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2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship
Mistrzostwa Europy U-21 w Piłce Nożnej 2017
2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship.png
Tournament details
Host countryFlag of Poland.png Poland
Dates16 - 30 June 2017
Teams12 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s)(in 6 host cities)
Final positions
ChampionsGermany.png Germany (2nd title)
Runner-upFlag of Spain.png Spain
Tournament statistics
Matches played21
Goals scored65 (3.1 per match)
Attendance244,085 (11,623 per match)
Top scorer(s)Flag of Spain Saúl
(5 goals)
Best playerFlag of Spain Dani Ceballos
2015
2019

The 2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship (also known as UEFA Under-21 Euro 2017) was the 21st edition of the UEFA European Under-21 Championship, a biennial international youth football championship organised by UEFA for the men's under-21 national teams of Europe. The final tournament was hosted in Poland for the first time, after their bid was selected by the UEFA Executive Committee on 26 January 2015 in Nyon, Switzerland. The tournament took place from 16–30 June 2017. Players born on or after 1 January 1994 were eligible for the tournament.

In March 2012, UEFA announced that the competition would take place in even numbered years from 2016 onwards. In September 2013, UEFA announced its intention to continue holding the final tournament in odd numbered years following a request from its member national football associations. On 24 January 2014, UEFA confirmed that the final tournament would be held in 2017 and that it would be expanded from 8 teams to 12.

Hosts

The hosts were announced at a meeting of the UEFA Executive Committee in Nyon on 26 January 2015. In late April 2014 the Polish football association PZPN very strongly indicated the country has high chances to host the tournament. Bidding to welcome Europe's best youth teams was one of the reasons for Poland's withdrawal from the Euro 2020 race.

Qualification

Main article: 2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification

A total of 53 UEFA nations entered the competition (Gibraltar did not enter), and with the hosts Poland qualifying automatically, the other 52 teams competed in the qualifying competition to determine the remaining 11 spots in the final tournament. The qualifying competition, which took place from March 2015 to November 2016, consisted of two rounds:

  • Qualifying group stage: The 52 teams are drawn into nine groups – seven groups of six teams and two groups of five teams. Each group is played in home-and-away round-robin format. The nine group winners qualify directly for the final tournament, while the four best runners-up (not counting results against the sixth-placed team) advance to the play-offs.
  • Play-offs: The four teams are drawn into two ties to play home-and-away two-legged matches to determine the last two qualified teams.

Qualified teams

The following 12 teams qualified for the final tournament.

Note: All appearance statistics include only U-21 era (since 1978).

Team Method of qualification Date of qualification Finals appearance Last appearance Previous best performance
Flag of Poland.png Poland Hosts 26 January 2015 6th 1994 Quarter-finals (1982, 1984, 1986, 1992, 1994)
Flag of Portugal.gif Portugal Group 4 winners 6 September 2016 8th 2015 Runners-up (1994, 2015)
Flag of Denmark.gif Denmark Group 5 winners 6 September 2016 7th 2015 Semi-finals (1992, 2015)
England.png England Group 9 winners 6 October 2016 14th 2015 Winners (1982, 1984)
Slovakia.png Slovakia Group 8 winners 6 October 2016 2nd 2000 Fourth place (2000)
Germany.png Germany Group 7 winners 7 October 2016 11th 2015 Winners (2009)
Flag of Czech.jpg Czech Republic Group 1 winners 7 October 2016 13th 2015 Winners (2002)
Flag of Sweden Good one.jpg Sweden Group 6 winners 10 October 2016 8th 2015 Winners (2015)
Flag of Italy.gif Italy Group 2 winners 11 October 2016 19th 2015 Winners (1992, 1994, 1996, 2000, 2004)
Flag of Macedonia.png North Macedonia Group 3 winners 11 October 2016 1st Debut
Flag of Spain.png Spain Play-off winners 15 November 2016 13th 2013 Winners (1986, 1998, 2011, 2013)
Flag of Serbia.png Serbia Play-off winners 15 November 2016 10th 2015 Winners (1978)

Final draw

The final draw was held on 1 December 2016, 18:00 Central European Time (UTC+1), at the ICE Congress Centre in Krakow The 12 teams were drawn into three groups of four teams. The teams were seeded according to their coefficient ranking following the end of the qualifying play-offs, with the hosts Poland assigned to position A1 in the draw. Each group contained either the hosts or one team from Pot 1, one team from Pot 2, and two teams from Pot 3.

