The U21 European Championship 2023 has been a thrilling event, initiated on June 21, hosted by Georgia and Romania. The spotlight of the tournament has been the German national team, coached by Antonio di Salvo, who arrived as the reigning champions. Their championship title was secured back in 2021 when they triumphed over Portugal with a 1-0 win, thanks to the unforgettable goal by Lukas Nmecha. As they compete again, they represent not only their skills but also the legacy of their previous victory.
Group and Matches
The German team found itself in Group C, initially competing against Israel and the Czech Republic. As the tournament progresses, England becomes the next team for Germany to face. The first match against Israel ended with a 1-1 tie on June 22, while the encounter with the Czech Republic saw a narrow defeat with a scoreline of 2-1 in favor of the Czechs on June 25. The decisive game against England is scheduled for June 28. The results of these games will significantly determine the path the German team will take in this championship.
Broadcast Details and Locations
ProSiebenSAT.1 is the main broadcaster of the championship, ensuring fans can catch every match live on SAT.1, with selected matches available on ProSieben MAXX. Additional coverage is also provided on the ran.de platform and its corresponding app. Matches take place in five cities across the host countries. Georgia welcomes teams in Tbilisi, Batumi, and Kutaisi, while Romania hosts the games in Bucharest and Cluj.
Qualification and Championship Format
The final round of the U21 European Championship sees 16 nations vying for the title. These nations include Georgia, Romania, England, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Norway, the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Ukraine, Israel, the Czech Republic, and Croatia. The tournament’s format involves an initial round-robin group stage, where teams play each other once, with the top two teams from each group advancing to the quarterfinals.
Contenders and Predictions
Despite mixed results in the group phase, Germany, along with France and Spain, are considered strong contenders by betting provider “tipico”. However, fluctuating odds now place Spain and France ahead of Germany, with England, Italy, and the Netherlands also in contention. The German national team, whose majority of players have made their mark in top European leagues, still holds a solid reputation and a strong possibility of turning the tables as the championship advances.
Eligibility of Players
Interestingly, the championship allows players older than 21 to participate. This flexibility is due to the age criteria being set at the start of the qualification, rather than the tournament itself. Consequently, players up to the age of 23 can feature in the final stages of the championship.
Live Updates and Tickers
For those unable to watch the games live, online platforms such as ran.de offer live tickers to keep fans updated with real-time information. This feature ensures that the excitement of the championship remains accessible to all, regardless of their location or circumstances.
The journey of the German national under-21 football team in the U21 European Championship 2023 is a story in progress, filled with anticipation and excitement. As they defend their title and strive for victory, each match contributes to their legacy, reflecting their tenacity, skill, and passion for the sport.