The European Under 21 Championships head to Israel this summer in what is a real feather in the cap for the local football scene as this is the first major football tournament to be held in Israel! Hats off to UEFA too, for having the courage to choose Israel as the venue.
Football fans in Israel often get the short end of the stick in terms of having some good local football to enjoy – so when a major tournament comes along like this, expect the locals to be there in their droves!
Here’s our guide to the essentials, the things you really need to know about these awesome Under 21 Championships.
When does it happen?
The tournament runs from 5 – 18 June, 2013.
The 8 countries taking part will be initially placed into two groups of four:
- Group A: Israel, Norway, England, Italy
- Group B: Spain, Netherlands, Germany, Russia
Where will the games be played?
The games will be played in four stadiums across Israel: the Bloomfield Stadium in Tel Aviv, the famous Teddy stadium in Jerusalem, and the brand new stadiums in Netanya and Petach Tikvah.
The first game is played on June 5, at the Netanya Municipal Stadium, and features hosts Israel against Norway. Kick off is at 18:00. That evening (20:30), England take on Italy in Tel Aviv.
The other scheduled games:
- June 6: Spain v Russia, Teddy Stadium Jerusalem, 18:00
- June 6: Netherlands v Germany, Petah Tikva, 20:30
- June 8: England v Norway, Petah Tikva, 18;00
- June 8: Israel v Italy, Bloomfield Tel Aviv, 20:30
- June 9: Netherlands v Russia, Teddy Stadium Jerusalem, 18:00
- June 9: Spain v Germany, Netanya, 20:30
- June 11: Israel v England, Teddy Stadium Jerusalem, 18:00
- June 11: Italy v Norway, Bloomfield Tel Aviv, 18:00
- June 12: Spain v Netherlands, Petah Tikva, 18:00
- June 12: Russia v Germany, Netanya, 18:00
The semi-finals will be played on 15 June, and the final on 18 June.
Which European stars will be playing?
Expect to see some great players! Some of the talent unearthed at these under 21 championships in the past include: Luis Figo (1994), Andrea Pirlo (2000), Peter Cech (2002), Klaas Jan Huntelaar (2006), and Juan Mata (2011), so yes, expect to see some world class players on display, and maybe, just maybe, the beginnings of a true legend!
We can’t wait!
Where can I get tickets?
For ticket details, see here. Prices start at 20 shekels for kids, soldiers, and seniors, and with family deals available (2 adults, 2 under-18s for between 120-180 shekels) tickets aren’t so expensive at all!
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