2007 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship

2007 UEFA Under-21 Championship
Europees kampioenschap voetbal onder 21 - 2007
Tournament details
Host country Netherlands
Dates 10 June–23 June
Teams (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s) (in 4 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Netherlands (2nd title)
Runners-up Serbia
Tournament statistics
Top scorer(s) Maceo Rigters (4)
Best player Royston Drenthe

The UEFA European Under-21 Championship 2007 were held from 10 June 2007 to 23 June 2007. It is the 16th staging of UEFA's European Under-21 Championship.

For the first time, a host nation was chosen ahead of the competition – the Netherlands, who are also the defending champions, were exempt from qualifying. The host nation was chosen on 15 December 2005. England, Italy, Portugal, Turkey, and Sweden also submitted bids. Of UEFA's 52 member countries, only the Faroe Islands did not compete in the qualification round for the tournament. That left 50 nations attempting to qualify for the seven remaining spots at the finals.

This was the first time that the competition's final matches took place in an odd-numbered year. UEFA took this decision with the will to give more visibility to the tournament, since during even-numbered years the competition was clouded by the approaching FIFA World Cup or the UEFA European Championship.

The tournament also served as the European qualifying tournament for the 2008 Summer Olympics, with a place for the four semi-finalists of the tournament.[1][2] However, as England is not an Olympic nation, their team was ineligible for the Olympics. Therefore, with the event of England reaching the semi-finals, a fifth-place playoff was necessary.

In this competition, a new UEFA penalty shootout record was established.[3] The semi final between The Netherlands U21 and England U21 finished in 1-1. No less than 32 penalties had to be taken before the tie was decided. The Netherlands U21 won 13-12,[4] and went on to win the tournament by defeating Serbia U21 4-1 in the final.[5]

After the final, some commotion arose in the Netherlands because several Dutch internationals with Surinamese roots carried the flag of Suriname with them during the ceremony of the European Champion in the Euroborg. Dutch coach Foppe de Haan expressed the actions of these players as "inappropriate".

Qualification

Steward outfit displaying the logo of the UEFA European Under-21 Championship 2007

In order to make the switch from even to odd-numbered years, the 2007 edition was a shortened version, condensed from a two-year campaign into a one-year campaign. Therefore, a completely new qualification format was devised to eliminate the weaker nations early, and saw a decrease in the size and duration of qualification groups.

Finals Tournament

Draw

The Dutch team celebrating their victory after the final

The draw for the finals took place in Arnhem on 24 November 2006, putting the eight qualifying nations into two groups. The provisional dates for the group games are 10 June to 17 June 2007, with Heerenveen and Arnhem each staging a semi-final on 20 June. The final took place on Saturday 23 June at the Euroborg stadium in Groningen.

The opening game was between the Netherlands and Israel at 10 June.

Venues

City Stadium Capacity
Arnhem Gelredome 25,000
Heerenveen Abe Lenstra Stadion 26,100
Groningen Euroborg 22,550
Nijmegen De Goffert 13,000

Squads

Finals group stage

The final, NetherlandsSerbia, in the rain

In the following tables:

  • Pld = total games played
  • W = total games won
  • D = total games drawn (tied)
  • L = total games lost
  • GF = total goals scored (goals for)
  • GA = total goals conceded (goals against)
  • GD = Goal difference
  • Pts = total points accumulated
Team qualified for the knockout stage
Team went to play-off for Olympics

Group A

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Netherlands 3 2 1 0 5 3 +2 7
Belgium 3 1 2 0 3 2 +1 5
Portugal 3 1 1 1 5 2 +3 4
Israel 3 0 0 3 0 6 −6 0
10 June 2007
18:15 CEST
1 – 0 Israel
 10' Report
Abe Lenstra Stadion, Heerenveen
Attendance: 22,013
Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia)

10 June 2007
20:45 CEST
0 – 0 Belgium
Report
Euroborg, Groningen
Attendance: 7,197
Referee: Robert Małek (Poland)

13 June 2007
18:15 CEST
0 – 1 Belgium
Report  82'
Abe Lenstra Stadion, Heerenveen
Attendance: 5,239
Referee: Craig Thomson (Scotland)

13 June 2007
20:45 CEST
2 – 1 Portugal
pen.)
 75'
Report  77'
Euroborg, Groningen
Attendance: 19,498
Referee: Knut Kircher (Germany)

16 June 2007
20:45 CEST
2 – 2 Belgium
 13'
 37'
Report  9'
 70'
Abe Lenstra Stadion, Heerenveen
Attendance: 24,099
Referee: Stéphane Lannoy (France)

16 June 2007
20:45 CEST
0 – 4 Portugal
Report  37'
 45'
 49'
 50'
Euroborg, Groningen
Attendance: 10,833
Referee: Zsolt Szabó (Hungary)

Group B

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Serbia 3 2 0 1 2 2 0 6
England 3 1 2 0 4 2 +2 5
Italy 3 1 1 1 5 4 +1 4
Czech Republic 3 0 1 2 1 4 −3 1
11 June 2007
18:15 CEST
0 – 0 England
Report
Gelredome, Arnhem
Attendance: 9,382
Referee: Zsolt Szabó (Hungary)

11 June 2007
20:45 CEST
1 – 0 Italy
 63' Report
De Goffert, Nijmegen
Attendance: 8,347
Referee: Stéphane Lannoy (France)

14 June 2007
18:15 CEST
0 – 1 Serbia
Report  90+3'
De Goffert, Nijmegen
Attendance: 6,109
Referee: Robert Małek (Poland)

14 June 2007
20:45 CEST
2 – 2 Italy
 24'
 26'
Report  36'
 69'
Gelredome, Arnhem
Attendance: 17,103
Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia)

