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Matchday 4 - Semi-finals
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    Previous meetings Only this chapter

    Head to Head

    UEFA European Under-21 Championship
    DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
    05/09/2001QR (GS)France - Spain3-0
    BrestCissé 19, Sorlin 67, Vahirua 83
    25/03/2001QR (GS)Spain - France1-1VillarrealXavi Hernández 38 (P); Govou 80
    UEFA European Under-21 Championship
    DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
    20/04/19943rdPOFrance - Spain1-2
    NimesNouma 45; Óscar García 53 (P), 74
    UEFA European Under-21 Championship
    DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
    11/10/1991QR (GS)Spain - France0-0Cordoba
    19/02/1991QR (GS)France - Spain0-1
    ToursManjarín 59
    UEFA European Under-21 Championship
    DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
    26/03/1986QFSpain - France3-1
    agg: 6-2
    MurciaBegiristain 21, Bustingorri 55, Eloy Olaya 70; Ribar 73
    19/03/1986QFFrance - Spain1-3
    AuxerreFerrer 75; Begiristain 14, Andrinúa 55, Eusebio 62
     QualifyingFinal tournamentTotal
    HomeAway  
    PldWDLPldWDLPldWDLPldWDLGFGA
    Total
    Spain2020210133007421107
    France2101202030037124710

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    Match background Only this chapter

    While Spain have been regular participants in the UEFA European Under-21 Championship semi-finals in recent years, France are in the last four for the first time since 2006.

    • Four-time champions Spain recovered from an opening 3-1 defeat by Italy to finish top of Group A on three-way head-to-head records thanks to wins against Belgium (2-1) and Poland (5-0). France won their opening two matches, defeating England 2-1 and Croatia 1-0, but had to settle for second place in Group C, and a place in the semi-finals as the best runners-up overall, after a goalless draw against section winners Romania on matchday three.

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    Mikel Oyarzabal celebrates after scoring for Spain against France in November

    Previous meetings
    • This is the sides' eighth European U21 Championship meeting – and a first in almost 18 years – with Spain having won four of the previous seven to France's single victory. That sole French success did come in the most recent fixture, however, a 3-0 triumph in Brest in September 2001 with Djibril Cissé opening the scoring.

    • The game in Spain, in March 2001, had ended 1-1. France went on to reach the 2002 final tournament, eventually finishing runners-up to the Czech Republic; Spain failed to qualify.

    • Spain had come out on top in the 1994 third-place play-off between the sides, Óscar García scoring both goals in a 2-1 win after Pascal Nouma had put France in front.

    • That result continued Spain's fine form in matches against France. They had recorded a win (1-0 away) and a draw (0-0 home) in qualifying for the 1992 finals and won 3-1 both away and home in the 1986 quarter-finals as they went on to lift the trophy for the first time, Txiki Begiristain scoring in both legs.

    • Recent friendlies between the sides have proved more even, Spain winning 2-0 in Benidorm in February 2008 before a 3-2 France success in Reims in March 2011. A friendly in Caen last autumn ended in a 1-1 draw, Mikel Oyarzabal's penalty giving the visitors a tenth-minute lead after Moussa Niakhate had fouled Alfonso Pedraza. Jean-Philippe Mateta was set up by Dayot Upamecano for a 79th-minute equaliser.

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    Jean-Philippe Mateta after earning France a friendly draw against Spain in November

    • The teams at the Stade Michel-D'Ornano on 19 November 2018 were:
    France: Bernardoni, Ballo-Touré, Niakhate, Upamecano, Mukiele (Amian 78), Tousart, Sissoko (Guendouzi 63), Reine-Adélaïde (Ikoné 72), Terrier (Mateta 63), Saint-Maximin (Coco 79), Bamba.
    Spain: Unai Simón, Jorge Meré, Angeliño (Rafa Mir 76), Unai Núñez, Palencia, Jorge Sáenz, Fabián Ruiz (J Pozo 90), Oyarzabal (Cheikh Diop 77), Pedraza (Olmo 62), Soler (Fernández 90), Mayoral (Aarón Martín 78).

    • Malang Sarr was in the France side that beat Spain 4-2 in the European U19 Championship elite round on 27 March 2018.

    • Lucas Tousart, Moussa Dembélé and Marcus Thuram were all second-half substitutes in the France side that lost 2-0 to Spain in the 2015 U19 EURO semi-final. Antonio Sivera, Aarón Martín, Jorge Meré, Jesús Vallejo, Mikel Merino, Dani Ceballos, Borja Mayoral and Pedraza were in the Spain line-up.

