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2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship

The 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship was the 20th edition of the UEFA European Under-21 Championship, a biennial international football competition for men's under-21 national teams organised by UEFA. The final tournament was hosted for the first time in the Czech Republic from 15–30 June 2015, after their bid was selected by the UEFA Executive Committee on 20 March 2012 in Istanbul.[1]

2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship
Mistrovství Evropy ve fotbale hráčů do 21 let 2015
2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship.png
Tournament details
Host country Czech Republic
Dates17–30 June 2015
Teams8 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s)4 (in 3 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Sweden (1st title)
Runners-up Portugal
Tournament statistics
Matches played15
Goals scored37 (2.47 per match)
Attendance162,994 (10,866 per match)
Top scorer(s)Czech Republic Jan Kliment (3 goals)
Best player(s)Portugal William Carvalho
2013
2017

Players born on or after 1 January 1992 were eligible to participate in the competition.[2] Fifty-two teams participated in a qualification tournament, taking place between March 2013 and October 2014, to determine the seven teams that would join the final tournament hosts. Holders Spain were not able to defend their title after being eliminated in the qualification play-offs by Serbia.

In the final, played at the Eden Arena in Prague, Sweden defeated Portugal 4–3 in a penalty shootout, after a goalless draw at the end of extra-time. In doing so, the Swedish team won their first title in this competition, having previously lost the 1992 final, and secured their first-ever title in UEFA youth competitions on the men's side.

By reaching the semi-finals, Denmark, Germany, Portugal and Sweden also qualified for the 2016 Summer Olympics men's football tournament in Brazil.[3]

Contents

QualificationEdit

Qualification for the final tournament of the 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship consisted of two rounds: a group stage and a play-off round. The group stage draw took place on 31 January 2013 in Nyon, Switzerland, and distributed 52 national teams into ten groups of five or six teams. Each group was contested in a double round-robin system, where teams played each other twice, at home and away. The ten group winners and the four best second-placed teams advanced to the play-off round, where they were paired by draw into seven two-legged ties. The play-off winners joined the Czech Republic in the final tournament.[4]

Qualified teamsEdit

The following teams qualified for the 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship final tournament:

Country Qualified as Previous appearances in tournament1
only U-21 era (since 1978)
  Czech Republic Hosts 11 (19785, 19805, 19885, 19905, 19925, 19945, 1996, 2000, 2002, 2007, 2011)
  Denmark Playoff winner (against Iceland) 5 (1978, 1986, 1992, 2006, 2011)
  England Playoff winner (against Croatia) 12 (1978, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1988, 2000, 2002, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013)
  Germany Playoff winner (against Ukraine) 11 (19822, 19842, 19882, 19902, 1992, 1996, 1998, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2013)
  Italy Playoff winner (against Slovakia) 17 (1978, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2013)
  Portugal Playoff winner (against Netherlands) 6 (1994, 1996, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007)
  Serbia Playoff winner (against Spain) 8 (19783, 19803, 19843, 19903, 20044, 20064, 2007, 2009)
  Sweden Playoff winner (against France) 6 (1986, 1990, 1992, 1998, 2004, 2009)
1 Bold indicates champion for that year. Italic indicates host for that year.

VenuesEdit

Match officialsEdit

Six refereeing teams took charge of matches at the final tournament:[7]

Country Referee Assistant referees Additional assistant referees
  France Clément Turpin Frédéric Cano
Nicolas Danos
Fredy Fautrel
Nicolas Rainville
  Greece Anastasios Sidiropoulos Damianos Efthymiadis
Polychronis Kostaras
Michael Koukoulakis
Stavros Tritsonis
  Netherlands Danny Makkelie Mario Diks
Hessel Steegstra
Kevin Blom
Jochem Kamphuis
  Poland Szymon Marciniak Paweł Sokolnicki
Tomasz Listkiewicz
Paweł Raczkowski
Tomasz Musiał
  Russia Sergei Karasev Anton Averyanov
Tikhon Kalugin
Sergey Lapochkin
Sergei Ivanov
  Spain Javier Estrada Fernández Miguel Martínez Munuera
Teodoro Sobrino Magán
Alejandro Hernández Hernández
Jesús Gil Manzano
Country Fourth officials
  Czech Republic Jan Paták
Ondrej Pelikan

