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2012 UEFA European Under-19 Championship

The 2012 UEFA European Under-19 Championship was the 61st edition of UEFA's European Under-19 Championship (the eleventh since the age competition change to an Under-19 level) and took place in Estonia from 3 to 15 July.[1] Spain are the title holders. This competition also acted as a qualifying competition for the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup, as six sides from Europe qualify.

2012 UEFA European Under-19 Championship
2012. aasta U-19 Euroopa meistrivõistlused jalgpallis
2012 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship.png
Tournament details
Host countryEstonia
Dates3–15 July
Teams8 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s)4 (in 3 host cities)
Final positions
ChampionsSpain Spain (9th title)
Runners-upGreece Greece
Tournament statistics
Matches played15
Goals scored49 (3.27 per match)
Attendance46,022 (3,068 per match)
Top scorer(s)Spain Jesé (5 goals)
Best player(s)Spain Gerard Deulofeu
2011
2013

Players born after 1 January 1993 were eligible to participate in this competition.

QualificationEdit

Qualification for the final tournament occurred in two stages: a qualifying round and an elite round. During these rounds, 51 national teams competed to determine the seven teams that would join the automatically qualified host nation Estonia.

The qualifying round was played between 21 September and 16 November 2011. Liechtenstein did not enter and England, France and Spain received a bye to the elite round as a result of their UEFA ranking coefficient. The remaining 48 teams were divided into 12 groups of four teams, with each group being contested as a mini-tournament hosted by one of the group's teams. After all matches were played, the 12 group winners, 12 group runners-up and the best third-placed team advanced to the elite round.

The elite round was played between 23 and 31 May 2012. The 28 teams entering this phase were split into seven groups of four teams for a further round of mini-tournaments. The seven group winners qualified for the final tournament.

Qualified teamsEdit

The following eight teams qualified for the final tournament:

Country Qualified as Previous appearances in final tournament1
only U-19 era (since 2002)
  Estonia Hosts 0 (debut)
  France Winner of Group 1 5 (2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010)
  England Winner of Group 2 6 (2002, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010)
  Serbia Winner of Group 3 4 (20052, 2007, 2009, 2011)
  Portugal Winner of Group 4 4 (2003, 2006, 2007, 2010)
  Greece Winner of Group 5 4 (2005, 2007, 2008, 2011)
  Croatia Winner of Group 6 1 (2010)
  Spain Winner of Group 7 8 (2002, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011)
1 Bold indicates champion for that year. Italic indicates host for that year.

VenuesEdit

Stadium Location Capacity[2] Notes[3]
A. Le Coq Arena Tallinn 9,692 Three group games, semifinals and the final
Haapsalu linnastaadion Haapsalu 869 Three group matches
Kadrioru staadion Tallinn 5,000 Three group matches
Rakvere linnastaadion Rakvere 2,500 Three group matches

 

Tallinn
Haapsalu
Rakvere

Match officialsEdit

UEFA named six referees and eight assistant referees for the tournament on 18 June 2012, all who are young and upcoming top referees in Europe. Additionally two Estonian referees were chosen as fourth officials for the group stage matches.[4]

Country Referee
  Denmark Kenn Hansen
  Italy Paolo Valeri
  Latvia Vadims Direktorenko
  Netherlands Danny Makkelie
  Northern Ireland Arnold Hunter
  Switzerland Alain Bieri

SquadsEdit

ResultsEdit

 
2012 UEFA European Under-19 Championship teams and final classification

Group stageEdit

The draw was held on 6 June 2012 in Tallinn, Estonia.[5][6]

Each group winner and runner-up advanced to the semifinals. The top three teams in each group also qualified for the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

If two or more teams are equal on points on completion of the group matches, the following criteria are applied to determine the rankings.[7]

  1. Higher number of points obtained in the group matches played among the teams in question
  2. Superior goal difference from the group matches played among the teams in question
  3. Higher number of goals scored in the group matches played among the teams in question
  4. If, after applying criteria 1) to 3) to several teams, two teams still have an equal ranking, the criteria 1) to 3) will be reapplied to determine the ranking of these teams. If this procedure does not lead to a decision, criteria 5) and 7) will apply
  5. Results of all group matches:
    1. Superior goal difference
    2. Higher number of goals scored
  6. Respect Fair Play ranking of the teams in question
  7. Drawing of lots

Additionally, if two teams which have the same number of points and the same number of goals scored and conceded play their last group match against each other and are still equal at the end of that match, their final rankings are determined by the penalty shoot-out and not by the criteria listed above. This procedure is applicable only if a ranking of the teams is required to determine the group winner and the runner-up.

Legend
Advanced to semifinals and qualified for the 2013 U-20 World Cup
Qualified for the 2013 U-20 World Cup

All times are Eastern European Summer Time (UTC+3)

Group AEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Spain 3 2 1 0 7 4 +3 7
  Greece 3 2 0 1 8 5 +3 6
  Portugal 3 1 1 1 8 6 +2 4
  Estonia 3 0 0 3 1 9 −8 0
Greece  1–2  Spain
Diamantakos   66' Report Jesé   30'
Derik   40'
Estonia  0–3  Portugal
Report Pikk   5' (o.g.)
Betinho   25'
Martins   72'
Attendance: 6,691[8]
Referee: Kenn Hansen (Denmark)

Estonia  1–4  Greece
Luigend   90' Report Katidis   43'
Fourlanos   55'
Diamantakos   85'90+2'
Portugal  3–3  Spain
Bruma   11'
Gomes   39'
João Mário   90+1' (pen.)
Report Jesé   8'28'48'
Attendance: 3,780[9]
Referee: Paolo Valeri (Italy)

