UEFA Under-21 Championship Free Bets
Coming in alternate years to the senior tournament, the UEFA Under-21 Championship provides football action through the barren summer months. The tournament sees twelve sides from across Europe compete and there is plenty of top young talent on show. In the past the likes of Luis Figo, Andrea Pirlo and Juan Mata have all shone in this competition before going on to enjoy top class careers. So with the stars of the future on show, the UEFA Under-21 Championship should help to fill the void of no domestic football in June and give punters an opportunity to use their football free bets.
How to Use Your Free Bet
With the UEFA Under-21 Championship coming in the years that the senior tournament runs, the competition provides an opportunity to have a bet on an international football tournament at a time of little other football markets. Betting on the UEFA Under-21 Championship will largely feature many of the familiar markets found in football tournaments. These include:
- Tournament Winner
- Dual Forecast
- Group Winners
- Individual match betting
- Top goalscorer
UEFA Under-21 Championship History
The tournament has existed in its current form since 1978 and was preceded by the Under-23 Championship. There have been a number of formats and it wasn't until 1994 that the tournament finals had a host country. Since 2007 it has been played on a bi-annual schedule with qualifying groups and then play-off matches to decide the eight finalists.
Italy have been the most successful side in the competition's history with five victories and more often than not, the Azzurri will be amongst the favourites. Their last conquest was in 2004 however so whilst they have been impressive historically, in recent years they have not been quite the force of the past. After the Italians, Spain are the next most successful side with four titles to their name. Again this is hardly surprising given the strength of Spanish football in recent years and they won back-to-back titles in 2011 and 2013 during the period that their senior team dominated on the world stage.
And England? Well actually the Young Lions have two titles in this competition with victories in 1982 and 1984. Under the tutelage of Stuart Pearce, England also made the final in 2009 but were hammered 4-0 by Germany in the final. That Germany team featured the likes of Manuel Neuer, Mats Hummels and Mesut Ozil, who would on go on to be key members of the senior team's World Cup success in 2014. That victory was the only time that the Germans have won this competition which is somewhat surprising given their grand footballing heritage but they will nonetheless always be amongst the favourites.
- 2017 Germany
- 2015 Sweden
- 2013 Spain
- 2011 Spain
- 2009 Germany
- 2007 Netherlands
- 2006 Netherlands
- 2004 Italy
- 2002 Czech Republic
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