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2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification

The 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship starts with a qualifying competition which will begin in March 2013 and finishes in September 2014. The final tournament will be held in Czech Republic. The draw for the qualifying rounds was held on 31 January 2013 in Nyon, with matches played between March 2013 and September 2014.[1]

There are ten groups. Two of these groups have six teams; the remaining eight groups consists of five teams. Group competition is a double round robin: each team hosts a game with every other team in its group. At the conclusion of qualifying, the 10 teams at the top of each group and four best second-placed teams qualify for the two-legged play-offs scheduled in October 2014, with the seven winners of the play-off ties joining Czech Republic in the finals.

Seeds

A total of fifty-two participating teams were divided in five draw pots based on the UEFA Under-21 coefficient ranking. Pots A through D contained ten teams, while pot E twelve teams.[1]

Pot A Pot B Pot C Pot D Pot E

Before the draw UEFA confirmed that, for political reasons, Russia (due to the dispute regarding the territory of South Ossetia and Abkhazia ) in the qualifiers for 2013 UEFA European Under–21 Football Championship.

Tiebreakers

If two or more teams are equal on points on completion of the group matches, the following criteria are applied to determine the rankings.[2]

  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. Higher number of goals scored away from home in the group matches played among the teams in question
  5. 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 6) and 7) will apply
  6. Results of all group matches:
  7. Superior goal difference
  8. Higher number of goals scored
  9. Higher number of goals scored away from home
  10. Position in the UEFA Under-21 coefficient ranking used for the group stage draw
  11. Qualifying group stage

    Key to colours in group tables
    Group winners and four best runners up advance to the play-offs

    Group 1

    Team
    Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
     England 10 9 1 0 31 2 +29 28
     Finland 10 4 4 2 17 10 +7 16
     Moldova 10 5 1 4 12 6 +6 16
     Wales 10 3 3 4 12 13 –1 12
     Lithuania 10 2 2 6 6 19 –13 8
     San Marino 10 1 1 8 2 30 –28 4
     
    England  3–0 5–0 1–0 9–0 1–0
    Finland  1–1 2–2 1–0 5–0 2–2
    Lithuania  0–1 0–1 0–3 2–1 1–1
    Moldova  0–3 1–0 3–0 2–0 0–0
    San Marino  0–4 0–0 0–1 0–3 1–0
    Wales  1–3 1–5 2–0 1–0 4–0


    Group 2

    Team
    Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
     Denmark 10 8 2 0 37 9 +28 26
     Russia 10 7 1 2 22 12 +10 22
     Slovenia 10 5 2 3 29 11 +18 17
     Bulgaria 10 2 3 5 18 26 –8 9
     Estonia 10 2 3 5 9 23 –14 9
     Andorra 10 0 1 9 1 35 –34 1
     
    Andorra  0–3 0–2 0–2 0–3 0–5
    Bulgaria  3–0 2–3 1–1 3–3 1–5
    Denmark  6–0 7–1 8–0 4–2 2–2
    Estonia  1–1 2–2 0–1 1–2 1–7
    Russia  5–0 3–1 0–2 1–0 2–1
    Slovenia  5–0 2–1 2–2 0–1 0–1


    Group 3

    Team
    Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
     Slovakia 8 5 2 1 19 7 +12 17
     Netherlands 8 5 1 2 22 6 +16 16
     Scotland 8 3 2 3 12 15 −3 11
    Georgia 8 3 1 4 8 15 −7 10
     Luxembourg 8 1 0 7 5 23 −18 3
     
    0–3* 0–6 2–1 1–3
    Luxembourg  0–3 0–1 0–3 1–7
    Netherlands  0–1 3–1 4–0 0–1
    Scotland  1–1 3–0 1–6 2–1
    Slovakia  1–0 3–0 2–2 1–1


    Group 4

    Team
    Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
     Spain 8 7 1 0 24 6 +18 22
     Austria 8 5 1 2 15 12 +3 16
     Hungary 8 3 0 5 12 13 –1 9
     Bosnia-Herzegovina 8 2 0 6 10 22 –12 6
     Albania 8 2 0 6 7 15 –8 6
     
    Albania  0–1 0–1 1–2 0–2
    Austria  1–3 2–0 4–2 2–6
    Bosnia-Herzegovina  4–1 0–2 1–4 1–6
    Hungary  0–2 0–2 4–1 0–1
    Spain  4–0 1–1 3–2 1–0


    Group 5

    Team
    Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
     Croatia 8 6 1 1 20 5 +15 19
     Ukraine 8 6 1 1 20 8 +12 19
     Switzerland 8 5 0 3 23 8 +15 15
     Latvia 8 2 0 6 11 22 –11 6
     Liechtenstein 8 0 0 8 3 34 –31 0
     
    Croatia  3–1 4–0 0–2 1–1
    Latvia  1–3 4–0 0–2 1–5
    Liechtenstein  0–5 0–2 0–6 2–5
    Switzerland  0–2 7–1 5–1 1–2
    Ukraine  0–2 2–1 3–0 2–0


    Group 6

    Team
    Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
     Germany 8 6 2 0 25 5 +20 20
     Romania 8 3 3 2 14 19 –5 12
     Montenegro 8 3 2 3 12 11 +1 11
     Republic of Ireland 8 2 2 4 10 12 –2 8
     Faroe Islands 8 1 1 6 9 23 –14 4
     
    Faroe Islands  0–3 1–0 1–4 2–2
    Germany  3–2 2–0 2–0 8–0
    Montenegro  3–0 1–1 0–0 3–2
    Republic of Ireland  5–2 0–4 1–2 0–1
    Romania  3–1 2–2 4–3 0–0


