After receiving a qualifying round bye, the 2011 winners, and five-time champions, enjoyed a perfect elite round record with Juanmi and then Jesé Rodríguez responsible, scoring late goals to see off Armenia and mini-tournament hosts Italy, both 2-1. Their presence at the finals already assured, La Rojita completed their section with a third 2-1 win against Belgium.
Real Madrid CF central defender Derik Osede is a commanding presence at the back while in midfield Julen Lopetegui's side look to unbalance their opponents with the trickery of FC Barcelona's wide midfielder Gerard Deulofeu and Madrid's powerful attacker Jesé Rodríguez. Paco Alcácer's goals helped Spain to tournament victory last year and the Valencia CF striker will look to play an important role again in Estonia.
"We achieved qualification for these finals on the back of a huge effort, sacrifice and the ability to overcome difficulties. We didn't expect to qualify after just two matches but we did so while achieving our goal which was the most important thing," said coach Lopetegui.
Qualifying round: Bye
Key players: Derik Osede (defender, Real Madrid CF), Jesé Rodríguez (midfielder, Real Madrid CF), Gerard Deulofeu (winger, FC Barcelona), Paco Alcácer (forward, Valencia CF)
Coach: Julen Lopetegui
Date of birth: 28 August 1966
Playing career: Real Madrid CF, UD Las Palmas, CD Logroñes, FC Barcelona, Rayo Vallecano
Coaching career: Real Madrid Castilla, Rayo Vallecano, Spain Under-20s, Spain Under-19s
A native of the Basque country, Lopetegui's promising goalkeeping performances for Real Sociedad de Fútbol's youth sides led to a move to Real Madrid aged 19. After failing to earn a regular place at the Santiago Bernabéu, Lopetegui changed to Logroñes where he made 107 league appearances over three seasons. Another big move to Barcelona led to more frustration for the keeper, a peripheral figure in the team, prompting a switch to Rayo Vallecano where he played 112 times until his retirement in 2002.
The 45-year-old earned one senior international cap during his playing career and was part of Spain's 1994 FIFA World Cup squad. Following coaching roles with Real Madrid Castilla and a short spell in charge at Rayo, Lopetegui accepted the call from the Royal Spanish Football Federation. Having led the Under-19s to last year's finals in Romania, Lopetegui missed the tournament as he was guiding Spain to the quarter-finals of the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Colombia, but returned to oversee another successful U19 qualifying campaign this season.
Qualifying top scorer
Six players with 1 goal
UEFA European Under-19 Championship best
Winners 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2011
Honours in UEFA youth competitions
UEFA European Under-18 Championship
UEFA European Under-17 Championship
Winners 2007, 2008
Runners-up 2003, 2004, 2010
UEFA European Under-16 Championship
Winners 1986, 1988, 1991, 1997, 1999, 2001
Runners-up 1992, 1995
International Youth Tournament (U18)
Winners 1952, 1954
FIFA U-20 World Cup
Runners-up 1985, 2003
FIFA U-17 World Cup
Runners-up: 1991, 2003, 2007
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