2011 UEFA European Under-21 Championship

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2011 UEFA European Under-21 Championship
UEFA U21-EM 2011 (in Danish)
2011 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship.png
Tournament details
Host country Denmark
Dates11–25 June
Teams8 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s)4 (in 4 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Spain (3rd title)
Runners-up  Switzerland
Third place Belarus
Fourth place Czech Republic
Tournament statistics
Matches played16
Goals scored36 (2.25 per match)
Attendance101,955 (6,372 per match)
Top scorer(s)Spain Adrián (5 goals)
Best player(s)Spain Juan Mata

UEFA European Under-21 Championship 2011 was the 18th staging of UEFA's European Under-21 Championship. The final tournament was hosted by Denmark between 11 and 25 June 2011.

The Danish bid was chosen by UEFA's Executive Committee on 10 December 2008 in Nyon, Switzerland.[1] This bid defeated the other bid from Israel.

Qualification for the final tournament took place between March 2009 and October 2010.

This competition also acted as a qualifier for the 2012 Summer Olympics, as 3 teams qualified.

Spain won their third title after defeating Switzerland 2–0 in the final.[2][3]

Host selection[edit]

Sign in Viborg

The organisation of the event was initially contested by only two bids: Denmark and Israel. The bids were submitted on 15 June 2008.[4]

The bids were inspected between June and September 2008, and a report was given to the National Team Competition Committee in October. The committee discussed the bids on 27 November 2008 and issued a recommendation to the UEFA Executive Committee, who decided on 10 December 2008 that Denmark would host the finals.[1][4]


The draw for the 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying round took place in Århus on 4 February 2009. The qualifying draw determined the makeup of ten groups. Ten groups were formed in the qualifying draw including two sections of six sides and eight of five, as teams chase 7 finals places alongside host Denmark. The seeding pots are formed on the basis of former performance in the tournament. All groups contained one nation from the first five pots and two sections also included a team from Pot 6. The six European federations that have qualified for the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup (Germany, Italy, Czech Republic, Hungary, Spain and England) were each drawn in one of the six groups of five teams.

2012 Summer Olympics and Great Britain team[edit]

The tournament was used as the European qualifying tournament for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London with the top teams qualifying for London 2012. The four British federations entered the qualification process as single entities, but are not eligible to qualify for the Olympics. If one or more British teams had qualified for the Championship, and to pass the first round, play-off games would be played (like in 2007 when Italy and Portugal faced for the last place in the Olympics). As Great Britain is the host nation for the 2012 Olympics, it is entitled to an automatic place in the competition. This caused controversy as in the Olympics, Great Britain competes as a single unified country, as opposed to the four individual nations in football. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland all logged public objections to the idea of a GB team at the Olympics, fearing that it would jeopardise their independent status in UEFA and FIFA. A compromise was reached in 2009 whereby England would field a team for the tournament, while the other three would not participate, but not object to England's involvement.[5]

List of qualified teams[edit]

The following 8 teams qualified for the 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Championship


The tournament venues were all located in Jutland, at already existing stadiums in Aarhus, Aalborg, Herning and Viborg.

On 20 September 2010 it was announced that Aarhus Stadion would host the final. Further Aalborg Stadion was confirmed as the venue for the opening match and the eventual Olympic qualifying play-off. The semifinals were played at Herning Stadium and Viborg Stadion.[6] It was also published that Denmark would play all of its matches in Aalborg and Aarhus.[7]

Aarhus Aalborg Herning Viborg
Aarhus Stadion Aalborg Stadion Herning Stadium Viborg Stadion
56°7′55″N 10°11′47″E / 56.13194°N 10.19639°E / 56.13194; 10.19639 (NRGi Park) 57°3′5.4″N 9°53′56.76″E / 57.051500°N 9.8991000°E / 57.051500; 9.8991000 (Energi Nord Arena) 56°7′1″N 8°57′6″E / 56.11694°N 8.95167°E / 56.11694; 8.95167 (MCH Arena) 56°27′21.23″N 9°24′7.43″E / 56.4558972°N 9.4020639°E / 56.4558972; 9.4020639 (Viborg Stadion)
Capacity: 20,000 Capacity: 10,500 Capacity: 9,600 Capacity: 9,566
Atletion.jpg Aalborg Stadion.jpg MCH Arena.jpg Viborg Stadion (1).jpg


Andy, the mascot

The final tournament consisted of two groups of four, with the top two from each progressing to the semifinals where it becomes a knockout competition. In the finals held a year before a summer Olympic Games the championship also serves as qualification for the Olympic Football Tournament.

