2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship

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2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship
Mistrzostwa Europy U-21 w Piłce Nożnej 2017
2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship.png
Tournament details
Host country  Poland
Dates 16–30 June 2017
Teams 12 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s) 6 (in 6 host cities)
Final positions
Champions  Germany (2nd title)
Runners-up  Spain
Tournament statistics
Matches played 21
Goals scored 65 (3.1 per match)
Attendance 244,085 (11,623 per match)
Top scorer(s) Spain Saúl (5 goals)
Best player Spain Dani Ceballos
2015
2019

The 2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship (also known as UEFA Under-21 Euro 2017) was the 21st edition of the UEFA European Under-21 Championship, a biennial international youth football championship organised by UEFA for the men's under-21 national teams of Europe. The final tournament was hosted in Poland for the first time, after their bid was selected by the UEFA Executive Committee on 26 January 2015 in Nyon, Switzerland.[1] The tournament took place from 16–30 June 2017.[2] Players born on or after 1 January 1994 were eligible for the tournament.

In March 2012, UEFA announced that the competition would take place in even numbered years from 2016 onwards.[3] In September 2013, UEFA announced its intention to continue holding the final tournament in odd numbered years following a request from its member national football associations.[4] On 24 January 2014, UEFA confirmed that the final tournament would be held in 2017 and that it would be expanded from 8 teams to 12.[5]

Hosts[edit]

The hosts were announced at a meeting of the UEFA Executive Committee in Nyon on 26 January 2015. In late April 2014 the Polish football association PZPN very strongly indicated the country has high chances to host the tournament. Bidding to welcome Europe's best youth teams was one of the reasons for Poland's withdrawal from the UEFA Euro 2020 race.[6]

Qualification[edit]

A total of 53 UEFA nations entered the competition (Gibraltar did not enter), and with the hosts Poland qualifying automatically, the other 52 teams competed in the qualifying competition to determine the remaining 11 spots in the final tournament.[7] The qualifying competition, which took place from March 2015 to November 2016, consisted of two rounds:[8]

  • Qualifying group stage: The 52 teams are drawn into nine groups – seven groups of six teams and two groups of five teams. Each group is played in home-and-away round-robin format. The nine group winners qualify directly for the final tournament, while the four best runners-up (not counting results against the sixth-placed team) advance to the play-offs.
  • Play-offs: The four teams are drawn into two ties to play home-and-away two-legged matches to determine the last two qualified teams.

Qualified teams[edit]

The following 12 teams qualified for the final tournament.[9]

Note: All appearance statistics include only U-21 era (since 1978).

Team Method of qualification Date of qualification Finals appearance Last appearance Previous best performance
 Poland Hosts 26 January 2015 6th 1994 Quarter-finals (1982, 1984, 1986, 1992, 1994)
 Portugal Group 4 winners 6 September 2016 8th 2015 Runners-up (1994, 2015)
 Denmark Group 5 winners 6 September 2016 7th 2015 Semi-finals (1992, 2015)
 England Group 9 winners 6 October 2016 14th 2015 Winners (1982, 1984)
 Slovakia Group 8 winners 6 October 2016 2nd
(8th incl. Czechoslovakia)
2000 Fourth place (2000)
 Germany Group 7 winners 7 October 2016 11th 2015 Winners (2009)
 Czech Republic Group 1 winners 7 October 2016 7th
(13th incl. Czechoslovakia)
2015 Winners (2002)
 Sweden Group 6 winners 10 October 2016 8th 2015 Winners (2015)
 Italy Group 2 winners 11 October 2016 19th 2015 Winners (1992, 1994, 1996, 2000, 2004)
 Macedonia Group 3 winners 11 October 2016 1st Debut
 Spain Play-off winners 15 November 2016 13th 2013 Winners (1986, 1998, 2011, 2013)
 Serbia Play-off winners 15 November 2016 6th
(10th incl. Yugoslavia)
2015 Runners-up (2004, 2007)
Winners (1978 as Yugoslavia)

Final draw[edit]

The final draw was held on 1 December 2016, 18:00 CET (UTC+1), at the ICE Congress Centre in Kraków.[10][11] The 12 teams were drawn into three groups of four teams. The teams were seeded according to their coefficient ranking following the end of the qualifying play-offs, with the hosts Poland assigned to position A1 in the draw. Each group contained either the hosts or one team from Pot 1, one team from Pot 2, and two teams from Pot 3.[12][13]

Hosts (Position A1)
Team Coeff
 Poland 28,102
Pot 1
Team Coeff
 Germany 39,037
 Portugal 38,378
Pot 2
Team Coeff
 England 36,621
 Spain 36,536
 Denmark 35,590
Pot 3
Team Coeff
 Italy 35,546
 Sweden 34,259
 Czech Republic 33,690
 Serbia 31,060
 Slovakia 31,057
 Macedonia 23,283

Venues[edit]

