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1994 UEFA European Under-21 Championship

1994 UEFA European Under-21 Championship
Tournament details
Host country France
Dates 9 March – 20 April
Teams 8 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s) (in 2 host cities)
Final positions
Champions  Italy (2nd title)
Runners-up  Portugal
Third place  Spain
Fourth place  France
Tournament statistics
Matches played 12
Goals scored 25 (2.08 per match)
Top scorer(s) João Pinto (Portugal; 3 goals)
Best player Luís Figo (Portugal)

The 1994 UEFA European Under-21 Championship was the ninth UEFA European Under-21 Championship. The final tournament was hosted in France between 15 and 20 April 1994.

The qualification stage spanned two years from 1992 to 1994. The qualification process consisted of 32 entrants. After the two-legged quarter-final stage, France was chosen as the first hosts of the final stage, which consisted of four matches in total. The finals included for the first time a third-place play-off.

Italy won the competition for the second consecutive time.[1] Luís Figo won the UEFA European Under-21 Championship Golden player award.[2]

Qualification

The draw for the 1994 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying round saw Czechoslovakia, France, Italy, Poland, Russia and Spain win there respective groups. Greece and Portugal qualified for the tournament as the two best runners-up. France, Italy, Portugal and Spain qualified for the 1996 Summer Olympics in the United States.

List of qualified teams

The following 8 teams qualified for the 1994 UEFA European Under-21 Championship:

Participating teams

Country Qualified as Previous appearances in tournament1 2
 Italy Group 1 winner 8 (1978, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1992)
 Poland Group 2 winner 4 (1982, 1984, 1986, 1992)
 Spain Group 3 winner 5 (1982, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1990)
 Czechoslovakia Group 4 winner 1 (1978, 1980, 1988, 1990, 1992)
 Russia Group 5 winner 0 (debut)
 France Group 6 winner 4 (1982, 1984, 1986, 1988)
 Greece Best runner-up 1 (1988)
 Portugal Second best runner-up 0 (debut)
1 Bold indicates champion for that year

Squads

Only players born on or after 1 January 1971 were eligible to play in the tournament.

Results

Quarter-finals

The first legs were played on 9 March, and the second legs were played on 23 March 1994.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
France 3–0 Russia 2–0 1–0
Italy 3–1 Czechoslovakia 3–0 0–1
Poland 1–5 Portugal 1–3 0–2
Spain 4–2 Greece 0–0 4–2

Semi-finals

15 April 1994
France  0–0 (a.e.t.)  Italy
Report
  Penalties  
Carotti Penalty scored
Ouédec Penalty scored
Makélélé Penalty missed
Zidane Penalty scored
3–5 Penalty scored Panucci
Penalty scored Vieri
Penalty scored Berretta
Penalty scored Marcolin
Penalty scored Carbone
Stade des Costières, Nîmes, France
Attendance: 7,000
Referee: Keith Burge (Wales)

15 April 1994
Portugal  2–0  Spain
Rui Costa Goal 48'
João Pinto Goal 82'
Report

Third-place play-off

20 April 1994
France  1–2  Spain
Nouma Goal 45' Report Óscar Goal 53', Goal 75'
Stade des Costières, Nîmes, France
Attendance: 469
Referee: Ahmet Çakar (Turkey)

Final

20 April 1994
Italy  1–0 (a.e.t.)  Portugal
Orlandini Goal 97' Report

References

  1. ^ "1994: Orlandini blooms as Italy seal double". UEFA.com (Union of European Football Associations). Retrieved 26 June 2012. 
  2. ^ "1994: Luís Figo". UEFA.com (Union of European Football Associations). Retrieved 26 June 2012. 

External links

  • Results Archive at uefa.com
  • RSSSF Results Archive at rsssf.com
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