2016 UEFA European Under-17 Championship

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2016 UEFA European Under-17 Championship
2016 UEFA U-17 Avropa Çempionatı
2016 UEFA European Under-17 Championship Logo.jpg
Tournament details
Host country  Azerbaijan
Dates 5–21 May 2016
Teams 16 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s) 4 (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions  Portugal (6th title)
Runners-up  Spain
Tournament statistics
Matches played 31
Goals scored 73 (2.35 per match)
Top scorer(s) Portugal José Gomes (7 goals)
Best player Portugal José Gomes[1]
2015
2017

The 2016 UEFA European Under-17 Championship was the 15th edition of the UEFA European Under-17 Championship (34th edition if the Under-16 era is included), the annual European international youth football championship contested by the men's under-17 national teams of UEFA member associations. Azerbaijan, which were selected by UEFA on 20 March 2012, hosted the tournament between 5 and 21 May 2016.[2]

A total of 16 teams competed in the final tournament, with players born on or after 1 January 1999 eligible to participate. Each match had a duration of 80 minutes, consisting of two halves of 40 minutes with a 15-minute half-time.

Portugal were crowned champions for the second time in the under-17 era, and sixth time overall, after beating Spain in the final 5–4 through a penalty shootout.[3] France were the defending champions, but were eliminated in the group stage.[4]

Qualification[edit]

The national teams from all 54 UEFA member associations entered the competition. With Azerbaijan automatically qualified as hosts, the other 53 teams contested a qualifying competition to determine the remaining 15 spots in the final tournament.[5] The qualifying competition consisted of two rounds: the qualifying round, which took place in autumn 2015, and the elite round, which took place in spring 2016.[6]

Qualified teams[edit]

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

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

Team Method of qualification Finals appearance Last appearance Previous best performance
 Azerbaijan Hosts 1st Debut
 Denmark Elite round Group 1 winners 4th 2011 Semi-finals (2011)
 Scotland Elite round Group 1 runners-up[^] 4th 2015 Semi-finals (2014)
 Ukraine Elite round Group 2 winners 5th 2013 Group stage (2002, 2004, 2007, 2013)
 England Elite round Group 2 runners-up[^] 11th 2015 Champions (2010, 2014)
 Italy Elite round Group 3 winners 6th 2015 Runners-up (2013)
 Bosnia and Herzegovina Elite round Group 3 runners-up[^] 1st Debut
 Germany Elite round Group 4 winners 9th 2015 Champions (2009)
 Netherlands Elite round Group 4 runners-up[^] 10th 2015 Champions (2011, 2012)
 Portugal Elite round Group 5 winners 6th 2014 Champions (2003)
 Sweden Elite round Group 5 runners-up[^] 2nd 2013 Semi-finals (2013)
 France Elite round Group 6 winners 10th 2015 Champions (2004, 2015)
 Austria Elite round Group 6 runners-up[^] 5th 2015 Third place (2003)
 Serbia Elite round Group 7 winners 5th 2011 Quarter-finals (2002)
 Belgium Elite round Group 8 winners 5th 2015 Semi-finals (2007, 2015)
 Spain Elite round Group 8 runners-up[^] 10th 2015 Champions (2007, 2008)
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 on 8 April 2016, 12:00 AZT (UTC+4), at the Baku Olympic Stadium in Baku, Azerbaijan.[8] The 16 teams were drawn into four groups of four teams. Hosts Azerbaijan were assigned to position A1 in the draw, while the other teams were seeded according to their results in the qualification elite round, with the seven best elite round group winners (counting all elite round results) placed in Pot 1 and drawn to positions 1 and 2 in the groups, and the remaining eight teams placed in Pot 2 and drawn to positions 3 and 4 in the groups.[9]

  • Pot 1: Portugal, Serbia, Ukraine, Germany, Denmark, Italy, France
  • Pot 2: Belgium (eighth best group winner), England, Austria, Netherlands, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sweden, Scotland, Spain

Venues[edit]

The tournament was hosted in four venues, all in Baku:[10]

Baku Baku
Baku Olympic Stadium Azersun Arena Bakcell Arena Dalga Arena
Capacity: 68,000 Capacity: 4,735 Capacity: 10,500 Capacity: 6,700
Baku Olympic Stadium panorama 1.JPG AzersunArena.jpg Neftchi - Qarabagh match, Bakcell Arena.JPG Dalga Arena.jpg

Squads[edit]

Each national team had to submit a squad of 18 players.[6]

Match officials[edit]

A total of 8 referees, 12 assistant referees and 4 fourth officials were appointed for the final tournament.[11]

Group stage[edit]

Results of teams participating at the 2016 UEFA European Under-17 Championship

The final tournament schedule was confirmed on 12 April 2016.[12]

The group winners and runners-up advanced to the quarter-finals.

