UEFA European Under-17 Championship

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UEFA European Under-17 Championship
UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship logo.png
Founded 1982
Region Europe (UEFA)
Number of teams 53 (qualification rounds)
8/16 (final tournament)
Current champions  England (2nd title)
Most successful team(s)  Spain
(8 titles)
2014 UEFA European Under-17 Championship

The UEFA European Under-17 Championship is an annual European association football competition contested by the men's under-17 national teams of the member associations of UEFA. Established in 1982, the competition was organised as an under-16 event until 2001, when it was changed to its current age category. In odd years, it serves as the European qualifying tournament for the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

The current competition format consists of three stages: a qualifying round, an elite round and a final tournament. The first stage takes place in autumn of the previous year, while the elite round is played in spring. The winners of each elite round group join the host team in the final tournament, played in May.

Spain is the most successful team in this competition, having won eight titles and finished in the podium sixteen times. The current champions are England, who defeated Netherlands 4–2 in a penalty shootout in the 2014 tournament final.

Tournaments[edit]

UEFA European Under-16 Championship[edit]

Year Host Final Third place match
Winner Score Runner-up Third place Score Fourth place
1982
Details
 Italy
Italy
1 – 0
West Germany

Yugoslavia
0 – 0
(4–2) ps

Finland
1984
Details
 West Germany
West Germany
2 – 0
Soviet Union

England
1 – 0
Yugoslavia
1985
Details
 Hungary
Soviet Union
4 – 0
Greece

Spain
1 – 0
East Germany
1986
Details
 Greece
Spain
2 – 1
Italy

Soviet Union
1 – 1
(9–8) ps

East Germany
1987
Details
 France
Italy
Title not awarded[1]
(1–0)
0 – 3
[2]

Soviet Union

France
3 – 0
Turkey
1988
Details
 Spain
Spain
0 – 0
(4–2) ps

Portugal

East Germany
0 – 0
(5–4) ps

West Germany
1989
Details
 Denmark
Portugal
4 – 1
East Germany

France
3 – 2
Spain
1990
Details
 East Germany
Czechoslovakia
3 – 2
aet

Yugoslavia

Poland
3 – 2
Portugal
1991
Details
  Switzerland
Spain
2 – 0
Germany

Greece
1 – 1
(5–4) ps

France
1992
Details
 Cyprus
Germany
2 – 1
Spain

Italy
1 – 0
Portugal
1993
Details
 Turkey
Poland
1 – 0
Italy

Czechoslovakia
2 – 1
France
1994
Details
 Republic of Ireland
Turkey
1 – 0
Denmark

Ukraine
2 – 0
Austria
1995
Details
 Belgium
Portugal
2 – 0
Spain

Germany
2 – 1
aet

France
1996
Details
 Austria
Portugal
1 – 0
France

Israel
3 – 2
Greece
1997
Details
 Germany
Spain
0 – 0
(5–4) ps

Austria

Germany
3 – 1
Switzerland
1998
Details
 Scotland
Republic of Ireland
2 – 1
Italy

Spain
2 – 1
Portugal
1999
Details
 Czech Republic
Spain
4 – 1
Poland

Germany
2 – 1
Czech Republic
2000
Details
 Israel
Portugal
2 – 1
asdet

Czech Republic

Netherlands
5 – 0
Greece
2001
Details
 England
Spain
1 – 0
France

Croatia
4 – 1
England
Year of tournament Format Number of teams
1982 - 1984 Semi finals, third place playoff and final 4
1985 - 1992 Four groups of four teams, semi finals, third place playoff and final 16
1993 - 2001 Four groups of four teams, quarter finals, semi finals, third place playoff and final

UEFA European Under-17 Championship[edit]

Year Host Final Third place match
Winner Score Runner-up Third place Score Fourth place
2002
Details
 Denmark
Switzerland
0 – 0
(4–2) ps

France

England
4 – 1
Spain
2003
Details
 Portugal
Portugal
2 – 1
Spain

Austria
1 – 0
England
2004
Details
 France
France
2 – 1
Spain

Portugal
4 – 4
(3–2) ps

England
2005
Details
 Italy
Turkey
2 – 0
Netherlands

Italy
2 – 1
aet

Croatia
2006
Details
 Luxembourg
Russia
2 – 2
(5–3) ps

Czech Republic

Spain
1 – 1
(3–2) ps

Germany
Year Host Final Losing semi-finalists (1)
Winner Score Runner-up
2007
Details
 Belgium
Spain
1 – 0
England
 Belgium and  France
2008
Details
 Turkey
Spain
4 – 0
France
 Netherlands and  Turkey
2009
Details
 Germany
Germany
2 – 1
aet

