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The 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship began on 15 June 2009, and was the 17th UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship. This was the first tournament after the competition reverted to a two-year format, following the single-year 2006-07 competition, which allowed the change to odd-numbered years. Swedenmarker hosted the final tournament in June 2009; therefore, their under-21 team qualified automatically. 51 of the 52 other nations in UEFA's jurisdiction, including Montenegro and Serbia who competed separately for the first time, went through a series of qualifiers to decide the seven other teams to join Sweden at the finals. Andorra did not take part. Players born on or after 1 January 1986 were eligible to play in this competition.


Qualification groups

The 51 nations were divided into ten qualification groups, with group matches scheduled from 31 May 2007 until 10 September 2008. The draw for the qualifying round was made on 13 February 2007 in Stockholmmarker, Swedenmarker.

Group 1

Group 2

Group 3

Group 4

Group 5

Group 6

Group 7

Group 8

Group 9

Group 10


The ten group winners and four best runners-up from the group stage met in play-offs to determine the seven qualifying nations; the play-off matches were in October 2008.

Qualified teams

  • as host nation

The finals' tournament draw took place on 3 December 2008 at the Svenska Mässan exhibition centre, Gothenburg. Prior to the final draw, Sweden had been seeded first in Group A as hosts of the tournament, while Spain were seeded first in Group B.

Final draw

Pot A
  • assigned to A1
  • assigned to B1

Pot B

Pot C

The first pot contained the top seeds, these would have been host nation Sweden and the reigning champions, The Netherlands. However, The Netherlands did not qualify meaning that the team with the best qualifying record, Spain, took their place. Sweden and Spain were then automatically assigned to A1 and B1 respectively. The second pot contained the teams with the next two best records in qualifying: these were England and Italy. England were drawn into position B3 and Italy into A3. The final pot contained the other four qualified teams: Serbia, Finland, Germany and Belarus. Belarus were drawn first into position A2, Germany went into B2, Serbia into A4 and Finland into B4.


Örjans Vall, seen from the entrance.

The following venues were chosen to hold the final tournament matches:

Stadium Location Normal capacity Tournament capacity
Swedbank Stadionmarker Malmömarker 24,000 21,000
Gamla Ullevimarker Göteborgmarker 18,800 16,700
Olympiamarker Helsingborgmarker 17,000 12,000
Örjans Vallmarker Halmstadmarker 15,500 8,000

Sponsorship issues

The Max restaurant at Borås Arena.
Following the refusal of the Swedish hamburger chain Max to close their restaurant at Borås Arenamarker during the tournament (as they are not an official UEFA sponsor), UEFA disqualified Borås Arena from hosting games during the tournament. There is a contract between UEFA and the city and between UEFA and its sponsors saying that the UEFA sponsors shall have monopoly around the arena. A city cannot force Max to close down even if it happened to sign a contract with someone saying so, as Max have a tenancy agreement with the city.

On 2 September, the Swedish Football Association nominated Örjans Vallmarker in Halmstadmarker as a replacement venue for Borås Arena, and they officially became the fourth host city a few days later. They were awarded the three group stage games that were to be hosted by Borås Arena, while the second semi-final was moved from Borås to Helsingborg and Olympiamarker.

Swedbank Stadion was referred to as Malmö New Stadium during the tournament, as Swedbank - which owns the naming rights to the stadium - are not official UEFA sponsors.



All times are Central European Summer Time (UTC+2).

Group stage

Group A

3 2 1 0 4 2 +2 7
3 2 0 1 9 4 +5 6
3 0 2 1 1 3 −2 2
3 0 1 2 2 7 −5 1

Group B

3 2 1 0 5 2 +3 7
3 1 2 0 3 1 +2 5
3 1 1 1 2 2 0 4
3 0 0 3 1 6 −5 0

Knockout stage



GK 1 Manuel Neuer
RB 2 Andreas Beck
CB 4 Benedikt Höwedes
CB 5 Jérôme Boateng
LB 3 Sebastian Boenisch
DM 15 Mats Hummels
RM 14 Fabian Johnson
CM 20 Gonzalo Castro
CM 8 Sami Khedira (c)
LM 10 Mesut Özil
CF 13 Sandro Wagner
MF 16 Daniel Schwaab
MF 6 Dennis Aogo
DF 19 Marcel Schmelzer
Horst Hrubesch

GK 22 Scott Loach
RB 2 Martin Cranie
CB 17 Micah Richards
CB 6 Nedum Onuoha
LB 19 Kieran Gibbs
DM 12 Fabrice Muamba
CM 4 Lee Cattermole
CM 10 Mark Noble (c)
RW 7 James Milner
LW 11 Adam Johnson
CF 14 Theo Walcott
DF 18 Michael Mancienne
MF 15 Jack Rodwell
MF 8 Craig Gardner
Stuart Pearce
Man of the Match:

Mesut Özil

Assistant referees:

Joël De Bruyn

György Ring

Fourth official:

Pedro Proença

2009 UEFA Euro Under-21 Championship



First title


7 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal

1 goal, cont.
Own goals

Match ball

The match ball for the competition is called the Adidas Terrapass, which was unveiled at the tournament draw in Gothenburg on 3 December. The ball is bright blue and yellow, the colours of the Swedish flag. It features 12 watermarks including one containing a map of Europe and one of the tournament logo. It consists of 14 panels joined with special thermal technology; this allows the ball to travel with greater accuracy and swerve. The Terrapass follows in a long line of Adidas footballs made for all major UEFA and FIFA competitions.


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