2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship
Mistrzostwa Europy U-21 w Piłce Nożnej 2017
Tournament details
Host country Poland
Dates16 - 30 June 2017
Teams12 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s)(in 6 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Germany (2nd title)
Runner-up 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
 Poland Hosts 26 January 2015 6th 1994 Quarter-finals (1982, 1984, 1986, 1992, 1994)
 Portugal Group 4 winners 6 September 2016 8th 2015 Runners-up (1994, 2015)
 Denmark Group 5 winners 6 September 2016 7th 2015 Semi-finals (1992, 2015)
 England Group 9 winners 6 October 2016 14th 2015 Winners (1982, 1984)
 Slovakia Group 8 winners 6 October 2016 2nd 2000 Fourth place (2000)
 Germany Group 7 winners 7 October 2016 11th 2015 Winners (2009)
 Czech Republic Group 1 winners 7 October 2016 13th 2015 Winners (2002)
 Sweden Group 6 winners 10 October 2016 8th 2015 Winners (2015)
 Italy Group 2 winners 11 October 2016 19th 2015 Winners (1992, 1994, 1996, 2000, 2004)
 North Macedonia Group 3 winners 11 October 2016 1st Debut
 Spain Play-off winners 15 November 2016 13th 2013 Winners (1986, 1998, 2011, 2013)
 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
 Poland
Pot 1
Team Coeff
 Germany 39,037
 Portugal 38,378
Pot 2
Team Coeff
 England 36,621
 Spain 36,536
 Denmark 35,590
Pot 3
Team Coeff
 Italy 35,546
 Sweden 34,259
 Czech Republic 33,690
 Serbia 31,060
 Slovakia 31,057
 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
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Bydgoszcz Kraków Tychy
Kompleks Sportowy Zawisza Stadion Cracovia Stadion Miejski
Capacity: 20,247 Capacity: 15,016 Capacity: 15,300
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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 3 2 1 0 5 1 +4 7 Advance to knockout phase
 Slovakia 3 2 0 1 6 3 +3 6 Possible qualification based on ranking
 Sweden 3 0 2 1 2 5 −3 2
 Poland 3 0 1 2 3 7 −4 1
16 June 2017 (2017-06-16)
18:00
Sweden  0–0  England Kolporter Arena, Kielce
Attendance: 11,672
Referee: Tobias Stieler (Germany)
Report
16 June 2017 (2017-06-16)
20:45
Poland  1–2  Slovakia Arena Lublin, Lublin
Attendance: 14,911
Referee: Serdar Gözübüyük (Netherlands)
Lipski Goal 1' Report Valjent Goal 20'
Šafranko Goal 78'

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

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

Group B

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

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

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

Group C

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

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

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

Ranking of second-placed teams

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes
 Germany 3 2 0 1 5 1 +4 6 Knockout stage
 Slovakia 3 2 0 1 6 3 +3 6
 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 2 (3)  
27/6   Germany 2 (4)  
  Kraków   Germany 1
  30/6   Spain 0
Kraków   Spain 3
  27/6   Italy 1  


Semi-finals

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

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

Final

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