The Spanish U-21 soccer team will face Belgium, Scotland, Hungary, Kazakhstan and Malta in the qualifying phase for the 2025 European Championship, to be held in Slovakia, according to the draw held this Thursday in UEFA headquarters.

Spain, which in June will seek the continental title in Georgia and Romania, will begin the road to the next European Championship next March, in what will be the debut of Santi Denia as the new U-21 national coach, replacing Luis from the source.

The national team started as the seed in the draw and will have Belgium as their main rival in the group, another team that is also classified for the final phase of the next European Championship and that should be the main obstacle for the first place that gives a direct ticket .

In addition, in a qualifying phase that will run until October 2024, the three best runners-up, without taking into account the results against the last classified in their groups, will also qualify directly, while the remaining six will be measured in a ‘playoff ‘ in November for the last three places.