UEFA Under-21 Championship Free Bets
Arriving every two years since 2007 (but dating back to 1978), 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.
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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
2019 UEFA Under-21 Championship
Spain won the UEFA Under-21 Championship for a fifth time this year after a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Germany in the final at the end of June. Fabian Ruiz and Dani Olmo netted for the Spaniards in a 2-1 victory, with Nadiem Amiri pinching a late consolation for the Germans.
It was a rocky start to the tournament for Spain, losing their first group game 3-1 to Italy, but then went on to win their next four matches on the spin to storm to the title. Victories over Belgium and Poland saw them into the semis where they hammered France 4-1.
Germany saw off Denmark and Serbia in Group B, ending the group stage with a draw against Austria. The semi-finals saw them beat surprise package Romania 4-2, but it took two goals in injury time for them to do so.
It was a German who finished top scorer in the tournament as Luca Waldschmidt hammered home seven goals, three more than any other player. The Freiburg striker was actually 23 when the tournament was held, but nevertheless, an impressive achievement.
England had a thoroughly entertaining, but incredibly disappointing event, falling at the first hurdle as they lost their opening two matches. Dramatic late defeats to France and Romania cost them, before a 3-3 draw with Croatia brought the curtain down on their tournament.
Group A: Italy, Spain, Poland, Belgium
16 June: Poland 3-2 Belgium
16 June: Italy 3-1 Spain
19 June: Spain 2-1 Belgium
19 June: Italy 0-1 Poland
22 June: Belgium 1-3 Italy
22 June Spain 5-0 Poland
Group B: Germany, Denmark, Serbia, Austria
17 June: Serbia 0-2 Austria
17 June: Germany 3-1 Denmark
20 June: Denmark 3-1 Austria
20 June: Germany 6-1 Serbia
23 June: Austria 1-1 Germany
23 June: Denmark 2-0 Serbia
Group C: England, France, Romania, Croatia
18 June: Romania 4-1 Croatia
18 June: England 1-2 France
21 June: England 2-4 Romania
21 June: France 1-0 Croatia
24 June: Croatia 3 England 3
24 June: France 0 Romania 0
27 June: France 1-4 Spain
27 June: Germany 4-2 Romania
30 June: Spain 2-1 Germany
Top Goal Scorers
Luca Waldschmidt - Germany - 7
George Pușcaș - Romania - 4
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 biennial schedule with qualifying groups and then play-off matches to decide the eight finalists.
Spain have levelled with Italy as the most successful sides in the competition's history with five victories and more often than not, the Spaniards and the Italians will be amongst the favourites. Italy's 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. Spain have now won three of the last five editions of the event having triumphed in 2011, '13 and '19 as they continue to be a powerful force in European football.
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 first time the Germans won the tournament, but it was not the last as they went on to win it again in 2017, beating Spain in the final.
The next tournament will be held in Hungary and Slovenia in 2021.
- 2019 Spain
- 2017 Germany
- 2015 Sweden
- 2013 Spain
- 2011 Spain
- 2009 Germany
- 2007 Netherlands
- 2006 Netherlands
- 2004 Italy
- 2002 Czech Republic
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