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England has been awarded the right to host the 2014 UEFA Women's Under-17 Championships following an announcement at the UEFA Executive Committee meeting in Istanbul on Tuesday.
It will see a continental tournament on these shores for the first time since 2005, when the UEFA European Women's Championship was held in the north west of England.
A total of 117,384 spectators attended the 15 matches in Manchester, Blackpool, Warrington, Preston and Blackburn with the opening game - England's thrilling 3-2 victory against Finland at the City of Manchester Stadium on Sunday 5 June - attracting 29,092 fans.
Prior to that, the UEFA European Under-16 Championship was staged in the north east in 2001. The Young Lions lost to France in the semi-finals at Newcastle United before Fernando Torres scored the only goal in the Final as Spain beat Les Bleus 1-0 in front of nearly 30,000 supporters at Sunderland's Stadium of Light.
The men's Under-18 finals have been held three times in England - 1963 (winners), 1983 (semi-finalists) and 1993 (winners) - although the competition only came under UEFA's auspices in 1981.
The most high-profile European tournament staged in this country was the 1996 UEFA European Championship, when England lost 6-5 to Germany on penalties in a dramatic semi final at Wembley after a 1-1 draw at the end of extra time.
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