The Netherlands begin their defence on 10 June in HeerenveenThe Netherlands begin their defence on 10 June in Heerenveen (©uefa.com)

Match schedule

Thursday 1 March 2007

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The Netherlands are hoping the 2007 UEFA Under-21 Championship is as much of a success as UEFA EURO 2000™ and the 2005 FIFA U-20 World Cup when the two-week tournament kicks off in the summer. They will also want to impress on the pitch, where the young Oranje face Israel, Portugal and Belgium.

Familiar start
One time is chance; twice is coincidence; but three times and it suggests a habit. The Netherlands have played host to three major international football tournaments since the turn of the century and each has kicked off on 10 June. The top two from each section will progress to the semi-finals, with a place in the final at the Euroborg in Groningen three days later the reward. Should England reach the last four there will also be a play-off between the third-placed sides to decide places for the 2008 Olympic Games on 21 June.

U21 provisional match schedule
Date Time (CET) Group Match Stadium City
Sun 10 June 18.15 A NED v ISR Abe Lenstra Heerenveen
Sun 10 June 20.45 A POR v BEL Euroborg Groningen
Mon 11 June 18.15 B CZE v ENG Gelredome Arnhem
Mon 11 June 20.45 B SER v ITA Goffert Nijmegen
Wed 13 June 18.15 A ISR v BEL Abe Lenstra Heerenveen
Wed 13 June 20.45 A NED v POR Euroborg Groningen
Thu 14 June 18.15 B CZE v SER Goffert Nijmegen
Thu 14 June 20.45 B ENG v ITA Gelredome Arnhem
Sat 16 June 20.45 A BEL v NED Abe Lenstra Heerenveen
Sat 16 June 20.45 A ISR v POR Euroborg Groningen
Sun 17 June 20.45 B ITA v CZE Gelredome Arnhem
Sun 17 June 20.45 B ENG v SER Goffert Nijmegen
Wed 20 June 18.15 SF 1 1st A v RU B Abe Lenstra Heerenveen
Wed 20 June 20.45 SF 2 1st B v RU A Gelredome Arnhem
Thu 21 June 20.45 Play-off* Goffert Nijmegen
Sat 23 June 20.45 Final Winner SF1 v Winner SF2 Euroborg Groningen

* If a play-off is necessary to decide places for the 2008 Olympic Games.

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