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The 2023 UEFA European Under-21 Championship Preview

All you need to know about the 24th edition of the prestigious UEFA U21 tournament.

Published on 19 Jun 2023

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It’s time for football fans worldwide to see the beginning of the next generation of football heroes! The 2023 UEFA European Under-21 Championship has officially started as the scene is set, the anticipation is great, and the clock is ticking. We set off on an exciting preview of this famous event as the world waits impatiently for the tournament to begin, where the stars of tomorrow will display their abilities, aspirations, and tenacity. The young talent has always flourished at the UEFA European Under-21 Championship, which offers a captivating stage for burgeoning footballers to excel globally. The importance of the competition, its lengthy history, and the Nations competing for the championship will all be covered in this preview.

2023 UEFA Euro U21 Tournament Details

Host Countries

Romania and Georgia will jointly host this year’s UEFA Euro U21 competition edition. Although these countries did not launch a joint bid to host this year’s competition edition, UEFA appointed them co-hosts. This meant they earned automatic qualification to the group stage and did not partake in the UEFA U21 Championship 2023 qualifiers from 2021 until 2022.

Venue And Date

The tournament will kick off on Wednesday, 21 June 2023, and the finals will be played on Saturday, 8 July 2023. It will be played in eight stadiums, four from each host nation. Here are the stadiums;

Venues in Romania

  • Bucharest: Steaua Stadium, Rapid-Giulești Stadium
  • Cluj-Napoca: Cluj Arena, Dr. Constantin Rădulescu Stadium

Venues in Georgia

  • Tbilisi: Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena, Mikheil Meskhi Stadium
  • Batumi: Adjarabet Arena
  • Kutaisi: Ramaz Shengelia Stadium

2023 UEFA European Under-21 Championship Participants

The tournament will feature sixteen teams divided into four groups, each with four countries. Here’s how they are grouped;

Group A: Georgia (Host), Portugal, Belgium, Netherlands

Group B: Romania (Host), Spain, Ukraine, Croatia

Group C: Czech Republic, England, Germany, Israel

Group D: Norway, Switzerland, France, Italy

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2023 UEFA European Under-21 Championship Schedule

Group Stage

The group stage will span from the 21st of June until the 28th of June, 2023. Each team in a group will play the three other group members once, and the two teams with the highest points at the end of the third game will qualify for the knockout round. This is the group stage fixtures.

  • June 21

Group A: Georgia Vs Portugals

Belgium Vs Netherlands

Group B: Ukraine Vs Croatia

Romania Vs Spain

  • June 22

Group C: Czech Republic Vs England

Germany Vs Israel

Group D: Norway Vs Switzerland

France Vs Italy

  • June 24

Group A: Georgia Vs Belgium

Portugal Vs Netherlands

Group B: Romania Vs Ukraine

Spain Vs Croatia

  • June 25

Group C: Czech Republic Vs Germany

England Vs Israel

Group D: Switzerland Vs Italy

Norway Vs France

  • June 27

Group A: Netherlands Vs Georgia

Portugal Vs Belgium

Group B: Croatia Vs Romania

Spain Vs Ukraine

  • June 28

Group C: England Vs Germany

Israel Vs Czech Republic

Group D: Italy Vs Norway

Switzerland Vs France

Schedule Of Knockout Phase

At the end of the group stage, only two teams will emerge from each group: the group winner and the runner-up, to make up eight teams in the knockout stage. The knockout stage starts with the quarterfinals.

  • 1 July 2023

Quarterfinals 1: Winners Group A Vs Runners-up Group C

Quarterfinals 3: Winners Group B Vs Runners-up Group D

  • 2 July 2023

Quarterfinals 2: Winners Group C Vs Runners-up Group A

Quarterfinals 4: Winners Group D Vs Runners-up Group B

  • 5 July 2023

Semifinals 1: Winners Quarterfinals1 Vs Winners Quarterfinals 2

Semifinals 2: Winners Quarterfinals 3 Vs Winners Quarterfinals 4

  • 8 July 2023

Final: Winners Semifinals 1 Vs Winners Semifinals 2

How To Watch The UEFA European U21 Live?

Every match will be recorded and shown on TV and online live streams by UEFA’s broadcast partners in Europe and throughout the world during the whole tournament. You can majorly watch on the following channels, outlets or buy tickets to watch the match live in person.

Romania: TVR

Georgia: GPB

United Kingdom: Sky Sports

France: YLE

Italy: Rai

USA: ESPN, and Univision

Germany: ProSiebenSat.1

Spain: Mediaset España

Asia: beIN

Kazakhstan: UEFA.tv

Russia: Match TV

Poland: TVP

Ukraine: PBC

For complete ticket information, including pricing, where to buy, and how to buy, visit the competition’s official website.

Favorites And The Underdogs Of The 2023 UEFA European Under 21 Championship


  • Germany

Of course, the reigning champions are our first pick to win it all. They have exciting talents, with Borussia Dortmund’s Moussa Moukoko and Brentford’s Kevin Schade leading the line for them. They have the second-most UEFA Euro U21 titles, only behind Spain and Italy, with five each.

  • England

The talent pool in England’s squad is immense and cannot be overlooked. They are filled with young and proven players who boast Premier League experience, currently playing for the big teams in the English League. They have the likes of Levi Colwill, Noni Madueke, Jacob Ramsey, Harvey Elliot, Emile Smith Rowe, and Anthony Gordon to mention in the squad. They sure are ranked highly in this competition and have a huge potential to win it all.


  • Italy

Italy has won this competition for a record number of times, 5. And even if they might not have a lot of big names in the squad, they have well-experienced players like AC Milan’s Sandro Tonali and Moise Kean, a striker for Juventus. Both players have participated in the Champions League, won the Scudetto, and significantly contributed to their senior national teams.

Football fans, buckle up as the tournament is about to start because you are about to see the future’s biggest players emerge and forge lifelong memories in the pursuit of footballing excellence. For more previews of football tournaments, follow FBR.

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