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UEFA European Under-19 Championship
UEFA European Under-19 Championship.png
Founded 1948
Region Europe (UEFA)
Tournament information
Website Official website

The UEFA European Under-19 Championship is an annual football competition contested by the European men's under-19 national teams of the member associations of UEFA.

Spain is the most successful team in this competition, having won eleven titles. Spain are also the current champions.

History and format

The competition has been held since 1948. It was originally called the FIFA International Youth Tournament, until it was taken over by UEFA in 1956. In 1980, it was restyled the UEFA European Under-18 Championship. As changes were made to player eligibility dates in 2001, the championship received its current name, which has been used since the 2002 championship. The contest has been held every year since its inauguration in 1948, except for the period between 1984 and 1992, when it was only held every other year.

The tournament has been played in a number of different formats during its existence. Currently it consists of two stages, similar to UEFA's other European championship competitions. The qualifying stage is open to all UEFA members, and the final stage is contested between eight teams.

During even years, the best finishing teams qualify for the FIFA U-20 World Cup held in the next (odd) year. Currently, five teams can qualify for the World Cup, consisting of the top two of their groups plus the winner of a play-off match between the third-placed teams of each group.

The age limit of the event was under-18 (calendar year) at the beginning of the qualification but co-current with the new name, the age limit became under-19 during the final tournament. Thus, the age limit never changed as the qualification always began a year before the final tournament.

Until the 1997 tournament, players born on or after 1 August the year they turned 19 years were eligible to compete. Since the 1998 tournament, the date limit has been moved back to 1 January.

Number of teams

Year of tournament Format of the final round Number of teams
1986–1992 Knockout format 8
1993 Two groups of four teams, third place play-off and final
1994 Two groups of four teams, fifth place play-off, third place play-off and final
1995–2002 Two groups of four teams, third place play-off and final
2003–2015 Two groups of four teams, semi-finals and final
2016–present Two groups of four teams, fifth place play-off (in even years only, for qualifying to FIFA U-20 World Cup), semi-finals and final

Results

FIFA Youth Tournament (1948–1954)

Year Host Final Third place match
Winner Score Runner-up Third place Score Fourth place
1948
details
 England
England
3–2
Netherlands

Belgium
3–1
Italy
1949
details
 Netherlands
France
4–1
Netherlands

Belgium
5–0
Republic of Ireland
1950
details
 Austria
Austria
3–2
France

Netherlands
6–0
Luxembourg
1951
details
 France
Yugoslavia
3–2
Austria

Belgium
1–0
Northern Ireland
1952
details
 Spain
Spain
0–0 aet
Spain won on Goal Average

Belgium

Austria
5–5 Austria win on Coin Toss
England
1953
details
 Belgium
Hungary
2–0
Yugoslavia

Turkey
3–2
Spain
1954
details
 West Germany
Spain
2–2 aet
Spain won on Goal Average

West Germany

Argentina
1–0
Turkey

UEFA Youth Tournament (1955–1980)

Year Host Final Third place match
Winner Score Runner-up Third place Score Fourth place
1955
Details
 Italy Only group matches were played and no winner was declared.
1956
Details
 Hungary Only group matches were played and no winner was declared.
1957
Details
 Spain
Austria
3–2
Spain
 France
 Italy
0–0 Third place
was shared
1958
Details
 Luxembourg
Italy
1–0
England

France
3–0
Romania
1959
Details
 Bulgaria
Bulgaria
1–0
Italy

Hungary
6–1
East Germany
1960
Details
 Austria
Hungary
2–1
Romania

Portugal
2–1
Austria
1961
Details
 Portugal
Portugal
4–0
Poland

West Germany
2–1
Spain
1962
Details
 Romania
Romania
4–1
Yugoslavia

Czechoslovakia
1–1 Czechoslovakia win on Coin Toss
Turkey
1963
Details
 England
England
4–0
Northern Ireland

Scotland
4–2
Bulgaria
1964
Details
 Netherlands
England
4–0
Spain

Portugal
3–2
Scotland
1965
Details
 West Germany
East Germany
3–2
England

Czechoslovakia
4–1
Italy
1966
Details
 Yugoslavia  Italy
 Soviet Union
0–0 The title
was shared

Yugoslavia
2–0
Spain
1967
Details
 Turkey
Soviet Union
1–0
England

Turkey
1–1 Turkey win on Coin Toss
France
1968
Details
 France
Czechoslovakia
2–1
France

Portugal
4–2
Bulgaria
1969
Details
 East Germany
Bulgaria
1–1 Bulgaria win on Coin Toss
East Germany

Soviet Union
1–0
Scotland
1970
Details
 Scotland
East Germany
1–1 East Germany win on Coin Toss
Netherlands

Scotland
2–0
France
1971
Details
 Czechoslovakia
England
3–0
Portugal

East Germany
1–1
(5–3) pen.

