1998 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification

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The 1998 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification began in 1996. The final tournament was held in 1998 in Romania.

The 46 national teams were divided into nine groups (eight groups of 5 + one group of 6). The records of the nine group winners were compared, and the eighth and ninth ranked teams played-off against each other for the eight quarter finals spot. One of the eight quarter-finalist were then chosen to host the remaining fixtures.

Qualifying Groups[edit]

Draw[edit]

The allocation of teams into qualifying groups was based on that of 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification with several changes, reflecting the absence of some nations:

Group 1[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Greece 8 5 1 2 12 7 +5 16
 Denmark 8 5 1 2 16 9 +7 16
 Croatia 8 4 0 4 13 9 +4 12
 Slovenia 8 3 0 5 9 13 −4 9
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 8 1 2 5 6 18 −12 5
  • Greece 0–2 Slovenia
  • Greece 1–0 Bosnia & Herz.
  • Slovenia 0–3 Denmark
  • Bosnia & Herz. 3–1 Croatia
  • Denmark 1–3 Greece
  • Slovenia 2–0 Bosnia & Herz.
  • Croatia 0–1 Greece
  • Croatia 2–0 Denmark
  • Bosnia & Herz. 0–0 Greece
  • Croatia 2–0 Slovenia
  • Greece 2–0 Croatia
  • Denmark 2–1 Slovenia
  • Denmark 5–0 Bosnia & Herz.
  • Bosnia & Herz. 1–1 Denmark
  • Croatia 6–1 Bosnia & Herz.
  • Slovenia 1–3 Greece
  • Denmark 1–0 Croatia
  • Bosnia & Herz. 1–2 Slovenia
  • Greece 2–3 Denmark
  • Slovenia 1–2 Croatia
  •  Greece qualify as group winners

Group 2[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 England 8 5 3 0 7 1 +6 18
 Georgia 8 3 3 2 10 10 0 12
 Italy 8 3 2 3 17 6 +11 11
 Poland 8 1 5 2 10 15 −5 8
 Moldova 8 1 1 6 5 17 −12 4
  • Moldova 0–2 England
  • Moldova 0–3 Italy
  • England 0–0 Poland
  • Italy 6–0 Georgia
  • Georgia 0–1 England
  • Poland 1–3 Moldova
  • England 1–0 Italy
  • Italy 6–0 Moldova
  • Poland 1–1 Italy
  • England 0–0 Georgia
  • Italy 1–1 Poland
  • Poland 1–1 England
  • Georgia 1–0 Moldova
  • Poland 2–2 Georgia
  • England 1–0 Moldova
  • Georgia 2–0 Italy
  • Moldova 0–0 Georgia
  • Moldova 2–3 Poland
  • Georgia 5–1 Poland
  • Italy 0–1 England

Group 3[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Norway 8 5 2 1 22 10 +12 17
 France 8 4 3 1 13 8 +5 15
  Switzerland 8 2 3 3 13 17 −4 9
 Finland 8 2 3 3 8 10 −2 9
 Hungary 8 1 1 6 9 20 −11 4
  • Norway 1–1 France
  • Hungary 0–1 Finland
  • Finland 1–1 Switzerland
  • Norway 4–1 Hungary
  • Switzerland 3–7 Norway
  • France 2–0 Hungary
  • France 1–0 Switzerland
  • Norway 3–0 Finland
  • Switzerland 4–1 Hungary
  • France 2–1 Finland
  • Finland 1–1 France
  • Hungary 2–0 Norway
  • Hungary 2–2 Switzerland
  • Finland 0–0 Norway
  • Switzerland 2–1 Finland
  • Hungary 2–4 France
  • Norway 4–1 Switzerland
  • Finland 3–1 Hungary
  • Switzerland 0–0 France
  • France 2–3 Norway
  •  Norway qualify as group winners

