UEFA European Under-19 Championship

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UEFA European Under-19 Championship
UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship logo.svg
Founded 1948
Region Europe (UEFA)
Number of teams 53 (qualifiers)
24 (Elite round)
8 (finals)
Current champions  Germany (6th title)
Most successful team(s)  England
 Spain
(9 titles each)
Television broadcasters Eurosport
2014 UEFA European Under-19 Championship

The UEFA European Under-19 Championship is an annual football competition organised by the sport's European governing body, UEFA. The competition has been held since 1948. It was originally called the FIFA junior tournament, until it was taken over by UEFA in 1955. In 1980, it was restyled the European Under 18 Football Championship, and as changes were made to player eligibility dates in 2001, the championship received its current name, and this name has been used since the 2002 championship. The contest has been held every year since its inauguration in 1948, except for the period between 1984 and 1992, when it was only held every other year.

The tournament has been played in a number of different formats during its existence. Currently it consists of two stages, similarly to UEFA's other European championship competitions. The qualifying stage is open to all UEFA members, and the final stage is contested between eight teams.

During even years, the best finishing teams qualify for the FIFA U-20 World Cup held in the next (odd) year. Currently, six European teams can qualify for the World Cup by finishing in the top-3 of their groups.

The age limit of the event was under-18 (calendar year) at the beginning of the qualification but co-current with the new name, the age limit became under-19 during the final tournament. Thus, the age limit never changed as the qualification always began a year before the final tournament.

FIFA Junior Tournament[edit]

1948–1954[edit]

Year Host Final
Winner Score Runner-up
1948
details
 England
England
3 – 2
Netherlands
1949
details
 Netherlands
France
4 – 1
Netherlands
1950
details
 Austria
Austria
3 – 2
France
1951
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 France
Yugoslavia
3 – 2
Austria
1952
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 Spain
Spain
0 – 0
Spain won on goal average

Belgium
1953
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 Belgium
Hungary
2 – 0
Yugoslavia
1954
details
 West Germany
Spain
2 – 2
Spain won on goal average

West Germany

UEFA Junior Tournament[edit]

1955–1956[edit]

  • 1955: Tournament in  Italy - 5 Group Winners Only
 Romania
 Italy
 Bulgaria
 Hungary
 Czechoslovakia
 Hungary
 Romania
 Italy
 Czechoslovakia

1957–1980[edit]

Year Host Final
Winner Score Runner-up
1957
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 Spain
Austria
3 – 2
Spain
1958
Details
 Luxembourg
Italy
1 – 0
England
1959
Details
 Bulgaria
Bulgaria
1 – 0
Italy
1960
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 Austria
Hungary
2 – 1
Romania
1961
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 Portugal
Portugal
4 – 0
Poland
1962
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 Romania
Romania
4 – 1
Yugoslavia
1963
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 England
England
4 – 0
Northern Ireland
1964
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 Netherlands
England
4 – 0
Spain
1965
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 West Germany
East Germany
3 – 2
England
1966
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 Yugoslavia
Italy
0 – 0 *Title Shared
Soviet Union
1967
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 Turkey
Soviet Union
1 – 0
England
1968
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 France
Czechoslovakia
2 – 1
France
1969
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 East Germany
Bulgaria
1 – 1 *Bulgaria win on coin toss
East Germany
1970
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 Scotland
East Germany
1 – 1 *East Germany win on coin toss
Netherlands
1971
Details
 Czechoslovakia
England
3 – 0
Portugal
1972
Details
 Spain
England
2 – 0
West Germany
1973
Details
 Italy
England
3 – 2
East Germany
1974
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 Sweden
Bulgaria
1 – 0
Yugoslavia
1975
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  Switzerland
England
1 – 0
Finland
1976
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 Hungary
Soviet Union
1 – 0
Hungary
1977
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 Belgium
Belgium
2 – 1
Bulgaria
1978
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 Poland
Soviet Union
3 – 0
Yugoslavia
1979
Details
 Austria
Yugoslavia
1 – 0
Bulgaria
1980
Details
 East Germany
England
2 – 1
Poland

UEFA European Youth Championship[edit]

UEFA European U-18 Championship
Year Host Final
Winner Score Runner-up
1981
Details
 West Germany
West Germany
1 – 0
Poland
1982
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 Finland
Scotland
3 – 1
Czechoslovakia
1983
Details
 England
France
1 – 0
Czechoslovakia
1984
Details
 Soviet Union
Hungary
0 – 0
(3 – 2) ps

