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The draw will be held on the 11th of February. Teams in the draw are:

Belarus
Croatia
Germany
Italy
Portugal
Serbia & Montenegro
Sweden
Switzerland


The two seeded teams will be hosts Germany and Italy.
 

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These are the team squads that I got from uefa.com.


Belarus

Goalkeepers
Ruslan Kapantsou 12.05.1981
Yuri Zhaunov 17.04.1981

Defenders
Aleksei Baga 04.02.1981
Siarhei Kazak 17.10.1981
Roman Kirenkin 20.02.1981
Dmitri Molash 10.12.1981
Alexei Pankovets 18.04.1981
Valery Tarasenka 01.09.1981

Midfielders
Andrei Harautsou 02.04.1981
Aleksandr Gleb 01.05.1981
Tsimafei Kalachou 01.05.1981
Artem Kantsavy 20.05.1983
Aleksandr Kobets 11.06.1981
Vitali Nadziyenski 20.10.1981
Aleh Popel 01.01.1983
Ihar Razhkou 24.06.1981
Oleg Shkabara 15.02.1983
Pavel Shmihera 01.03.1982
Viktar Sokal 09.05.1981
Aliaksei Suchkou 10.06.1981

Forwards
Pavel Biahanski 09.01.1981
Dzmitry Rubnenka 30.07.1983
Maksim Tsyhalka 27.05.1983


Croatia

Goalkeepers
Marko Šarlija 31.01.1982
Tomislav Pelin 26.03.1981
Tomislav Vranjic 12.02.1983

Defenders
Mile Bozic 06.11.1981
Fausto Budicin 01.05.1981
Ivan Cosic 13.03.1983
Dino Drpic 26.05.1981
Vedran Ješe 03.02.1981
Hrvoje Kovacevic 21.07.1982
Mario Lucic 29.04.1981

Midfielders
Nikola Šafaric 11.03.1981
Krešimir Brkic 03.03.1981
Marijan Buljat 12.09.1981
Ante Jurjevic 02.02.1981
Niko Kranjcar 13.08.1984
Siniša Linic 23.08.1982
Marin Mikac 20.04.1982
Tomislav Mikulic 04.01.1982
Danijel Pranjic 02.12.1981
Goran Rubil 09.03.1981
Darijo Srna 01.05.1982
Ante Tomic 23.05.1983

Forwards
Dejan Somoci 24.01.1983
Ivan Zgela 24.01.1982
Mario Carevic 29.03.1982
Vedran Celiscak 16.07.1982
Sandro Klic 05.10.1981
Goran Ljubojevic 04.05.1983
Mladen Petric 01.01.1981
Natko Racki 15.11.1981
Dario Zahora 21.03.1982


Germany

Goalkeepers
Daniel Haas 01.08.1983
Christofer Heimeroth 01.08.1981
Tom Starke 18.03.1981
Tim Wiese 17.12.1981

Defenders
Mathias Abel 22.06.1981
Kolja Afriyie 06.04.1982
Maik Franz 05.08.1981
Andreas Hinkel 26.03.1982
Stephan Kling 22.03.1981
Jürgen Kohler 06.10.1965
Denis Lapaczinski 26.09.1981
Tobias Rau 31.12.1981
Björn Schlicke 23.06.1981
Michael Zepek 19.01.1981

Midfielders
Timo Achenbach 03.09.1982
Mimoun Azaouagh 17.11.1982
Hanno Balitsch 02.01.1981
Thomas Broich 29.01.1981
Markus Feulner 12.02.1982
Giuseppe Gemiti 03.05.1981
Andreas Görlitz 31.01.1982
Markus Heulner 12.02.1982
Thomas Hitzlsperger 05.04.1982
Florian Kringe 18.08.1982
Alexander Madlung 11.07.1982
Thorben Marx 01.06.1981
Christian Mikolajczak 15.05.1981
Christoph Preuss 04.07.1981
Sascha Riether 23.03.1983
Marco Vorbeck 24.06.1981

Forwards
Benjamin Auer 11.01.1981
Thorsten Burkhardt 21.05.1981
Mike Hanke 05.11.1983
Jermaine Jones 03.11.1981
Lars Jungnickel 31.08.1981
Kevin Kuranyi 02.03.1982
Benjamin Lauth 04.08.1981
Selim Teber 07.03.1981
Christian Tiffert 18.02.1982


Italy

Goalkeepers
Federico Agliardi 11.02.1983
Marco Amelia 02.04.1982
Francesco Benussi 15.10.1981
Gianluca Pegolo 25.03.1981

Defenders
Federico Balzaretti 06.12.1981
Daniele Bonera 31.05.1981
Paolo Cannavaro 26.06.1981
Roberto Cardinale 12.06.1981
Michele Ferri 29.05.1981
Alessandro Gamberini 27.08.1981
Maurizio Lanzaro 14.03.1982
Emiliano Moretti 11.06.1981
Angelo Palombo 25.09.1981
Giovanni Pasquale 05.01.1982
Marco Pisano 13.08.1981
Cristian Zaccardo 21.12.1981

