UEFA European Under-19 Championship

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UEFA European Under-19 Championship
UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship logo.svg
Founded 1948
Region Europe (UEFA)
Number of teams Maximum of 54 (qualifying round)
28 (elite round)
8 (finals)
Current champions  England (10th title)
Most successful team(s)  Spain
 England
(10 titles each)
Television broadcasters Eurosport (both the opening games not only convey a game live)
2017 UEFA European Under-19 Championship

The UEFA European Under-19 Championship is an annual football competition for men organised by the sport's European governing body, UEFA.

History and format[edit]

The competition has been held since 1948. It was originally called the FIFA Youth Tournament, until it was taken over by UEFA in 1955. In 1980, it was restyled the UEFA European Under-18 Championship. As changes were made to player eligibility dates in 2001, the championship received its current name UEFA European Under-19 Championship, and this name has been used since the 2002 championship. The contest has been held every year since its inauguration in 1948, except for the period between 1984 and 1992, when it was only held every other year.

The tournament has been played in a number of different formats during its existence. Currently it consists of two stages, similarly to UEFA's other European championship competitions. The qualifying stage is open to all UEFA members, and the final stage is contested between eight teams.

During even years, the best finishing teams qualify for the FIFA U-20 World Cup held in the next (odd) year. Currently, five teams can qualify for the World Cup, consisting of the top two of their groups plus the winner of a play-off match between the third-placed teams of each group.

The age limit of the event was under-18 (calendar year) at the beginning of the qualification but co-current with the new name, the age limit became under-19 during the final tournament. Thus, the age limit never changed as the qualification always began a year before the final tournament.

Results[edit]

FIFA Youth Tournament (1948–1954)[edit]

Year Host Final Third place match
Winner Score Runner-up Third place Score Fourth place
1948
details
 England
England
3–2
Netherlands

Belgium
3–1
Italy
1949
details
 Netherlands
France
4–1
Netherlands

Belgium
5–0
Ireland
1950
details
 Austria
Austria
3–2
France

Netherlands
6–0
Luxembourg
1951
details
 France
Yugoslavia
3–2
Austria

Belgium
1–0
Northern Ireland
1952
details
 Spain
Spain
0–0 aet
Spain won on Goal Average

Belgium

Austria
5–5 Austria win on Coin Toss
England
1953
details
 Belgium
Hungary
2–0
Yugoslavia

Turkey
3–2
Spain
1954
details
 West Germany
Spain
2–2 aet
Spain won on Goal Average

West Germany

Argentina
1–0
Turkey

UEFA Youth Tournament (1955–1980)[edit]

Year Host Final Third place match
Winner Score Runner-up Third place Score Fourth place
1955
Details
 Italy Only group matches were played and no winner was declared.
1956
Details
 Hungary Only group matches were played and no winner was declared.
1957
Details
 Spain
Austria
3–2
Spain
 France
 Italy
0–0 Thid place
was shared
1958
Details
 Luxembourg
Italy
1–0
England

France
3–0
Romania
1959
Details
 Bulgaria
Bulgaria
1–0
Italy

Hungary
6–1
East Germany
1960
Details
 Austria
Hungary
2–1
Romania

Portugal
2–1
Austria
1961
Details
 Portugal
Portugal
4–0
Poland

West Germany
2–1
Spain
1962
Details
 Romania
Romania
4–1
Yugoslavia

Czechoslovakia
1–1 Czechoslovakia win on Coin Toss
Turkey
1963
Details
 England
England
4–0
Northern Ireland

Scotland
4–2
Bulgaria
1964
Details
 Netherlands
England
4–0
Spain

Portugal
3–2
Scotland
1965
Details
 West Germany
East Germany
3–2
England

Czechoslovakia
4–1
Italy
1966
Details
 Yugoslavia  Italy
 Soviet Union
0–0 The title
was shared