    • Jonathan Ikoné set up France's equaliser in a 1-1 U17 elite round draw against Spain in March 2015; Upamecano also featured for France with Dani Olmo in the Spanish side. Jeff Reine-Adélaïde was an unused France replacement.

    • Olivier Ntcham and Dembélé were second-half substitutes as France beat Spain 3-2 in a U17 elite round game in March 2013.

    Highlights: Spain 5-0 Poland

    Form guide
    Spain
    • Spain are in the semi-finals for the ninth time – and the fourth in the last five editions of the competition. Their record is W7 L1, with victories in the last five:
    1984 Yugoslavia W 3-0 aggregate (1-0 away, 2-0 home)
    1986 Hungary W 5-4 aggregate (1-3 away, 4-1 aet home)
    1994 Portugal L 0-2
    1996 Scotland W 2-1
    1998 Norway W 1-0 (aet)
    2011 Belarus W 3-1 (aet)
    2013 Norway W 3-0
    2017 Italy W 3-1

    • This is Spain's seventh appearance in the U21 final tournament since 1998, and a fifth in the competition's last six editions. They have only failed to get past the group stage once in those seven participations, in 2009, and have reached the final in each of their last three, lifting the trophy in 2011 and 2013.

    • Spain were also champions in 1986, and runners-up in 1984 and 1996.

    • This time Spain qualified by finishing top of Group 2, winning nine of their ten qualifying fixtures with 31 goals scored and ten conceded.

    Ceballos delight after Spain reach last four

    • Defeat by Germany in the 2017 final ended Spain's ten-match unbeaten run in competitive U21 matches (W7 D3); the opening loss to Italy at these finals was only their third in their last 24 European U21 Championship games (W18 D3), the other in qualification at home to Northern Ireland on 11 September 2018 (1-2).

    • Spain have won 16 of their last 19 matches at the final tournament (D1 L2); the matchday one defeat by Italy was their first in the group stage since a 2-0 reverse to England on 18 June 2009.

    • The 5-0 defeat of Poland on matchday three equalled Spain's biggest win in the U21 final tournament, and was the fourth time in their last ten matches, qualifying included, they had scored five or more goals.

    • Coach Luis de la Fuente, who succeeded Albert Celades in July 2018, led Spain to the 2015 UEFA European Under-19 Championship title in Greece with a squad including Sivera, Simón, Meré, Merino, Pedraza, Ceballos and Mayoral.

    Highlights: France 0-0 Romania

    France
    • This is France's sixth U21 semi-final, with their record W2 L3:
    1988 England W 6-4 aggregate (4-2 home, 2-2 away)
    1994 Italy L 0-0 (3-5 pens)
    1996 Italy L 0-1
    2002 Switzerland W 2-0
    2006 Netherlands L 2-3 (aet)

    • That 2006 defeat by eventual champions the Netherlands was France's most recent appearance in the final tournament before 2019. 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.

    France left with 'great feeling' at securing last-four spot

    • This time round, Sylvain 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 22 European U21 Championship matches (W17 D4).

    • The matchday three draw against Romania was the first group game in the U21 finals France had failed to win; they recorded three victories in both 2002 and 2006 before their two successes at this tournament.

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

    • Paul 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.

    Under-21 rewind: Thiago stuns Switzerland in 2011 final

    Links and trivia
    • By reaching the semi-finals, France have qualified for the 2020 Olympic Games – their 13th appearance in the tournament, and the first since 1996. They were gold medalists in 1984.

    • Spain will be appearing in their 11th Olympics next summer; they won the gold medal at the Barcelona Games in 1992.

    • Aarón Martín has been a Mainz team-mate of Mateta and Niakhate since August 2018.

    https://www.uefa.com/under21/season=2019/matches/round=2000800/match=2027439/prematch/background/index.html#spain+france+facts

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    Squad list Only this chapter