On 7 June 2016, Polish Football Association selected six venues:[14]

Opening match and Group A Group A Group B
Lublin Kielce Gdynia
Arena Lublin Kolporter Arena Stadion GOSiR
Capacity: 15,500 Capacity: 15,500 Capacity: 15,139
Arena Lublin podczas XI Lubelskiego Festiwalu Nauki 10.jpg Stadion MOSiR Kielce 02 ssj 20060415.jpg Stadion miejski w Gdyni.jpg
Group B Group C, semifinal, and Final Group C and semifinal
Bydgoszcz Kraków Tychy
Kompleks Sportowy Zawisza Stadion Cracovia Stadion Miejski
Capacity: 20,247 Capacity: 15,016 Capacity: 15,300
Stadion Zawisza Bydgoszcz front panorama.jpg Krakow Cracovia 1.jpg Tychy stadion wewn.jpg

Match officials[edit]

In February 2017, UEFA selected nine referees and their teams for this tournament.

Country Referee 1st assistant referee 2nd assistant referee Additional assistant referee Additional assistant referee
 Austria Harald Lechner Andreas Heidenreich Maximilian Kolbitsch Alexander Harkam Julian Weinberger
 Spain Jesús Gil Manzano Ángel Nevado Rodríguez Diego Berbero Sevilla Carlos del Cerro Grande Juan Martínez Munuera
 France Benoît Bastien Hicham Zakrani Frédéric Haquette Benoît Millot Jérôme Miguelgorry
 Germany Tobias Stieler Rafael Foltyn Jan Seidel Daniel Siebert Benjamin Brand
 Lithuania Gediminas Mažeika Vytautas Šimkus Vytenis Kazlauskas Donatas Rumšas Robertas Valikonis
 Netherlands Serdar Gözübüyük Bas van Dongen Joost van Zuilen Dennis Higler Jeroen Manschot
 Scotland Bobby Madden David McGeachie Alastair Mather Andrew Dallas Donald Robertson
 Slovakia Ivan Kružliak Tomáš Somoláni Branislav Hancko Peter Kráľovič Filip Glova
 Slovenia Slavko Vinčić Tomaž Klančnik Andraž Kovačič Rade Obrenović Roberto Ponis
  • 4th officials:
Country 4th official
 Poland Marcin Borkowski
 Russia Igor Demeshko
 Israel Roy Hassan
 Poland Michał Obukowicz

Squads[edit]

Each national team have to submit a squad of 23 players, three of whom must be goalkeepers. If a player was injured or ill severely enough to prevent his participation in the tournament before his team's first match, he could be replaced by another player.[8]

Group stage[edit]

The group winners and the best runner-up advanced to the semi-finals.

Tiebreakers

Teams were ranked according to points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss), and if tied on points, the following tiebreaking criteria were applied, in the order given, to determine the rankings (Regulations Articles 18.01 and 18.02):[8]

  1. Points in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
  2. Goal difference in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
  3. Goals scored in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
  4. If more than two teams are tied, and after applying all head-to-head criteria above, a subset of teams are still tied, all head-to-head criteria above are reapplied exclusively to this subset of teams;
  5. Goal difference in all group matches;
  6. Goals scored in all group matches;
  7. Penalty shoot-out if only two teams had the same number of points, and they met in the last round of the group and are tied after applying all criteria above (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. Disciplinary points (red card = 3 points, yellow card = 1 point, expulsion for two yellow cards in one match = 3 points);
  9. UEFA coefficient for the final draw.

All times are local, CEST (UTC+2).[15]

Group A[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  England 3 2 1 0 5 1 +4 7 Knockout stage
2  Slovakia 3 2 0 1 6 3 +3 6
3  Sweden 3 0 2 1 2 5 −3 2
4  Poland (H) 3 0 1 2 3 7 −4 1
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
(H) Host.
Sweden 0–0 England
Report
Attendance: 11,672[16]
Poland 1–2 Slovakia
Lipski Goal 1' Report Valjent Goal 20'
Šafranko Goal 78'

Slovakia 1–2 England
Chrien Goal 23' Report Mawson Goal 50'
Redmond Goal 61'
Poland 2–2 Sweden
Moneta Goal 6'
Kownacki Goal 90+1' (pen.)
Report Strandberg Goal 36'
Une Larsson Goal 41'
Attendance: 14,651[16]

England 3–0 Poland
Gray Goal 6'
Murphy Goal 69'
Baker Goal 82' (pen.)
Report
Attendance: 13,176[16]
Slovakia 3–0 Sweden
Chrien Goal 5'
Mihalík Goal 22'
Šatka Goal 73'
Report
Attendance: 11,203[16]

