1994 UEFA European Under-21 Football 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]


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:

  • Czechoslovakia
  • France (host nation)
  • Greece
  • Italy
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Russia
  • Spain

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


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



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


15 April 1994
0–0 (a.e.t.) Italy

3–5 Panucci
Stade des Costières, Nîmes, France
Attendance: 7,000
Referee: Keith Burge (Wales)

15 April 1994
2–0 Spain

Third-place play-off

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


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


  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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