2015 UEFA European Under-17 Championship

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2015 UEFA European Under-17 Championship
2015 УЕФА Европейско първенство за юноши до 17 години
2015 UEFA European Under-17 Championship.png
Tournament details
Host country Bulgaria
Dates6–22 May 2015
Teams16 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s)4 (in 4 host cities)
Final positions
Champions France (2nd title)
Runners-up Germany
Tournament statistics
Matches played33
Goals scored59 (1.79 per match)
Attendance77,868 (2,360 per match)
Top scorer(s)France Odsonne Édouard (8 goals)[1]
Best player(s)France Odsonne Édouard[2]
2014
2016

The 2015 UEFA European Under-17 Championship was the 14th edition of the UEFA European Under-17 Championship (33rd edition if the Under-16 era was also included), the annual European youth football competition contested by the men's under-17 national teams of the member associations of UEFA. Bulgaria hosted the tournament.[3] The finals featured 16 teams for the first time since 2002, as the number of teams was increased from eight in the previous tournament. Players born on or after 1 January 1998 were eligible to participate in this competition.

The final tournament also acted as the UEFA qualifier for the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile, with six teams qualifying (the four semi-finalists and the two winners of play-off matches between the losing quarter-finalists).

Each match lasted 80 minutes, consisting of two halves of 40 minutes, with an interval of 15 minutes.

Qualification[edit]

All 54 UEFA nations entered the competition and with the hosts Bulgaria qualifying automatically, the other 53 teams competed in the qualifying competition to determine the remaining 15 spots in the final tournament.[4] The qualifying competition consisted of two rounds: Qualifying round, which took place in autumn 2014 and Elite round, which took place in spring 2015.[5]

Qualified teams[edit]

The following 16 teams qualified for the final tournament.[6][7]

Note: All appearance statistics include only U-17 era (since 2002).

Team Method of qualification Finals appearance Last appearance Previous best performance
 Bulgaria Hosts 1st Debut Debut
 France Elite round Group 1 winners 9th 2012 Champions (2004)
 Spain Elite round Group 1 runners-up[^] 9th 2010 Champions (2007, 2008)
 Croatia Elite round Group 2 winners 3rd 2013 Fourth place (2005)
 Belgium Elite round Group 3 winners 4th 2012 Semi-finals (2007)
 Netherlands Elite round Group 3 runners-up[^] 9th 2014 Champions (2011, 2012)
 Greece Elite round Group 4 winners 2nd 2010 Group stage (2010)
 Republic of Ireland Elite round Group 4 runners-up[^] 2nd 2008 Group stage (2008)
 Austria Elite round Group 5 winners 4th 2013 Third place (2003)
 Russia Elite round Group 5 runners-up[^] 3rd 2013 Champions (2006, 2013)
 England Elite round Group 6 winners 10th 2014 Champions (2010, 2014)
 Slovenia Elite round Group 6 runners-up[^] 2nd 2012 Group stage (2012)
 Czech Republic Elite round Group 7 winners 5th 2011 Runners-up (2006)
 Scotland Elite round Group 7 runners-up[^] 3rd 2014 Semi-finals (2014)
 Germany Elite round Group 8 winners 8th 2014 Champions (2009)
 Italy Elite round Group 8 runners-up[^] 5th 2013 Runners-up (2013)
Notes
  1. ^ The best seven runners-up among all eight elite round groups qualified for the final tournament.

Final draw[edit]

The final draw was held in Pomorie, Bulgaria on 2 April 2015, 14:00 EEST (UTC+3).[8][9] The 16 teams were drawn into four groups of four teams. There were no seeding except that the hosts Bulgaria were assigned to position A1 in the draw.

Venues[edit]

The competition was played at four venues in four host cities: Beroe Stadium (in Stara Zagora), Hadzhi Dimitar Stadium (in Sliven), Lazur Stadium (in Burgas), and Arena Sozopol (in Sozopol).[10]

Stara Zagora Sliven Burgas Sozopol
Beroe Stadium Hadzhi Dimitar Stadium Lazur Stadium Arena Sozopol
Capacity: 12,128 Capacity: 10,000 Capacity: 18,037 Capacity: 3,500

Squads[edit]

Each national team had to submit a squad of 18 players.[5]

Match officials[edit]

A total of 9 referees, 12 assistant referees and 4 fourth officials were appointed for the final tournament.[11]

Group stage[edit]

Map of the 2015 UEFA European Under-17 Championship finalist teams and their performances.

Group winners and runners-up advanced to the quarter-finals.

Tiebreakers

if two or more teams were equal on points on completion of the group matches, the following tie-breaking criteria were applied, in the order given, to determine the rankings:[5]

  1. Higher number of points obtained in the group matches played among the teams in question;
  2. Superior goal difference resulting 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 having applied criteria 1 to 3, teams still had an equal ranking, criteria 1 to 3 were reapplied exclusively to the group matches between the teams in question to determine their final rankings. If this procedure did not lead to a decision, criteria 5 to 9 applied;
  5. Superior goal difference in all group matches;
  6. Higher number of goals scored in all group matches;
  7. If only two teams had the same number of points, and they were tied according to criteria 1 to 6 after having met in the last round of the group stage, their rankings were determined by a penalty shoot-out (not used if more than two teams had the same number of points, or if their rankings were not relevant for qualification for the next stage).
  8. Lower disciplinary points total based only on yellow and red cards received in the group matches (red card = 3 points, yellow card = 1 point, expulsion for two yellow cards in one match = 3 points);
  9. Drawing of lots.

