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Eight Barcelona players called up as all-time U-19’s winners Spain eye Malta success

Barcelona's Ilias Akhomach will be part of Spain's U-19 team. Photo: AFP

Real Madrid have players selected for the Euro finals

One of the top favourites to lift next month’s U-19’s European Championship’s trophy, Spain, have selected their 25-player provisional list that will participate in the tournament on the Maltese islands.

Five players will be dropped before Spain’s departure to Malta on July 1.

Led by coach Jose Lana, Spain are in Group B together with Greece, Iceland and Norway.

The Spanish side, which launch their preparations on June 19 in Alicante, have won this tournament (including previous FIFA Youth, UEFA Youth and U-18’s tournaments) on 11 occasions, joining England as the all-time winners of this event.

Their most recent success was in 2019 when a Ferran Torres brace handed Spain a 2-0 win over neighbours Portugal, in Armenia.

The under-19 team will compete, starting on July 3 in Malta, to win the European title for the ninth time in history.

Coach Lana has selected eight players from Barcelona including midfielder Aleix Garrido who made his senior debut this season.

The 19-year-old was a late substitute during a 4-0 win over Elche on April 1.

Meanwhile, Barcelona’s arch-rivals – Real Madrid, have five players in the squad.


Alvaro Cortes (C.F Damm); Alex Valle (FC Andorra); Arnau Casas, Aleix Garrido, Victor Barbera, Daniel Rodriguez, Ilias Akhomach, Ander Astralaga, Unai Hernandez, Andres Cuenca (Barcelona); Samuel Omorodion (Granada); Cesar Fernandez, Alvaro Santos (Celta Vigo); Wassim Keddari (Espanyol); Daniel Perez, Felix Marti, Assane Diaio (Real Betis); Edgar Climent Pujol, Cesar Palacios, Manuel Angel Moran, Gonzalo Garcia, David Jimenez (Real Madrid); Ivan Fresneda (Real Valladolid); Bruno Iribarne (Almeria), Yarek Grasiowski (Valencia).

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