Spain  2–0  Estonia
Suárez   39'
Alcácer   86'
Report
Portugal  2–3  Greece
Gomes   19'
Betinho   90+6'
Report Gianniotas   18'
Katidis   42'69'

Group BEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  England 3 2 1 0 5 3 +2 7
  France 3 2 0 1 5 2 +3 6
  Croatia 3 1 1 1 4 2 +2 4
  Serbia 3 0 0 3 1 8 −7 0
England  1–1  Croatia
Chalobah   60' Report Pavičić   57'
Serbia  0–3  France
Report Samnick   17'
Pogba   26' (pen.)
Vion   32'

France  1–0  Croatia
Foulquier   79' Report
Serbia  1–2  England
Ninković   70' Report Afobe   6'
Redmond   63'
Attendance: 1,712[9]
Referee: Kenn Hansen (Denmark)

Croatia  3–0  Serbia
Pavičić   2'
Pongračić   49'57'
Report
Attendance: 1,647[10]
Referee: Paolo Valeri (Italy)
France  1–2  England
Veretout   31' Report Lundstram   16'
Kane   39'

Knockout stageEdit

BracketEdit

 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
      
 
12 July – Tallinn
 
 
  Spain 3 (4)
 
15 July – Tallinn
 
  France 3 (2)
 
  Spain 1
 
12 July – Tallinn
 
  Greece 0
 
  England 1
 
 
  Greece2
 

Semi-finalsEdit

England  1–2 (a.e.t.)  Greece
Afobe   56' Report Bougaidis   38'
Lykogiannis   108'

Spain  3–3 (a.e.t.)  France
Deulofeu   62'112'
Alcácer   78'
Report Umtiti   26'90+1'
Pogba   117'
Penalties
Campaña  
Suárez  
Jesé  
Alcácer  
Deulofeu  
4–2   Pogba
  Pléa
  Umtiti
  Kondogbia

FinalEdit

Spain  1–0  Greece
Jesé   80' Report
 
Spain
GK 1 Kepa Arrizabalaga   90+2'
DF 3 Álex Grimaldo
DF 4 Jonás Ramalho
DF 5 Derik
MF 6 José Campaña (c)
MF 8 Suso   71'
MF 9 Paco Alcácer
FW 10 Jesé   90'   90+1'
DF 12 Jonny
MF 16 Óliver
FW 14 Gerard Deulofeu   84'
Substitutes
GK 17 Adrián Ortolá
FW 7 Juanmi   84'
MF 11 Juan Bernat   90+1'
DF 14 Pablo Insúa
MF 18 Denis Suárez   71'
DF 19 Salva Ruiz
FW 20 Nono
Manager
  Julen Lopetegui
 
Greece
GK 12 Sokratis Dioudis
DF 2 Nikos Marinakis
DF 3 Kostas Stafylidis
DF 4 Mavroudis Bougaidis
MF 6 Panagiotis Ballas
FW 7 Charis Mavrias
MF 8 Spyros Fourlanos   85'
FW 9 Dimitris Diamantakos   67'
MF 10 Giorgos Katidis (c)   78'   90'
DF 11 Giannis Gianniotas
MF 15 Dimitris Kourbelis
Substitutes
GK 19 Panagiotis Tsintotas
DF 5 Konstantinos Triantafyllopoulos
MF 13 Konstantinos Rougalas
DF 14 Charalambos Lykogiannis
FW 17 Anastasios Bakasetas
MF 18 Andreas Bouchalakis
Manager
  Kostas Tsanas


 2012 UEFA U-19 European Champions 
 
Spain
9th title

GoalscorersEdit

Team of the tournamentEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "U19 elite round draw made". UEFA. Retrieved 2 March 2012.
  2. ^ "Staadionid" (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association. Retrieved 14 May 2012.
  3. ^ "Alanud aasta toob Eestisse jalgpalli suurvõistluse" (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association. 1 January 2012. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
  4. ^ "UEFA määras Eestis toimuvale finaalturniirile 16 kohtunikku" (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association. 18 June 2012. Retrieved 19 June 2012.
  5. ^ "Millal ja kus peetakse U-19 EM-finaalturniiri mängud?" (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association. 2 April 2012. Retrieved 30 May 2012.
  6. ^ Tallinn welcomes U19 contenders UEFA.com
  7. ^ "Regulations of the UEFA European Under-19 Championship 2011/12" (PDF).
  8. ^ a b c d "U-19 EM-finaalturniiri külastas avapäeval 11 138 pealtvaatajat" [11,138 people attended the opening day of U19 European Championship] (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association. 4 July 2012. Retrieved 4 July 2012.
  9. ^ a b c d "U-19 EM-finaalturniiri publikuarv ületas 20 000 piiri" [U19 final tournament's attendance number surpassed 20,000] (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association. 7 July 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2012.
  10. ^ a b c d "Alagrupimänge külastas üle 30 000 pealtvaataja" [More than 30,000 people attended group stage matches] (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association. 9 July 2012. Retrieved 9 July 2012.
  11. ^ a b "Finaali pääsesid Kreeka ja Hispaania" (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association. 12 July 2012. Retrieved 12 July 2012.
  12. ^ "Euroopa meistriks tuli Hispaania" (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association. 15 July 2012. Retrieved 16 July 2012.
  13. ^ "Technical report" (PDF). UEFA. p. 13. Retrieved 3 April 2018.

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