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Race to U19 finals in Romania gathers pace

Published: Wednesday 27 April 2011, 9.00CET
The UEFA European Under-19 Championship elite round kicks off on Thursday, with 28 teams aiming for seven places alongside hosts Romania in this summer's final tournament.
by Andrew Haslam
Race to U19 finals in Romania gathers pace
28 teams, plus hosts Romania, are still in contention to lift the UEFA European Under-19 Championship trophy this year ©Sportsfile
Published: Wednesday 27 April 2011, 9.00CET

Race to U19 finals in Romania gathers pace

The UEFA European Under-19 Championship elite round kicks off on Thursday, with 28 teams aiming for seven places alongside hosts Romania in this summer's final tournament.


The 28 teams bidding for a place in the 2010/11 UEFA European Under-19 Championship finals in Romania will be hoping to secure the seven qualifying berths on offer when the elite round kicks off this week.

The hosts are already assured of their final place, and Serbia, Wales, Moldova and Norway will have the first chance to join them when Group 6 gets under way on Thursday, Norway are hosts, with games continuing on Saturday and Tuesday with only the group winners to qualify.

There is then a break before the second of the seven elite round sections, Group 5, kicks off in the Czech Republic on 19 May, with holders France among the four sides in Group 3, which starts the following day. The top team in each of the seven sections qualify for the final tournament, which will be played between 20 July and 1 August.

The curtain comes down on the elite round on 5 June, when Group 2 – featuring four-time winners Spain – and Group 7, which includes 2008 champions Germany, conclude. The draw for the final tournament takes place in Bucharest on 8 June.

Elite round
Group 1 (24-29 May): Belgium, Estonia, Portugal, Croatia*
Group 2 (31 May-5 June): Spain, England, Switzerland*, Montenegro
Group 3 (20-25 May): France (holders), Slovakia*, Belarus, Greece
Group 4 (24-29 May): Italy, Republic of Ireland, Ukraine, Poland*
Group 5 (19-24 May): Netherlands, Russia, Israel, Czech Republic*
Group 6 (28 April-3 May): Serbia, Norway*, Wales, Moldova
Group 7 (31 May-5 June): Germany, Turkey*, Hungary, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

*Hosts

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