All times were local, EEST (UTC+3).[12]

Group A[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Croatia 3 2 1 0 3 0 +3 7 Advance to knockout stage
2  Spain 3 1 2 0 3 2 +1 5
3  Austria 3 0 2 1 2 3 −1 2
4  Bulgaria (H) 3 0 1 2 2 5 −3 1
Source: UEFA
(H) Host.
Spain 1–1 Austria
Aleñá Goal 46' (pen.) Report Lovrić Goal 62'
Attendance: 1,180[13]
Referee: Mads-Kristoffer Kristoffersen (Denmark)
Bulgaria 0–2 Croatia
Report Babić Goal 24'
Blečić Goal 80+3'
Attendance: 10,640[13]
Referee: Paweł Raczkowski (Poland)

Croatia 1–0 Austria
Lovren Goal 52' Report
Attendance: 1,732[13]
Referee: Dumitru Muntean (Moldova)
Bulgaria 1–2 Spain
Yordanov Goal 35' Report Zalazar Goal 11'
Villalba Goal 47'
Attendance: 9,240[13]

Austria 1–1 Bulgaria
Filip Goal 34' Report Yordanov Goal 43'
Attendance: 2,213[13]
Referee: Danilo Grujić (Serbia)
Croatia 0–0 Spain
Report
Attendance: 1,782[13]
Referee: Erik Lambrechts (Belgium)

Group B[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Germany 3 3 0 0 7 0 +7 9 Advance to knockout stage
2  Belgium 3 2 0 1 4 2 +2 6
3  Czech Republic 3 1 0 2 1 7 −6 3
4  Slovenia 3 0 0 3 0 3 −3 0
Source: UEFA
Czech Republic 1–0 Slovenia
Lingr Goal 44' Report
Belgium 0–2 Germany
Report Passlack Goal 43'
Schmidt Goal 46'
Attendance: 612[13]
Referee: Danilo Grujić (Serbia)

Czech Republic 0–3 Belgium
Report Azzaoui Goal 29'75' (pen.)
Van Vaerenbergh Goal 78'
Attendance: 1,228[13]
Referee: Mads-Kristoffer Kristoffersen (Denmark)
Slovenia 0–1 Germany
Report Eggestein Goal 8'

Germany 4–0 Czech Republic
Passlack Goal 10'40+2'
Karakas Goal 33'
Sağlam Goal 53'
Report
Attendance: 1,206[13]
Referee: Alan Mario Sant (Malta)
Slovenia 0–1 Belgium
Report Van Vaerenbergh Goal 80+3'
Attendance: 592[13]
Referee: Roy Reinshreiber (Israel)

Group C[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  France 3 3 0 0 7 0 +7 9 Advance to knockout stage
2  Russia 3 1 1 1 4 3 +1 4
3  Greece 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
4  Scotland 3 0 0 3 0 8 −8 0
Source: UEFA
Greece 2–2 Russia
Kirtzialidis Goal 37'
Pavlidis Goal 64'
Report Pletnyov Goal 59'
Denisov Goal 72'
Attendance: 2,000[13]
Referee: Erik Lambrechts (Belgium)
Scotland 0–5 France
Report Ikoné Goal 18'20'
Édouard Goal 25'
Boutobba Goal 35'
Doucouré Goal 47'
Attendance: 326[13]
Referee: Alan Mario Sant (Malta)

Russia 0–1 France
Report Édouard Goal 50'
Attendance: 2,255[13]
Referee: Danilo Grujić (Serbia)
Greece 1–0 Scotland
Pavlidis Goal 39' Report
Attendance: 1,154[13]
Referee: Paweł Raczkowski (Poland)

France 1–0 Greece
Rambaud Goal 80+4' Report
Russia 2–0 Scotland
Denisov Goal 52'
Pletnyov Goal 65'
Report
Attendance: 885[13]
Referee: Dumitru Muntean (Moldova)

Group D[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  England 3 2 1 0 3 1 +2 7 Advance to knockout stage
2  Italy 3 1 1 1 3 2 +1 4
3  Netherlands 3 0 3 0 2 2 0 3
4  Republic of Ireland 3 0 1 2 0 3 −3 1
Source: UEFA
Republic of Ireland 0–0 Netherlands
Report
Attendance: 1,500[13]
Referee: Dumitru Muntean (Moldova)
Italy 0–1 England
Report Edwards Goal 47'

Republic of Ireland 0–2 Italy
Report Lo Faso Goal 9'
Mazzocchi Goal 56'
Attendance: 573[13]
Referee: Roy Reinshreiber (Israel)
Netherlands 1–1 England
Boultam Goal 56' (pen.) Report Fosu-Mensah Goal 18' (o.g.)
Attendance: 1,063[13]
Referee: Erik Lambrechts (Belgium)