    Spain - Squad list
    Current seasonOverall
    Qual.FTTeam
    No.PlayerDoBAgeClubDPldGlsPldGlsPldGls
    Goalkeepers
    1Antonio Sivera11/08/199622Alavés - 30205-
    13Unai Simón11/06/199722Athletic - 60107-
    23Daniel Martín08/07/199820Sporting Gijón - 0000--
    Defenders
    2Jesús Vallejo05/01/199722Real Madrid - 502017-
    3Aarón Martín22/04/199722Mainz - 60208-
    4Jorge Meré17/04/199722Köln - 8030241
    5Unai Nuñez30/01/199722Athletic - 70108-
    15Martín Aguirregabiria10/05/199623Alavés - 00303-
    16Pol Lirola13/08/199721Sassuolo - 10001-
    20Junior Firpo10/05/199623Betis - 10102-
    Midfielders
    6Fabián Ruiz03/04/199623Napoli - 8321104
    7Carlos Soler02/01/199722Valencia - 10220132
    8Mikel Merino22/06/199623Real Sociedad - 5130141
    10Dani Ceballos07/08/199622Real Madrid - 6432218
    11Mikel Oyarzabal21/04/199722Real Sociedad - 10531166
    12Manu Vallejo14/02/199722Cádiz - 00101-
    14Igor Zubeldia30/03/199722Real Sociedad - 20103-
    17Alfonso Pedraza09/04/199623Villarreal - 60108-
    21Marc Roca26/11/199622Espanyol - 20103-
    22Pablo Fornals22/02/199623West Ham - 8032112
    Forwards
    9Borja Mayoral05/04/199722Levante - 108312210
    18Rafa Mir18/06/199722Las Palmas - 452065
    19Dani Olmo07/05/199821Dinamo Zagreb - 202141
    Coach
    -Luis de la Fuente21/06/196158 - 40307-
    France - Squad list
    Current seasonOverall
    Qual.FTTeam
    No.PlayerDoBAgeClubDPldGlsPldGlsPldGls
    Goalkeepers
    1Gautier Larsonneur23/02/199722Brest - 0000--
    16Maxence Prévot09/04/199722Sochaux - 0000--
    23Paul Bernardoni18/04/199722Nîmes - 703010-
    Defenders
    2Kelvin Amian08/02/199821Toulouse - 411051
    4Ibrahima Konaté25/05/199920Leipzig - 00303-
    5Dayot Upamecano27/10/199820Leipzig - 40307-
    13Colin Dagba09/09/199820Paris - 00202-
    15Malang Sarr23/01/199920Nice - 00202-
    17Moussa Niakhaté08/03/199623Mainz - 30003-
    19Anthony Caci01/07/199721Strasbourg - 0000--
    Midfielders
    3Fodé Ballo-Touré03/01/199722Monaco - 00101-
    6Lucas Tousart29/04/199722Lyon - 903012-
    7Romain Del Castillo29/03/199623Rennes - 30205-
    8Houssem Aouar30/06/199820Lyon - 522072
    10Mattéo Guendouzi14/04/199920Arsenal - 00202-
    12Jonathan Ikoné02/05/199821LOSC - 003131
    18Ibrahima Sissoko27/10/199721Strasbourg - 0000--
    21Olivier Ntcham09/02/199623Celtic - 9130121
    22Jeff Reine-Adélaïde17/01/199821Angers - 10304-
    Forwards
    9Moussa Dembélé12/07/199622Lyon - 9521127
    11Jean-Philippe Mateta28/06/199721Mainz - 10203-
    14Jonathan Bamba26/03/199623LOSC - 9310103
    20Marcus Thuram06/08/199721Guingamp - 00303-
    Coach
    -Sylvain Ripoll15/08/197147 - 1003013-

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    Head coach Only this chapter

    Luis de la Fuente

    Date of birth: 21 June 1961
    Nationality: Spanish
    Playing career: Athletic Club (twice), Sevilla, Alavés
    Coaching career: Portugalete, Aurrerá, Athletic Club B (twice), Alavés, Spain U19, Spain U21

    • Full-back De la Fuente came through the famous Ledesma youth set-up in Bilbao, graduating to the Athletic first team in 1981. Went on to win two league titles, including the club's most recent in 1984, and was also part of the side that won the Copa del Rey the same year to complete a domestic double.

    • Departed for Sevilla in 1987, spending four years with the Andalusian outfit before rejoining Athletic. Finished his playing career at Alavés in 1994.

    • After spells at lower-level clubs Portugalete and Aurrerá, De la Fuente was given the chance to take charge of Athletic Club's reserve side on two separate occasions. He also had a brief spell at Alavés in 2011 before joining the Spain staff in 2013, initially as Under-19 coach.

    • He led a side including Jorge Meré, Dani Ceballos and Borja Mayoral to victory in the 2015 UEFA Under-19 European Championship in Greece, defeating Russia 2-0 in the final.