    Group 7

    Team
    Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
     Sweden 8 5 1 2 20 14 +6 16
     Greece 8 5 0 3 20 10 +10 15
     Poland 8 5 0 3 17 10 +7 15
     Turkey 8 4 1 3 16 11 +5 13
     Malta 8 0 0 8 2 30 –28 0
     
    Greece  5–0 3–1 5–1 2–1
    Malta  0–4 1–5 1–2 0–3
    Poland  3–1 2–0 2–0 3–1
    Sweden  3–0 5–0 3–1 4–3
    Turkey  1–0 4–0 1–0 2–2


    Group 8

    Team
    Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
     Portugal 8 8 0 0 22 6 +16 24
     Israel 8 5 0 3 22 15 +7 15
     Norway 8 3 0 5 11 19 –8 9
     Azerbaijan 8 2 1 5 9 15 –6 7
     Macedonia 8 1 1 6 4 13 –9 4
     
    Azerbaijan  3–0 0–0 0–1 0–2
    Israel  7–2 2–1 4–1 3–4
    Macedonia  1–0 0–3 1–3 0–1
    Norway  1–3 1–3 2–1 1–2
    Portugal  3–1 3–0 2–0 5–1


    Group 9

    Team
    Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
     Italy 8 6 0 2 19 7 +12 18
     Serbia 8 5 1 2 18 10 +8 16
     Belgium 8 5 1 2 15 7 +8 16
     Cyprus 8 2 0 6 7 21 –14 6
     Northern Ireland 8 1 0 7 3 17 –14 3
     
    Belgium  2–0 0–1 1–0 0–3
    Cyprus  0–6 0–2 3–0 2–1
    Italy  1–3 7–1 3–0 3–2
    Northern Ireland  0–1 1–0 0–2 1–4
    Serbia  2–2 2–1 1–0 3–1


    Group 10

    Team
    Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
     France 8 7 1 0 28 7 +21 22
     Iceland 8 5 1 2 20 11 +9 16
     Kazakhstan 8 3 0 5 8 18 –10 9
     Armenia 8 3 0 5 7 19 –12 9
     Belarus 8 1 0 7 6 14 –8 3
     
    Armenia  2–1 1–4 1–2 1–2
    Belarus  0–1 1–2 0–1 1–2
    France  6–0 1–0 5–0 1–1
    Kazakhstan  0–1 1–2 1–5 3–2
    Iceland  4–0 4–1 3–4 2–0


    Ranking of second-placed teams

    Because some groups contain six teams and some five, matches against the sixth-placed team in each group are not included in this ranking. As a result, eight matches played by each team will count for the purposes of the second-placed table.

    Tiebreakers

    The following criteria are applied to determine the rankings.[2]

    1. Higher number of points obtained in these matches
    2. Superior goal difference from these matches
    3. Higher number of goals scored in these matches
    4. Higher number of away goals scored in these matches
    5. Position in the UEFA Under-21 coefficient ranking used for the group stage draw
    Grp
    Team
    Pld W D L GF GA GD AG Pts
    5  Ukraine 8 6 1 1 20 8 +12 13 19
    3  Netherlands 8 5 1 2 22 6 +16 15 16
    10  Iceland 8 5 1 2 20 11 +9 7 16
    9  Serbia 8 5 1 2 18 10 +8 10 16
    4  Austria 8 5 1 2 15 12 +3 6 16
    2  Russia 8 5 1 2 14 12 +2 8 16
    7  Greece 8 5 0 3 20 10 +10 5 15
    8  Israel 8 5 0 3 22 15 +7 3 15
    1  Finland 8 3 3 2 12 10 +2 6 12
    6  Romania 8 3 3 2 14 19 –5 5 12


    Play-offs

    The play-offs for the tournament finals will be held on 9,10 and 14 October 2014. The seven winners qualify for the final tournament in Czech Republic.[2]

    Seedings

    The draw for the play-offs was held on 12 September 2014 in Nyon to determine the seven pairings as well as the order of the home and away ties. The seven group winners with the highest competition coefficients were seeded and were drawn against the unseeded teams. Nations from the same group could not be drawn against each other.[3][4]

    Each nation's coefficient was generated by calculating:[2]

    Matches

    Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
    Slovakia  2–4  Italy 1–1 1–3
    France  3–4  Sweden 2–0 1–4
    Denmark  1–1 (a)  Iceland 0–0 1–1
    England  4–2  Croatia 2–1 2–1
    Netherlands  4–7  Portugal 0–2 4–5
    Ukraine  0–5  Germany 0–3 0–2
    Serbia  2–1  Spain 0–0 2–1

    Top goalscorers

    The top scorers in the 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification were as follows. Players in italics have also played in the play-offs.[5]

    Rank Name Goals Apps Minutes played
    1 Saido Berahino 10 10 800
    2 Arkadiusz Milik 9 6 517
    3 Álvaro Morata 8 7 583
    Emil Atlason 8 10 599
    Moanes Dabour 8 7 616
    6 Marcelo Brozović 7 7 586
    Quincy Promes 7 7 596
    Philipp Hofmann 7 10 726

    References

    1. ^ a b 2015 UEFA European U21 Championship qualifying draw UEFA.com
    2. ^ a b c d "Regulations of the UEFA European Under-21 Championship 2013–15". 
    3. ^ "Under-21 play-off seedings confirmed for draw". UEFA. 11 September 2014. Retrieved 11 September 2014. 
    4. ^ "Jong Oranje in Pot B". onsoranje.nl. 10 September 2014. Retrieved 10 September 2014. 
    5. ^ "Statistics – Goals scored". UEFA.com. 

    External links

    • Official site
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