UEFA European Under-21 Championship

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UEFA European Under-21 Championship
Founded1978
RegionEurope (UEFA)
Number of teams55 (total)
16 (finals)
Current champions Spain (5th title)
Most successful team(s) Italy
 Spain
(5 titles each)
WebsiteOfficial website
2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship

The UEFA European Under-21 Championship is a football competition that happens every two years. It is played by the European men's under-21 national teams of the member associations of UEFA.

Italy and Spain have won the trophy more times than anyone else. They have won five times each. Spain are also the current champions.

Results[change | change source]

Under-23 championships[change | change source]

Held only three times before it was relabelled by UEFA.

Year Host Final Losing semi-finalists Number of teams
Winner Score Runner-up
1972 Home-and-away basis
Czechoslovakia
2–2 / 3–1
5–3 on aggregate

Soviet Union
 Bulgaria and  Greece 8 (23)
1974 Home-and-away basis
Hungary
2–3 / 4–0
6–3 on aggregate

East Germany
 Poland and  Soviet Union 8 (21)
1976 Home-and-away basis
Soviet Union
1–1 / 2–1
3–2 on aggregate

Hungary
 Netherlands and  Yugoslavia 8 (23)

Under-21 championships[change | change source]

Year Host Final Losing semi-finalists
(or third place match)
Number of teams
Winner Score Runner-up
1978 Home-and-away basis
Yugoslavia
1–0 / 4–4
5–4 on aggregate

East Germany
 Bulgaria and  England 8 (24)
1980 Home-and-away basis
Soviet Union
0–0 / 1–0
1–0 on aggregate

East Germany
 England and  Yugoslavia 8 (25)
1982 Home-and-away basis
England
3–1 / 2–3
5–4 on aggregate

West Germany
 Scotland and  Soviet Union 8 (26)
1984 Home-and-away basis
England
1–0 / 2–0
3–0 on aggregate

Spain
 Italy and  Yugoslavia 8 (30)
1986 Home-and-away basis
Spain
1–2 / 2–1
3–3 on aggregate
3–0 (p)

Italy
 England and  Hungary 8 (29)
1988 Home-and-away basis
France
0–0 / 3–0
3–0 on aggregate

Greece
 England and  Netherlands 8 (30)
1990 Home-and-away basis
Soviet Union
4–2 / 3–1
7–3 on aggregate

Yugoslavia
 Italy and  Sweden 8 (30)
1992 Home-and-away basis
Italy
2–0 / 0–1
2–1 on aggregate

Sweden
 Denmark and  Scotland 8 (32)
1994  France
Italy
1–0
(aet)

Portugal

Spain
2–1
France
8 (32)
1996  Spain
Italy
1–1
4–2 (p)

Spain

France
1–0
Scotland
8 (44)
1998  Romania
Spain
1–0
Greece

Norway
2–0
Netherlands
8 (46)
2000  Slovakia
Italy
2–1
Czech Republic

Spain
1–0
Slovakia
8 (47)
2002   Switzerland
Czech Republic
0–0
3–1 (p)

France
 Italy and   Switzerland 8 (47)
2004  Germany
Italy
3–0
Serbia and Montenegro

Portugal
3–2
(aet)

Sweden
8 (48)
2006  Portugal
Netherlands
3–0
Ukraine
 France and  Serbia and Montenegro 8 (51)
2007  Netherlands
Netherlands
4–1
Serbia
 Belgium and  England 8 (51)
2009  Sweden
Germany
4–0
England
 Italy and  Sweden 8 (52)
2011  Denmark
Spain
2–0
Switzerland

Belarus
1–0
Czech Republic
8 (53)
2013  Israel
Spain
4–2
Italy
 Netherlands and  Norway 8 (53)
2015  Czech Republic
Sweden
0–0
4–3
(p)

Portugal
 Denmark and  Germany 8 (53)
2017  Poland
Germany
1–0
Spain
 England and  Italy 12 (53)
2019  Italy
Spain
2–1
Germany
 France and  Romania 12 (55)
2021  Hungary
 Slovenia
16 (55)

Statistics[change | change source]

Performances by countries[change | change source]

Only under-21 championships are included in the table.[1][2]

