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
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 will participate in a qualification stage taking place between March 2013 and September 2014, to determine the seven teams that will join the hosts. Players born on or after 1 January 1992 will be eligible for the tournament.[2] The four semi-finalists will qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympics men's football tournament held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The current champions are Spain, who secured a second consecutive title after defeating Italy 4–2 in the previous final in Israel.

Qualification[edit]

Qualification for the final tournament of the 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship consists 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 is contested in a double round-robin system, where teams play each other twice, at home and away. The ten group winners and the four best second-placed teams advance to the play-off round, where they are paired by draw into seven two-legged ties. The play-off winners of join Czech Republic in the final tournament.[3]

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 5 (1996, 2000, 2002, 2007, 2011)
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, Eden Arena, Generali Arena, Andrův stadion and Městský fotbalový stadion Miroslava Valenty.[4]

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
StadiumEden.jpg Generali Arena-AC Sparta Praha.jpg Andruv stadion.jpg Uherské Hradiště, stadion, vchod.jpg

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. ^ "Spain learn fate in U21 qualifying draw" (Press release). UEFA. 31 January 2011. Retrieved 1 February 2013. 
  4. ^ "Česko v roce 2015 uspořádá šampionát fotbalistů do 21 let". Mladá fronta DNES (in Czech). 20 March 2012. Retrieved 27 March 2014. 

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