1988 UEFA European Under-21 Championship

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1988 UEFA European Under-21 Championship
Tournament details
Dates 16 February – 12 October
Teams 8 (from 1 confederation)
Final positions
Champions  France (1st title)
Runners-up  Greece
Tournament statistics
Matches played 14
Goals scored 39 (2.79 per match)
Top scorer(s) Greece Aristidis Karasavidis (5 goals)
Best player France Laurent Blanc[1]
1986
1990

The 1988 UEFA European Under-21 Championship, which spanned two years (1986–88), had 30 entrants. The Republic of Ireland competed for the first time. France U-21s won the competition.

The 30 national teams were divided into eight groups (six groups of 4 + two groups of 3). The group winners played off against each other on a two-legged home-and-away basis until the winner was decided. There was no finals tournament or third-place playoff.

Qualifying Stage[edit]

Draw[edit]

The allocation of teams into qualifying groups was based on that of UEFA Euro 1988 qualifying tournament with several changes, reflecting the absence of some nations:

Qualifying Group 1 P W D L F A Pts
1  Spain 6 4 2 0 9 1 10
2  Romania 6 3 0 3 7 7 6
3  Austria 6 2 2 2 5 7 6
4  Albania 6 0 2 4 4 10 2
  • Romania 1-0 Austria
  • Austria 1-0 Albania
  • Spain 1-0 Romania
  • Albania 0-0 Spain
  • Romania 3-2 Albania
  • Austria 1-1 Spain
  • Albania 1-1 Austria
  • Romania 0-1 Spain
  • Spain 3-0 Austria
  • Albania 1-2 Romania
  • Austria 2-1 Romania
  • Spain 3-0 Albania
Qualifying Group 2 P W D L F A Pts
1  Italy 6 3 3 0 14 4 9
2  Sweden 6 1 4 1 6 6 6
3   Switzerland 6 1 3 2 4 7 5
4  Portugal 6 2 0 4 8 15 4
  • Sweden 0-0 Switzerland
  • Portugal 2-0 Sweden
  • Switzerland 3-1 Portugal
  • Italy 1-1 Switzerland
  • Portugal 1-2 Italy
  • Sweden 2-2 Italy
  • Switzerland 0-0 Sweden
  • Sweden 4-2 Portugal
  • Switzerland 0-3 Italy
  • Portugal 2-0 Switzerland
  • Italy 0-0 Sweden
  • Italy 6-0 Portugal
Qualifying Group 3 P W D L F A Pts
1  France 6 3 2 1 8 6 8
2  East Germany 6 2 3 1 10 6 7
3  Soviet Union 6 3 0 3 7 9 6
4  Norway 6 0 3 3 3 7 3
  • Norway 0-0 E.Germany
  • France 2-1 USSR
  • USSR 1-0 Norway
  • E.Germany 1-0 France
  • USSR 2-1 E.Germany
  • Norway 0-2 USSR
  • Norway 1-2 France
  • USSR 0-1 France
  • E.Germany 5-1 USSR
  • France 1-1 Norway
  • E.Germany 1-1 Norway
  • France 2-2 E.Germany
Qualifying Group 4 P W D L F A Pts
1  England 4 1 3 0 7 3 5
2  Turkey 4 1 2 1 4 6 4
3  Yugoslavia 4 1 1 2 7 9 3
  • Yugoslavia 3-0 Turkey
  • England 1-1 Yugoslavia
  • Turkey 0-0 England
  • England 1-1 Turkey
  • Yugoslavia 1-5 England
  • Turkey 3-2 Yugoslavia
Qualifying Group 5 P W D L F A Pts
1  Greece 6 4 1 1 15 5 9
2  Hungary 6 3 1 2 12 7 7
3  Poland 6 3 0 3 5 6 6
4  Cyprus 6 1 0 5 4 18 2
  • Poland 1-0 Greece
  • Greece 2-1 Hungary
  • Cyprus 0-4 Greece
  • Greece 5-1 Cyprus
  • Cyprus 2-1 Hungary
  • Poland 3-0 Cyprus
  • Greece 2-0 Poland
  • Hungary 3-0 Poland
  • Poland 0-1 Hungary
  • Hungary 2-2 Greece
  • Cyprus 0-1 Poland
  • Hungary 4-1 Cyprus
Qualifying Group 6 P W D L F A Pts
1  Czechoslovakia 6 3 2 1 14 8 8
2  Denmark 6 2 2 2 7 6 6
3  Finland 6 2 1 3 8 11 5
4  Iceland 6 1 3 2 9 13 5
  • Finland 2-0 Iceland
  • Iceland 0-4 Czechoslo.
  • Czechoslo. 2-0 Finland
  • Denmark 4-1 Finland
  • Czechoslo. 1-1 Denmark
  • Finland 0-1 Denmark
  • Denmark 0-1 Czechoslo.
  • Iceland 0-0 Denmark
  • Iceland 2-2 Finland
  • Denmark 1-3 Iceland
  • Finland 3-2 Czechoslo.
  • Czechoslo. 4-4 Iceland
Qualifying Group 7 P W D L F A Pts
1  Scotland 4 3 1 0 7 2 7
2  Belgium 4 0 3 1 1 2 3
3  Republic of Ireland 4 0 2 2 3 7 2
  • Belgium 0-0 R. Ireland
  • R. Ireland 1-2 Scotland
  • Scotland 4-1 R. Ireland
  • Belgium 0-0 Scotland
  • R. Ireland 1-1 Belgium
  • Scotland 1-0 Belgium
Qualifying Group 8 P W D L F A Pts
1  Netherlands 6 5 0 1 12 5 10
2  Bulgaria 6 4 0 2 8 7 8
3  West Germany 6 3 0 3 12 9 6
4  Luxembourg 6 0 0 6 2 13 0
  • W.Germany 2-0 Bulgaria
  • Bulgaria 1-0 Netherlands
  • Luxem. 0-2 Netherlands
  • W.Germany 4-1 Luxem.
  • Bulgaria 1-0 Luxembourg
  • Nether. 3-1 W.Germany
  • Luxembourg 0-1 Bulgaria
  • Netherlands 1-0 Luxem.
  • Luxem. 1-4 W.Germany
  • W.Germany 0-2 Nether.
  • Bulgaria 2-1 W.Germany
  • Netherlands 4-3 Bulgaria

