Under-19s European Championships: Star players, fixtures, teams, group draw & complete guide

The next generation of the Selecao will be hoping to emulate their senior counterparts as they attempt to secure a continental crown

Portugal and Italy booked their place in the final of this year's Under-19 European Championship as the competition heads into the ultimate stage.

The European U-19 Championship is the annual international youth football tournament organised by UEFA for the men's under-19 national teams of Europe. 

The top five teams of the tournament will qualify for the 2019 FIFA U20 World Cup.

A total of eight teams are playing in the Finland-based tournament, with players born on or after 1 January, 1999 eligible to participate.

Goal brings you everything you need to know about the competition in Finland as well as key players, dates, fixtures and the most recent results.

Under-19 European Championship star players

Portugal's Joao Felipe and Fernando Trincao topped the scoring charts with both players netting in Sunday's final to bring their totals to five goals in five matches. 

Despite playing just 93 minutes over three group matches and drawing a blank in his side's semi-final defeat, France's Amine Gouiri has bagged four goals and was atop the scoring charts before the Portuguese stars struck on Sunday. 

France's Rafik Guitane scored twice in the competition, with Les Bleus cruising to a 5-0 wins over Turkey and England in their second and third group fixtures despite falling to defeat in their opener. 

England won the tournament last year but are without a number of star players because of clashes with pre-season tours for clubs, with players such as Manchester City's Phil Foden missing out, and the side failed to make it out of Group B.

Under-19 European Championship teams

Fifty-five UEFA nations entered the competition (including Kosovo, who entered for the first time). Hosts Finland qualified automatically, and the other 54 teams competed in the qualifying competition to determine the remaining seven spots in the final tournament.

The qualifying competition consisted of two rounds: the first qualifying round, which took place in autumn 2017, and the 'elite' round, which took place in the spring of 2018.

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Team Method of qualification Appearance Last appearance Previous best performance
Finland Hosts 1st - Debut
Norway Elite round Group 1 winners 4th 2005 (group stage) Group stage (2002, 2003, 2005)
England Elite round Group 2 winners 10th 2017 (champions) Champions (2017)
Italy Elite round Group 3 winners 6th 2016 (runners-up) Champions (2003)
Ukraine Elite round Group 4 winners 5th 2015 (group stage) Champions (2009)
Portugal Elite round Group 5 winners 10th 2017 (runners-up) Runners-up (2003, 2014, 2017)
France Elite round Group 6 winners 10th 2016 (champions) Champions (2005, 2010, 2016)
Turkey Elite round Group 7 winners 6th 2013 (group stage) Runners-up (2004)

Under-19 European Championship results

Group A

Date Match Time (UK / US ET) Venue
Jul 16 Norway 1-3 Portugal 3pm / 10am Hietalahti Stadium, Vaasa
Jul 16 Finland 0-1 Italy 8pm / 3pm Hietalahti Stadium, Vaasa
Jul 19 Finland 2-3 Norway 3pm / 10am OmaSP Stadion, Seinajoki
Jul 19 Portugal 2-3 Italy 8:30pm / 3:30pm Hietalahti Stadium, Vaasa
Jul 22 Portugal 3-0 Finland 6:30pm / 1:30pm Hietalahti Stadium, Vaasa
Jul 22 Italy 1-1 Norway 6:30pm / 1:30pm OmaSP Stadion, Seinajoki

Group A standings

Pos Team Played W D L GF GA GD PTS
1 Italy 3 2 1 0 5 3 2 7
2 Portugal 3 2 0 1 8 4 4 6
3 Norway 3 1 1 1 5 6 -1 4
4 Finland 3 0 0 3 2 7 -5 0

Group B

Date Match Time (UK / US ET) Venue
Jul 17 Turkey 2-3 England 6:30pm / 11:30pm OmaSP Stadion, Seinajoki
Jul 17 France 1-2 Ukraine 8:30pm / 3:30pm Hietalahti Stadium, Vaasa
Jul 20 Ukraine 1-1 England 6:30pm / 11:30pm OmaSP Stadion, Seinajoki
Jul 20 Turkey 0-5 France 8:30pm / 3:30pm Hietalahti Stadium, Vaasa
Jul 23 Ukraine 1-0 Turkey 6:30pm / 11:30pm OmaSP Stadion, Seinajoki
Jul 23 England 0-5 France 6:30pm / 11:30pm Hietalahti Stadium, Vaasa

Group B standings

Pos Team Played W D L GF GA GD PTS
1 Ukraine 3 2 1 0 4 2 2 7
2 France 3 2 0 1 11 2 9 6
3 England 3 1 1 1 4 8 -4 4
4 Turkey 3 0 0 3 2 9 -7 0

U-20 World Cup 2019 play-off

Date Fixture Time (UK / US ET) Stage Venue
Jul 26 Norway 3-0 England 11am / 6am Play-off OmaSP Stadion, Seinajoki


Date Fixture Time (UK / US ET) Stage Venue
Jul 26 Ukraine 0-5 Portugal 1pm / 8am Semi-final Hietalahti Stadium, Vaasa
Jul 26 Italy 2-0 France 5pm/12pm Semi-final Hietalahti Stadium, Vaasa

Under-19 European Championship fixtures

The final of the tournament was be played on July 29 at the OmaSP Stadion in Seinajoki, with Portugal taking a 4-3 win over Italy in extra time. 

The top five teams of the tournament will qualify for the 2019 FIFA U20 World Cup in Poland.

Date Fixture Time (UK / US ET) Stage Venue
Jul 29 Portugal 4-3 Italy (AET) 7:30pm / 2:30pm Final OmaSP Stadion, Seinajoki

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