2013 UEFA European Under-21 Championship

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2013 UEFA European Under-21 Championship
אליפות אירופה בכדורגל עד גיל 21 - 2013
2013 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship.png
Tournament details
Host country Israel
Dates5–18 June
Teams8 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s)4 (in 4 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Spain (4th title)
Runners-up Italy
Tournament statistics
Matches played15
Goals scored45 (3 per match)
Attendance180,432 (12,029 per match)
Top scorer(s)Spain Álvaro Morata (4 goals)
Best player(s)Spain Thiago[1]

2013 UEFA European Under-21 Championship was the 19th staging of UEFA's European Under-21 Championship. The final tournament was hosted by Israel between the 5–18 June 2013.

The Israeli bid was chosen by UEFA's Executive Committee on 27 January 2011 in Nyon, Switzerland.[2] This bid defeated the other bids from Bulgaria, Czech Republic, England and Wales.

Spain defended the title they won two years prior, winning their fourth title after defeating Italy 4–2 in the final.


The draw for the group stage of qualifying for the 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Championship took place on 3 February in Nyon, Switzerland. 52 national teams took part in the qualifying. The group stage of qualifying began on 25 March 2011.[3] There were a total of ten groups, consisting of five or six teams each. All the teams in each group faced each other two times, at home and away. The team at the top of each group and the four best second-placed teams qualified to the playoff round. In the playoff round, the 14 teams were drawn to play seven two-legged matches. The winners joined Israel in the tournament finals.

List of qualified teams[edit]

The following teams qualified for the 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Championship:


The Competition was played at four venues, Bloomfield (Tel Aviv), Teddy (Jerusalem), HaMoshava (Petah Tikva) and Netanya Municipal Stadium.

Jerusalem Netanya
Teddy Stadium Netanya Stadium
Capacity: 31,733 Capacity: 13,610
Teddy Kollek Stadium - Inside.JPG Netanya-Stadium 33.JPG
Petah Tikva Tel Aviv
HaMoshava Stadium Bloomfield Stadium
Capacity: 11,500 Capacity: 14,413
HaMoshava Stadium (4).JPG Bloomfield Stadium21.jpg

Match officials[edit]

In December 2012, it was announced that these six referees would take charge of matches at the final tournament:

It was furthermore announced that additional assistant referees would be deployed at Israel's final tournament.[4]


The draw for the final tournament took place on 28 November 2012 in Tel Aviv. As the highest-ranked team according to the competition coefficient rankings, Spain are one of the top two seeds alongside hosts Israel. Those two sides will be drawn into separate groups, as will the second and third-ranked teams in the list, England and the Netherlands. The remaining four countries are unseeded and will be placed in the remaining positions in the two four-team sections.[5][6]

Top seeds Second seeds Unseeded


The deadline for the submission of the final 23-man squads was ten days before the opening match: Sunday 26 May 2013.

Group stage[edit]

The draw for the group stage was held on 28 November 2012 in Tel Aviv.[7]

All times are local (UTC+3).

Group A[edit]

Team Pld
 Italy 3 2 1 0 6 1 +5 7
 Norway 3 1 2 0 6 4 +2 5
 Israel 3 1 1 1 3 6 −3 4
 England 3 0 0 3 1 5 −4 0
Israel 2–2 Norway
Biton Goal 16' (pen.)
Turgeman Goal 71'
Report Pedersen Goal 24'
Singh Goal 90+2'
Attendance: 10,850
Referee: Paweł Gil (Poland)
England 0–1 Italy
Report Insigne Goal 79'
Attendance: 10,660

England 1–3 Norway
Dawson Goal 57' (pen.) Report Semb Berge Goal 15'
Berget Goal 34'
Eikrem Goal 52'
Italy 4–0 Israel
Saponara Goal 18'
Gabbiadini Goal 42'53'
Florenzi Goal 71'
Attendance: 13,750

Israel 1–0 England
Kriaf Goal 80' Report
Attendance: 22,183
Norway 1–1 Italy
Strandberg Goal 90' (pen.) Report Bertolacci Goal 90+4'
Attendance: 7,130
Referee: Ivan Bebek (Croatia)

Group B[edit]

Team Pld
 Spain 3 3 0 0 5 0 +5 9
 Netherlands 3 2 0 1 8 6 +2 6
 Germany 3 1 0 2 4 5 −1 3
 Russia 3 0 0 3 2 8 −6 0
Spain 1–0 Russia
Morata Goal 82' Report
Attendance: 8,127
Referee: Matej Jug (Slovenia)
Netherlands 3–2 Germany
Maher Goal 24'
Wijnaldum Goal 38'
Fer Goal 90'
Report Rudy Goal 47' (pen.)
Holtby Goal 81'
Attendance: 10,248
Referee: Ivan Bebek (Croatia)

Netherlands 5–1 Russia
Wijnaldum Goal 38'
De Jong Goal 61'
John Goal 69'
Hoesen Goal 83'
Fer Goal 90+2'
Report Cheryshev Goal 65'
Attendance: 8,589
Germany 0–1 Spain
Report Morata Goal 86'
Attendance: 11,750
Referee: Paweł Gil (Poland)

