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Iberian affair lights up U19 draw

Published: Wednesday 3 December 2008, 13.17CET
Four-time winners Spain will begin their 2009/10 UEFA European Under-19 Championship campaign against Iberian rivals Portugal, Wales and F.Y.R. Macedonia after the qualifying round draw was made in Nyon.
Iberian affair lights up U19 draw
England's Jack Cork (left) conducts the draw with UEFA's Jim Boyce and Andy Roxburgh ©UEFA.com
Published: Wednesday 3 December 2008, 13.17CET

Iberian affair lights up U19 draw

Four-time winners Spain will begin their 2009/10 UEFA European Under-19 Championship campaign against Iberian rivals Portugal, Wales and F.Y.R. Macedonia after the qualifying round draw was made in Nyon.

Four-time winners Spain will begin their 2009/10 UEFA European Under-19 Championship campaign against Iberian rivals Portugal after the qualifying round draw was made in Nyon today.

Intriguing draw
The 52 entrants were split into 13 groups of four, to be played in autumn 2009 as one-venue mini-tournaments. While Spain are in Group 8, which also includes Wales and F.Y.R. Macedonia, 2008 champions Germany will begin their next campaign by playing Turkey, Moldova and Luxembourg in Group 3 while Ukraine, who will host this season's finals next summer, take on Sweden, Montenegro and Georgia in Group 12.

Fair Play award
The draw was conducted by Jim Boyce, first vice-chairman of UEFA's Youth and Amateur Football Committee, and Jack Cork, who also collected the UEFA Fair Play award in recognition of England's sporting conduct in last season's final tournament. The top two in each qualifying round section, plus the two third-placed sides with the best record against the top two in their group, will progress to the Elite round, which will be played in the spring of 2010. The winners of the seven Elite round sections will join hosts France in the final tournament that summer. To view the match dates and hosts for each group please click here.

2009/10 UEFA European Under-19 Championship
Qualifying round
Group 1 Group 2
Republic of Ireland
Slovakia
ItalyEngland
San Marino
Slovenia
AlbaniaFinland
Group 3Group 4
TurkeySwitzerland
GermanyCroatia
MoldovaLithuania
LuxembourgEstonia
Group 5Group 6
GreeceAustria
SerbiaScotland
Faroe Islands
Armenia
BelarusRomania
Group 7Group 8
BulgariaPortugal
IcelandSpain
Northern Ireland
Wales
Bosnia-HerzegovinaF.Y.R. Macedonia
Group 9Group 10
HungaryNetherlands
RussiaCzech Republic
LiechtensteinMalta
LatviaCyprus
Group 11Group 12
NorwaySweden
BelgiumUkraine
KazakhstanMontenegro
AndorraGeorgia
Group 13Bye to finals
PolandFrance (hosts)
Israel
Denmark
Azerbaijan
Last updated: 30/01/12 18.34CET

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