Midfielders
Matteo Brighi 14.02.1981
Gaetano D'agostino 03.06.1982
Samuele Dalla Bona 06.02.1981
Daniele De Rossi 24.07.1983
Massimo Donati 26.03.1981
Andrea Gasbarroni 06.08.1981
Fabio Gatti 04.01.1982
Christian Maggio 11.02.1982
Gianpiero Pinzi 11.03.1981
Paolo Zanetti 16.12.1982

Forwards
Rolando Bianchi 15.02.1983
Marco Borriello 18.06.1982
Andrea Caraccioli 18.09.1981
Antonio Cassano 12.07.1982
Alberto Gilardino 05.07.1982
Giuseppe Sculli 23.03.1981


Portugal

Goalkeepers
Beto II 01.05.1982
Moreira 20.03.1982
Bruno Vale 08.04.1983

Defenders
João Paulo 06.06.1981
Jorge Ribeiro 09.11.1981
Hugo Luz 24.02.1982
Mario Sergio Leal Nogueira 28.07.1981
Ricardo Costa 16.05.1981
Santamaria 11.02.1982
Bruno Alves 27.11.1981
Raul Trindade Meireles 17.03.1983

Midfielders
Bosingwa 24.08.1982
Tiago 02.05.1981
Hugo Viana 15.01.1983
Bruno Aguiar 24.02.1981
Carlos Martins 29.04.1982
José Aguiar 04.02.1981
Pedro Paulo Pinheiro Das Neves 06.10.1981
Ednilson 25.09.1982

Forwards
Danny 07.08.1983
Vitor Manuel Silva 24.05.1982
Manuel Vieira 04.02.1981
Mario Carlos 21.02.1983
Christiano Ronaldo 05.02.1985
Lourenço 05.06.1983
Aziza Makukula 04.03.1981
Hélder Postiga 02.08.1982
Cândido Costa 30.04.1981
Ricardo Quaresma 26.09.1983


Serbia & Montenegro

Goalkeepers
Djordje Babalj 30.05.1981
Dejan Bogunovic 13.05.1981
Vladimir Disljenkovic 02.07.1981
Dusan Djokic 05.03.1983
Henad Eric 26.05.1982
Vukasin Poleksic 30.08.1982

Defenders
Marko Basa 29.12.1982
Stevan Batez 29.11.1981
Sasa Cilinsek 28.01.1982
Djordje Jokic 20.01.1981
Dejan Kekezovic 06.06.1982
Marjan Markovic 28.09.1981
Nikola Mijailovic 15.02.1982
Nenad Nastic 08.05.1981
Bojan Heziri 26.02.1982
Nino Pekaric 16.08.1982
Mitar Pekovic 28.09.1981
Milan Stepanov 02.04.1983

Midfielders
Branko Bakovic 31.08.1981
Ivan Ergic 21.01.1981
Milos Krasic 01.11.1984
Goran Lovre 23.03.1982
Milos Maric 05.03.1982
Igor Matic 22.07.1981
Dejan Milovanovic 21.01.1984
Mitar Novakovic 27.09.1981
Srdian Novkovic 29.03.1983
Marko Perovic 11.01.1984
Dragan Stancic 12.02.1982
Srdan Stanic 07.06.1982

Forwards
Ivan Boskovic 01.01.1982
Radomir Dalovic 29.10.1982
Andrija Delibašic 24.04.1981
Milan Jovanovic 18.04.1981
Danko Lazovic 17.05.1983
Miljan Mrdakovic 06.05.1982
Nikola Nikezic 13.06.1981
Branimir Petrovic 26.06.1982
Srdan Radonjic 08.05.1981
Ljubisa Vukelia 22.07.1983


Sweden

Goalkeepers
John Alvbåge 10.08.1982
Andreas Isaksson 03.10.1981
Johan Wiland 24.01.1981

Defenders
Mikael Antonsson 31.05.1981
Marcus Dahlin 16.03.1982
Mikael Dorsin 06.10.1981
Richard Henriksson 05.10.1982
Christian Järdler 03.06.1982
Adam Johansson 21.02.1983
Dennis Jonsson 16.02.1983
Per Nilsson 15.09.1982
Fredrik Stenman 02.06.1983
Gabriel Ucar 12.03.1982

Midfielders
Stefan Alander 25.04.1983
Andreas Dahl 06.06.1984
Samuel Holmén 28.06.1984
Stefan Ishizaki 15.05.1982
Andreas Johansson 10.03.1982
Patrick Jönsson 08.04.1982
Jon Jönsson 08.07.1983
Eldin Karisik 18.03.1983

Forwards
Johan Andersson 22.08.1983
Bojan Djordjic 06.02.1982
Johan Elmander 27.05.1981
Alexander Farnerud 01.05.1984
Tobias Hysén 09.03.1982
Jon Lundblad 19.02.1982
George Mourad 18.09.1982
Lars Nilsson 03.01.1982
Pablo Piñones-Arce 27.08.1981
Markus Rosenberg 27.09.1982
Haralampos Stefanidis 08.03.1981
Arash Talebinejad 25.03.1981


Switzerland

Defenders
Tranquillo Barnetta 22.05.1985


Sorry but that's all they had for Switzerland. Undoubtedly these lists will be trimmed and some of the players will even play for the senior team at EURO.
 