Players were eligible for the 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Championship if they were born on or later than 1 January 1988.[8]


The draw for the final tournament took place on 9 November 2010 at Aalborg Congress & Culture Centre in Aalborg.[9]

Similar to former tournaments, the games in each group are to be held at just two stadia. For the draw, the finalists were divided into three seeding pots, based on average points per game in the qualifying phase, with each group having one team from pot 1 and 2, and two teams from pot 3. Denmark, as hosts, were seeded first automatically.[10]

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3


Squads for the 2011 Euro U-21 Championship consisted of 23 players, as in the previous tournament in 2009. Only players born on or after 1 January 1988 were eligible to play.


In April 2011 UEFA published a list of referees, assistant referees and fourth officials to officiate at the tournament. All of the referees are either Premier Category 1-referees or Category 2-referees, respectively the second highest and third highest tier of international referees. All referees are appointed because they are deemed to be future elite referees, thus they are all between 31 and 38 years old and therefore adhere to the U21 philosophy of being the tournament of the stars of tomorrow.[11]


Fourth officials


As in Under-21 Euro 2009: If two or more teams are equal on points on completion of the group matches, the following criteria are applied to determine the rankings.

  1. Higher number of points obtained in the group matches played among the teams in question
  2. Superior goal difference from the group matches played among the teams in question
  3. Higher number of goals scored in the group matches played among the teams in question
  4. If, after applying criteria 1 to 4 to several teams, two or more teams still have an equal ranking, the criteria 1 to 4 will be reapplied to determine the ranking of these teams. If this procedure does not lead to a decision, criteria 5 and 6 will apply
  5. Results of all group matches:
    1. Superior goal difference
    2. Higher number of goals scored
    3. Fair play conduct
  6. Drawing of lots

Group stage[edit]

The draw took place on 9 November 2010 in Aalborg, Denmark.[12] The first round saw the eight teams divided into two groups of four teams. Each group was a round-robin, where each teams plays one game against every other team in their group. Teams were awarded three points for a win, one point for a draw and no points for a defeat. The teams finishing first and second in each group qualified for the semifinals.

Group A[edit]

In group A tie-breakers were needed to break down the three-point tie with Belarus, Denmark and Iceland. Belarus advanced due to a better goal difference in the matches between those three.[13]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Switzerland 3 3 0 0 6 0 +6 9
 Belarus 3 1 0 2 3 5 −2 3
 Iceland 3 1 0 2 3 5 −2 3
 Denmark 3 1 0 2 3 5 −2 3

3 Way Tie-Breaker

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Belarus 2 1 0 1 3 2 +1 3
 Iceland 2 1 0 1 3 3 0 3
 Denmark 2 1 0 1 3 4 −1 3

All times are UTC+2.

Belarus 2–0 Iceland
Varankow Goal 77' (pen.)
Skavysh Goal 87'
Denmark 0–1  Switzerland
Report Shaqiri Goal 48'

Switzerland  2–0 Iceland
Frei Goal 1'
Emeghara Goal 40'
Attendance: 1,903
Denmark 2–1 Belarus
Eriksen Goal 22'
Jørgensen Goal 71'
Report Baha Goal 20'
Attendance: 18,152

Iceland 3–1 Denmark
Sigþórsson Goal 58'
Bjarnason Goal 60'
Valgarðsson Goal 90+2'
Report Kadrii Goal 81'
Attendance: 9,308
Switzerland  3–0 Belarus
Mehmedi Goal 6' (pen.)43'
Feltscher Goal 90+3'

Group B[edit]

Czech players after Bořek Dočkal's 2–0 goal against Ukraine
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Spain 3 2 1 0 6 1 +5 7
 Czech Republic 3 2 0 1 4 4 0 6
 England 3 0 2 1 2 3 −1 2
 Ukraine 3 0 1 2 1 5 −4 1

All times are UTC+2.

