The U21 team will get their opponents on February 5 for the European Championship 2017 qualifiers

Published on 13 Јануари, 2015 in News, U21

The Macedonian U21 team will get their opponents for the qualification cycle of the European Championship 2017 at a draw in Nyon, Switzerland on February 5.

The executive board of UEFA will decide on January 26 and 27 which country will host the U21 championship.

Our team is ranked 40th out of 54 teams at the UEFA rankings. At the draw in Nyon, our U21 team is at the 5th pot, along the teams from Belarus, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Lithuania, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Albania and Latvia.

First pot: Spain, England, Italy, Germany, France, Czech Republic, Portugal. Netherlands, Denmark

Second pot: Russia, Switzerland, Sweden, Serbia, Israel, Ukraine, Slovakia, Romania, Belgium

Third pot: Turkey, Slovenia, Austria, Greece, Scotland, Poland, Croatia, Norway, Armenia

Fourth pot: Montenegro, Finland, Wales, Hungary, Iceland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Moldova, Republic of Ireland

Sixth pot: Estonia, Faroe Islands, Northern Ireland, Luxembourg, Malta, San Marino, Andorra, Lichtenstein

-“I would like to note that a condition for the draw of the qualification groups for EURO 2017 is our ranking on the UEFA ranking list, where we are at 40th place, meaning that we are placed at the fifth pot. No matter who will be our opponents in our group, we, the executive board and the players, are determined to keep working on our goals, goals that we have set on the previous four matches and we achieved them by scoring four wins. Two of the previous matches were against teams that have a higher ranking than our team; one was against Romania which is at the 17th place and another against Montenegro which is at the 28th place. Our team played a very quality game on those matches and that gives us hope that we can be up to par any other team, and I don’t see any reason why that wouldn’t be the case at the following matches. Our goals are very clear; team play is our first priority, then to give our maximum efforts, to not overrate our opponent and to believe in our own qualities and opportunities”- stated the head coach of the Macedonian team, Blagoja Milevski.

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