    • De la Fuente stepped up to become U21 coach in July 2018, midway through qualifying for the 2019 finals, when Albert Celades left the post to join Julen Lopetegui at Real Madrid.

    https://www.uefa.com/news/newsid=2609847.html#luis+fuente

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    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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    Match officials Only this chapter

    • RefereeGeorgi Kabakov (BUL)
    • Assistant refereesMartin Margaritov (BUL) , Divan Valkov (BUL)
    • Video Assistant RefereeJoão Pinheiro (POR)
    • Assistant Video Assistant RefereeLuis Godinho (POR)
    • Fourth officialAndreas Ekberg (SWE)
    • UEFA Referee observerLucilio Cardoso Cortez Batista (POR)

    Referee

    NameDate of birthUnder-21 matchesUEFA matches
    Georgi Kabakov22/02/1986646

    Georgi Kabakov

    Referee since: 2001
    First division: 2007
    FIFA badge: 2013

    Tournaments: 2015 UEFA European Under-19 Championship

    Finals
    N/A

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

    DateCompetitionStage reachedHomeAwayResultVenue
    24/06/2019U21GS-FTFranceRomania0-0Cesena

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

    DateCompetitionStage reachedHomeAwayResultVenue
    17/11/2014U19FRIER1SpainGreece3-2Katerini
    06/07/2015U19GS-FTAustriaFrance0-1Katerini
    10/07/2015U19GS-FTSpainRussia1-3Veria
    23/02/2016UYLR16FC BarcelonaFC Midtjylland3-1Barcelona
    06/12/2017UYLGSReal Madrid CFBorussia Dortmund2-1Madrid
    12/12/2018UCLGSValencia CFManchester United FC2-1Valencia
    24/06/2019U21GS-FTFranceRomania0-0Cesena

    Last updated 25/06/2019 11:39CET

    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

    Spain

    • Under-21 - Qualifying round
      (05/09/2017)
      Estonia 0-1 Spain
      0-1 Soler 65
      Sivera, Carmona, Aarón Martín, Unai Nuñez, Jorge Meré, Rodri, Soler, Merino, Mayoral (77 Guaol), Ceballos, Oyarzabal (37 Pedraza)
    • (10/10/2017)
      Slovakia 1-4 Spain
      0-1 Merino 26, 0-2 Oyarzabal 49, 0-3 Rodri 56, 1-3 Vavro 59, 1-4 Ceballos 69
      Unai Simón, Maffeo, Aarón Martín, Jorge Meré (43 Unai Nuñez), Vallejo, Rodri, Soler, Merino (89 Fabián Ruiz), Mayoral, Ceballos, Oyarzabal (76 Fornals)
    • (09/11/2017)
      Spain 1-0 Iceland
      1-0 Fabián Ruiz 36
      Unai Simón, Maffeo, Aarón Martín, Unai Nuñez, Vallejo, Rodri, Soler, Fabián Ruiz (77 Pedraza), Mayoral (82 Guaol), Ceballos, Oyarzabal (91 Fornals)
    • (14/11/2017)
      Spain 5-1 Slovakia
      0-1 Fabián Ruiz 23 (og) , 1-1 Ceballos 38, 2-1 Córdoba 53, 3-1 Ceballos 55, 4-1 Ceballos 61, 5-1 Mayoral 86
      Unai Simón, Maffeo, Aarón Martín (70 Lato), Jorge Meré, Vallejo, Rodri, Soler, Fabián Ruiz, Mayoral, Ceballos (83 Fornals), Oyarzabal (46 Córdoba)
    • (22/03/2018)
      Northern Ireland 3-5 Spain
      0-1 Oyarzabal 15, 1-1 Donnelly 30 (P) , 1-2 Oyarzabal 44, 2-2 Donnelly 45+2, 2-3 Mayoral 47, 3-3 Lavery 68, 3-4 Mayoral 75, 3-5 Mayoral 84
      Sivera, Unai Nuñez, Aarón Martín, Jorge Meré, Fabián Ruiz, Merino, Soler, Fornals (76 Traoré), Mayoral (87 Carlos Fernández), Ceballos, Oyarzabal (89 Lato)
    • (27/03/2018)
      Spain 3-1 Estonia
      1-0 Fabián Ruiz 8, 2-0 Mayoral 37, 3-0 Mayoral 51, 3-1 Sinyavskiy 59
      Soriano, Maffeo, Lato, Vallejo, Merino, García, Soler (87 Traoré), Fabián Ruiz, Mayoral, Ceballos, Oyarzabal (57 Córdoba)
    • (06/09/2018)
      Spain 3-0 Albania
      1-0 Oyarzabal 5, 2-0 Mayoral 56, 3-0 Rafa Mir 90+2
      Unai Simón, Maffeo, Junior Firpo, Jorge Meré, Unai Nuñez, Zubeldia, Soler (80 Méndez), Merino, Mayoral (75 Rafa Mir), Fornals, Oyarzabal (66 Pedraza)
    • (11/09/2018)
      Spain 1-2 Northern Ireland
      0-1 Lavery 4, 0-2 Donnelly 8 (P) , 1-2 Rafa Mir 90+2
      Sivera, Francis, Pedraza, Jorge Meré, Unai Nuñez, Marc Roca, Soler (77 Cheikh), Fabián Ruiz (50 Rafa Mir), Mayoral, Fornals (68 Méndez), Oyarzabal
    • (11/10/2018)
      Albania 0-1 Spain
      0-1 Rafa Mir 84
      Unai Simón, Lirola, Aarón Martín, Unai Nuñez, Jorge Meré, Zubeldia, Soler, Fabián Ruiz (60 Dani Olmo), Mayoral (66 Rafa Mir), Fornals (54 Pedraza), Oyarzabal
    • (16/10/2018)
      Iceland 2-7 Spain
      0-1 Oyarzabal 24 (P) , 0-2 Rafa Mir 25, 0-3 Rafa Mir 40, 1-3 Þorsteinsson 41, 1-4 Gunnarsson 45+2 (og) , 1-5 Soler 54, 2-5 Karlsson 58, 2-6 Mayoral 87, 2-7 Fabián Ruiz 90
      Unai Simón, Palencia, Angeliño, Vallejo, Jorge Meré, Marc Roca, Soler, Fabián Ruiz, Rafa Mir (67 Mayoral), Oyarzabal (73 Pedraza), Dani Olmo (58 Fornals)
    • Group stage – final tournament
      Group A - Group Standings
      TeamPldWDLGFGAPts
      Spain3201846
      Italy3201636
      Poland3201476
      Belgium3003480
      Matchday 1 (16/06/2019)
      Italy 3-1 Spain
      0-1 Ceballos 9, 1-1 Chiesa 36, 2-1 Chiesa 64, 3-1 Pellegrini 82 (P)
      Unai Simón, Vallejo, Aarón Martín, Jorge Meré, Fabián Ruiz (46 Merino), Soler, Mayoral, Ceballos, Oyarzabal (85 Rafa Mir), Zubeldia (67 Fornals), Martín Aguirregabiria
    • Matchday 2 (19/06/2019)
      Spain 2-1 Belgium
      1-0 Dani Olmo 7, 1-1 Bornauw 24, 2-1 Fornals 89
      Sivera, Vallejo, Jorge Meré, Soler (46 Fornals), Merino, Mayoral (69 Rafa Mir), Ceballos, Oyarzabal (69 Pedraza), Martín Aguirregabiria, Dani Olmo, Junior Firpo
    • Matchday 3 (22/06/2019)
      Spain 5-0 Poland
      1-0 Fornals 17, 2-0 Oyarzabal 35, 3-0 Fabián Ruiz 39, 4-0 Ceballos 71, 5-0 Mayoral 90
      Sivera, Aarón Martín, Jorge Meré, Unai Nuñez, Fabián Ruiz (75 Merino), Ceballos (87 Manu Vallejo), Oyarzabal (59 Mayoral), Martín Aguirregabiria, Dani Olmo, Marc Roca, Fornals
    • Semi-finals
      Matchday 4 (27/06/2019)
      Spain-France

