Europe – UEFA U21 Championship, Ireland Rep U21 v Turkey U21


Changes to U21 squad for Turkey qualifier

The Republic of Ireland U21 squad has suffered a number of injury issues ahead of Tuesday’s crunch UEFA Championships Qualifying Group Seven clash with Turkey in Sligo (7.30pm).

Noel King’s side can leapfrog second placed Turkey with victory over their visitors.

Rhys Murphy (groin), Aaron Doran (hamstring), Gavin Gunning (groin), Jeff Hendrick (wrist) and Sean Murray (family bereavement) have all been all ruled out of the fixture.

Hendrick was taken off after 30 minutes of Derby County’s pre-season game v Chesterfield with a wrist injury and will see a specialist on Monday. Gunning picked up a groin injury in Dundee United’s Europa League Qualifier in Russia. Doran suffered a reoccurrence of a hamstring strain in the Inverness game against Kilmarnock. Murphy also has a groin strain and will stay in Holland for treatment.

Sean Murray has been excused from the squad due to a family bereavement.

Manager Noel King has called up Ronan Murray (Ipswich Town) for the game, which is expected to be a sell-out at the Showgrounds.

King said: “Injuries are an unfortunate part of the game but we have 18 quality players to pick from. It gives other lads a fantastic opportunity to stake a claim for a starting place and to show the talent in the squad.” Tickets are available from the Showgrounds.


Germany U21 – Argentina U21


France U19 – Croatia U19  1

Odds gone but still i belive you wont make mistake if you bet on France. Croatia come without half squad, main players didnt come. Hajduk didnt let their players to go because they have weak squad now and they will focus on their young players, Dinamo didnt let Mateo Kovacic to gow (one of biggiest talents in Europe, playing for first team), than Livaja from Inter Milan, Canadija, Radosevic, Elez, Milic, Tomicic..Rebic injured on friendy..

What to said, for me and whole country game with England was banker on England win, specially because England was two years ago Euro Champs (same generation when was u17) and than our youngsters suprise, playing better than england and even was leading. I belive it was bad day for England youngsters and i belive we cannot two times suprise without so much important players. Let’s see what coaches said after game:

Noel Blake, England coach
We came from behind, so I need to be satisfied. Croatia played better in the first half but in the second I think there was only one team on the pitch. We were dominating, we scored a goal, hit the bar and the Croatian goalkeeper made a few good saves. In fact, both goalkeepers did well today. We are playing a good passing game at the moment. We are getting stronger and stronger and I can be happy.

Dinko Jeličić, Croatia coach
I need to congratulate my players for their display. It’s a pity that we didn’t score from our chances in the first half. We needed to do better in terms of those goalscoring situations; who knows what would have happened had we done so. We played excellently in the first first half; we were dominating and kept England down. I knew we had the quality to do that. If we didn’t concede so quickly after scoring it would have made things easier for us. After the break my players felt down physically as some of them only recently ended the season and that showed in our play. England were better in the second half and if we judge the game on that, a 1-1 draw was a fair result, but I am still sorry we didn’t win.

So, France is better team than England, on of Europ favorites and i cannot see other resaul than France victory

Estonia U19 – Greece U19

What to said for Estonia quality. Cannot prise tham, i will just said they are here just because they are hosting this Euro. Greece has better team but odds are too low to risk

Serbia U19 – England U19

As i said, England won Euro u17 woth this generation before two years. Serbia come without some important players:

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Greece, Portugal, Estonia challenge Spain

Spain start their UEFA European Under-19 Championship title defence against a promising Greece side while hosts Estonia will be looking to surprise high-scoring Portugal in Tallinn.

As if Spanish football was not dominant enough, they begin their UEFA European Under-19 Championship title defence with Julen Lopetegui hoping his players can improve, an assertion that drew gasps from his Group A coaching rivals from hosts Estonia, Greece and Portugal.

Spain begin against Greece in Haapsalu on Tuesday, while Estonia, in their first UEFA final tournament at any level, are up against Portugal. While Lopetegui is crossing his fingers that his young charges can emulate the success of their senior counterparts at UEFA EURO 2012, Estonia’s Arno Pijpers summed up the feeling of the rest when joking, “The last thing any of us need is for them to improve.”

A former Spain goalkeeper, Lopetegui was with his U19 squad – including several of the party that triumphed in Romania last summer – when they celebrated Sunday’s Kyiv win against Italy from base camp in Tallinn. The 45-year-old said the game acted as a “motivation” for his players as they prepare to defend their title.

“What we witnessed was a good example for our young stars as it not only showed them that they can win but more importantly, how they can win,” he said. Assessing the difficult task his side face in adding a sixth U19 title to the trophy cabinet, Lopetegui said, “Every team in this tournament is strong and all are here having come through very hard qualifying games.

“We are witnessing a very good period for Portuguese and Greek youth development while Estonia have improved a lot recently and their knowledge of the surroundings here will obviously stand to them.”

Kostas Tsanas is leading a Greece team into their fourth finals appearance in six years and their record in qualifying – where they remained unbeaten while winning five out of six games – is a cause for concern to all of their tournament rivals. However, they are without suspended duo Dimitris Kourmpelis and Kostas Stafylidis.

“We are among the best eight teams in Europe and we want to show that we deserve to be here,” Tsanas said. “We are playing against sides with a great tradition in youth football but we will look to be competitive.”

Pijpers – who only took over the Estonia team in March – said his players need to focus on the performances as opposed to fretting over results. “This is a big challenge for us and it is important that we are going to compete in a big tournament with strong opponents,” he said. “We want show that we can play. We must work hard on every level and the coaches who were here before me did a good job in that aspect.”

