2000 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship

2000 UEFA European Under-21 Championship
Tournament details
Host country Slovakia
Dates 27 May – 3 June
Teams 8 (finals)
47 (qualifying)
Venue(s) (in 3 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Italy (4th title)
Runners-up Czech Republic
Third place Spain
Fourth place Slovakia
Tournament statistics
Matches played 14
Goals scored 40 (2.86 per match)
Top scorer(s) Andrea Pirlo
(3 goals)
Best player Andrea Pirlo

The 2000 UEFA European Under-21 Championship was the 12th staging of UEFA's European Under-21 Championship. The final tournament was hosted by Slovakia from 27 May to 3 June 2000. The tournament had 47 entrants. Northern Ireland competed for the first time. For the first time a finals tournament with two groups of four teams was held, with one of those teams, Slovakia, having been chosen as the hosts.[1] The top four teams in this competition qualified for the 2000 Summer Olympics.[2]

Italy won the competition for the fourth time, thus qualifying for the Olympic games finals, alongside Czech Republic, Italy, Slovakia and Spain.

Qualification

The 47 national teams were divided into nine groups (seven groups of 5 + two groups of 6). The records of the nine group runners-up were then compared. The top seven joined the nine winners in a play-off for the eight finals spots. One of the eight qualifiers was then chosen to host the remaining fixtures.

Qualified teams

Country Qualified as Date qualification was secured Previous appearances in tournament1, 2
Italy 00 Group 1 and play-off winner 17 November 1999 10 (1978, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996)
Turkey 01 Group 3 and play-off winner 16 November 1999 0 (debut)
3 02 Group 5 and play-off winner 29 March 2000 6 (1978, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1988)
Spain 03 Group 6 and play-off winner 16 November 1999 11 (1978, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998)
Netherlands 04 Group 6 runners-up and play-off winner 17 November 1999 3 (1988, 1992, 1998)
Slovakia (hosts) 05 Group 7 and play-off winner 17 November 1999 0 (debut)
Croatia 06 Group 8 and play-off winner 17 November 1999 0 (debut)
Czech Republic 07 Group 9 runners-up and play-off winner 17 November 1999 1 (1996)
1 Bold indicates champion for that year
2 Italic indicates host for that year
3 England were originally scheduled to play two legs against Yugoslavia. However, the first leg which was supposed to have taken place in Belgrade was cancelled due to political tensions.[3] An alternative leg in Luxembourg was also cancelled due to security reasons.[3] A second leg at Mini Estadi in Barcelona was held on 29 March 2000, which England won 3–0.[4]

Squads

Venues

Four venues were selected for the competition.[5]

Bratislava Trenčín Trnava Bratislava
Tehelné pole Štadión na Sihoti Štadión Antona Malatinského Štadión Pasienky
Capacity: 30,087 Capacity: 22,079 Capacity: 18,500 Capacity: 8,632
2000 UEFA European Under-21 Championship (Slovakia)

Match officials

Seven match officials and nine assistants were selected for the competition, including two officials representing the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), Selearajen Subramaniam from Malaysia and Hamdi Al Kadri from Syria.[6]
Country Referee Assistants Fourth officials Matches refereed
France Stéphane Bré Egon Bereuter (Austria) Vincent Texier (France) Vladimír Hriňák (Slovakia)
Leslie Irvine (Northern Ireland)
Croatia 1–2 Netherlands
England 6–0 Turkey
Germany Herbert Fandel Harald Sather (Germany) Kostantin Piskov (Bulgaria)
Egon Bereuter (Austria)
Selearajen Subramaniam (Malaysia)
Stéphane Bré (France)
Czech Republic 3–1 Netherlands
England 0–2 Slovakia
Malaysia Selearajen Subramaniam Kostantin Piskov (Bulgaria) Hamdi Al Kadri (Syria) Vladimír Hriňák (Slovakia) Czech Republic 3–1 Netherlands
Northern Ireland Leslie Irvine John McElhinney (Scotland)
Egon Bereuter (Austria)
Mikhail Semionov (Russia)
Hamdi Al Kadri (Syria)
Valentin Ivanov (Russia)
Selearajen Subramaniam (Malaysia)
Spain 1–1 Czech Republic
Spain 1–0 Slovakia
Russia Valentin Ivanov Mikhail Semionov (Russia)
Kostantin Piskov (Bulgaria)
Maciej Wierzbowski (Poland)
Mikhail Semionov (Russia)
Karl-Erik Nilsson (Sweden)
Selearajen Subramaniam (Malaysia)
Spain 0–0 Croatia
Turkey 1–3 Italy
Sweden Karl-Erik Nilsson Maciej Wierzbowski (Poland) Hamdi Al Kadri (Syria)
Ferenc Székely (Hungary)
Kostantin Piskov (Bulgaria)
Leslie Irvine (Northern Ireland)
Dieter Schoch (Switzerland)
Czech Republic 4–3 Croatia
Slovakia 2–1 Turkey
Czech Republic 1–2 Italy
Switzerland Dieter Schoch Ferenc Székely (Hungary) John McElhinney (Scotland) Vladimír Hriňák (Slovakia)
Herbert Fandel (Germany)
Netherlands 0–1 Spain
Italy 1–1 Slovakia

