1998 UEFA European Under-21 Championship
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1998 UEFA European Under-21 Championship
1998 UEFA European Under-21 Championship
Campionatul European de Fotbal sub 21 UEFA 1998
Tournament details
Host country Romania
Dates23 May - 31 May
Teams8 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s)3 (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions Spain
Runners-up Greece
Third place Norway
Fourth place Netherlands
Tournament statistics
Matches played12
Goals scored22 (1.83 per match)
Top scorer(s)Norway Steffen Iversen (3 goals)[1]Greece Nikos Liberopoulos (3 goals)
Best player(s)Spain Francesc Arnau

The 1998 UEFA European Under-21 Championship, which spanned two years (1996-98), had 46 entrants. Before the quarter-finals stage, Romania were chosen as the hosts of the final stages, consisting of four matches in total.

The exclusion (for political reasons) of the team from Serbia and Montenegro, then known as the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia ended. Bosnia and Herzegovina was another former state of Yugoslavia who competed, for the first time. Spain won the competition for the second time.

The 46 national teams were divided into nine groups (eight groups of 5 + one group of 6). The records of the nine group winners were compared, and the eighth and ninth ranked teams played-off against each other for the eight quarter finals spot. One of the eight quarter-finalist were then chosen to host the remaining fixtures.


The qualifying stage for the 1998 UEFA European Under-21 Championship saw Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Russia, Spain and Sweden win their respective groups. Greece and England finished first in their group but were the two worst first placed group winners. Greece defeated England in a playoff to qualify for the tournament.

Qualified teams

Country Qualified as Previous appearances in tournament12
Norway Norway Group 3 Winner 0 (Debut)
Sweden Sweden Group 4 Winner 3 (1986, 1990, 1992)
Russia Russia Group 5 Winner 1 (1994)
Spain Spain Group 6 Winner 7 (1982, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1994, 1996)
Netherlands Netherlands Group 7 Winner 2 (1988, 1992)
Romania Romania Group 8 Winner 0 (Debut)
Germany Germany Group 9 Winner 2 (1992, 1996)
Greece Greece Playoff Winner 1 (1988, 1994)
1Bold indicates champion for that year


The final tournament was held in Bucharest, the hosts being only three arenas.

Location of grounds in Bucharest.
Bucharest (Vatra Luminoas?) Bucharest (Ghencea)
Stadionul Lia Manoliu Stadionul Steaua
Capacity: 60,120 Capacity: 28,365
National Stadium, Bucharest.JPG Stadionul Steaua.jpg
Bucharest (Cotroceni)
Stadionul Cotroceni
Capacity: 14,542

Match officials


Only players born on or after 1 January 1975 were eligible to play in the tournament. Each nation had to submit a squad of 20 players, two of which had to be goalkeepers. If a player was injured seriously enough to prevent his taking part in the tournament before his team's first match, he can be replaced by another player.



  5th-place match (30 May) 5th-8th place (26-27 May) Quarter-finals (23-24 May) Semi-finals (26-27 May) Final (31 May)
        Netherlands  2  
        Romania  1  
      Romania  0           Netherlands  0  
      Germany (aet)  1           Greece  3  
      Germany  0
        Greece  1  
      Germany  2           Greece  0
      Sweden  1           Spain  1
        Norway  1  
          Sweden  0  
    Sweden  2           Norway  0
  7th-place match (30 May)         Russia  0           Spain (aet)  1     3rd-place match (31 May)
      Romania  1       Spain  1       Netherlands  0
      Russia  2         Russia  0         Norway  2


Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Metin Tokat (Turkey)

Referee: Miroslav Radoman (FR Yugoslavia)

5th-8th places


Referee: Miroslav Radoman (FR Yugoslavia)

7th place

5th place

Attendance: 1,000
Referee: Miroslav Radoman (FR Yugoslavia)

Third place

Netherlands 0-2 Norway
Report Iversen Goal 1774
Attendance: 4,000
Referee: Metin Tokat (Turkey)


Attendance: 5,000


  1. ^ "1998: Iván Pérez applies finishing touch". UEFA.com. 1 June 1998. Retrieved 2013.

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