2012 UEFA European Under-19 Championship

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2012 UEFA European Under-19 Championship
Tournament details
Host country Estonia
Dates 3–15 July
Teams (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s) (in 3 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Spain Spain (9th title)
Runners-up Greece Greece
Tournament statistics
Matches played 15
Goals scored 49 (3.27 per match)
Attendance 46,022 (3,068 per match)
Top scorer(s) Spain Jesé Rodríguez (5 goals)
Best player Spain Gerard Deulofeu
2011
2013

The 2012 UEFA European Under-19 Championship was the 61st edition of UEFA's European Under-19 Championship (the eleventh since the age competition change to an Under-19 level) and took place in Estonia from 3 to 15 July.[1] Spain are the title holders. This competition also acted as a qualifying competition for the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup, as six sides from Europe qualify.

Players born after 1 January 1993 were eligible to participate in this competition.

Qualification[edit]

Main articles: Qualifying round and Elite round

Qualification for the final tournament occurred in two stages: a qualifying round and an elite round. During these rounds, 51 national teams competed to determine the seven teams that would join the automatically qualified host nation Estonia.

The qualifying round was played between 21 September and 16 November 2011. Liechtenstein did not enter and England, France and Spain received a bye to the elite round as a result of their UEFA ranking coefficient. The remaining 48 teams were divided into 12 groups of four teams, with each group being contested as a mini-tournament hosted by one of the group's teams. After all matches were played, the 12 group winners, 12 group runners-up and the best third-placed team advanced to the elite round. The elite round was played between 23 and 31 May 2012. The 28 teams entering this phase were split into seven groups of four teams for a further round of mini-tournaments. The seven group winners qualified for the final tournament.

Qualified teams[edit]

The following eight teams qualified for the final tournament:

Country Qualified as Previous appearances in final tournament1
only U-19 era (since 2002)
 Estonia Hosts 0 (debut)
 France Winner of Group 1 5 (2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010)
 England Winner of Group 2 6 (2002, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010)
 Serbia Winner of Group 3 4 (20052, 2007, 2009, 2011)
 Portugal Winner of Group 4 4 (2003, 2006, 2007, 2010)
 Greece Winner of Group 5 4 (2005, 2007, 2008, 2011)
 Croatia Winner of Group 6 1 (2010)
 Spain Winner of Group 7 8 (2002, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011)
1 Bold indicates champion for that year. Italics indicate host.

Venues[edit]

Stadium Location Capacity[2] Notes[3]
A. Le Coq Arena Tallinn 9,692 Three group games, semifinals and the final
Haapsalu linnastaadion Haapsalu 869 Three group matches
Kadrioru staadion Tallinn 5,000 Three group matches
Rakvere linnastaadion Rakvere 2,500 Three group matches

Venues

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Tallinn
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Haapsalu
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Rakvere


Match officials[edit]

UEFA named six referees and eight assistant referees for the tournament on 18 June 2012, all who are young and upcoming top referees in Europe. Additionally two Estonian referees were chosen as fourth officials for the group stage matches.[4]

Country Referee
Denmark Denmark Kenn Hansen
Italy Italy Paolo Valeri
Latvia Latvia Vadims Direktorenko
Netherlands Netherlands Danny Makkelie
Northern Ireland Northern Ireland Arnold Hunter
Switzerland Switzerland Alain Bieri

Squads[edit]

Results[edit]

2012 UEFA European Under-19 Championship finalist teams

Group stage[edit]

The draw was held on 6 June 2012 in Tallinn, Estonia.[5][6]

Each group winner and runner-up advanced to the semifinals. The top three teams in each group also qualified for the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

If two or more teams are equal on points on completion of the group matches, the following criteria are applied to determine the rankings.[7]

  1. Higher number of points obtained in the group matches played among the teams in question
  2. Superior goal difference from the group matches played among the teams in question
  3. Higher number of goals scored in the group matches played among the teams in question
  4. If, after applying criteria 1) to 3) to several teams, two teams still have an equal ranking, the criteria 1) to 3) will be reapplied to determine the ranking of these teams. If this procedure does not lead to a decision, criteria 5) and 7) will apply
  5. Results of all group matches:
    1. Superior goal difference
    2. Higher number of goals scored
  6. Respect Fair Play ranking of the teams in question
  7. Drawing of lots

Additionally, if two teams which have the same number of points and the same number of goals scored and conceded play their last group match against each other and are still equal at the end of that match, their final rankings are determined by the penalty shoot-out and not by the criteria listed above. This procedure is applicable only if a ranking of the teams is required to determine the group winner and the runner-up.

