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Under-19 elite round kicks off

The UEFA European Under-19 Championship elite round kicks off on Thursday with seven places on offer in this summer's final tournament, to be held in Greece.

Under-19 elite round kicks off
Under-19 elite round kicks off ©Sportsfile

Five places in this summer's UEFA European Under-19 Championship will be determined over the next week as the first elite round groups get under way.

UEFA European Under-19 Championship elite round
Group 1 (29 May–3 June): Spain, Portugal, Georgia*, Turkey

Group 2 (26–31 March): Slovakia, Republic of Ireland, Germany* (holders), Czech Republic

Group 3 (26–31 March): Russia, Sweden*, Belgium, Lithuania

Group 4 (26–31 March): Netherlands*, Switzerland, Serbia, Norway

Group 5 (14–19 May): Montenegro, Ukraine, Poland, Bosnia and Herzegovina*

Group 6 (26–31 March): Italy, Austria*, Croatia, Scotland

Group 7 (26–31 March): England, France*, Denmark, Azerbaijan


Key information
•  The seven group winners join hosts Greece in the finals from 6–19 July 2015.

• Eight teams won all three qualifying round games: Austria, England, Italy, Montenegro, Netherlands, Portugal, Russia and Slovakia.

• Six-time winners Spain were given a bye to the elite round.

• Group 1 contains Spain plus former runners-up Turkey and Portugal, who lost to Germany in last year's final.

Holders Germany are in Group 2; other former winners are Serbia (2013), France (2005, 2010), Ukraine (2009) and Italy (2003).

Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, Montenengro and Sweden are all seeking to qualify for the first time.

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