Group 4[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Sweden 10 9 0 1 30 6 +24 27
 Austria 10 6 2 2 21 12 +9 20
 Belarus 10 6 2 2 17 7 +10 20
 Latvia 10 2 2 6 6 18 −12 8
 Scotland 10 2 1 7 10 20 −10 7
 Estonia 10 1 1 8 4 25 −21 4
  Austria Belarus Estonia Latvia Scotland Sweden
Austria  2–0 7–1 0–0 4–0 0–4
Belarus  1–1 3–1 2–0 1–0 0–1
Estonia  0–1 1–1 0–1 0–1 0–2
Latvia  1–3 0–2 0–1 0–0 0–2
Scotland  1–2 0–3 4–0 2–4 1–4
Sweden  4–1 1–3 5–0 5–0 2–1
  •  Sweden qualify as group winners

Group 5[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Russia 8 6 1 1 27 7 +20 19
 Israel 8 5 2 1 17 9 +8 17
 Bulgaria 8 4 0 4 16 12 +4 12
 Cyprus 8 3 1 4 16 15 +1 10
 Luxembourg 8 0 0 8 3 36 −33 0
  • Russia 2–1 Cyprus
  • Israel 2–0 Bulgaria
  • Israel 1–0 Russia
  • Luxembourg 0–4 Bulgaria
  • Luxembourg 1–7 Russia
  • Cyprus 1–1 Israel
  • Cyprus 3–0 Bulgaria
  • Israel 2–1 Luxembourg
  • Cyprus 0–4 Russia
  • Luxembourg 0–5 Israel
  • Bulgaria 3–1 Cyprus
  • Russia 8–0 Luxembourg
  • Israel 4–3 Cyprus
  • Bulgaria 3–0 Luxembourg
  • Russia 1–1 Israel
  • Bulgaria 3–1 Israel
  • Luxembourg 1–2 Cyprus
  • Bulgaria 1–2 Russia
  • Russia 3–2 Bulgaria
  • Cyprus 5–0 Luxembourg
  •  Russia qualify as group winners

Group 6[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Spain 8 7 1 0 18 6 +12 22
 Yugoslavia 8 6 0 2 14 3 +11 18
 Slovakia 8 3 1 4 16 10 +6 10
 Czech Republic 8 3 0 5 13 13 0 9
 Malta 8 0 0 8 0 29 −29 0
  • Yugoslavia 1–0 Malta
  • Czech Rep. 4–0 Malta
  • Slovakia 3–0 Malta
  • Czech Rep. 1–2 Spain
  • Yugoslavia 3–0 Czech Rep.
  • Spain 1–1 Slovakia
  • Spain 1–0 Yugoslavia
  • Malta 0–3 Spain
  • Spain 1–0 Malta
  • Malta 0–6 Slovakia
  • Czech Rep. 0–1 Yugoslavia
  • Yugoslavia 1–2 Spain
  • Yugoslavia 1–0 Slovakia
  • Spain 4–0 Czech Rep.
  • Slovakia 0–1 Czech Rep.
  • Slovakia 0–1 Yugoslavia
  • Malta 0–5 Czech Rep.
  • Slovakia 3–4 Spain
  • Czech Rep. 2–3 Slovakia
  • Malta 0–6 Yugoslavia
  •  Spain qualify as group winners

Group 7[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Netherlands 8 6 1 1 26 5 +21 19
 Turkey 8 5 0 3 16 8 +8 15
 Belgium 8 4 1 3 16 12 +4 13
 Wales 8 4 0 4 9 9 0 12
 San Marino 8 0 0 8 2 35 −33 0
  • San Marino 0–3 Wales
  • Wales 4–0 San Marino
  • Belgium 1–2 Turkey
  • Wales 0–2 Netherlands
  • San Marino 1–5 Belgium
  • Netherlands 0–1 Wales
  • Turkey 3–0 San Marino
  • Wales 0–3 Turkey
  • Belgium 2–2 Netherlands
  • Netherlands 6–0 San Marino
  • Wales 1–0 Belgium
  • Turkey 0–1 Netherlands
  • Turkey 1–2 Belgium
  • San Marino 0–7 Netherlands
  • Belgium 3–0 San Marino
  • Turkey 3–0 Wales
  • Netherlands 5–2 Belgium
  • San Marino 1–4 Turkey
  • Netherlands 3–0 Turkey
  • Belgium 1–0 Wales

