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The 1992 UEFA European Under-21 Championship, which spanned two years (1990–92), had 32 entrants. Malta and Israel competed for the first time. This was also the first appearance of the unified Germany team. Italy U-21s won the competition.

1992 UEFA European Under-21 Championship
Tournament details
Dates10 March – 3 June
Teams8 (from 1 confederation)
Final positions
Champions Italy (1st title)
Runners-up Sweden
Tournament statistics
Matches played14
Goals scored32 (2.29 per match)
Top scorer(s)Italy Renato Buso (3 goals)
Best player(s)Italy Renato Buso[1]
1990
1994

The competition doubled as the European qualifying round for the Olympic Football Tournament. Hosts Spain qualify automatically and the best four eligible nations would qualify automatically. The fifth best European team would play-off against the best Oceania (OFC) team for another Olympics place.

The 32 national teams were divided into eight groups (six groups of 4 + one group of 3 + one group of 5). 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.

Contents

Qualifying stageEdit

DrawEdit

The allocation of teams into qualifying groups was based on that of UEFA Euro 1992 qualifying tournament with several changes, reflecting the absence of some nations:

  • Groups 1 and 7 featured the same nations
  • Group 2 did not include San Marino (moved to Group 4)
  • Group 3 did not include Cyprus (moved to Group 8)
  • Group 4 did not include Northern Ireland and Faroe Islands, but included San Marino (moved from Group 1)
  • Group 5 did not include Wales
  • Group 6 did not include Greece (moved to Group 8)
  • Group 8 composed of Cyprus (moved from Group 3), Greece (moved from Group 7), Sweden and Israel (both of whom did not participate in senior Euro qualification)
Qualifying Group 1 P W D L F A Pts
1   Czechoslovakia 8 7 1 0 23 4 15
2   France 8 3 2 3 7 5 8
3   Spain 7 3 2 2 6 5 8
4   Albania 7 1 2 4 3 13 4
5   Iceland 8 1 1 6 3 15 3
  • Iceland 0–0 Albania
  • Iceland 0–1 France
  • Czechoslovakia 7–0 Iceland
  • Spain 2–0 Iceland
  • France 1–2 Czechoslovakia
  • Czechoslovakia 3–1 Spain
  • Albania 0–0 France
  • Spain 1–0 Albania
  • France 0–1 Spain
  • France 3–0 Albania
  • Albania 1–5 Czechoslovakia
  • Albania 2–1 Iceland
  • Iceland 0–1 Czechoslovakia
  • Czechoslovakia 1–0 France
  • Iceland 1–0 Spain
  • Spain 0–0 France
  • Czechoslovakia 3–0 Albania
  • Spain 1–1 Czechoslovakia
  • France 2–1 Iceland
  • Albania – Spain
    (Not played)
Qualifying Group 2 P W D L F A Pts
1   Scotland 6 5 0 1 13 5 10
2   Bulgaria 6 4 0 2 6 2 8
3   Romania 6 2 0 4 5 9 4
4    Switzerland 6 1 0 5 5 13 2
  • Scotland 2–0 Romania
  • Switzerland 0–2 Bulgaria
  • Romania 0–1 Bulgaria
  • Scotland 4–2 Switzerland
  • Bulgaria 2–0 Scotland
  • Scotland 1–0 Bulgaria
  • Switzerland 0–2 Romania
  • Bulgaria 1–0 Switzerland
  • Switzerland 0–3 Scotland
  • Romania 1–3 Scotland
  • Romania 1–3 Switzerland
  • Bulgaria 0–1 Romania
Qualifying Group 3 P W D L F A Pts
1   Italy 6 4 1 1 6 8 9
