The draw for the UEFA Under-17 Championship, which will be held in Croatia in May 2017, was made in Zagreb on Monday.
From 3 – 19 May Croatia will host the best Under-17 teams in Europe. Hosts Croatia today were drawn in Group A together with Spain, Turkey and Italy.
Croatia will open the tournament in Rijeka against Italy on 3 May 2017.
“I am glad UEFA have recognised the beauty of Croatia as a country, Croatia’s youth, and what is most important, that we produce so many talented players who play at some of Europe’s biggest clubs”, Croatian Football Federation President Davor Šuker said at today’s draw.
Group A: Croatia, Spain, Turkey, Italy
Group B: Scotland, France, Hungary, Faroe Islands
Group C: Germany, Republic of Ireland, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Group D: The Netherlands, England, Norway, Ukraine
“I hope that this European Championship will be an incentive for the government and a call for the improvement of infrastructure, as well as for young players. Pictures from Croatia, thanks to Eurosport, will be seen around the world, and indeed we are proud of our young team, which has almost constantly qualified for major tournaments. I invite everyone to fair play and invite all fans to this great and important event”, Šuker added.
Matches in the tournament will be played in Rijeka, Kostrena, Zaprešić, Lučko, Velika Gorica, Sesvete and Varaždin. Eurosport will show at least 15 matches. The final will be played in Varaždin.
The draw was made by the tournament ambassador Niko Kranjčar and former Croatian youth coach Martin Novoselac.