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1986 UEFA European Under-21 Championship

The 1986 UEFA European Under-21 Championship was the 5th staging of the UEFA European Under-21 Championship. The qualifying stage spanned two years (1984–86), had 29 entrants. Spain U-21s won the competition after a penalty shootout, the first in the U-21 competition's history.

1986 UEFA European Under-21 Championship
Tournament details
Dates12 March – 29 October
Teams8 (from 1 confederation)
Final positions
Champions Spain (1st title)
Runners-up Italy
Tournament statistics
Matches played14
Goals scored41 (2.93 per match)
Top scorer(s)Italy Gianluca Vialli (4 goals)
Best player(s)Spain Manuel Sanchis[1]
1984
1988

The 29 national teams were divided into eight groups (five groups of 4 + three groups of 3). The group winners played off against each other on a two-legged home-and-away basis until the winner was decided. There was no finals tournament or 3rd-place playoff.

Qualifying stageEdit

DrawEdit

The allocation of teams into qualifying groups was based on that of 1986 FIFA World Cup qualification with several changes, reflecting the absence of some nations:

  • Group 1 did not include Belgium (moved to Group 8)
  • Group 2 did not include Malta
  • Group 3 did not include Northern Ireland
  • Group 4 did not include Luxembourg (moved to Group 8)
  • Group 5 featured the same nations
  • Group 6 did not include Republic of Ireland
  • Group 7 did not include Wales
  • Group 8 composed of Belgium (moved from Group 1), Luxembourg (moved from Group 4) and Italy (who did not participate in World Cup qualification)
Qualifying group 1 P W D L F A Pts
1   Poland 4 3 0 1 10 4 6
2   Greece 4 2 0 2 6 8 4
3   Albania 4 1 0 3 3 7 2
  • Greece 2-1 Poland
  • Albania 1-2 Poland
  • Albania 2-1 Greece
Qualifying group 2 P W D L F A Pts
1   Sweden 6 4 1 1 7 3 9
2   West Germany 6 3 1 2 9 6 7
3   Czechoslovakia 6 2 1 3 6 8 5
4   Portugal 6 1 1 4 4 9 3
  • Sweden 1-0 Czechoslo.
  • Czechoslo. 3-1 Portugal
  • Sweden 2-1 W.Germany
  • Czechoslo. 0-2 Sweden
  • W. Germany 2-0 Portugal
  • W. Germany 3-1 Czecho.
Qualifying group 3 P W D L F A Pts
1   England 6 3 2 1 9 3 8
2   Finland 6 1 4 1 6 6 6
3   Romania 6 1 4 1 5 7 6
4   Turkey 6 0 4 2 3 7 4
  • Finland 2-2 Romania
  • Romania 0-0 Finland
  • England 3-0 Romania
  • Finland 0-0 Turkey
  • England 3-0 Turkey
  • Turkey 2-2 Romania
Qualifying group 4 P W D L F A Pts
1   France 6 2 3 1 11 7 7
2   Bulgaria 6 3 1 2 14 12 7
3   East Germany 6 1 4 1 9 9 6
4   Yugoslavia 6 1 2 3 10 16 4
  • Yugoslavia 1-2 Bulgaria
  • E.Germany 1-1 Yugosl.
  • France 2-1 Bulgaria
  • France 1-1 E.Germany
  • Yugoslavia 0-0 France
  • Bulgaria 3-2 E.Germany
  • Bulgaria 4-0 France
  • Bulgaria 3-6 Yugoslavia
  • E.Germany 1-1 France
  • Yugosl. 2-3 E.Germany
  • E.Germany 1-1 Bulgaria
  • France 7-0 Yugoslavia
Qualifying group 5 P W D L F A Pts
1   Hungary 6 5 0 1 9 3 10
2   Netherlands 6 4 1 1 11 3 9
3   Austria 6 0 3 3 3 7 3
4   Cyprus 6 0 2 4 3 13 2
  • Netherlands 5-0 Cyprus
  • Hungary 1-0 Cyprus
  • Austria 1-2 Hungary
  • Netherlands 2-1 Austria
  • Austria 0-0 Cyprus
  • Hungary 1-0 Netherlands
Qualifying group 6 P W D L F A Pts
1   Denmark 6 3 2 1 11 7 8
2   Norway 6 2 2 2 10 9 6
3   Soviet Union 6 3 0 3 8 8 6
4    Switzerland 6 1 2 3 7 12 4
  • Denmark 1-0 USSR
  • USSR 2-0 Denmark
  • Denmark 4-1 Switzerland
  • Norway 1-3 Denmark
  • USSR 2-1 Norway
  • Switzerland 1-1 Norway
Qualifying group 7 P W D L F A Pts
1   Spain 4 3 1 0 4 0 7
2   Scotland 4 1 1 2 1 4 3
3   Iceland 4 1 0 3 2 3 2
  • Iceland 2-0 Scotland
  • Iceland 0-1 Spain
  • Spain 1-0 Iceland
Qualifying group 8 P W D L F A Pts
1   Italy 4 3 1 0 15 2 7
2   Belgium 4 1 1 2 7 8 3
3   Luxembourg 4 1 0 3 5 17 2
  • Luxembourg 0-6 Italy
  • Luxembourg 3-1 Belgium
  • Italy 3-0 Belgium

Qualified teamsEdit

Country Qualified as Previous appearances in tournament1
  Poland Group 1 winner 2 (1982, 1984)
  Sweden Group 2 winner 0 (Debut)
  England Group 3 winner 4 (1978, 1980, 1982, 1984)
  France Group 4 winner 2 (1982, 1984)
  Hungary Group 5 winner 2 (1978, 1980)
  Denmark Group 6 winner 1 (1978)
  Spain Group 7 winner 2 (1982, 1984)
  Italy Group 8 winner 4 (1978, 1980, 1982, 1984)
1 Bold indicates champion for that year

SquadsEdit

Knockout stageEdit

  Quarter-finals Semi-finals Finals
                                   
  Poland 1 0 1  
  Hungary 0 5 5  
    Hungary 3 1 4  
    Spain 1 4 5  
  France 1 1 2
  Spain 3 3 6  
    Spain 1 2 3 (3)
    Italy 2 1 3 (0)
  Denmark 0 1 1  
  England 1 1 2  
    England 0 1 1
    Italy 2 1 3  
  Sweden 1 1 2
  Italy 1 2 3  

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1986: Manuel Sanchís". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 2 June 1986. Archived from the original on 28 June 2015. Retrieved 29 June 2015.

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