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Greece - Scotland 1-0 in the first game of the Elite round of the U-19 European Championship. Next game for Greece is against hosts Austria.

In the other game in the group Slovakia defetaed Austria 2-0.

Here is a report about the game from EPO.gr:

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second win 2-1 against austria

with at least draw in the last game against slovakia we are in the finals in july in ireland

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The neon NT has qyualified to the finals of the European Championships. In the last game of the Elite round they defeated Slovakia 2-0.

Here is a report from EPO.gr:

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The draw for the final stage of the U19 European competitionwas made today by UEFA.

Here are the two groups. The top to teams from each group qualify to the semifinals. The final stage will be played in northern Ireland. I am sure Irlandos will be giving us daily reports. :)

GROUP 1

Northern Ireland

GREECE

Serbia-Montenegro

Germany

GROUP 2

Norway

Armenia

france

England

The final stage starts on July 18.

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Our U-19 team's matches:

18-07-2005, 19:30 BST at Windsor Park, Belfast

Greece - N. Ireland

20-07-2005, 17:00 BST at Mournview Park, Lurgan

Greece - Germany

23-07-2005, 17:00 BST at The Oval, Belfast

Greece - Serbia and Montenegro

Tickets are

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Here are the NT players called up for the tournament:

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is anyone sure Rika is with Marseille?

I checked the OM roster and he's not listed even on the youth team

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Irlande are you going to see the games in person?

Certainly the ones in Belfast (N. Ireland, Serbia). :)

I may take a miss on the Germany match in Lurgan.

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What kind of crowds are expected? I remember the U16 youth world cup was held in Scotland in 1989, and the good weather brought out some crowds of almost 10,000 for games not involving the host nation.

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Well, considering that the population of "Alba" is 5 times that of "Norn Iron", I suspect we can expect an average of 2,000 per game :P

Other than Windsor Park and the Oval, no other stadium here fits 10,000 persons.

Incidentally, when NI played Greece U-21's at the Oval a couple of years back, only one stand was used.

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Greece play their first game of the tourney against N. Ireland.

The weather here has been unusually warm (mid to upper-20's) the past 2-3 weeks.

The squad our Under-19's will be facing:

Goalkeepers

1. Jonathan Tuffey Coventry City

12. Paul Willis Liverpool

Defenders

2. Chris Turner Derby County

3. Jonathan Evans Manchester United

4. Kyle McVey Coleraine

5. Rory McArdle Sheffield Wednesday

6. Aaron Callaghan Limavady United

7. Dermot McCaffrey Hibernian

8. Andrew Cleary Lisburn Distillery

Midfielders

9. Jamie Ward Aston Villa

11. Kieran McKenna Spurs

13. Michael O’Connor Crewe Alexandra

14. Aidan Watson Ballymena United

15. David Buchanan Bury

16. Jonny Steele Kansas City Comets

Forwards

10. Matthew Doherty Hearts

17. Michael Carvill Charlton Athletic

18. Thomas Stewart Wolves

Kieran McKenna will be the man to watch ;)

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:tup: :tup: :tup: :tup: :tup: :tup: :tup: :tup: :tup:

The hosts Northern Ireland were defeated by Greece in their opening game of the UEFA European Under-19 Championship.

The only goal in the Group A match came 16 minutes in. Lazaros Christodopoulos's shot was parried by Northern Ireland goalkeeper Paul Willis, and Antonis Petropoulos reacted quickest to score.

In the other fixture in the pool today, Serbia and Montenegro came back from two down to beat Germany 4-2. The Serbo-Montenegrins are the hosts' next opponents on Wednesday in Newry, while Greece take on Germany in Lurgan.

http://www.uefa.com/Competitions/under19/index.html

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In the opening game of the U-19 European Championhsips, the Greek BNT defetaed Northern ireland 1-0.

Here is a report from EPO.gr:

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I was indeed at the match.

The Greek team was better in the first half and were lucky to go ahead when Willis fumbled a long shot which was then missed by a NI defender before it was tucked away by Petropoulos.

NI hit the crossbar in one of their few organised attacks of the first half.

The second half was not as good: the Greek side allowed too much room and possession to NI who tried to attack using mostly the flanks, yet it was Nioplias' side that had the best chance to score when a shot by one of our forwards - with the GK out of position - was cleared on the line by a NI defender.

The referee did not give us a freekick when GK Kasmeridis was charged by a NI attacker and that led to a shot which fortunately was cleared at the very last moment by a Greek defender.

Towards the end, NI asked for a penalty on a hand ball by a Greek defender but the referee gave a corner kick instead.

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Today, Greece play their second match of the tournament v. Germany in Mournview Park, Lurgan (17:00 BST).

In the other group match, N.Ireland tackle Serbia-Crna Gora in the Showgrounds of Newry.

Should Greece and Serbia-CG both win, both will go through to the semis.

PS. I will be missing the Greece game today but will be "reporting" this Saturday from the Oval (Greece-Serbia).

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The 2nd day results are

Greece - Germany 0-3

Northern Ireland - Serbia/Montenegro 0-1

1. Serbia/Montenegro 5-2 6

2. Germany 5-4 3

3. Greece 1-3 3

4. Northern Ireland 0-2 0

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