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1996 UEFA European Under-21 Championship


1996 UEFA European Under-21 Championship

1996 UEFA European Under-21 Championship
Tournament details
Host country Spain
Dates 12 March – 31 May
Teams 8 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s) 1 (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions  Italy (3rd title)
Runners-up  Spain
Third place  France
Fourth place  Scotland
Tournament statistics
Matches played 12
Goals scored 28 (2.33 per match)
Top scorer(s) Raúl (3 goals)
Best player Fabio Cannavaro

The 1996 UEFA European Under-21 Championship, which spanned two years (1994–96), had 44 entrants. After the quarter-finals stage, Spain were chosen as the hosts of the final stages, consisting of four matches in total. Italy U-21s won the competition for the third consecutive time.


No fewer than 13 newly independent nations competed for the first time - due mainly to the fall of Socialist rule in Europe in the early 1990s.

Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova and Ukraine.

The exclusion (for political reasons) of the team from Serbia and Montenegro, then known as the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia continued. Croatia, Slovenia and the Republic of Macedonia were three former states of Yugoslavia who did compete though.

Czechoslovakia became two separate nations - teams from the Czech Republic and Slovakia complete the list of new entrants.

The 44 national teams were divided into eight groups (four groups of 5 + four groups of 6). The group winners played off against each other on a two-legged home-and-away basis to determine the final four, one of whom would host the last four matches. The top five nations qualify for the Atlanta '96 Olympics.


List of qualified teams

Country Qualified as Previous appearances in tournament1
 France Group 1 winner 5 (1982, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1994)
Group 2 winner 5 (1982, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1990)
 Hungary Group 3 winner 3 (1978, 1980, 1986)
 Italy Group 4 winner 9 (1978, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1994)
 Czech Republic Group 5 winner 6 (19782, 19802, 19882, 19902, 19922, 19942)
 Portugal Group 6 winner 1 (1994)
 Germany Group 7 winner 11 (19823, 19843, 19883, 19903, 1992)
 Scotland Group 8 winner 4 (1980, 1982, 1984, 1988)
1 Bold indicates champion for that year




First leg

12 March 1996
Hungary  2–1  Scotland
Károly Szanyó Goal 14'
Gábor Zavadszky Goal 79'
Report Stephen Glass Goal 34'
Üllöi Ut, Budapest, Hungary
Attendance: 15.000
Referee: Ryszard Wojcik (Poland)

13 March 1996
Germany  0–0  France
Stadion an der Bremer Brücke, Osnabrück, Germany
Attendance: 20.000
Referee: Rune Pedersen (Norway)

13 March 1996
Portugal  1–0 Italy 
Hugo Porfírio Goal 18' Report
Estádio da Luz, Lisbon, Portugal
Attendance: 25.000
Referee: Markus Merk (Germany)

13 March 1996
2–1  Czech Republic
Dani Goal 28'
Roberto Prieto Goal 41'
Report Vladimír Šmicer Goal 50'
Nuevo Los Cármenes, Granada, Spain
Attendance: 22.000
Referee: Michel Piraux (Belgium)

Second leg

26 March 1996
Scotland  3–1  Hungary
Christian Dailly Goal 42'
Jim Hamilton Goal 84'
Simon Donnelly Goal 86'
Report Gábor Egressy Goal 30'

26 March 1996
France  4–1  Germany
Robert Pirès Goal 28'32'
Florian Maurice Goal 41'70'
Report Christian Nerlinger Goal 76' (pen.)
Stade Saint-Symphorien, Metz, France
Attendance: 24.077
Referee: Pierluigi Pairetto (Italy)

27 March 1996
Italy  2–0  Portugal
Christian Vieri Goal 41'
Emílio Peixe Goal 55' (o.g.)
La Favorita, Palermo, Italy
Attendance: 16.543
Referee: David Elleray (England)

27 March 1996
Czech Republic  1–2
Robert Vágner Goal 54' Report Raúl Goal 71'89'
Velký strahovský stadion, Praha, Czech Republic
Attendance: 12.000
Referee: Alain Sars (France)


28 May 1996
 Italy 1–0  France
Totti Goal 49' Report
Olimpíc de Montjuïc, Barcelona, Spain
Attendance: 1,500
Referee: Peter Mikkelsen (Denmark)

28 May 1996
2–1  Scotland
Óscar Goal 26'
Iván de la Peña Goal 35'
Report Scott Marshall Goal 28'
Olimpíc de Montjuïc, Barcelona, Spain
Attendance: 15,500
Referee: Rune Pedersen (Norway)

Third-place play-off

31 May 1996
France  1–0  Scotland
Patrick Moreau Goal 50' Report
Olimpíc de Montjuïc, Barcelona, Spain
Attendance: 2.000
Referee: Karol Ihring (Slovakia)


31 May 1996
Italy  1–1 (a.e.t.)
Idiakez Goal 11' (o.g.) Report Raúl Goal 42'
Christian Panucci Penalty missed
Alessandro Pistone Penalty scored
Salvatore Fresi Penalty scored
Alessandro Nesta Penalty scored
Domenico Morfeo Penalty scored
4–2 Penalty missed Iván de la Peña
Penalty scored de Pedro
Penalty scored Aranzábal
Penalty missed Raúl
Olimpíc de Montjuïc, Barcelona, Spain
Attendance: 34.600
Referee: Günter Benkö (Austria)


3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
Own goal

Olympic qualifiers

  • France, Italy and Spain qualify for Olympic Games finals.
  • Best losing quarter-finalists Hungary and Portugal also qualify.
  • Scotland do not compete in the Olympic Football Tournament (See Great Britain Olympic football team).

External links

  • Results Archive at
  • RSSSF Results Archive at
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