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I decided to make a new thread because the previous one was about qualifiers. This one will be about the tournament which starts in May 3rd.
http://www.uefa.com/competitions/under17/index.html

Group A
England
Italy
Turkey
Belarus

Group B
Israel
Netherlands
Switzerland
Croatia

Talk about the team, the games and the chances Croatia have in this tournament which starts in about two weeks. I don't know about you guys but I am excited about this tournament and hopefully they don't dissapoint.

 

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Croatia will win it,expecialy if we take our best possible team to the tournament.
 

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Coach Profile: Ivan Gudelj

Croatia coach: Ivan Gudelj
Ivan Gudelj, who turned 45 on 21 April, was born in Imotski and in the late 1970s became established as one of the finest players in the then Yugoslavia. Captain of HNK Hajduk Split, he was the 1979 Yugoslavian League player of the year and played at the 1980 Moscow Olympics, 1982 FIFA World Cup and 1984 UEFA European Championship.

Early retirement
However, having played more than 400 matches, he contracted Hepatitis B aged 26 and was forced to end his career, meaning he was never able to play for the independent Croatia team that was established in the early 1990s.

Coaching career
He took up coaching and took the helm at three clubs, NK Zadar, NK Primorac and HNK Dubrovnik. For the last eight years he has worked for the Croatian Football Federation as a youth coach in the Split region and since 2001 has led the Under-16 and U17 national teams. In his first year he took Croatia to the FIFA U-17 World Championship and has now led the team to their first European finals.
 

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In their preperation match Croatia U17's beat BiH U17's 2-0 :thmbup: A week until the tournament starts.
 

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gl guys, we lost to england
hopefully u guys can take em out
 

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The team will head to Tuscany, Italy tommorow. Not sure about the squad, hopefully uefa.com will give show it but thats a big if. :D
 

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For those of you who have this, Eurosport will show all the matches. Here is the squad which Gudelj travelled to Italy with.

Ivan Kelava, Milan Badelj, Mate Delic, Dejan Lovren, Haris Mehmedagic, Nikola Kalinic, Stipe Bacelic-Grgic, Danijel Rasic, Grgur Rados, Mislav Rados, Matija Spicic, Josip Solic, Kreso Ljubicic, Tomislav Kristic, Davor Spehar, Damir Vidovic, Stipe Glasovic and Sasa Vukonic

First game is tommorow against Holland.
 

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HajdukSplit said:
Ivan Kelava, Milan Badelj, Mate Delic, Dejan Lovren, Haris Mehmedagic, Nikola Kalinic, Stipe Bacelic-Grgic, Danijel Rasic, Grgur Rados, Mislav Rados, Matija Spicic, Josip Solic, Kreso Ljubicic, Tomislav Kristic, Davor Spehar, Damir Vidovic, Stipe Glasovic and Sasa Vukonic
No Mihovil Srdarev.:depress:

Dušpara and Tadić aswell aren't there.:thmbdown:
 

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Tadic can't play because he was not allowed to, he was born past the deadline so thats why he is playing with the U19's
 

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Group B press conference

Tight group too close to call

The representatives of UEFA European Under-17 Championship Group B sides Israel, Switzerland, Netherlands and Croatia agree that any of the teams in the pool could make the semi-finals.

'Good opportunity'
However, after eliminating the losing finalists from the last two editions, Spain, Switzerland are considered among the favourites to repeat their 2002 success. "The finals are a very good opportunity for us after our special achievement in Elite round Group 1 when we eliminated Spain," said Swiss coach Yves Débonnaire during the press conference on the eve of the tournament's kick-off.

Higher standards
He continued: "UEFA and FIFA do a terrific job with youth football around the world so I'm not surprised that many strong teams did not manage to qualify for the finals because the competition is very tough. Our goal is to reach the final but we also know there is a life after the tournament. I think that watching the progress of our young players in such an important competition is even more important that our final result."

Israeli progression
Israel play Switzerland in Cascina for their opener. Zeev Zeltzer, assisting Israel coach Avraham Bahar here as part of his wider role in youth football in his nation, says his team are moving on all the time.

'Balanced group'
Zeltzer said: "We are playing the finals for the second time in three years. The first time, in Portugal, was not a success for us but we learnt many things from that experience and I think we have improved since then. We know our rivals in the group and they are all very strong. I think it's a very balanced group but we hope to progress."

'Happy to be here'
The Netherlands also reached the finals after a dramatic qualifying victory against Germany, the Czech Republic and Latvia having also formed Elite round opposition. "We feel like we have already won one big tournament and now we are starting another one. We are very happy to be here," said coach Ruud Kaiser.

Gaining experience
"We want to finish among the top three and qualify for the [FIFA U17] World Championship," he continued. "If we manage to do that, we would have the chance to play more games at international level. It is a fantastic experience for the players and the more often they play at this level, the better it is for them."

Kaiser warning
Kaiser believes that every team in Group B could go through, saying: "I think our group is all open. We defeated Switzerland 4-2 recently but we know they were missing four key players against us. We also played against Israel and beat them 3-2 but it was not an easy game at all and I think they have improved since then."

'Pleased and honoured'
Croatia, who take on the Dutch in San Giuliano Terme, are not hiding their ambition of reaching the last four either, though their head of delegation Enzo Zohil was speaking modestly. He declared: "Croatia is a small county with just 4.5 million inhabitants and we are very pleased and honoured to have the chance of facing the best teams in Europe.

Unpredictable pool
"It's a great tournament and we are proud of being involved even because some of the most famous and strongest teams did not manage to qualify. I don't think that the relative strength of these teams is exactly the same of their respective senior sides, so there is a huge question mark over which teams will qualify from this group."
 

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here are the clubs which these players play for, maybe the guys living in Croatia might know the others. We have three players playing outside of Croatia, all in Germany, are they German born Croats?
Vidovic is the top scorer for the 1.HNL junior league and Kalinic is Hajduk's top junior scorer. Lovren is a talented defender and Bacelic-Grgic is a good creative midfielder.

Goalkeepers
1 Ivan Kelava 20.02.1988
12 Josip Solic 24.02.1988

Defenders
4 Dejan Lovren 05.07.1989 (Dinamo Zagreb)
5 Tomislav Kristić 20.06.1988
6 Saša Vukonić 22.07.1988
13 Danijel Rašić 05.10.1988
14 Stipe Glasović 27.02.1988 (Hajduk Split)
18 Haris Mehmedagić 29.03.1988 (Dinamo Zagreb)

Midfielders
2 Milan Badelj 25.02.1989
3 Krešo Ljubičić 26.09.1988 (Eintracht Frankfurt, Germany)
7 Mislav Radoš 31.01.1988 (Unterhaching, Germany)
8 Davor Spehar 09.02.1988 (Dinamo Zagreb)
10 Stipe Bačelić-Grgić 16.02.1988 (Hajduk Split)
15 Mateas Delić 17.06.1988
17 Grgur Radoš 31.01.1988 (Unterhaching, Germany)

Forwards
9 Nikola Kalinić 05.01.1988 (Hajduk Split)
11 Matija Spičić 24.02.1988 (NK Zagreb)
16 Damir Vidović 29.02.1988 (Dinamo Zagreb)
 
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