Estonia’s first task at their Lilleküla Stadium will be to halt Portugal who completed qualifying as top scorers with 29 goals. Their coach Edgar Borges said the aim of his team was “the same as everyone else, to do well and try to qualify for the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup” by finishing in the top three in the group.

He continued: “Every match here will be a final as we are playing against the best nations at this age level. Very small details will decide the outcome of these games but what is important for us is that we have a strong team identity.”

As they gathered ahead of Tuesday’s Group B openers, the coaches of Serbia, Croatia and France agreed with England’s Noel Blake, who said: “There are no easy games here.”

As they prepare their respective teams for the challenges that await in the UEFA European Under-19 Championship in Estonia, all four Group B coaches admitted nothing could be taken for granted from this point on.

Forcing home the point ahead of his team’s return to the tournament after a one-year absence was England’s Noel Blake, whose side open against 2010 semi-finalists Croatia in Kadriorg. “If there is anyone out there who thinks you just turn up here to play in easy matches they are plainly mistaken,” said the former Portsmouth FC and Leeds United AFC defender.

“There are eight nations here including the hosts and all of the coaches who had to qualify their teams for the finals will tell you just how hard that process was. I am expecting tough encounters from here on in.”

Without several players who have made the step up to the Under-21s, Blake still has ten members of the squad which won the 2010 UEFA European Under-17 Championship squad at his disposal. He is hoping the experience of that success in Liechtenstein will help England, who were unbeaten in the elite round.

“The guys have good strength and the technical ability is also there,” he said. “People say the English might not do certain things as well as other countries, but we are always striving to get better tactically. I have been pleased with how the group has been taking shape both tactically and physically up until now.”

Croatia, meanwhile, also avoided defeat in the elite round and are in Estonia hoping to better that 2010 performance. “I hope my players play with the same ambition as Spain did in UEFA EURO 2012,” coach Dinko Jeličić said ahead of their Group B opener. “Spain changed their tactics throughout the tournament but their principles remained the same and that’s what I will try to teach my players.”

Croatia’s progress in 2010 was checked by France, who went on to win the title on home soil. After missing out on the finals in Romania last year, coach Pierre Mankowski has returned the two-time winners to Europe’s top table.

“We hope to go as far as we possibly can here but the most important thing is the project which sees the players learning to live and improve together both on and off the field,” he said. “This is a long competition so it’s also important to have a good squad of 18 players so you can field a good team each time.”

Despite admitting his side “are not favourites” to claim glory in Estonia, Serbia coach Zoran Marić said the goal was to “achieve a historical success for Serbian football by qualifying for the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup for the first time.”

Serbia reached the finals for the second successive time after topping an elite round section that contained Germany, Romania and Hungary. Their coach is an eyeing a repeat of 2009 and 2011, when they reached the last four on each occasion. “I think the differences between the sides here are not all that great and it could be the smaller teams who have the final say,” he said.

16:30 England U19 – Croatia U19  1 @ 1,75
16:30 Greece U19 – Spain U19       Spain -1ah @ 1,95
17:45 Serbia U19 – France U19       -1ah france @ 2,03
19:45 Estonia U19 – Portugal U19  -1,5ah Portugal @ 1,75

serie bwin, norway2, spain segunda (b)


DEFENSAS: Sergio Albiol, Curro Vacas, Mario, Obregón y Germán.

CENTROCAMPISTAS: Sarmiento, Jesús Lanza, Rubén Cuesta, Fede, Quini y  Víctor Armero.

DELANTEROS: Hugo Díaz, Matías Saad, Rubén Ramos y Pineda.

PORTEROS: Orlando Quintana y Néstor.

DEFENSAS: Pepe Alcaide, Sergio Rodríguez, Samuel, Alán, Carlos Tomás y David Malo.

CENTROCAMPISTAS: Isaías, Borja Sánchez, Acorán, Didac, Urzáiz, Javi Navarro y Carlos Ruiz.

DELANTEROS: Máyor, Yuri, Doménech y  Fofo.


Segunda –  Recreativo Huelva – FC Cartagena

Huelva out: Vega (df 8/0), Borda (df 23/2), Zambrano (mf 17/0), Fidel (mf 25/3), Sanchez (mf 38/8). Villar (mf 32/3) is back

Cartagena out: Kijera (df 21/0), Txiki (df 26/0), Riau (df 6/0), Herrero (df 34/1), Dimas (mf 34/1), Moral (mf 32/3). Torres (df 13/1)and Mariano (mf 34/1) are back


Varese out: pattinari (mf 6/0)


Sassuolo out: Donazzan (df 3/0), Bianco (df 13/0), Laribi (mf 7/1), Troiano (mf 3/0), Marchi (att 29/5) and Masucci (att 19/4)

Sampdoria out:  Romero (gk 29/0), Zaczko (df 29/0), Krsticic (mf 13/0) and Bertani (att 30/6)



Jørgen Mohus
Ådne Nissestad
Andreas Vindheim
Jonas Grønner
Henrik Gjesdal
Magnus Mohus
Thomas Kristensen
Jørgen Birkeland
Joachim Soltvedt
Morten Kvist
Kjetil Kalve
Eirik Birkelund
Lars Christian Kjemhus
Nicholas Kristiansen
Brian Jensen
Steffen Lie Skålevik
Kristoffer Larsen (5/0)
Oumar Niasse (3/0)


Mathias Rasmussen, Robert Ekroll,  Vegard Sætre, Thomas Martinussen, Vebjørn Krøvel, Elias Dahlberg, Sverre Økland, Marius Ødegaard, Vebjørn Hoff, Karl Oskar Fjørtoft, Hans Skovly, Daniel Wooton, Robin Hjelmeseth, Trond Fredriksen, Kjell Rune Sellin, Oliver Hollingsæter og Torbjørn Grytten.