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 Aris Karasavvidis (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]

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]

16 February 1988
Scotland Scotland 0–1 England England
Report Gary Porter Goal 83'
Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Attendance: 14.500
Referee: Bo Karlsson (Sweden)

16 March 1988
France France 2–1 Italy Italy
Stéphane Paille Goal 81'
Franck Sauzée Goal 90'
Report Paolo Maldini Goal 51'
Marcel Picot, Nancy
Attendance: 13.462
Referee: Lajos Németh (Hungary)

2 March 1988
Greece Greece 1–1 Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia
Stefanos Borbokis Goal 49' Report Václav Němeček Goal 65'
Stade Léo Lagrange, Besançon
Attendance: 3.000
Referee: Ioan Igna (Romania)

24 February 1988
Spain Spain 0–1 Netherlands Netherlands
Report Gerrit Plomp Goal 89' (pen.)
La Condomina, Murcia
Attendance: 8.000
Referee: Renzo Peduzzi (Switzerland)

Second leg[edit]

22 April 1988
England England 1–0 Scotland Scotland
David White Goal 82' Report
City Ground, Nottingham
Attendance: 11.284
Referee: Karl-Heinz Tritschler (Germany)

23 March 1988
Italy Italy 2–2 France France
Ruggiero Rizzitelli Goal 42'
Massimo Ciocci Goal 63'
Report Stéphane Paille Goal 83'88'
Riviera delle Palme, San Benedetto del Tronto
Attendance: 13.505
Referee: Helmut Kohl (Austria)

23 March 1988
Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia 2–2 Greece Greece
Pagonis Vakalopoulos Goal 77' (o.g.)
Marcel Litoš Goal 84'
Report Aris Karasavvidis Goal 20'
Giorgos Kapouranis Goal 86'
Střelecký ostrov, České Budějovice
Attendance: 4.500
Referee: José dos Santos (Portugal)

23 March 1988
Netherlands Netherlands 2–1 (a.e.t.) Spain Spain
John van Loen Silver goal 100'
Eric Viscaal Silver goal 108'
Report Loren Goal 40'
Nieuw Galgenwaard, Utrecht
Attendance: 2.000
Referee: Einar Halle (Norway)

Semi-finals[edit]

First leg[edit]

13 April 1988
France France 4–2 England England
Jocelyn Angloma Goal 23'
Éric Cantona Goal 49'
Jean-Luc Dogon Goal 78'
Stéphane Paille Goal 83'
Report Garry Parker Goal 40'
Paul Stewart Goal 60' (pen.)
Stade Léo Lagrange, Besançon
Attendance: 22.000
Referee: Yusuf Namoğlu (Turkey)

13 April 1988
Greece Greece 5–0 Netherlands Netherlands
Aris Karasavvidis Goal 10'41'73'85'
Kostas Ikonomidis Goal 13'
Report
Karaiskakis Stadium, Piraeus
Attendance: 8.000
Referee: Klaus Peschel (Germany)

Second leg[edit]

27 April 1988
England England 2–2 France France
Paul Gascoigne Goal 5'
Franck Silvestre Goal 59' (o.g.)
Report Éric Cantona Goal 56'78'
Highbury Stadium, London
Attendance: 5.661
Referee: Marcel Van Langenhove (Belgium)

27 April 1988
Netherlands Netherlands 2–0 Greece Greece
Henk Fraser Goal 60'
Rob Witschge Goal 88'
Report
Nieuw Galgenwaard, Utrecht
Attendance: 750
Referee: Aron Schmidhuber (Germany)

Final[edit]

First leg[edit]

25 May 1988
Greece Greece 0–0 France France
Report
Karaiskakis Stadium, Piraeus
Attendance: 25.000
Referee: Ion Crăciunescu (Romania)

Second leg[edit]

12 October 1988
France France 3–0 Greece Greece
Franck Sauzée Goal 8'55'
Franck Silvestre Goal 67'
Report
Stade Léo Lagrange, Besançon
Attendance: 23.000
Referee: Kurt Röthlisberger (Switzerland)

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]