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1996 UEFA European Under-21 Championship

The 1996 UEFA European Under-21 Championship, which spanned two years (1994–96), had 44 entrants. After the quarter-finals stage, Spain were chosen as the hosts of the final stages, consisting of four matches in total. Italy U-21s won the competition for the third consecutive time.

1996 UEFA European Under-21 Championship
Tournament details
Host country Spain
Dates12 March – 31 May
Teams8 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s)1 (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions Italy (3rd title)
Runners-up Spain
Third place France
Fourth place Scotland
Tournament statistics
Matches played12
Goals scored28 (2.33 per match)
Top scorer(s)Spain Raúl (3 goals)
Best player(s)Italy Fabio Cannavaro
1994
1998

FormatEdit

No fewer than 13 newly independent nations competed for the first time – due mainly to the fall of Socialist rule in Europe in the early 1990s.

Russia, who competed in 1994 were joined by nine further former Soviet Union states: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova and Ukraine.

The exclusion (for political reasons) of the team from Serbia and Montenegro, then known as the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia continued. Croatia, Slovenia and the Republic of Macedonia were three former states of Yugoslavia who did compete though.

Czechoslovakia became two separate nations – teams from the Czech Republic and Slovakia complete the list of new entrants.

The 44 national teams were divided into eight groups (four groups of 5 + four groups of 6). The group winners played off against each other on a two-legged home-and-away basis to determine the final four, one of whom would host the last four matches. The top five nations qualify for the Atlanta '96 Olympics.

QualificationEdit

List of qualified teamsEdit

Country Qualified as Previous appearances in tournament1
  France Group 1 winner 5 (1982, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1994)
  Spain Group 2 winner 5 (1982, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1990)
  Hungary Group 3 winner 3 (1978, 1980, 1986)
  Italy Group 4 winner 9 (1978, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1994)
  Czech Republic Group 5 winner 6 (19782, 19802, 19882, 19902, 19922, 19942)
  Portugal Group 6 winner 1 (1994)
  Germany Group 7 winner 3 (19823, 19903, 1992)
  Scotland Group 8 winner 4 (1980, 1982, 1984, 1988)
1 Bold indicates champion for that year

SquadsEdit

ResultsEdit

Quarter-finalsEdit

First legEdit

Hungary  2–1  Scotland
Szanyó   14'
Zavadszky   79'
Report Glass   34'
Attendance: 15,000

Germany  0–0  France
Report

Portugal  1–0  Italy
Porfírio   18' Report
Attendance: 25,000
Referee: Markus Merk (Germany)

Spain  2–1  Czech Republic
Dani   28'
Roberto   41'
Report Šmicer   50'

Second legEdit

Scotland  3–1  Hungary
Dailly   42'
Hamilton   84'
Donnelly   86'
Report Egressy   30'
Attendance: 9,000

France  4–1  Germany
Pires   28'32'
Maurice   41'70'
Report Nerlinger   76' (pen.)

Italy  2–0  Portugal
Vieri   41'
Peixe   55' (o.g.)
Report
Attendance: 16,543

Czech Republic  1–2  Spain
Vágner   54' Report Raúl   71'89'

Semi-finalsEdit

Italy  1–0  France
Totti   49' Report

Spain  2–1  Scotland
Óscar   26'
De la Peña   35'
Report Marshall   28'

Third-place play-offEdit

France  1–0  Scotland
Moreau   50' Report

FinalEdit

Italy  1–1 (a.e.t.)  Spain
Idiakez   11' (o.g.) Report Raúl   42'
Penalties
Panucci  
Pistone  
Fresi  
Nesta  
Morfeo  
4–2   De la Peña
  De Pedro
  Aranzábal
  Raúl

GoalscorersEdit

Olympic qualifiersEdit

  • France, Italy and Spain qualify for Olympic Games finals.
  • Best losing quarter-finalists Hungary and Portugal also qualify.
  • Scotland do not compete in the Olympic Football Tournament (See Great Britain Olympic football team).

External linksEdit