2013 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship

2013 UEFA European Under-21 Championship
אליפות אירופה בכדורגל עד גיל 21 - 2013
Tournament details
Host country Israel
Dates 5–18 June
Teams (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s) (in 4 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Spain (4th title)
Runners-up Italy
Tournament statistics
Matches played 15
Goals scored 45 (3 per match)
Attendance 180,432 (12,029 per match)
Top scorer(s) Álvaro Morata (4 goals)
Best player Thiago[1]

2013 UEFA European Under-21 Championship was the 19th staging of UEFA's European Under-21 Championship. The final tournament was hosted by Israel between the 5–18 June 2013.

The Israeli bid was chosen by UEFA's Executive Committee on 27 January 2011 in Nyon, Switzerland.[2] This bid defeated the other bids from Bulgaria, Czech Republic, England and Wales.

Spain won their fourth title after defeating Italy 4–2 in the final.

Qualification

The draw for the group stage of qualifying for the 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Championship took place on 3 February in Nyon, Switzerland. 52 national teams took part in the qualifying. The group stage of qualifying began on 25 March 2011.[3] There were a total of ten groups, consisting of five or six teams each. All the teams in each group faced each other two times, at home and away. The team at the top of each group and the four best second-placed teams qualified to the playoff round. In the playoff round, the 14 teams were drawn to play seven two-legged matches. The winners joined Israel in the tournament finals.

List of qualified teams

The following teams qualified for the 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Championship:

  • England
  • Germany
  • Israel (hosts)
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Russia
  • Spain

Venues

The Competition was played at four venues, Bloomfield (Tel Aviv), Teddy (Jerusalem), HaMoshava (Petah Tikva) and Netanya Municipal Stadium.

Jerusalem Netanya
Teddy Stadium Netanya Stadium
Capacity: 34,000 Capacity: 13,800
Petah Tikva Tel Aviv
HaMoshava Stadium Bloomfield Stadium
Capacity: 11,500 Capacity: 14,413

Match Officials

In December 2012, it was announced that these six referees would take charge of matches at the final tournament:

It was furthermore announced that additional assistant referees would be deployed at Israel's final tournament.[4]

Seeding

The draw for the final tournament took place on 28 November 2012 in Tel Aviv. As the highest-ranked team according to the competition coefficient rankings, Spain are one of the top two seeds alongside hosts Israel. Those two sides will be drawn into separate groups, as will the second and third-ranked teams in the list, England and the Netherlands. The remaining four countries are unseeded and will be placed in the remaining positions in the two four-team sections.[5][6]

Top seeds Second seeds Unseeded
  • Israel (assigned to A1)
  • Spain (assigned to B1)
  • England
  • Netherlands
  • Italy
  • Germany
  • Russia
  • Norway

Squads

The deadline for the submission of the final 23-man squads was ten days before the opening match: Sunday 26 May 2013.

Group stage

The draw for the group stage was held on 28 November 2012 in Tel Aviv.[7]

All times are local (UTC+3).

Group A

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Italy 3 2 1 0 6 1 +5 7
Norway 3 1 2 0 6 4 +2 5
Israel 3 1 1 1 3 6 −3 4
England 3 0 0 3 1 5 −4 0
5 June 2013
19:00
2–2 Norway
pen.)
 71'
Report  24'
 90+2'
Netanya Stadium, Netanya
Attendance: 10,850
Referee: Paweł Gil (Poland)

5 June 2013
21:30
0–1 Italy
Report  79'
Bloomfield Stadium, Tel Aviv
Attendance: 10,660
Referee: Antony Gautier (France)

8 June 2013
19:00
1–3 Norway
pen.) Report  15'
 34'
 52'
HaMoshava Stadium, Petah Tikva
Attendance: 6,150
Referee: Serhiy Boiko (Ukraine)

8 June 2013
21:30
4–0 Israel
 18'
 42'53'
 71'
Report
Bloomfield Stadium, Tel Aviv
Attendance: 13,750
Referee: Ovidiu Haţegan (Romania)

11 June 2013
19:00
1–0 England
 80' Report
Teddy Stadium, Jerusalem
Attendance: 22,183
Referee: Serhiy Boiko (Ukraine)

11 June 2013
19:00
1–1 Italy
pen.) Report  90+4'
Bloomfield Stadium, Tel Aviv
Attendance: 7,130
Referee: Ivan Bebek (Croatia)

Group B

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Spain 3 3 0 0 5 0 +5 9
Netherlands 3 2 0 1 8 6 +2 6
Germany 3 1 0 2 4 5 −1 3
Russia 3 0 0 3 2 8 −6 0
6 June 2013
19:00
1–0 Russia
 82' Report
Teddy Stadium, Jerusalem
Attendance: 8,127
Referee: Matej Jug (Slovenia)

6 June 2013
21:30
3–2 Germany
 24'
 38'
 90'
Report pen.)
 81'
HaMoshava Stadium, Petah Tikva
Attendance: 10,248
Referee: Ivan Bebek (Croatia)

9 June 2013
19:00
5–1 Russia
 38'
 61'
 69'
 83'
 90+2'
Report  65'
Teddy Stadium, Jerusalem
Attendance: 8,589
Referee: Antony Gautier (France)

