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Final tournament

The final tournament draw split the eight qualifiers into two groups of four.
 

Final tournament

The final tournament draw split the eight qualifiers into two groups of four.

18.00CET, 6 November, Prague

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The draw hall

Group A: Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark, Serbia
Group B: England, Italy, Portugal, Sweden

The Czech Republic (hosts) and England (top of the coefficient rankings as set out in the official regulations) were seeded for positions A1 and A2 respectively. The teams ranked second (Italy) and third (Germany) were also seeded and drawn into positions A2 and B2. The remaining four countries (Portugal, Denmark, Sweden and Serbia) were not seeded.

The ceremony at Prague's Clarion Congress Hotel was hosted by Lucie Výborná and Libor Bouček, with former Czech international and tournament ambassador Pavel Nedvěd assisting.

The finals – the Czech Republic's first at U21 level – will be in Prague, Olomouc and Uherske Hradiste between 17 and 30 June 2015.

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The draw pots and balls

Contenders
Czech Republic
(hosts)

Best performance: winners in 2002
Last finals appearance: fourth in 2011
Qualified automatically as hosts
• A side containing Petr Čech and Milan Baroš defeated France 3-1 on penalties in the 2002 final in Basel.

England
Best performance: winners in 1984, 1982
Last finals appearance: group stage in 2013
Qualifying round record: P10 W9 D1 L0 F31 A2 Pts28, Group 1 winners
Play-offs: V Croatia (H W2-1, A W2-1)
• Saido Berahino was the ten-goal leading scorer in qualifying.

Watch Germany's 2009 final victory

Germany
Best performance: winners in 2009
Last finals appearance: group stage in 2013
Qualifying round record: P8 W6 D2 L0 F25 A5 Pts20, Group 6 winners
Play-offs: v Ukraine (A W3-0, H W2-0)
• Germany's 4-0 defeat of England in the 2009 decider is the biggest win in an U21 final.

Italy
Best performance: winners in 2004, 2000, 1996, 1994, 1992
Last finals appearance: runners-up in 2013
Qualifying round record: P8 W6 D0 L2 F19 A7 Pts18, Group 9 winners
Play-offs: v Slovakia (A 1-1, H W3-1)
• Italy are the competition's most successful nation with five final wins.

Denmark
Best performance: semi-finals in 1992
Last finals appearance: group stage in 2011
Qualifying round record: P10 W8 D2 L0 F37 A9 Pts26, Group 2 winners
Play-offs: v Iceland (H 0-0, A 1-1); Denmark win on away goals
• With 37 goals, Denmark were the qualifying round's top scorers.

Sacchi on Italy in 2013

Portugal
Best performance: runners-up in 1994
Last finals appearance: third in 2007
Qualifying round record: P8 W8 D0 L0 F22 A6 Pts24, Group 8 winners
Play-offs: v Netherlands (A W2-0; H W5-4)
• Portugal were the only team to win all of their qualifying and play-off matches.

Serbia
Best performance: winners in 1978 as part of Yugoslavia; as an independent nation, runners-up in 2007
Last finals appearance: group stage in 2009
Qualifying round record: P8 W5 D1 L2 F18 A10 Pts16, Group 9 runners-up
Play-offs: v Spain (H 0-0, A W2-1)
• Serbia ended holders Spain's 35-match unbeaten competitive run in their play-off second leg.

Sweden
Best performance: runners-up in 1992
Last finals appearance: semi-finals 2009
Qualifying round record: P8 W5 D1 L2 F20 A14 Pts16, Group 7 winners
Play-offs: v France (A L2-0, H W4-1)
Marcus Berg's seven goals in the 2009 edition in Sweden is a record for a final tournament.

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