2009 UEFA European Under-21 Championship

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2009 UEFA Under-21 Championship
2009 UEFA European Under-21 Championship
U21-Europamästerskapet för herrar 2009
Tournament details
Host country Sweden
Dates15 June – 29 June
Teams8 (finals)
51 (qualifying)
Venue(s)4 (in 4 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Germany (1st title)
Runners-up England
Tournament statistics
Matches played15
Goals scored38 (2.53 per match)
Attendance163,090 (10,873 per match)
Top scorer(s)Sweden Marcus Berg (7 goals)
Best player(s)Sweden Marcus Berg

The 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Championship began on 15 June 2009, and was the 17th UEFA European Under-21 Championship. This was the first tournament after the competition reverted to a two-year format, following the single-year 2006–07 competition, which allowed the change to odd-numbered years. Sweden hosted the final tournament in June 2009; therefore, their under-21 team qualified automatically. Players born on or after 1 January 1986 were eligible to play in this competition.[1]


The qualifying draw split the nations onto 10 groups of 5 or 6 teams. The seeding pots are formed on the basis of former performance in the tournament. Ten group winners along with four best-ranked runners-up advanced to the play-offs. Seven winners of the play-off pairs qualified for the final tournament.

Qualified teams[edit]

The finals' tournament draw took place on 3 December 2008 at the Svenska Mässan exhibition centre, Gothenburg.[2] Prior to the final draw, Sweden had been seeded first in Group A as hosts of the tournament, while Spain were seeded first in Group B.[3]

Final draw[edit]

Pot A

Pot B

Pot C

The first pot contained the top seeds, these would have been host nation Sweden and the reigning champions, The Netherlands. However, The Netherlands did not qualify meaning that the team with the best qualifying record, Spain, took their place. Sweden and Spain were then automatically assigned to A1 and B1 respectively. The second pot contained the teams with the next two best records in qualifying: these were England and Italy. England were drawn into position B3 and Italy into A3. The final pot contained the other four qualified teams: Serbia, Finland, Germany and Belarus. Belarus were drawn first into position A2, Germany went into B2, Serbia into A4 and Finland into B4.


Örjans Vall, seen from the entrance

The following venues were chosen to hold the final tournament matches:[4]

Stadium Location Normal capacity Tournament capacity
Swedbank Stadion Malmö 24,000 21,000
Gamla Ullevi Gothenburg 18,800 16,700
Olympia Helsingborg 17,000 12,000
Örjans Vall Halmstad 15,500 8,000

Sponsorship issues[edit]

The Max restaurant at Borås Arena.
Swedbank Stadion without the Swedbank Stadion logo.

Following the refusal of the Swedish hamburger chain Max to close their restaurant at Borås Arena during the tournament (as they are not an official UEFA sponsor), UEFA disqualified Borås Arena from hosting games during the tournament. There is a contract between UEFA and the city and between UEFA and its sponsors saying that the UEFA sponsors shall have monopoly around the arena. A city cannot force Max to close down even if it happened to sign a contract with someone saying so, as Max have a tenancy agreement with the city.[5][6][7]

On 2 September 2008, the Swedish Football Association nominated Örjans Vall in Halmstad as a replacement venue for Borås Arena,[8] and they officially became the fourth host city a few days later.[9] They were awarded the three group stage games that were to be hosted by Borås Arena, while the second semi-final was moved from Borås to Helsingborg and Olympia.[10]

Swedbank Stadion was referred to as Malmö New Stadium during the tournament, as Swedbank – which owned the naming rights to the stadium at the time – were not official UEFA sponsors.[11]



All times are Central European Summer Time (UTC+2).

