2002 UEFA European Under-19 Championship
The 2002 UEFA European Under-19 Championship was the first tournament of the UEFA European Under-19 Championship, after the previous Under-18 competition was changed. The tournament was held in Norway, between 21 July and 28 July 2002. The top three teams from each group qualified for the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship. Players born on or after 1 January 1983 were available to participate in this competition.
|2002 UEFA Europeiske U-19 mesterskapet|
|Teams||8 (from 1 confederation)|
|Venue(s)||7 (in 7 host cities)|
|Champions||Spain (4th title)|
|Fourth place||Republic of Ireland|
|Goals scored||49 (3.5 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)|| Fernando Torres|
|Best player(s)||Fernando Torres|
The final tournament took place in seven venues located in seven cities — Bærum, Drammen, Hønefoss, Kongsvinger, Lillestrøm, Moss and Oslo. The winners were Spain, who beat Germany to secure their fourth title, and the top scorer was Fernando Torres, with four goals. This edition is also notable for Nelly Viennot becoming the first female official who took part in an UEFA-organised men's football event, after acting as assistant referee at Norway's 1–5 defeat of Slovakia on 21 July 2002.
The qualification format consisted of two rounds. In the preliminary round, which took place between August and November 2001, 50 national teams were drawn into 14 groups (six groups of three teams and eight groups of four teams) contested as round-robin mini-tournaments hosted by one of the group teams. The group winners then progressed to the intermediary round, where they were paired and played two-legged ties between March and May 2002. The winners secured qualification for the final tournament, joining Norway who qualified automatically as hosts.
The following eight teams qualified to the final tournament:
|Belgium||Intermediary round play-off winner|
|Czech Republic||Intermediary round play-off winner|
|England||Intermediary round play-off winner|
|Spain||Intermediary round play-off winner|
|Germany||Intermediary round play-off winner|
|Republic of Ireland||Intermediary round play-off winner|
|Slovakia||Intermediary round play-off winner|
The final tournament was held in seven stadiums located in seven Norwegian cities.
|Ullevaal Stadion||Oslo||Lyn and Vålerenga||25,572|
UEFA named six referees for the final tournament:
|Grindheim 90' (pen.)||Report||Kurty 28'
|Iniesta 63'||Report||Svěrkoš 78'|
|Report||Reyes 22', 68'
Halenár 33' (pen.)
Šebo 46', 65'
|Report||Fořt 21' (pen.)
|Čech 6'||Report||García 15'
Torres 65', 90+1'
|Republic of Ireland||3||2||0||1||5||6||−1||6|
|Belgium||1–2||Republic of Ireland|
|Blondel 51'||Report||Daly 26' (pen.), 69'|
|Ashton 75'||Report||Janssens 82'|
|Germany||3–0||Republic of Ireland|
|Republic of Ireland||3–2||England|
|Daly 54' (pen.)
Ashton 45' (pen.)
Third place play-offEdit
|Slovakia||2–1||Republic of Ireland|
|Torres 55' '||Report|
|2002 UEFA U-19 European Champions|
- 4 goals
- 3 goals
- 2 goals
- 1 goal
Qualification to World Youth ChampionshipEdit
The six best performing teams qualified for the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship:
- ↑ "Torres sparkles for Spain". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. Retrieved 2016-02-28.