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Seven places on offer in Germany U19 finals

Published: Tuesday 22 March 2016, 11.00CET
Holders Spain lead the 28 teams who will contest the seven qualifying berths for this summer's final tournament when the 2015/16 elite round is played this week.
Seven places on offer in Germany U19 finals
Spain celebrate winning their seventh U19 title in 2015 ©Sportsfile
Published: Tuesday 22 March 2016, 11.00CET

Seven places on offer in Germany U19 finals

Holders Spain lead the 28 teams who will contest the seven qualifying berths for this summer's final tournament when the 2015/16 elite round is played this week.

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

Watch Spain win 2015 final

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

*Hosts

• 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.

2014: Serbia beat France

Preview
• 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).

2010: France's second title

• 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.

Last updated: 22/03/16 11.59CET

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