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I am hoping Croatia can win this tournament, they have a good chance we did beat England away 3-1 (not like that is hard to do :D ) and we only lost one game is qualifiers, to Bulgaria in a game we didn't even have to show up to play. Very good team but our performance will depend on if Kranjcar, Srna and Babic will be there, If they are not we are not as good.
All but 4 players on our U21 team play in Croatia (Petric, Babic, Srna and Rubil play abroad) and it is amazing that we can beat teams that have players playing in the EPL, Serie A every weekend. A lot of young talent in Croatia but they make stupid decisions when choosing teams abroad and that ruins their career.
That list is mostly correct except few mistakes. Kovacevic, Jurjevic, Mikac and Somoci have not played. And Popovic was a great player in the start of qualifiers but he died in a car accident. :(
I am really excited about this tournament!
 

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Please take Danijel Popovic off that list. he was killed last year in a tragic car accident :(


I think we can scrap Babic, Srna and Kranjcar off the list also, as they will travel to Portugal with the A team.

We beat England 3-0, not 3-1...in a game that could have finished 8-2 for us, we completely dominated and outplayed them in every aspect of the game.

Without Kranjcar and Babic, it will be a tough ask for Croatia to do major damage, especially because not all of these countries have qualified for Euro 2004...

We have an excellent goalscorer, Ljubojevic, a great left flanker in Pranjic, a solid defense lead by Jese and Drpic and the arguably the best midfield in U21 football, if Kranjcar was there...

we're certainly one of the favourites to win this...
 

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The draw is tommorow at noon and will be held in Frankfurt. Germany as hosts and Italy with the highest coefficient points have been put in groups already. Serbia and Switerland are in pot 1 while Belarus, Portugal, Sweden and Croatia are in pot 2.
Germany 6 13 2.167
Italy 8 21 2.625
Serbia 8 19 2.375
Switzerland 8 19 2.375
Belarus 8 18 2.250
Portugal 8 18 2.250
Croatia 6 11 1.833
Sweden 8 14 16.750

how does Croatia have to lowest coefficient points!!
:eek: :dazed: :confused:
 

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Ero said:

We have an excellent goalscorer, Ljubojevic, a great left flanker in Pranjic, a solid defense lead by Jese and Drpic
haha...solid defense led by Drpic?? He is anything but solid.

With Kranjcar, Srna and Babic we would be among the favourites but we are a totally different team with all three of them missing.

They should call some of the Zrinjski....pardon... Dinamo Mostar team.:D Modric and Janjetovic for example would do a good job I am sure. Papa and Grgurovic aswell.
 

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i took out popovic but im leaving the rest. theyre only preliminary lists and its not important to start editing them.

about the seedings, theyre based on points per game. germany is the exception because theyre hosts. if you guys won your last game youd have been higher but still wouldnt be a seed. youd have a 2.333 which would put you behind us and the serbs.
 

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The draw ended a few minute ago, good groups.
GROUP A
Italy
Belarus
Serbia and Montenegro
Croatia

GROUP B
Germany
Switzerland
Sweden
Portugal

both groups are tough should be a good tournament.
 

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Luigi Vampa said:



Federico Balzaretti 06.12.1981

great defender! And i didn't know he's sooo young :eek: Was the best player in Torino last year and this year is one of the best too!!!
I read that Milan and Inter are interested in him:eek:
:star:Federico:star:
 

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Group A

May 27
Italy-Belarus
Serbia-Croatia

May 29
Belarus-Croatia
Italy-Serbia

Jun 1
Italy-Croatia
Belarus-Serbia


Group B

May 28
German-Swtizerland
Sweden-Portugal

May 30
Germany-Sweden
Switzerland-Portugal

Jun 2
Germany-Portugal
Switzerland-Sweden
 

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i dont know what to think about the draw. gentile seems happy with it though. i dont follow u21s so i dont know how good we are or arent.
 

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dinamovac11 said:
haha...solid defense led by Drpic?? He is anything but solid.


The three U21 games I have, Drpic was solid....how many have you seen? :cool:
 

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hehe...he was responsible for a pack of goals that dinamo have conceded this season. Plus I have seen him live and he wasn't very impressive that day either.
 

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maybe he doesn't care about Dinamo :D yes true he has been the fault of many goals against Dinamo (the first goal against Dnipro, one at Poljud and one at Osijek) but for the U21's he has been solid as Ero said, he even scored a goal. Our back line looks very good, Drpic-Lucic-Jese.
 

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serbia and belarus probably have a slight advantage since their senior teams arent going to portugal. im pretty sure theres a typo for belarus and it should read aleksandr hleb and not gleb. he plays for stuttgart and is a great attacking midfielder. he could be the player of the tournament although de rossi might have something to say about that.
 
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