Tiebreakers

The teams were ranked according to points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss). 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:[6]

  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, AZT (UTC+4).[13]

Group A[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Portugal 3 2 1 0 7 0 +7 7 Knockout stage
2  Belgium 3 1 2 0 3 1 +2 5
3  Azerbaijan (H) 3 1 1 1 2 6 −4 4
4  Scotland 3 0 0 3 0 5 −5 0
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
(H) Host.

5 May 2016 (2016-05-05)
19:00
Belgium  2–0  Scotland
Corryn Goal 45'
Openda Goal 60'
Report
Bakcell Arena, Baku
Referee: Peter Kralović (Slovakia)

5 May 2016 (2016-05-05)
20:00
Azerbaijan  0–5  Portugal
Report Gomes Goal 4'16'
Asadov Goal 24' (o.g.)
Miguel Luís Goal 44'
Fernandes Goal 76'
Baku Olympic Stadium, Baku
Referee: Bartosz Frankowski (Poland)

8 May 2016 (2016-05-08)
15:30
Portugal  2–0  Scotland
Quina Goal 37'
Gomes Goal 55'
Report
Dalga Arena, Baku
Referee: Gunnar Jarl Jónsson (Iceland)

8 May 2016 (2016-05-08)
19:00
Azerbaijan  1–1  Belgium
Mahmudov Goal 77' Report Bongiovanni Goal 72'
Bakcell Arena, Baku
Referee: Petr Ardeleanu (Czech Republic)

11 May 2016 (2016-05-11)
16:00
Scotland  0–1  Azerbaijan
Report Nabiyev Goal 79'
Bakcell Arena, Baku
Referee: Svein-Erik Edvartsen (Norway)

11 May 2016 (2016-05-11)
16:00
Portugal  0–0  Belgium
Report
Dalga Arena, Baku
Referee: Ville Nevalainen (Finland)

Group B[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Germany 3 2 1 0 9 3 +6 7 Knockout stage
2  Austria 3 2 0 1 4 4 0 6
3  Bosnia and Herzegovina 3 1 0 2 3 6 −3 3
4  Ukraine 3 0 1 2 3 6 −3 1
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers

5 May 2016 (2016-05-05)
14:00
Austria  2–0  Bosnia and Herzegovina
Baumgartner Goal 18'35' Report
Bakcell Arena, Baku
Referee: Petr Ardeleanu (Czech Republic)

5 May 2016 (2016-05-05)
17:00
Ukraine  2–2  Germany
Yanakov Goal 33'
Buletsa Goal 67'
Report Otto Goal 37'
Schreck Goal 74'
Baku Olympic Stadium, Baku
Referee: Gunnar Jarl Jónsson (Iceland)

8 May 2016 (2016-05-08)
14:00
Ukraine  0–2  Austria
Report Schmid Goal 7'
V. Müller Goal 21'
Bakcell Arena, Baku
Referee: Svein-Erik Edvartsen (Norway)

8 May 2016 (2016-05-08)
19:00
Germany  3–1  Bosnia and Herzegovina
Akkaynak Goal 17' (pen.)
Otto Goal 66'72'
Report Baack Goal 2' (o.g.)
Dalga Arena, Baku
Referee: Peter Kralović (Slovakia)

11 May 2016 (2016-05-11)
19:15
Bosnia and Herzegovina  2–1  Ukraine
B. Hadžić Goal 38'40+1' Report Kulakov Goal 69'
Bakcell Arena, Baku
Referee: Fran Jović (Croatia)

11 May 2016 (2016-05-11)
19:15
Germany  4–0  Austria
Meisl Goal 3' (o.g.)
Akkaynak Goal 25'
Havertz Goal 32'
Dadashov Goal 80+1'
Report
Dalga Arena, Baku
Referee: Mitja Žganec (Slovenia)

