1994 UEFA European Under-21 Championship

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1994 UEFA European Under-21 Championship
Tournament details
Host country France
Dates9 March – 20 April
Teams8 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s)2 (in 2 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Italy (2nd title)
Runners-up Portugal
Third place Spain
Fourth place France
Tournament statistics
Matches played12
Goals scored25 (2.08 per match)
Top scorer(s)Portugal João Pinto (3 goals)
Best player(s)Portugal Luís Figo
1992
1996

The 1994 UEFA European Under-21 Championship was the ninth UEFA European Under-21 Championship. The final tournament was hosted in France between 15 and 20 April 1994.

The qualification stage spanned two years from 1992 to 1994. The qualification process consisted of 32 entrants. After the two-legged quarter-final stage, France was chosen as the first hosts of the final stage, which consisted of four matches in total. The finals included for the first time a third-place play-off.

Italy won the competition for the second consecutive time.[1] Luís Figo won the UEFA European Under-21 Championship Golden player award.[2]

Qualification[edit]

The draw for the 1994 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying round saw Czechoslovakia, France, Italy, Poland, Russia and Spain win there respective groups. Greece and Portugal qualified for the tournament as the two best runners-up. France, Italy, Portugal and Spain qualified for the 1996 Summer Olympics in the United States.

This was the last ever performance of Czechoslovakia, as the nation actually have split.

List of qualified teams[edit]

Country Qualified as Previous appearances in tournament1 2
 Italy Group 1 winner 8 (1978, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1992)
 Poland Group 2 winner 4 (1982, 1984, 1986, 1992)
 Spain Group 3 winner 5 (1982, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1990)
 Czechoslovakia Group 4 winner 5 (1978, 1980, 1988, 1990, 1992)
 Russia Group 5 winner 0 (debut)
 France Group 6 winner 4 (1982, 1984, 1986, 1988)
 Greece Best runner-up 1 (1988)
 Portugal Second best runner-up 0 (debut)
1 Bold indicates champion for that year

Squads[edit]

Only players born on or after 1 January 1971 were eligible to play in the tournament.

Results[edit]

Quarter-finals[edit]

The first legs were played on 9 March, and the second legs were played on 23 March 1994.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
France France 3–0 Russia Russia 2–0 1–0
Italy Italy 3–1 Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia 3–0 0–1
Poland Poland 1–5 Portugal Portugal 1–3 0–2
Spain Spain 4–2 Greece Greece 0–0 4–2

First leg[edit]

France France2–0Russia Russia
Llacer Goal 23'
Ouédec Goal 82'
Report


Poland Poland1–3Portugal Portugal
Roman Dąbrowski Goal 40' Report J. Pinto Goal 70'79'
Rui Costa Goal 85'

Second leg[edit]

Russia Russia0–1France France
Report Dugarry Goal 31'



Greece Greece2–4Spain Spain
Georgatos Goal 7'
Prieto Goal 85' (o.g.)
Report Christiansen Goal 46'51'
Guerrero Goal 68'
Gálvez Goal 79'

Semi-finals[edit]


Portugal 2–0 Spain
Rui Costa Goal 48'
João Pinto Goal 82'
Report
Attendance: 3,000

Third-place play-off[edit]

France 1–2 Spain
Nouma Goal 45' Report Óscar Goal 53'75'
Attendance: 469
Referee: Ahmet Çakar (Turkey)

Final[edit]

Italy 1–0 (a.e.t.) Portugal
Orlandini Golden goal 97' Report
Attendance: 8,000

Goalscorers[edit]

3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
Own goal

Final ranking[edit]

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  Italy 4 2 1 1 4 1 +3 7
2  Portugal 4 3 0 1 7 1 +6 9
3  Spain 4 2 1 1 6 5 +1 7
4  France 4 2 1 1 4 2 +2 7
5  Greece 2 1 1 0 2 4 -2 4
6  Czechoslovakia 2 1 0 1 1 3 -3 3
7  Poland 2 0 0 2 1 5 -4 0
8  Russia 2 0 0 2 0 3 -3 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1994: Orlandini blooms as Italy seal double". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. Retrieved 26 June 2012.
  2. ^ "1994: Luís Figo". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. Retrieved 26 June 2012.

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