1978 UEFA European Under-18 Championship

The UEFA European Under-18 Championship 1978 Final Tournament was held in Poland. It also served as the European qualification for the 1979 FIFA World Youth Championship.

1978 UEFA European Under-18 Championship
Tournament details
Host countryPoland
Dates5–14 May
Teams16
Final positions
Champions Soviet Union (4th title)
Runners-up Yugoslavia
Third place Poland
Fourth place Scotland
1977
1979

QualificationEdit

Group 1Edit

Teams Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Hungary 4 2 1 1 6 2 +4 5
  Czechoslovakia 4 2 1 1 8 6 +2 5
  Sweden 4 1 0 3 5 11 –6 2


Sweden   1–0   Hungary
Sweden   2–4   Czechoslovakia
Hungary   4–0   Sweden
Czechoslovakia   1–1   Hungary
Czechoslovakia   3–2   Sweden
Hungary   1–0   Czechoslovakia

Group 4Edit

Teams Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Netherlands 4 2 2 0 7 3 +4 6
  Finland 4 0 3 1 4 6 –2 3
  Republic of Ireland 4 0 3 1 3 5 –2 3


Finland   2–2   Republic of Ireland
Finland   1–1   Netherlands
Netherlands   3–1   Republic of Ireland
Republic of Ireland   0–0   Netherlands
Netherlands   3–1   Finland
Republic of Ireland   0–0   Finland

Other groupsEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Denmark   0–3   Scotland 0–2 0–1
Iceland   2–1   Wales 1–1 1–0
Belgium   9–2   Northern Ireland 4–1 5–1
England   3–1   France 3–1 0–0
Liechtenstein   1–13   Italy 0–6 1–7
Luxembourg   1–6   Portugal 1–4 0–2
West Germany   4–0    Switzerland 2–0 2–0
Malta   0–2   Spain 0–2 0–0
Greece   2–2 (3–2p)   East Germany 1–1 1–1
Bulgaria   2–4   Turkey 2–1 0–3
Yugoslavia   4–0   Romania 2–0 2–0
Austria   0–2   Soviet Union 0–2 0–0

TeamsEdit

The following teams qualified for the tournament:

SquadsEdit

Group stageEdit

Group AEdit

Teams Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Scotland 3 2 1 0 2 0 +2 5
  Portugal 3 1 1 1 1 1 0 3
  West Germany 3 1 0 2 5 5 0 2
  Italy 3 0 2 1 3 5 –2 2


5 May Italy   0–0   Portugal
Scotland   1–0   West Germany
7 May Scotland   1–0   Portugal
West Germany   5–3   Italy
9 May Scotland   0–0   Italy
Portugal   1–0   West Germany

Group BEdit

Teams Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Soviet Union 3 3 0 0 10 0 +10 6
  Netherlands 3 1 1 1 3 4 –1 3
  Norway 3 1 0 2 2 6 –4 2
  Greece 3 0 1 2 3 8 –5 1


5 May Soviet Union   4–0   Greece
Netherlands   1–0   Norway
7 May Netherlands   2–2   Greece
Soviet Union   4–0   Norway
9 May Soviet Union   2–0   Netherlands
Norway   2–1   Greece

Group CEdit

Teams Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Yugoslavia 2 1 1 0 4 1 +3 3
  Hungary 2 1 1 0 3 1 +2 3
  Iceland 2 0 0 2 2 7 –5 0
  Belgium Withdrew due to food poisoning


5 May Hungary   3–1   Iceland
Yugoslavia   ABD1   Belgium
7 May Hungary   0–0   Yugoslavia
9 May Yugoslavia   4–1   Iceland
1After their first match was abandoned at 2-1, Belgium withdrew from the tournament. The team was suffering from food poisoning. Their results were annulled.

Group DEdit

Teams Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Poland 3 2 0 1 5 3 +2 4
  Spain 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 3
  England 3 1 1 1 2 3 –1 3
  Turkey 3 0 2 1 3 4 –1 2


5 May England   1–1   Turkey
Spain   2–1   Poland
7 May England   1–0   Spain
Poland   2–1   Turkey
9 May Poland   2–0   England
Spain   1–1   Turkey

SemifinalsEdit

Yugoslavia  2 – 2  Scotland
Penalties
4 – 2
Soviet Union  2 – 0  Poland

Third place matchEdit

Poland  3 – 1  Scotland

FinalEdit

Soviet Union  3 – 0  Yugoslavia


 1978 UEFA European Under-18 Championship 
 
Soviet Union
Fourth title

Qualification to World Youth ChampionshipEdit

The six best performing teams qualified for the 1979 FIFA World Youth Championship: four semifinalists and the best group runners-up (based on goal difference). For an unknown reason, semifinalists Scotland did not participate.

External linksEdit