2018 U19 EURO: Bad qualifying draw for Macedonia

A moment in the draw; photo UEFAVery tough qualifying group for our U19 national team as Macedonia ended up with youth giants Belgium and Switzerland.

Unlike the U17 national team, our U19 boys had no luck at all in the qualifications for the 2018 EURO that will take place in Finland. macedonian was drawn in the Group 5 together with Belgium, Switzerland and Liechtenstein. Both top two teams in our group are well known for their youth football and it will be very difficult for Macedonia to win a place in the elite round. At least, just like the U17s, UEFA awarded this mini-tournament to Macedonia, so the home filed will be some kind of advantage.

The mini qualifying tournament will be played from 8th to 14th of November 2017. Half of the groups will be played a month earlier, in October.

All the qualifying groups (click to enlarge); photo: UEFA

The top two teams in each group will join Spain and Portugal in the elite round in spring 2018. In that round, the seven group winners will join Finland in the July’s finals. The competition will also act as Europe’s qualifier for the 2019 FIFA U20 World Cup.

The U19 players that will play in these qualifiers are actually the generation of the U17 national team that left a good impression in the recent qualifiers despite failing to reach the elite round.

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