2013 UEFA European Under-21 Championship
|אליפות אירופה בכדורגל עד גיל 21 - 2013|
|Teams||8 (from 1 confederation)|
|Venue(s)||4 (in 4 host cities)|
|Champions||Spain (4th title)|
|Goals scored||45 (3 per match)|
|Attendance||180,432 (12,029 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)||Álvaro Morata (4 goals)|
The draw for the group stage of qualifying for the 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Championship took place on 3 February in Nyon, Switzerland. 52 national teams took part in the qualifying. The group stage of qualifying began on 25 March 2011. There were a total of ten groups, consisting of five or six teams each. All the teams in each group faced each other two times, at home and away. The team at the top of each group and the four best second-placed teams qualified to the playoff round. In the playoff round, the 14 teams were drawn to play seven two-legged matches. The winners joined Israel in the tournament finals.
List of qualified teamsEdit
The following teams qualified for the 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Championship:
The Competition was played at four venues, Bloomfield (Tel Aviv), Teddy (Jerusalem), HaMoshava (Petah Tikva) and Netanya Municipal Stadium.
|Teddy Stadium||Netanya Stadium|
|Capacity: 31,733||Capacity: 13,610|
|Petah Tikva||Tel Aviv|
|HaMoshava Stadium||Bloomfield Stadium|
|Capacity: 11,500||Capacity: 14,413|
In December 2012, it was announced that these six referees would take charge of matches at the final tournament:
- Ivan Bebek (Croatia)
- Serhiy Boiko (Ukraine)
- Antony Gautier (France)
- Paweł Gil (Poland)
- Ovidiu Haţegan (Romania)
- Matej Jug (Slovenia)
It was furthermore announced that additional assistant referees would be deployed at Israel's final tournament.
The draw for the final tournament took place on 28 November 2012 in Tel Aviv. As the highest-ranked team according to the competition coefficient rankings, Spain are one of the top two seeds alongside hosts Israel. Those two sides will be drawn into separate groups, as will the second and third-ranked teams in the list, England and the Netherlands. The remaining four countries are unseeded and will be placed in the remaining positions in the two four-team sections.
|Top seeds||Second seeds||Unseeded|
The deadline for the submission of the final 23-man squads was ten days before the opening match: Sunday 26 May 2013.
All times are local (UTC+3).
|Biton 16' (pen.)
|Dawson 57' (pen.)||Report||Semb Berge 15'
Gabbiadini 42', 53'
|Strandberg 90' (pen.)||Report||Bertolacci 90+4'|
|Report||Rudy 47' (pen.)
De Jong 61'
|15 June – Netanya|
|18 June – Jerusalem|
|15 June – Petah Tikva|
Team of the TournamentEdit
The UEFA Technical Team was charged with naming a squad composed of the 23 best players over the course of the tournament. Spain, with eleven, have the most players in the team of the tournament.
- UEFA Team of the Tournament
- 4 goals
- 3 goals
- 2 goals
- 1 goal
Official match ballEdit
The official ball for the UEFA European Under-21 Championship was unveiled during the draw in Tel Aviv on 28 November 2012. The ball has the same blue and white colours as tournament hosts Israel and its design features the same thermally bonded triangular patterns as the adidas Tango 12, match ball of UEFA Euro 2012.
Calls to boycott tournamentEdit
After Israel was announced as host, there were calls by some to boycott the tournament. The most prominent petition against the tournament taking place in Israel was organised by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, which demanded UEFA President Michel Platini reverse his decision. Another petition organised by Muslim Public Affairs Committee UK demanded that UEFA move the tournament to England after the Daily Mail and The Jewish Chronicle reported that UEFA considered asking the FA to be on standby if the Gaza-Israel conflict continued.
Another petition, organised by former Sevilla footballer Frédéric Kanouté and containing the name of 50 professional footballers who had signed it, also gained media attention but attracted criticism when some of the names listed on it were disputed. Didier Drogba, for example, claimed he never signed the petition and his name was removed from the list.
Broadcast from UEFA European Under-21 ChampionshipEdit
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- United States: ESPN, ESPN 2 or ESPN 3 (All matches live in Pay TV)
- Brazil: SporTV
- Spanish speaking Latin America: DirecTV Sports (South América and Caribbean) / SKY (Mexico and Central América) (All matches live on Channels of DirecTV Sports in South América and Caribbean / Sky Sports in Mexico and Central América).
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- 'Uefa postpones match after Tel Aviv bomb blast' – The Jewish Chronicle
- Freddie Kanouté's petition with names listed in support
- "Boycotts criticised"
- "Didier Drogba denies signing petition"