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Ruiz level with José Gomes as top U17 EURO scorer

Published: Friday 19 May 2017, 22.45CET
Spain captain Abel Ruiz has finished the 2017 finals level with Portugal's José Gomes at the top of the all-time UEFA European U17 Championship goals list.
by Wayne Harrison
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Ruiz level with José Gomes as top U17 EURO scorer
Abel Ruiz (right) in action against England in the final ©Sportsfile

Road to the final

The UEFA European Under-17 Championship consists of three distinct stages: the qualifying round, the elite round and the final tournament. The format changed for 2014/15 with the expansion of the final tournament from eight to 16 teams.

Qualifying round
The qualifying round, played in autumn, is made up of 13 groups of four countries playing in one-venue mini-tournaments. The top two from each pool progress alongside the four third-placed sides with the best record against the leading pair in their groups.

Elite round
In the elite round, held in early spring, those 30 qualifiers plus the top two seeds – given a bye this far – compete in eight mini-tournament groups of four. The group winners and seven runners-up with the best record against the teams first and third in their section advance to the finals to join the hosts.

Final tournament
In the final tournament the contenders are split into four groups of four, with the front two from each proceeding to the knockout phase.

Further details, including the criteria for separating sides that finish level on points in a group, or after 80 minutes in a match, can be found in the official competition regulations.

 

Published: Friday 19 May 2017, 22.45CET

Ruiz level with José Gomes as top U17 EURO scorer

Spain captain Abel Ruiz has finished the 2017 finals level with Portugal's José Gomes at the top of the all-time UEFA European U17 Championship goals list.

Abel Ruiz is the joint-top scorer in the history of the UEFA European Under-17 Championship.

The Barcelona player, who helped Spain to win the title at England's expense on Friday night, has scored 16 goals in the competition since he made his debut at home to Andorra – a match in which he found the net – in a qualifying round fixture in October 2015.

May 2016: Netherlands 0-2 Spain – Ruiz's first finals goal

Spain captain Ruiz is level with Benfica's José Gomes, who fired Portugal to finals victory in Azerbaijan 12 months ago with seven goals, at the head of the all-time list.

France's Amine Gouiri scored nine goals at the 2017 event, seven of them in the group stage and one in the quarter-finals against Ruiz's Spain. His other strike came in the FIFA U-17 World Cup play-off against Hungary on Tuesday, a goal that does not count towards his U17 EURO tally.

Ruiz's U17 EURO goals
12 May 2017 v France – 1*
6 May 2017 v Italy – 2*
3 May 2017 v Turkey – 1*

2017 group stage: Ruiz scores twice against Italy

15 March 2017 v Portugal – 1
10 March 2017 v Poland – 1
24 September 2016 v Slovakia – 3
19 September 2016 v Northern Ireland – 1

18 May 2016 v Germany – 1*
12 May 2016 v Italy – 1*
9 May 2016 v Serbia – 1*
6 May 2016 v Netherlands – 1*

11 March 2016 v Israel – 1
25 October 2015 v Andorra – 1

*Final tournaments

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José Gomes's goals inspired Portugal to victory last year

All time (including qualifying)
Abel Ruiz (Spain) 16
José Gomes (Portugal) 16
Paco Alcácer (Spain) 14
Odsonne Edouard (France) 13
Manuel Fischer (Germany) 13
Timo Werner (Germany) 13

All time (final tournaments)
Abel Ruiz (Spain) 8
Amine Gouiri (France) 8
Odsonne Edouard (France) 8
Jann-Fiete Arp (Germany) 7
José Gomes (Portugal) 7
Bojan Krkić (Spain) 7
David Rodríguez (Spain) 7
Jonathan Soriano (Spain) 7

Last updated: 20/05/17 0.25CET

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