A Jonas Missaye hat-trick helped France's Ligue du Maine Amateur reach the finals.
How they reached the finals:
French side Ligue du Maine Amateur had to travel to Croatia to win their place in the UEFA Regions' Cup. Group 3 proved to be one of the closest-fought qualifying groups and the French side were fortunate to reach the finals despite drawing their opening two group games.
The campaign began in Osijek on 25 September 2002 with a game against Bulgaria's Veliko Tarnovo Amateur on what was to prove a stressful day for coach René Logie. Jonas Missaye gave the French side a sixth-minute lead, and when Olivier Guiller doubled their advantage after 35 minutes, it looked a certain win.
However, the Bulgarian side rallied in the second half, pulling a goal back through Chudomir Chokarov after 73 minutes. Ligue du Maine looked to have weathered the storm until Todor Radomirov levelled the scores with a goal in the 89th minute.
In their next game in Vinkovic, it was the turn of Croatian hosts Slavonija and Baranja Amateur to peg the French side back. Trailing to Sasa Jelenic's 13th-minute strike, Ligue du Maine levelled on the stroke of half-time through Sébastien Bigarret. Anthony Guyard gave them the lead after 69 minutes, but once more a late slip cost them the points as Mario Ravlic converted a 90th-minute penalty.
That result left the Croatian and Bulgarian sides level on points at the top of the group, and their meeting on the final day looked set to be the deciding game of the group. However, a 1-1 draw between the two sides gave Ligue du Maine the chance to sneak into the finals with a 5-0 win against Luxembourg Amateur.
Cyril Froger opened the scoring after five minutes, but Missaye was set to be the star of the day in Vinkovic, as he opened his account in the 39th minute. Guyard scored his second of the tournament on 44 minutes, before Missaye completed a fine hat-trick with strikes in the 46th and 59th minutes.
Their qualification may have had a tinge of good fortune about it, but that final display showed that Logie's side can score goals at will on the right day. With four goals in qualifying, Missaye will be one to watch at the finals in Germany.
Jonas Missaye (4)
Anthony Guyard (2)