EFU Youth Tournament

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The EFU Youth Tournament is an annual tournament that is held in Europe since its inception in 1948.

History[edit | edit source]

The FIFA Youth Tournament was created in 1948 with the plan to bring the young players who couldn't play in the senior team to have a chance in a youth version. So the first edition would be created in 1948 with six teams being entered for the first edition with the host nation in Great Britain taking out the title. The French would go on to take the next two editions when they defeated the Netherlands and Austria by big scorelines before Austria defeated the defending champions at home in 1951.

Spain would go on and take out the title at home the following year. The 1953 competition would see the only time that a non-European team would compete in the FIFA Youth Tournament with Argentina enter the competition before being knocked out in the quarter-final stage in which Hungary would take out the title after they defeated the defending champions in Spain. The final competition under the FIFA banner would see the competition go into groups with the top team qualifying through to the knockout stage. Spain would take the title for the second time after they defeated Turkey in the final.

Results[edit | edit source]

FIFA Junior Tournament (1948-1954)[edit | edit source]

Year Host Final
Winner Score Runner-up
1948 Flag of United Kingdom Great Britain  Great Britain 4–2  Italy
1949 Flag of Netherlands Netherlands  France 5–0  Netherlands
1950 Flag of Austria Austria  France 3–1  Austria
1951 Flag of France France  Austria 5–2  France
1952 Flag of Spain Spain  Spain 1–0  Belgium
1953 Flag of Belgium Belgium  Hungary 3–0  Spain
1954 West Germany ' Spain 4–2  Turkey

EFU Youth Tournament (1955-)[edit | edit source]

Year Host Final Third place match
Winner Score Runner-up Third place Score Fourth place
1955 Flag of Italy Italy Only group matches were played and no winner was declared.
1956 Flag of Hungary Hungary Only group matches were played and no winner was declared.
1957 Flag of Spain Spain
Czechoslovakia
2–1
Spain
 Austria
 Italy
0–0 Third place
was shared
1958 Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg
France
2–0
Great Britain

Romania
3–1
Czechoslovakia
1959 Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria
Bulgaria
1–0
Italy

Hungary
4–1
East Germany
1960 Flag of Austria Austria
Romania
2–1
Netherlands

West Germany
1–0
Bulgaria
1961 Flag of Portugal Portugal
Portugal
1–1
Portugal won by coin toss

West Germany

Poland
2–0
Turkey

External links[edit | edit source]

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