Four FC Barcelona players have been called to the preliminary Spain U-19 squad, with training scheduled for July 4-15 to prepare for the UEFA U-19 European Championship which will take place from July 16 to August 1 in Romania. The four Barça players, all from Barcelona’s treble winning Juvenil A squad, are: Sergi Gómez, Rafa Alcántara, Gerard Deulofeu and Javi Espinosa.
The Spanish Under-19 coach Julen Lopetegui has called 23 players to train at Las Rozas in Madrid for the U-19 European Championship. Before traveling to Romania, Lopetegui will choose the final list of 18 players that will play in the tournament. Spain is in group B along with Belgium, Serbia and Turkey, with their first game against Belgium on July 20.
All season, Sergi Gómez has been the great defensive reference for Juvenil A. The player from Arenys de Mar, always located in the center of defense, has alternated between Juvenil A and Barça B, with whom he has started nine matches.
Rafa Alcántara has shown this season that he is a great goal scorer. So far, the brother of Thiago had played inside left, a position that he has combined with being a false ’9 ‘, a position that has seen him score with ease. During a stretch of the season, Luis Enrique gave him his debut in the second division and he scored his first goal for Barça B in Salamanca.
Javier Espinosa has been another key player for Óscar García. In addition to his technical and always intelligent game, the interior of Talavera de la Reina has added hard work and sacrifice for the team. Espinosa has also debuted in the second division and was able to score an away goal at Numancia.
Gerard Deulofeu has experienced his best season in Barça’s youth ranks. The player from Riudarenes, always decisive, has exploded as a scorer and has been instrumental in the most important games of the season. Like his colleagues, Luis Enrique has also given him time with Barça B in the second division.
The complete call-ups are as follows:
ARSENAL FC: Ignasi Mikel Pons
DEPORTIVO ALAVES SAD: Alejandro Vallejo Mínguez
CLUB ATLÉTICO DE MADRID SAD: Borja González Tomás
ATHLETIC CLUB: Jon Aurtenetxe Borde and Jonas Ramalho Jimeno
FC BARCELONA: Sergi Gómez Sola, Gerard Deulofeu Lázaro, Rafael Alcántara Do Nascimento and Javier Espinosa González
RCD ESPANYOL DE BARCELONA SAD: Edgar Badia Guardiola, Albert Blázquez Robles and Víctor Álvarez Delgado
REAL MADRID CF: Daniel Carvajal Ramos, Pablo Sarabia García, Alejandro Fernández Iglesias “Alex” and Álvaro Morata Martín
MALAGA CF SAD: Juan Miguel Jiménez Lopez “Juanmi”
REAL SPORTING DE GIJON SAD: Juan Muñiz Gallego
REAL SOCIEDAD DE FUTBOL SAD: Rubén Pardo Gutiérrez
RCD MALLORCA SAD: Yeray Gómez Ferragut
SEVILLA FC SAD: José Gómez Campaña
VALENCIA CF SAD: Francisco Alcacer García “Paco”
VILLARREAL CF SAD: Adrián Ortola Vaño
July 20, 2011
Spain vs Belgium, 19:00 in Mogosoaia
Serbia vs. Turkey, 19:00 in Berceni
Romania vs. Czech Republic, 21:00 in Chiajna
Greece vs. Ireland, 21:00 in Buftea
July 23, 2011
Serbia vs. Spain, 21:00 in Chiajna
Turkey vs. Belgium, 19:00 in Buftea
Czech Republic vs. Ireland, 19:00 in Mogosoaia
Romania vs. Greece, 21:00 in Berceni
July 26, 2011
Turkey vs. Spain, 21:00 in Chiajna
Belgium vs. Serbia, 21:00 in Buftea
Czech Republic vs. Greece, 19:00 in Mogosoaia
Ireland vs.Romania, 19:00 in Berceni
July 29, 2011
Semi-final 1, 18:45 in Mogosoaia
Semi-final 2, 20:45 in Chiajna
August 1, 2011
Final, 20:00 in Chiajna