The UEFA European Under-19 Championship consists of three distinct stages: the qualifying round, the elite round and the final tournament.
The qualifying round, played in autumn, is made up of 13 groups of four teams playing in one-venue mini-tournaments. The top two from each progress alongside the third-placed team with the best record against the top pair in their group.
In the elite round, played in the spring, those 27 qualifiers join the top seed, given a bye, in seven mini-tournament groups of four. The group winners then join the hosts in the finals.
The seven qualifiers plus the hosts are split into two groups of four who play each other once, with the top two progressing to the semi-finals. The winners of those ties contest the final.
Further details, including the criteria for separating teams that finish level on points in a group, or after extra time in a match, can be found in the official competition regulations.
An amazing goalkeeper.
Super guy, important to the team, and his performances never drop in standard.
A good friend who's very important for the team, strong in the tackle.
Amazing attitude, an excellent character, would do anything for the team.
An excellent tackler, a real team-player, good on the ball.
The most important member of the squad. Creates a good atmosphere, a very good friend.
Another important piece of the puzzle. Presses well from the back, gives it all for the team.
Relatively new to the team, but he integrated very well. Tries very hard and it shows in his performances.
Our brains in midfield, brings calm into our game, very important in the build-up.
An all-round technically excellent midfield fighter, and a good friend.
Another great technical player, connects well with defence and feeds our attack with quality passes.
Great quality with and without the ball, never gives up, a real fighter.
Brings a lot of pace into our game, great attitute, always a danger for the opponents.
A rookie in the team, but he gives it his all always.
Great player, great person, he scores for the entire team, not just for himself. His attitude takes us forward.
Superb technique, very fast, deadly at one-on-ones, he always makes things happen.
A true attacker, a fighter. You can always count on him.
Coach Marcus Sorg
Excellent technician [laughs]! He prepares us really well tactically, makes sure that we always know what to expect from our opponents.
[Sorg jumps in and answers] The best captain a coach could wish for in this generation.
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