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U17 Euro opponents now revealed

Ireland discover opponents for U17 EUROs Group A also contains Greece, Czech Republic, and Belgium

Republic of Ireland Under-17 Head Coach Colin O’Brien can now fully prepare for the 2019 UEFA European Under-17 Championships after learning who his team will face in the group stage of the tournament.

The tournament, which will be held in Ireland from May 3-19, sees 15 teams join the host nation in competing for the trophy that was last lifted by Netherlands in England in 2018.

The draw ceremony took place in Aviva Stadium – with over 14,000 people from around the world tuning into the live stream on the FAI Facebook page – and all 16 nations who will be involved were represented.

Tournament ambassador John O’Shea helped conduct the Draw, which saw Ireland placed into Group A alongside Greece, Czech Republic, and Belgium.

Two of Ireland’s games will be played in Tallaght Stadium and the other will be in the RSC, Waterford. The final set of fixtures will be confirmed by UEFA in due course once TV scheduling is complete, but there are some interesting games to look forward to as Group B contains the holders Netherlands, France and England who have won the tournament twice, and previous semi-finalists Sweden. In Group C, Iceland, Portugal, Hungary, and Russia were paired together, while Group D will involve Spain, Italy, Germany, and Austria.

Seven of the teams who will compete in this year’s staging of the tournament have been champions at one point and they will play across seven different venues, including Carlisle Grounds, City Calling Stadium, RSC, Tallaght Stadium, Tolka Park, UCD Bowl, and Whitehall Stadium.

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