Pools set for Junior Worlds qualifiers
The host countries and the 2012 European champions – Turkey and Italy (men) in addition to the Czech Republic and Turkey (women) – have already pre-qualified. The winners of the various qualifying events coming up this May will eventually join the World Championships that are scheduled for June 21 to 30 in Brno (Czech Republic) for women and from August 22 to September 1 for the men in Ankara and Izmir (Turkey).
With teams distributed across the four tournaments according to the serpentine system, the composition of the pools is as follows:
Pool A: Russia (org.), Greece, Denmark, Montenegro, Austria
Pool B: Belgium, Poland, France (org.), Portugal, Latvia
Pool C: Bulgaria (org.), Germany, Estonia, Romania, Israel
Pool D: Serbia (org.), Spain, Slovakia, Finland, Czech Republic, Croatia
Pool D will be the group to watch. Hosts Serbia will no doubt try to compensate for a disastrous campaign at last year’s European Championships when they play the vice European champion, Spain anchored by their superstar Andres J. Villena.
Pool A: Serbia (org.), Belgium, France, Portugal, Denmark
Pool B: Italy (org.), Slovakia, Finland, Spain
Pool C: Germany, Bulgaria (org.), Croatia, Greece, Latvia
Pool D: Russia (org.), Poland, Romania, Slovenia
Pool C is set for a showdown as Germany and Bulgaria, in addition to a solid and ambitious Greek squad, will battle to the end for the opportunity to take part in the World Championships.
Only the winners of the various groups will qualify for the U21 World Championships.