2   Norway 6 3 1 2 13 6 7
3   Soviet Union 6 2 3 1 6 4 7
4   Hungary 6 0 1 5 1 8 1
  • USSR 2–2 Norway
  • Norway 3–1 Hungary
  • Italy 1–0 Hungary
  • Hungary 0–0 USSR
  • Hungary 0–1 Italy
  • Norway 6–0 Italy
  • Italy 1–0 USSR
  • Norway 0–1 USSR
  • USSR 2–0 Hungary
  • USSR 1–1 Italy
  • Hungary 0–1 Norway
  • Italy 2–1 Norway
Qualifying Group 4 P W D L F A Pts
1   Denmark 6 4 2 0 21 4 10
2   Yugoslavia 6 4 0 2 11 10 8
3   Austria 6 2 2 2 8 5 6
4   San Marino 6 0 0 6 0 21 0
  • San Marino 0–3 Denmark
  • Yugoslavia 1–0 Austria
  • Denmark 3–0 Yugoslavia
  • San Marino 0–2 Austria
  • Yugoslavia 5–0 San Marino
  • Austria 3–0 San Marino
  • Denmark 7–0 San Marino
  • Yugoslavia 2–6 Denmark
  • Denmark 1–1 Austria
  • Austria 1–1 Denmark
  • Austria 1–2 Yugoslavia
  • San Marino 0–1 Yugoslavia
Qualifying Group 5 P W D L F A Pts
1   Germany 4 4 0 0 12 1 8
2   Belgium 4 2 0 2 5 6 4
3   Luxembourg 4 0 0 4 0 10 0
  • Luxembourg 0–3 Germany
  • Belgium 2–0 Luxembourg
  • Germany 3–1 Belgium
  • Luxembourg 0–2 Belgium
  • Belgium 0–3 Germany
  • Germany 3–0 Luxembourg
Qualifying Group 6 P W D L F A Pts
1   Netherlands 6 4 2 0 20 4 10
2   Portugal 6 4 2 0 9 2 10
3   Finland 6 2 0 4 7 13 4
4   Malta 6 0 0 6 5 22 0
  • Finland 0–1 Portugal
  • Portugal 0–0 Netherlands
  • Malta 1–4 Netherlands
  • Malta 1–3 Portugal
  • Portugal 2–0 Malta
  • Netherlands 7–1 Malta
  • Netherlands 1–0 Finland
  • Finland 1–7 Netherlands
  • Finland 3–1 Malta
  • Portugal 2–0 Finland
  • Netherlands 1–1 Portugal
  • Malta 1–3 Finland
Qualifying Group 7 P W D L F A Pts
1   Poland 6 6 0 0 10 2 12
2   England 6 3 1 2 11 5 7
3   Turkey 6 1 1 4 6 11 3
4   Republic of Ireland 6 1 0 5 5 14 2
  • England 0–1 Poland
  • Ireland 3–2 Turkey
  • Ireland 0–3 England
  • Turkey 0–1 Poland
  • England 3–0 Ireland
  • Poland 2–0 Turkey
  • Ireland 1–2 Poland
  • Turkey 2–2 England
  • England 2–0 Turkey
  • Poland 2–0 Ireland
  • Poland 2–1 England
  • Turkey 2–1 Ireland
Qualifying Group 8 P W D L F A Pts
1   Sweden 6 4 2 0 17 3 10
2   Israel 6 3 2 1 11 6 8
3   Greece 6 1 1 4 6 13 3
4   Cyprus 6 1 1 4 3 15 3
  • Sweden 5–0 Greece
  • Cyprus 1–1 Sweden
  • Greece 2–2 Israel
  • Israel 4–0 Cyprus
  • Cyprus 1–0 Greece
  • Sweden 6–0 Cyprus
  • Sweden 2–1 Israel
  • Israel 2–1 Greece
  • Israel 0–0 Sweden
  • Greece 1–3 Sweden
  • Cyprus 1–2 Israel
  • Greece 2–0 Cyprus

Qualified teamsEdit

Country Qualified as Previous appearances in tournament1
  Czechoslovakia Group 1 winner 4 (1978, 1980, 1988, 1990)
  Scotland Group 2 winner 3 (1980, 1982, 1984, 1988)
  Italy Group 3 winner 7 (1978, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1990)
  Denmark Group 4 winner 2 (1978, 1986)
  Germany Group 5 winner 2 (1982, 1990)
  Netherlands Group 6 winner 1 (1988)
  Poland Group 7 winner 3 (1982, 1984, 1986)
  Sweden Group 8 winner 2 (1986, 1990)
1 Bold indicates champion for that year

SquadsEdit

See also: 1992 UEFA European Under-21 Championship squads

Only players born on or after 1 January 1969 were eligible to play in the tournament.

