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 Logo.png.jpg
Tournament details
Host country  Bulgaria
Dates 6–22 May 2015
Teams 16 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s) 4 (in 4 host cities)
Final positions
Champions  France (2nd title)
Runners-up  Germany
Tournament statistics
Matches played 33
Goals scored 59 (1.79 per match)
Attendance 77,868 (2,360 per match)
Top scorer(s) France Odsonne Edouard (8 goals)
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.[1] 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.[2] The qualifying competition consisted of two rounds: Qualifying round, which took place in autumn 2014 and Elite round, which took place in spring 2015.[3]

Qualified teams[edit]

The following 16 teams qualified for the final tournament.[4][5]

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).[6][7] 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).[8]

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.[3]

Match officials[edit]

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

Group stage[edit]

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:[3]

  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).[10]

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.

6 May 2015
15:00
Spain  1–1  Austria
Aleñá Goal 46' (pen.) Report Lovrić Goal 62'
Lazur Stadium, Burgas
Attendance: 1,180[11]
Referee: Mads-Kristoffer Kristoffersen (Denmark)

6 May 2015
19:00
Bulgaria  0–2  Croatia
Report Babić Goal 24'
Blečić Goal 80+3'
Beroe Stadium, Stara Zagora
Attendance: 10,640[11]
Referee: Paweł Raczkowski (Poland)

9 May 2015
13:00
Croatia  1–0  Austria
Lovren Goal 52' Report
Arena Sozopol, Sozopol
Attendance: 1,732[11]
Referee: Dumitru Muntean (Moldova)

9 May 2015
15:00
Bulgaria  1–2  Spain
Yordanov Goal 35' Report Zalazar Goal 11'
Villalba Goal 47'
Lazur Stadium, Burgas
Attendance: 9,240[11]
Referee: Marius Avram (Romania)

12 May 2015
17:00
Austria  1–1  Bulgaria
Filip Goal 34' Report Yordanov Goal 43'
Arena Sozopol, Sozopol
Attendance: 2,213[11]
Referee: Danilo Grujić (Serbia)

12 May 2015
17:00
Croatia  0–0  Spain
Report
Hadzhi Dimitar Stadium, Sliven
Attendance: 1,782[11]
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

6 May 2015
16:00
Czech Republic  1–0  Slovenia
Lingr Goal 44' Report
Hadzhi Dimitar Stadium, Sliven
Attendance: 754[11]
Referee: Marius Avram (Romania)

6 May 2015
19:00
Belgium  0–2  Germany
Report Passlack Goal 43'
Schmidt Goal 46'
Lazur Stadium, Burgas
Attendance: 612[11]
Referee: Danilo Grujić (Serbia)

9 May 2015
16:00
Czech Republic  0–3  Belgium
Report Azzaoui Goal 29'75' (pen.)
Van Vaerenbergh Goal 78'
Arena Sozopol, Sozopol
Attendance: 1,228[11]
Referee: Mads-Kristoffer Kristoffersen (Denmark)

9 May 2015
19:00
Slovenia  0–1  Germany
Report Eggestein Goal 8'
Lazur Stadium, Burgas
Attendance: 1,508[11]
Referee: Adrien Jaccottet (Switzerland)

12 May 2015
19:00
Germany  4–0  Czech Republic
Passlack Goal 10'40+2'
Karakas Goal 33'
Saglam Goal 53'
Report
Beroe Stadium, Stara Zagora
Attendance: 1,206[11]
Referee: Alan Mario Sant (Malta)

12 May 2015
19:00
Slovenia  0–1  Belgium
Report Van Vaerenbergh Goal 80+3'
Lazur Stadium, Burgas
Attendance: 592[11]
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

7 May 2015
16:00
Greece  2–2  Russia
Kirtzialidis Goal 37'
Pavlidis Goal 64'
Report Pletnev Goal 59'
Denisov Goal 72'
Arena Sozopol, Sozopol
Attendance: 2,000[11]
Referee: Erik Lambrechts (Belgium)

7 May 2015
17:00
Scotland  0–5  France
Report Ikone Goal 18'20'
Edouard Goal 25'
Boutobba Goal 35'
Doucoure Goal 47'
Beroe Stadium, Stara Zagora
Attendance: 326[11]
Referee: Alan Mario Sant (Malta)

10 May 2015
16:00
Russia  0–1  France
Report Edouard Goal 50'
Hadzhi Dimitar Stadium, Sliven
Attendance: 2,255[11]
Referee: Danilo Grujić (Serbia)

10 May 2015
17:00
Greece  1–0  Scotland
Pavlidis Goal 39' Report
Arena Sozopol, Sozopol
Attendance: 1,154[11]
Referee: Paweł Raczkowski (Poland)

13 May 2015
17:00
France  1–0  Greece
Rambaud Goal 80+4' Report
Arena Sozopol, Sozopol
Attendance: 983[11]
Referee: Adrien Jaccottet (Switzerland)

13 May 2015
17:00
Russia  2–0  Scotland
Denisov Goal 52'
Pletnev Goal 65'
Report
Hadzhi Dimitar Stadium, Sliven
Attendance: 885[11]
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

