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1996 UEFA European Under-21 Championship

1996 UEFA European Under-21 Championship
Tournament details
Host country  Spain
Dates12 March – 31 May
Teams8 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s)1 (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions  Italy (3rd title)
Runners-up  Spain
Third place  France
Fourth place  Scotland
Tournament statistics
Matches played12
Goals scored28 (2.33 per match)
Top scorer(s)Raúl (3 goals)
Best player(s)Fabio Cannavaro
1994
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The 1996 UEFA European Under-21 Championship, which spanned two years (1994–96), had 44 entrants. After the quarter-finals stage, Spain were chosen as the hosts of the final stages, consisting of four matches in total. Italy U-21s won the competition for the third consecutive time.

1996 UEFA European Under-21 Championship Introduction Articles 2

Format

No fewer than 13 newly independent nations competed for the first time – due mainly to the fall of Socialist rule in Europe in the early 1990s.

Russia, who competed in 1994 were joined by nine further former Soviet Union states: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova and Ukraine.

The exclusion (for political reasons) of the team from Serbia and Montenegro, then known as the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia continued. Croatia, Slovenia and the Republic of Macedonia were three former states of Yugoslavia who did compete though.

Czechoslovakia became two separate nations – teams from the Czech Republic and Slovakia complete the list of new entrants.

The 44 national teams were divided into eight groups (four groups of 5 + four groups of 6). The group winners played off against each other on a two-legged home-and-away basis to determine the final four, one of whom would host the last four matches. The top five nations qualify for the Atlanta '96 Olympics.

1996 UEFA European Under-21 Championship Format Articles 24

Qualification

List of qualified teams

CountryQualified asPrevious appearances in tournament1
 FranceGroup 1 winner5 (1982, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1994)
 SpainGroup 2 winner5 (1982, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1990)
 HungaryGroup 3 winner3 (1978, 1980, 1986)
 ItalyGroup 4 winner9 (1978, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1994)
 Czech RepublicGroup 5 winner6 (19782, 19802, 19882, 19902, 19922, 19942)
 PortugalGroup 6 winner1 (1994)
 GermanyGroup 7 winner3 (19823, 19903, 1992)
 ScotlandGroup 8 winner4 (1980, 1982, 1984, 1988)
1Bold indicates champion for that year

Squads

Results

Quarter-finals

First leg

Hungary  2–1  Scotland
Szanyó  14'
Zavadszky  79'
ReportGlass  34'
Attendance: 15,000

Germany  0–0  France
Report

Portugal  1–0  Italy
Porfírio  18'Report
Attendance: 25,000
Referee: Markus Merk (Germany)

Spain  2–1  Czech Republic
Dani  28'
Roberto  41'
ReportŠmicer  50'

Second leg

Scotland  3–1  Hungary
Dailly  42'
Hamilton  84'
Donnelly  86'
ReportEgressy  30'
Attendance: 9,000

France  4–1  Germany
Pires  28'32'
Maurice  41'70'
ReportNerlinger  76' (pen.)

Italy  2–0  Portugal
Vieri  41'
Peixe  55' (o.g.)
Report
Attendance: 16,543

Czech Republic  1–2  Spain
Vágner  54'ReportRaúl  71'89'

Semi-finals

Italy  1–0  France
Totti  49'Report

Spain  2–1  Scotland
Óscar  26'
De la Peña  35'
ReportMarshall  28'

Third-place play-off

France  1–0  Scotland
Moreau  50'Report

Final

Goalscorers

3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
Own goal

1996 UEFA European Under-21 Championship Qualification Articles 18

Olympic qualifiers

  • France, Italy and Spain qualify for Olympic Games finals.
  • Best losing quarter-finalists Hungary and Portugal also qualify.
  • Scotland do not compete in the Olympic Football Tournament (See Great Britain Olympic football team).

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