And the annual U19 European Championship is straight ahead, too! This year it's not only about the European title, but it's also the qualifying event for next year's U20 World Cup in Russia. All 4 semifinalists will qualify, so all teams will be eager to get there. Of course, if Russia, who is already qualified as the host, will reach the semifinal, there is one place open, about which a match between the thirds of both groups will decide. I guess there's a lot of rooting for the Russian team in the other group... Anyway, becuase of this constellation it should be interesting for non-Europeans too, to see which teams may be their opponents next year. Where? Hungary When? 07/20-07/31 Group A Hungary Germany Finland Switzerland Group B England France Russia Scotland The German team has a new coach, Maren Meinert, maybe known to some here because she had a not totally undistinguished career as player... She took over from Silvia Neid who became head coach of the A-team and had just one official match with the team so far (5-0 against Norway), it will be interesting how she adjusts (or how fast the team adjusts to her). Right now, the squad has its last preparation camp (four days, 07/11-07/14). Two matches are scheduled against the U21 team. The first one was lost 0-3 yesterday.