Estonia Hosts Euro U19 Football Championships Starting Today

You could be forgiven for thinking that with Spain’s historic victory in the European Football Championships on Sunday, all those who dislike football could breathe a sigh of relief, for at least a month or so. However this is not the case – the under 19 European Championships are underway, and Estonia is hosting some of the games!

Starting today, 3rd July, matches are to be played in three Estonian towns – Tallinn, plus the seaside town of Haapsalu and also in Rakvere.

The tournament features eight countries, Estonia, Spain, England, Croatia, France, Greece, Portugal and Serbia, all of course countries whose full national teams took part in Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine, with the exception of Estonia and Serbia.

Some of the facilities at Haapsalu had to be upgraded to meet international requirements, but all is in place, and Greece take on Spain in Haapsalu today, with England playing Croatia at the Kadriorg stadium, hosts Estonia taking on Portugal at the Lilleküla ground, also in Tallinn, and France playing Serbia in Rakvere.

Estonia won the contest to host the championships, which last until 15th July, back in 2010, seeing off eleven other countries in the process.

Estonia narrowly missed qualifications in the full blown Euro 2012 after losing in the playoffs to Ireland.

It remains to be seen whether Spain’s youngsters will add to that country’s bursting trophy cabinet!

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