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Ambassadors: Ľubomir Moravčík, Viktor Pečovský

Former Slovakia midfielder Ľubomir Moravčík and current international Viktor Pečovský are the ambassadors for the Under-17 finals in Slovakia.
Ambassadors: Ľubomir Moravčík, Viktor Pečovský
Lubomír Moravčík was a hero at Celtic ©Getty Images

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.


Ambassadors: Ľubomir Moravčík, Viktor Pečovský

Former Slovakia midfielder Ľubomir Moravčík and current international Viktor Pečovský are the ambassadors for the Under-17 finals in Slovakia.

Ľubomir Moravčík

Playing career: FC Nitra (twice), AS Saint-Étienne, SC Bastia, MSV Duisburg, Celtic FC, JEF United Chiba
Coaching career:
MFK Ružomberok, Slovakia U16/U17, FC ViOn Zlaté Moravce
UEFA Intertoto Cup (1), Scottish Premier League (2), Scottish Cup (1)

• A technically gifted midfielder, Moravčík was a regular scorer and creator. In all he managed more than 100 goals in nearly 500 career club matches.

• He picked up 80 international caps – 42 for Czechoslovakia (including at the 1990 FIFA World Cup) and 38 for Slovakia – over a 13-year period.

• Moravčík started and finished his playing days with local side Nitra. In between he plied his trade in France, Germany, Scotland and Japan. He helped Bastia to UEFA Intertoto Cup success and then, having been signed for Celtic in November 1998 by compatriot Jozef Vengloš, Moravčík became a Parkhead hero – from scoring twice in his first derby against Rangers FC to winning the 2000/01 treble.

• His coaching career has included four years with Slovakia's youth teams.

Viktor Pečovský

Playing career: Dukla Banská Bystrica, MŠK Žilina
Slovakian Cup (1)

• The 29-year-old midfielder worked his way up the youth ranks at Banská Bystrica and helped Slovakia to third place at the 2002 UEFA European Under-19 Championship in Norway.

• That took Slovakia to the 2003 FIFA U-20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates, where Pečovský contributed to their reaching the round of 16, losing in extra time to a Brazil side containing Adriano and Daniel Alves.

• Pečovský made his senior Banská Bystrica debut in 2000 and aided them to their highest-ever finish of second in 2003/04, a year before they captured their first post-indedendence Slovakian Cup.

• In 2011, after more than 200 appearances for Banská Bystrica, Pečovský joined Žilina.

• On 15 August 2012, he earned his first senior cap in Slovakia's 3-1 friendly win against Denmark in Odense.

Last updated: 09/05/13 10.24CET

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