Yugoslavia
2–0
Spain
1967
Details
 Turkey
Soviet Union
1–0
England

Turkey
1–1 Turkey win on Coin Toss
France
1968
Details
 France
Czechoslovakia
2–1
France

Portugal
4–2
Bulgaria
1969
Details
 East Germany
Bulgaria
1–1 Bulgaria win on Coin Toss
East Germany

Soviet Union
1–0
Scotland
1970
Details
 Scotland
East Germany
1–1 East Germany win on Coin Toss
Netherlands

Scotland
2–0
France
1971
Details
 Czechoslovakia
England
3–0
Portugal

East Germany
1–1
(5–3) pen.

Soviet Union
1972
Details
 Spain
England
2–0
West Germany

Poland
0–0
(6–5) pen.

Spain
1973
Details
 Italy
England
3–2
aet

East Germany

Italy
1–0
Bulgaria
1974
Details
 Sweden
Bulgaria
1–0
Yugoslavia

Scotland
1–0
Greece
1975
Details
  Switzerland
England
1–0
asdet

Finland

Hungary
(p) 2–2
Turkey
1976
Details
 Hungary
Soviet Union
1–0
Hungary

Spain
3–0
France
1977
Details
 Belgium
Belgium
2–1
Bulgaria

Soviet Union
7–2
West Germany
1978
Details
 Poland
Soviet Union
3–0
Yugoslavia

Poland
3–1
Scotland
1979
Details
 Austria
Yugoslavia
1–0
Bulgaria

England
0–0
(4–3) pen.

France
1980
Details
 East Germany
England
2–1
Poland

Italy
3–0
Netherlands

UEFA European Under-18 Championship (1981–2001)[edit]

Year Host Final Third place match
Winner Score Runner-up Third place Score Fourth place
1981
Details
 West Germany
West Germany
1–0
Poland

France
1–1
2–0 (pen.)

Spain
1982
Details
 Finland
Scotland
3–1
Czechoslovakia

Soviet Union
3–1
Poland
1983
Details
 England
France
1–0
Czechoslovakia

England
1–1
4–2 (pen.)

Italy
1984
Details
 Soviet Union
Hungary
0–0
3–2 (pen.)

Soviet Union

Poland
2–1
Republic of Ireland
1986
Details
 Yugoslavia
East Germany
3–1
Italy

West Germany
1–0
Scotland
1988
Details
 Czechoslovakia
Soviet Union
3–1
(a.e.t.)

Portugal

East Germany
2–0
Spain
1990
Details
 Hungary
Soviet Union
0–0
4–2 (pen.)

Portugal

Spain
1–0
England
1992
Details
 Germany
Turkey
2–1
(asdet)

Portugal

Norway
1–1
8–7 (pen.)

England
1993
Details
 England
England
1–0
Turkey

Spain
2–1
Portugal
1994
Details
 Spain
Portugal
1–1
4–1 (pen.)

Germany

Spain
5–2
Netherlands
1995
Details
 Greece
Spain
4–1
Italy

Greece
5–0
Netherlands
1996
Details
 France
France
1–0
Spain

England
3–2
(a.e.t.)

Belgium
1997
Details
 Iceland
France
1–0
(asdet)

Portugal

Spain
2–1
Republic of Ireland
1998
Details
 Cyprus
Republic of Ireland
1–1
4–3 (pen.)

Germany

Croatia
0–0
5–4 (pen.)

