2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship

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2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship
Mistrovství Evropy ve fotbale hráčů do 21 let 2015
Tournament details
Host country Czech Republic
Dates 17–30 June 2015
Teams (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s) (in 3 host cities)
2013
2017

The 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship will be the 20th staging of the UEFA European Under-21 Championship, a biennial football competition between men's under-21 national teams organised by UEFA. The final tournament will be hosted in the Czech Republic from 15 to 30 June 2015, after their bid was selected by the UEFA Executive Committee on 20 March 2012 in Istanbul, Turkey.[1]

Fifty-two teams participated in a qualification tournament, taking place between March 2013 and October 2014, to determine the seven teams that would join the final tournament hosts. Players born on or after 1 January 1992 are eligible to participate in the competition.[2] The four semi-finalists will qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympics men's football tournament, to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. However, as England is not an Olympic nation, their team is ineligible for the Olympics. If England reaches the semi-finals, the last Olympic spot will go to the winner of the Olympic play-off game between the two group third-placed teams.[3][4]

The current champions are Spain, who secured a second consecutive title after defeating Italy 4–2 in the previous final in Israel. However, Spain will not be able to defend their title, following their elimination in the qualification play-offs by Serbia.

Qualification[edit]

Qualification for the final tournament of the 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship consisted of two rounds: a group stage and a play-off round. The group stage draw took place on 31 January 2013 in Nyon, Switzerland, and distributed 52 national teams into ten groups of five or six teams. Each group was contested in a double round-robin system, where teams played each other twice, at home and away. The ten group winners and the four best second-placed teams advanced to the play-off round, where they were paired by draw into seven two-legged ties. The play-off winners joined the Czech Republic in the final tournament.[5]

Qualified teams[edit]

The following teams qualified for the 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship final tournament:

Country Qualified as Previous appearances in tournament1
 Czech Republic Hosts 11 (19785, 19805, 19885, 19905, 19925, 19945, 1996, 2000, 2002, 2007, 2011)
 Denmark Playoff winner (against Iceland) 5 (1978, 1986, 1992, 2006, 2011)
 England Playoff winner (against Croatia) 12 (1978, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1988, 2000, 2002, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013)
 Germany Playoff winner (against Ukraine) 11 (19822, 19842, 19882, 19902, 1992, 1996, 1998, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2013)
 Italy Playoff winner (against Slovakia) 17 (1978, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2013)
 Portugal Playoff winner (against Netherlands) 6 (1994, 1996, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007)
 Serbia Playoff winner (against Spain) 8 (19783, 19803, 19843, 19903, 20044, 20064, 2007, 2009)
 Sweden Playoff winner (against France) 6 (1986, 1990, 1992, 1998, 2004, 2009)
1 Only appearances in under-21 era (since 1978). Bold indicates champion for that year, while italics indicate host.

Venues[edit]

The competition is due to be played at four venues in three host cities: Eden Arena and Generali Arena (in Prague), Andrův stadion (in Olomouc), and Stadion Miroslava Valenty (in Uherské Hradiště).[6]

Prague Olomouc Uherské Hradiště
Eden Arena Generali Arena Andrův stadion Stadion Miroslava Valenty
50°4′3″N 14°28′18″E / 50.06750°N 14.47167°E / 50.06750; 14.47167 (Eden Arena) 50°5′59.3″N 14°24′57.3″E / 50.099806°N 14.415917°E / 50.099806; 14.415917 (Generali Arena) 49°36′0″N 17°14′54″E / 49.60000°N 17.24833°E / 49.60000; 17.24833 (Andrův stadion) 49°3′56″N 17°28′17.3″E / 49.06556°N 17.471472°E / 49.06556; 17.471472 (Městský fotbalový stadion Miroslava Valenty)
Capacity: 20,800 Capacity: 19,784 Capacity: 12,566 Capacity: 8,121
Stadion Eden.jpg Generali Arena-AC Sparta Praha.jpg Andruv stadion.jpg Uherské Hradiště, stadion, vchod.jpg

Seeding[edit]

The draw for the final tournament took place at 18:00 CET on 6 November 2014, at the Clarion Congress Hotel in Prague. England, the highest-ranked team according to the competition coefficient rankings, and the host team, Czech Republic, were seeded and automatically assigned to separate groups. The second and third-ranked teams in the coefficient rankings, Italy and Germany, were also seeded and drawn into separate groups, while the four unseeded teams were drawn into the remaining positions of the two groups.[7][8]

Top seeds Second seeds Unseeded

Group stage[edit]

2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship finalist teams

The eight finalists were drawn into two groups of four teams. As hosts, Czech Republic were seeded in group A, while England, the best-ranked team in the UEFA coefficient ranking, were seeded in group B. In each group, teams will play matches against each other in a round-robin system, and the top two teams will advance to the semi-finals.[9][10]

The provisional schedule was released by UEFA on 10 November 2014,[3] and confirmed on 2 December 2014.[11][12]

Tie-breaking[edit]

If two or more teams were equal on points on completion of the group matches, the following tie-breaking criteria were applied:[13]

  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;

If, after having applied criteria 1 to 3, teams still had an equal ranking, criteria 1 to 3 were reapplied exclusively to the matches between the teams in question to determine their final rankings. If this procedure did not lead to a decision, criteria 4 to 6 were applied.