9 June 2013
21:30
0–1 Spain
Report  86'
Netanya Stadium, Netanya
Attendance: 11,750
Referee: Paweł Gil (Poland)

12 June 2013
19:00
3–0 Netherlands
 26'
 32'
 90+1'
Report
HaMoshava Stadium, Petah Tikva
Attendance: 10,024
Referee: Ovidiu Haţegan (Romania)

12 June 2013
19:00
1–2 Germany
 22' Report  34'
pen.)
Netanya Stadium, Netanya
Attendance: 9,500
Referee: Matej Jug (Slovenia)

Knockout stage

Bracket

Semi-finals Final
15 June – Netanya
 Spain 3  
 Norway 0  
 
18 June – Jerusalem
     Spain 4
   Italy 2
15 June – Petah Tikva
 Italy 1
 Netherlands 0  

Semifinals

15 June 2013
18:30
3–0 Norway
 45+1'
 87'
 90+3'
Report
Netanya Stadium, Netanya
Attendance: 12,048
Referee: Serhiy Boiko (Ukraine)

15 June 2013
21:30
1–0 Netherlands
 79' Report
HaMoshava Stadium, Petah Tikva
Attendance: 10,123
Referee: Ovidiu Haţegan (Romania)

Final

18 June 2013
19:00
4–2 Italy
pen.)
pen.)
Report  10'
 80'
Teddy Stadium, Jerusalem
Attendance: 29,300
Referee: Matej Jug (Slovenia)

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. Spain, with eleven, have the most players in the team of the tournament.[1]

UEFA Team of the Tournament
Goalkeepers Defenders Midfielders Forwards
David de Gea Alberto Moreno Asier Illarramendi Álvaro Morata
Francesco Bardi Iñigo Martínez Isco Rodrigo
Ørjan Nyland Marc Bartra Koke Fabio Borini
Martín Montoya Thiago Alcântara Georginio Wijnaldum
Luca Caldirola Lewis Holtby Luuk de Jong
Bruno Martins Indi Marco Verratti
Stefan Strandberg Adam Maher
Alan Dzagoev

Goalscorers

4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal

Official match ball

The official ball for the UEFA European Under-21 Championship was unveiled during the draw in Tel Aviv on 28 November 2012.[9] The ball has the same blue and white colours as tournament hosts Israel and its design features the same thermally bonded triangular patterns as the adidas Tango 12, match ball of UEFA Euro 2012.

Calls to boycott tournament

After Israel was announced as host there were calls to boycott the tournament. The most prominent petition against the tournament taking place in Israel was organised by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign which demanded UEFA President Michel Platini reverse his decision.[10] Another petition[11] organised by Muslim Public Affairs Committee UK demanded that UEFA move the tournament to England after the Daily Mail[12] and The Jewish Chronicle reported[13] that UEFA considered asking the FA to be on standby if the Gaza-Israel conflict continued.

Another petition, organised by former Sevilla FC footballer Frédéric Kanouté and containing the name of 50 professional footballers who had signed it,[14] also gained media attention[15] but attracted criticism when some of the names listed on it were disputed. Didier Drogba, for example, claimed he never signed the petition and his name was removed from the list.[16]

Broadcast from UEFA European Under-21 Championship

Is it List of UEFA European Under-21 Championship

Américas

  • ESPN 3 (All matches live in Pay TV)
  • SporTV
  • SKY (Mexico and Central América) (All matches live on Channels of DirecTV Sports in South América and Caribbean / Sky Sports in Mexico and Central América).

Free TV

  • Monte Carlo TV
  • Paravisión (Channel 5)
  • LaTele (Channel 14).
  • Telecanal
  • Global TV (Channel 13)
  • TVes

References

  1. ^ a b "Thiago leads all-star squad dominated by Spain". UEFA.com. 21 June 2013. Retrieved 21 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "Israel awarded U21 Championship in 2013" (Press release). UEFA. 27 January 2011. Retrieved 21 January 2011. 
  3. ^ "Draw signals first steps on road to Israel" (Press release). UEFA. 31 January 2011. Retrieved 31 January 2011. 
  4. ^ http://footballrefereeing.blogspot.de/2013/02/uefa-deploys-additional-assistant.html#.UWqAhMrx93g
  5. ^ "Under-21 finals lineup complete". UEFA.com. 16 October 2012. Retrieved 19 October 2012. 
  6. ^ "Spain and Israel top seeds for Under-21 draw". UEFA.com. 19 October 2012. Retrieved 19 October 2012. 
  7. ^ "Spain draw Germany, Israel get England". UEFA.com. 
  8. ^ a b "Morata wins Golden Boot in Spanish clean sweep". UEFA.com. 18 June 2013. Retrieved 18 June 2013. 
  9. ^ "U21 tournament ball unveiled in Tel Aviv". UEFA.com. 
  10. ^ PSC boycott site
  11. ^ 'Move the European Under-21 Championship to England from Israel' – MPACUK
  12. ^ 'England could be set to host Under 21 Euros in 2013 if crisis worsens in Israel'
  13. ^ 'Uefa postpones match after Tel Aviv bomb blast' – The Jewish Chronicle
  14. ^ Freddie Kanouté's petition with names listed in support
  15. ^ "Boycotts criticised"
  16. ^ "Didier Drogba denies signing petition"

External links

  • Official website
  • The official website of the tournament in Hebrew
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