Group stage[edit]

Group A[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Italy 3 2 1 0 4 2 +2 7
 Sweden 3 2 0 1 9 4 +5 6
 Serbia 3 0 2 1 1 3 −2 2
 Belarus 3 0 1 2 2 7 −5 1
Sweden 5–1 Belarus
Martynovich Goal 34' (o.g.)
Berg Goal 38'44'81'
Svensson Goal 89'
Report Kislyak Goal 33'
Italy 0–0 Serbia
Attendance: 7,158

Sweden 1–2 Italy
Toivonen Goal 89' Report Balotelli Goal 23'
Acquafresca Goal 53'
Attendance: 11,618
Referee: Tony Chapron (France)
Belarus 0–0 Serbia
Attendance: 3,313

Serbia 1–3 Sweden
Kačar Goal 27' Report Berg Goal 7'15' (pen.)
Toivonen Goal 29'
Attendance: 19,820
Belarus 1–2 Italy
Kislyak Goal 45' Report Acquafresca Goal 45+3' (pen.)75'
Attendance: 3,014

Group B[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 England 3 2 1 0 5 2 +3 7
 Germany 3 1 2 0 3 1 +2 5
 Spain 3 1 1 1 2 2 0 4
 Finland 3 0 0 3 1 6 −5 0
England 2–1 Finland
Cattermole Goal 15'
Richards Goal 53'
Report Sparv Goal 33' (pen.)
Attendance: 6,828
Spain 0–0 Germany
Attendance: 15,827
Referee: Tony Chapron (France)

Germany 2–0 Finland
Höwedes Goal 59'
Dejagah Goal 61'
Attendance: 6,011
Spain 0–2 England
Report Campbell Goal 67'
Milner Goal 73'
Attendance: 16,123

Finland 0–2 Spain
Report Torrejón Goal 29'
León Goal 55'
Germany 1–1 England
Castro Goal 5' Report Rodwell Goal 30'
Attendance: 7,414

Knockout stage[edit]

26 June – Helsingborg
29 June – Malmö
26 June – Gothenburg
 England (p)3 (5)
 Sweden3 (4)


Italy 0–1 Germany
Report Beck Goal 48'
Attendance: 8,094


Germany 4–0 England
Castro Goal 23'
Özil Goal 48'
Wagner Goal 79'84'
GK 1 Manuel Neuer
RB 2 Andreas Beck
CB 4 Benedikt Höwedes
CB 5 Jérôme Boateng
LB 3 Sebastian Boenisch Yellow card 65'
DM 15 Mats Hummels Substituted off 83'
RM 14 Fabian Johnson Substituted off 69'
CM 20 Gonzalo Castro
CM 8 Sami Khedira (c)
LM 10 Mesut Özil Substituted off 89'
CF 13 Sandro Wagner Yellow card 84'
MF 16 Daniel Schwaab Substituted in 69'
MF 6 Dennis Aogo Substituted in 83'
DF 19 Marcel Schmelzer Substituted in 89'
Germany Horst Hrubesch
GK 22 Scott Loach
RB 2 Martin Cranie Substituted off 79'
CB 17 Micah Richards
CB 6 Nedum Onuoha Substituted off 46'
LB 19 Kieran Gibbs
DM 12 Fabrice Muamba Substituted off 78'
CM 4 Lee Cattermole
CM 10 Mark Noble (c)
RW 7 James Milner
LW 11 Adam Johnson
CF 14 Theo Walcott
DF 18 Michael Mancienne Substituted in 46'
MF 15 Jack Rodwell Substituted in 78'
MF 8 Craig Gardner Substituted in 79'
England Stuart Pearce

Man of the Match:
Mesut Özil (Germany)

Assistant referees:
Joël De Bruyn (Belgium)
György Ring (Hungary)
Fourth official:
Pedro Proença (Portugal)


Match ball[edit]

The match ball for the competition is called the Adidas Terrapass, which was unveiled at the tournament draw in Gothenburg on 3 December. The ball is bright blue and yellow, the colours of the Swedish flag. It features 12 watermarks including one containing a map of Europe and one of the tournament logo. It is composed of 14 thermally bonded panels, which are claimed to improve the ball's accuracy and swerve.


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External links[edit]

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