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First hurdle for U19 hopefuls

Published: Thursday 29 November 2007, 9.20CET
The 52 teams who are hoping to join hosts Ukraine in the final tournament of the 2008/09 U19 finals have discovered their qualifying round opposition.
by Andrew Haslam
from Cannes
Published: Thursday 29 November 2007, 9.20CET

First hurdle for U19 hopefuls

The 52 teams who are hoping to join hosts Ukraine in the final tournament of the 2008/09 U19 finals have discovered their qualifying round opposition.

The 52 teams who are hoping to join hosts Ukraine in the final tournament of the 2008/09 UEFA European Under-19 Championship have discovered their first assignments after the qualifying round draw was held in Cannes.

Bosančić prize
The draw, held on the final afternoon of the 9th UEFA Elite Youth Football Conference in Cannes, was conducted by Miloš Bosančić, Jim Boyce, first vice-chairman of UEFA's Youth and Amateur Football Committee and development competitions manager Claudio Negroni. Before proceedings got under way Bosančić, Serbia's captain at last season's U19 finals, was presented with a Fair Play award in recognition of the exemplary conduct of his side in Austria.

Strong sections
Spain, the current reigning champions, are joined by Switzerland, Belarus and the Faroe Islands in Group 13, while 2007 runners-up Greece will compete with Poland, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Montenegro to progress from Group 10. Last season's semifinalists France and Germany are in Group 4, against the Republic of Ireland, Malta and Liechtenstein, and 6, where the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Lithuania form the opposition. The top two teams in each section, together with the two third-placed sides with the best record against the two automatic qualifiers, will progress to the Elite round, which will be held in spring 2009. The eight-team final tournament will take place in Ukraine in July 2009.

2008/09 UEFA European Under-19 Championship qualifying round
Group 1 Group 2
Scotland Croatia
Hungary Belgium
Azerbaijan Estonia
San Marino Kazakhstan
Group 3 Group 4
Italy Republic of Ireland
Russia France
Latvia Malta
Moldova Liechtenstein
Group 5 Group 6
Slovakia Germany
Norway Netherlands
Armenia Luxembourg
Slovenia Lithuania
Group 7 Group 8
Czech Republic Sweden
Georgia Austria
Cyprus Iceland
Denmark F.Y.R. Macedonia
Group 9 Group 10
Serbia Greece
England Poland
Northern Ireland Bosnia-Herzegovina
Albania Montenegro
Group 11 Group 12
Turkey Israel
Romania Portugal
Andorra Finland
Wales Bulgaria
Group 13
Switzerland
Spain
Belarus
Faroe Islands

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