1978 UEFA European Under-18 Championship

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1978 UEFA European Under-18 Championship
Tournament details
Host country Poland
Dates 5 May - 14 May
Teams 16
Final positions
Champions  Soviet Union (4th title)
Runners-up  Yugoslavia
Third place  Poland
Fourth place  Scotland
Belgium 1977
Austria 1979

The UEFA European Under-18 Championship 1978 Final Tournament was held in Poland. It also served as the European qualification for the 1979 FIFA World Youth Championship.

Qualification[edit]

Group 1[edit]

Teams Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Hungary 4 2 1 1 6 2 +4 5
 Czechoslovakia 4 2 1 1 8 6 +2 5
 Sweden 4 1 0 3 5 11 –6 2


Sweden  1–0  Hungary
Sweden  2–4  Czechoslovakia
Hungary  4–0  Sweden
Czechoslovakia  1–1  Hungary
Czechoslovakia  3–2  Sweden
Hungary  1–0  Czechoslovakia

Group 4[edit]

Teams Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Netherlands 4 2 2 0 7 3 +4 6
 Republic of Ireland 4 0 3 1 2 2 0 3
 Finland 4 0 1 3 4 6 –2 1


Finland  2–2  Republic of Ireland
Finland  1–1  Netherlands
Netherlands  3–1  Republic of Ireland
Republic of Ireland  0–0  Netherlands
Netherlands  3–1  Finland
Republic of Ireland  0–0  Finland

Other groups[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Denmark  0–3  Scotland 0–2 0–1
Iceland  2–1  Wales 1–1 1–0
Belgium  9–2  Northern Ireland 4–1 5–1
England  3–1  France 3–1 0–0
Liechtenstein  1–13  Italy 0–6 1–7
Luxembourg  1–6  Portugal 1–4 0–2
Germany  4–0   Switzerland 2–0 2–0
Malta  0–2  Spain 0–2 0–0
Greece  2–2(p: 3–2)  East Germany 1–1 1–1
Bulgaria  2–4  Turkey 2–1 0–3
Yugoslavia  4–0  Romania 2–0 2–0
Austria  0–2  Soviet Union 0–2 0–0

Teams[edit]

The following teams qualified for the tournament:

Group Stage[edit]

Group A[edit]

Teams Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Scotland 3 2 1 0 2 0 +2 5
 Portugal 3 1 1 1 1 1 0 3
 Germany 3 1 0 2 5 5 0 2
 Italy 3 0 2 1 3 5 –2 2


5 May Italy  0–0  Portugal
Scotland  1–0  Germany
7 May Scotland  1–0  Portugal
Germany  5–3  Italy
9 May Scotland  0–0  Italy
Portugal  1–0  Germany

Group B[edit]

Teams Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Soviet Union 3 3 0 0 10 0 +10 6
 Netherlands 3 1 1 1 3 4 –1 3
 Norway 3 1 0 2 2 6 –4 2
 Greece 3 0 1 2 3 8 –5 1


5 May Soviet Union  4–0  Greece
Netherlands  1–0  Norway
7 May Netherlands  2–2  Greece
Soviet Union  4–0  Norway
9 May Soviet Union  2–0  Netherlands
Norway  2–1  Greece

Group C[edit]

Teams Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Yugoslavia 2 1 1 0 4 1 +3 3
 Hungary 2 1 1 0 3 1 +2 3
 Iceland 2 0 0 2 2 7 –5 0
 Belgium Withdrew due to food poisoning


5 May Hungary  3–1  Iceland
Yugoslavia  ABD1  Belgium
7 May Hungary  0–0  Yugoslavia
9 May Yugoslavia  4–1  Iceland
1After their first match was abandoned at 2-1, Belgium withdrew from the tournament. The team was suffering from food poisoning. Their results were annulled.

Group D[edit]

Teams Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Poland 3 2 0 1 5 3 +2 4
 Spain 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 3
 England 3 1 1 1 2 3 –1 3
 Turkey 3 0 2 1 3 4 –1 2


5 May England  1–1  Turkey
Spain  2–1  Poland
7 May England  1–0  Spain
Poland  2–1  Turkey
9 May Poland  2–0  England
Spain  1–1  Turkey

Semifinals[edit]

12 May 1978 (1978-05-12)
Yugoslavia  2 – 2  Scotland
  Penalties  
4 – 2
12 May 1978 (1978-05-12)
Soviet Union  2 – 0  Poland

Third Place Match[edit]

14 May 1978 (1978-05-14)
Poland  3 – 1  Scotland

Final[edit]

14 May 1978 (1978-05-14)
Soviet Union  3 – 0  Yugoslavia


 1978 UEFA European Under-18 Championship 

Soviet Union
Fourth title

Qualification to World Youth Championship[edit]

The six best performing teams qualified for the 1979 FIFA World Youth Championship: four semifinalists and the best group runners-up (based on goal difference). For an unknown reason, semifinalists Scotland did not participate.

External links[edit]