Matches

Group stage

Group A

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Czech Republic 3 2 1 0 8 5 +3 7
Spain 3 1 2 0 2 1 +1 5
Netherlands 3 1 0 2 3 5 −2 3
Croatia 3 0 1 2 4 6 −2 1
27 May 2000
19:00
1–1 Czech Republic
 90' Report  55'
27 May 2000
18:00
1–2 Netherlands
 20' Report  42'
 84'

29 May 2000
20:30
0–0 Croatia
Report
29 May 2000
19:00
3–1 Netherlands
 28'
 54'82'
Report  18'
Štadión na Sihoti, Trenčín
Referee: Selearajen Subramaniam (Malaysia)

1 June 2000
20:30
0–1 Spain
Report  6'
1 June 2000
20:30
4–3 Croatia
pen.)
 54'
pen.)
 80'
Report  4'
 57'85'

Group B

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Italy 3 2 1 0 6 2 +4 7
Slovakia 3 2 1 0 5 2 +3 7
England 3 1 0 2 6 4 +2 3
Turkey 3 0 0 3 2 11 −9 0
27 May 2000
20:30
2–0 England
 24'
pen.)
Report
27 May 2000
18:00
2–1 Turkey
 6'
 67'
Report  63'

29 May 2000
20:30
1–1 Slovakia
 17' Report  73'
Štadión Pasienky, Bratislava
Referee: Dieter Schoch (Switzerland)
29 May 2000
20:30
6–0 Turkey
 28'
 45'
 66'
 73'
 77'
 90'
Report

1 June 2000
20:30
1–3 Italy
 54' Report  14'
pen.)
 83'
1 June 2000
20:30
0–2 Slovakia
Report  67'
 74'

Knockout stage

Final
   
4 June – Bratislava
 Czech Republic  1
 Italy  2

Third place play-off

4 June 2000
17:00
1–0 Slovakia
 58' Report

Final

4 June 2000
20:30
1–2 Italy
 51' Report pen.), 81'
Tehelné pole, Bratislava
Attendance: 9,900
Referee: Karl-Erik Nilsson (Sweden)

Goalscorers

Andrea Pirlo was the top goalscorer of three goals. He was also announced as the UEFA Golden Player award recipient.[7]

3 goals
2 goals
1 goal

References

  1. ^ "2000/2002 Under-21 Qualification Round Draw made". UEFA.com (Union of European Football Associations). 14 December 1999. Archived from the original on 20 October 2000. Retrieved 14 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "Competition format: Slovakia 2000". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. Archived from the original on 10 February 2001. Retrieved 12 October 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Reshuffled youngsters head for Barcelona". BBC News (British Broadcasting Corporation). 27 March 2000. Retrieved 13 October 2014. 
  4. ^ Lansley, Pete (30 March 2000). "Heskey abuse taints play-off win". The Guardian (Guardian News and Media). Retrieved 13 October 2014. 
  5. ^ "Venue guide: Slovakia 2000". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. Archived from the original on 10 February 2001. Retrieved 12 October 2014. 
  6. ^ "Match officials: Slovakia 2000". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. Archived from the original on 10 February 2001. Retrieved 12 October 2014. 
  7. ^ "2000: Andrea Pirlo". UEFA.com (Union of European Football Associations). 1 July 2000. Retrieved 14 October 2014. 

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