2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship Preview, 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 European Under-21 Championship?

The 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship will be the 22nd edition of the UEFA European Under-21 Championship. The finals will be hosted by Italy and San Marino from 16-30 June 2019.

A total of 12 teams will play in the tournament with six venues selected including Stadio Renato Dall'Ara in Bologna, Mapei Stadium – Città del Tricolore in Reggio Emilia, Stadio Dino Manuzzi in Cesena, Stadio Nereo Rocco in Trieste, Stadio Friuli in Udine and San Marino Stadium in Serravalle, San Marino.

The 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship Final will be held on 30 June 2019 at the Stadio Friuli in Udine.

UEFA European Under-21 Championship History

The UEFA European Under-21 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 Under-23 Challenge Cup which ran from 1967 to 1970. In 1972 the tournament was known as the Under-23 championships. 

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

The age limit is in effect when the qualification process began, which means many players can be 23 years old by the time the UEFA European Under-21 Championship finals takes place.

The tournament functions as a qualifier for the Summer Olympics with the top four teams qualifying for the 2020 Summer Olympic men's football tournament in Japan.

UEFA European Under-21 Championship Winners

Italy have won five tournaments (1992, 1994, 1996, 2000, 2004) with Spain next best with four titles (1986, 1998, 2011, 2013). Germany, England, Netherlands and Russia have all won twice.

Four teams have won the UEFA European Under-21 Championship once including Serbia, France, Sweden and Czech Republic. Portugal and Greece have both been runners-up on two occasions with Switzerland and Ukraine falling in the final once each.

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 European Under-21 Championship title.

Recent UEFA European Under-21 Championship Hosts,Winners and Runners-Up

2019Italy & San Marino

2015Czech RepublicSwedenPortugal
2004GermanyItalySerbia & Montenegro
2002SwitzerlandCzech RepublicFrance

UEFA European Under-21 Championship Player Awards

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 claimed the award with 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 European Under-21 Championship Golden Boot award.

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