England Eliminated From Euro U-19 Tournament

Italy won a fascinating game against hosts, The Czech Republic this evening, to reach the last four and top Group B of the Euro 2008 Under-19 Championships.


Fabio Zamblera – on Italy’s bench tonight

Italy finally finished their group ahead of the Czech Republic, despite twice surrendering their lead in a thrilling game this evening.

England, who have been disappointing in the tournament (when was the last time you heard that?)  finally found their scoring touch, and scored their first goals of the tournament, and easily beat Greece 3-0, but were still eliminated.

Before the final games tonight England were bottom of Group B with just 1 point and Greece were tied with Italy on 2 points, with the Czechs leading the group with 4 points. The top two advance to the semi-finals, from each group.

An England win and an Italy win saw the Italians and Czechs progress into the last four.

England finally got their scoring touch, but only in the second half, when they scored three  through Ben Mee, a Freddie Sears penalty and a Daniel Sturridge goal.

Newcastle’s 18 year-old Fabio Zamblera started on the bench again for Italy, as he had in the previous game against England.

The Italy-Czech game was tied 1-1 at half time, and then 2-2 after 58 minutes, but then Italy scored two goals to go into a 4-2 lead after 79 minutes.

But at 3-2 and after 75 minutes Mazzarani of Italy was sent off, to make it all a little more interesting.

The Czechs got one back with just 4 minutes remaining to set up a frantic finish, but they were unable to get the equalizing goal.

However, by finishing second the hosts still qualify for the last four. In Group A, Germany won the group with 3 wins and Hungary were second on 6 points, and two wins.

England finished on the same points total as the Czechs, but the Czechs had beaten England 2-0 in their first game, and so advance on head to head competition.

It’s a pity that Newcastle’s Tamaz Kadar is unable to participate in this tournament, because of injury.

Fabio Zamblera did not make it into the game tonight, but he will have another chance in the semi finals, when Italy take on Hungary on Wednesday evening, and the Czechs are up against Germany, who are the hot favorites to win it all.

Seems like the Under-19 tournament is taking on the tone of the full European Championships, in terms of excitement.

14 comments so far

  • Tom_Toon

    Jul 20, 2008 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #1

    At least there is some consistency in the england national team.

    Shite right through the system 🙂

  • Cloudstrife

    Jul 20, 2008 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #2

    haha. Scolari’s got work to do. question, does he work or in any way influence the other teams apart from the first team?

    i thought Scudamore said that having foreigners in the Premiership would improve the national team? tisk, tisk…

  • JOeT

    Jul 20, 2008 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #3

    Kevin get on the phone mate, ring Lisbon and ask about moutinho’s availability!!!! Everton have obviously had positive feedback, its not as we’ve not got the money to spend on a young talented midfielder deja Vu ANYONE

  • Spyro

    Jul 20, 2008 at 10:59 PM

    Comment #4

    im not so hot on moutinho, i rate him but i think he will be overpriced


    Jul 20, 2008 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #5

    Scolari is the Chelsea manager not the England one, that is Cappello.

  • Beattie

    Jul 20, 2008 at 11:32 PM

    Comment #6

    CloudStrife – we need more english players in foreign leagues to improve the national team IMO

    (also, i’ve just dusted off my copy of FF7 for some vintage RPGing)

  • Spyro

    Jul 20, 2008 at 11:42 PM

    Comment #7

    FF7 is fantastic, that game is my favourite of all time, FF has been crap ever since

  • sirjasontoon

    Jul 20, 2008 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #8

    The English system has been poor for years..lads from africa and europe want it so much more.

    My mate was on about a young lad that plays for birmingham and he has his own chauffer to get him to training.

    I am resigned to the fact that it will be years if any improvement are made but I think it is totally buggered now and would take a miracle to produce great young english talent on a more regular basis.

    Capello will not win anything while he manages England if we had of qualified for the Euro’s we would have been humiliated.

  • AndyNUFC

    Jul 20, 2008 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #9

    Hey come on, English kids don’t have anything to do these days except from videogames, happy slapping, raising the crime rate and knifing people, leave them alone!

  • Cloudstrife

    Jul 21, 2008 at 12:26 AM

    Comment #10


    Too true. only Beckham’s doin it right now, but in an inferior league. if Lamps moves to Inter it might make him a better player and maybe he’ll actually be able to play with Gerrard. that can only help the national team.

    though on the flip side of the coin, Italy won the World Cup with a team full of players from Italy. so teamwork would also be key. are Italian players that much better than the English? maybe so.

    But players leaving for the continent might be a start for England.

  • 51times

    Jul 21, 2008 at 12:32 AM

    Comment #11

    Spyro – FF VII was overrated. It was my first RPG and still one of my favourites but it’s not the be all and end all of games. It does have an absolutely beautiful score though, the best music I’ve heard from a game. I quite liked FF VIII too but since then I haven’t been impressed with the series, hopefully FF XIII will live up to expectations.

    Sorry for going off topic there.

  • Spyro

    Jul 21, 2008 at 12:40 AM

    Comment #12

    i agree with you about the music 51

  • Cloudstrife

    Jul 21, 2008 at 1:02 AM

    Comment #13

    nah mate FFVII is the best game ever. the others were disappointing. the only game that comes close on that heirachy is the Pro Evo series.

    it is the be all and end all of gaming.

  • Will

    Jul 21, 2008 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #14

    England live off of a false reputation too much.

    FF7 was the best final fantasy of the series. END OF!


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