Hosts (Position A1)
Team
Flag of Poland.png Poland
Pot 1
Team Coeff
Germany.png Germany 39,037
Flag of Portugal.gif Portugal 38,378
Pot 2
Team Coeff
England.png England 36,621
Flag of Spain.png Spain 36,536
Flag of Denmark.gif Denmark 35,590
Pot 3
Team Coeff
Flag of Italy.gif Italy 35,546
Flag of Sweden Good one.jpg Sweden 34,259
Flag of Czech.jpg Czech Republic 33,690
Flag of Serbia.png Serbia 31,060
Slovakia.png Slovakia 31,057
Flag of Macedonia.png North Macedonia 23,283

Venues

On 7 June 2016, Polish Football Association selected six venues:

Opening match and Group A Group A Group B
Lublin Kielce Gdynia
Arena Lublin Kolporter Arena Stadion GOSiR
Capacity: 15,500 Capacity: 15,500 Capacity: 15,139
Arena Lublin podczas XI Lubelskiego Festiwalu Nauki 10 Stadion MOSiR Kielce 02 ssj 20060415 Stadion miejski w Gdyni
Bydgoszcz Kraków Tychy
Kompleks Sportowy Zawisza Stadion Cracovia Stadion Miejski
Capacity: 20,247 Capacity: 15,016 Capacity: 15,300
Stadion Zawisza Bydgoszcz front panorama Krakow Cracovia 1 Tychy stadion wewn

Squads

Main article: 2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship squads

Each national team have to submit a squad of 23 players, three of whom must be goalkeepers. If a player is injured or ill severely enough to prevent his participation in the tournament before his team's first match, he can be replaced by another player.

Group stage

The group winners and the best runner-up advance to the semi-finals.

Tiebreakers

Teams are ranked according to points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss), and if tied on points, the following tiebreaking criteria are applied, in the order given, to determine the rankings (Regulations Articles 18.01 and 18.02):

  1. Points in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
  2. Goal difference in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
  3. Goals scored in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
  4. If more than two teams are tied, and after applying all head-to-head criteria above, a subset of teams are still tied, all head-to-head criteria above are reapplied exclusively to this subset of teams;
  5. Goal difference in all group matches;
  6. Goals scored in all group matches;
  7. penalty shoot-out if only two teams have the same number of points, and they met in the last round of the group and are tied after applying all criteria above (not used if more than two teams have the same number of points, or if their rankings are not relevant for qualification for the next stage);
  8. Disciplinary points (red card = 3 points, yellow card = 1 point, expulsion for two yellow cards in one match = 3 points);
  9. UEFA coefficient for the final draw.

All times are local, CEST (UTC+2).

Group A

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes
England.png England 3 2 1 0 5 1 +4 7 Advance to knockout phase
Slovakia.png Slovakia 3 2 0 1 6 3 +3 6 Possible qualification based on ranking
Flag of Sweden Good one.jpg Sweden 3 0 2 1 2 5 −3 2
Flag of Poland.png Poland 3 0 1 2 3 7 −4 1
16 June 2017 (2017-06-16)
18:00
Sweden Flag of Sweden Good one.jpg 0–0 England.png England Kolporter Arena, Kielce
Attendance: 11,672
Referee: Tobias Stieler (Germany)
Report
16 June 2017 (2017-06-16)
20:45
Poland Flag of Poland.png 1–2 Slovakia.png Slovakia Arena Lublin, Lublin
Attendance: 14,911
Referee: Serdar Gözübüyük (Netherlands)
Lipski Soccerball 1' Report Valjent Soccerball 20'
Šafranko Soccerball 78'

19 June 2017 (2017-06-19)
18:00
Slovakia Slovakia.png 1–2 England.png England Kolporter Arena, Kielce
Attendance: 12,087
Referee: Gediminas Mažeika (Lithuania)
Chrien Soccerball 23' Report Mawson Soccerball 50'
Redmond Soccerball 61'
19 June 2017 (2017-06-19)
20:45
Poland Flag of Poland.png 2–2 Flag of Sweden Good one.jpg Sweden Arena Lublin, Lublin
Attendance: 14,651
Referee: Slavko Vinčić (Slovenia)
Moneta Soccerball 6'
Kownacki Soccerball 90+1' (pen.)
Report Strandberg Soccerball 36'
Une Larsson Soccerball 41'