    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
      Romania3210837
      France3210317
      England3012691
      Croatia3012481
      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 1-0 Croatia
      1-0 Dembélé 8
      Bernardoni, Konaté, Upamecano, Tousart, Dembélé, Ikoné, Dagba, Sarr, Thuram (65 Del Castillo), Ntcham (65 Aouar), Reine-Adélaïde (73 Guendouzi)
    • Matchday 3 (24/06/2019)
      France 0-0 Romania
      Bernardoni, Amian, Konaté, Upamecano, Tousart, Guendouzi, Mateta, Ikoné (84 Reine-Adélaïde), Sarr, Thuram (84 Del Castillo), Ntcham
    • Semi-finals
      Matchday 4 (27/06/2019)
      Spain-France

    Last updated 25/06/2019 11:39CET

    Team facts Only this chapter

    Spain

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

    Biggest wins

    Final tournament
    5-0 twice, most recently v Poland, 22/06/19
    Group stage, Renato Dall'Ara, Bologna

    Qualifying
    14-0: Spain v San Marino, 08/02/05
    Qualifying group stage, Santo Domingo, El Ejido

    Heaviest defeats

    Final tournament
    3-1: Italy v Spain, 16/06/19
    Group stage, Renato Dall'Ara, Bologna
    2-0
    twice, most recently v England, 18/06/09
    Group stage, Gamla Ullevi, Gothenburg

    Qualifying
    5-0: Netherlands v Spain, 16/02/83
    Qualifying group stage, Galgenwaard, Utrecht

    https://www.uefa.com/under21/news/newsid=1878572.html#team+facts+spain

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    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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    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.