1994 UEFA European Under-21 Championship
|Dates||9 March – 20 April|
|Teams||8 (from 1 confederation)|
|Venue(s)||2 (in 2 host cities)|
|Champions||Italy (2nd title)|
|Goals scored||25 (2.08 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)||João Pinto (3 goals)|
|Best player(s)||Luís Figo|
The qualification stage spanned two years from 1992 to 1994. The qualification process consisted of 32 entrants. After the two-legged quarter-final stage, France was chosen as the first hosts of the final stage, which consisted of four matches in total. The finals included for the first time a third-place play-off.
The draw for the 1994 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying round saw Czechoslovakia, France, Italy, Poland, Russia and Spain win there respective groups. Greece and Portugal qualified for the tournament as the two best runners-up. France, Italy, Portugal and Spain qualified for the 1996 Summer Olympics in the United States.
This was the last ever performance of Czechoslovakia, as the nation actually have split.
List of qualified teamsEdit
|Country||Qualified as||Previous appearances in tournament1 2|
|Italy||Group 1 winner||8 (1978, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1992)|
|Poland||Group 2 winner||4 (1982, 1984, 1986, 1992)|
|Spain||Group 3 winner||5 (1982, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1990)|
|Czechoslovakia||Group 4 winner||5 (1978, 1980, 1988, 1990, 1992)|
|Russia||Group 5 winner||0 (debut)|
|France||Group 6 winner||4 (1982, 1984, 1986, 1988)|
|Greece||Best runner-up||1 (1988)|
|Portugal||Second best runner-up||0 (debut)|
- 1 Bold indicates champion for that year
Only players born on or after 1 January 1971 were eligible to play in the tournament.
The first legs were played on 9 March, and the second legs were played on 23 March 1994.
|Team 1||Agg.||Team 2||1st leg||2nd leg|
|Roman Dąbrowski 40'||Report||J. Pinto 70', 79'
Rui Costa 85'
Prieto 85' (o.g.)
|Report||Christiansen 46', 51'
|Rui Costa 48'
João Pinto 82'
|Nouma 45'||Report||Óscar 53', 75'|
- 3 goals
- 2 goals
- 1 goal
- Own goal
- José Miguel Prieto (playing against Greece)