2013 UEFA European Under-19 Championship

The 2013 UEFA European Under-19 Championship was the 12th edition of the UEFA European Under-19 Championship, since its reclassification from an under-18 tournament in 2002, and the 62nd since the tournament was created in 1948. It was hosted in Lithuania from 20 July to 1 August 2013, in three cities. Only players born after 1 January 1994 were eligible to participate.

2013 UEFA European Under-19 Championship
2013 m. Europos U-19 futbolo čempionatas
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Tournament details
Host countryLithuania
Dates20 July – 1 August
Teams8 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s)3 (in 3 host cities)
Final positions
ChampionsSerbia Serbia (1st title)
Runners-upFrance France
Tournament statistics
Matches played15
Goals scored47 (3.13 per match)
Attendance56,169 (3,745 per match)
Top scorer(s)Lithuania Gratas Sirgėdas
Netherlands Anass Achahbar
Portugal Alexandre Guedes (3 goals)
Best player(s)Serbia Aleksandar Mitrović
2012
2014

The qualification matches began in September 2012 and concluded in June 2013, with seven teams joining the Lithuanian hosts in the final tournament. Spain were the two-time defending champions, after defeating Greece in the final of the previous edition, but were eliminated by France in the semi-finals. In the final, France were beaten 1–0 by Serbia.

BidsEdit

Eight national associations showed interest in hosting the final tournament, but only Lithuania, Germany, Hungary, and Slovenia reached the final bidding stage. On 4 October 2010, Lithuania were announced as the hosts in a meeting of the UEFA Executive Committee in Minsk, Belarus.[1][2]

VenuesEdit

Location map of the final tournament host cities

The final round matches were held in three stadium venues located in three Lithuanian cities:[3]

Stadium Location Capacity Matches Ref
Alytus Stadium Alytus 3,748 4 group matches and 1 semi-final [4]
Darius and Girėnas Stadium Kaunas 9,280 4 group matches and 1 semi-final [5]
ARVI Football Arena Marijampolė 6,250 4 group matches and the final [6]

QualificationEdit

Qualification for the final tournament occurred in two phases: 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, Lithuania.[7]

The qualifying round was played between 26 September and 26 November 2012, following a draw that took place on 29 November 2011 at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland. According to the UEFA under-19 national team coefficient ranking,[8] the top three teams – Spain, Serbia and Turkey – were given a bye to the elite round, whereas the remaining 48 teams were divided into two pots and drawn into 12 groups of four teams. Each group included two teams from both pots and was contested as a round-robin tournament, hosted in the country of one of the teams. The group winners and runners-up, along with the best third-placed team, qualified for the next round.[9]

The elite round was played between 22 May and 11 June 2012 and was contested by the 25 teams advancing from the qualifying round plus the three teams which received byes. The draw took place on 5 December 2012 at the UEFA headquarters and allocated the 28 teams – previously arranged into four seeding pots according to their qualifying round coefficient (teams with bye were automatically seeded in the first pot)[10] – into seven groups of four. Each group was contested similarly to the qualifying round, with the seven group winners securing qualification for the final tournament.[11]

Qualified teamsEdit

The following eight teams qualified for the final tournament:[12]

Country Qualified as Previous appearances in final tournament1
only U-19 era (since 2002)
  Lithuania Hosts 0 (debut)
  France Winner of Group 1 6 (2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012)
  Serbia Winner of Group 2 5 (20052, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012)
  Portugal Winner of Group 3 5 (2003, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2012)
  Spain Winner of Group 4 9 (2002, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)
  Netherlands Winner of Group 5 1 (2010)
  Georgia Winner of Group 6 0 (debut)
  Turkey Winner of Group 7 4 (2004, 2006, 2009, 2011)
1 Bold indicates champion for that year. Italic indicates host for that year.

Match officialsEdit

UEFA named six referees and eight assistant referees to officiate matches at the final tournament. Additionally, two referees from the host nation were chosen as fourth officials.[13]

SquadsEdit

Group stageEdit

 
2013 UEFA European Under-19 Championship teams and final classification

The draw for the group stage was held on 14 June 2013 in Kaunas, at the Town Hall, and was conducted by the UEFA Youth and Amateur Football Committee chairman, Jim Boyce, who was assisted by final tournament ambassadors Vaida Česnauskienė and Marius Stankevičius.[15] The eight finalists were drawn into two groups of four teams and played matches against each other in a round-robin system. The top two teams from each group advanced to the semi-finals.[12]

If two or more teams are equal on points on completion of the group matches, the following tie-breaking criteria are applied:[16]

  1. Higher number of points obtained in the matches played between the teams in question;
  2. Superior goal difference resulting from the matches played between the teams in question;
  3. Higher number of goals scored in the matches played between the teams in question;
  4. If two teams are still tied after criteria 1–3 have been applied, the criteria are reapplied on those teams. If the tie is not broken, criteria 5–8 are applied;
  5. Superior goal difference in all group matches;
  6. Higher number of goals scored in all group matches;
  7. Fair play conduct of the teams (final tournament);
  8. Drawing of lots.