Soviet Union
1972
Details
 Spain
England
2–0
West Germany

Poland
0–0
(6–5) pen.

Spain
1973
Details
 Italy
England
3–2
aet

East Germany

Italy
1–0
Bulgaria
1974
Details
 Sweden
Bulgaria
1–0
Yugoslavia

Scotland
1–0
Greece
1975
Details
 Switzerland
England
1–0
asdet

Finland

Hungary
(p) 2–2
Turkey
1976
Details
 Hungary
Soviet Union
1–0
Hungary

Spain
3–0
France
1977
Details
 Belgium
Belgium
2–1
Bulgaria

Soviet Union
7–2
West Germany
1978
Details
 Poland
Soviet Union
3–0
Yugoslavia

Poland
3–1
Scotland
1979
Details
 Austria
Yugoslavia
1–0
Bulgaria

England
0–0
(4–3) pen.

France
1980
Details
 East Germany
England
2–1
Poland

Italy
3–0
Netherlands

UEFA European Under-18 Championship (1981–2001)

Year Host Final Third place match
Winner Score Runner-up Third place Score Fourth place
1981
Details
 West Germany
West Germany
1–0
Poland

France
1–1
2–0 (p)

Spain
1982
Details
 Finland
Scotland
3–1
Czechoslovakia

Soviet Union
3–1
Poland
1983
Details
 England
France
1–0
Czechoslovakia

England
1–1
4–2 (p)

Italy
1984
Details
 Soviet Union
Hungary
0–0
3–2 (p)

Soviet Union

Poland
2–1
Republic Ireland
1986
Details
 Yugoslavia
East Germany
3–1
Italy

West Germany
1–0
Scotland
1988
Details
 Czechoslovakia
Soviet Union
3–1
(a.e.t.)

Portugal

East Germany
2–0
Spain
1990
Details
 Hungary
Soviet Union
0–0
4–2 (p)

Portugal

Spain
1–0
England
1992
Details
 Germany
Turkey
2–1
(asdet)

Portugal

Norway
1–1
8–7 (p)

England
1993
Details
 England
England
1–0
Turkey

Spain
2–1
Portugal
1994
Details
 Spain
Portugal
1–1
4–1 (p)

Germany

Spain
5–2
Netherlands
1995
Details
 Greece
Spain
4–1
Italy

Greece
5–0
Netherlands
1996
Details
 France
France
1–0
Spain

England
3–2
(a.e.t.)

Belgium
1997
Details
 Iceland
France
1–0
(asdet)

Portugal

Spain
2–1
Republic Ireland
1998
Details
 Cyprus
Republic Ireland
1–1
4–3 (p)

Germany

Croatia
0–0
5–4 (p)

Portugal
1999
Details
 Sweden
Portugal
1–0
Italy

Republic Ireland
1–0
Greece
2000
Details
 Germany
France
1–0
Ukraine

Germany
3–1
Czech Republic
2001
Details
 Finland
Poland
3–1
Czech Republic

Spain
6–2
FR Yugoslavia

UEFA European Under-19 Championship (since 2002)

Year Host Final Losing semi-finalists
(or third place match)
Winner Score Runner-up Third place Score Fourth place
2002
Details
 Norway
Spain
1–0
Germany

Slovakia
2–1
Republic Ireland
2003
Details
 Liechtenstein
Italy
2–0
Portugal
 Austria and  Czech Republic
2004
Details
 Switzerland
Spain
1–0
Turkey
 Switzerland and  Ukraine
2005
Details
 Northern Ireland
France
3–1
England
 Germany and  Serbia and Montenegro
2006
Details
 Poland
Spain
2–1
Scotland
 Austria and  Czech Republic
2007
Details
 Austria
Spain
1–0
Greece
 France and  Germany
2008
Details
 Czech Republic
Germany
3–1
Italy
 Czech Republic and  Hungary
2009
Details
 Ukraine
Ukraine
2–0
England
 France and  Serbia
2010
Details
 France
France
2–1
Spain
 Croatia and  England
2011
Details
 Romania
Spain
3–2
(a.e.t.)