22 June 2017 (2017-06-22)
20:45
England England.png 3–0 Flag of Poland.png Poland Kolporter Arena, Kielce
Attendance: 13,176
Referee: Harald Lechner (Austria)
Gray Soccerball 6'
Murphy Soccerball 69'
Baker Soccerball 82' (pen.)
Report
22 June 2017 (2017-06-22)
20:45
Slovakia Slovakia.png 3–0 Flag of Sweden Good one.jpg Sweden Arena Lublin, Lublin
Attendance: 11,203
Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano (Spain)
Chrien Soccerball 5'
Mihalík Soccerball 22'
Šatka Soccerball 73'
Report

Group B

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes
Flag of Spain.png Spain 3 3 0 0 9 1 +8 9 Advance to knockout phase
Flag of Portugal.gif Portugal 3 2 0 1 7 5 +2 6 Possible qualification based on ranking
Flag of Serbia.png Serbia 3 0 1 2 2 5 −3 1
Flag of Macedonia.png North Macedonia 3 0 1 2 4 11 −7 1
17 June 2017 (2017-06-17)
18:00
Portugal Flag of Portugal.gif 2–0 Flag of Serbia.png Serbia Kompleks Sportowy Zawisza, Bydgoszcz
Attendance: 10,724
Referee: Benoît Bastien (France)
Guedes Soccerball 37'
Fernandes Soccerball 88'
Report
17 June 2017 (2017-06-17)
20:45
Spain Flag of Spain.png 5–0 Flag of Macedonia.png North Macedonia Stadion GOSiR, Gdynia
Attendance: 8,269
Referee: Harald Lechner (Austria)
Saúl Soccerball 10'
Asensio Soccerball 16'54'72'
Deulofeu Soccerball 35' (pen.)
Report

20 June 2017 (2017-06-20)
18:00
Serbia Flag of Serbia.png 2–2 Flag of Macedonia.png North Macedonia Kompleks Sportowy Zawisza, Bydgoszcz
Attendance: 5,121
Referee: Bobby Madden (Scotland)
Gaćinović Soccerball 24'
Đurđević Soccerball 90'
Report Bardhi Soccerball 64' (pen.)
Gjorgjev Soccerball 83'
20 June 2017 (2017-06-20)
20:45
Portugal Flag of Portugal.gif 1–3 Flag of Spain.png Spain Stadion GOSiR, Gdynia
Attendance: 13,832
Referee: Tobias Stieler (Germany)
Bruma Soccerball 77' Report Saúl Soccerball 21'
Sandro Soccerball 65'
Williams Soccerball 90+3'

23 June 2017 (2017-06-23)
20:45
North Macedonia Flag of Macedonia.png 2–4 Flag of Portugal.gif Portugal Stadion GOSiR, Gdynia
Attendance: 7,533
Referee: Ivan Kružliak (Slovakia)
Bardhi Soccerball 40'
Markoski Soccerball 80'
Report Edgar Ié Soccerball 2'
Bruma Soccerball 22'90+1'
Daniel Podence Soccerball 57'
23 June 2017 (2017-06-23)
20:45
Serbia Flag of Serbia.png 0–1 Flag of Spain.png Spain Kompleks Sportowy Zawisza, Bydgoszcz
Attendance: 12,058
Referee: Gediminas Mažeika (Lithuania)
Report Denis Suárez Soccerball 38'

Group C

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes
Flag of Italy.gif Italy 3 2 0 1 4 3 +1 6 Advance to knockout phase
Germany.png Germany 3 2 0 1 5 1 +4 6
Flag of Denmark.gif Denmark 3 1 0 2 4 7 −3 3
Flag of Czech.jpg Czech Republic 3 1 0 2 5 7 −2 3
18 June 2017 (2017-06-18)
18:00
Germany Germany.png 2–0 Flag of Czech.jpg Czech Republic Stadion Miejski, Tychy
Attendance: 14,051
Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano (Spain)
Meyer Soccerball 44'
Gnabry Soccerball 50'
Report
18 June 2017 (2017-06-18)
20:45
Denmark Flag of Denmark.gif 0–2 Flag of Italy.gif Italy Stadion Cracovia, Kraków
Attendance: 8,754
Referee: Ivan Kružliak (Slovakia)
Report Pellegrini Soccerball 54'
Petagna Soccerball 86'