If two teams are tied after having met in the last round of the group stage, their final ranking is determined instead by a penalty shoot-out. This method is only valid when determining which team qualifies for the next round or for another competition.[16]

All times are in Eastern European Summer Time (UTC+03:00).[17]

Group AEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Spain 3 3 0 0 6 2 +4 9 Knockout stage
2   Portugal 3 2 0 1 8 4 +4 6
3   Netherlands 3 1 0 2 6 9 −3 3
4   Lithuania (H) 3 0 0 3 4 9 −5 0
Source:[citation needed]
(H) Host
Lithuania  2–3  Netherlands
Artimavičius   38'
Sirgėdas   83'
Report Achahbar   10'29'
Vloet   90+6'
Spain  1–0  Portugal
Ramírez   19' Report
Attendance: 2,900

Netherlands  1–4  Portugal
Vloet   90+1' Report Guedes   32'89'
L. Silva   73'
Horta   87'
Attendance: 3,170
Lithuania  0–2  Spain
Report Hernández   6'74'

Portugal  4–2  Lithuania
Lopes   8'
Petrauskas   45' (o.g.)
Figueiredo   51' (pen.)
Mané   65'
Report Sirgėdas   53'90+2'
Netherlands  2–3  Spain
Mahi   36'
Achahbar   90+1' (pen.)
Report Ramírez   68'
Vadillo   81'
Vico   83'
Attendance: 3,618

Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Serbia 3 2 1 0 4 2 +2 7 Knockout stage
2   France 3 1 2 0 3 2 +1 5
3   Turkey 3 1 0 2 6 6 0 3
4   Georgia 3 0 1 2 2 5 −3 1
Serbia  2–1  Turkey
Luković   17'
Mitrović   54'
Report Niyaz   88'
Attendance: 450
Georgia  0–0  France
Report

Serbia  1–0  Georgia
Meleg   74' Report
Attendance: 1,100
Turkey  1–2  France
Yılmaz   87' (pen.) Report Hunou   6'
Benzia   64'

France  1–1  Serbia
Hunou   31' Report Pavlovski   77'
Turkey  4–2  Georgia
Deniz   16'18'
Niyaz   58'
Şahin   80'
Report Endeladze   3'
Kacharava   50'

Knockout stageEdit

BracketEdit

 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
      
 
29 July – Alytus
 
 
  Serbia (p)2 (3)
 
1 August – Marijampolė
 
  Portugal 2 (2)
 
  Serbia 1
 
29 July – Kaunas
 
  France 0
 
  Spain 1
 
 
  France (a.e.t.) 2
 

SemifinalsEdit

Serbia  2–2 (a.e.t.)  Portugal
Đurđević   6'
Gaćinović   85'
Report B. Silva   55'
Guedes   79'
Penalties
Pavlovski  
Milinković-Savić  
Meleg  
Gaćinović  
Mitrović  
3–2  
  Horta
  Guedes
  Rafa
  Teixeira
Attendance: 3,280

Spain  1–2 (a.e.t.)  France
Rodríguez   27' (pen.) Report Benzia   29'
Conte   105'

FinalEdit

France  0–1  Serbia
Report Luković   57'

GoalscorersEdit

3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
Own goals

AwardsEdit

Name Goals Scored Assists Minutes played
  Gratas Sirgėdas 3 0 141
  Anass Achahbar 3 0 255
  Alexandre Guedes 3 0 390

Team of the TournamentEdit

After the final, the UEFA technical team selected 23 players to integrate the "team of the tournament".[18][19]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Bosnian referee Emir Alečković was officially suspended from this tournament.[14]

ReferencesEdit

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  14. ^ "Emir Alečković sent home from U19 tournament and officially suspended". Union of European Football Associations. 25 July 2013. Retrieved 25 July 2013.
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  16. ^ a b "Regulations of the UEFA European Under-19 Championship 2012/13" (PDF). UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. pp. 10–11. Retrieved 20 June 2013.
  17. ^ "Under-19s finals schedule confirmed by UEFA". UEFA. 2013-06-17. Retrieved 2013-06-18.
  18. ^ "Technical Report" (PDF). UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. pp. 18–19. Retrieved 20 June 2014.[permanent dead link]
  19. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-04-27. Retrieved 2016-04-27.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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