2013 UEFA European Under-19 Championship

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2013 UEFA European Under-19 Championship
Tournament details
Host country Lithuania
Dates 20 July – 1 August
Teams (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s) (in 3 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Serbia Serbia (1st title)
Runners-up France France
Tournament statistics
Matches played 15
Goals scored 47 (3.13 per match)
Attendance 56,169 (3,745 per match)
Top scorer(s) Lithuania Gratas Sirgedas
Netherlands Anass Achahbar
Portugal Alexandre Guedes (3 goals)
Best player Serbia Aleksandar Mitrović
2012
2014

The 2013 UEFA European Under-19 Championship was the 12th edition of the UEFA European Under-19 Championship, since its reclassification from an under-18 tournament in 2002, and the 62nd since the tournament was created in 1948. It was hosted in Lithuania from 20 July to 1 August 2013, in three different cities. Only players born after 1 January 1994 were eligible to participate.

The qualification matches began in September 2012 and concluded in June 2013, with seven teams joining the Lithuanian hosts in the final tournament. Spain were the two-time defending champions, after defeating Greece in the final of the previous edition, but were eliminated by France in the semi-finals. In the final, France were beaten 1–0 by Serbia, who collected their first-ever title in UEFA competitions in their first final appearance.

Bids[edit]

Eight national associations showed interested in hosting the final tournament, but only Lithuania, Germany, Hungary, and Slovenia reached the final bidding stage. On 4 October 2010, Lithuania were announced as the hosts in a meeting of the UEFA Executive Committee in Minsk, Belarus.[1][2]

Venues[edit]

Location map of the final tournament host cities

The final round matches will be held in three stadium venues located in three Lithuanian cities:[3]

Stadium Location Capacity Matches Ref
Alytus Stadium Alytus 3,748 4 group matches and 1 semi-final [4]
Darius and Girėnas Stadium Kaunas 9,280 4 group matches and 1 semi-final [5]
ARVI Football Arena Marijampolė 6,250 4 group matches and the final [6]

Qualification[edit]

Main articles: Qualifying round and Elite round

Qualification for the final tournament occurred in two phases: 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, Lithuania.[7]

The qualifying round was played between 26 September and 26 November 2012, following a draw that took place on 29 November 2011 at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland. According to the UEFA under-19 national team coefficient ranking,[8] the top three teams – Spain, Serbia and Turkey – were given a bye to the elite round, whereas the remaining 48 teams were divided into two pots and drawn into 12 groups of four teams. Each group included two teams from both pots and was contested as a round-robin tournament, hosted in the country of one of the teams. The group winners and runners-up, along with the best third-placed team, qualified for the next round.[9]

The elite round was played between 22 May and 11 June 2012 and was contested by the 25 teams advancing from the qualifying round plus the three teams which received byes. The draw took place on 5 December 2012 at the UEFA headquarters and allocated the 28 teams – previously arranged into four seeding pots according to their qualifying round coefficient (teams with bye were automatically seeded in the first pot)[10] – into seven groups of four. Each group was contested similarly to the qualifying round, with the seven group winners securing qualification for the final tournament.[11]

Qualified teams[edit]

The following eight teams qualified for the final tournament:[12]

Country Qualified as Previous appearances in final tournament1
only U-19 era (since 2002)
 Lithuania Hosts 0 (debut)
 France Winner of Group 1 6 (2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012)
 Serbia Winner of Group 2 5 (20052, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012)
 Portugal Winner of Group 3 5 (2003, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2012)
 Spain Winner of Group 4 9 (2002, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)
 Netherlands Winner of Group 5 1 (2010)
 Georgia Winner of Group 6 0 (debut)
 Turkey Winner of Group 7 4 (2004, 2006, 2009, 2011)
1 Bold indicates champion for that year. Italics indicate host.

Match officials[edit]

UEFA named six referees and eight assistant referees to officiate matches at the final tournament. Additionally, two referees from the host nation were chosen as fourth officials.[13]

Squads[edit]

Group stage[edit]

2013 UEFA European Under-19 Championship finalist teams

The draw for the group stage was held on 14 June 2013 in Kaunas, at the Town Hall, and was conducted by the UEFA Youth and Amateur Football Committee chairman, Jim Boyce, who was assisted by final tournament ambassadors Vaida Česnauskienė and Marius Stankevičius.[15] The eight finalists were drawn into two groups of four teams and played matches against each other in a round-robin system. The top two teams from each group advanced to the semi-finals.[12]

If two or more teams are equal on points on completion of the group matches, the following tie-breaking criteria are applied:[16]

  1. Higher number of points obtained in the matches played between the teams in question;
  2. Superior goal difference resulting from the matches played between the teams in question;
  3. Higher number of goals scored in the matches played between the teams in question;
  4. If two teams are still tied after criteria 1–3 have been applied, the criteria are reapplied on those teams. If the tie is not broken, criteria 5–8 are applied;
  5. Superior goal difference in all group matches;
  6. Higher number of goals scored in all group matches;
  7. Fair play conduct of the teams (final tournament);
  8. Drawing of lots.

