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The UEFA U-21 Championship 2007 were held from 10 June 2007 to 23 June 2007. It is the 16th staging of UEFA's European Under-21 Football Championship.

For the first time, a host nation was chosen ahead of the competition – the Netherlands, who are also the defending champions, were exempt from qualifying. The host nation was chosen on 15 December 2005. Englandmarker, Italymarker, Portugalmarker, Turkeymarker, and Swedenmarker also submitted bids. Of UEFA's 52 member countries, only the Faroe Islandsmarker did not compete in the qualification round for the tournament. That left 50 nations attempting to qualify for the seven remaining spots at the finals.

This was the first time that the competition's final matches took place in an odd-numbered year. UEFA took this decision with the will to give more visibility to the tournament, since during even-numbered years the competition was clouded by the approaching FIFA World Cup or the UEFA European Championship.

The tournament also served as the European qualifying tournament for the 2008 Summer Olympics, with a place for the four semi-finalists of the tournament. With the event of England reaching the semi-finals, a fifth-place playoff was necessary.

In this competition, a new UEFA penalty shootout record was established. The semi final between The Netherlands U21 and England U21 finished in 1-1. No less than 32 penalties had to be taken before the tie was decided. The Netherlands U21 won 13-12, and went on to win the tournament by defeating Serbia U21 4-1 in the final.

After the final, some commotion arose in the Netherlands because several Dutch internationals with Surinamesemarker roots carried the flag of Suriname with them during the ceremony of the European Champion in the Euroborgmarker. Dutch coach Foppe de Haan expressed the actions of these players as "inappropriate".


Steward outfit displaying the logo of the UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship 2007

In order to make the switch from odd to even-numbered years, the 2007 edition was a shortened version, condensed from a two-year campaign into a one-year campaign. Therefore, a completely new qualification format was devised to eliminate the weaker nations early, and saw a decrease in the size and duration of qualification groups.

Finals Tournament


The Dutch team celebrating their victory after the final
The draw for the finals took place in Arnhemmarker on 24 November 2006, putting the eight qualifying nations into two groups. The provisional dates for the group games are 10 June to 17 June 2007, with Heerenveenmarker and Arnhemmarker each staging a semi-final on 20 June. The final took place on Saturday 23 June at the Euroborg stadiummarker in Groningenmarker.

The opening game was between the Netherlands and Israel at 10 June.


City Stadium Capacity
Arnhemmarker Gelredomemarker 30,000
Heerenveenmarker Abe Lenstra Stadionmarker 28,000
Groningenmarker Euroborgmarker 20,000
Nijmegenmarker De Goffert 13,000


Finals group stage

The final, Netherlands–Serbia, in the rain
In the following tables:

  • Pld = total games played
  • W = total games won
  • D = total games drawn (tied)
  • L = total games lost
  • GF = total goals scored (goals for)
  • GA = total goals conceded (goals against)
  • GD = Goal difference
  • Pts = total points accumulated

Team qualified for the knockout stage
Team went to play-off for Olympics

Group A

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
3 2 1 0 5 3 +2 7
3 1 2 0 3 2 +1 5
3 1 1 1 5 2 +3 4
3 0 0 3 0 6 −6 0

Group B

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
3 2 0 1 2 2 0 6
3 1 2 0 4 2 +2 5
3 1 1 1 5 4 +1 4
3 0 1 2 1 4 −3 1

Olympic Qualifying Play-Off

The 2007 European Under-21 Championship also doubled up as the European qualifying round for the 2008 Olympic football tournament. Europe's four places at the Olympic tournament were to be filled by the four semi-finalists. However, because England, one of the semi-finalists, do not compete independently at the Olympics, a play-off between Portugal and Italy, the two third-placed teams in each group, decided the fourth European qualifier. Italy defeated Portugal through a penalty shoot-out booking their Olympic place in Beijing.

Knockout stage



The teams enter the field for the final

GK 1 Boy Waterman
RB 2 Gianni Zuiverloon
CB 4 Arnold Kruiswijk
CB 18 Ryan Donk
LB 5 Erik Pieters
DM 6 Hedwiges Maduro (c)
CM 8 Royston Drenthe
CM 11 Daniël de Ridder
AM 10 Otman Bakkal
CF 13 Maceo Rigters
CF 9 Ryan Babel
MF 12 Luigi Bruins
FW 14 Roy Beerens
DF 19 Calvin Jong-a-Pin
Foppe de Haan

GK 1 Damir Kahriman
RB 3 Antonio Rukavina
CB 2 Branislav Ivanović (c)
CB 11 Duško Tošić
LB 6 Aleksandar Kolarov
DM 7 Milan Smiljanić
DM 13 Nikola Drinčić
RM 19 Dušan Basta
CM 10 Dejan Milovanović
LM 8 Boško Janković
CF 9 Đorđe Rakić
MF 21 Zoran Tošić
MF 14 Stefan Babović
FW 18 Dragan Mrđa
Miroslav Đukić
Man of the Match:

Ryan Babel

Assistant referees:

Manuel Navarro

Tomas Mokos

Fourth official:

Stéphane Lannoy

2007 UEFA Euro Under-21 Championship



Second title


Golden player

Goalkeeper Defenders Midfielders Forwards
 Scott Carson
Paulo Ribeiro
 Branislav Ivanović
Giorgio Chiellini
Leighton Baines
Steven Taylor
Manuel da Costa
Gianni Zuiverloon
Duško Tošić
 Royston Drenthe
Otman Bakkal
Miguel Veloso
Manuel Fernandes
Jan Vertonghen
Alberto Aquilani
 Kevin Mirallas
Maceo Rigters
Leroy Lita
David Nugent
Alessandro Rosina
Ryan Babel
Ashley Young

Goal scorers

4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal

Countries to participate in Football at the 2008 Summer Olympics


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