2015 UEFA European Under-19 Championship

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2015 UEFA European Under-19 Championship
2015 Ευρωπαϊκό πρωτάθλημα ποδοσφαίρου U-19
2015 UEFA European Under-19 Championship.png
Tournament details
Host country  Greece
Dates 6–19 July 2015
Teams 8 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s) 3 (in 3 host cities)
Final positions
Champions  Spain (10th title)
Runners-up  Russia
Tournament statistics
Matches played 15
Goals scored 36 (2.4 per match)
Attendance 70,612 (4,707 per match)
Top scorer(s) Spain Borja Mayoral (3 goals)
Best player Spain Marco Asensio
2014
2016

The 2015 UEFA European Under-19 Championship was the 14th edition of the UEFA European Under-19 Championship (64th edition if the Under-18 and Junior eras are included), the annual European youth football competition contested by the men's under-19 national teams of the member associations of UEFA. Greece hosted the tournament.[1] Players born on or after 1 January 1996 were eligible to participate in this competition.

Qualification[edit]

All 54 UEFA nations entered the competition and with the hosts Greece qualifying automatically, the other 53 teams competed in the qualifying competition to determine the remaining seven 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 eight teams qualified for the final tournament.[4][5]

Note: All appearance statistics include only U-19 era (since 2002).

Team Method of qualification Finals appearance Last appearance Previous best performance
 Greece Hosts 6th 2012 Runners-up (2007, 2012)
 Spain Elite round Group 1 winners 11th 2013 Champions (2002, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2011, 2012)
 Germany Elite round Group 2 winners 7th 2014 Champions (2008, 2014)
 Russia Elite round Group 3 winners 2nd 2007 Group stage (2007)
 Netherlands Elite round Group 4 winners 3rd 2013 Group stage (2010, 2013)
 Ukraine Elite round Group 5 winners 4th 2014 Champions (2009)
 Austria Elite round Group 6 winners 6th 2014 Semi-finals (2003, 2006, 2014)
 France Elite round Group 7 winners 8th 2013 Champions (2005, 2010)

Final draw[edit]

The final draw was held in Katerini, Greece on 9 June 2015 at 17:00 EEST (UTC+3).[6][7] The eight teams were drawn into two groups of four teams. There were no seeding except that the hosts Greece were assigned to position A1 in the draw.

Venues[edit]

The competition was played at three venues in three host cities, Katerini and Veria in Central Macedonia, and Larissa in Thessaly.[8]

Larissa Veria Katerini
AEL FC Arena Municipal Stadium of Veria Municipal Stadium of Katerini
39°36′55.5″N 22°23′57.8″E / 39.615417°N 22.399389°E / 39.615417; 22.399389 (AEL FC Arena) 40°32′02.9″N 22°12′08.2″E / 40.534139°N 22.202278°E / 40.534139; 22.202278 (Veria Stadium) 40°15′40.3″N 22°30′44.0″E / 40.261194°N 22.512222°E / 40.261194; 22.512222
Capacity: 16,118[9] Capacity: 7,000[10] Capacity: 4,956[11]
AEL FC Arena Overview.jpg West stand of Veria Stadium.jpg 1st Municipal Stadium of Katerini.jpg

Squads[edit]

Each national team had to submit a squad of 18 players.[3]

Match officials[edit]

A total of 6 referees, 8 assistant referees and 2 fourth officials were appointed for the final tournament.[12]

Group stage[edit]

2015 UEFA European Under-19 Championship teams and final classification

Group winners and runners-up advanced to the semi-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).[13]

Group A[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  France 3 3 0 0 6 1 +5 9 Advance to knockout stage
2  Greece (H) 3 1 1 1 2 2 0 4
3  Austria 3 0 2 1 2 3 −1 2
4  Ukraine 3 0 1 2 3 7 −4 1
Source: UEFA
(H) Host.

