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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

To follow the trail of Mata and Parejo

The Spanish team Paco Alcácer sub'19 expects to reissue the successes achieved by the absolute and sub'21 in the next edition of the European category, which takes place in Romania from July 20 to August 1 in the which will first rival to Belgium, Serbia and Turkey.

Spain, which starts as the main favorite for winning the continental championship for the fifth time after losing by two goals to one, the European final against France in the past, selection has failed to qualify for this edition.

The European sub'19 is divided into two groups of four participants facing each other and qualify for the semifinals the first two. Group A is made up of Czech Republic, Greece, Ireland and the home side, Romania.

Spain is in Group B and is competing in Belgium (July 20), Serbia (July 23) and Turkey (July 26). The team is led by Ginés Meléndez, of the eight participants, the only repeated presence in relation to the last European finals held in France and seeks to achieve what would be their fifth continental title for the category.

Melendez, a veteran coach who managed to guide the selections below category sub'19 several titles and a runner in the world sub'20 returns to the team temporarily after leading the sub'17, replacing Julen Lopetegui Now with sub'20 in the World category.

Of the eighteen called, highlights the absence of key players in this selection as Jordi Amat (Espanyol), Koke (Atletico Madrid), Roberto Sergi (Barcelona) and Fernando Pacheco (Real Madrid) who are called by Lopetegui, Spanish coach sub ' 20, to participate in the category World Championship in Colombia between July 29 and August 20.

The European sub'19 had different formats in its 32 year history and the current model is the successor to the FIFA Youth Tournament, which began in 1948 as a competition sub'18, seven years after it was adopted by UEFA. The tournament was renamed Sub'18 European Championship in 1980 and in the 2001/2002 season he changed again, this time formats and sub'19 sub'17.

The last three champions, France, Ukraine and Germany have failed to qualify for the European finals which makes Spain, the current runner-up and winner of the tournament four times, is the favorite to win the title. The Spanish team won four of the first six editions of sub'19 European Championships, Italy did in 2003 and the gala selection in 2005 and 2010.

Some of the big international stars have been present in Europeans and sub'19 sub'18, as was the case of former England internationals Paul Scholes, Gary Neville and Sol Campbell in the 1993 edition, won by England's own. Other players like Thierry Henry French, William Gallas and David Trezeguet defended the colors of France in 1996, two years before they beat the World Cup.

There are other players who have won European and World sub'19 football as the Italians Gianluigi Buffon, Andrea Pirlo and Francesco Totti or Spanish David Silva, Sergio Ramos and Fernando Torres, scorer further editing 2002.

In this edition, the selection of Ginés Meléndez seeks revenge after losing the final against France and last to go on the road to success with the national team and sub'21 following the recent completion of the European category.

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