Czech Republic
 Republic Ireland and  Serbia
2012
Details
 Estonia
Spain
1–0
Greece
 England and  France
2013
Details
 Lithuania
Serbia
1–0
France
 Portugal and  Spain
2014
Details
 Hungary
Germany
1–0
Portugal
 Austria and  Serbia
2015
Details
 Greece
Spain
2–0
Russia
 France and  Greece
2016
Details
 Germany
France
4–0
Italy
 England and  Portugal
2017
Details
 Georgia
England
2–1
Portugal
 Czech Republic and  Netherlands
2018
Details
 Finland
Portugal
4–3
(a.e.t.)

Italy
 France and  Ukraine
2019
Details
 Armenia
Spain
2–0
Portugal
 France and  Republic Ireland
2020
Details
 Northern Ireland Cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic
2021
Details
 Romania
2022
Details
 Slovakia

Statistics

Performances by countries

UEFA European Youth Championship
Team Titles Runners-up Third place Fourth place Semi-finalists Total (Top Four)
 Spain 11 (1952, 1954, 1995, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2019) 4 (1957, 1964, 1996, 2010) 6 6 1 28
 England 10 (1948, 1963, 1964, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1980, 1993, 2017) 5 (1958, 1965, 1967, 2005, 2009) 3 3 3 24
 France 8 (1949, 1983, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2005, 2010, 2016) 3 (1950, 1968, 2013) 3 4 6 24
 Germany 6 (1965, 1970, 1981, 1986, 2008, 2014) 7 (1954, 1969, 1972, 1973, 1994, 1998, 2002) 5 2 2 22
 Russia/ Soviet Union 6 (1966*, 1967, 1976, 1978, 1988, 1990) 2 (1984, 2015) 3 1 12
 Portugal 4 (1961, 1994, 1999, 2018) 9 (1971, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1997, 2003, 2014, 2017, 2019) 3 2 2 20
 Italy 3 (1958, 1966*, 2003) 7 (1959, 1986, 1995, 1999, 2008, 2016, 2018) 3 3 16
 Serbia/Template:Hb 3 (1951, 1979, 2013) 4 (1953, 1962, 1974, 1978) 1 1 4 13
 Bulgaria 3 (1959, 1969, 1974) 2 (1977, 1979) 3 8
 Hungary 3 (1953, 1960, 1984) 1 (1976) 2 1 7
 Austria 2 (1950, 1957) 1 (1951) 1 1 3 8
 Czech Republic 1 (1968) 4 (1982, 1983, 2001, 2011) 2 1 4 12
 Poland 1 (2001) 3 (1961, 1980, 1981) 3 1 8
 Turkey 1 (1992) 2 (1993, 2004) 2 3 8
 Scotland 1 (1982) 1 (2006) 3 4 9
 Belgium 1 (1977) 1 (1952) 3 1 6
 Romania 1 (1962) 1 (1960) 1 3
 Ukraine 1 (2009) 1 (2000) 2 4
 Republic of Ireland 1 (1998) 1 3 2 7
 Netherlands 3 (1948, 1949, 1970) 1 3 1 8
 Greece 2 (2007, 2012) 1 2 1 6
 Northern Ireland 1 (1963) 2 3
 Finland 1 (1975) 1
 Croatia 1 1 2
 Slovakia 1 1
 Norway 1 1
 Luxembourg 1 1
 Switzerland 1 1
Total (68th) 67 65 50 48 34 264

Note:
1966 Title Shared between  Italy and  Soviet Union.
1957 Third place Shared between  Italy and  France.

Awards

Golden Player Award

For certain tournaments, the official website UEFA.com subsequently named a Golden Player.

European Championship Golden Player
2002 Norway Flag of Spain Fernando Torres
2003 Liechtenstein Flag of Italy Alberto Aquilani
2004 Switzerland Flag of Spain Juanfran
2005 Northern Ireland Flag of France Abdoulaye Baldé
2006 Poland Flag of Spain Alberto Bueno
2007 Austria Flag of Greece Sotiris Ninis
2008 Czech Republic1 Flag of Germany Lars Bender
Flag of Germany Sven Bender
2009 Ukraine Flag of Ukraine Kyrylo Petrov
2010 France Flag of France Gaël Kakuta
2011 Romania Flag of Spain Álex Fernández
2012 Estonia Flag of Spain Gerard Deulofeu
2013 Lithuania Flag of Serbia Aleksandar Mitrović
2014 Hungary Flag of Germany Davie Selke
2015 Greece Flag of Spain Marco Asensio
2016 Germany Flag of France Jean-Kévin Augustin
2017 Georgia Flag of England Mason Mount

1Honour shared.