Group 8[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Romania 8 8 0 0 18 4 +14 24
 Iceland 8 4 1 3 10 10 0 13
 Republic of Ireland 8 3 0 5 11 7 +4 9
 Lithuania 8 3 0 5 8 12 −4 9
 Macedonia 8 1 1 6 3 17 −14 4
  • Iceland 2–0 R.Macedonia
  • Romania 2–1 Lithuania
  • Lithuania 0–3 Iceland
  • Ireland 4–0 R.Macedonia
  • Iceland 2–3 Romania
  • Ireland 0–1 Iceland
  • R.Macedonia 0–1 Romania
  • Lithuania 1–2 Romania
  • R.Macedonia 0–4 Ireland
  • Romania 1–0 Ireland
  • R.Macedonia 1–1 Iceland
  • Iceland 0–2 Lithuania
  • Ireland 2–0 Lithuania
  • Romania 3–0 R.Macedonia
  • Iceland 1–0 Ireland
  • Lithuania 1–0 R.Macedonia
  • Lithuania 2–1 Ireland
  • Romania 4–0 Iceland
  • Ireland 0–2 Romania
  • R.Macedonia 2–1 Lithuania

Group 9[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Germany 8 6 2 0 20 3 +17 20
 Ukraine 8 5 1 2 14 4 +10 16
 Portugal 8 4 2 2 20 11 +9 14
 Albania 8 1 1 6 6 19 −13 4
 Armenia 8 1 0 7 8 31 −23 3
  • Armenia 3–4 Portugal
  • Ukraine 1–0 Portugal
  • Albania 2–4 Portugal
  • Armenia 0–1 Germany
  • Albania 3–2 Armenia
  • Portugal 1–0 Ukraine
  • Portugal 1–2 Germany
  • Albania 0–3 Ukraine
  • Albania 0–4 Germany
  • Germany 2–0 Ukraine
  • Ukraine 7–0 Armenia
  • Ukraine 1–1 Germany
  • Portugal 1–1 Albania
  • Ukraine 1–0 Albania
  • Portugal 8–1 Armenia
  • Germany 1–1 Portugal
  • Armenia 2–0 Albania
  • Germany 7–0 Armenia
  • Armenia 0–1 Ukraine
  • Germany 2–0 Albania


Ranking of group winners[edit]

Grp Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
8  Romania 6 6 0 0 14 4 +10 18
6  Spain 6 5 1 0 14 6 +8 16
4  Sweden 6 5 0 1 18 4 +14 15
3  Norway 6 4 2 0 18 7 +11 14
9  Germany 6 4 2 0 12 3 +9 14
7  Netherlands 6 4 1 1 13 5 +8 13
5  Russia 6 4 1 1 12 6 +6 13
1  Greece 6 4 0 2 11 7 +4 12
2  England 6 3 3 0 4 1 +3 12

List of qualifying group winners. Teams 1–7 qualify automatically. Teams 8 & 9 play-off for the eighth spot. Only results between top four teams in group are used.

Qualifying play-off[edit]

Greece 2 – 0 England
Dellas Goal 78'
Liberopoulos Goal 90' (pen.)
Report

England 4 – 2 Greece
Heskey Goal 21'34'
Owen Goal 60'
Hall Goal 78'
Report Konstantinidis Goal 28'
Hall Goal 30' (o.g.)
Attendance: 14,114
Referee: Éric Blareau (Belgium)

4–4 on aggregate, Greece won on away goals rule.

See also[edit]