2019 UEFA U21 European Championship Previews, Predictions & Betting Tips

Germany won the 2017 UEFA U21 Championship Final after defeating Spain 1-0 in Poland (Getty Images).

What is the 2019 UEFA U21 European Championship?


The 2019 UEFA U21 European Championship will be the 22nd edition of a biennial international youth football championship organised by UEFA for the men's U21 national teams of Europe. 

The tournament serves as European qualifying for the Olympics with the top four teams qualifying for the 2020 Summer Olympic men's football tournament in Japan. The rules change slightly with teams switching to U23 national teams with a maximum of three overage players allowed in each squad.

UEFA U21 European Championship History


The UEFA U21 European Championship is a football competition held every two years. Organised by UEFA, the tournament is open to men’s teams with players under 21 years old.

The competition began as the U23 Challenge Cup which ran from 1967 to 1970. In 1972 the tournament was known as the U23 championships. 

In 1978 the competition was rebranded as the U21 Championship and has remained that way since, with the main difference being the age limit reduced from 23 to 21.

The video assistant referee (VAR) system will be used at the UEFA European U21 Championship for the first time in history. 

Who were the recent UEFA U21 European Championship winners and runners-up?


YearHostsWinnersScore
Runners-Up
2023


2021Hungary & Slovenia


2019Italy & San Marino


2017PolandGermany1-0Spain
2015Czech RepublicSweden0-0 (4-3p)Portugal
2013IsraelSpain4-2Italy
2011DenmarkSpain2-0Switzerland
2009SwedenGermany4-0England
2007NetherlandsNetherlands4-1Serbia
2006PortugalNetherlands3-0Ukraine
2004GermanyItaly3-0Serbia & Montenegro
2002SwitzerlandCzech Republic0-0 (3-1p)France
2000SlovakiaItaly2-1Czech Republic
1998RomaniaSpain1-0Greece
1996SpainItaly1-1 (4-2p)Spain
1994FranceItaly1-0 (aet)Portugal
1992Home & AwayItaly2-0 / 0-1Sweden
1990Home & Away Soviet Union4-2 / 3-1Yugoslavia
1988Home & Away France0-0 / 3-0Greece
1986Home & Away Spain1-2 / 2-1 (3-0p)Italy
1984Home & Away England1-0 / 2-0Spain
1982Home & Away England3-1 / 2-3West Germany
1980Home & Away Soviet Union0-0 / 1-0East Germany
1978Home & Away Yugoslavia1-0 / 4-4East Germany

Where is the 2019 UEFA U21 European Championship?


The tournament will be hosted by Italy and San Marino.

When is the 2019 UEFA U21 European Championship?


The 2019 UEFA U21 European Championship starts on 16 June 2019 with the Final being held on 30 June 2019 at the Stadio Friuli in Udine.

What Cities & Stadiums will host matches at the 2019 UEFA U21 European Championship?


Six cities and stadiums in northern Italy and San Marino will host matches at the tournament. 

Stadium
City
Country
Capacity
Stadio Renato Dall'AraBolognaItaly38,279
Mapei Stadium - Città del TricoloreReggio EmiliaItaly21,584
Stadio Dino ManuzziCesenaItaly20,198
Stadio Nereo RoccoTriesteItaly21,000
Stadio Friuli (Dacia Arena)UdineItaly25,144
San Marino StadiumSerravalleSan Marino6,664

2019 UEFA U21 European Championship Qualification


There were 54 UEFA nations competing in the qualifying competition with hosts Italy qualifying automatically (co-hosts San Marino had to particpate in the qualifying competition).

The qualifying competition featured two rounds and took place from March 2017 to November 2018.There were nine groups of six teams with teams playing in home and away round-robin format. 

Nine group winners automatically qualified for the tournament with the four best runners-up advancing to the play-offs. The play-offs were a home and away two-legged affair with the aggregate score deciding the winner.

2019 UEFA European U21 Championship Groups 


Group AGroup BGroup C
ItalyGermanyEngland
SpainDenmarkFrance
PolandSerbiaRomania
BelgiumAustriaCroatia

2019 UEFA U21 European Championship Teams & Squads


A total of 12 teams will contest the tournament with eligible players born on or after 1 January 1996. The age limit is in effect when the qualification process begins, meaning players can be 23 years old when the UEFA U21 European Championship kicks off. 

The nations competing at the tournament will be Italy, Spain, France, England, Serbia, Germany, Croatia, Denmark, Belgium, Romania, Poland and Austria. We have all the team news, qualification, history, manager & squad information to help you analyse each nation's chances of winning the tournament. 

2019 UEFA U21 European Championship Fixtures


The tournament begins at the Mapei Stadium – Città del Tricolore in Reggio Emilia with Poland taking on Belgium. The knockout rounds begin on 27 June at the semi-final stage with the final being held at the Stadio Friuli (Dacia Arena) in Udine on Sunday 30 June.

We have a full list of all the fixtures to make sure you don't miss a match.

Who has won the most UEFA U21 European Championships?


Italy have won five tournaments (1992, 1994, 1996, 2000, 2004) with Spain next best with four titles (1986, 1998, 2011, 2013). Germany (2009, 2017), England (1982, 1984), Netherlands (2006, 2007) and Russia (as Soviet Union 1980, 1990) have all won twice.

Four teams have won the UEFA U21 European Championship once including Serbia(1978), France (1988), Sweden (2015) and Czech Republic (2002). Portugal (1994, 2015) and Greece 1988, 1998) have both been runners-up on two occasions with Switzerland (2011) and Ukraine (2006) falling in the final once each.

Who are the defending UEFA U21 European Championship champions?


