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2011 UEFA European Under-21 Championship

2011 UEFA European Under-21 Championship
UEFA U21-EM 2011 (Danish)
Tournament details
Dates 11 June – 25 June
Teams (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s) (in 4 host cities)
Final positions
Champions  Spain (3rd title)
Runners-up  Switzerland
Third place  Belarus
Fourth place  Czech Republic
Tournament statistics
Matches played 16
Goals scored 36 (2.25 per match)
Attendance 101,955 (6,372 per match)
Top scorer(s) Adrián (5 goals)
Best player Juan Mata

UEFA European Under-21 Championship 2011 was the 18th staging of UEFA's European Under-21 Championship. The final tournament was hosted by Denmark between 11 and 25 June 2011.

The Danish bid was chosen by UEFA's Executive Committee on 10 December 2008 in Nyon, Switzerland.[1] This bid defeated the other bid from Israel.

Qualification for the final tournament took place between March 2009 and October 2010.

Spain won their third title after defeating Switzerland 2–0 in the final.[2][3]


  • Host selection 1
  • Qualification 2
    • 2012 Summer Olympics and Great Britain team 2.1
    • List of qualified teams 2.2
  • Venues 3
  • Format 4
  • Seeding 5
  • Squads 6
  • Referees 7
  • Tiebreakers 8
  • Group stage 9
    • Group A 9.1
    • Group B 9.2
  • Knockout stage 10
    • Knockout map 10.1
    • Semifinals 10.2
    • Olympic play-off 10.3
    • Final 10.4
  • Goalscorers 11
  • Team of the Tournament 12
  • Media 13
    • Broadcasting 13.1
  • References 14
  • External links 15

Host selection

Sign in Viborg. (Photo: Lars Schmidt)

The organisation of the event was initially contested by only two bids: Denmark and Israel. The bids were submitted on 15 June 2008.[4]

The bids were inspected between June and September 2008, and a report was given to the National Team Competition Committee in October. The committee discussed the bids on 27 November 2008 and issued a recommendation to the UEFA Executive Committee, who decided on 10 December 2008 that Denmark would host the finals.[1][4]


The draw for the 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying round took place in Århus on 4 February 2009. The qualifying draw determined the makeup of ten groups. Ten groups were formed in the qualifying draw including two sections of six sides and eight of five, as teams chase 7 finals places alongside host Denmark. The seeding pots are formed on the basis of former performance in the tournament. All groups contained one nation from the first five pots and two sections also included a team from Pot 6. The six European federations that have qualified for the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup (Germany, Italy, Czech Republic, Hungary, Spain and England) were each drawn in one of the six groups of five teams.

2012 Summer Olympics and Great Britain team

The tournament was used as the European qualifying tournament for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London with the top teams qualifying for London 2012. The four British federations entered the qualification process as single entities, but are not eligible to qualify for the Olympics. If one or more British teams had qualified for the Championship, and to pass the first round, play-off games would be played (like in 2007 when Italy and Portugal faced for the last place in the Olympics). As Great Britain is the host nation for the 2012 Olympics, it is entitled to an automatic place in the competition. This caused controversy as in the Olympics, Great Britain competes as a single unified country, as opposed to the four individual nations in football. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland all logged public objections to the idea of a GB team at the Olympics, fearing that it would jeopardise their independent status in UEFA and FIFA. A compromise was reached in 2009 whereby England would field a team for the tournament, while the other three would not participate, but not object to England's involvement.[5]

List of qualified teams

The following 8 teams qualified for the 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Championship


The tournament venues were all located in Viborg.

On 20 September 2010 it was announced that Aarhus Stadion would host the final. Further Aalborg Stadion was confirmed as the venue for the opening match and the eventual Olympic qualifying play-off. The semifinals were played at Herning Stadium and Viborg Stadion.[6] It was also published that [7]

Aarhus Aalborg Herning Viborg
Aarhus Stadion Aalborg Stadion Herning Stadium Viborg Stadion
Capacity: 20,000 Capacity: 10,500 Capacity: 9,600 Capacity: 9,566
2011 UEFA European Under-21 Championship is located in Denmark


Andy, the mascot. (Photo: Lars Schmidt)

The final tournament consisted of two groups of four, with the top two from each progressing to the semifinals where it becomes a knockout competition. In the finals held a year before a summer Olympic Games the championship also serves as qualification for the Olympic Football Tournament.