Legend
Advanced to semifinals and qualified for the 2013 U-20 World Cup
Qualified for the 2013 U-20 World Cup

All times are Eastern European Summer Time (UTC+3)

Group A[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Spain 3 2 1 0 7 4 +3 7
 Greece 3 2 0 1 8 5 +3 6
 Portugal 3 1 1 1 8 6 +2 4
 Estonia 3 0 0 3 1 9 −8 0
3 July 2012
17:30
Greece  1 – 2  Spain
Diamantakos Goal 66' Report Jesé Goal 30'
Osede Goal 40'
Haapsalu Stadium, Haapsalu
Attendance: 1,350[8]
Referee: Vadims Direktorenko (Latvia)

3 July 2012
20:45
Estonia  0 – 3  Portugal
Report Pikk Goal 5' (o.g.)
Betinho Goal 25'
Martins Goal 72'
Lilleküla Stadium, Tallinn
Attendance: 6,691[8]
Referee: Kenn Hansen (Denmark)

6 July 2012
17:00
Estonia  1 – 4  Greece
Luigend Goal 90' Report Katidis Goal 43'
Fourlanos Goal 55'
Diamantakos Goal 85'90+2'
Kadriorg Stadium, Tallinn
Attendance: 3,345[9]
Referee: Danny Desmond Makkelie (Netherlands)

6 July 2012
20:00
Portugal  3 – 3  Spain
Bruma Goal 11'
Gomes Goal 39'
João Mário Goal 90+1' (pen.)
Report Jesé Goal 8'28'48'
Lilleküla Stadium, Tallinn
Attendance: 3,780[9]
Referee: Paolo Valeri (Italy)

9 July 2012
17:00
Spain  2 – 0  Estonia
Suárez Goal 39'
Alcácer Goal 86'
Report
Lilleküla Stadium, Tallinn
Attendance: 3,877[10]
Referee: Arnold Hunter (Northern Ireland)

9 July 2012
17:00
Portugal  2 – 3  Greece
Gomes Goal 19'
Betinho Goal 90+6'
Report Gianniotas Goal 18'
Katidis Goal 42'69'
Haapsalu Stadium, Haapsalu
Attendance: 1,193[10]
Referee: Alain Bieri (Switzerland)

Group B[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 England 3 2 1 0 5 3 +2 7
 France 3 2 0 1 5 2 +3 6
 Croatia 3 1 1 1 4 2 +2 4
 Serbia 3 0 0 3 1 8 −7 0
3 July 2012
17:30
England  1 – 1  Croatia
Chalobah Goal 60' Report Pavičić Goal 57'
Kadriorg Stadium, Tallinn
Attendance: 1,270[8]
Referee: Alain Bieri (Switzerland)

3 July 2012
18:45
Serbia  0 – 3  France
Report Samnick Goal 17'
Pogba Goal 26' (pen.)
Vion Goal 32'
Rakvere Stadium, Rakvere
Attendance: 1,827[8]
Referee: Arnold Hunter (Northern Ireland)

6 July 2012
16:30
France  1 – 0  Croatia
Foulquier Goal 79' Report
Haapsalu Stadium, Haapsalu
Attendance: 1,182[9]
Referee: Vadims Direktorenko (Latvia)

6 July 2012
17:30
Serbia  1 – 2  England
Ninković Goal 70' Report Afobe Goal 6'
Redmond Goal 63'
Rakvere Stadium, Rakvere
Attendance: 1,712[9]
Referee: Kenn Hansen (Denmark)

9 July 2012
20:00
Croatia  3 – 0  Serbia
Pavičić Goal 2'
Pongračić Goal 49'57'
Report
Rakvere Stadium, Rakvere
Attendance: 1,647[10]
Referee: Paolo Valeri (Italy)

9 July 2012
20:00
France  1 – 2  England
Veretout Goal 31' Report Lundstram Goal 16'
Kane Goal 39'
Kadriorg Stadium, Tallinn
Attendance: 3,234[10]
Referee: Danny Desmond Makkelie (Netherlands)

Knockout stage[edit]

Bracket[edit]

Semi-finals Final
12 July – Tallinn
  Spain 3 (4)  
  France 3 (2)  
 
15 July – Tallinn
      Spain 1
    Greece 0
12 July – Tallinn
  England 1
  Greece 2  

Semi-finals[edit]

