In the draw for the U-21 European Championship in Israel next summer, Rainer Adrion’s U-21 Germany squad has been drawn into a difficult group Group B containing defending champions Spain, the Netherlands and Russia. Group A will consist of the hosts Israel, England, Norway and Italy.
Germany’s draw means that the last four winners of the competition will all start in the same group. Last year’s winners Spain will go into the tournament the top favorites with 2009 winners and back to back winners in 2006 and 2007 Netherlands right behind. Russia meanwhile could prove just as difficult following an impressive qualifying campaign in which they finished ahead of Portugal.
Despite the tough draw, coach Adrion echoed the excitement this type of group will bring and remains confident that his team will go into the tournament prepared and ready to do well:
It was a very exciting draw because we were the last team to be drawn. Beforehand we really did not have any preferences so we were ready to take what we are given but with these opponents were always going to be demanding. We have the same amount of respect for the other teams as they do for us. Spain and the Netherlands will surely be there with some of the Senior National team players and will field the best possible lineups. Our goal has not changed. We want want to have a good showing at this tournament.
The tournament will be held at Tel Aviv’s Bloomfield Stadium, Netanya Stadium in Netanya, HaMoshava-Stadium in Petah Tivka and the Teddy-Stadium in Jerusalem.
Final tournament draw
The finals take place between June 5th and June 18th. Germany’s schedule is as follows:
June 6 vs. Netherlands
June 9 vs. Spain
June 12 vs. Russia
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