Under-19 elite round starts Wednesday

Holders Portugal will face Scotland, Turkey and Cyprus in the UEFA European Under-19 Championship elite round.

The draw in December was conducted by John Delaney, chairman of the UEFA Youth and Amateur Football Committee, and Ellery Balcombe, who received the 2018 U19 EURO Fair Play prize on behalf of last season’s England team.

Elite round groups

Group 1: Republic of Ireland, Russia*, Azerbaijan, Romania

Ellery Balcombe receives the Fair Play trophy on behalf of England

Ellery Balcombe receives the Fair Play trophy on behalf of England©UEFA via Getty Images

Group 2: Greece, Czech Republic, England*, Denmark

Group 3: Germany, Hungary, Norway, Croatia*

Group 4: Spain, Netherlands*, Wales, Slovenia

Group 5: France*, Israel, Switzerland, Poland

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Group 6: Portugal* (holders), Scotland, Turkey, Cyprus

Group 7: Italy*, Serbia, Ukraine, Belgium


• The group winners qualify to join hosts Armenia in the finals from 14 to 27 July.

Draw notes

  • Spain have won a record seven titles.
  • Portugal hope to be the first nation to retain the title since Spain in 2012.
  • Azerbaijan, Cyprus, Denmark and Wales are aiming to qualify for the first time.

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