Players were eligible for the 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Championship if they were born on or later than 1 January 1988.[8]


The draw for the final tournament took place on 9 November 2010 at Aalborg Congress & Culture Centre in

  1. Higher number of points obtained in the group matches played among the teams in question
  2. Superior goal difference from the group matches played among the teams in question
  3. Higher number of goals scored in the group matches played among the teams in question
  4. If, after applying criteria 1 to 4 to several teams, two or more teams still have an equal ranking, the criteria 1 to 4 will be reapplied to determine the ranking of these teams. If this procedure does not lead to a decision, criteria 5 and 6 will apply
  5. Results of all group matches:
  6. Superior goal difference
  7. Higher number of goals scored
  8. Fair play conduct
  9. Drawing of lots
  10. Group stage

    The draw took place on 9 November 2010 in Denmark.[12] The first round saw the eight teams divided into two groups of four teams. Each group was a round-robin, where each teams plays one game against every other team in their group. Teams were awarded three points for a win, one point for a draw and no points for a defeat. The teams finishing first and second in each group qualified for the semifinals.

    Group A

    In group A tie-breakers were needed to break down the three point tie with Belarus, Denmark and Iceland. Belarus advanced due to a better goal difference in the matches between those three.[13]

    Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
     Switzerland 3 3 0 0 6 0 +6 9
     Belarus 3 1 0 2 3 5 −2 3
     Iceland 3 1 0 2 3 5 −2 3
     Denmark 3 1 0 2 3 5 −2 3
    3 Way Tie-Breaker
    Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
     Belarus 2 1 0 1 3 2 +1 3
     Iceland 2 1 0 1 3 3 0 3
     Denmark 2 1 0 1 3 4 –1 3

    All times are UTC+2.

    11 June 2011
    Belarus  2 – 0  Iceland
    Varankow Goal 77' (pen.)
    Skavysh Goal 87'
    Aarhus Stadion, Aarhus
    Attendance: 2,815
    Referee: Aleksandar Stavrev (Macedonia)

    11 June 2011
    Denmark  0 – 1  Switzerland
    Report Shaqiri Goal 48'
    Attendance: 9,678
    Referee: Robert Schörgenhofer (Austria)

    14 June 2011
    Switzerland  2 – 0  Iceland
    Frei Goal 1'
    Emeghara Goal 40'
    Attendance: 1,903
    Referee: Marijo Strahonja (Croatia)

    14 June 2011
    Denmark  2 – 1  Belarus
    Eriksen Goal 22'
    Jørgensen Goal 71'
    Report Baha Goal 20'
    Aarhus Stadion, Aarhus
    Attendance: 18,152
    Referee: Paolo Tagliavento (Italy)

    18 June 2011
    Iceland  3 – 1  Denmark
    Sigþórsson Goal 58'
    Bjarnason Goal 60'
    Valgarðsson Goal 90+2'
    Report Kadrii Goal 81'
    Attendance: 9,308
    Referee: Milorad Mažić (Serbia)

    18 June 2011
    Switzerland  3 – 0  Belarus
    Mehmedi Goal 6' (pen.)43'
    Feltscher Goal 90+3'
    Aarhus Stadion, Aarhus
    Attendance: 1,604
    Referee: Markus Strömbergsson (Sweden)

    Group B

    Czech players after Viborg Municipality)
    Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
     Spain 3 2 1 0 6 1 +5 7
     Czech Republic 3 2 0 1 4 4 0 6
     England 3 0 2 1 2 3 −1 2
     Ukraine 3 0 1 2 1 5 −4 1

    All times are UTC+2.