Group C[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Sweden 3 2 0 1 3 2 +1 6 Knockout stage
2  England 3 2 0 1 6 3 +3 6
3  Denmark 3 1 1 1 2 3 −1 4
4  France 3 0 1 2 0 3 −3 1
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers

6 May 2016 (2016-05-06)
19:00
France  0–0  Denmark
Report
Dalga Arena, Baku
Referee: Ville Nevalainen (Finland)

6 May 2016 (2016-05-06)
19:00
England  1–2  Sweden
Nelson Goal 62' Report Asoro Goal 4'59'
Azersun Arena, Baku
Referee: Svein-Erik Edvartsen (Norway)

9 May 2016 (2016-05-09)
14:00
Denmark  1–0  Sweden
Buch Jensen Goal 80+3' Report
Baku Olympic Stadium, Baku
Referee: Mitja Žganec (Slovenia)

9 May 2016 (2016-05-09)
20:00
France  0–2  England
Report Morris Goal 15'
Nelson Goal 43' (pen.)
Azersun Arena, Baku
Referee: Fran Jović (Croatia)

12 May 2016 (2016-05-12)
19:00
Sweden  1–0  France
Bergqvist Goal 45' Report
Azersun Arena, Baku
Referee: Bartosz Frankowski (Poland)

12 May 2016 (2016-05-12)
19:00
Denmark  1–3  England
Odgaard Goal 80+1' Report Nelson Goal 30'
Mount Goal 51'
Hirst Goal 78'
Baku Olympic Stadium, Baku
Referee: Peter Kralović (Slovakia)

Group D[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Spain 3 2 1 0 7 3 +4 7 Knockout stage
2  Netherlands 3 2 0 1 3 2 +1 6
3  Italy 3 1 0 2 4 6 −2 3
4  Serbia 3 0 1 2 2 5 −3 1
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers

6 May 2016 (2016-05-06)
14:00
Italy  2–1  Serbia
Scamacca Goal 9'
Kean Goal 32'
Report Maksimović Goal 77'
Azersun Arena, Baku
Referee: Mitja Žganec (Slovenia)

6 May 2016 (2016-05-06)
15:30
Netherlands  0–2  Spain
Report Mboula Goal 16'
Ruiz Goal 52'
Dalga Arena, Baku
Referee: Fran Jović (Croatia)

9 May 2016 (2016-05-09)
16:00
Italy  0–1  Netherlands
Report Nunnely Goal 78'
Azersun Arena, Baku
Referee: Bartosz Frankowski (Poland)

9 May 2016 (2016-05-09)
17:00
Serbia  1–1  Spain
Joveljić Goal 59' (pen.) Report Ruiz Goal 4'
Baku Olympic Stadium, Baku
Referee: Ville Nevalainen (Finland)

12 May 2016 (2016-05-12)
14:00
Spain  4–2  Italy
Díaz Goal 44'
García Goal 59'
Ruiz Goal 76'
Lozano Goal 80+1'
Report Olivieri Goal 65' (pen.)
Pinamonti Goal 72'
Azersun Arena, Baku
Referee: Petr Ardeleanu (Czech Republic)

12 May 2016 (2016-05-12)
14:00
Serbia  0–2  Netherlands
Report M. Ilić Goal 72' (o.g.)
Vente Goal 80+1'
Baku Olympic Stadium, Baku
Referee: Gunnar Jarl Jónsson (Iceland)

Knockout stage[edit]

In the knockout stage, a penalty shoot-out was used to decide the winner if necessary (no extra time was played).[6]

Following a consultation between the Association of Football Federations of Azerbaijan (AFFA) and UEFA, it was decided to change the venue for the semi-finals and final from the Baku Olympic Stadium to the Dalga Arena and Bakcell Arena, respectively.[14][15]

Bracket[edit]

 
Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
 
                   
 
14 May – Baku
 
 
 Portugal 5
 
18 May – Baku
 
 Austria 0
 
 Portugal 2
 
15 May – Baku
 
 Netherlands 0
 
 Sweden 0
 
21 May – Baku
 
 Netherlands 1
 
 Portugal (p) 1 (5)
 
14 May – Baku
 
 Spain 1 (4)
 
