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Posted 8th November 2016, 18:01 in
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EURO 2017: The Final-Draw

Two derbies in one group, two debuts in another. The draw for the UEFA Euro 2017 is here.

Anticipation built as UEFA Women's Euro Twitter accout posted snappy fact files of the competition's hopefuls before the groups were drawn.
Unfortunately, the excitement did not follow through in as the groups were decided in Rotterdam. The whole event was disjointed with more than one person, the host included, making errors in speech and generally looking uncomfortable on the stage.
 
UEFA did prove that the lengthy proceedings are worth it as retired FIFA Ballon D'or recipient Nadine Kessler and, also retired Dutch international, Manon Melis revealed that the opening game of Group D will be a battle of Britain.
 
That is correct. Scotland's first ever major tournament game will be against rivals England. The game will take place in Utrecht on July 19, but the excitement does not end there. On the same day, in the same group, another derby is taking place. Spain will go head-to-head with their own rivals Portugal in Doetinchem, a short 62 miles away from the other game.
 
After what promises to be a tasty fixture against Scotland, England will face Portugal on July 23 in Breda and then Spain in Tilburg just four days later. Scotland's fixtures run on the same days but in different location. They will take on Spain in Rotterdam and then Portugal in Deventer.
 
Elsewhere in the draw, Russia were drawn the short straw as they face holders Germany, previous Champions Sweden and Italy.
 
Debutants Austria and Switzerland are in a group together, alongside the world's number three France and 2013 quarterfinalists Iceland.
 
The hosts, automically given the first position in Group A, are in the tightest group. Two of three Scandinavian teams feature in this group but will not face each other until the last group game on July 24 in Deventer.
 
FULL GROUPS
 
Group A: 
The Netherlands
Norway
Denmark
Belgium
 
Group B:
Germany
Sweden
Italy
Russia
 
Group C: 
France
Iceland
Austria
Switzerland
 
Group D: 
England
Scotland
Spain
Portugal
 
The UEFA Women's Euro 2017 will kick off on July 16 in Utrecht and Doetinchem. The tournament's proposed match schedule can be found here.
 

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