Holders and seven-time champions Spain, plus former winners France, Serbia, Ukraine and Italy, are among the 28 teams bidding for a place in the 2016 UEFA European Under-19 Championship when the elite round begins on Wednesday.
Elite round groups
Group 1 (24-29 March): Spain (holders)*, England, Greece, Georgia
Group 2 (25-30 March): Switzerland, Israel, Turkey, Italy*
Group 3 (24-29 March): Czech Republic, Austria*, Romania, Slovakia
Group 4 (24-29 March): Netherlands*, Poland, Ukraine, Northern Ireland
Group 5 (23-28 March): Belgium, Croatia*, Scotland, Bulgaria
Group 6 (24-29 March): Portugal*, Slovenia, Sweden, Russia
Group 7 (24-29 March): France, Serbia*, Montenegro, Denmark
• The seven group winners will join hosts Germany in the finals from 11 to 24 July. The finals draw will be held in Stuttgart on 12 April.
• Spain won their seventh U19 title in 14 years with victory against Russia in Greece last summer.
• Serbia beat France in the 2014 final in Lithuania to win the trophy for the first time.
• Four players scored five goals in the qualifying round: Jean-Kévin Augustin (France), Nany Dimata (Belgium), Anas Mahamid (Israel) and Ivan Šaponjić (Serbia).
• Belgium and France were the qualifying round's top scorers overall with 13 goals each. Slovenia, England, Portugal and Austria all kept three clean sheets.
• Portugal, Switzerland and the Czech Republic were the only sides to win all three qualifying round games.
• Denmark, Montenegro and Sweden are the only sides in the elite round who have never qualified for the U19 final tournament.
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