Spain crowned record U-17 European champions

  • Spain defeat England on penalties after dramatic finale
  • La Roja claim record-extending ninth continental title at U-17 level
  • Finalists will be joined by Germany, France and Turkey at this year’s FIFA U-17 World Cup

The UEFA U-17 European Championship 2017 in Croatia reached its climax on Friday evening, with Spain ending up as worthy winners. The competition also served to determine the five European participants at the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017, which will take place from 6 – 28 October in India. Alongside the two finalists, France, Germany and Turkey also booked their tickets to the global showdown. rounds up the action from the European qualifying tournament.

The champions

Spain and England met in the final for the third time in this age category. La Roja lifted the title in 2007 but the Three Lions exacted their revenge three years later.

Their third encounter could hardly have been more dramatic. Spain substitute Nacho Diaz headed his side level at 2-2 in the sixth minute of additional time, forcing the tie to a penalty shoot-out in which Rhian Brewster and Joel Latibeaudiere missed for England. Spain had previously beaten Germany on penalties in the semi-finals.

The Iberians will now head to the U-17 World Cup as continental champions, with Croatia 2017 representing their record-extending ninth title at this level. Although yet to triumph at the global finals, they nevertheless have an impressive record, finishing as runners-up three times and earning the bronze medal twice.

Europe’s U-17 World Cup participants
England had won all 11 previous games during this edition of the competition ahead of the title-decider, and showed impressive consistency at the finals. Despite the disappointing defeat, the Three Lions can travel to the U-17 World Cup in October with plenty of confidence. England made their U-17 World Cup debut in 2007 and were knocked out by Germany in the quarter-finals – just as they were four years later. At the 2015…

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