Netherlands
 Italy and  Switzerland
2010
Details
 Liechtenstein
England
2 – 1
Spain
 France and  Turkey
2011
Details
 Serbia
Netherlands
5 – 2
Germany
 Denmark and  England
2012
Details
 Slovenia
Netherlands
1 – 1
(5–4) ps

Germany
 Georgia and  Poland
2013
Details
 Slovakia
Russia
0 – 0
(5–4) ps

Italy
 Slovakia and  Sweden
2014
Details
 Malta[3]
England
1 – 1
(4–1) ps

Netherlands
 Portugal and  Scotland
2015
Details
 Bulgaria[3]
2016
Details
 Azerbaijan[3]
1No third place match has been played since 2007; losing semi-finalists are listed in alphabetical order.
Year of tournament Format Number of teams
2002 Four groups of four teams, quarter finals, semi finals, third place playoff and final 16
2003 - 2006 Two groups of four teams, semi finals, third place playoff and final 8
2007 - present Two groups of four teams, semi finals and final

Winners[edit]

Country Winners Runners-up Third-place(1) Fourth-place(1) Semi-finalists(1)
 Spain 8 (1986, 1988, 1991, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2007, 2008) 5 (1990, 1995, 2003, 2004, 2010) 3 (1985, 1998, 2006) 2 (1989, 2002)
 Portugal 5 (1989, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2003) 1 (1988) 1 (2004) 3 (1990, 1992, 1998) 1 (2014)
 Germany
 West Germany
3 (1984, 1992, 2009) 5 (1982, 1989, 1991, 2011, 2012) 4 (1988, 1995, 1997, 1999) 4 (1985, 1986, 1988, 2006)
 Russia
 Soviet Union
3 (1985, 2006, 2013) 2 (1984, 1987) 1 (1986)
 Netherlands 2 (2011, 2012) 3 (2005, 2009, 2014) 1 (2000) 1 (2008)
 England 2 (2010, 2014) 1 (2007) 2 (1984, 2002) 3 (2001, 2003, 2004) 1 (2011)
 Turkey 2 (1994, 2005) 1 (1987) 2 (2008, 2010)
 France 1 (2004) 4 (1996, 2001, 2002, 2008) 2 (1987, 1989) 3 (1991, 1993, 1995) 2 (2007, 2010)
 Italy [1] 1 (1982) 4 (1986, 1993, 1998, 2013) 2 (1992, 2005) 1 (2009)
 Czech Republic
 Czechoslovakia
1 (1990) 2 (2000, 2006) 1 (1993) 1 (1999)
 Poland 1 (1993) 1 (1999) 1 (1990) 1 (2012)
 Switzerland 1 (2002) 1 (1997) 1 (2009)
 Republic of Ireland 1 (1998)
 Greece 1 (1985) 1 (1991) 2 (1996, 2000)
 Austria 1 (1997) 1 (2003) 1 (1994)
 Yugoslavia 1 (1990) 1 (1982) 1 (1984)
 Denmark 1 (1994) 1 (2011)
 Croatia 1 (2001) 1 (2005)
 Israel 1 (1996)
 Ukraine 1 (1994)
 Finland 1 (1982)
 Belgium 1 (2007)
 Georgia 1 (2012)
 Scotland 1 (2014)
 Slovakia 1 (2013)
 Sweden 1 (2013)
1 There was no match to determine 3rd place after the 2006 tournament.

Golden Player Award[edit]

UEFA Under-17 former logo

Since the 2002 edition, the Golden Player Award has been given to the most valuable player of the tournament.[4]

Tournament Golden Player
2002 Denmark England Wayne Rooney
2003 Portugal Spain David Rodríguez
2004 France Spain Cesc Fàbregas
2005 Italy Turkey Nuri Şahin
2006 Luxembourg Germany Toni Kroos
2007 Belgium Spain Bojan Krkić
2008 Turkey Serbia Danijel Aleksić
2009 Germany Switzerland Benjamin Siegrist
2010 Liechtenstein England Connor Wickham
2011 Serbia Netherlands Kyle Ebecilio
2012 Slovenia Germany Max Meyer
2013 Slovakia Russia Anton Mitryushkin
2014 Malta Netherlands Steven Bergwijn

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b It was then ruled that Roberto Secci had not been eligible to play in the competition, and UEFA decided that the title of Under-16 champions would not be awarded this year.
    "Italy success overruled". uefa.com. Retrieved 22 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "UEFA Under17 Championship 2008 Technical Report" (pdf). Retrieved 2009-03-19. 
  3. ^ a b c "Malta, Bulgaria, Azerbaijan picked for U17s". UEFA. 2012-03-20. 
  4. ^ Cradle of the stars

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