However since 2004, Spain have won the title twice and finished third on three occasions.
The only time Spain had failed to win a medal was in 2008 when they finished fifth. This disappointing placing did not stop this generation of players to pick up a silver medal in the U19 World Championship in 2009.
France have never won the championship in this age group but picked up a silver medal last year. France had also won silver in 2002 and 1981 and bronze in 2005.
The 16 teams in Division A have been drawn into the following groups:
|GROUP A||GROUP B||GROUP C||GROUP D|
|Switzerland||Bosnia and Herzegovina||Estonia||Israel|
Date created: 16 January 2009