Knockout StagesEdit

Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
               
  Germany 1 3 4
  Scotland 1 4 5
  Scotland 0 0 0
  Sweden 0 1 1
  Netherlands 2 0 2
  Sweden 1 1 2
  Sweden 0 1 1
  Italy 2 0 2
  Denmark 5 1 6
  Poland 0 1 1
  Denmark 0 0 0
  Italy 1 2 3
  Czechoslovakia 1 0 1
  Italy 2 2 4

Quarter-finalsEdit

First legEdit

Germany  1–1  Scotland
Schmäler   39' Report Creaney   31'
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: Arcangelo Pezzella (Italy)

Netherlands  2–1  Sweden
Roest   22' (pen.)
Taument   54'
Report Fursth   24'
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: Keith Burge (Wales)

Denmark  5–0  Poland
Frandsen   10'
Molnar   22'17'
Møller   24'42'
Report
Attendance: 4,000
Referee: Wolf-Günter Wiesel (Germany)

Czechoslovakia  1–2  Italy
Nečas   86' (pen.) Report Melli   9'
Kotůlek   55' (o.g.)
Attendance: 12,000
Referee: Lajos Hartmann (Hungary)

Second legEdit

Scotland  4–3  Germany
McKinnon   43'
Creaney   69'
Lambert   78'
Rae   87'
Report Kranz   10'
Scholl   41'
Herrlich   53'
Attendance: 22,500
Referee: Joaquín Urío Velázquez (Spain)

Sweden  1–0  Netherlands
Simpson   75' Report
Attendance: 7,353
Referee: Brian Hill (England)

Poland  1–1  Denmark
Juskowiak   71' Report Frank   29'
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: Egil Nervik (Norway)

Italy  2–0  Czechoslovakia
Bertarelli   39'
Luzardi   42'
Report
Attendance: 12,562
Referee: Mircea Salomir (Romania)

Semi-finalsEdit

First legEdit

Denmark  0–1  Italy
Report Buso   20'
Attendance: 7,000

Scotland  0–0  Sweden
Report

Second legEdit

Italy  2–0  Denmark
Buso   54'
Muzzi   79'
Report
Attendance: 10,869
Referee: Luben Spasov (Bulgaria)

Sweden  1–0  Scotland
Rödlund   81' Report
Attendance: 2,376
Referee: Jozef Marko (Czechoslovakia)

FinalEdit

First legEdit

Italy  2–0  Sweden
Buso   71'
Sordo   80'
Report
Attendance: 15,846
Referee: Mario van der Ende (Netherlands)

Second legEdit

Sweden  1–0  Italy
Simpson   60' Report
Attendance: 6,172

Olympic qualifiersEdit

  • Denmark, Italy and Sweden as winners of their quarter-final rounds qualify for Olympic Games finals. Since the fourth winner Scotland do not compete in the Olympic Football Tournament (See Great Britain Olympic football team), Poland qualifies instead, being the best of the four quarter-final losers according to a special coefficient which is calculated based on the points achieved in the group stage and the quarter-finals, divided by the number of games played.[2] Poland's coefficient is 1.63, while the Netherlands, Czechoslovakia and Germany have achieved a score of 1.5. For unknown reasons, the Netherlands is the one of these three teams to face OFC champions in playoff for an additional place.

GoalscorersEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1992: Renato Buso". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 1 June 1992. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
  2. ^ Kicker Sportmagazin #20/1992, p. 43

External linksEdit