2002 UEFA European Under-19 Championship

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2002 UEFA European Under-19 Championship
2002 UEFA Europeiske U-19 mesterskapet
Tournament details
Host countryNorway
Dates21–28 July
Teams8 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s)7 (in 7 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Spain (4th title)
Runners-up Germany
Third place Slovakia
Fourth place Republic of Ireland
Tournament statistics
Matches played14
Goals scored49 (3.5 per match)
Top scorer(s)Spain Fernando Torres
(4 goals)
Best player(s)Spain Fernando Torres

The 2002 UEFA European Under-19 Championship was the first tournament of the UEFA European Under-19 Championship, after the previous Under-18 competition was changed. The tournament was held in Norway, between 21 July and 28 July 2002. The top three teams from each group qualified for the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship. Players born on or after 1 January 1983 were available to participate in this competition.

The final tournament took place in seven venues located in seven cities — Bærum, Drammen, Hønefoss, Kongsvinger, Lillestrøm, Moss and Oslo. The winners were Spain, who beat Germany to secure their fourth title, and the top scorer was Fernando Torres, with four goals. This edition is also notable for Nelly Viennot becoming the first female official who took part in an UEFA-organised men's football event, after acting as assistant referee at Norway's 1–5 defeat of Slovakia on 21 July 2002.

Qualification[change | change source]

2002 UEFA European Under-19 Championship finalist teams

The qualification format consisted of two rounds. In the preliminary round, which took place between August and November 2001, 50 national teams were drawn into 14 groups (six groups of three teams and eight groups of four teams) contested as round-robin mini-tournaments hosted by one of the group teams. The group winners then progressed to the intermediary round, where they were paired and played two-legged ties between March and May 2002. The winners secured qualification for the final tournament, joining Norway who qualified automatically as hosts.[1]

Qualified teams[change | change source]

The following eight teams qualified to the final tournament:

Country Qualified as
 Norway Hosts
 Belgium Intermediary round play-off winner
 Czech Republic Intermediary round play-off winner
 England Intermediary round play-off winner
 Spain Intermediary round play-off winner
 Germany Intermediary round play-off winner
 Republic of Ireland Intermediary round play-off winner
 Slovakia Intermediary round play-off winner

Venues[change | change source]

Location map of the final tournament host cities

The final tournament was held in seven stadiums located in seven Norwegian cities.

Stadium City Tenant club(s) Capacity
Gjemselund Stadion Kongsvinger Kongsvinger 2,750
Melløs Stadion Moss Moss 10,000
Hønefoss idrettspark Hønefoss Hønefoss 4,000
Åråsen Stadion Lillestrøm Lillestrøm 11,637
Nadderud Stadion Bærum Stabæk 7,000
Marienlyst Stadion Drammen Strømsgodset 7,500
Ullevaal Stadion Oslo Lyn and Vålerenga 25,572

Match officials[change | change source]

UEFA named six referees for the final tournament:

Country Referee
Croatia Croatia Edo Trivković
Estonia Estonia Sten Kaldma
Greece Greece Georgios Kasnaferis
Republic of Macedonia Macedonia Emil Božinovski
Portugal Portugal Paulo Costa
Slovenia Slovenia Darko Čeferin

Squads[change | change source]

Results[change | change source]

Group stage[change | change source]

Group A[change | change source]

Teams Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Spain 3 2 1 0 7 2 +5 7
 Slovakia 3 2 0 1 11 6 +5 6
 Czech Republic 3 1 1 1 4 6 −2 4
 Norway 3 0 0 3 1 9 −8 0
Norway 1–5 Slovakia
Grindheim Goal 90' (pen.) Report Kurty Goal 28'
Šebo Goal 37'
Konečný Goal 59'
Labun Goal 75'
Jurko Goal 86'
Referee: Georgios Kasnaferis (Greece)
Spain 1–1 Czech Republic
Iniesta Goal 63' Report Svěrkoš Goal 78'

Norway 0–3 Spain
Report Reyes Goal 22'68'
Torres Goal 54'
Referee: Emil Božinovski (Macedonia)
Slovakia 5–2 Czech Republic
Žofčák Goal 16'
Halenár Goal 33' (pen.)
Šebo Goal 46'65'
Sloboda Goal 87'
Report Fořt Goal 21' (pen.)
Dosoudil Goal 34'
Referee: Paulo Manuel Gomes Costa (Portugal)

Czech Republic 1–0 Norway
Rada Goal 4' Report
Referee: Sten Kaldma (Estonia)
Slovakia 1–3 Spain
Čech Goal 6' Report García Goal 15'
Torres Goal 65'90+1'
Referee: Edo Trivković (Croatia)

Group B[change | change source]

Teams Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Germany 3 2 1 0 8 4 +4 7
 Republic of Ireland 3 2 0 1 5 6 −1 6
 England 3 0 2 1 6 7 −1 2
 Belgium 3 0 1 2 3 5 −2 1
England 3–3 Germany
Ashton Goal 9'
Thomas Goal 30'
Cole Goal 73'
Report Volz Goal 4'
Lahm Goal 90'
Hanke Goal 90+3'
Referee: Edo Trivković (Croatia)
Belgium 1–2 Republic of Ireland
Blondel Goal 51' Report Daly Goal 26' (pen.)69'
Referee: Sten Kaldma (Estonia)

England 1–1 Belgium
Ashton Goal 75' Report Janssens Goal 82'
Germany 3–0 Republic of Ireland
Riether Goal 22'
Trochowski Goal 57'
Hanke Goal 79'
Referee: Georgios Kasnaferis (Greece)

Republic of Ireland 3–2 England
Daly Goal 54' (pen.)
Paisley Goal 73'
Kelly Goal 74'
Report Carter Goal 11'
Ashton Goal 45' (pen.)
Referee: Paulo Manuel Gomes Costa (Portugal)
Germany 2–1 Belgium
Volz Goal 36'
Odonkor Goal 72'
Report Vandenbergh Goal 32'
Referee: Emil Božinovski (Macedonia)

Third place play-off[change | change source]

Slovakia 2–1 Republic of Ireland
Bruško Goal 56'
Jurko Goal 75'
Report Brennan Goal 53'

Final[change | change source]

Spain 1–0 Germany
Torres Goal 55' ' Report
Attendance: 16,464

 2002 UEFA U-19 European Champions 

Fourth title

Goalscorers[change | change source]

4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal

Qualification to World Youth Championship[change | change source]

The six best performing teams qualified for the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship:

References[change | change source]

  1. "Torres sparkles for Spain". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. Retrieved 2016-02-28.

Other websites[change | change source]