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
2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship.png
Tournament details
Host country Czech Republic
Dates 17–30 June 2015
Teams 8 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s) 4 (in 3 host cities)

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 Brazil.[3] However, as England is not an Olympic nation, their team is ineligible for the Olympics. If England reach the semi-finals, the last Olympic spot will go to the winner of the Olympic play-off match between the two group third-placed teams.[4][5] The Football Association had originally declared on 2 March 2015 its intention to enter and run teams on behalf of the British Olympic Association at the 2016 Olympics should England qualify.[6] However, following strong objections from the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish football associations, as well as a commitment from FIFA that they would not allow entry of a British team unless all four Home Nations were in agreement, the Football Association announced on 30 March 2015 that they would not seek entry into the Olympic tournament.[7]

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 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.[8]

Qualified teams[edit]

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

Country Qualified as Previous appearances in tournament1
only U-21 era (since 1978)
 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 Bold indicates champion for that year. Italics indicate host.


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).[9]

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

Match officials[edit]

Six refereeing teams will take charge of matches at the final tournament:

Country Referee Assistant referees Additional assistant referees
France France Clément Turpin Frédéric Cano
Nicolas Danos
Fredy Fautrel
Nicolas Rainville
Greece Greece Anastasios Sidiropoulos Damianos Efthymiadis
Polychronis Kostaras
Michael Koukoulakis
Stavros Tritsonis
Netherlands Netherlands Danny Makkelie Mario Diks
Hessel Steegstra
Kevin Blom
Jochem Kamphuis
Poland Poland Szymon Marciniak Paweł Sokolnicki
Tomasz Listkiewicz
Paweł Raczkowski
Tomasz Musial
Russia Russia Sergei Karasev Anton Averyanov
Tikhon Kalugin
Sergey Lapochkin
Sergey Ivanov
Spain Spain Javier Estrada Fernández Miguel Martínez Munuera
Teodoro Sobrino Magán
Alejandro Hernández Hernández
Jesús Gil Manzano


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.[2][10]

Top seeds Second seeds Unseeded


Each national team have to submit a squad of 23 players, three of whom must be goalkeepers. If a player is injured or ill severely enough to prevent his participation in the tournament before his team's first match, he can be replaced by another player.[2]

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.[11][12]

The provisional schedule was released by UEFA on 10 November 2014,[4] and confirmed on 2 December 2014.[13][14]


If two or more teams were equal on points on completion of the group matches, the following tie-breaking criteria were applied:[2]

  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
  1. ^ The Olympic play-off will be played only if England advance to the semi-finals.

17 June 2015
Germany  v  Serbia

20 June 2015
Germany  v  Denmark

23 June 2015
Denmark  v  Serbia

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
  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
Italy  v  Sweden

21 June 2015
Sweden  v  England

24 June 2015
England  v  Italy

Potential Olympic play-off[edit]

If England (who are ineligible for the Olympics) advance to the semi-finals, a play-off match will be played between the two group third-placed teams to decide the final Olympic spot.[4] Otherwise, this match is not played.

28 June 2015
Third Place of Group A v Third Place of Group B

Knockout stage[edit]

In the knockout stage (and the possible Olympic play-off), extra time and penalty shoot-out are used to decide the winner if necessary.[2]


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


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

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


30 June 2015
Winner of Semifinal 1 v Winner of Semifinal 2


Territory Rights holder Ref
 Brazil SporTV [15]
 Canada TSN, RDS [15]
 Caribbean ESPN [15]
 Czech Republic ČT [15]
 Denmark Viasat [15]
 Finland Elisa [16]
 France Ma Chaîne Sport [17]
 Germany ARD, ZDF [18]
 Indonesia RCTI [15]
 Malaysia Astro [15]
 Norway Viasat [15]
 Portugal RTP [19]
 Slovakia TV JOJ [15]
 Sweden TV4 [20]
 United Kingdom BT Sport [21]
 United States ESPN [15]


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