2002 UEFA European Under-19 Championship

international football competition

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 European Under-19 Championship
2002 UEFA Europeiske U-19 mesterskapet
Tournament details
Host countryNorway
Dates21–28 July
Teams8 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s)7 (in 7 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Spain (4th title)
Runners-up Germany
Third place Slovakia
Fourth place Republic of Ireland
Tournament statistics
Matches played14
Goals scored49 (3.5 per match)
Top scorer(s)Spain Fernando Torres
(4 goals)
Best player(s)Spain 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.


2002 UEFA European Under-19 Championship finalist teams

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.[1]

Qualified teams


The following eight teams qualified to the final tournament:

Country Qualified as
  Norway Hosts
  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


Location map of the final tournament host cities

The final tournament was held in seven stadiums located in seven Norwegian cities.

Stadium City Tenant club(s) Capacity
Gjemselund Stadion Kongsvinger Kongsvinger 2,750
Melløs Stadion Moss Moss 10,000
Hønefoss idrettspark Hønefoss Hønefoss 4,000
Åråsen Stadion Lillestrøm Lillestrøm 11,637
Nadderud Stadion Bærum Stabæk 7,000
Marienlyst Stadion Drammen Strømsgodset 7,500
Ullevaal Stadion Oslo Lyn and Vålerenga 25,572

Match officials


UEFA named six referees for the final tournament:

Country Referee
  Croatia Edo Trivković
  Estonia Sten Kaldma
  Greece Georgios Kasnaferis
  Macedonia Emil Božinovski
  Portugal Paulo Costa
  Slovenia Darko Čeferin





Group stage


Group A

Teams Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Spain 3 2 1 0 7 2 +5 7
  Slovakia 3 2 0 1 11 6 +5 6
  Czech Republic 3 1 1 1 4 6 −2 4
  Norway 3 0 0 3 1 9 −8 0
Norway  1–5  Slovakia
Grindheim   90' (pen.) Report Kurty   28'
Šebo   37'
Konečný   59'
Labun   75'
Jurko   86'
Referee: Georgios Kasnaferis (Greece)
Spain  1–1  Czech Republic
Iniesta   63' Report Svěrkoš   78'

Norway  0–3  Spain
Report Reyes   22'68'
Torres   54'
Referee: Emil Božinovski (Macedonia)
Slovakia  5–2  Czech Republic
Žofčák   16'
Halenár   33' (pen.)
Šebo   46'65'
Sloboda   87'
Report Fořt   21' (pen.)
Dosoudil   34'
Referee: Paulo Manuel Gomes Costa (Portugal)

Czech Republic  1–0  Norway
Rada   4' Report
Referee: Sten Kaldma (Estonia)
Slovakia  1–3  Spain
Čech   6' Report García   15'
Torres   65'90+1'
Referee: Edo Trivković (Croatia)

Group B

Teams Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Germany 3 2 1 0 8 4 +4 7
  Republic of Ireland 3 2 0 1 5 6 −1 6
  England 3 0 2 1 6 7 −1 2
  Belgium 3 0 1 2 3 5 −2 1
England  3–3  Germany
Ashton   9'
Thomas   30'
Cole   73'
Report Volz   4'
Lahm   90'
Hanke   90+3'
Referee: Edo Trivković (Croatia)
Belgium  1–2  Republic of Ireland
Blondel   51' Report Daly   26' (pen.)69'
Referee: Sten Kaldma (Estonia)

England  1–1  Belgium
Ashton   75' Report Janssens   82'
Germany  3–0  Republic of Ireland
Riether   22'
Trochowski   57'
Hanke   79'
Referee: Georgios Kasnaferis (Greece)

Republic of Ireland  3–2  England
Daly   54' (pen.)
Paisley   73'
Kelly   74'
Report Carter   11'
Ashton   45' (pen.)
Referee: Paulo Manuel Gomes Costa (Portugal)
Germany  2–1  Belgium
Volz   36'
Odonkor   72'
Report Vandenbergh   32'
Referee: Emil Božinovski (Macedonia)

Third place play-off

Slovakia  2–1  Republic of Ireland
Bruško   56'
Jurko   75'
Report Brennan   53'
Spain  1–0  Germany
Torres   55' ' Report
Attendance: 16,464

 2002 UEFA U-19 European Champions 
Fourth title


4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal

Qualification to World Youth Championship


The six best performing teams qualified for the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship:


  1. "Torres sparkles for Spain". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. Retrieved 2016-02-28.

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