Two Barcelona B players, Gerard Deulofeu (18) and Alejandro Grimaldo (16), make the Spain squad to play in the UEFA European U19 Championships, being held in Estonia from 3rd to 15th July. Full squad, schedule and more details after the break.
Reigning Champions Spain will kickoff the European U19 Championships, when they face Greece at 17:30 CET – 3rd July, in Haapsalu Stadium, Estonia.
Spain are in the Group A of this year’s edition, which also includes Greece, Portugal and hosts Estonia. Group B comprises of England, France, Croatia, Serbia.
Barcelona B youngster Gerard Deulofeu, who was already part of the Championship winning Spain U19 squad last year, being one of the standout players in the tournament nonetheless, will be leading Spain again in this year’s edition of the Euro U19. Left back Alex Grimaldo, who has recently been promoted to Barça B, will also be playing a key role for Spain despite being the youngest player in the squad at just 16.
Full Spain squad for UEFA European U19 Championships 2012:
Athletic Club de Bilbao: Jonas Ramalho Chimeno and Kepa Arrizabalaga Revuelta
Atletico de Madrid: Saul Niguez Esclapez, Javier Manquillo Gaitan and Oliver Torres Munoz
FC Barcelona: Gerard Deulofeu Lazaro and Alejandro Grimaldo Garcia
RC Celta de Vigo: Jonathan Castro Otto
RC Deportivo la Coruna: Pablo Insua Blanco
Liverpool FC: Jesus Fernandez Saez (Suso)
Malaga CF: Juan Miguel Jiménez López (Juanmi) – Captain.
Manchester City FC: Denis Suarez Fernandez
Real Madrid CF: Jesé Rodriguez Ruiz and Derik Osede Prieto
Sevilla FC: José Gómez Campana
Valencia CF: Francisco Alcacer Garcia (Paco) and Juan Bernat Velasco
Villarreal CF: Adrian Ortola Vano
Four players, Jose Antonio Delgado, Ivan Lopez, Raul de Tomas and Salvador Ruiz, who were part of Spain’s pre-European U19 squad, could not make the final list as only 18 players could make the main squad.
Spain Schedule in Euro U19:
1st Group game: 03.07.2012
17.30 CET – GREECE vs Spain, Haapsalu Stadium
2nd Group game: 06.07.2012
20.00 CET – PORTUGAL vs Spain, Lillekula Stadium
3rd Group game: 09.07.2012
17.00 CET – Spain vs ESTONIA, Lillekula Stadium
Semi-final 1: 12.07.2012
16.45 CET – Lillekula Stadium
Semi-final 2: 12.07.2012
20.00 CET – Lillekula Stadium
21.30 CET – Lillekula Stadium
The team’s return is due on 16th July. Depending on the results, the players could return on 10th or 13th July.