SeedingEdit

The draw for the final tournament took place at 18:00 CET on 6 November 2014, at the Clarion Congress Hotel in Prague. England, the highest-ranked team according to the competition coefficient rankings, and the host team, Czech Republic, were seeded and automatically assigned to separate groups. The second and third-ranked teams in the coefficient rankings, Italy and Germany, were also seeded and drawn into separate groups, while the four unseeded teams were drawn into the remaining positions of the two groups.[2][8]

Top seeds Second seeds Unseeded

SquadsEdit

Each national team had to submit a squad of 23 players, three of whom had to be goalkeepers. If a player was injured or ill severely enough to prevent his participation in the tournament before his team's first match, he could be replaced by another player.[2]

Group stageEdit

 
2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship finalist teams

The eight finalists were drawn into two groups of four teams. As hosts, Czech Republic were seeded in group A, while England, the best-ranked team in the UEFA coefficient ranking, were seeded in group B. In each group, teams played matches against each other in a round-robin system, and the top two teams advanced to the semi-finals.[9][10]

The provisional schedule was released by UEFA on 10 November 2014,[11] and confirmed on 2 December 2014.[12][13] All times are in Central European Summer Time (UTC+02:00).

Qualification for the 2016 Summer OlympicsEdit

Same as previous Under-21 Championships that were held one year prior to the Olympics, UEFA used the tournament to determine which men's under-23 national teams from Europe qualify for the Olympic football tournament. The four teams which advanced to the semi-finals qualified for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil.[14] However, England are ineligible for the Olympics and they are not an Olympic nation. Had England reached the semi-finals, the last Olympic spot would go to the winner of an Olympic play-off match between the two group third-placed teams, which was scheduled to be played on 28 June 2015, 18:00, at Stadion Miroslava Valenty, Uherské Hradiště.[11][15] However, when England failed to advance out of the group stage, this was cancelled.[n 1]

After the conclusion of the group stage, the following four teams from UEFA qualified for the Olympic football tournament.

Team Qualified on Previous appearances in tournament1
  Denmark 23 June 2015 8 (1908, 1912, 1920, 1948, 1952, 1960, 1972, 1992)
  Germany 23 June 2015 8 (1912, 1928, 1936, 1952, 19562, 19722, 19842, 19882)
  Portugal 24 June 2015 3 (1928, 1996, 2004)
  Sweden 24 June 2015 9 (1908, 1912, 1920, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1952, 1988, 1992)
1 Bold indicates champion for that year. Italic indicates host for that year. Statistics include all Olympic format (current Olympic under-23 format started in 1992).
2 The team represented the United Team of Germany in 1956, and the Federal Republic of Germany (i.e., West Germany) in 1972, 1984 and 1988.

Tie-breakingEdit

If two or more teams were equal on points on completion of the group matches, the following tie-breaking criteria were applied:[2]

  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;

If, after having applied criteria 1 to 3, teams still had an equal ranking, criteria 1 to 3 were reapplied exclusively to the matches between the teams in question to determine their final rankings. If this procedure did not lead to a decision, criteria 4 to 6 were applied.

  1. Superior goal difference in all group matches;
  2. Higher number of goals scored in all group matches;
  3. Position in the UEFA under-21 coefficient ranking used for the final draw.

If only two teams were tied (according to criteria 1–5) after having met in the last match of the group stage, their ranking would have been determined by a penalty shoot-out.

