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U19 sights fixed on France

Published: Wednesday 23 September 2009, 11.35CET
Qualifying for the 2009/10 UEFA European Under-19 Championship kicks off this week with 52 teams including holders Ukraine bidding for a place in next summer's final tournament with hosts France.
by Andrew Haslam
from London
U19 sights fixed on France
Ukraine won the U19 title on home soil in July ©Sportsfile
Published: Wednesday 23 September 2009, 11.35CET

U19 sights fixed on France

Qualifying for the 2009/10 UEFA European Under-19 Championship kicks off this week with 52 teams including holders Ukraine bidding for a place in next summer's final tournament with hosts France.

The 2009/10 UEFA European Under-19 Championship qualifying round gets under way this week, with 52 teams bidding to join hosts France in next summer's final tournament.

Thirteen sections
Lithuania is the venue for the first of the 13 sections to kick off, with Switzerland, Croatia and Estonia joining the hosts in Group 4. Holders Ukraine – 2-0 victors on home soil against England in last season's final in Donetsk in August – are in Group 12 alongside Sweden, Montenegro and Georgia and start their campaign on 9 October while four-time champions Spain are in action from 3 November in Group 8, which also includes Portugal, Wales and FYR Macedonia.

November finish
The qualifying round comes to an end on 18 November when the final two sections conclude, with San Marino hosting Group 1 and the Republic of Ireland, Italy and Albania, while Belgium welcome Norway, Kazakhstan and Andorra for Group 11. The top two in each section, plus the two third-placed sides with the best record against the automatic qualifiers in their group, progress to the Elite round, which will be held in the spring.

2009/10 UEFA European Under-19 Championship
Qualifying round
Hosts in bold
Group 1 (13-18 Nov)Group 2 (9-14 Oct)
Republic of IrelandSlovakia
ItalyEngland
San MarinoSlovenia
AlbaniaFinland
Group 3 (7-12 Oct)Group 4 (23-28 Sept)
TurkeySwitzerland
GermanyCroatia
MoldovaLithuania
LuxembourgEstonia
Group 5 (6-11 Oct)Group 6 (10-15 Oct)
GreeceAustria
SerbiaScotland
Faroe IslandsArmenia
BelarusRomania
Group 7 (7-12 Oct)Group 8 (3-8 Nov)
BulgariaPortugal
IcelandSpain
Northern IrelandWales
Bosnia-HerzegovinaF.Y.R. Macedonia
Group 9 (23-28 Oct)Group 10 (12-17 Nov)
HungaryNetherlands
RussiaCzech Republic
LiechtensteinMalta
LatviaCyprus
Group 11 (13-18 Nov)Group 12 (9-14 Oct)
NorwaySweden
BelgiumUkraine
KazakhstanMontenegro
AndorraGeorgia
Group 13 (9-14 Oct)Bye to finals
PolandFrance (hosts)
Israel 
Denmark 
Azerbaijan 
Last updated: 30/01/12 18.36CET

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