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2015 UEFA European Under-19 Championship

The 2015 UEFA European Under-19 Championship was the 14th edition of the UEFA European Under-19 Championship (64th edition if the Under-18 and Junior eras are included), the annual European youth football competition contested by the men's under-19 national teams of the member associations of UEFA. Greece hosted the tournament.[1] Players born on or after 1 January 1996 were eligible to participate in this competition.

2015 UEFA European Under-19 Championship
2015 Ευρωπαϊκό πρωτάθλημα ποδοσφαίρου Κ-19
2015 UEFA European Under-19 Championship.png
Tournament details
Host country Greece
Dates6–19 July 2015
Teams8 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s)3 (in 3 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Spain (10th title)
Runners-up Russia
Tournament statistics
Matches played15
Goals scored36 (2.4 per match)
Attendance70,612 (4,707 per match)
Top scorer(s)Spain Borja Mayoral (3 goals)
Best player(s)Spain Marco Asensio
2014
2016

QualificationEdit

All 54 UEFA nations entered the competition and with the hosts Greece qualifying automatically, the other 53 teams competed in the qualifying competition to determine the remaining seven spots in the final tournament.[2] The qualifying competition consisted of two rounds: Qualifying round, which took place in autumn 2014, and Elite round, which took place in spring 2015.[3]

Qualified teamsEdit

The following eight teams qualified for the final tournament.[4][5]

Note: All appearance statistics include only U-19 era (since 2002).

Team Method of qualification Finals appearance Last appearance Previous best performance
  Greece Hosts 6th 2012 Runners-up (2007, 2012)
  Spain Elite round Group 1 winners 11th 2013 Champions (2002, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2011, 2012)
  Germany Elite round Group 2 winners 7th 2014 Champions (2008, 2014)
  Russia Elite round Group 3 winners 2nd 2007 Group stage (2007)
  Netherlands Elite round Group 4 winners 3rd 2013 Group stage (2010, 2013)
  Ukraine Elite round Group 5 winners 4th 2014 Champions (2009)
  Austria Elite round Group 6 winners 6th 2014 Semi-finals (2003, 2006, 2014)
  France Elite round Group 7 winners 8th 2013 Champions (2005, 2010)

Final drawEdit

The final draw was held in Katerini, Greece on 9 June 2015 at 17:00 EEST (UTC+3).[6][7] The eight teams were drawn into two groups of four teams. There were no seeding except that the hosts Greece were assigned to position A1 in the draw.

VenuesEdit

SquadsEdit

Each national team had to submit a squad of 18 players.[3]

Match officialsEdit

A total of 6 referees, 8 assistant referees and 2 fourth officials were appointed for the final tournament.[12]

Group stageEdit

 
2015 UEFA European Under-19 Championship teams and final classification

Group winners and runners-up advanced to the semi-finals.

Tiebreakers

if two or more teams were equal on points on completion of the group matches, the following tie-breaking criteria were applied, in the order given, to determine the rankings:[3]

  1. Higher number of points obtained in the group matches played among the teams in question;
  2. Superior goal difference resulting 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 having applied criteria 1 to 3, teams still had an equal ranking, criteria 1 to 3 were reapplied exclusively to the group matches between the teams in question to determine their final rankings. If this procedure did not lead to a decision, criteria 5 to 9 applied;
  5. Superior goal difference in all group matches;
  6. Higher number of goals scored in all group matches;
  7. If only two teams had the same number of points, and they were tied according to criteria 1 to 6 after having met in the last round of the group stage, their rankings were determined by a penalty shoot-out (not used if more than two teams had the same number of points, or if their rankings were not relevant for qualification for the next stage).
  8. Lower disciplinary points total based only on yellow and red cards received in the group matches (red card = 3 points, yellow card = 1 point, expulsion for two yellow cards in one match = 3 points);
  9. Drawing of lots.

