Following the worldwide success of UEFA EURO 2008™, media interest in national competitions is as high as ever for the 7th UEFA European Under-19 Championship, which kicked off in the Czech Republic on Monday with Eurosport, UEFA's broadcast partner for the youth competitions, leading the way.
The Czech hosts opened the final tournament against England in Jablonec on Monday before title holders Spain took on Germany in Plzen two hours later. Both matches were shown live on Eurosport, which will broadcast a total of nine matches live during the tournament including the final and both semi-finals. To complement the European distribution offered by Eurosport, a number of other broadcasters are also showing games, with ERT showing all of Greece's games. Al Jazeera will broadcast matches across the whole of the Middle East while viewers in North and Latin America, the Caribbean and Oceania will be able to watch games on ESPN.
All group phase matches and the semi-finals will be played in six different venues in Zizkov, Plzen and Príbram in Centre A and Mlada Boleslav, Liberec and Jablonec in Centre B. The final match will be played at the Střelnice Stadium in Jablonec on Saturday 26 July at 19.00 CET. A full match and TV schedule can be found here.