Portugal
1999
Details
 Sweden
Portugal
1–0
Italy

Republic of Ireland
1–0
Greece
2000
Details
 Germany
France
1–0
Ukraine

Germany
3–1
Czech Republic
2001
Details
 Finland
Poland
3–1
Czech Republic

Spain
6–2
Yugoslavia

UEFA European Under-19 Championship (since 2002)[edit]

Year Host Final Losing semi-finalists
(or third place match)
Winner Score Runner-up Third place Score Fourth place
2002
Details
 Norway
Spain
1–0
Germany

Slovakia
2–1
Republic of Ireland
2003
Details
 Liechtenstein
Italy
2–0
Portugal
 Austria and  Czech Republic
2004
Details
  Switzerland
Spain
1–0
Turkey
 Ukraine and   Switzerland
2005
Details
 Northern Ireland
France
3–1
England
 Serbia and Montenegro and  Germany
2006
Details
 Poland
Spain
2–1
Scotland
 Austria and  Czech Republic
2007
Details
 Austria
Spain
1–0
Greece
 France and  Germany
2008
Details
 Czech Republic
Germany
3–1
Italy
 Hungary and  Czech Republic
2009
Details
 Ukraine
Ukraine
2–0
England
 Serbia and  France
2010
Details
 France
France
2–1
Spain
 England and  Croatia
2011
Details
 Romania
Spain
3–2
(a.e.t.)

Czech Republic
 Serbia and  Republic of Ireland
2012
Details
 Estonia
Spain
1–0
Greece
 France and  England
2013
Details
 Lithuania
Serbia
1–0
France
 Portugal and  Spain
2014
Details
 Hungary
Germany
1–0
Portugal
 Serbia and  Austria
2015
Details
 Greece
Spain
2–0
Russia
 Greece and  France
2016
Details
 Germany
France
4–0
Italy
 England and  Portugal
2017
Details
 Georgia
England
2–1
Portugal
 Czech Republic and  Netherlands
2018
Details
 Finland
2019
Details
 Armenia
2020
Details
 Northern Ireland

Statistics[edit]

Number of teams[edit]

Year of tournament Format of the final round Number of teams
1986–1992 Knockout format 8
1993 Two groups of four teams, third place play-off and final
1994 Two groups of four teams, fifth place play-off, third place play-off and final
1995–2002 Two groups of four teams, third place play-off and final
2003–2015 Two groups of four teams, semi-finals and final
2016–present Two groups of four teams, fifth place play-off (in even years only, for qualifying to FIFA U-20 World Cup), semi-finals and final

Performances by countries[edit]

UEFA European Youth Championship
Team Titles Runners-up Third place or semi-finals
 England 10 (1948, 1963, 1964, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1980, 1993, 2017) 5 (1958, 1965, 1967, 2005, 2009) 6
 Spain 10 (1952, 1954, 1995, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2011, 2012, 2015) 4 (1957, 1964, 1996, 2010) 7
 France 8 (1949, 1983, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2005, 2010, 2016) 3 (1950, 1968, 2013) 7
 Germany 6 (1965, 1970, 1981, 1986, 2008, 2014) 7 (1954, 1969, 1972, 1973, 1994, 1998, 2002) 7
 Russia 6 (1966, 1967, 1976, 1978, 1988, 1990) 2 (1984, 2015) 3
 Portugal 3 (1961, 1994, 1999) 8 (1971, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1997, 2003, 2014, 2017) 5
 Italy 3 (1958, 1966, 2003) 6 (1959, 1986, 1995, 1999, 2008, 2016) 3
 Serbia 3 (1951, 1979, 2013) 4 (1953, 1962, 1974, 1978) 5
 Bulgaria 3 (1959, 1969, 1974) 2 (1977, 1979)
 Hungary 3 (1953, 1960, 1984) 1 (1976) 3
 Austria 2 (1950, 1957) 1 (1951) 4
 Czech Republic 1 (1968) 4 (1982, 1983, 2001, 2011) 6
 Poland 1 (2001) 3 (1961, 1980, 1981) 3
 Turkey 1 (1992) 2 (1993, 2004) 2
 Belgium 1 (1977) 1 (1952) 3
 Romania 1 (1962) 1 (1960)
 Scotland 1 (1982) 1 (2006) 3
 Ukraine 1 (2009) 1 (2000) 1
 Republic of Ireland 1 (1998) 2
 Netherlands 3 (1948, 1949, 1970) 2
 Greece 2 (2007, 2012) 2
 Finland 1 (1975)
 Northern Ireland 1 (1963)
 Croatia 2
  Switzerland 1
 Norway 1
 Slovakia 1

Note: in 1966 title was shared between  Italy and  Soviet Union.

