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UEFA U21 European Championship Winners - Spain and Italy on top

  • Spain and Italy have won 5 UEFA U21 European Championships
  • Spain have won 3 of the last 5 tournaments
  • Germany, England, Netherlands and Soviet Union have all won 2 titles
  • Spain are the defending champions after beating Germany in the 2019 final
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Spain beat Germany 2-1 in the 2019 Euro U21 final (Getty Images)
John Eastwood 27 May 2021
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UEFA U21 European Championship Winners & Runners-Up


Spain and Italy have both won five UEFA European Under-21 Championships. Spain have won three of the last five tournaments and are the defending champions after beating Germany 2-1 in the 2019 final.

Germany, England, Netherlands and Soviet Union have all won two titles.

YearHostsWinnersScoreRunners-Up
2023 Romania & Georgia tbc tbc tbc
2021 Hungary & Slovenia tbc tbc tbc
2019 Italy & San Marino Spain 2-1 Germany
2017 Poland Germany 1-0 Spain
2015 Czech Republic Sweden 0-0 (4-3p) Portugal
2013 Israel Spain 4-2 Italy
2011 Denmark Spain 2-0 Switzerland
2009 Sweden Germany 4-0 England
2007 Netherlands Netherlands 4-1 Serbia
2006 Portugal Netherlands 3-0 Ukraine
2004 Germany Italy 3-0 Serbia & Montenegro
2002 Switzerland Czech Republic 0-0 (3-1p) France
2000 Slovakia Italy 2-1 Czech Republic
1998 Romania Spain 1-0 Greece
1996 Spain Italy 1-1 (4-2p) Spain
1994 France Italy 1-0 (aet) Portugal
1992 Home & Away Italy 2-0 / 0-1 Sweden
1990 Home & Away Soviet Union 4-2 / 3-1 Yugoslavia
1988 Home & Away France 0-0 / 3-0 Greece
1986 Home & Away Spain 1-2 / 2-1 (3-0p) Italy
1984 Home & Away England 1-0 / 2-0 Spain
1982 Home & Away England 3-1 / 2-3 West Germany
1980 Home & Away Soviet Union 0-0 / 1-0 East Germany
1978 Home & Away Yugoslavia 1-0 / 4-4 East Germany

Team
Winners
Runners-up
Spain 5 (1986, 1998, 2011, 2013, 2019) 3 (1984, 1996, 2017)
Italy 5 (1992, 1994, 1996, 2000, 2004) 2 (1986, 2013)
Germany 2 (2009, 2017) 2 (1982, 2019)
England 2 (1982, 1984) 1 (2009)
Netherlands 2 (2006, 2007) -
Soviet Union 2 (1980, 1990) -
France 1 (1988) 1 (2002)
Sweden 1 (2015) 1 (1992)
Czech Republic 1 (2002) 1 (2000)
Yugoslavia 1 (1978) 1 (1990)
Portugal - 2 (1994, 2015)
Serbia - 2 (2004, 2007)
East Germany - 2 (1978, 1980)
Greece - 2 (1988, 1998)
Switzerland - 1 (2011)
Ukraine - 1 (2006)

History


The UEFA U21 European Championship 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.

UEFA U21 European Championship Winners FAQ

Who has won the most UEFA U21 European Championships?

Spain and Italy have both won five UEFA U21 European Championships.

Have England won the UEFA U21 European Championship?

Yes, England won two UEFA U21 European Championships in 1982 and 1984.

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