2009 UEFA European Under-21 Championship
The 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Championship began on 15 June 2009, and was the 17th UEFA European Under-21 Championship. This was the first tournament after the competition reverted to a two-year format, following the single-year 2006–07 competition, which allowed the change to odd-numbered years. Sweden hosted the final tournament in June 2009; therefore, their under-21 team qualified automatically. Players born on or after 1 January 1986 were eligible to play in this competition.
|2009 UEFA European Under-21 Championship|
U21-Europamästerskapet för herrar 2009
|Dates||15 June – 29 June|
|Venue(s)||4 (in 4 host cities)|
|Champions||Germany (1st title)|
|Goals scored||38 (2.53 per match)|
|Attendance||163,090 (10,873 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)||Marcus Berg (7 goals)|
|Best player(s)||Marcus Berg|
The qualifying draw split the nations onto 10 groups of 5 or 6 teams. The seeding pots are formed on the basis of former performance in the tournament. Ten group winners along with four best-ranked runners-up advanced to the play-offs. Seven winners of the play-off pairs qualified for the final tournament.
The finals' tournament draw took place on 3 December 2008 at the Svenska Mässan exhibition centre, Gothenburg. Prior to the final draw, Sweden had been seeded first in Group A as hosts of the tournament, while Spain were seeded first in Group B.
The first pot contained the top seeds, these would have been host nation Sweden and the reigning champions, The Netherlands. However, The Netherlands did not qualify meaning that the team with the best qualifying record, Spain, took their place. Sweden and Spain were then automatically assigned to A1 and B1 respectively. The second pot contained the teams with the next two best records in qualifying: these were England and Italy. England were drawn into position B3 and Italy into A3. The final pot contained the other four qualified teams: Serbia, Finland, Germany and Belarus. Belarus were drawn first into position A2, Germany went into B2, Serbia into A4 and Finland into B4.
The following venues were chosen to hold the final tournament matches:
|Stadium||Location||Normal capacity||Tournament capacity|
Following the refusal of the Swedish hamburger chain Max to close their restaurant at Borås Arena during the tournament (as they are not an official UEFA sponsor), UEFA disqualified Borås Arena from hosting games during the tournament. There is a contract between UEFA and the city and between UEFA and its sponsors saying that the UEFA sponsors shall have monopoly around the arena. A city cannot force Max to close down even if it happened to sign a contract with someone saying so, as Max have a tenancy agreement with the city.
On 2 September 2008, the Swedish Football Association nominated Örjans Vall in Halmstad as a replacement venue for Borås Arena, and they officially became the fourth host city a few days later. They were awarded the three group stage games that were to be hosted by Borås Arena, while the second semi-final was moved from Borås to Helsingborg and Olympia.
|Martynovich 34' (o.g.)
Berg 38', 44', 81'
|Toivonen 89'||Report||Balotelli 23'
|Kačar 27'||Report||Berg 7', 15' (pen.)
|Kislyak 45'||Report||Acquafresca 45+3' (pen.), 75'|
|Report||Sparv 33' (pen.)|
|Castro 5'||Report||Rodwell 30'|
|26 June – Helsingborg|
|29 June – Malmö|
|26 June – Gothenburg|
|England (p)||3 (5)|
Bjärsmyr 38' (o.g.)
|Report||Berg 68', 81'
Wagner 79', 84'
Man of the Match:
The match ball for the competition is called the Adidas Terrapass, which was unveiled at the tournament draw in Gothenburg on 3 December. The ball is bright blue and yellow, the colours of the Swedish flag. It features 12 watermarks including one containing a map of Europe and one of the tournament logo. It is composed of 14 thermally bonded panels, which are claimed to improve the ball's accuracy and swerve.
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