2008 UEFA European Under-19 Championship
The final tournament of the 2008 UEFA European Under-19 Championship was the 24th UEFA European Under-19 Championship, UEFA's premier competition for players under the age of 19. The tournament was held in the Czech Republic with matches played from 14 July to 26 July 2008. Players born after 1 January 1989 were eligible to participate in this competition. The top three teams in each group qualified for the 2009 U-20 World Cup.
|Mistrovství Evropy ve fotbale hráčů do 19 let 2008|
|Host country||Czech Republic|
|Dates||14 July – 26 July|
|Venue(s)||6 (in 6 host cities)|
|Champions||Germany (2nd title)|
|Goals scored||37 (2.47 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)||Tomáš Necid (4 goals)|
|Best player(s)|| Lars Bender|
Qualification for the final tournament was played over two stages. The first qualifying stage divided the remaining 52 UEFA nations (minus the hosts, the Czech Republic) into 13 groups of four teams. Matches in the first stage were played from 24 September 2007 to 15 November 2007. The top two teams in each group and the two best third-placed teams then qualified for the elite qualifying stage, where the 28 teams were divided into seven groups of four. Matches in the elite qualifying stage were played from 1 March 2008 to 31 May 2008, when the top team from each group advanced to the final tournament.
The following teams qualified for the tournament:
- For the complete list of players, see 2008 UEFA European Under-19 Championship squads
Final group stageEdit
In the following tables:
Key: Pld Matches played, W Won, D Drawn, L Lost, GF Goals for, GA Goals against, GD Goal Difference, Pts Points
|Team qualified for the Semi-Final|
L. Bender 56'
|Simon 74'||Report||Reinartz 36'
Nsue 17', 52'
|Necid 54', 58'||Report|
|Pavlis 23'||Report||Paloschi 90' (pen.)|
|Poli 22', 79'
Paloschi 72' (pen.)
Morávek 58', 86'
|23 July – Mladá Boleslav|
|26 July – Jablonec nad Nisou|
|23 July – Plzeň|
|Germany||2–1 (a.e.t.)||Czech Republic|
|L. Bender 24'
|2008 UEFA U-19 European Champions|
Countries to participate in 2009 FIFA U-20 World CupEdit
Team of the tournamentEdit
After the final, the UEFA technical team selected 22 players to integrate the "team of the tournament".
- "2008: Lars & Sven Bender". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 1 January 2009. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
- Spain steeled for Germany test UEFA.com
- "Technical Report" (PDF). UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. p. 25. Retrieved 28 July 2016.