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Published: Tuesday 13 December 2016, 12.13CET

Portugal, Spain rematched in Under-17 elite round

Holders Portugal are rematched with the nation they beat on penalties in last season's final, Spain, in this spring's U17 EURO elite round, with 15 places in Croatia on offer.

Holders Portugal are rematched with the nation they beat on penalties in last season's final, Spain, in this spring's UEFA European Under-17 Championship elite round.

The draw was made by Niklas Strunck Jakobsen, who received the 2015/16 Respect Fair Play trophy on behalf of Denmark. Apart from Spain and Portugal facing off in Group 3 (which the holders will host), the Netherlands are rematched with Italy, who the Dutch pipped to the quarter-finals last season, with France looking for similar revenge against Sweden. Fifteen teams will advance to the final tournament in Croatia in May.

Elite round draw
Group 1 (23–28 March):
Germany, Turkey*, Finland, Armenia

Group 2 (21–26 March): Russia, Israel, Hungary*, Norway

Group 3 (10–15 March): Spain, Portugal* (holders), Greece, Poland

Group 4 (17–22 March): Scotland*, Switzerland, Serbia, Montenegro

Group 5 (14–19 March): Netherlands*, Italy, Belarus, Belgium

Group 6 (23–28 March): Sweden, France, Austria*, Ukraine

Group 7 (23–28 March): England, Bosnia and Herzegovina*, Slovenia, Czech Republic

Group 8 (15–20 March): Republic of Ireland, Cyprus*, Slovakia, Faroe Islands

*Hosts

2016 final highlights: Portugal v Spain

• The eight group winners and the seven runners-up with the best records against the teams first and third in their section will join hosts Croatia in the finals from 3 to 19 May.

• The final tournament will also act as the European qualifier for UEFA's five berths in the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup in India, running from 6 to 28 October.

Draw facts
• The Faroe Islands and Armenia feature at this stage for the first time.

• Along with those two teams, Cyprus, Montenegro and Norway are all aiming for U17 finals debuts.

Last updated: 13/12/16 19.13CET

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