12 July 2012
16:45
England  1 – 2 (a.e.t.)  Greece
Afobe Goal 56' Report Bougaidis Goal 38'
Lykogiannis Goal 108'
Lilleküla Stadium, Tallinn
Attendance: 3,115[11]
Referee: Kenn Hansen (Denmark)

12 July 2012
20:00
Spain  3 – 3 (a.e.t.)  France
Deulofeu Goal 62'112'
Alcácer Goal 78'
Report Umtiti Goal 26'90+1'
Pogba Goal 117'
  Penalties  
Campaña Penalty missed
Suárez Penalty scored
Jesé Penalty scored
Alcácer Penalty scored
Deulofeu Penalty scored
4–2 Penalty scored Pogba
Penalty scored Pléa
Penalty missed Umtiti
Penalty missed Kondogbia
Lilleküla Stadium, Tallinn
Attendance: 4,325[11]
Referee: Arnold Hunter (Northern Ireland)

Final[edit]

15 July 2012
21:30
Spain  1 – 0  Greece
Jesé Goal 80' Report
Spain
Spain
GK 1 Kepa Arrizabalaga Booked 90+2'
DF 3 Alejandro Grimaldo
DF 4 Jonás Ramalho
DF 5 Derik Osede
MF 6 José Campaña (c)
MF 8 Suso Substituted off 71'
MF 9 Paco Alcácer
FW 10 Jesé RodríguezBooked 90' Substituted off 90+1'
DF 12 Jonny
MF 16 Óliver Torres
FW 14 Gerard Deulofeu Substituted off 84'
Substitutes
GK 17 Adrián Ortolá
FW 7 Juanmi Substituted in 84'
MF 11 Juan Bernat Substituted in 90+1'
DF 14 Pablo Insúa
MF 18 Denis Suárez Substituted in 71'
DF 19 Salvador Ruiz
FW 20 Nono
Manager
Spain Julen Lopetegui
Greece
Greece
GK 12 Sokratis Dioudis
DF 2 Nikos Marinakis
DF 3 Kostas Stafylidis
DF 4 Mavroudis Bougaidis
MF 6 Panagiotis Ballas
FW 7 Charis Mavrias
MF 8 Spyros Fourlanos Substituted off 85'
FW 9 Dimitris Diamantakos Substituted off 67'
MF 10 Giorgos Katidis (c) Booked 78' Substituted off 90'
DF 11 Giannis Gianniotas
MF 15 Dimitris Kourmpelis
Substitutes
GK 19 Panagiotis Tsintotas
DF 5 Konstantinos Triantafyllopoulos
MF 13 Kostas Rougalas
DF 14 Charalambos Lykogiannis Substituted in 67'
FW 17 Tasos Bakasetas Substituted in 85'
MF 18 Antreas Bouchalakis Substituted in 90'
Manager
Greece Kostas Tsanas


 2012 UEFA U-19 European Champions 

Spain
Ninth title

Goalscorers[edit]

5 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
1 own goal

References[edit]

  1. ^ "U19 elite round draw made". UEFA. Retrieved 2012-03-02. 
  2. ^ "Staadionid" (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association. Retrieved 14 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "Alanud aasta toob Eestisse jalgpalli suurvõistluse" (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association. 1 January 2012. Retrieved 29 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "UEFA määras Eestis toimuvale finaalturniirile 16 kohtunikku" (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association. 18 June 2012. Retrieved 19 June 2012. 
  5. ^ "Millal ja kus peetakse U-19 EM-finaalturniiri mängud?" (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association. 2 April 2012. Retrieved 30 May 2012. 
  6. ^ Tallinn welcomes U19 contenders UEFA.com
  7. ^ "Regulations of the UEFA European Under-19 Championship 2011/12". 
  8. ^ a b c d "U-19 EM-finaalturniiri külastas avapäeval 11 138 pealtvaatajat" [11,138 people attended the opening day of U19 European Championship] (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association. 4 July 2012. Retrieved 4 July 2012. 
  9. ^ a b c d "U-19 EM-finaalturniiri publikuarv ületas 20 000 piiri" [U19 final tournament's attendance number surpassed 20,000] (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association. 7 July 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2012. 
  10. ^ a b c d "Alagrupimänge külastas üle 30 000 pealtvaataja" [More than 30,000 people attended group stage matches] (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association. 9 July 2012. Retrieved 9 July 2012. 
  11. ^ a b "Finaali pääsesid Kreeka ja Hispaania" (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association. 12 July 2012. Retrieved 12 July 2012. 
  12. ^ "Euroopa meistriks tuli Hispaania" (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association. 15 July 2012. Retrieved 16 July 2012. 

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