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2015 finals: Czech Republic

The next UEFA European Under-21 Championship finals took place in the Czech Republic, with seven teams joining the 2002 winners to contest the trophy in June 2015.
2015 finals: Czech Republic
Stadion Eden, home to Slavia Praha, will host three group games and the final ©Getty Images
 

Road to the final

The 2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship features a qualifying group stage and a play-off round to determine which 11 teams join hosts Poland in the final tournament.

Qualifying group stage
Teams are split into nine groups – seven of six sides and two of five – and play each other on a home-and-away basis. The nine group winners qualify automatically. The four runners-up with the best record against the nations first, third, fourth and fifth in their sections advance to the play-offs.

Play-offs
The two play-off ties are contested according to the knockout system. The team that scores the greater aggregate of goals proceeds to the next round, with away goals, extra time and then penalties used to determine the winner in the event of a draw.

Final tournament
The final tournament involves the nine group winners, the two play-off victors and Poland, who qualify automatically as hosts. The 12 sides are divided into three groups of four. Teams play each other once in their section, with the three pool winners and the best runner-up qualifying for the semi-finals.

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

2015 finals: Czech Republic

The next UEFA European Under-21 Championship finals took place in the Czech Republic, with seven teams joining the 2002 winners to contest the trophy in June 2015.

The Czech Republic staged the 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship from 17 to 30 June 2015.

It was the first time the Czech Republic – championship winners in 2002 – staged the U21 finals, and the country's first national team event since the 2008 UEFA European U19 Championship. They were selected as final tournament hosts by the UEFA Executive Committee at its meeting in Istanbul on 20 March 2012.

The seven play-off winners joined the Czechs in the finals, with matches held in Prague, Olomouc and Uherske Hradiste. Pavel Nedvěd was the tournament ambassador.

The group stage draw was made in Prague on 6 November:
Group A: Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark, Serbia
Group B: England, Italy, Portugal, Sweden

Related information

http://www.uefa.com/under21/news/newsid=1976257.html#next+season

 
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