Top goalscorer

The Top goalscorer award is awarded to the player who scores the most goals during the tournament.

European Championship Top goalscorer Goals
2002 Norway Flag of Spain Fernando Torres 4
2003 Liechtenstein Flag of Portugal Paulo Sérgio 5
2004 Switzerland Flag of Turkey Ali Öztürk
Flag of Poland Łukasz Piszczek
4
2005 Northern Ireland Flag of Serbia and Montenegro Borko Veselinović 5
2006 Poland Flag of Spain Alberto Bueno
Flag of Turkey İlhan Parlak
5
2007 Austria Flag of Germany Änis Ben-Hatira
Flag of Greece Kostantinos Mitroglou
Flag of France Kévin Monnet-Paquet
3
2008 Czech Republic Flag of Czech Republic Tomáš Necid 4
2009 Ukraine Flag of England Nathan Delfouneso 4
2010 France Flag of Spain Dani Pacheco 4
2011 Romania Flag of Spain Álvaro Morata 6
2012 Estonia Flag of Spain Jesé 5
2013 Lithuania Flag of Lithuania Gratas Sirgedas
Flag of Netherlands Anass Achahbar
Flag of Portugal Alexandre Guedes
3
2014 Hungary Flag of Germany Davie Selke 6
2015 Greece Flag of Spain Borja Mayoral 3
2016 Germany Flag of France Jean-Kévin Augustin 6
2017 Georgia Flag of England Ben Brereton
Flag of England Ryan Sessegnon
Flag of Netherlands Joël Piroe
Flag of Sweden Viktor Gyökeres
3
2018 Finland Flag of Portugal Jota
Flag of Portugal Francisco Trincão
5
2019 Armenia Flag of Portugal Gonçalo Ramos 4

FIFA U-20 World Cup performances

Legend
  • 1st – Champions
  • 2nd – Runners-up
  • 3rd – Third place
  • 4th – Fourth place
  • QF – Quarterfinals
  • R2 – Round 2
  • R1 – Round 1
  •      – Hosts
  •      – Not affiliated to UEFA
  • q – Qualified for upcoming tournament
Team Flag of Tunisia
1977
Flag of Japan
1979
Flag of Australia
1981
Flag of Mexico
1983
Flag of Soviet Union
1985
Flag of Chile
1987
Flag of Saudi Arabia
1989
Flag of Portugal
1991
Flag of Australia
1993
Flag of Qatar
1995
Flag of Malaysia
1997
Flag of Nigeria
1999
Flag of Argentina
2001
Flag of United Arab Emirates
2003
Flag of Netherlands
2005
Flag of Canada
2007
Flag of Egypt
2009
Flag of Colombia
2011
Flag of Turkey
2013
Flag of New Zealand
2015
Flag of South Korea
2017
Flag of Poland
2019
Flag of Indonesia
2021
Total
 Austria R1 R1 4th R1 R2 5
 Belgium R2 1
 Bulgaria QF QF 2
 Croatia Part of Yugoslavia R2 R1 R2 3
 Czech Republic R1 R1 QF R1 2nd R2 6
 East Germany 3rd R1 Reunified with West Germany 2
 England 4th R1 R1 3rd R2 R1 R1 R1 R2 R1 1st 11
 Finland R1 1
 France R1 QF QF 4th 1st R2 R2 7
 Germany 1st 2nd R1 R1 R1 R2 R1 QF QF QF R2 11
 Greece R2 1
 Hungary R1 R1 R1 R1 3rd R2 6
 Italy R1 R1 QF QF QF 3rd 4th 7
 Netherlands QF R1 QF QF 4
 Norway R1 R1 R1 3
 Poland 4th R1 3rd R2 R2 5
 Portugal QF 1st 1st R1 3rd R2 R2 2nd R2 QF QF R1 12
 Republic Ireland R1 R1 3rd R2 R2 5
 Romania 3rd 1
 Russia 1st 2nd R1 4th QF 3rd QF QF 8
 Scotland QF QF R1 3
 Serbia R1 1st 1st 3
 Slovakia Part of Czechoslovakia R2 1
 Spain R1 QF R1 2nd R1 QF 4th QF 1st 2nd QF QF R2 QF QF 15
 Sweden R1 1
 Switzerland R1 1
 Turkey R1 R2 R2 3
 Ukraine Part of Soviet Union R2 R2 R2 1st 3

See also

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