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Under-17 EURO: Group C preview

Published: Wednesday 3 May 2017, 7.59CET
Germany loom large for Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Republic of Ireland and Serbia in UEFA European Under-17 Championship Group C on Croatia's northern Adriatic coast.
Under-17 EURO: Group C preview
The Group C coaches pose before the trophy at their Rijeka hotel ©UEFA.com

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 four 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 30 qualifiers plus the top two seeds – 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: Wednesday 3 May 2017, 7.59CET

Under-17 EURO: Group C preview

Germany loom large for Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Republic of Ireland and Serbia in UEFA European Under-17 Championship Group C on Croatia's northern Adriatic coast.

Bosnia and Herzegovina
Previous final tournaments: 1
Most recent: 2016
Best performance: group stage
Qualifying round: Latvia 3-0, Moldova 1-0, Russia 1-2 (Group 1 runners-up)
Elite round: Slovenia 0-0, Czech Republic 2-1, England 0-1 (Group 7 runners-up)
Top scorer: Milan Šikanjić 2

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Bosnia and Herzegovina coach Sakib Malkočević

Sakib Malkočević, coach: Our first match is against Germany, a big favourite not only in our group but for the tournament as a whole. It was a tough road to get here so we'll do the best we can to represent our country and play as well as possible.

Germany
Previous final tournaments: 9
Most recent: 2016
Best performance: winners 2009
Qualifying round: bye
Elite round: Armenia 10-1, Finland 6-2, Turkey 3-1 (Group 1 winners)
Top scorer: Elias Abouchabaka 5

Christian Wück, coach: We don't feel the pressure of being one of the so-called favourites for this tournament. It will be a great experience for my players. We have a good team and want to score as many goals as we can. It is going to be a tough opening match because Bosnia and Herzegovina will be very defensive, but we have to find a way to break through.

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Christian Wück coached Germany to the 2015 final

Republic of Ireland
Previous final tournaments: 2
Most recent: 2015
Best performance: group stage
Qualifying round: Andorra 5-1, Kazakhstan 3-1, Greece 1-0 (Group 2 winners)
Elite round: Faroe Islands 4-0, Slovakia 1-0, Cyprus 2-0 (Group 8 winners)
Top scorer: Aaron Connolly 7

Colin O'Brien, coach: We had good run at the qualifiers, but that is in the past. Our first goal is to go through to the second round. We have very good team spirit and this is a great oportunity for the guys.

Serbia
Previous final tournaments: 5
Most recent: 2016
Best performance: quarter-finals 2002
Qualifying round: FYR Macedonia 3-1, Albania 2-0, Italy 0-2 (Group 4 runners-up)
Elite round: Switzerland 2-1, Scotland 0-1, Montenegro 1-0 (Group 4 runners-up)
Top scorer: Filip Stuparević 4

Perica Ognjenović, coach: We expect a great tournament and hope to play good football. The players are still kids so you can't really predict results, but we'll do the best we can. We're only thinking about the first match against Ireland and we'll take it from there.

Last updated: 04/05/17 11.55CET

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