6 July 2015
20:30
Greece  3-2  Ukraine
Orphanides Goal 20'
Karahalios Goal 76, 77'
Report unknown Goal 90, 106'

6 July 2015
21:00
Austria  3–1  France
unknown Goal 78, 79, 86' Report Blin Goal 34'

9 July 2015
19:00
Ukraine  3-0  France
Zubkov Goal 55, 56, 57' Report
AEL FC Arena, Larissa
Attendance: 1,619[14]
Referee: Andris Treimanis (Latvia)

9 July 2015
22:00
Greece  3–0  Austria
unknown Goal 57, 67, 77' Report
AEL FC Arena, Larissa
Attendance: 13,453[14]
Referee: Andreas Ekberg (Sweden)

12 July 2015
21:00
France  1–3  Greece
Diakhaby Goal 5'
Dembélé Goal 64'
Report unknown Goal 67, 77, 87'

12 July 2015
21:00
Ukraine  1–3  Austria
Zubkov Goal 14' Report Kvasina Goal 47'87'89'

Group B[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Russia 3 1 1 1 5 4 +1 4 Advance to knockout stage
2  Spain 3 1 1 1 5 4 +1 4
3  Netherlands 3 1 1 1 2 2 0 4
4  Germany 3 1 1 1 3 5 −2 4
Source: UEFA

7 July 2015
18:30
Netherlands  1–0  Russia
Van Amersfoort Goal 44' Report
AEL FC Arena, Larissa
Attendance: 2,038[14]
Referee: Tamás Bognár (Hungary)

7 July 2015
21:45
Germany  0–3  Spain
Report Merino Goal 8'
Mayoral Goal 72' (pen.)
Nahuel Goal 90+3'
AEL FC Arena, Larissa
Attendance: 7,883[14]
Referee: Marco Guida (Italy)

10 July 2015
19:00
Spain  1–3  Russia
Mayoral Goal 13' Report Barinov Goal 37'
Gasilin Goal 48'
Sheydayev Goal 54'

10 July 2015
21:00
Germany  1–0  Netherlands
Rizzo Goal 89' Report

13 July 2015
21:00
Russia  2–2  Germany
Kehrer Goal 32' (o.g.)
Bezdenezhnykh Goal 45+2'
Report Kehrer Goal 12'
Werner Goal 65'

13 July 2015
21:00
Spain  1–1  Netherlands
Mirani Goal 8' (o.g.) Report Van Amersfoort Goal 54' (pen.)

Knockout stage[edit]

In the knockout stage, extra time and penalty shoot-out were used to decide the winner if necessary.[3]

Bracket[edit]

 
Semi-finals Final
 
           
 
16 July – Katerini
 
 
 France 0
 
19 July – Katerini
 
 Spain 2
 
 Spain 2
 
16 July – Larissa
 
 Russia 0
 
 Russia 4
 
 
 Greece 0
 

Semi-finals[edit]

16 July 2015
19:00
Russia  4–0  Greece
Chernov Goal 50'79'
Gasilin Goal 52'
Sheydayev Goal 64' (pen.)
Report
AEL FC Arena, Larissa
Attendance: 14,856[14]
Referee: Tamás Bognár (Hungary)

16 July 2015
21:45
France  0–2  Spain
Report Asensio Goal 88'90+5'

Final[edit]

19 July 2015
21:00
Spain  2–0  Russia
Mayoral Goal 39'
Nahuel Goal 78'
Report

Goalscorers[edit]

3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
1 own goal

Source: UEFA.com[15]

Team of the tournament[edit]

Source: UEFA Technical Report[16]

Golden player: Spain Marco Asensio[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Germany, Greece and Hungary given U19 finals". UEFA. 2012-03-20. 
  2. ^ "Greece the target for 2014/15 hopefuls". UEFA.com. 22 November 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Regulations of the UEFA European Under-19 Championship, 2014/15" (PDF). UEFA.com. 
  4. ^ "Spain see off Portugal for last finals berth". UEFA.com. 3 June 2015. 
  5. ^ "2015 UEFA European Under-19 Championship programme" (PDF). UEFA.com. 
  6. ^ "Final tournament draw". UEFA.com. 
  7. ^ "Former winners meet in U19 draw". UEFA.com. 9 June 2015. 
  8. ^ "Τα Γήπεδα". greece2015.gr (in Greek). Retrieved 6 June 2015. 
  9. ^ "AEL FC Arena". stadia.gr. Retrieved 6 June 2015. 
  10. ^ "Veria Stadium". veriafc.gr. Retrieved 8 July 2015. 
  11. ^ "Katerini Stadium". stadia.gr. Retrieved 6 June 2015. 
  12. ^ "Match officials". UEFA.com. 
  13. ^ "Match Schedule" (PDF). UEFA.com. 
  14. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o "UEFA Technical Report – Results". UEFA.com. 
  15. ^ "Statistics — Tournament phase — Player statistics — Goals". UEFA.com. Retrieved 19 July 2015. 
  16. ^ "Team of the Tournament". UEFA. Retrieved 10 August 2015. 
  17. ^ "Golden Player – 2015: Marco Asensio". UEFA.com. 

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