Team Winners Runners-up Third-place Fourth-place Semi-finalists Total (Top Four)
 Spain 5 (1986, 1998, 2011, 2013, 2019) 3 (1984, 1996, 2017) 2 10
 Italy 5 (1992, 1994, 1996, 2000, 2004) 2 (1986, 2013) 5 12
 Germany[a] 2 (2009, 2017) 2 (1982, 2019) 1 5
 England 2 (1982, 1984) 1 (2009) 6 9
 Netherlands 2 (2006, 2007) 1 2 5
 Soviet Union 2 (1980, 1990) 1 3
 France 1 (1988) 1 (2002) 1 1 2 6
 Sweden 1 (2015) 1 (1992) 1 2 5
 Czech Republic 1 (2002) 1 (2000) 1 3
 Yugoslavia 1 (1978) 1 (1990) 2 4
 Portugal 2 (1994, 2015) 1 3
 Serbia 2 (2004, 2007) 1 3
 East Germany 2 (1978, 1980) 2
 Greece 2 (1988, 1998) 2
  Switzerland 1 (2011) 1 2
 Ukraine 1 (2006) 1
 Norway 1 1 2
 Belarus 1 1
 Scotland 1 2 3
 Slovakia 1 1
 Denmark 2 2
 Belgium 1 1
 Bulgaria 1 1
 Hungary 1 1
 Romania 1 1
Total 22 22 6 6 32 88
  1. Includes West Germany

Participating details[change | change source]

Teams 1978 1980 1982 1984 1986 1988 1990 1992
1994

1996

1998

2000

2002

2004

2006

2007

2009

2011

2013

2015

2017

2019

2021
Total
 Albania × × × QF × TBD 1
 Austria × GS TBD 1
 Belarus Part of USSR × GS GS 3rd TBD 3
 Belgium GS SF GS TBD 3
 Bulgaria SF QF TBD 2
 Croatia Part of Yugoslavia × × GS GS GS TBD 3
 Czech Republic4 QF QF QF QF QF QF QF 2nd 1st GS 4th GS GS TBD 12
 Denmark QF QF SF GS GS SF GS GS TBD 8
 England SF SF 1st 1st SF SF GS GS SF 2nd GS GS GS SF GS TBD 15
 Finland GS TBD 1
 France QF QF QF 1st 4th 3rd 2nd SF SF TBD 9
 Germany2 2nd 2nd 2nd QF QF QF QF GS GS 1st GS SF 1st 2nd TBD 12
 Greece 2nd QF 2nd GS TBD 4
 Hungary QF QF SF QF q 5
 Iceland × × × GS TBD 1
 Israel Member of OFC GS GS TBD 2
 Italy QF QF QF SF 2nd QF SF 1st 1st 1st 1st SF 1st GS GS SF 2nd GS SF GS TBD 20
 Netherlands × SF QF 4th GS 1st 1st SF TBD 7
 Macedonia Part of Yugoslavia × × GS TBD 1
 Norway 3rd SF TBD 2
 Poland QF QF QF QF QF GS GS TBD 7
 Portugal × 2nd QF GS 3rd GS GS 2nd GS TBD 8
 Romania QF SF TBD 2
 Russia3 1st SF 1st QF QF GS TBD 6
 Scotland QF SF QF QF SF 4th TBD 6
 Serbia1 1st SF SF 2nd × × 2nd SF 2nd GS GS GS GS TBD 11
 Slovakia Part of Czechoslovakia 4th GS TBD 2
 Slovenia Part of Yugoslavia × × q 1
 Spain QF 2nd 1st QF QF 3rd 2nd 1st 3rd GS 1st 1st 2nd 1st TBD 13
 Sweden QF SF 2nd QF 4th SF 1st GS TBD 8
  Switzerland SF GS 2nd TBD 3
 Turkey GS TBD 1
 Ukraine Part of USSR × 2nd GS TBD 2
Total 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 12 12 16
Legend
Notes

References[change | change source]

  1. "Europe – U-23/U-21 Tournaments". rsssf.com. Retrieved 2 March 2020.
  2. "U21 EURO – Champions". worldfootball.net. Retrieved 2 March 2020.

Other websites[change | change source]