1994 UEFA European Under-21 Championship

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1994 UEFA European Under-21 Championship
Tournament details
Host country France
Dates 9 March – 20 April
Teams 8 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s) (in 2 host cities)
Final positions
Champions  Italy (2nd title)
Runners-up  Portugal
Third place  Spain
Fourth place  France
Tournament statistics
Matches played 12
Goals scored 25 (2.08 per match)
Best player Portugal Luís Figo
Europe 1992
Spain 1996

The 1994 UEFA European Under-21 Championship was the 9th staging of UEFA's European Under-21 Championship. The final tournament was hosted in France between 15 and 20 April 1994.

The qualification stage spanned two years from 1992 to 1994. The qualification process consisted of 32 entrants. After the two-legged quarter-final stage, France were chosen as the first hosts of the final stages, consisting of four matches in total. The finals included for the first time a third place playoff.

Italy won the competition for the second consecutive time.[1] Luís Figo won the UEFA European Under-21 Championship Golden player award.[2]

Qualification[edit]

The draw for the 1994 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying round saw Czechoslovakia, France, Italy, Poland, Russia and Spain win there respective groups. Greece and Portugal qualified for the tournament as the two best runners-up. France, Italy, Portugal and Spain qualified for the 1996 Summer Olympics in the USA.

List of qualified teams[edit]

The following 8 teams qualified for the 1994 UEFA European Under-21 Championship:

Participating teams[edit]

Country Qualified as Previous appearances in tournament1 2
Italy Italy Group 1 Winner 8 (1978, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1992)
Poland Poland Group 2 Winner 4 (1982, 1984, 1986, 1992)
Spain Spain Group 3 Winner 5 (1982, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1990)
Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia Group 4 Winner 1 (1978, 1980, 1988, 1990, 1992)
Russia Russia Group 5 Winner 0 (Debut)
France France Group 6 Winner 4 (1982, 1984, 1986, 1988)
Greece Greece Best runner-up 1 (1988)
Portugal Portugal Second best runner-up 0 (Debut)
1 Bold indicates champion for that year

Squads[edit]

Only players born on or after 1 January 1971 were eligible to play in the tournament.

Results[edit]

Quarter-finals[edit]

The first legs were played on 9 March, and the second legs were played on 23 March 1994.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
France France 3–0 Russia Russia 2–0 1–0
Italy Italy 3–1 Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia 3–0 0–1
Poland Poland 1–5 Portugal Portugal 1–3 0–2
Spain Spain 4–2 Greece Greece 0–0 4–2

Semi-finals[edit]

15 April 1994
France France 0–0 (a.e.t.) Italy Italy
Report
  Penalties  
3–5
Stade des Costières, Nîmes, France
Attendance: 7,000
Referee: Keith Burge (Wales)

15 April 1994
Portugal Portugal 2–0 Spain Spain
Rui Costa Goal 48'
João Pinto Goal 82'
Report

Third-place play-off[edit]

20 April 1994
France France 1–2 Spain Spain
Nouma Goal 45' Report Óscar Goal 53', Goal 75'

Final[edit]

20 April 1994
Portugal Portugal 0–1 (a.e.t.) Italy Italy
Report Orlandini Goal 98'

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1994: Orlandini blooms as Italy seal double". UEFA.com. Retrieved 26 June 2012. 
  2. ^ "1994: Luís Figo". UEFA.com. Retrieved 26 June 2012. 

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