The selection CHE-2018 (U-19): Opponents passable, but biting


None of the teams that will confront the national team of Ukraine in the group, never played in the final tournament of European championship among 19-year-old. But this does not mean that it is easy.



First opponent in the group – Albania national team head coach of our Junior team Oleksandr Petrakov called the most dangerous. Clear: the Albanians – the owners, several of their players represent clubs, some of which have already command respect. The first factor is perhaps more important.

Albanian U-19 team just twice – in 2004 and 2007 – had passed through the sieve of the group stage, but then invariably stumble on the stage of the elite round. Two years ago, the age (1999 birth year) from qualification group failed, losing to Switzerland and Holland and a draw against Wales. Our, remember, played in the final tournament in Azerbaijan, however, a special laurels is not earned.

Potential stars: Pano Kirko – backup goalie “Flamurtari”, now occupying second place in the championship of Albania. Among the defenders in the first place to highlight Amer Dooku from “Laci”, but it was need of the youth team. Another player defense Marash Kumbula this season three times already appeared in the proposal of the Italian “Verona”, who returned to the series A. Transfermarkt, feeling the prospect of a centre-back, has already quoted it at the level of 300 thousand euros.

Not to mention the youngest in the team (born in December 2000) Start Frame from Olympiakos, which, despite his age, was entrusted with the captain’s armband.

The main character in midfield midfielder “inter” Armand Happy (recently played against Dynamo 90 minutes), but not the fact that the guy will appear in the final application: the leadership of the Italian club is not eager to let him go, simultaneously hoping to do Italian.

Also Glad it is worth noting the left side of the second team of the Spanish “Legan├ęs” Elvi Berisha.

In 2016 the team is coached 40 years now, Erjan Bogdani, at the time a lot played in the national team of Albania (74 matches, 18 goals – and this, incidentally, the best score in the team’s history) and the Italian clubs-middle peasants (“Regina”, Verona,” Siena”, “Chievo”, “Cesena”). Prior to joining the Junior national team at one time helped Giovanni Blasi in the first national team of Albania.

Interesting fact: in 2005, Bogdani played twice against the national team of Ukraine in the selection for the 2006 world Cup. In Dnepropetrovsk even scored shovkovskyi. Match that, nothing for us is not solved, ended in a draw – 2:2.



After the Albania – Norway. She’s also never played in the finals, but in the elite round penetrated most Albanians. Including in the last cycle, when were behind England with Spain. In the present composition should be several of those, who in the spring of 2017 fought, albeit unsuccessfully, for the right to play in the final.

Although the team just that age two years ago in the tournament U-17 stopped at the stage of first qualification, behind the French and the hosts of the group stage of the Israelis.

Of the players of the national team of Norway will allocate primarily the Central (box-to-box) midfielder Tobias hammer Svendsen. He regularly enters the application Molde in the Norwegian national Championships (13 times this season), however, took the pitch just five games. Of course, not without him youth team and Molde, walking, as well as “Dynamo” on the “path of Champions” and in the first match lost on the road of the Welsh “yusd bowl” – 1:2.

Goalscorers in this match the only goal of the Norwegian striker Leo Skiri Ostagar also in the team. But the main star of the attack he did not, and one of the youngest (born July 20, 2000) Erling-Braut Holland. He is also belongs to Molde, but is already being said that dreams of the English Premier League and specifically about “Leeds”.

Why about this team? Yes, because there is already a quite concrete proposal.

Of course, “Leeds” still need to break into the Premier League – and, clearly, the guy is under 18 years on the first team can only dream. Why are they primarily interested in “Leeds”? Here, too, everything is clear: Erling-Braut Holland – son of a famous former defender of “Leeds” and the national team of Norway alpha-Inge Holland, prematurely retired due to severe injuries inflicted by the captain of “Manchester United” Roy Keane.

In the team of the previous convocation, also played Abdul Basid Aguda from “Stromsgodset”. However, also from the youth team. Alas, I can not see new Edigarov. Martin at this age is played in the first team…

Footballer in the national team of Norway only one defender Tord Johnsen, where from Lyon. Of course, not from the base. Coached Norwegian juniors little-known 40-year-old PAL-Arne Johansen.

Interesting fact: last season, the young men of Ukraine and Norway met in the group, and in the final tournament of the European championship-2017. In Lithuania the team of Sergey Popov went with the Scandinavians the world – 2:2, twice taking it out (we scored Oleksiy Kashchuk and Nikita Titievsky), which allowed to break into the elite round. In Zagreb our won – 2:0 (Kaschuk, Artem Cold), which, however, gave nothing.

Kaschuk as part of…



The third and final at this stage of the meeting – October 10, with the Montenegrins. And they also did not qualify in the final tournament of the European championship among 19-year-old. However, they play an independent team not so long. The team of this age, who played two years in the competitions 17-year-old overcame a sieve first round, but the elite round finished fourth.

Rival the teeth. One star, in principle, there is a born and became a football player in Sweden SEAD Jakabovics enough play in Allsvenskan for “Halmstad” and even debuted in the first team of Montenegro. But this guy in August who moved to the youth team “West ham”, now called Ljubisa Tumbakovic in the first team.

Of the rest, if you start “from the stove”, scroll to the goalkeeper Lazar Prince of the Junior team of “Barcelona”, and then immediately move on to the attack. Nikola Krstovic born 5 April 2000, the main player of the club “Zeta”. In the current championship of Montenegro took to the field in the starting lineup 9 times and scored 3 goals. Year older brother of Nikola Paul – also in the magazine Zeta and the Junior team.

Good and another striker – Sergey Grubac playing for the juniors of the Cypriot APOEL in the UEFA Youth League. Ex-coach of this club Mario Ben, many played together with Marco van Basten, even compared him to the great Dutch striker.

In the middle line sufficient experience of playing at senior club level have Midfielders Vasile Terzic (“Buducnost”), Vladan Bubanja (“Sutjeska”), Milos, Zecevic (“Rudar”). Trains Montenegrin juniors 56-year-old Aleksandar Milenovic serving time at this age. The players change, but the coach remains…


It remains to add that the games will be held in Tirana at the stadium “Selman Siemachy”, the home ground of KF “Tyrant”, which will play with all Albania and Albanian suburb of the capital Camese at the City stadium.

Eugene BELOZEROV, Sport-Express in Ukraine

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