  1. Superior goal difference in all group matches;
  2. Higher number of goals scored in all group matches;
  3. Position in the UEFA under-21 coefficient ranking used for the final draw.

If only two teams were tied (according to criteria 1–5) after having met in the last match of the group stage, their ranking would be determined by a penalty shoot-out.

All times are in Central European Summer Time (UTC+02:00).

Group A[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Group stage result
1  Czech Republic 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
and 2016 Summer Olympics
2  Denmark 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3  Germany 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Possible Olympic play-off[a]
4  Serbia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 17 June 2015. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: tie-breaking
Notes:
  1. ^ The Olympic play-off will be played only if England advance to the semi-finals.
17 June 2015
18:00
Czech Republic  v  Denmark
Report
17 June 2015
20:45
Germany  v  Serbia
Report

20 June 2015
18:00
Serbia  v  Czech Republic
Report
20 June 2015
20:45
Germany  v  Denmark
Report

23 June 2015
20:45
Czech Republic  v  Germany
Report
23 June 2015
20:45
Denmark  v  Serbia
Report

Group B[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Group stage result
1  England 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
and 2016 Summer Olympics[a]
2  Italy 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3  Portugal 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Possible Olympic play-off[b]
4  Sweden 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 18 June 2015. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: tie-breaking
Notes:
  1. ^ England are ineligible for the Olympics.
  2. ^ The Olympic play-off will be played only if England advance to the semi-finals.
18 June 2015
18:00
Italy  v  Sweden
Report

21 June 2015
18:00
Sweden  v  England
Report

24 June 2015
20:45
England  v  Italy
Report

Possible Olympic play-off[edit]

If England (who are ineligible for the Olympics) advance to the semi-finals, an Olympic play-off will be played between the two group third-placed teams to decide the last Olympic spot.[3] Otherwise, this match is not played.

28 June 2015
18:00
Third Place of Group A v Third Place of Group B

Knockout stage[edit]

Bracket[edit]

Semi-finals Final
27 June
 Winner Group A  
 Runner-up Group B  
 
30 June
     
   
27 June
 Runner-up Group A
 Winner Group B  

Semi-finals[edit]

27 June 2015
18:00
Winner of Group B v Runner-up of Group A

27 June 2015
21:00
Winner of Group A v Runner-up of Group B

Final[edit]

30 June 2015
20:45
Winner of Semifinal 1 v Winner of Semifinal 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Czech Republic to host 2015 Under-21 finals" (Press release). UEFA.com. 20 March 2012. Retrieved 6 April 2012. 
  2. ^ Regulations of the UEFA European Under-21 Championship, 2013–15 competition
  3. ^ a b c "Provisional schedule for Under-21 finals". UEFA.com. 10 November 2014. 
  4. ^ "Sverige närmare OS-fotbollen" (in Swedish). Aftonbladet. 15 October 2014. Retrieved 16 October 2014. 
  5. ^ "Spain learn fate in U21 qualifying draw" (Press release). UEFA. 31 January 2011. Retrieved 1 February 2013. 
  6. ^ "Česko v roce 2015 uspořádá šampionát fotbalistů do 21 let". Mladá fronta DNES (in Czech). 20 March 2012. Retrieved 27 March 2014. 
  7. ^ "Final tournament draw". UEFA. 6 November 2014. Retrieved 8 November 2014. 
  8. ^ "Regulations of the UEFA European Under-21 Championship 2013-15". UEFA.com. Retrieved 15 October 2014. 
  9. ^ "Competition format". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). Retrieved 18 October 2014. 
  10. ^ "Czechs paired with Germany, Denmark and Serbia". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). Retrieved 6 November 2014. 
  11. ^ "Confirmed schedule for Under-21 finals". UEFA.com. 2 December 2014. 
  12. ^ "Confirmed U21 2015 finals match schedule". UEFA.com. 
  13. ^ "Regulations of the UEFA European Under-21 Championship 2013–15" (PDF). UEFA.com. Retrieved 18 October 2014. 

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