1998 UEFA European Under-21 Championship

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1998 UEFA European Under-21 Championship
Campionatul European de Fotbal sub 21 UEFA 1998
Tournament details
Host country Romania
Dates 23 May – 31 May
Teams  (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s) (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions  Spain (2nd title)
Runners-up  Greece
Third place  Norway
Fourth place  Netherlands
Tournament statistics
Matches played 12
Goals scored 22 (1.83 per match)
Top scorer(s) Norway Steffen Iversen (3 goals)[1]
Best player Spain Francesc Arnau
Spain 1996
Slovakia 2000

The 1998 UEFA European Under-21 Championship, which spanned two years (1996–98), had 46 entrants. Before the quarter-finals stage, Romania were chosen as the hosts of the final stages, consisting of four matches in total.

The exclusion (for political reasons) of the team from Serbia and Montenegro, then known as the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia ended. Bosnia and Herzegovina was another former state of Yugoslavia who competed, for the first time. Spain won the competition for the second time.

The 46 national teams were divided into nine groups (eight groups of 5 + one group of 6). The records of the nine group winners were compared, and the eighth and ninth ranked teams played-off against each other for the eight quarter finals spot. One of the eight quarter-finalist were then chosen to host the remaining fixtures.

Qualification[edit]

The qualifying stage for the 1998 UEFA European Under-21 Championship saw Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Russia, Spain and Sweden win their respective groups. Greece and England finished first in their group but were the two worst first placed group winners. Greece defeated England in a playoff to qualify for the tournament.

List of qualified teams[edit]

The following 8 teams qualified for the tournament:

Participating teams[edit]

Country Qualified as Previous appearances in tournament1 2
Norway Norway Group 3 Winner 0 (Debut)
Sweden Sweden Group 4 Winner 3 (1986, 1990, 1992)
Russia Russia Group 5 Winner 1 (1994)
Spain Spain Group 6 Winner 7 (1982, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1994, 1996)
Netherlands Netherlands Group 7 Winner 2 (1988, 1992)
Romania Romania Group 8 Winner 0 (Debut)
Germany Germany Group 9 Winner 2 (1992, 1996)
Greece Greece Playoff Winner 1 (1988, 1994)
1 Bold indicates champion for that year

Squads[edit]

Only players born on or after 1 January 1975 were eligible to play in the tournament. Each nation had to submit a squad of 20 players, two of which had be goalkeepers. If a player was injured seriously enough to prevent his taking part in the tournament before his team's first match, he can be replaced by another player.

Results[edit]

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                   
         
  Germany  0
 
  Greece  1  
  Greece  3
 
    Netherlands  0  
  Netherlands  2
 
  Romania  1  
  Greece  0
 
    Spain  1
  Spain  1
 
  Russia  0  
  Spain  1 Third place
 
    Norway  0  
  Norway  1   Netherlands  0
  Sweden  0     Norway  2
 

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1998: Iván Pérez applies finishing touch". UEFA.com. 1 June 1998. Retrieved 19 June 2013. 

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