 Germany 1
 
18 May – Baku
 
 Belgium 0
 
 Germany 1
 
15 May – Baku
 
 Spain 2
 
 Spain 1
 
 
 England 0
 

Quarter-finals[edit]

14 May 2016 (2016-05-14)
15:00
Portugal  5–0  Austria
Gomes Goal 7' (pen.)18'47'
Djú Goal 51'
Miguel Luís Goal 77'
Report
Dalga Arena, Baku
Referee: Fran Jović (Croatia)

14 May 2016 (2016-05-14)
20:00
Germany  1–0  Belgium
Dadashov Goal 46' Report
Dalga Arena, Baku
Referee: Gunnar Jarl Jónsson (Iceland)

15 May 2016 (2016-05-15)
16:00
Spain  1–0  England
García Goal 11' Report
Bakcell Arena, Baku
Referee: Svein-Erik Edvartsen (Norway)

15 May 2016 (2016-05-15)
20:00
Sweden  0–1  Netherlands
Report Chong Goal 62'
Bakcell Arena, Baku
Referee: Ville Nevalainen (Finland)

Semi-finals[edit]

18 May 2016 (2016-05-18)
15:00
Portugal  2–0  Netherlands
Gomes Goal 25'
Dalot Goal 56'
Report
Dalga Arena, Baku
Referee: Peter Kralović (Slovakia)

18 May 2016 (2016-05-18)
20:00
Germany  1–2  Spain
Dadashov Goal 11' Report Ruiz Goal 64'
Díaz Goal 78'
Dalga Arena, Baku
Referee: Bartosz Frankowski (Poland)

Final[edit]

21 May 2016 (2016-05-21)
20:00
Portugal  1–1  Spain
Dalot Goal 27' Report Díaz Goal 32'
  Penalties  
Gomes Penalty scored
Filipe Penalty scored
Leite Penalty scored
Dalot Penalty scored
Fernandes Penalty scored
5–4 Penalty scored Ruiz
Penalty scored Busquets
Penalty scored Brandariz
Penalty scored Díaz
Penalty missed Morlanes
Bakcell Arena, Baku
Referee: Petr Ardeleanu (Czech Republic)

Goalscorers[edit]

7 goals

Note: José Gomes scored a total of 16 goals in the 2014–15 and 2015–16 season (including qualifying), making him the competition's all-time top scorer.[16]

4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
1 own goal

Source: UEFA.com[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Harrison, Wayne. "Golden Player 2016: José Gomes". UEFA. Retrieved 26 May 2016. 
  2. ^ "Malta, Bulgaria, Azerbaijan picked for U17s". UEFA. 20 March 2012. 
  3. ^ Harrison, Wayne (21 May 2016). "Portugal win second U17 EURO title on penalties". UEFA. Retrieved 21 May 2016. 
  4. ^ "Clinical Sweden eliminate holders France". UEFA. 13 May 2016. Retrieved 21 May 2016. 
  5. ^ "Under-17 entries for Azerbaijan 2015/16". UEFA.com. 2 November 2014. 
  6. ^ a b c d "Regulations of the UEFA European Under-17 Championship, 2015/16" (PDF). UEFA.com. 
  7. ^ "Holders France lead U17 finals lineup". UEFA.com. 4 April 2016. 
  8. ^ "Final tournament draw". UEFA.com. 
  9. ^ "France v England after Under-17 finals draw made". UEFA.com. 8 April 2016. 
  10. ^ "Venue guide: Azerbaijan 2016". UEFA.com. Retrieved 24 April 2016. 
  11. ^ "Match officials". UEFA.com. 
  12. ^ "Under-17 final tournament schedule confirmed". UEFA.com. 12 April 2016. 
  13. ^ "Definitive Match Schedule" (PDF). UEFA.com. 
  14. ^ "Change to U17 EURO knockout stage schedule". UEFA.com. 11 May 2016. 
  15. ^ "Final Match Schedule (change of stadium)" (PDF). UEFA.com. 
  16. ^ "José Gomes crowned U17 EURO top scorer". UEFA.com. 21 May 2016. Retrieved 21 May 2016. his seven goals in Azerbaijan also making him the competition's all-time leading marksman 
  17. ^ "Statistics — Tournament phase — Player statistics — Goals". UEFA.com. Retrieved 21 May 2016. 

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