17 June 2007
20:45 CEST
3 – 1 Czech Republic
 4'
 29'
 45+1'
Report  14'
Gelredome, Arnhem
Attendance: 7,167
Referee: Craig Thomson (Scotland)

17 June 2007
20:45 CEST
2 – 0 Serbia
 5'
 77'
Report
De Goffert, Nijmegen
Attendance: 9,133
Referee: Knut Kircher (Germany)

Olympic Qualifying Play-Off

The 2007 European Under-21 Championship also doubled up as the European qualifying round for the 2008 Olympic football tournament. Europe's four places at the Olympic tournament were to be filled by the four semi-finalists. However, because England, one of the semi-finalists, do not compete independently at the Olympics, a play-off between Portugal and Italy, the two third-placed teams in each group, decided the fourth European qualifier. Italy defeated Portugal through a penalty shoot-out booking their Olympic place in Beijing.

21 June 2007
20:45 CEST
Portugal 0 – 0 (a.e.t.) Italy
Report
  Penalties  




3 – 4 Pellè
Montolivo
Criscito
Palladino
De Goffert, Nijmegen
Attendance: 5,161
Referee: Stéphane Lannoy (France)

Knockout stage

Semi-finals Final
20 June – Heerenveen
 Netherlands 1 (13)  
 England 1 (12)  
 
23 June – Groningen
     Netherlands 4
   Serbia 1
20 June – Arnhem
 Serbia 2
 Belgium 0  

Semi-finals

20 June 2007
18:15 CEST
1 – 1 (a.e.t.) England
 89' Report  39'
  Penalties  















13 – 12 Young
Milner
Noble
Hoyte
Derbyshire
Ferdinand
Carson
Rosenior
Reo-Coker
Taylor
Young
Milner
Noble
Hoyte
Derbyshire
Ferdinand
Abe Lenstra Stadion, Heerenveen
Attendance: 23,467
Referee: Knut Kircher (Germany)

20 June 2007
20:45 CEST
2 – 0 Belgium
 4'
 87'
Report
Gelredome, Arnhem
Attendance: 17,438
Referee: Robert Małek (Poland)

Final

The teams enter the field for the final


23 June 2007
20:45 CEST
4 – 1 Serbia
 17'
 60'
 67'
 87'
Report  79'

NETHERLANDS:
GK 1 Boy Waterman
RB 2 Gianni Zuiverloon
CB 4 Arnold Kruiswijk
CB 18 Ryan Donk
LB 5 Erik Pieters  89'
DM 6 Hedwiges Maduro (c)
CM 8 Royston Drenthe  9'  78'
CM 11 Daniël de Ridder
AM 10 Otman Bakkal
CF 13 Maceo Rigters  69'
CF 9 Ryan Babel
Substitutes:
MF 12 Luigi Bruins  69'
FW 14 Roy Beerens  89'  78'
DF 19 Calvin Jong-a-Pin  89'
Coach:
Foppe de Haan

SERBIA:
GK 1 Damir Kahriman
RB 3 Antonio Rukavina  89'
CB 2 Branislav Ivanović (c)  62'
CB 11 Duško Tošić  43'
LB 6 Aleksandar Kolarov  28', 62'
DM 7 Milan Smiljanić
LM 13 Nikola Drinčić  65'
RM 19 Dušan Basta  73'
CM 10 Dejan Milovanović
SS 8 Boško Janković
CF 9 Đorđe Rakić  73'
Substitutes:
MF 21 Zoran Tošić  65'
MF 14 Stefan Babović  73'
FW 18 Dragan Mrđa  82'  73'
Coach:
Miroslav Đukić

Man of the Match:
Ryan Babel

Assistant referees:
Manuel Navarro
Tomas Mokos
Fourth official:
Stéphane Lannoy

2007 UEFA Euro Under-21 Championship
Winners

Netherlands
Second title

Awards

Golden player

Goalkeeper Defenders Midfielders Forwards

Scott Carson
Paulo Ribeiro

Branislav Ivanović
Giorgio Chiellini
Leighton Baines
Steven Taylor
Manuel da Costa
Gianni Zuiverloon
Duško Tošić

Royston Drenthe
Otman Bakkal
Nigel Reo-Coker
Miguel Veloso
Manuel Fernandes
Jan Vertonghen
Alberto Aquilani

Kevin Mirallas
Maceo Rigters
Leroy Lita
David Nugent
Alessandro Rosina
Ryan Babel
Ashley Young

Goal scorers

4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal

Countries to participate at the 2008 Summer Olympics

  • Belgium
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • Serbia

References

  1. ^ "De Sart wants Belgium's backing". David Bano & Michael Harrold. Archived from the original on September 21, 2007. Retrieved June 18, 2007. 
  2. ^ "Match schedule". UEFA. Archived from the original on June 4, 2007. Retrieved June 18, 2007. 
  3. ^ "Netherlands News". UEFA.com. Archived from the original on October 17, 2007. Retrieved August 21, 2007. 
  4. ^ "Holland U21 1-1 Eng U21". BBC Sport. 2007-06-20. Archived from the original on 29 June 2007. Retrieved June 23, 2007. 
  5. ^ "Holland U21 4-1 Serbia U21". BBC Sport. 2007-06-23. Retrieved June 23, 2007. 

External links

  • Draw and Fixtures at uefa.com
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