-- Hope for Greece U21 After Qualification Draw --
The Greek U21 National Team found out their opponents for UEFA Euro 2019 qualifying after Thursday’s draw in Nyon. Croatia, Czech Republic, Moldova, Belarus, and San Marino will be Greece’s opponents.
Greece U21 will be happy with the draw results in Nyon for UEFA Euro 2019 qualifying. The Ethniki Elpidon avoided the “big names” and will face Croatia, Czech Republic, Moldova, Belarus, and San Marino in qualifying. Croatia, Czech Republic, and our National team are the favorites to battle it out for a place in Italy in 2019.
The Greek U21 National Team has an extremely promising group of players coming up and could qualify for their first Euro U21 championship in 15 years. In qualifying, the top team from each group will qualify for the final tournament with the best four second placed teams advancing to a playoff for their spot in the finals. Eleven teams along with the hosts, Italy, will partake in the final tournament.
In Euro 2017 qualifying, Greece finished third behind Portugal and Israel and ahead of Albania, Hungary, and Liechtenstein. They accumulated 13 points from 10 matches.
The qualifying matches will begin in March and last until October 2018. Greece has had eight consecutive failed qualifying campaigns, but have qualified on four occasions. In two of the four tournaments, the Ethniki Elpidon made it all the way to the final, 1988 and 1998, claiming second place. Multiple players from the 1998 team went on to win the Euro 2004 title with the Men’s team including Georgios Karagounis, Traianos Dellas, Ioannis Goumas, and Vasilis Lakis.