England 1–0 Republic of Ireland
Edwards Goal 71' Report
Attendance: 974[13]
Referee: Paweł Raczkowski (Poland)
Netherlands 1–1 Italy
Giraudo Goal 63' (o.g.) Report Cutrone Goal 6'
Attendance: 1,258[13]
Referee: Mads-Kristoffer Kristoffersen (Denmark)

Knockout stage[edit]

In the knockout stage, penalty shoot-out was used to decide the winner if necessary (no extra time was played).[5]

Bracket[edit]

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
15 May – Burgas
 
 
 Croatia1 (3)
 
19 May – Burgas
 
 Belgium (p)1 (5)
 
 Belgium1 (1)
 
16 May – Stara Zagora
 
 France (p)1 (2)
 
 France3
 
22 May – Burgas
 
 Italy0
 
 France4
 
15 May – Stara Zagora
 
 Germany1
 
 Germany (p)0 (4)
 
19 May – Stara Zagora
 
 Spain0 (2)
 
 Germany1
 
16 May – Burgas
 
 Russia0
 
 England0
 
 
 Russia1
 


 
FIFA U-17 World Cup play-offs 
 
      
 
19 May – Sozopol
 
 
 Croatia1
 
 
 Italy0
 
 
19 May – Sliven
 
 
 Spain0 (3)
 
 
 England (p)0 (5)
 

Quarter-finals[edit]

Winners qualified for 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup. Losers played in FIFA U-17 World Cup play-offs.


Germany 0–0 Spain
Report
Penalties
Gül Penalty scored
Janelt Penalty scored
Passlack Penalty scored
Özcan Penalty scored
4–2 Penalty scored Pepelu
Penalty scored Olmo
Penalty missed Aleñá
Penalty missed Rodríguez
Attendance: 2,423[13]
Referee: Roy Reinshreiber (Israel)

England 0–1 Russia
Report Tatayev Goal 29'
Attendance: 2,085[13]
Referee: Alan Mario Sant (Malta)

France 3–0 Italy
Édouard Goal 5'72'
Ikoné Goal 53'
Report
Attendance: 2,114[13]
Referee: Danilo Grujić (Serbia)

FIFA U-17 World Cup play-offs[edit]

Winners qualified for 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup.

Croatia 1–0 Italy
Moro Goal 15' Report
Attendance: 344[13]
Referee: Mads-Kristoffer Kristoffersen (Denmark)

Spain 0–0 England
Report
Penalties
Pepelu Penalty scored
Olmo Penalty missed
Villalba Penalty scored
Martín Penalty scored
3–5 Penalty scored Edwards
Penalty scored Ugbo
Penalty scored Willock
Penalty scored Oxford
Penalty scored Suliman
Attendance: 984[13]
Referee: Dumitri Muntean (Moldova)

Semi-finals[edit]


Germany 1–0 Russia
Serra Goal 68' Report

Final[edit]

France 4–1 Germany
Édouard Goal 40'47'70'
Gül Goal 80+3' (o.g.)
Report Karakas Goal 50'
Attendance: 14,680[13]
Referee: Paweł Raczkowski (Poland)

Goalscorers[edit]

8 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
Own goal

Source: UEFA[14]

Team of the tournament[edit]

Source: UEFA Technical Report[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Eight-goal Edouard takes scorers' prize". uefa.com. Union of European Football Associations. 22 May 2015. Retrieved 20 June 2016. Odsonne Edouard's eight goals in Bulgaria is a record for a UEFA European Under-17 Championship finals, eclipsing the seven Jonathan Soriano managed for Spain in 2002.
  2. ^ "Golden Player – 2015: Odsonne Edouard". uefa.com. Union of European Football Associations. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  3. ^ "Malta, Bulgaria, Azerbaijan picked for U17s". UEFA. 2012-03-20.
  4. ^ "Under-17s turn thoughts to Bulgaria". UEFA.com. 22 November 2013.
  5. ^ a b c d "Regulations of the UEFA European Under-17 Championship, 2014/15" (PDF). UEFA.com.
  6. ^ "Under-17 finals lineup complete". UEFA.com. 27 March 2015.
  7. ^ "2015 UEFA European Under-17 Championship programme" (PDF). UEFA.com.
  8. ^ "Final tournament draw". UEFA.com.
  9. ^ "England, Netherlands rematched in Under-17 draw". UEFA.com. 2 April 2015.
  10. ^ "Venue guide". UEFA.com.
  11. ^ "Match officials". UEFA.com.
  12. ^ "Match Schedule" (PDF). UEFA.com.
  13. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag "UEFA Technical Report – Results". UEFA.com.
  14. ^ "Statistics — Tournament phase — Player statistics — Goals". uefa.com. Union of European Football Associations. Retrieved 22 May 2015.
  15. ^ "Team of the Tournament". uefa.com. Union of European Football Associations. Retrieved 20 July 2015.

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