U19 EURO final: Italy v Portugal - all you need to know

Italy meet Portugal in the final in Seinajoki on Sunday in the conclusion of a thrilling tournament in Finland.

Diogo Queirós, Hélio Sousa (Portugal) & Paolo Nicolato, Davide Bettella (Italy )
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Winners in 2003, Italy meet three-times U19 EURO runners-up Portugal in the final in Seinajoki on Sunday.

  • The final

Italy v Portugal: 18:30CET (Seinäjoki Stadium)

  • Where to watch: TV/streams/highlights

The final will be televised live by our broadcast partners or streamed on UEFA.com and UEFA.tv in other territories. Highlights will then be available in all territories from 24:00CET on the night of the match.

  • How they got there

Italy
Group stage: Finland W1-0, Portugal W3-2, Norway D1-1 (Group A winners)
Semi-finals: France W2-0

Portugal
Group Stage: Norway W3-1, Italy L2-3, Finland W3-0 (Group A runners-up)
Semi-finals: Ukraine W5-0

  • Ten final facts

1) Portugal are attempting to become the first nation to win the U19 EURO title two years after winning the U17 EURO crown, thus winning it with the same generation of players. Ten players in this U19 squad graduated from the 2016 U17s.

2) Seven Portugal players who were involved in last year's final defeat by England are back again this year – Diogo Costa, Diogo Queirós, João Filipe, Miguel Luís, Mesaque Dju, Florentino and Quina. Goalkeeper Diogo Costa misses out on this year's final, however, due to injury.

3) Italy are taking part in their fourth U19 final. Runners-up in 2008 and 2016, their only title came in 2003 when a side featuring Juventus' Giorgio Chiellini beat Portugal 2-0 in Liechtenstein.

4) This is also Portugal's fourth final and their third in five seasons. Despite being one of the most consistent U19 nations, reaching the last four in five out of the last six years, they have yet to win the trophy.

5) These two teams have already met at this tournament, Italy winning 3-2 in the group stage. It was a match where Portugal had to play most of the game with ten men following a ninth-minute red card for their captain Diogo Queirós.

6) Italy are the only unbeaten side left in the competition, winning three of their four matches so far in the finals. Norway were the only team to hold them to a draw. They were also unbeaten in six matches in the qualification stages.

7) Portugal are the tournament's top scorers with 13 goals, while no team has conceded fewer goals than Italy, whose defence has only been breached three times.

8) Portugal's Trincão Francisco is currently tied on top of the leading scorer chart with France's Amine Gouiri. Both have scored four goals.

9) Italy forward Moise Kean has a claim to fame – in 2016 he became the first player born this century to feature in a UEFA Champions League match when he was used as a substitute for Juventus.

10) Players who have won the U19 title in the past include Andrés Iniesta, Sergio Ramos, Joshua Kimmich and recent FIFA World Cup winners Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappé.

  • Finals programme

Read the digital programme for free.

Road to the final

Group stage

Monday 16 July
Group A
Norway 1-3 Portugal: Vaasa
Finland 0-1 Italy: Vaasa

Tuesday 17 July
Group B
Turkey 2-3 England: Seinajoki
France 1-2 Ukraine: Vaasa

Thursday 19 July
Group A
Finland 2-3 Norway: Seinajoki
Portugal 2-3 Italy: Vaasa

Friday 20 July
Group B
Ukraine 1-1 England: Seinajoki
Turkey 0-5 France: Vaasa

Sunday 22 July
Group A
Italy 1-1 Norway: Seinajoki
Portugal 3-0 Finland: Vaasa

Monday 23 July
Group B
Ukraine 1-0 Turkey: Seinajoki
England 0-5 France: Vaasa

Knockout phase

Thursday 26 July
FIFA U-20 World Cup play-off
Norway 3-0 England: Seinajoki

Semi-finals

Ukraine 0-5 Portugal: Vaasa
Italy 2-0 France: Vaasa

All four semi-finalists qualified for the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Poland from 25 May to 16 June next year along with Norway, the winners of the play-off between the two sides that finished third in their groups, as well as the hosts.

Sunday 29 July
Final

Italy v Portugal: 18:30, Seinajoki: TV

Highlights of the final will be available on UEFA.com & UEFA.tv on YouTube from 24:00CET after the match.

  • Venues

Seinäjoki Stadium - home of SJK Seinäjoki
5 group games, FIFA U-20 World Cup play-off, final

Vaasa Stadium - home of VPS Vaasa
7 group games, 2 semi-finals

All matches played on artificial turf.

  • Tickets

On sale now

Prices:
Advance sales
Category 1: adults €10, concessions €5
Category 2: adults €7, concessions €4
On the door
Category 1: adults €15, concessions €8
Category 2: adults €10, concessions €5

Concessions: Children (6–19 years), students, pensioners, unemployed, soldiers
Children under 6 admitted free
City and family packages available

  • Match officials

Referees
Andrew Dallas (SCO)
Bartosz Frankowski (POL)
Jonathan Lardot (BEL)
Juan Martinez (ESP)
Sandro Schärer (SUI)
Manuel Schüttengruber (AUT)

Assistant referees
Joakim Amri Nilsson (SWE)
Ian Bird (WAL)
Alexandru Cerei (ROU)
Aron Härsing (EST)
Damir Lazić (BIH)
Daniel Richardt Nørgaard (DEN)
Bryngeir Valdimarsson (ISL)
Bojan Zobenica (CRO)

Fourth officials
Ville Nevalainen (FIN)
Petri Viljanen (FIN)

  • Ambassadors

Tim Sparv: Finland midfielder, played at 2003 FIFA U-17 World Cup on home soil
Maija Saari: Finland women's captain, played at UEFA Women's EURO 2009 on home soil
Ilari Äijälä: sustainablilty ambassador

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