The road to the 2019 U17 EUROs


The road to the 2019 U17 EUROs

There will be 16 teams in the pot for the 2019 UEFA European Under-17 Championship Draw on Thursday, April 4, but how did each of them qualify?
3rd Apr 2019

Runners-up in the Elite Round, behind Italy, the Austrians enjoyed a big win over Romania and drew with Turkey. Before that they topped Group 3 in the Qualifying Round with two wins and a draw.

Yet to reach a final in this tournament, Belgium were in the semi-finals as recent as last year. They conquered their Qualifying Round with three wins before repeating that feat in the Elite Round.

Czech Republic
Runners-up to Netherlands in the Elite Round after beating Israel and Northern Ireland, the Czechs started the campaign with three wins in the Qualifying Round, scoring nine goals and not letting any in.

This will be their 14th appearance at these Finals Tournament. They had a bye to skip the Qualifying Round before showing their class in the Elite Round with wins over Switzerland and Denmark, as well as a draw with Croatia.

Three games, nine goals, and maximum points from the Qualifying Round sent Les Bleus into the Elite Round hunting for top spot and they secured it with wins over Serbia, Slovakia, and Sweden.

After being affored a bye for the first set of games, Germany put their focus on the Elite Round, where finished as runners-up in Group 4 behind Iceland with one win and two draws.

The tag of runners-up will not bother Greece one bit as they claimed second spot in both the Qualifying Round and Elite Round. This will be their third appearance in this finals tournament.

With two wins and a draw, Hungary finished top of Group 9 in the Qualifying Round, which they hosted. It was then onto the Qualifying Round where they finished behind Belgium on six points.

A 2-2 draw with Ukraine wasn't the start that Iceland had hoped for, but things only got better as they made it out of the Qualifying Round and then finished on top of Group 4 in the Elite Round, where they fought back three times to draw with Germany.

Topped Group 13 in the Qualifying Round with wins over Andorra, Armenia, and Croatia. Then finished top of Group 1 in the Elite Round after they beat Turkey, Romania, and Austria. Across six games, they scored 22 goals and conceded just once.

The reigning champions netted 22 goals in the Qualifying Round as they overcame Liechtenstein, Montenegro, and Sweden, while their Elite Round saw them beat Northern Ireland, Israel, and Czech Republic.

Champions in 2003 and 2016, Portugal hit 18 goals in the Qualifying Round as they got past Kazakhstan, Belarus and Wales. In the Elite Round, they beat Scotland, Poland, and Russia to top Group 6.

Republic of Ireland
Qualified automatically as host nation. This will be their third straight finals appearance under Head Coach Colin O'Brien.

Having twice won this tournament, Russia know what to expect and they made it through the Qualifying Round by finishing behind Denmark. They came second in their Elite Round too atter beating Poland and Scotland.

Group 5 winners in the Elite Round, where they secured nine points by only scoring four goals, Spain also claimed first place in their Qualifying Round by beating Israel, Macedonia, and Faroe Islands.

The last team to clinch their place at the 2019 Finals Tournament, Sweden were runners-up to France in Group 8 in the Elite Round having initially earned two wins in the Qualifying Round as they started well.