Spain 3–0 Netherlands
Morata Goal 26'
Isco Goal 32'
Vázquez Goal 90+1'
Russia 1–2 Germany
Dzagoev Goal 22' Report Herrmann Goal 34'
Rudy Goal 69' (pen.)
Attendance: 9,500
Referee: Matej Jug (Slovenia)

Knockout stage[edit]


15 June – Netanya
18 June – Jerusalem
15 June – Petah Tikva


Spain 3–0 Norway
Rodrigo Goal 45+1'
Isco Goal 87'
Morata Goal 90+3'
Attendance: 12,048

Italy 1–0 Netherlands
Borini Goal 79' Report


Spain 4–2 Italy
Thiago Goal 6'31'38' (pen.)
Isco Goal 66' (pen.)
Report Immobile Goal 10'
Borini Goal 80'
Attendance: 29,300
Referee: Matej Jug (Slovenia)

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. Spain, with eleven, have the most players in the team of the tournament.[1]

UEFA Team of the Tournament
Goalkeepers Defenders Midfielders Forwards
Spain David de Gea Spain Alberto Moreno Spain Asier Illarramendi Spain Álvaro Morata
Italy Francesco Bardi Spain Iñigo Martínez Spain Isco Spain Rodrigo
Norway Ørjan Nyland Spain Marc Bartra Spain Koke Italy Fabio Borini
Spain Martín Montoya Spain Thiago Netherlands Georginio Wijnaldum
Italy Luca Caldirola Germany Lewis Holtby Netherlands Luuk de Jong
Netherlands Bruno Martins Indi Italy Marco Verratti
Norway Stefan Strandberg Netherlands Adam Maher
Russia Alan Dzagoev


4 goals
3 goals
  • Spain Thiago (1 assist — silver boot winner)[8]
  • Spain Isco (0 assists — bronze boot winner)[8]
2 goals
1 goal

Official match ball[edit]

The official ball for the UEFA European Under-21 Championship was unveiled during the draw in Tel Aviv on 28 November 2012.[9] The ball has the same blue and white colours as tournament hosts Israel and its design features the same thermally bonded triangular patterns as the adidas Tango 12, match ball of UEFA Euro 2012.

Calls to boycott tournament[edit]

After Israel was announced as host, there were calls by some to boycott the tournament. The most prominent petition against the tournament taking place in Israel was organised by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, which demanded UEFA President Michel Platini reverse his decision.[10] Another petition[11] organised by Muslim Public Affairs Committee UK demanded that UEFA move the tournament to England after the Daily Mail[12] and The Jewish Chronicle reported[13] that UEFA considered asking the FA to be on standby if the Gaza-Israel conflict continued.

Another petition, organised by former Sevilla footballer Frédéric Kanouté and containing the name of 50 professional footballers who had signed it,[14] also gained media attention[15] but attracted criticism when some of the names listed on it were disputed. Didier Drogba, for example, claimed he never signed the petition and his name was removed from the list.[16]

Broadcast from UEFA European Under-21 Championship[edit]

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  •  United States: ESPN, ESPN 2 or ESPN 3 (All matches live in Pay TV)
  •  Brazil: SporTV
  • Spanish speaking Latin America: DirecTV Sports (South América and Caribbean) / SKY (Mexico and Central América) (All matches live on Channels of DirecTV Sports in South América and Caribbean / Sky Sports in Mexico and Central América).

Free TV


  1. ^ a b "Thiago leads all-star squad dominated by Spain". UEFA.com. 21 June 2013. Retrieved 21 June 2013.
  2. ^ "Israel awarded U21 Championship in 2013" (Press release). UEFA. 27 January 2011. Retrieved 21 January 2011.
  3. ^ "Draw signals first steps on road to Israel" (Press release). UEFA. 31 January 2011. Retrieved 31 January 2011.
  4. ^ http://footballrefereeing.blogspot.de/2013/02/uefa-deploys-additional-assistant.html#.UWqAhMrx93g
  5. ^ "Under-21 finals lineup complete". UEFA.com. 16 October 2012. Retrieved 19 October 2012.
  6. ^ "Spain and Israel top seeds for Under-21 draw". UEFA.com. 19 October 2012. Retrieved 19 October 2012.
  7. ^ "Spain draw Germany, Israel get England". UEFA.com.
  8. ^ a b "Morata wins Golden Boot in Spanish clean sweep". UEFA.com. 18 June 2013. Retrieved 18 June 2013.
  9. ^ "U21 tournament ball unveiled in Tel Aviv". UEFA.com.
  10. ^ "PSC boycott site". Archived from the original on 2012-12-21. Retrieved 2012-12-09.
  11. ^ "'Move the European Under-21 Championship to England from Israel' – MPACUK". Archived from the original on 2013-06-01. Retrieved 2013-02-07.
  12. ^ 'England could be set to host Under 21 Euros in 2013 if crisis worsens in Israel'
  13. ^ 'Uefa postpones match after Tel Aviv bomb blast' – The Jewish Chronicle
  14. ^ Freddie Kanouté's petition with names listed in support
  15. ^ "Boycotts criticised"
  16. ^ "Didier Drogba denies signing petition"

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