Awards[edit]

Golden Player Award[edit]

The Golden Player Award is awarded to the player who plays the most outstanding football during the tournament.

European Championship Golden Player Ref(s)
2002 Norway Spain Fernando Torres [1]
2003 Liechtenstein Italy Alberto Aquilani [2]
2004 Switzerland Spain Juanfran [3]
2005 Northern Ireland France Abdoulaye Baldé [4]
2006 Poland Spain Alberto Bueno [5]
2007 Austria Greece Sotiris Ninis [6]
2008 Czech Republic 1 Germany Lars Bender
Germany Sven Bender
[7]
2009 Ukraine Ukraine Kyrylo Petrov [8]
2010 France France Gaël Kakuta [9]
2011 Romania Spain Álex Fernández [10]
2012 Estonia Spain Gerard Deulofeu [11]
2013 Lithuania Serbia Aleksandar Mitrović [12]
2014 Hungary Germany Davie Selke [13]
2015 Greece Spain Marco Asensio [14]
2016 Germany France Jean-Kévin Augustin [15]

1 Honour shared.

Top goalscorer[edit]

The Top goalscorer award is awarded to the player who scores the most goals during the tournament.

European Championship Top goalscorer Goals
2002 Norway Spain Fernando Torres 4
2003 Liechtenstein Portugal Paulo Sérgio 5
2004 Switzerland Turkey Ali Öztürk
Poland Łukasz Piszczek
4
2005 Northern Ireland Serbia and Montenegro Borko Veselinović 5
2006 Poland Spain Alberto Bueno
Turkey İlhan Parlak
5
2007 Austria Germany Änis Ben-Hatira
Greece Kostantinos Mitroglou
France Kévin Monnet-Paquet
3
2008 Czech Republic Czech Republic Tomáš Necid 4
2009 Ukraine England Nathan Delfouneso 4
2010 France Spain Dani Pacheco 4
2011 Romania Spain Álvaro Morata 6
2012 Estonia Spain Jesé 5
2013 Lithuania Lithuania Gratas Sirgedas
Netherlands Anass Achahbar
Portugal Alexandre Guedes
3
2014 Hungary Germany Davie Selke 6
2015 Greece Spain Borja Mayoral 3
2016 Germany France Jean-Kévin Augustin 6
2017 Georgia England Ben Brereton
England Ryan Sessegnon
Netherlands Joël Piroe
Sweden Viktor Gyökeres
3

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2002: Fernando Torres". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 1 April 2008. Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  2. ^ "2003: Alberto Aquilani". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 1 April 2008. Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  3. ^ "2004: Juanfran". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 1 April 2008. Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  4. ^ "2005: Abdoulaye Balde". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 1 April 2008. Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  5. ^ "2006: Alberto Bueno". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 1 April 2008. Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  6. ^ "2007: Sotiris Ninis". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 1 April 2008. Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  7. ^ "2008: Lars & Sven Bender". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 1 January 2009. Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  8. ^ "2009: Kyrylo Petrov". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 5 August 2009. Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  9. ^ "2010: Gaël Kakuta". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 2 August 2010. Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  10. ^ "2011: Álex Fernández". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 1 August 2011. Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  11. ^ "2012: Gerard Deulofeu". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 16 July 2012. Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  12. ^ "2013: Aleksandar Mitrović". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 8 August 2013. Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  13. ^ "2014: Davie Selke". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 1 September 2014. Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  14. ^ "2015: Marco Asensio". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 1 August 2015. Retrieved 9 October 2015. 
  15. ^ "2016: Jean-Kévin Augustin". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 27 July 2016. Retrieved 28 July 2016. 

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