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Holders handed Czech challenge

Thursday 4 December 2008
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UEFA European Under-17 Championship holders Spain will continue their bid for a third consecutive title against the Czech Republic, Belgium and Kazakhstan after today's Elite round draw in Nyon.

Seven groups
Spain are in Group 2, one of seven one-venue mini-tournaments to be completed by the end of March. The winning teams from each section joins hosts Germany in the final tournament between 6 and 18 May. France, runners-up behind Spain last season, will take on Denmark, Norway and Belarus in Group 4, while the side beaten in the 2007 final, England, are up against Group 7 rivals Portugal, Serbia and Hungary.

2008/09 UEFA European Under-17 Championship Elite round
Group 1 (26-31 March)
Group 2 (12-17 March)
Poland
Spain
Greece
Czech Republic
Slovenia
Belgium
Switzerland
Kazakhstan
Group 3 (19-24 March)
Group 4 (24-29 March)
Croatia
Denmark
Netherlands
France
Luxembourg
Norway
Azerbaijan
Belarus
Group 5 (20-25 March)
Group 6 (26-31 March)
Austria
Finland
Scotland
Turkey
Italy
Romania
Georgia
Wales
Group 7 (25-30 March)
Bye to finals
Portugal
Germany (hosts)
Serbia
England
Hungary

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