Group AEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Group stage result
1   Denmark 3 2 0 1 4 4 0 6 Advance to knockout stage and 2016 Summer Olympics
2   Germany 3 1 2 0 5 2 +3 5
3   Czech Republic (H) 3 1 1 1 6 3 +3 4
4   Serbia 3 0 1 2 1 7 −6 1
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: tie-breaking
(H) Host.
Czech Republic  1–2  Denmark
Kadeřábek   35' Report Vestergaard   56'
Sisto   84'
Attendance: 15,987[18]
Germany  1–1  Serbia
Can   17' Report Đuričić   8'

Serbia  0–4  Czech Republic
Report Kliment   7'21'56'
Frýdek   59'
Attendance: 16,253[18]
Germany  3–0  Denmark
Volland   32'48'
Ginter   53'
Report
Attendance: 13,268[18]

Czech Republic  1–1  Germany
Krejčí   66' Report Schulz   55'
Attendance: 18,068[18]
Denmark  2–0  Serbia
Falk   21'
Fischer   47'
Report

Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Group stage result
1   Portugal 3 1 2 0 2 1 +1 5 Advance to knockout stage and 2016 Summer Olympics
2   Sweden 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
3   Italy 3 1 1 1 4 3 +1 4
4   England 3 1 0 2 2 4 −2 3
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: tie-breaking
Italy  1–2  Sweden
Berardi   29' (pen.) Report Guidetti   56'
Kiese Thelin   86' (pen.)
England  0–1  Portugal
Report João Mário   57'

Sweden  0–1  England
Report Lingard   85'
Italy  0–0  Portugal
Report

England  1–3  Italy
Redmond   90+3' Report Belotti   25'
Benassi   27'72'
Attendance: 11,563[18]
Portugal  1–1  Sweden
Paciência   82' Report Tibbling   89'

Knockout stageEdit

In the knockout stage, extra time and penalty shoot-out were used to decide the winner if necessary.[2]

BracketEdit

 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
      
 
27 June – Prague
 
 
  Denmark1
 
30 June – Prague
 
  Sweden4
 
  Sweden (p)0 (4)
 
27 June – Olomouc
 
  Portugal0 (3)
 
  Portugal5
 
 
  Germany0
 

Semi-finalsEdit

Portugal  5–0  Germany
B. Silva   25'
Ricardo   33'
Cavaleiro   45+1'
João Mário   46'
Horta   71'
Report

Denmark  1–4  Sweden
Bech   63' Report Guidetti   23' (pen.)
Tibbling   26'
Quaison   83'
Hiljemark   90+5'
Attendance: 9,834[18]

FinalEdit

GoalscorersEdit

AwardsEdit

Golden BootEdit

The Golden Boot is given to the player who scored the most goals during the tournament.[22]

Golden Boot Silver Boot Bronze Boot
  Jan Kliment
(3 goals)
  Kevin Volland
(2 goals, 1 assist)
  John Guidetti
(2 goals, 1 assist)

Note: Assists and then minutes played (with the player boasting the better goals to minutes on the pitch ratio taking precedence) are used to separate players with the same goal tallies.

Player of the tournamentEdit

After the tournament the U21 EURO Player of the Tournament is selected by the UEFA Technical Observers.[23]

Player of the tournament
  William Carvalho

Team of the tournamentEdit

After the tournament the Under-21 Team of the Tournament is selected by the UEFA Technical Observers.[24]

Position Player
Goalkeeper   José Sá
Defenders   Victor Lindelöf
  Filip Helander
  Jannik Vestergaard
  Raphaël Guerreiro
Midfielders   William Carvalho
  Oscar Lewicki
  Nathan Redmond
  Bernardo Silva
  Ivan Cavaleiro
Forward   Kevin Volland

BroadcastingEdit

Countries who are not covered by a local broadcaster had the matches broadcast on YouTube.[25]

AmbassadorEdit

Former Czech Republic midfielder Pavel Nedvěd was the ambassador for the tournament.[34]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ The Football Association had originally declared on 2 March 2015 its intention to enter and run teams on behalf of the British Olympic Association at the 2016 Olympics should England qualify.[16] However, following objections from the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish football associations, as well as a commitment from FIFA that they would not allow entry of a British team unless all four Home Nations were in agreement, the Football Association announced on 30 March 2015 that they would not seek entry into the Olympic tournament.[17] Great Britain had competed in the Olympics prior to the 1970s, and also in 2012 as the host nation.

ReferencesEdit

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  11. ^ a b "Provisional schedule for Under-21 finals". UEFA.com. 10 November 2014.
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