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2011 UEFA European Under-21 Tournament

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2011 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship


UEFA U-21 Championship 2011 will be the 18th staging of UEFA's European Under-21 Football Championship. The final tournament will be hosted by Denmark between 11 and 25 June 2011.

The Participants:


Tournament outsiders Belarus finished second in Group 10 to Scotland in one of the weakest qualifying groups. They progress to the finals courtesy of an impressive turn around in the playoffs, overcoming a first leg deficit of two goals with a 3-2 win over a talented Italy outfit.​

The Czech Republic blitzed a tough Group 5, topping the group without defeat. They dispatched England's eventual group winners, Greece, with incredible ease in a 5-0 aggregate demolition. They also conceded the fewest goals (4) in qualifying.​

Denmark qualify as tournament hosts.​

England struggled through qualification with a second placed finish to an unexpected Greek side in Group 9. They scraped past Group 1 winners, Romania, with a 2-1 aggregate playoff victory, yet enter the competition as second favourites.​

Tournament dark horses, Iceland, were the top scorers in qualification, despite being drawn alongside Germany and the Czech Republic in the group stages. Finishing as runners up in Group 5, they eliminated Germany before dominating Scotland in a 4-2 aggregate playoff win.​

Spain finished below Holland in a two horse race for Group 4, but found another gear in a playoff encounter with Croatia, smashing their opponents in a 5-1 aggregate victory in what was billed as a tough fixture. Their immensely talented squad is seen as the one to beat this year.​

Switzerland cruised though Group 2 despite losing twice, with only Turkey as serious competition. They dispatched Sweden in style with a 5-1 aggregate win to reach the finals.​

Ukraine were handed a tough draw alongside France and Belgium, but ultimately emerged victorious, topping Group 8 as the two sides failed to reach the playoffs. They then battled bravely to beat heavy hitters Holland on away goals after a 3-3 aggregate score.​

The Groups:


The Dangermen:


(GROUP A: Eriksson, Shaqiri, Sigurdsson, Sivakov)​


(GROUP B: Kozak, Sturridge, Thiago, Yarmolenko)​

The Odds:

Outright Winners:
Spain - 6/5
England - 9/4
Czech Republic - 7/2
Ukraine - 13/2​

Top Scorer:
Bojan (Spa) - 13/2
Sturridge (Eng) - 8/1
Adrian (Spa) - 9/1
Pekhart (Cze) - 11/1​


Just thought I would make this for those of us that are watching the tournament, to comment on any of the games that don't warrant their own thread. Maybe we will see some of the foreign stars on show here in the Premiership come the end of summer!​


---------- Post added at 08:06 PM ---------- Previous post was at 06:53 PM ----------

For those of you that aren't aware, Belarus beat Iceland 2-0 in the opening fixture, and hosts Denmark are currently playing Switzerland with Eriksson and Shaqiri both starting
 
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the first half of the belarus game was awfull lol
Yeah, I was very disappointed by Iceland for the whole 90 minutes. It improved in the 2nd half, and Belarus did well to get the win. The other group has the better sides though, but whether that will mean better football and a better spectacle, I am not so sure. Hopefully England v Spain will be a good game
 

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Watching Denmark - Switzerland at the moment. Both teams are pretty awful. Although, i bet that Denmark will come out of it with at least 1 pt :D
 

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Switzerland's front 3 look dangerous, particularly Innocent Emeghara.

Have you tried pressing the button next to the refresh button at the top Calum?
 

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A draw would have been a more fair result. I am quite sure this means Switzerland will win the group as I have trouble seeing them losing to either Iceland or Belarus.
 

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A draw would have been a more fair result. I am quite sure this means Switzerland will win the group as I have trouble seeing them losing to either Iceland or Belarus.
The next game is important, as Switzerland play Iceland, who need to win. It could settle the group, or throw it wide open again. Iceland have the quality and experience to beat Switzerland, but they have to play a lot better. Switzerland are a strong team though, and could go far. I thought Emeghara, Shaqiri abd Sommer were excellent today
 
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