    12 June 2011
    Czech Republic  2 – 1  Ukraine
    Dočkal Goal 49'56' Report Bilyi Goal 87'
    Attendance: 4,251
    Referee: Milorad Mažić (Serbia)

    12 June 2011
    Spain  1 – 1  England
    Herrera Goal 14' Report Welbeck Goal 88'
    Herning Stadium, Herning
    Attendance: 8,046
    Referee: Markus Strömbergsson (Sweden)

    15 June 2011
    Czech Republic  0 – 2  Spain
    Report Adrián Goal 27'47'
    Attendance: 4,662
    Referee: Robert Schörgenhofer (Austria)

    15 June 2011
    Ukraine  0 – 0  England
    Herning Stadium, Herning
    Attendance: 3,495
    Referee: Aleksandar Stavrev (Macedonia)

    19 June 2011
    England  1 – 2  Czech Republic
    Welbeck Goal 76' Report Chramosta Goal 89'
    Pekhart Goal 90+4'
    Attendance: 5,262
    Referee: Paolo Tagliavento (Italy)

    19 June 2011
    Ukraine  0 – 3  Spain
    Report Mata Goal 10'72' (pen.)
    Adrián Goal 27'
    Herning Stadium, Herning
    Attendance: 3,302
    Referee: Marijo Strahonja (Croatia)

    Knockout stage

    Knockout map

    Semi-finals Final
    22 June – Herning
      Switzerland (a.e.t.)  1  
      Czech Republic  0  
    25 June – Aarhus
          Switzerland  0
        Spain  2
    Olympic play-off
    22 June – Viborg 25 June - Aalborg
      Spain (a.e.t.)  3   Czech Republic  0
      Belarus  1     Belarus  1


    22 June 2011
    Spain  3 – 1 (a.e.t.)  Belarus
    Adrián Goal 89'105'
    Jeffrén Goal 113'
    Report Varankow Goal 38'
    Attendance: 7,521
    Referee: Markus Strömbergsson (Sweden)

    22 June 2011
    Switzerland  1 – 0 (a.e.t.)  Czech Republic
    Mehmedi Goal 114' Report
    Herning Stadium, Herning
    Attendance: 5,038
    Referee: Robert Schörgenhofer (Austria)

    Olympic play-off

    25 June 2011
    Czech Republic  0 – 1  Belarus
    Report Filipenko Goal 88'
    Attendance: 870
    Referee: Milorad Mažić (Serbia)


    25 June 2011 (2011-06-25)
    Switzerland  0 – 2  Spain
    Report Herrera Goal 41'
    Thiago Goal 81'
    Aarhus Stadion, Aarhus
    Attendance: 16,110
    Referee: Paolo Tagliavento (Italy)


    5 goals
    3 goals
    2 goals
    1 goal

    Team of the Tournament

    The UEFA Technical Team was charged with naming a squad composed of the 23 best players over the course of the tournament. The group of nine analysts watched every game at the tournament before making their decision after the final. Spain, with seven, have most players in team.[14]

    UEFA Team of the Tournament
    Goalkeepers Defenders Midfielders Forwards
    David de Gea Chris Smalling Christian Eriksen Admir Mehmedi
    Yann Sommer Kyle Walker Marcel Gecov Xherdan Shaqiri
    Tomáš Vaclík Dídac Vilà Ander Herrera Adrián
    Timm Klose Javi Martínez Juan Mata
    Jonathan Rossini Thiago Alcântara Kolbeinn Sigthórsson
    Iaroslav Rakiţki Mikhail Sivakov Daniel Sturridge
    Nicolai Boilesen
    Ondřej Čelůstka



