Italy and San Marino are set to co-host the 2019 edition of the Euro under-21 Championships over the next fortnight. 12 nations will be competing, including the record winners Italy, defending champions Germany, and Aidy Boothroyd’s England. It is set to be an open contest between each of the nations with the odds for the eventual winner starting at 4/1. You can back whichever nation you think will go all the way with a Betfair promo code. Do not miss this opportunity and discover many other advantages. Here are 20 stats ahead of the championships:
1 – Italy are the only nation whose 23-man squad consists entirely of players who ply their trade in their own country.
1 – Austria are the only nation making their Euro under-21 Championship debut at this summer’s tournament.
2 – This summer’s tournament is the first time it has been hosted in two different countries. The next edition in 2021 will follow suit as Hungary and Slovenia co-host.
4 – England and Romania conceded the fewest goals in qualifying. The two nations shipped just four goals in their 10 qualifying matches.
4 – The four semi-finalists will qualify for the 2020 Olympics. However, England cannot compete in the Olympics, so should they reach the semi-finals then the two runners-up that don’t reach the final four will face each other in a play-off to determine the fourth entry.
4 – England are 4/1 pre-tournament favourites.
5 – Co-hosts Italy are the record winners of this tournament. They last won it in 2004.
5 – The Russian leagues have sent more players to this tournament than any other nation that are not competing in this summer’s edition.
6 – The 16 matches will take place in six different stadiums across Italy and San Marino, with the final taking place at Udinese’s Dacia Arena on Sunday 30 June.
6 – Belgian First Division A side Anderlecht have sent the most players to this summer’s tournament.
6 – England have been losing semi-finalists of this competition on more occasions than any other nation.
7 – Italy and Spain have reached the most finals of this competition.
11 – Poland’s Dawid Kownacki was the top scorer in qualifying. The striker players with Fortuna Düsseldorf in the German Bundesliga.
20 – Italy have made more appearances in the Euro under-21 Championship than any other nation (20). England are second on the list, making their 15th appearance this summer.
25 – This is the 25th edition of the European under-21 Championships, which began back in 1972. The first three editions of the tournament were actually under-23s.
28 – France picked up the most points in qualifying (W9, D1, L0). Les Bleus’ only dropped points came in a 1-1 draw at home to Slovenia in their final qualifier.
33 – Germany and Portugal scored the most goals in their 10 qualifying matches. The latter failed to qualify.
44 – The German leagues have supplied more players at this summer’s tournament than any other country.
50% – Six of the 12 nations competing in this summer’s tournament have been champions previously.
75% – Spain have reached three of the past four finals of this competition, winning two.