Turkey come up trumps

The Republic of Ireland were selected to host the 1994 U16 event, but is was the previous year's home side Turkey that took their first European honour.

Fatih Tekke, one of Turkey's stars in 1994, won the UEFA Cup with Zenit in 2008
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The Republic of Ireland were selected to host the 1994 Under-16 event, but is was the previous year's home side, Turkey, that took their first European honour.

For the second year running the holders fell in qualification, Poland finishing bottom of a group with Denmark and Northern Ireland, and 1993 runners-up Italy lost out to England. Three-time champions Spain were in Group A, but were surprised 1-0 by debutants Belarus. Austria beat Albania, also in a first finals, by a similar scoreline, and both Matchday 2 games - Spain against Austria and Belarus versus Albania - ended 1-1. Spain defeated Albania 4-0, but a 1-1 draw between Belarus and Austria took both through, a 4-3 penalty shoot-out win giving Belarus first place.

Group B featured the post-Czechoslovakian Representation of Czechs and Slovaks (RCS), and they defeated the hosts 1-0 in their opener as England also beat Portugal. The Irish held England 1-1 two days later, while the RCS fell 2-0 to Portugal. England were top, and beat the RCS 2-1 to make sure, Portugal ousting the hosts 3-0.

It was tight in Group C. Switzerland fell 4-3 to Denmark and 5-1 to both Germany and Russia, and the three victors beat each other. Russia won 2-0 against Germany, Denmark defeated Russia 3-2 and Germany overcame Denmark 4-3 - but it was not enough as Russia then Denmark won the three-way head-to-head. Less close was Group D, as both Turkey and Ukraine beat Belgium and Iceland. Belgium defeated Iceland 2-1 on Matchday 2, while the other two drew 1-1. Turkey then defeated Belgium 4-0 to finish top on goal difference.

Belarus's run ended in the last eight, 3-1 to Denmark, while Ukraine beat England 7-6 on penalties after a 2-2 draw. Spot-kicks also took Turkey through 5-3 against Portugal following a scoreless game, but Austria - after being reduced to ten men - beat Russia 2-0. Ukraine's penalty luck ran out against Denmark, the game ending 2-2 and the shoot-out 5-3 to the Scandinavians. Akin Saglam scored the only goal for Turkey against Austria in the other semi-final. Ukraine beat Austria 2-0 for third place, and then Turkey made it four clean sheets in a row, winning the trophy with Serdar Meric's second-half goal against Denmark.