    Country/area Broadcaster(s) Source
     Belarus Belteleradio [15]
     Belgium Telenet [15]
     Brazil Globosat [15]
     Brunei Astro SuperSport [15]
     Bulgaria Nova Sport (Bulgaria) [15]
     Canada TSN (8 matches)
    TSN2 (9 matches)
     Chile Telecanal (some matches)
     Czech Republic Česká televize [15]
     Denmark TV 2 (5 matches)
    TV 2 Sport (8 matches)
    TV 2 Zulu (2 matches)
     France Direct8 [15]
     Germany Eurosport [15]
     Guatemala Trecevision
    Canal 11
     Iceland RÚV [15]
     Indonesia RCTI
     Israel Sport 1
    Sport 1 HD
     Ireland Sky Sports
     Italy RAI [15]
     Japan TV Asahi [17]
    Latin America (except Brazil) Televideo Services [15]
     Malaysia Astro SuperSport [15]
     Mexico OTI [15]
    Middle East and North Africa Al Jazeera Sports +4, +10

    Al Jazeera Sports HD1

     Norway Viasat Fotball [15]
     Portugal Sport TV [15]
     South Africa Supersport International [15]
     Spain Cuatro (Spain's matches)
    La Siete
     Sweden Viasat [20]
      Switzerland SRG SSR [15]
     Thailand MCOT/ GMM SPORT
     Ukraine ICTV
    Football TV Сhannel
     United Kingdom Sky Sports 1/Sky Sports HD1 [21]
     Venezuela Meridiano [15]


    1. ^ a b "Denmark to host 2011 U21 finals".  
    2. ^ "Spain crowned European Under-21 champions".  
    3. ^ "Spain win tournament with victory over Switzerland". Daily Telegraph. 27 June 2011. Retrieved 27 June 2011. 
    4. ^ a b "Denmark and Israel bid for U21 finals".  
    5. ^ Fifa approves Team GB compromise – BBC News, 31/05/09
    6. ^ "Finalen spilles i Aarhus" [Final to be played in Aarhus] (in Danish).  
    7. ^ "Århus får EM-finalen for U21 landshold" [Århus gets the European Championship final for U21 national teams] (in Danish).  
    8. ^ Format & regulations – UEFA.COM, 12/10/10
    9. ^ "Final tournament".  
    10. ^ "Seedningslag fastlagt til UEFA U21-EM 2011" [Seedings for UEFA Under-21 Championship 2011 defined] (in Danish).  
    11. ^ Dommere
    12. ^ "Agenda set for Under-21 finals draw in Aalborg". 2010-11-03. Archived from the original on 27 October 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-25. 
    13. ^ "Switzerland and Belarus make it through". UEFA. 18 June 2011. Retrieved 19 June 2011. 
    14. ^ U21 all-star squad named by UEFA technical team
    15. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w
    16. ^ 2011 UEFA Under 21 Broadcast Schedule on TSN
    17. ^ UEFA U-21 欧州選手権(ロンドン五輪欧州予選)
    18. ^
    19. ^ UEFA Under 21 Broadcast Schedule Mediaset Spain
    20. ^ U21-EM: Se morgondagens stjärnor på TV10
    21. ^ "Strong broadcast platform delivered for UEFA European Under-21 Championship 2011". 10 June 2011. Retrieved 11 June 2011. 

    External links

    • – UEFA Under-21 Championship
    • (Danish) Official Danish FA website

As in Under-21 Euro 2009: If two or more teams are equal on points on completion of the group matches, the following criteria are applied to determine the rankings.


Fourth officials


In April 2011 UEFA published a list of referees, assistant referees and fourth officials to officiate at the tournament. All of the referees are either Premier Category 1-referees or Category 2-referees, respectively the second highest and third highest tier of international referees. All referees are appointed because they are deemed to be future elite referees, thus they are all between 31 and 38 years old and therefore adhere to the U21 philosophy of being the tournament of the stars of tomorrow.[11]


Squads for the 2011 Euro U-21 Championship consisted of 23 players, as in the previous tournament in 2009. Only players born on or after the 1st of January, 1988 were eligible to play.


Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3

Similar to former tournaments, the games in each group are to be held at just two stadia. For the draw, the finalists were divided into three seeding pots, based on average points per game in the qualifying phase, with each group having one team from pot 1 and 2, and two teams from pot 3. Denmark, as hosts, were seeded first automatically.[10]


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