If two teams are tied after having met in the last round of the group stage, their final ranking is determined instead by a penalty shoot-out. This method is only valid when determining which team qualifies for the next round or for another competition.[16]

Legend
Advanced to semifinals

All times are in Eastern European Summer Time (UTC+03:00).[17]

Group A[edit]

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 Spain 3 3 0 0 6 2 +4 9
 Portugal 3 2 0 1 8 4 +4 6
 Netherlands 3 1 0 2 6 9 −3 3
 Lithuania 3 0 0 3 4 9 −5 0
20 July 2013
18:30
Lithuania  2–3  Netherlands
Artimavičius Goal 38'
Sirgedas Goal 83'
Report Achahbar Goal 10'29'
Vloet Goal 90+6'

20 July 2013
21:15
Spain  1–0  Portugal
Ramírez Goal 19' Report
ARVI Arena, Marijampolė
Attendance: 2,900
Referee: Felix Zwayer (Germany)

23 July 2013
16:30
Netherlands  1–4  Portugal
Vloet Goal 90+1' Report Guedes Goal 32'89'
Silva Goal 73'
Horta Goal 87'
Alytus Stadium, Alytus
Attendance: 3,170
Referee: Michael Oliver (England)

23 July 2013
18:30
Lithuania  0–2  Spain
Report Hernández Goal 6'74'

26 July 2013
21:00
Portugal  4–2  Lithuania
Lopes Goal 8'
Petrauskas Goal 45' (o.g.)
Figueiredo Goal 51' (pen.)
Mané Goal 65'
Report Sirgedas Goal 53'90+2'
Darius and Girėnas Stadium, Kaunas
Attendance: 8,075
Referee: Orel Grinfeeld (Israel)

26 July 2013
21:00
Netherlands  2–3  Spain
Mahi Goal 36'
Achahbar Goal 90+1' (pen.)
Report Ramírez Goal 68'
Vadillo Goal 81'
Vico Goal 83'
Alytus Stadium, Alytus
Attendance: 3,618
Referee: Aleksei Kulbakov (Belarus)

Group B[edit]

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 Serbia 3 2 1 0 4 2 +2 7
 France 3 1 2 0 3 2 +1 5
 Turkey 3 1 0 2 6 6 0 3
 Georgia 3 0 1 2 2 5 −3 1
20 July 2013
17:00
Serbia  2–1  Turkey
Luković Goal 17'
Mitrović Goal 54'
Report Niyaz Goal 88'
ARVI Arena, Marijampolė
Attendance: 450
Referee: Michael Oliver (England)

20 July 2013
19:00
Georgia  0–0  France
Report

23 July 2013
18:30
Serbia  1–0  Georgia
Meleg Goal 74' Report
ARVI Arena, Marijampolė
Attendance: 1,100
Referee: Orel Grinfeeld (Israel)

23 July 2013
20:45
Turkey  1–2  France
Yılmaz Goal 87' (pen.) Report Hunou Goal 6'
Benzia Goal 64'
Alytus Stadium, Alytus
Attendance: 1,915
Referee: Martin Strömbergsson (Sweden)

26 July 2013
16:30
France  1–1  Serbia
Hunou Goal 31' Report Pavlovski Goal 77'

26 July 2013
16:30
Turkey  4–2  Georgia
Deniz Goal 16'18'
Niyaz Goal 58'
Şahin Goal 80'
Report Endeladze Goal 3'
Kacharava Goal 50'
ARVI Arena, Marijampolė
Attendance: 950
Referee: Gediminas Mažeika (Lithuania)

Knockout stage[edit]

Bracket[edit]

Semi-finals Final
29 July – Alytus
  Serbia (p) 2 (3)  
  Portugal 2 (2)  
 
1 August – Marijampolė
      Serbia 1
    France 0
29 July – Kaunas
  Spain 1
  France (a.e.t.) 2  

Semifinals[edit]


29 July 2013
21:00
Spain  1–2 (a.e.t.)  France
Rodríguez Goal 27' (pen.) Report Benzia Goal 29'
Conte Goal 105'
Darius and Girėnas Stadium, Kaunas
Attendance: 4,436
Referee: Orel Grinfeeld (Israel)

Final[edit]

1 August 2013
21:45
France  0–1  Serbia
Report Luković Goal 57'

Goalscorers[edit]

3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
Own goals

Awards[edit]

Name Goals Scored Assists Minutes played
Lithuania Gratas Sirgedas 3 0 141
Netherlands Anass Achahbar 3 0 255
Portugal Alexandre Guedes 3 0 390

Team of the tournament[edit]

After the final, the UEFA technical team selected 23 players to integrate the "team of the tournament".[18]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Bosnian referee Emir Alečković was officially suspended from this tournament.[14]

References[edit]

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  13. ^ "Match officials". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. Retrieved 14 July 2013. 
  14. ^ "Emir Alečković sent home from U19 tournament and officially suspended". Union of European Football Associations. 25 July 2013. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  15. ^ Haslam, Andrew (14 June 2013). "Holders and hosts matched in finals draw". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. Retrieved 14 June 2013. 
  16. ^ a b "Regulations of the UEFA European Under-19 Championship 2012/13" (PDF). UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. pp. 10–11. Retrieved 20 June 2013. 
  17. ^ "Under-19s finals schedule confirmed by UEFA". UEFA. 2013-06-17. Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  18. ^ "Technical Report" (PDF). UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. pp. 18–19. Retrieved 20 June 2014. 

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