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Former champions block Serbia's path

Published: Thursday 19 June 2014, 20.58CET
Holders Serbia will take on Germany and Ukraine, winners in 2008 and 2009 respectively, in Group B while hosts Hungary, Austria, Portugal and Israel are in Group A.
by Andrew Haslam
Former champions block Serbia's path
The draw results are displayed in Hungary ©MLSZ
Published: Thursday 19 June 2014, 20.58CET

Former champions block Serbia's path

Holders Serbia will take on Germany and Ukraine, winners in 2008 and 2009 respectively, in Group B while hosts Hungary, Austria, Portugal and Israel are in Group A.

Holders Serbia will take on two former winners of the UEFA European Under-19 Championship following the finals draw in Felcsut, Hungary.

Having lifted the trophy for the first time in Lithuania last summer, Serbia earned a finals return by finishing top of Group 4 and will now take on Bulgaria in Group B, which also includes 2008 champions Germany and Ukraine, winners in 2009 – although neither side has featured in the finals since lifting the trophy. 

Hosts Hungary are in Group A, where they will be joined by Austria, Portugal and finals debutants Israel. The draw was conducted at the Puskás Akadémia Pancho Aréna, one of four venues for the July tournament, by the chairman of UEFA's Youth and Amateur Football Committee Jim Boyce and former Hungary coach Kálmán Mészöly – the tournament ambassador.

The three group games will take place on 19, 22 and 25 July with the top two teams in each section progressing to the semi-finals three days later. The final takes place on 31 July. The top three teams in each group also qualify for the FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand from 30 May to 20 June 2015.

2013/14 UEFA European Under-19 Championship final tournament draw
Group A: Hungary (hosts), Austria, Portugal, Israel
Group B: Bulgaria, Germany, Ukraine, Serbia (holders)

Four stadiums will be used for the final tournament:
Szusza Ferenc Stadium, Budapest
Puskás Akadémia Pancho Aréna, Felcsut
ETO Park Stadion, Gyor
Perutz Stadium, Papa

Last updated: 19/06/14 23.20CET

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