7 May 2015
13:00
Republic of Ireland  0–0  Netherlands
Report
Arena Sozopol, Sozopol
Attendance: 1,500[11]
Referee: Dumitru Muntean (Moldova)

7 May 2015
19:00
Italy  0–1  England
Report Edwards Goal 47'
Lazur Stadium, Burgas
Attendance: 2,530[11]
Referee: Adrien Jaccottet (Switzerland)

10 May 2015
16:00
Republic of Ireland  0–2  Italy
Report Lo Faso Goal 9'
Mazzocchi Goal 56'
Beroe Stadium, Stara Zagora
Attendance: 573[11]
Referee: Roy Reinshreiber (Israel)

10 May 2015
20:00
Netherlands  1–1  England
Boultam Goal 56' (pen.) Report Fosu-Mensah Goal 18' (o.g.)
Beroe Stadium, Stara Zagora
Attendance: 1,063[11]
Referee: Erik Lambrechts (Belgium)

13 May 2015
19:00
England  1–0  Republic of Ireland
Edwards Goal 71' Report
Beroe Stadium, Stara Zagora
Attendance: 974[11]
Referee: Paweł Raczkowski (Poland)

13 May 2015
19:00
Netherlands  1–1  Italy
Giraudo Goal 63' (o.g.) Report Cutrone Goal 6'
Lazur Stadium, Burgas
Attendance: 1,258[11]
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).[3]

Bracket[edit]

 
Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
 
                   
 
15 May – Burgas
 
 
 Croatia 1 (3)
 
19 May – Burgas
 
 Belgium (p) 1 (5)
 
 Belgium 1 (1)
 
16 May – Stara Zagora
 
 France (p) 1 (2)
 
 France 3
 
22 May – Burgas
 
 Italy 0
 
 France 4
 
15 May – Stara Zagora
 
 Germany 1
 
 Germany (p) 0 (4)
 
19 May – Stara Zagora
 
 Spain 0 (2)
 
 Germany 1
 
16 May – Burgas
 
 Russia 0
 
 England 0
 
 
 Russia 1
 


 
FIFA U-17 World Cup play-offs  
 
           
 
19 May – Sozopol
 
 
 Croatia 1
 
 
 Italy 0
 
 
19 May – Sliven
 
 
 Spain 0 (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.

15 May 2015
16:00
Croatia  1–1  Belgium
Majić Goal 34' Report Azzaoui Goal 53'
  Penalties  
Moro Penalty missed
Brekalo Penalty scored
Lovren Penalty scored
Sosa Penalty scored
3–5 Penalty scored Janssens
Penalty scored Van Vaerenbergh
Penalty scored Daneels
Penalty scored Ademoglu
Penalty scored Azzaoui
Lazur Stadium, Burgas
Attendance: 1,073[11]
Referee: Marius Avram (Romania)

15 May 2015
19:00
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
Beroe Stadium, Stara Zagora
Attendance: 2,423[11]
Referee: Roy Reinshreiber (Israel)

16 May 2015
16:00
England  0−1  Russia
Report Tatayev Goal 29'
Lazur Stadium, Burgas
Attendance: 2,085[11]
Referee: Alan Mario Sant (Malta)

16 May 2015
19:00
France  3−0  Italy
Edouard Goal 5'72'
Ikone Goal 53'
Report
Beroe Stadium, Stara Zagora
Attendance: 2,114[11]
Referee: Danilo Grujić (Serbia)

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

Winners qualified for 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup.

19 May 2015
16:00
Croatia  1–0  Italy
Moro Goal 15' Report
Arena Sozopol, Sozopol
Attendance: 344[11]
Referee: Mads-Kristoffer Kristoffersen (Denmark)

19 May 2015
16:00
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
Hadzhi Dimitar Stadium, Sliven
Attendance: 984[11]
Referee: Dumitri Muntean (Moldova)

Semi-finals[edit]

19 May 2015
16:00
Belgium  1–1  France
Seigers Goal 52' Report Edouard Goal 23'
  Penalties  
Janssens Penalty missed
Van Vaerenbergh Penalty scored
Daneels Penalty missed
Ademoglu Penalty missed
Azzaoui Penalty missed
1–2 Penalty missed Janvier
Penalty scored Cognat
Penalty missed Pelican
Penalty missed Zidane
Penalty scored Edouard
Lazur Stadium, Burgas
Attendance: 1,850[11]
Referee: Adrien Jaccottet (Switzerland)

19 May 2015
19:00
Germany  1–0  Russia
Serra Goal 68' Report
Beroe Stadium, Stara Zagora
Attendance: 4,127[11]
Referee: Marius Avram (Romania)

Final[edit]

22 May 2015
20:00
France  4–1  Germany
Edouard Goal 40'47'70'
Gül Goal 80+3' (o.g.)
Report Karakas Goal 50'
Lazur Stadium, Burgas
Attendance: 14,680[11]
Referee: Paweł Raczkowski (Poland)

Goalscorers[edit]

8 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
Own goal

Source: UEFA.com[12]

Team of the tournament[edit]

Source: UEFA Technical Report[13]

References[edit]

External links[edit]