Germany are the defending champions having defeated Spain 1-0 in the 2017 final at the Stadion Cracovia in Kraków, Poland. Mitchell Weiser scored the winner in the first half with Germany winning their second UEFA U21 European Championship title.

What happened at the 2017 UEFA U21 European Championship?


The 2017 UEFA U21 European Championship was the 21st edition of the tournament which was hosted in Poland for the first time. The nations that took part in the competition were Poland, Portugal, Denmark, England, Slovakia, Germany, Czech Republic, Sweden, Italy, Macedonia, Spain and Serbia.

England, Spain and Italy all won their respective groups with Germany advancing to the semi-finals as the best runners-up. 

The first semi-final saw Germany defeat England 4-3 in a penaltry shootout after the match ended 2-2 after extra time. The second semi-final saw Spain defeat Italy 3-1 with Saúl Ñíguez scoring a hat-trick.

The Final was held on 30 June 2017 at Krakow Stadium with Germany winning 1-0. Mitchell Weiser scored the winner in the 40th minute with the Germans deserved winners after dominating much of the match.

Spain's Saúl Ñíguez was top goalscorer with five goals to earn the Golden Boot award. His Spanish counterpart Marco Asensio next best with three alongside Portugal's Bruma. Spain's Dani Ceballos was awarded Player of the Tournament.

UEFA U21 European Championship Top 10 Goalscorers


Mark Hateley leads the way with eight goals scored in England's two successful campaigns in 1982 and 1984. Hateley was top scorer in 1984, scoring six goals as England beat Spain in the two legged play-off 3-0 on aggregate. Sweden's Marcus Berg scored seven goals in four matches with Yugoslavia's Vahid Halilhodžić scoring seven goals in five matches.

Germany's Pierre Littbarski scored six goals in four matches with Spain's Robert scoring six in 12 matches. Two Spanish players achieved five goals with Adrián needing five matches and Saúl who required four matches in 2017. The other player to score five goals was Greece's Aris Karasavvidis.

There have been 12 players scoring four goals at the tournament including Sweden's Johan Elmander, Italy's Alberto Gilardino, Gianluca Vialli and Andrea Pirlo, Netherlands' Klaas Jan Huntelaar and Maceo Rigters, Germany's Peter Kotte, Dieter Kühn and Rudi Völler, Spain's Morata and Thiago and France's Stéphane Paille.

2019 UEFA U21 European Championship Betting Tips


We will have plenty of 2019 UEFA U21 European Championship match previews, predictions and betting tips for the duration of the tournament. Be sure to check back in at free tips for tips from the outright betting matkets including tournament winner and top scorer.

2019 UEFA U21 European Championship Live Streaming


There are various ways to watch the U21 Euros by live streaming. Live Streaming is free of charge for bet365 account holders with a funded Sports account or have placed a bet within the last 24 hours. Live Streaming at bet365 is available on desktop, mobile and tablet.

2019 UEFA U21 European Championship Betting Odds


Bookmakers can't separate Spain, England, Italy, Germany and France in the 2019 UEFA U21 European Championship winner market. Denmark, Belgium, Serbia, Poland, Austria, Croatia and Romania are all outsiders.

Please note odds can fluctuate:

Nation
Odds
Spain5.00
England6.00
Italy6.00
France6.00
Germany6.00
Denmark26.00
Belgium31.00
Serbia41.00
Poland51.00
Austria51.00
Croatia51.00
Romania67.00

2019 UEFA U21 European Championship Free Bets


Free Tips will have all the free bets offered by various bookmakers througout the tournament.

2019 UEFA U21 European Championship Bet of the Day


We will be offering out 2019 UEFA U21 European Championship bet of the day which could come from a range of betting markets including win/draw/win, handicap, correct score, first and anytime goalscorer or total goals over/under. 

2019 UEFA U21 European Championship Results


The best way to keep up with all the results at the tournament is to visit the official UEFA U21 website which will have all the results including goal scorers, line ups and statistics. Be sure to analyse them carefully to find some sharp angles which will help you find value in the betting markets.

2019 UEFA U21 European Championship Replays


Watching replays is another way to make sure you can stay ahead of the bookmakers. This will allow you to increase your knowledge about players, teams and managers that can influence results in the coming matches. One of the best ways to do this is at the UEFA TV Youtube channel

2019 UEFA U21 European Championship News


It's vital to keep up to date with all the latest news if you are going to have a successful betting outcome at the 2019 UEFA U21 European Championship. The UEFA website has all the U21 news you will need to stay on top. WorldFootball.net's UEFA U21 portal is another tool you can use to make sure you don't miss any of the news which could influence your betting including player injuries and suspensions. 

2019 UEFA U21 European Championship Social News


The UEFA European U21 Championship twitter account is a great resource to use for following the tournament. Youtube is another resource you should visit regularly during the tournament with the UEFA TV channel the pick of the bunch.

UEFA U21 European Championship Golden Player Award


The competitions has often acted as a showpiece for some of the best players in world football. The Golden Player award for the player who is judged to have played the most outstanding football during the tournament features some impressive names.

Rudi Völler won the award for West Germany in 1982, followed by France’s Laurent Blanc (1990), Yugoslavia’s Davor Šuker (1990), Portugal’s Luis Figo (1994) with Italian players featuring heavily such as Fabio Cannavaro (1996), Andrea Pirlo (2000) and Alberto Gilardino (2004).

Spain confirmed their dominance with three players winning the award between 2011 and 2017 - Juan Mata, Thiago Alcantara and Dani Ceballos.

UEFA U21 European Championship Golden Boot Award


Three Spanish players also claiming the golden boot for the player who scores the most goals during the tournament.

Adrian won in 2011 with five goals scored, Alvaro Morata winning in 2013 with four goals and Saul scoring five goals to take out the 2017 UEFA U21 European Championship Golden Boot award.

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