Qualified teams[edit]

Country Qualified as Previous appearances in tournament1
 Spain Group 1 winner 3 (1982, 1984, 1986)
 Italy Group 2 winner 5 (1978, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1986)
 France Group 3 winner 3 (1982, 1984, 1986)
 England Group 4 winner 5 (1978, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1986)
 Greece Group 5 winner 0 (Debut)
 Czechoslovakia Group 6 winner 2 (1978, 1980)
 Scotland Group 7 winner 3 (1980, 1982, 1984)
 Netherlands Group 8 winner 0 (Debut)
1 Bold indicates champion for that year

Squads[edit]

See 1988 UEFA European Under-21 Championship squads

Knockout stage[edit]

  Quarter-finals Semi-finals Finals
                                   
 Scotland 0 0 0  
 England 1 1 2  
   England 2 2 4  
   France 4 2 6  
 France 2 2 4
 Italy 1 2 3  
   France 0 3 3
   Greece 0 0 0
 Greece 1 2 3  
 Czechoslovakia 1 2 3  
   Greece 5 0 5
   Netherlands 2 0 2  
 Netherlands 2 1 3
 Spain 1 0 1  

Quarter-finals[edit]

First leg[edit]

Scotland Scotland 0–1 England England
Report Porter Goal 83'
Attendance: 14,500
Referee: Bo Karlsson (Sweden)

France France 2–1 Italy Italy
Paille Goal 81'
Sauzée Goal 90'
Report Maldini Goal 51'
Attendance: 13,462
Referee: Lajos Németh (Hungary)

Greece Greece 1–1 Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia
Borbokis Goal 49' Report Němeček Goal 65'

Spain Spain 0–1 Netherlands Netherlands
Report Plomp Goal 89' (pen.)
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: Renzo Peduzzi (Switzerland)

Second leg[edit]

England England 1–0 Scotland Scotland
White Goal 82' Report

Italy Italy 2–2 France France
Rizzitelli Goal 42'
Ciocci Goal 63'
Report Paille Goal 83'88'

Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia 2–2 Greece Greece
Vakalopoulos Goal 77' (o.g.)
Litoš Goal 84'
Report Karasavvidis Goal 20'
Kapouranis Goal 86'
Attendance: 4,500
Referee: José dos Santos (Portugal)

Netherlands Netherlands 2–1 (a.e.t.) Spain Spain
van Loen Goal 100'
Viscaal Goal 108'
Report Loren Goal 40'
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Einar Halle (Norway)

Semi-finals[edit]

First leg[edit]

France France 4–2 England England
Angloma Goal 23'
Cantona Goal 49'
Dogon Goal 78'
Paille Goal 83'
Report Parker Goal 40'
Stewart Goal 60' (pen.)
Attendance: 22,000
Referee: Yusuf Namoğlu (Turkey)

Greece Greece 5–0 Netherlands Netherlands
Karasavvidis Goal 10'41'73'85'
Ikonomidis Goal 13'
Report
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: Klaus Peschel (West Germany)

Second leg[edit]

England England 2–2 France France
Gascoigne Goal 5'
Silvestre Goal 59' (o.g.)
Report Cantona Goal 56'78'

Netherlands Netherlands 2–0 Greece Greece
Fraser Goal 60'
Witschge Goal 88'
Report

Final[edit]

First leg[edit]

Greece Greece 0–0 France France
Report
Attendance: 25,000

Second leg[edit]

France France 3–0 Greece Greece
Sauzée Goal 8'55'
Silvestre Goal 67'
Report

Goalscorers[edit]

5 goals
4 goals
3 goals
1 goal
Own goal

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1988: Laurent Blanc". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 1 June 1988. Retrieved 29 June 2015. 

External links[edit]