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. 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. aasta U-19 Euroopa meistrivõistlused jalgpallis|
|Teams||8 (from 1 confederation)|
|Venue(s)||4 (in 3 host cities)|
|Champions||Spain (9th title)|
|Goals scored||49 (3.27 per match)|
|Attendance||46,022 (3,068 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)||Jesé (5 goals)|
|Best player(s)||Gerard Deulofeu|
Players born after 1 January 1993 were eligible to participate in this competition.
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.
The following eight teams qualified for the final tournament:
|Country||Qualified as||Previous appearances in final tournament1|
only U-19 era (since 2002)
|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.
|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|
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.
|Northern Ireland||Arnold Hunter|
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.
- Higher number of points obtained in the group matches played among the teams in question
- Superior goal difference from the group matches played among the teams in question
- Higher number of goals scored in the group matches played among the teams in question
- 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
- Results of all group matches:
- Superior goal difference
- Higher number of goals scored
- Respect Fair Play ranking of the teams in question
- 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.
|Advanced to semifinals and qualified for the 2013 U-20 World Cup|
|Qualified for the 2013 U-20 World Cup|
|Diamantakos 66'||Report||Jesé 30'
|Report||Pikk 5' (o.g.)
|Luigend 90'||Report||Katidis 43'
Diamantakos 85', 90+2'
João Mário 90+1' (pen.)
|Report||Jesé 8', 28', 48'|
Katidis 42', 69'
|Chalobah 60'||Report||Pavičić 57'|
Pogba 26' (pen.)
|Ninković 70'||Report||Afobe 6'
Pongračić 49', 57'
|Veretout 31'||Report||Lundstram 16'
|12 July – Tallinn|
|15 July – Tallinn|
|12 July – Tallinn|
|Afobe 56'||Report||Bougaidis 38'
|Deulofeu 62', 112'
|Report||Umtiti 26', 90+1'
|2012 UEFA U-19 European Champions|
- 5 goals
- 3 goals
- 2 goals
- 1 goal
- 1 own goal
- Artur Pikk (against Portugal)
Team of the tournamentEdit
After the final, the UEFA technical team selected 23 players to integrate the "team of the tournament".
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