Group B[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Spain 3 3 0 0 9 1 +8 9 Knockout stage
2  Portugal 3 2 0 1 7 5 +2 6
3  Serbia 3 0 1 2 2 5 −3 1
4  Macedonia 3 0 1 2 4 11 −7 1
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Portugal 2–0 Serbia
Guedes Goal 37'
Fernandes Goal 88'
Report
Spain 5–0 Macedonia
Saúl Goal 10'
Asensio Goal 16'54'72'
Deulofeu Goal 35' (pen.)
Report
Attendance: 8,269[16]

Serbia 2–2 Macedonia
Gaćinović Goal 24'
Đurđević Goal 90'
Report Bardhi Goal 64' (pen.)
Gjorgjev Goal 83'
Portugal 1–3 Spain
Bruma Goal 77' Report Saúl Goal 21'
Sandro Goal 65'
Williams Goal 90+3'
Attendance: 13,862[16]

Macedonia 2–4 Portugal
Bardhi Goal 40'
Markoski Goal 80'
Report Edgar Ié Goal 2'
Bruma Goal 22'90+1'
Daniel Podence Goal 57'
Attendance: 7,533[16]
Serbia 0–1 Spain
Report Denis Suárez Goal 38'

Group C[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Italy 3 2 0 1 4 3 +1 6 Knockout stage
2  Germany 3 2 0 1 5 1 +4 6
3  Denmark 3 1 0 2 4 7 −3 3
4  Czech Republic 3 1 0 2 5 7 −2 3
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Germany 2–0 Czech Republic
Meyer Goal 44'
Gnabry Goal 50'
Report
Attendance: 14,051[16]
Denmark 0–2 Italy
Report Pellegrini Goal 54'
Petagna Goal 86'

Czech Republic 3–1 Italy
Trávník Goal 24'
Havlík Goal 79'
Lüftner Goal 85'
Report Berardi Goal 70'
Attendance: 13,251[16]
Germany 3–0 Denmark
Selke Goal 53'
Kempf Goal 73'
Amiri Goal 79'
Report

Italy 1–0 Germany
Bernardeschi Goal 31' Report
Czech Republic 2–4 Denmark
Schick Goal 27'
Chorý Goal 54'
Report L. Andersen Goal 23'
Zohore Goal 35'73'
Ingvartsen Goal 90+1'
Attendance: 9,047[16]

Ranking of second-placed teams[edit]

Pos Grp Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 C  Germany 3 2 0 1 5 1 +4 6 Knockout stage
2 A  Slovakia 3 2 0 1 6 3 +3 6
3 B  Portugal 3 2 0 1 7 5 +2 6
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) goals scored; 4) disciplinary points; 5) coefficient (Regulations Article 18.03).[8]

The match-ups of the semi-finals depend on which runner-up qualified (Regulations Article 17.02):[8]

  Scenario according to the qualified team
Best runner-up from Best runner-up plays Other semi-final
Group A Winner Group B Winner Group A vs Winner Group C
Group B Winner Group A Winner Group B vs Winner Group C
Group C Winner Group A Winner Group B vs Winner Group C

Knockout stage[edit]

In the knockout stage, extra time and penalty shoot-out was used to decide the winner if necessary.[8]

On 2 May 2016, the UEFA Executive Committee agreed that the competition would be part of the International Football Association Board's trial to allow a fourth substitute to be made during extra time.[17]

Bracket[edit]

 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
      
 
27 June – Tychy
 
 
 England2 (3)
 
30 June – Kraków
 
 Germany (p)2 (4)
 
 Germany1
 
27 June – Kraków
 
 Spain0
 
 Spain3
 
 
 Italy1
 

Semi-finals[edit]

England 2–2 (a.e.t.) Germany
Gray Goal 41'
Abraham Goal 50'
Report Selke Goal 35'
Platte Goal 70'
Penalties
Baker Penalty scored
Abraham Penalty missed
Chilwell Penalty scored
Ward-Prowse Penalty scored
Redmond Penalty missed
3–4 Penalty scored Arnold
Penalty missed Gerhardt
Penalty scored Philipp
Penalty scored Meyer
Penalty scored Amiri

Spain 3–1 Italy
Saúl Goal 53'65'74' Report Bernardeschi Goal 62'

Final[edit]

Germany 1–0 Spain
Weiser Goal 40' Report
Attendance: 14,059[18]

Goalscorers[edit]

There have been 65 goals scored in 21 matches, for an average of 3.1 goals per match.

5 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal

Source: UEFA.com[19]

Awards[edit]

The following awards were given at the conclusion of the tournament:

Team of the tournament[edit]

After the tournament the Under-21 Team of the Tournament is selected by the UEFA Technical Observers.[22]

Position Player
Goalkeeper Germany Julian Pollersbeck
Defenders Germany Jeremy Toljan
Slovakia Milan Škriniar
Germany Niklas Stark
Germany Yannick Gerhardt
Midfielders Germany Maximilian Arnold
Spain Dani Ceballos
Germany Max Meyer
Spain Saúl Ñíguez
Forwards Spain Marco Asensio
Italy Federico Bernardeschi

Sponsorship[edit]

Sponsors

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