The selection CHE-2018 (U-19): Albania – in the first place

Alexander Petrakov. Photo:

Earlier the first team to Albania did our Junior team.

From 4 to 10 October will be the game of the group stage of the qualifying round of the UEFA EURO 2019, the final of which will take place in July 2018 in Finland.

Rivals – Albanians, Norwegians and Montenegrins.

To prepare them for the start of the selection to the national team of Ukraine, composed of players born in 1999 and younger, were caused by 22 people. The final list includes 20. Composition – break in the backbone was formed in the previous cycle, when the team played in the competitions 17-year-old, advancing to the finals.

But in the new age group at Alexander Petrakova had enough time to determine the most worthy to date. In 2017, the Junior national team has played nine international matches. In March won the fed Cup in Latvia (Macedonia – 1:1, Norway – 2:1, Latvia – 1:0), in April, broke the world with Italy in Kiev (0:0), in June, defeated and drew with Poland in Happy (2:0, 0:0), and in September, took 3-th place on the memorial of Stevan Nilotica in Serbia (Scotland – 3:3, Serbia – 0:0, Hungary – 2:1).

I must say that the composition – not all the strongest players of this age. The goalkeeper of Zorya Andrey Lunin caused by Andriy Shevchenko in the first team. Dinamo’s defender Denis Popov are injured. His teammate winger Denis Yanakov obviously lost the competition at his position. Yaroslav Grandfather, last season a lot of playing for Volyn in the Premier League, simply did not have playing practice. In early September he moved to Azerbaijan, Karabakh, but is not seen even in the team that plays in the UEFA Youth League.

Recall that in the elite round are two of the best teams of 13 groups. There they will join teams with the best rating – Spain and Portugal.

Eugene BELOZEROV, Sport-Express in Ukraine


4 October, Wednesday

13.00 Norway – Montenegro

15.00 UKRAINE – Albania

7 October, Saturday

13.00 Montenegro – Albania

15.00 UKRAINE – Norway

10 October, Tuesday

15.00 Montenegro – UKRAINE

15.00 Albania – Norway

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