All times were local, EEST (UTC+3).[13]

Group AEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   France 3 3 0 0 6 1 +5 9 Advance to knockout stage
2   Greece (H) 3 1 1 1 2 2 0 4
3   Austria 3 0 2 1 2 3 −1 2
4   Ukraine 3 0 1 2 3 7 −4 1
Source: UEFA
(H) Host.
Greece  2–0  Ukraine
Orphanides   20'
Karahalios   76'
Report
Austria  0–1  France
Report Blin   34'

Ukraine  1–3  France
Zubkov   55' Report Guirassy   31'
Dembélé   62'
Lukyanchuk   90+2' (o.g.)
Attendance: 1,619[14]
Greece  0–0  Austria
Report
Attendance: 13,453[14]

France  2–0  Greece
Diakhaby   5'
Dembélé   64'
Report
Ukraine  2–2  Austria
Zubkov   14'
Luchkevych   63'
Report Kvasina   47'87'

Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Russia 3 1 1 1 5 4 +1 4 Advance to knockout stage
2   Spain 3 1 1 1 5 4 +1 4
3   Netherlands 3 1 1 1 2 2 0 4
4   Germany 3 1 1 1 3 5 −2 4
Source: UEFA
Netherlands  1–0  Russia
Van Amersfoort   44' Report
Attendance: 2,038[14]
Germany  0–3  Spain
Report Merino   8'
Mayoral   72' (pen.)
Nahuel   90+3'
Attendance: 7,883[14]
Referee: Marco Guida (Italy)

Spain  1–3  Russia
Mayoral   13' Report Barinov   37'
Gasilin   48'
Sheydayev   54'
Germany  1–0  Netherlands
Rizzo   89' Report

Russia  2–2  Germany
Kehrer   32' (o.g.)
Bezdenezhnykh   45+2'
Report Kehrer   12'
Werner   65'
Spain  1–1  Netherlands
Mirani   8' (o.g.) Report Van Amersfoort   54' (pen.)

Knockout stageEdit

In the knockout stage, extra time and penalty shoot-out were used to decide the winner if necessary.[3]

BracketEdit

 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
      
 
16 July – Katerini
 
 
  France0
 
19 July – Katerini
 
  Spain2
 
  Spain2
 
16 July – Larissa
 
  Russia0
 
  Russia4
 
 
  Greece0
 

Semi-finalsEdit

Russia  4–0  Greece
Chernov   50'79'
Gasilin   52'
Sheydayev   64' (pen.)
Report
Attendance: 14,856[14]

France  0–2  Spain
Report Asensio   88'90+5'

FinalEdit

Spain  2–0  Russia
Mayoral   39'
Nahuel   78'
Report

GoalscorersEdit

Team of the tournamentEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Germany, Greece and Hungary given U19 finals". UEFA. 2012-03-20.
  2. ^ "Greece the target for 2014/15 hopefuls". UEFA.com. 22 November 2013.
  3. ^ a b c d "Regulations of the UEFA European Under-19 Championship, 2014/15" (PDF). UEFA.com.
  4. ^ "Spain see off Portugal for last finals berth". UEFA.com. 3 June 2015.
  5. ^ "2015 UEFA European Under-19 Championship programme" (PDF). UEFA.com.
  6. ^ "Final tournament draw". UEFA.com.
  7. ^ "Former winners meet in U19 draw". UEFA.com. 9 June 2015.
  8. ^ "Τα Γήπεδα". greece2015.gr (in Greek). Archived from the original on 2015-07-03. Retrieved 6 June 2015.
  9. ^ "AEL FC Arena". stadia.gr. Retrieved 6 June 2015.
  10. ^ "Veria Stadium". veriafc.gr. Archived from the original on 29 June 2015. Retrieved 8 July 2015.
  11. ^ "Katerini Stadium". stadia.gr. Retrieved 6 June 2015.
  12. ^ "Match officials". UEFA.com.
  13. ^ "Match Schedule" (PDF). UEFA.com.
  14. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o "UEFA Technical Report – Results". UEFA.com.
  15. ^ "Statistics — Tournament phase — Player statistics — Goals". UEFA.com. Retrieved 19 July 2015.
  16. ^ "Team of the Tournament". UEFA. Retrieved 10 August 2015.
  17. ^ "Golden Player – 2015: Marco Asensio". UEFA.com.

External linksEdit