Holders France have been drawn with Austria, Greece and Iceland while Germany face the Netherlands in this spring's UEFA European Under-17 Championship elite round.
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Holders France have been drawn with Austria, Greece and Iceland in this spring's UEFA European Under-17 Championship elite round.
The draw was made by UEFA Youth & Amateur Committee chairman Sándor Csányi and Kino Delorge, who received the 2014/15 Respect Fair Play Trophy on behalf of Belgium. Among the ties produced was Germany against the Netherlands, the two nations having met in three finals between 2009 and 2012. Fifteen teams will advance to the final tournament in Azerbaijan in May.
Group 1 (28 March-2 April): Czech Republic*, Denmark, Switzerland, Scotland
Group 2 (24-29 March): England*, Ukraine, Turkey, Finland
Group 3 (15-20 March): Russia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Italy, Georgia*
Group 4 (24-29 March): Germany*, Netherlands, Slovakia, Bulgaria
Group 5 (16-21 March): Portugal, Croatia*, Sweden, Wales
Group 6 (29 March-3 April): France* (holders), Austria, Greece, Iceland
Group 7 (28 March-2 April): Republic of Ireland, Poland*, Serbia, Montenegro
Group 8 (11-16 March): Spain, Belgium*, Israel, Slovenia
• The eight group winners and the seven runners-up with the best records against the teams first and third in their section will join hosts Azerbaijan in the finals from 5 to 21 May.
• Hosts Azerbaijan will be the 37th different nation to play at the U17 finals since the classification began in 2001/12; Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Wales could also earn debuts.
• France beat Greece 1-0 in their last group game to reach the 2015 quarter-finals on their way to the title.
• The five teams that went through from third place in their qualifying round groups were able to play sides from their sections in that stage: Iceland drew 1-1 with Greece in their group and Slovenia were beaten 2-1 by Belgium.
• Spain, with David De Gea in goal, but Eden Hazard's Belgium 1-0 in the 2007 semi-finals.
• Germany, who were seeded to this round, beat the Netherlands 2-1 in the 2009 final but the Dutch got revenge in the deciders in 2011 and 2012.
• Russia defeated Italy on penalties in the 2013 final.