U17s to face Serbia, Georgia and Austria
The draw for the Elite Round of the 2012-13 UEFA U17 European Championship Elite Phase took place today at UEFA Headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland along with the draw for the Qualifying Rounds of the 2013-14 UEFA U17 European Championship.
The group winners will qualify for the finals in Slovakia from May 5 to 17 with the top six teams going forward to the FIFA U17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates from October 17 to November 8, 2013.
The U17s were second seeds in the Elite Round draw and were also second seeds in the draw for the qualifying rounds of the 2013-14 UEFA U17 European Championships.
In the draw for the 2013-14 UEFA European Championships, Ireland's U17s were drawn in Group 7 with England, Armenia and newcomers Gibraltar with the tournament taking place in Armenia from October 24 to 29.
Mohan, in his first campaign, guided the U17s into the Elite Phase as joint winners after finishing level on points and everything else with Sweden in a group that also contained Romania and Macedonia. He is well aware that it is going to be tough to emerge from a Elite Round group that also contains Serbia, Georgia and hosts Austria.
"It is never going to be easy at this stage of the competition and Serbia will be very strong. They actually beat us at this stage of last year's competition. Georgia were in last year's U17 finals and actually got the semi-final and while I don't know a lot about Austria, at this stage, they'll have the advantage of playing at home. I am happy the group will be played in Austria because Georgia were pushing hard for it to be played out there," said Mohan.
"We know now who we are up against and we can start preparing for those games. We'll do that as well as we can and take it from there."
Serbia topped Group 1 in the Qualifying Round with full points after wins over Belarus, Moldova and Armenia and didn't concede a goal while scoring 16 over the three games. Georgia finished second in Group 13 behind Ukraine and ahead of Luxembourg and Scotland whom they beat 3-0. Austria finished second in Group 6, two points behind Switzerland, after beating the Faroe Islands and drawing with Cyprus and Switzerland.
Draw Details and Match Schedule
UEFA U-17 European Championships
2012-13 Elite Round – Group 2
Serbia, Ireland, Georgia, Austria. Hosts: Austria
March 25: Republic of Ireland v Austria
March 27: Republic of Ireland v Georgia
March 30: Republic of Ireland v Serbia
2013-14 Qualifying Round – Group 7
Ireland, England, Gibraltar, Armenia. Hosts: Armenia
October 24: Republic of Ireland v Gibraltar
October 26: Republic of Ireland v Armenia
October 29: Republic of Ireland v England