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1994 UEFA European Under-21 Championship

The 1994 UEFA European Under-21 Championship was the ninth UEFA European Under-21 Championship. The final tournament was hosted in France between 15 and 20 April 1994.

1994 UEFA European Under-21 Championship
Tournament details
Host country France
Dates9 March – 20 April
Teams8 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s)2 (in 2 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Italy (2nd title)
Runners-up Portugal
Third place Spain
Fourth place France
Tournament statistics
Matches played12
Goals scored25 (2.08 per match)
Top scorer(s)Portugal João Pinto (3 goals)
Best player(s)Portugal Luís Figo
1992
1996

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.

Italy won the competition for the second consecutive time.[1] Luís Figo won the UEFA European Under-21 Championship Golden player award.[2]

Contents

QualificationEdit

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

SquadsEdit

Only players born on or after 1 January 1971 were eligible to play in the tournament.

ResultsEdit

Quarter-finalsEdit

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
France   3–0   Russia 2–0 1–0
Italy   3–1   Czechoslovakia 3–0 0–1
Poland   1–5   Portugal 1–3 0–2
Spain   4–2   Greece 0–0 4–2

First legEdit

France  2–0  Russia
Llacer   23'
Ouédec   82'
Report


Poland  1–3  Portugal
Roman Dąbrowski   40' Report J. Pinto   70'79'
Rui Costa   85'

Second legEdit

Russia  0–1  France
Report Dugarry   31'



Greece  2–4  Spain
Georgatos   7'
Prieto   85' (o.g.)
Report Christiansen   46'51'
Guerrero   68'
Gálvez   79'

Semi-finalsEdit

France  0–0 (a.e.t.)  Italy
Report
Penalties
Carotti  
Ouédec  
Makelele  
Zidane  
3–5   Panucci
  Vieri
  Berretta
  Marcolin
  Carbone
Attendance: 7,000
Referee: Keith Burge (Wales)

Portugal  2–0  Spain
Rui Costa   48'
João Pinto   82'
Report
Attendance: 3,000

Third-place play-offEdit

France  1–2  Spain
Nouma   45' Report Óscar   53'75'
Attendance: 469
Referee: Ahmet Çakar (Turkey)

FinalEdit

Italy  1–0 (a.e.t.)  Portugal
Orlandini   97' Report
Attendance: 8,000

GoalscorersEdit

Final rankingEdit

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1   Italy 4 2 1 1 4 1 +3 7
2   Portugal 4 3 0 1 7 1 +6 9
3   Spain 4 2 1 1 6 5 +1 7
4   France 4 2 1 1 4 2 +2 7
5   Greece 2 1 1 0 2 4 -2 4
6   Czechoslovakia 2 1 0 1 1 3 -3 3
7   Poland 2 0 0 2 1 5 -4 0
8   Russia 2 0 0 2 0 3 -3 0

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1994: Orlandini blooms as Italy seal double". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. Retrieved 26 June 2012.
  2. ^ "1994: Luís Figo". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. Retrieved 26 June 2012.

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