The U19 European Championship is beginning on 14th July 2017, in the capital of France. Four of the top U19 teams in Europe will compete for the European crown. Two semifinals are set on Friday, 14th July, and the final match will be held on Sunday, 16th July.
Four national teams have qualified for the final tournament. Reigning champions, team Austria, won the last three titles (2011, 2013, 2015) but expect a challenge with Germany being the leading contender. Host nation France and newcomers Italy round out the final four.
The 2017 Austrian team will again be a favorite to defend its title. Head coach Floredo has picked a solid team with several young players already having experience in the Austrian Football League. Austria’s challenge is not to become over confident. Each player is from a different generation and this 2017 team is not the same as the 2015 squad. Nevertheless, the pressure is on the Austrians to win an unprecedented fourth crown.
Team Italy is a newcomer on the European U19 scene. Head coach Brochini’s players defeated Serbia in a qualifying game before arriving at Villepinte. Thus, they enter the tournament without pressure. That can make them a dangerous opponent for Austria on opening day.
The German team enters this tournament, looking for a rematch. Peter Springwald’s team lost to the Austrian in the 2015 Euro U19 Final in Dresden. They waltzed through the qualification tournament, beating Switzerland 51-0 and Spain 47-0. Many of their key players are playing in the German Football League. Their path to the final is the opening match against France. Germany has won one championship title in 2008.
France is playing this tournament at home. Does this mean added pressure or is it an advantage? Head coach Maguet’s players have been preparing for this game since 2015. Although facing Germany in the opening game is a daunting task, Team France has won this tournament twice before (2004, 2006) and will be ready.
The schedule is as follows:
Friday, July 14, 2 p.m.
Game 1: France vs. Germany
Friday, July 14, 6 p.m.
Game 2: Austria vs Italy
Sunday, July 16, 11 a.m. Bronze Medal Game
Loser Game 1 vs Loser Game 2
Sunday, July 16, 3 p.m. Gold Medal Game
Winner Game 1 v. Winner Game 2
All games will be played at Stadium Laurent Pleagelatte. Live stream and more info you can find on these links: