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    Previous meetings Only this chapter

    Head to Head

    No UEFA competition matches have been played between these two teams

    Last updated 24/05/2019 15:34CET

    Match background Only this chapter

    France face Croatia in the UEFA European Under-21 Championship for the first time in the second round of Group C games, with last year's friendly suggesting a close contest.

    • It looked as if France's campaign would open with a defeat as they trailed ten-man England 1-0 going into the closing stages on matchday one, Moussa Dembélé and Houssem Aouar having both missed penalties, but Jonathan Ikoné's 89th-minute equaliser was followed by an Aaron Wan-Bissaka own goal four minutes into added time as Sylvain Ripoll's side engineered a dramatic late turnaround.

    • Croatia, meanwhile, must look to respond quickly having kicked off with a 4-1 loss against Romania.

    Highlights: England 1-2 France

    Previous meetings
    • This is the first competitive fixture between the teams.

    • The sides shared a 2-2 friendly draw in the French city of Beauvais last autumn. Jean-Philippe Mateta gave the home side a 14th-minute lead only for strikes either side of half-time from Alen Halilović (36) and Filip Uremović (55) to turn the match in Croatia's favour before Jonathan Bamba earned a draw eight minutes from time.   

    • The teams at the Stade Pierre-Brisson on 14 November 2018 were:
    France: Larsonneur, Amian (Mukiele 79), Diop, Niakhate (Upamecano 64), Ballo-Touré (Nsoki 80), Coco, Tousart (Sissoko 64), Guendouzi, Ikoné (Reine-Adélaïde 73), Terrier (Bamba 64), Mateta (Saint-Maximin 73).
    Croatia: Grbić, Uremović, Katić, Pongračić, Mamić, Ivanušec, Šunjić, Moro, Halilović, Jakoliš (Babić 79), Bradarić (Mudražija 68).

    • Paul Bernardoni and Lucas Tousart, plus substitute Marcus Thuram, helped France to a 2-0 group stage win against Croatia at the 2016 European U19 Championship, which they went on to win. Josip Brekalo, Luka Ivanušec, Marijan Čabraja and substitute Nikola Moro featured for Croatia.

    • Halilović was in the Croatia team that beat France 1-0 in the U17 EURO elite round in March 2013. Olivier Ntcham and Dembélé featured for France; Ivo Grbić was an unused Croatia substitute.

    U21 EURO 2019: Guide to the host cities

    Form guide
    France
    • France have not featured in the final tournament since 2006, when they lost 3-2 after extra time to eventual champions the Netherlands in the semi-finals. This is just their third appearance in an eight or 12-team finals; they finished as runners-up on the other occasion, in 2002.

    • Champions in 1988, France finished third in 1996 and fourth two years earlier, also reaching the quarter-finals in 1982, 1984 and 1986.

    • Since reaching the 2006 finals, four of France's six U21 campaigns have ended in the play-offs – in 2007, 2009, 2013 and 2015. They finished second behind North Macedonia in their 2017 qualifying section.

    • This time round, Ripoll's team won their first nine fixtures, drawing the last 1-1 at home to Slovenia, to win qualifying Group 9 by 12 points. They qualified with two games to spare, their final tally of 28 points the highest recorded by any team.

    • The draw with Slovenia ended France's 11-match winning run in competitive internationals, going back to a 1-0 loss in Ukraine in September 2016. That is France's sole defeat in their last 20 European U21 Championship matches (W16 D3).

    • Matchday one extended France's winning run in group games at the U21 finals to seven; they recorded three victories in both 2002 and 2006.

    • Dayot Upamecano, Jeff Reine-Adélaïde and Ikoné were all in the France squad that won 2015 U17 EURO.

    • Bernardoni, Tousart and Thuram were all members of France's 2016 European U19 Championship-winning squad, Tousart scoring in the 4-0 final victory against Italy.

    Highlights: Romania 4-1 Croatia

    Croatia
    • Croatia are ending a 15-year wait to feature in the final tournament; the most recent of their two previous appearances came in 2004 when, as on their 2000 debut, they finished bottom of their section having failed to win a game, drawing one and losing two on each occasion.

    • Having lost to Romania, Croatia's record in the final tournament group stage is now W0 D2 L5 F8 A15.

    • Croatia have lost in the play-offs three times since their last finals appearance, in 2006 (Serbia and Montenegro, 2-5 on aggregate), 2011 (Spain, 1-5 agg) and 2015 (England, 2-4 agg).

    • This time round, Croatia finished top of qualifying Group 1 with 25 points from their ten games (W8 D1 L1). A closing run of four successive victories, with 14 goals scored and none conceded, proved crucial – particularly the 2-0 win at home to Greece in their penultimate fixture which ultimately took Nenad Gračan's team through on head-to-head record after the teams had finished level on points.

    Links and trivia
    • Croatia midfielder Toma Bašić has been a Bordeaux player since August 2018.

    • Aouar scored in a 2-1 Lyon win at Dinamo Zagreb in the UEFA Youth League group stage on 22 November 2016; Moro was in the home line-up.

    • Tousart made his UEFA Champions League debut as a substitute against Dinamo Zagreb on 14 September 2016. Adrian Šemper and Filip Benković both played 90 minutes for Dinamo, who lost 3-0.

    • Croatia coach Gračan was part of the Yugoslavia side beaten 4-2 after extra time by France in the semi-finals of the 1984 Olympic Games football tournament; Yugoslavia and Gračan went on to defeat Italy 2-1 to win the bronze medal.

    • Brekalo started Croatia's UEFA EURO 2020 qualifier against Wales in Osijek on 8 June, helping his side to a 2-1 win.

    https://www.uefa.com/under21/season=2019/matches/round=2000799/match=2025988/prematch/background/index.html#france+croatia+facts

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    Squad list Only this chapter

    France - Squad list
    Current seasonOverall
    Qual.FTTeam
    No.PlayerDoBAgeClubDPldGlsPldGlsPldGls
    Goalkeepers
    1Gautier Larsonneur23/02/199722Brest - 0000--
    16Maxence Prévot09/04/199722Sochaux - 0000--
    23Paul Bernardoni18/04/199722Nîmes - 70108-
    Defenders
    2Kelvin Amian08/02/199821Toulouse - 410041
    4Ibrahima Konaté25/05/199920Leipzig - 00101-
    5Dayot Upamecano27/10/199820Leipzig - 40105-
    13Colin Dagba09/09/199820Paris - 00101-
    15Malang Sarr23/01/199920Nice - 0000--
    17Moussa Niakhaté08/03/199623Mainz - 30003-
    19Anthony Caci01/07/199721Strasbourg - 0000--
    Midfielders
    3Fodé Ballo-Touré03/01/199722Monaco - 00101-
    6Lucas Tousart29/04/199722Lyon - 901010-
    7Romain Del Castillo29/03/199623Rennes - 30003-
    8Houssem Aouar30/06/199820Lyon - 521062
    10Mattéo Guendouzi14/04/199920Arsenal - 0000--
    12Jonathan Ikoné02/05/199821LOSC - 001111
    18Ibrahima Sissoko27/10/199721Strasbourg - 0000--
    21Olivier Ntcham09/02/199623Celtic - 9110101
    22Jeff Reine-Adélaïde17/01/199821Angers - 10102-
    Forwards
    9Moussa Dembélé12/07/199622Lyon*9510116
    11Jean-Philippe Mateta28/06/199721Mainz - 10102-
    14Jonathan Bamba26/03/199623LOSC - 9310103
    20Marcus Thuram06/08/199721Guingamp - 00101-
    Coach
    -Sylvain Ripoll15/08/197147 - 1001011-
    Croatia - Squad list
    Current seasonOverall
    Qual.FTTeam
    No.PlayerDoBAgeClubDPldGlsPldGlsPldGls
    Goalkeepers
    1Ivo Grbić18/01/199623Lokomotiva Zagreb - 0000--
    12Josip Posavec10/03/199623Hajduk Split - 1001011-
    23Adrian Šemper12/01/199821Chievo - 0000--
    Defenders
    2Filip Uremović11/02/199722Rubin - 311041
    3Borna Sosa21/01/199821Stuttgart - 901010-
    5Nikola Katić10/10/199622Rangers - 00101-
    6Filip Benković13/07/199721Celtic - 411082
    15Branimir Kalaica01/06/199821Benfica - 0000--
    16Toni Borevković18/06/199722Rio Ave - 0000--
    21Domagoj Bradarić10/12/199919Hajduk Split - 00101-
    Midfielders
    4Ivan Šunjić09/10/199622Dinamo Zagreb - 811091
    8Nikola Vlašić04/10/199721CSKA Moskva - 7511156
    9Marin Jakoliš26/12/199622Admira*9510105
    10Alen Halilović18/06/199623Standard Liège - 6210142
    11Luka Ivanušec26/11/199820Lokomotiva Zagreb - 60107-
    13Lovro Majer17/01/199821Dinamo Zagreb - 40004-
    14Kristijan Bistrović09/04/199821CSKA Moskva - 0000--
    17Toma Bašić25/11/199622Bordeaux - 40004-
    18Robert Murić12/03/199623Braga - 00101-
    20Nikola Moro12/03/199821Dinamo Zagreb - 611071
    Forwards
    7Josip Brekalo23/06/199820Wolfsburg - 10710137
    19Sandro Kulenović04/12/199919Legia - 0000--
    22Marijan Čabraja25/02/199722HNK Gorica - 0000--
    Coach
    -Nenad Gracan23/01/196257 - 1001027-

    Last updated 19/06/2019 14:36CET

    Head coach Only this chapter

    Sylvain Ripoll

    Date of birth: 15 August 1971
    Nationality: French
    Playing career: Rennes, Le Mans, Lorient
    Coaching career: Lorient (assistant), Lorient, France U21

    • A full-back and defensive midfielder, Ripoll was among the first young players to come through the brand new Rennes academy in the late 1980s, making his professional debut for his home-town club in 1990/91.

    • After a season on loan at Le Mans in 1994/95, he returned to Brittany with Lorient, becoming a key member of the team who earned promotion to Ligue 1 in 1997/98. A cruciate injury prompted him to hang up boots in 2003 having missed the whole of the previous season, when Les Merlus won the French Cup.

    • Over a 13-year career, Ripoll spent the bulk of his time in the second division but still appeared in Ligue 1 54 times. Following his playing retirement he stayed at Lorient to become the assistant to Christian Gourcuff, succeeding the long-serving coach in summer 2014.

    • Kept the club in the top flight for the next two seasons before making way for Bernard Casoni in November 2016; resurfaced the following May as France Under-21 coach.

    • After a brillant qualifying campaign, Ripoll became the first coach to steer France to the UEFA European Championship since 2006, earning a two-year contract extension in May 2019.

    https://www.uefa.com/news/newsid=2609863.html#sylvain+ripoll

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    Nenad Gračan

    Date of birth: 23 January 1962
    Nationality: Croatian
    Playing career: Rijeka (twice) Orijent (loan), Hajduk Split, Real Oviedo
    Coaching career: Rijeka (twice), Hajduk Split, Koper, Osijek, Kamen Ingrad, Dinamo Zagreb, Pomorac Kostrena, Istra 1961, Nafta Lendava, Croatia Sesvete, Croatia U21

    • Gračan grew up very close to the legendary Stadion Kantrida in Rijeka, where he took his first footballing steps. Began his professional career in 1979 as a midfielder and spent seven years at his local club, Rijeka winning the Yugoslav Cup in his first season in the first team. He departed in 1986.

    • Went on to spend four years with both Hajduk, lifting the Yugoslav Cup again in 1987, and Spanish side Real Oviedo before his return to Rijeka in 1995.

    • A bronze medallist at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles – Yugoslavia beating Italy in the third-place play-off – Gračan won ten caps for the senior side between 1984 and 1986, scoring two goals.

    • Started his coaching career in 1995, once again at Rijeka, initially as an assistant before taking the top job three years later. One of only two coaches alongside Miroslav Blažević to have taken charge of Croatia's four biggest clubs – Hajduk, Dinamo Zagreb, Rijeka and Osijek – he had a second stint at Rijeka from November 2009, lasting 12 months.

    • In 2013, after Niko Kovač stepped up to take charge of the senior national side, Gračan was named Croatia's Under-21 coach. Missed out on the UEFA European Championship in 2015 and 2017, but made it third time lucky in 2019 – the first time Croatia had qualified in 15 years.

    https://www.uefa.com/news/newsid=2609867.html#nenad+gracan

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    Match officials Only this chapter

    • RefereeSerdar Gözübüyük (NED)
    • Assistant refereesCharles Schaap (NED) , Jan de Vries (NED)
    • Video Assistant RefereeJochem Kamphuis (NED)
    • Fourth officialTobias Stieler (GER)
    • Assistant Video Assistant RefereeBas Nijhuis (NED)
    • UEFA DelegateMichal Mertinyak (SVK)
    • UEFA Referee observerStefano Podeschi (SMR)

    Referee

    NameDate of birthUnder-21 matchesUEFA matches
    Serdar Gözübüyük29/10/1985953

    UEFA European Under-21 Championship matches featuring teams from the two countries involved in this match

    DateCompetitionStage reachedHomeAwayResultVenue
    10/09/2012U21QRSpainCroatia6-0Alicante
    14/11/2013U21QRCroatiaSwitzerland0-2Pula
    17/11/2015U21QRCroatiaSpain2-3Rijeka

    Other matches involving teams from either of the two countries involved in this match

    DateCompetitionStage reachedHomeAwayResultVenue
    25/05/2012U19ELITECroatiaAustria2-2Zapresic
    30/05/2012U19ELITECroatiaBosnia and Herzegovina2-0Zagreb
    10/09/2012U21QRSpainCroatia6-0Alicante
    14/11/2013U21QRCroatiaSwitzerland0-2Pula
    23/10/2014UELGSFC SalzburgGNK Dinamo Zagreb4-2Salzburg
    17/11/2015U21QRCroatiaSpain2-3Rijeka
    15/02/2018UELR32Olympique de MarseilleSC Braga3-0Marseille
    13/12/2018UELGSStade Rennais FCFC Astana2-0Rennes
    14/02/2019UELR32FC Viktoria PlzeňGNK Dinamo Zagreb2-1Plzen

    Last updated 20/06/2019 10:12CET

    Competition facts Only this chapter

    Under-21 historical statistics (competitive matches)

    Champions (hosts)
    2017: Germany 1-0 Spain (Poland)
    2015: Sweden 0-0 Portugal, aet, 4-3 pens (Czech Republic)
    2013: Spain 4-2 Italy (Israel)
    2011: Spain 2-0 Switzerland (Denmark)
    2009: Germany 4-0 England (Sweden)
    2007: Netherlands 4-1 Serbia (Netherlands)
    2006: Netherlands 3-0 Ukraine (Portugal)
    2004: Italy 3-0 Serbia and Montenegro (Germany)
    2002: Czech Republic 0-0 France, aet, 3-1 pens (Switzerland)
    2000: Italy 2-1 Czech Republic (Slovakia)
    1998: Spain 1-0 Greece (Romania)
    1996: Italy 1-1 Spain, aet, 4-2 pens (Spain)
    1994: Italy 1-0 Portugal, aet (France)
    1992 Italy 2-1 Sweden (agg; 2-0, 0-1)
    1990 USSR 7-3 Yugoslavia (agg; 4-2, 3-1)
    1988 France 3-0 Greece (agg; 0-0, 3-0)
    1986 Spain 3-3 Italy (agg; 1-2, 2-1, 3-0 pens)
    1984 England 3-0 Spain (agg; 1-0, 2-0)
    1982 England 5-4 West Germany (agg; 3-1, 2-3)
    1980 USSR 1-0 East Germany (agg; 0-0, 1-0)
    1978 Yugoslavia 5-4 East Germany (agg; 1-0, 4-4)
    Finals contested up to, and including 1992, were over two legs

    Final statistics

    • In 2007 the Netherlands became the first, and so far only, team to win the competition on home territory since the switch to a new format in 1994. Until then the final had been decided on a two-legged basis. Spain came closest in 1996, losing the final on penalties to Italy.

    • Since the 1992-94 change Italy have won four finals, the 2013 loss to Spain their first final reverse. The only other sides to have won it more than once are Spain (1998, 2011, 2013), Germany (2009, 2017) and the Netherlands (2006, 2007).

    • The 2013 edition was the highest-scoring single-match final as Thiago Alcántara's hat-trick helped Spain defeat Italy 4-2 in Jerusalem.

    • Seven red cards have been issued in single-match finals, most recently for Serbia's Aleksandar Kolarov in 2007.

    • Thiago's 2013 hat-trick was the first since 1994's move to a one-off game; Andrea Pirlo (Italy 2000), Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (Netherlands 2006) and Sandro Wagner (Germany 2009) have all scored twice in a one-off match. Prior to that Gary Owen (England 1982), Franck Sauzée (France 1988) and Andrei Sidelnikov (USSR 1990) had all scored twice in one leg of a final.

    • Vahid Halilhodžić (for Yugoslavia v East Germany 1978) and Pierre Littbarski (for West Germany v England 1982) are the other players to have scored a final hat-trick.

    • Since the single-match finals began three have ended in penalty shoot-outs, nine-man Italy triumphing 4-2 against Spain in 1996. The Czech Republic then prevailed 3-1 over France in 2002 and Sweden 4-3 against Portugal in 2015 following the competition's only two goalless finals.

    • Only the 1994 final has been decided in extra time, substitute Pierluigi Orlandini winning it for Italy against Portugal with the only goal in the 97th minute.

    • Ten players have won the European U21 title twice: Danny Thomas (England 1982, 1984), Dario Marcolin and Roberto Muzzi (Italy 1992, 1994), Fabio Cannavaro and Christian Panucci (Italy 1994, 1996), Kenneth Vermeer, Arnold Kruiswijk, Daniël de Ridder, Ron Vlaar and Haris Medunjanin (Netherlands 2006, 2007) and David de Gea, Thiago Alcántara, Martín Montoya, Iker Muniain and Diego Mariño (Spain 2011, 2013).

    • The fulcrum of Italy's 2006 FIFA World Cup-winning squad had also been involved in U21 final victories: Cannavaro (1994 and 1996), Filippo Inzaghi (1994), Francesco Totti and Alessandro Nesta (1996), Andrea Pirlo and Gennaro Gattuso (2000) and Marco Amelia, Daniele De Rossi, Alberto Gilardino and Andrea Barzagli (2004).

    • Germany's victorious 2014 World Cup squad included six members of the squad that lifted the 2009 U21 title in Sweden: Manuel Neuer, Benedikt Höwedes, Mats Hummels, Jérôme Boateng, Sami Khedira and Mesut Özil.

    • Laurent Blanc was the first player to achieve the treble of a U21 title (1988), a FIFA World Cup winners' medal (1998) and a UEFA European Championship victory (2000). Spain duo Juan Mata and Javi Martínez were the next players to do so after glory at the 2010 World Cup, U21s in Denmark in 2011 and UEFA EURO 2012.

    Leading scorers

    All time (including qualifying)
    Lampros Choutos (Greece) 15
    Tomáš Pekhart (Czech Republic) 15
    Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (Netherlands) 14
    Roy Makaay (Netherlands) 14

    All time (final tournaments)
    Marcus Berg (Sweden) 7
    Vahid Halilhodžić (Yugoslavia) 6
    Pierre Littbarski (West Germany) 6
    Adrian López (Spain) 5
    Saúl Ñíguez (Spain) 5

    Finals top scorers
    2017: Saúl Ñíguez (Spain) 5
    2015: Jan Kliment (Czech Republic) 3
    2013: Álvaro Morata (Spain) 4
    2011: Adrián (Spain) 5
    2009: Marcus Berg (Sweden) 7
    2007: Maceo Rigters (Netherlands) 4
    2006: Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (Netherlands) 4
    2004: Alberto Gilardino (Italy), Johan Elmander (Sweden) 4
    2002: Massimo Maccarone (Italy) 3
    2000: David Jarolím (Czech Republic), Igor Tudor (Croatia), Lukáš Došek (Czech Republic) 2
    1998: Steffen Iversen (Norway), Nikos Liberopoulos (Greece) 3
    1996: Raúl González (Spain) 3
    1994: João Vieira Pinto (Portugal) 3
    1992: Renato Buso (Italy) 3
    1990: Davor Šuker (Yugoslavia), Andrei Sidelnikov (USSR) 3
    1988: Aris Karasavvidis (Greece) 5
    1986: Gianluca Vialli (Italy) 4
    1984: Mark Hateley (England) 6
    1982: Pierre Littbarski (West Germany) 6
    1980: Ramaz Shengelia (USSR) 3
    1978: Vahid Halilhodžić (Yugoslavia) 6

    Leading scorers per U21 campaign (qualifying to final)
    2017: Patrik Schick (Czech Republic) 11
    2015: Saido Berahino (England) 10
    2013: Rodrigo (Spain) 12
    2011: Tomáš Pekhart (Czech Republic) 10
    2009: Robert Acquafresca (Italy) 8
    2007: Nikita Bazhenov (Russia), Igor Denisov (Russia), Dragan Mrdja (Serbia), Maceo Rigters (Netherlands), Theo Walcott (England) 4
    2006: Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (Netherlands) 14
    2004: Alberto Gilardino (Italy) 11
    2002: Ricardo Cabanas (Switzerland) 9
    2000: Lampros Choutos (Greece) 15
    1998: Steffen Iversen (Norway) 9
    1996: Roy Makaay (Netherlands), Ole Gunnar Solskjær (Norway) 10
    1994: Toni (Portugal) 8
    1992: Peter Møller (Denmark) 9
    1990: Igor Kolyvanov (USSR) 9
    1988: Aristidis Karasavidis (Greece) 5
    1986: Gianluca Vialli (Italy) 4
    1984: Mark Hateley (England) 6
    1982: Pierre Littbarski (West Germany) 6
    1980: Ramaz Shengelia (USSR) 3
    1978: Vahid Halilhodžić (Yugoslavia) 6

    Biggest win:
    All-time
    14-0: Spain v San Marino, 08/02/05
    2006 qualifying group stage, Santo Domingo, El Ejido

    Final tournament
    6-0: England v Turkey, 29/05/00
    Group stage, Tehelné Pole Stadium, Bratislava

    Final
    4-0: Germany v England, 29/06/09
    Malmö New Stadium, Malmo, Sweden

    Most goals in a game:
    14: Spain 14-0 San Marino, 08/02/05
    2006 qualifying group stage, Santo Domingo, El Ejido

    Final tournament
    7: Czech Republic 4-3 Croatia, 01/06/00
    Group stage, Mestský Stadium, Trencin, Slovakia

    Final
    8: Yugoslavia 4-4 East Germany, 31/05/78
    (second leg, Yugoslavia won 5-4 on agg), Mostar, Yugoslavia

    Record attendance:
    42,000: Turkey 1-1 Germany, 18/11/03
    2004 qualifying play-off, Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadium, Istanbul

    Final tournament
    35,500: Italy 1-1 Spain (Italy won 4-2 on pens) 31/05/96
    Final, Olímpico de Montjuïc, Barcelona

    https://www.uefa.com/under21/news/newsid=1640650.html#competition+facts

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    Match-by-match lineups Only this chapter

    France

    • Under-21 - Qualifying round
      (05/09/2017)
      France 4-1 Kazakhstan
      0-1 Zhalmukan 54, 1-1 Terrier 71, 2-1 Bamba 74, 3-1 Terrier 83, 4-1 Terrier 87
      Kamara, Diallo, Diakhaby, Coco (80 Ndombele), Tousart, Harit (57 Mousset), Bamba, Diakhaby (57 Terrier), Lucas, Pavard, Ntcham
    • (05/10/2017)
      France 2-1 Montenegro
      0-1 Skenderović 45+1, 1-1 Terrier 66, 2-1 Mousset 75
      Kamara, Diallo, Diakhaby, Tousart, Dembélé (83 Lopez), Bamba, Ndombele, Grandsir (66 Terrier), Boscagli, Pavard, Ntcham (65 Mousset)
    • (09/10/2017)
      Luxembourg 2-3 France
      1-0 E. Muratovic 9, 2-0 E. Muratovic 27 (P) , 2-1 Terrier 48, 2-2 Mousset 75, 2-3 Terrier 87
      Kamara, Diop, Diallo, Tousart, Dembélé (65 Grandsir), Bamba, Ndombele (84 Lopez), Boscagli, Terrier, Pavard, Ntcham (46 Mousset)
    • (09/11/2017)
      France 3-0 Bulgaria
      1-0 Terrier 58, 2-0 Ntcham 81, 3-0 Mousset 90
      Bernardoni, Amian, Diallo, Diakhaby, Ndombele, Tousart, Dembélé (63 Mousset), Lopez, Bamba (64 Aouar), Lucas, Terrier (75 Ntcham)
    • (13/11/2017)
      Slovenia 1-3 France
      1-0 Tučić 21, 1-1 Dembélé 34 (P) , 1-2 Dembélé 41, 1-3 Dembélé 45+1
      Bernardoni, Amian, Diallo, Diakhaby, Ndombele (65 Ntcham), Tousart, Dembélé (74 Mousset), Lopez (80 Aouar), Bamba, Lucas, Terrier
    • (23/03/2018)
      Kazakhstan 0-3 France
      0-1 Dembélé 52, 0-2 Augustin 56, 0-3 Bamba 59
      Bernardoni, Boscagli, Diallo (46 Upamecano), Diakhaby, Ndombele (74 Nkunku), Tousart (68 Ntcham), Dembélé, Lopez, Bamba, Rosier, Augustin
    • (27/03/2018)
      Montenegro 0-2 France
      0-1 Amian 60, 0-2 Augustin 87 (P)
      Bernardoni, Amian, Nkunku (77 Del Castillo), Tousart, Dembélé (77 Ndombele), Bamba, Niakhaté, Upamecano, Rosier, Augustin, Ntcham
    • (07/09/2018)
      Bulgaria 0-1 France
      0-1 Dembélé 57
      Bernardoni, Boscagli, Diallo, Nkunku (71 Aouar), Tousart, Dembélé (66 Terrier), Ndombele (76 Ntcham), Bamba, Upamecano, Rosier, Del Castillo
    • (11/09/2018)
      France 2-0 Luxembourg
      1-0 Aouar 60, 2-0 Bamba 88
      Bernardoni, Amian, Diallo (64 Ndombele), Gnagnon, Dembélé (64 Bamba), Coco, Aouar, Gelin, Niakhaté, Terrier, Ntcham (79 Nkunku)
    • (16/10/2018)
      France 1-1 Slovenia
      1-0 Aouar 54, 1-1 Ožbolt 70
      Bernardoni, Diallo, Tousart, Aouar, Dembélé (58 Mateta), Coco (58 Saint-Maximin), Niakhaté, Upamecano, Rosier, Reine-Adélaïde (73 Lopez), Del Castillo
    • Group stage – final tournament
      Group C - Group Standings
      TeamPldWDLGFGAPts
      Romania1100413
      France1100213
      England1001120
      Croatia1001140
      Matchday 1 (18/06/2019)
      England 1-2 France
      1-0 Foden 54, 1-1 Ikoné 89, 1-2 Wan-Bissaka 90+4 (og)
      Bernardoni, Ballo-Touré, Konaté, Upamecano, Tousart (72 Mateta), Aouar (82 Thuram), Dembélé, Ikoné, Dagba, Bamba (66 Ntcham), Reine-Adélaïde
    • Matchday 2 (21/06/2019)
      France-Croatia
    • Matchday 3 (24/06/2019)
      France-Romania

    Croatia

    • Under-21 - Qualifying round
      (31/08/2017)
      Moldova 0-3 Croatia
      0-1 Ćorić 4, 0-2 Brekalo 43, 0-3 Brekalo 61
      Posavec, Karačić, Sosa, Moro (71 Balić), Ćaleta-Car, Šunjić, Brekalo, Ćorić (58 Majer), Jakoliš, Halilović (89 Bašić), Pongračić
    • (05/10/2017)
      Croatia 2-1 Belarus
      0-1 Bakhar 48, 1-1 Šimić 90+3, 2-1 Benković 90+6
      Posavec, Karačić, Sosa, Šunjić, Benković, Moro, Brekalo, Jakoliš, Vlašić (77 Balić), Šimić, Ivanušec (57 Turčin)
    • (09/10/2017)
      Croatia 5-1 Czech Republic
      1-0 Karačić 9, 2-0 Vlašić 36, 3-0 Brekalo 47, 4-0 Moro 63, 4-1 Mihálik 70, 5-1 Vlašić 80
      Posavec, Karačić, Sosa, Šunjić, Benković, Moro, Brekalo (92 Mamić), Jakoliš (89 Ćorić), Vlašić, Šimić, Balić (84 Ivanušec)
    • (08/11/2017)
      Croatia 5-0 San Marino
      1-0 Jakoliš 45, 2-0 Bočkaj 60, 3-0 Jakoliš 69, 4-0 Jakoliš 80, 5-0 Brekalo 90+3
      Posavec, Karačić, Sosa, Šunjić (78 Bašić), Ćaleta-Car, Brekalo, Ćorić (83 Ivanušec), Jakoliš, Bočkaj (73 Majer), Šimić, Balić
    • (13/11/2017)
      Greece 1-1 Croatia
      1-0 Manthatis 65, 1-1 Brekalo 74
      Posavec, Karačić, Sosa, Šunjić, Ćaleta-Car, Brekalo, Jakoliš (97 Bašić), Moro, Bočkaj (46 Majer), Šimić, Balić (70 Ivanušec)
    • (23/03/2018)
      Czech Republic 2-1 Croatia
      1-0 Lischka 13, 1-1 Ćaleta-Car 62, 2-1 Hašek 71
      Posavec, Karačić, Sosa, Balić, Ćaleta-Car, Moro, Brekalo, Vlašić (83 Fiolić), Halilović, Ćorić (62 Majer), Šimić
    • (27/03/2018)
      Croatia 4-0 Moldova
      1-0 Vlašić 35, 2-0 Jakoliš 47, 3-0 Vlašić 50, 4-0 Karačić 74
      Posavec, Karačić, Sosa, Balić, Ćaleta-Car, Moro (13 Fiolić), Brekalo, Vlašić, Jakoliš (65 Roguljić), Halilović (76 Ćorić), Šimić
    • (10/09/2018)
      Belarus 0-4 Croatia
      0-1 Jakoliš 16, 0-2 Šunjić 44, 0-3 Halilović 46, 0-4 Brekalo 65
      Posavec, Uremović, Sosa, Šunjić, Ćaleta-Car, Benković, Brekalo (89 Fiolić), Vlašić, Jakoliš (83 Babić), Halilović, Mudražija (70 Knežević)
    • (12/10/2018)
      Croatia 2-0 Greece
      1-0 Pasalidis 41 (og) , 2-0 Brekalo 90+4
      Posavec, Uremović, Sosa, Šunjić, Ćaleta-Car, Benković, Brekalo (95 Babić), Vlašić, Jakoliš, Halilović (78 Fiolić), Ivanušec
    • (15/10/2018)
      San Marino 0-4 Croatia
      0-1 Halilović 48, 0-2 Vlašić 53, 0-3 Uremović 61, 0-4 Bosančić 68
      Posavec, Uremović, Mamić, Šunjić, Bosančić, Brekalo, Vlašić (64 Fiolić), Jakoliš (87 Babić), Halilović, Ivanušec, Oluić (77 Bašić)
    • Group stage – final tournament
      Group C - Group Standings
      TeamPldWDLGFGAPts
      Romania1100413
      France1100213
      England1001120
      Croatia1001140
      Matchday 1 (18/06/2019)
      Romania 4-1 Croatia
      1-0 Puşcaş 11 (P) , 2-0 Hagi 14, 2-1 Vlašić 18, 3-1 Băluţă 66, 4-1 Petre 90+3
      Posavec, Uremović, Sosa, Šunjić, Katić, Benković, Brekalo (14 Bradarić), Vlašić, Jakoliš, Halilović (77 Murić), Moro (68 Ivanušec)
    • Matchday 2 (21/06/2019)
      France-Croatia
    • Matchday 3 (24/06/2019)
      Croatia-England

    Last updated 19/06/2019 10:20CET

    Team facts Only this chapter

    France

    Tournament record
    2017: did not qualify
    2015:
    play-offs
    2013: play-offs
    2011: did not qualify
    2009: play-offs
    2007: play-offs
    2006: semi-finals
    2004: play-offs
    2002: runners-up
    2000: play-offs
    1998: did not qualify
    1996: third place
    1994: fourth place
    1992: did not qualify
    1990: did not qualify
    1988: winners
    1986: quarter-finals
    1984: quarter-finals
    1982: quarter-finals
    1980: did not qualify
    1978: did not qualify

    Biggest wins

    Final tournament
    3-0: France v Germany, 25/05/06
    Group stage, Estádio D. Afonso Henriques, Guimaraes

    Qualifying
    7-0: France v Yugoslavia, 16/11/85
    Qualifying group stage, Stade Auguste-Delaune, Reims

    Heaviest defeats

    Final tournament
    2-3: France v Netherlands, 01/06/06
    Semi-final, Estádio Municipal de Braga, Braga

    Qualifying
    6-1: England v France, 28/02/84
    Quarter-final first leg, Hillsborough, Sheffield

    https://www.uefa.com/under21/news/newsid=2610449.html#team+facts+france

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    Croatia

    Tournament record
    2017: did not qualify
    2015:
    play-offs
    2013: did not qualify
    2011: play-offs
    2009: did not qualify
    2007: did not qualify
    2006: play-offs
    2004: group stage
    2002: play-offs
    2000: group stage
    1998: did not qualify
    1996: did not qualify

    Biggest wins

    Final tournament
    N/A

    Qualifying
    6-1: Croatia v Bosnia & Herzegovina, 05/09/97
    Qualifying group stage, Stadion Gradski vrt, Osijek
    5-0 twice, most recently v San Marino, 08/11/17
    Qualifying group stage, Gradski stadium, Velika Gorica

    Heaviest defeats

    Final tournament
    4-1: Romania v Croatia, 18/06/19
    Group stage, San Marino Stadium, Serravalle

    Qualifying
    6-0: Spain v Croatia, 10/11/12
    Qualifying group stage, Estadio José Rico Pérez, Alicante

    https://www.uefa.com/under21/news/newsid=2610446.html#team+facts+croatia

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    Legend

    :: Squad list
    No: number  DoB: date of birth  Qual: qualifying  FT: final tournament  Pld: played  Gls: goals  Overall U21: all-time qualifying and final tournament data

    :: Match officials
    Nat: nationality  DoB: date of birth

    Under-21: Total matches officiated in the UEFA European U21 Championship including all qualifying round matches. Matches as the fourth official are not included in these statistics. These are the official statistics considered valid for communicating official records in the competition.

    UEFA: Total matches officiated in all UEFA competitions including all qualifying round matches. Matches where the official has acted as the fourth official are not included in these statistics. These are the official statistics considered valid for communicating official records in the competition.

    :: Group statistics/Tournament schedule
    Pos: position  Pld: played  W: won  D: drawn  L: lost  GF: goals for  GA: goals against  Pts: points

    :: NOTE: All-time statistics
    Goals totals include the outcome of disciplinary decisions (eg. match forfeits when a 3-0 result is determined). Goals totals do not include goals scored from the penalty mark during a penalty shoot-out.

    Competitions

    Club competitions
    • UCL: UEFA Champions League
    • ECCC: European Champion Clubs' Cup
    • UEL: UEFA Europa League
    • UCUP: UEFA Cup
    • UCWC: UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
    • SCUP: UEFA Super Cup
    • UIC: UEFA Intertoto Cup
    • ICF: Inter-Cities Fairs Cup
    National team competitions
    • EURO: UEFA European Football Championship
    • WC: FIFA World Cup
    • CONFCUP: FIFA Confederations Cup
    • FRIE: Friendly internationals
    • U21FRIE: Under-21 friendly internationals
    • U21: UEFA European Under-21 Championship
    • U17: UEFA Under-17 Championship
    • U16: UEFA European Under-16 Championship
    • U19: UEFA Under-19 Championship
    • U18: UEFA European Under-18 Championship
    • WWC: FIFA Women's World Cup
    • WEURO: UEFA European Women's Championship

    Competition stages

    • F: Final
    • GS: Group stage
    • GS1: First group stage
    • GS2: Second group stage
    • 3QR: Third qualifying round
    • R1: First round
    • R2: Second round
    • R3: Third round
    • R4: Fourth round
    • PR: Preliminary round
    • SF: Semi-finals
    • QF: Quarter-finals
    • R16: round of 16
    • QR: Qualifying round
    • R32: Round of 32
    • 1QR: First qualifying round
    • 1st: first leg
    • 2QR: Second qualifying round
    • 2nd: second leg
    • FT: Final tournament
    • PO: Play-off
    • ELITE: Elite round
    • Rep: Replay
    • 3rdPO: Third-place play-off
    • PO - FT: Play-off for Final Tournament
    • GS-FT: Group stage – final tournament

    Other abbreviations

    • (aet): After extra time
    • pens: Penalties
    • No.: Number
    • og: Own goal
    • ag: Match decided on away goals
    • P: Penalty
    • agg: Aggregate
    • Pld: Matches played
    • AP: Appearances
    • Pos.: Position
    • Comp.: Competition
    • Pts: Points
    • D: Drawn
    • R: Sent off (straight red card)
    • DoB: Date of birth
    • Res.: Result
    • ET: Extra Time
    • sg: Match decided by silver goal
    • GA: Goals against
    • t: Match decided by toss of a coin
    • GF: Goals for
    • W: Won
    • gg: Match decided by golden goal
    • Y: Booked
    • L: Lost
    • Y/R: Sent off (two yellow cards)
    • Nat.: Nationality
    • N/A: Not applicable
    • f: Match forfeited

    Statistics

    • -: Denotes player substituted
    • +: Denotes player introduced
    • *: Denotes player sent off
    • +/-: Denotes player introduced and substituted

    Squad list

    • D: Disciplinary
    • *: Misses next match if booked
    • S: Suspended
    • Overall: Total appearances in the UEFA European Under-21 Championship final tournament only
    • Disclaimer: Although UEFA has taken all reasonable care that the information contained within this document is accurate at the time of publication, no representation or guarantee (including liability towards third parties), expressed or implied, is made as to its accuracy, reliability or completeness. Therefore, UEFA assumes no liability for the use or interpretation of information contained herein. More information can be found in the competition regulations available on UEFA.com.