21 June 2017 (2017-06-21)
18:00
Czech Republic Flag of Czech.jpg 3–1 Flag of Italy.gif Italy Stadion Miejski, Tychy
Attendance: 13,251
Referee: Benoît Bastien (France)
Trávník Soccerball 24'
Havlík Soccerball 79'
Lüftner Soccerball 85'
Report Berardi Soccerball 70'
21 June 2017 (2017-06-21)
20:45
Germany Germany.png 3–0 Flag of Denmark.gif Denmark Stadion Cracovia, Kraków
Attendance: 9,298
Referee: Serdar Gözübüyük (Netherlands)
Selke Soccerball 53'
Kempf Soccerball 73'
Amiri Soccerball 79'
Report

24 June 2017 (2017-06-24)
20:45
Italy Flag of Italy.gif 1–0 Germany.png Germany Stadion Cracovia, Kraków
Attendance: 14,039
Referee: Slavko Vinčić (Slovenia)
Bernardeschi Soccerball 31' Report
24 June 2017 (2017-06-24)
20:45
Czech Republic Flag of Czech.jpg 2–4 Flag of Denmark.gif Denmark Stadion Miejski, Tychy
Attendance: 9,047
Referee: Bobby Madden (Scotland)
Schick Soccerball 27'
Chorý Soccerball 54'
Report L. Andersen Soccerball 23'
Zohore Soccerball 35'73'
Ingvartsen Soccerball 90+1'

Ranking of second-placed teams

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes
Germany.png Germany 3 2 0 1 5 1 +4 6 Knockout stage
Slovakia.png Slovakia 3 2 0 1 6 3 +3 6
Flag of Portugal.gif Portugal 3 2 0 1 7 5 +2 6

Knockout stage

In the knockout stage, extra time and penalty shoot-out are used to decide the winner if necessary.

On 2 May 2016, the UEFA Executive Committee agreed that the competition would be part of the International Football Association Board's trial to allow a fourth substitute to be made during extra time.

Semifinals Final
                           
  Tychy  England.png England 2 (3)  
27/6  Germany.png Germany 2 (4)  
  Kraków  Germany.png Germany 1
  30/6  Flag of Spain.png Spain 0
Kraków  Flag of Spain.png Spain 3
  27/6  Flag of Italy.gif Italy 1  


Semi-finals

27 June 2017 (2017-06-27)
18:00
England.png England 2–2 Germany.png Germany Stadion Miejski, Tychy
Attendance: 13,214
Referee: Gediminas Mažeika (Lithuania)
Gray Soccerball 41'
Abraham Soccerball 50'
Report Selke Soccerball 35'
Platte Soccerball 70'
  Penalties  
Baker Soccerball shad check
Abraham -Soccerball shade cross
Chilwell Soccerball shad check
Ward-Prowse Soccerball shad check
Redmond -Soccerball shade cross
3–4 Soccerball shad check Arnold
-Soccerball shade cross Gerhardt
Soccerball shad check Philipp
Soccerball shad check Meyer
Soccerball shad check Amiri

27 June 2017 (2017-06-27)
21:00
Flag of Spain.png Spain 3–1 Flag of Italy.gif Italy Stadion Cracovia, Kraków
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Slavko Vinčić (Slovenia)
Saúl Soccerball 53'65'74' Report Bernardeschi Soccerball 62'

Final

Main article: 2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship Final
30 June 2017 (2017-06-30)
20:45 CEST
Germany.png Germany 1–0 Flag of Spain.png Spain Stadion Cracovia, Kraków
Attendance: 14,059
Referee: Benoît Bastien (France)
Weiser Soccerball 40' Report

Goalscorers

There have been 65 goals scored in 21 matches, for an average of 3.1 goals per match.

5 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal

External links

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Without host

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France 1994 · Spain 1996 · Romania 1998 · Slovakia 2000 · Switzerland 2002 · Germany 2004 · Portugal 2006 · Netherlands 2007 · Sweden 2009 · Denmark 2011 · Israel 2013 · Czech Republic 2015 · Poland 2017 · Italy 2019 ·

Qualification

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Finals

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Squads

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