Soviet Union
1986
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 Yugoslavia
East Germany
3 – 1
Italy
1988
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 Czechoslovakia
Soviet Union
3 – 1
aet

Portugal
1990
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 Hungary
Soviet Union
0 – 0
(4 – 2) ps

Portugal
1992
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 Germany
Turkey
2 – 1
asdet

Portugal
1993
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 England
England
1 – 0
Turkey
1994
Details
 Spain
Portugal
1 – 1
(4 – 1) ps

Germany
1995
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 Greece
Spain
4 – 1
Italy
1996
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 France
France
1 – 0
Spain
1997
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 Iceland
France
1 – 0
asdet

Portugal
1998
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 Cyprus
Republic of Ireland
1 – 1
(4 – 3) ps

Germany
1999
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 Sweden
Portugal
1 – 0
Italy
2000
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 Germany
France
1 – 0
Ukraine
2001
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 Finland
Poland
3 – 1
Czech Republic
UEFA European U-19 Championship
2002
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 Norway
Spain
1 – 0
Germany
2003
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 Liechtenstein
Italy
2 – 0
Portugal
2004
Details
  Switzerland
Spain
1 – 0
Turkey
2005
Details
 Northern Ireland
France
3 – 1
England
2006
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 Poland
Spain
2 – 1
Scotland
2007
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 Austria
Spain
1 – 0
Greece
2008
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 Czech Republic
Germany
3 – 1
Italy
2009
Details
 Ukraine
Ukraine
2 – 0
England
2010
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 France
France
2 – 1
Spain
2011
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 Romania
Spain
3 – 2
aet

Czech Republic
2012
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 Estonia
Spain
1 – 0
Greece
2013
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 Lithuania
Serbia
1 – 0
France
2014
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 Hungary
Germany
1 – 0
Portugal
2015
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 Greece
2016
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 Germany

Number of teams[edit]

Year of tournament Format Number of teams
1986 – 1992 knockout format 8
1993 2 groups of four teams, third place playoff and final
1994 2 groups of four teams, fifth place playoff, third place playoff and final
1995 – 2002 2 group of four teams, third place playoff and final
2003 – present 2 group of four teams, semi final and final

Winners by country[edit]

UEFA European Youth Championship
Team Titles Runners-up
 England 9 (1948, 1963, 1964, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1980, 1993) 5 (1958, 1965, 1967, 2005, 2009)
 Spain 9 (1952, 1954, 1995, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2011, 2012) 4 (1957, 1964, 1996, 2010)
 France 7 (1949, 1983, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2005, 2010) 3 (1950, 1968, 2013)
 Soviet Union 6 (1966, 1967, 1976, 1978, 1988, 1990) 1 (1984)
 Portugal 3 (1961, 1994, 1999) 7 (1971, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1997, 2003, 2014)
 Germany 3 (1981, 2008, 2014) 5 (1954, 1972, 1994, 1998, 2002)
 Italy 3 (1958, 1966, 2003) 5 (1959, 1986, 1995, 1999, 2008)
 Serbia 1 3 (1951, 1979, 2013) 4 (1953, 1962, 1974, 1978)
 Bulgaria 3 (1959, 1969, 1974) 2 (1977, 1979)
 East Germany 3 (1965, 1970, 1986) 2 (1969, 1973)
 Hungary 3 (1953, 1960, 1984) 1 (1976)
 Austria 2 (1950, 1957) 1 (1951)
 Poland 1 (2001) 3 (1961, 1980, 1981)
 Czechoslovakia 1 (1968) 2 (1982, 1983)
 Turkey 1 (1992) 2 (1993, 2004)
 Belgium 1 (1977) 1 (1952)
 Romania 1 (1962) 1 (1960)
 Scotland 1 (1982) 1 (2006)
 Ukraine 1 (2009) 1 (2000)
 Republic of Ireland 1 (1998)
 Netherlands 3 (1948, 1949, 1970)
 Czech Republic 2 (2001, 2011)
 Greece 2 (2007, 2012)
 Finland 1 (1975)
 Northern Ireland 1 (1963)

Note: 1966 title shared between Italy and Soviet Union.

  • 1: includes results representing Yugoslavia.

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