Czech Republic 2–1 Ukraine
Dočkal Goal 49'56' Report Bilyi Goal 87'
Attendance: 4,251
Spain 1–1 England
Herrera Goal 14' Report Welbeck Goal 88'

Czech Republic 0–2 Spain
Report Adrián Goal 27'47'
Ukraine 0–0 England

England 1–2 Czech Republic
Welbeck Goal 76' Report Chramosta Goal 89'
Pekhart Goal 90+4'
Attendance: 5,262
Ukraine 0–3 Spain
Report Mata Goal 10'72' (pen.)
Adrián Goal 27'
Attendance: 3,302

Knockout stage[edit]

Knockout map[edit]

22 June – Herning
  Switzerland (a.e.t.)1
25 June – Aarhus
 Czech Republic0
22 June – Viborg
 Spain (a.e.t.)3
Olympic play-off
25 June – Aalborg
 Czech Republic0


Winners qualify for 2012 Summer Olympics.

Spain 3–1 (a.e.t.) Belarus
Adrián Goal 89'105'
Jeffrén Goal 113'
Report Varankow Goal 38'

Switzerland  1–0 (a.e.t.) Czech Republic
Mehmedi Goal 114' Report

Olympic play-off[edit]

Winner qualifies for 2012 Summer Olympics.

Czech Republic 0–1 Belarus
Report Filipenko Goal 88'
Attendance: 870


Switzerland  0–2 Spain
Report Herrera Goal 41'
Thiago Goal 81'
Attendance: 16,110


5 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal

Team of the Tournament[edit]

The UEFA Technical Team was charged with naming a squad composed of the 23 best players over the course of the tournament. The group of nine analysts watched every game at the tournament before making their decision after the final. Spain, with seven, have most players in team.[14]

UEFA Team of the Tournament
Goalkeepers Defenders Midfielders Forwards
Spain David de Gea England Chris Smalling Denmark Christian Eriksen Switzerland Admir Mehmedi
Switzerland Yann Sommer England Kyle Walker Czech Republic Marcel Gecov Switzerland Xherdan Shaqiri
Czech Republic Tomáš Vaclík Spain Dídac Vilà Spain Ander Herrera Spain Adrián
Switzerland Timm Klose Spain Javi Martínez Spain Juan Mata
Switzerland Jonathan Rossini Spain Thiago Iceland Kolbeinn Sigþórsson
Ukraine Yaroslav Rakitskiy Belarus Mikhail Sivakov England Daniel Sturridge
Denmark Nicolai Boilesen
Czech Republic Ondřej Čelůstka



Country/area Broadcaster(s) Source
 Belarus Belteleradio [15]
 Belgium Telenet [15]
 Brazil Globosat [15]
 Brunei Astro SuperSport [15]
 Bulgaria Nova Sport (Bulgaria) [15]
 Canada TSN (8 matches)
TSN2 (9 matches)
 Chile Telecanal (some matches) [citation needed]
 Czech Republic Česká televize [15]
 Denmark TV 2 (5 matches)
TV 2 Sport (8 matches)
TV 2 Zulu (2 matches)
 France Direct8 [15]
 Germany Eurosport [15]
 Guatemala Trecevision
Canal 11
 Iceland RÚV [15]
 Indonesia RCTI
 Israel Sport 1
Sport 1 HD
 Ireland Sky Sports [citation needed]
 Italy RAI [15]
 Japan TV Asahi [17]
Latin America (except Brazil) Televideo Services [15]
 Malaysia Astro SuperSport [15]
 Mexico OTI [15]
Middle East and North Africa Al Jazeera Sports +4, +10

Al Jazeera Sports HD1

 Norway Viasat Fotball [15]
 Portugal Sport TV [15]
 South Africa Supersport International [15]
 Spain Cuatro (Spain's matches)
La Siete
 Sweden Viasat [20]
  Switzerland SRG SSR [15]
 Thailand MCOT/ GMM SPORT [citation needed]
 Ukraine ICTV
Football TV Channel
 United Kingdom Sky Sports 1/Sky Sports HD1 [21]
 Venezuela Meridiano [15]


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