#WU19EURO final: Germany v Spain - all you need to know

Record six-time winners Germany take on holders Spain, who are in an unprecedented fifth straight final, for the title on Monday in Biel.

Jorge Vilda (Spain) & Maren Meinert (Germany)

Holders Spain, in a record fifth straight final, will defend their trophy on Monday in Biel/Bienne against Germany, who have won an unmatched six titles.

  • The final

Germany v Spain: 18:15CET (Arena Biel/Bienne Arena)


  • How they got there

Group stage: Denmark W1-0*, Netherlands L0-1, Italy W2-0 (Group B runners-up)
Semi-final: Norway W2-0*

Group stage: Norway L0-2, Switzerland W2-0, France W2-1 (Group A runners-up)
Semi-final: Denmark W1-0*

*Played in Biel/Bienne

  • What the coaches say

Maren Meinert, Germany
Spain have a great team; they do good work. It's always good to meet them in a final as we're sure that we'll see good football. I saw their semi-final against Denmark, and I know how good Denmark were against us, so I know what they did and they deserve to be in a final.

Jorge Vilda, Spain
We are enjoying the moment to the full. When you reach a final, you never know if you're going to play another one. Playing and reaching the final is something amazing, only the best teams can do that. You don’t have to get used to being among the best two teams in Europe. Germany are the favourites, because of all the trophies they have won. But we are going to do our best. I am sure the players will be at 100%.

  • Eight things to know
WU19 EURO semi-final highlights: Norway 0-2 Germany
Semi-final highlights: Norway 0-2 Germany

1) Spain beat Germany 2-1 in the 2004 final in Finland, their only title at this level until they defeated France in Belfast last year. Germany had beaten Spain 7-0 in the group stage and scored 23 unanswered goals in four games on their way to the final; Silvia Neid's side also won the FIFA U-19 Women's World Cup in Thailand later in 2004.

2) Spain are hoping to become the first team to win the Women's U17 and U19 EUROs in the same year, having beaten Germany in the junior final in Lithuania in May.

WU19 EURO semi-final highlights: Denmark 0-1 Spain
Semi-final highlights: Denmark 0-1 Spain

3) Germany beat Spain in the 2016 and 2017 Women's U17 finals on penalties and several players from those matches could be involved on Monday. In 2016, Marie Müller, Verena Wieder, Anna-Lena Stolze and unused substitute Sydney Lohmann were up against Natalia Ramos, with Nerea Eizaguirre also on the bench. A year later, Germany featured Wieder, Nicole Anyomi and Klara Kössler, Lohmann again in the squad, while Spain fielded Rosa Otermin, Oihane Hernández, Anna Torrodà, Teresa Abelleira, Rosa Marquez, Nerea Eizaguirre and Carla Bautista.

4) Spain are in a fifth straight final, a record for this competition. They have also reached the last five Women's U17 finals.

5) Germany have won a record six titles at this level but have not won one since defeating Norway 8-1 seven years ago, their most recent final. They won the previous final in Switzerland, beating France 6-0 in Bern in 2006, Maren Meinert's first season in charge.

6) This is the fourth straight final tournament in which these sides have met, the last three coming in the group stage. Germany won 2-0 last year, Spain prevailed 1-0 in 2016, and Germany won 1-0 in 2015. Overall in seven finals meetings, Germany have won five and Spain two.

7) From last year's winning squad, Spain can call on Natalia Ramos (who was an unused sub in the final) and Ana Marcos (who was introduced 78 minutes into the final). Both came off the bench in the loss to Germany.

8) By losing the Women's U17 final on 21 May, Germany found themselves without a UEFA female national-team title for the first time since 26 March 1995, when they began a 22-year reign as senior champions. They still hold one international title: the Olympic women's football title won in 2016.

2017 (Belfast): Spain 3-2 France
2016 (Senec): France 2-1 Spain
2015 (Netanyka): Sweden 3-1 Spain
2014 (Oslo): Netherlands 1-0 Spain
2012 (Antalya): Sweden 1-0aet Spain
2011 (Imola): Germany 8-1 Norway
2007 (Reykjavik): Germany 2-0aet England
2006 (Bern): Germany 3-0 France
2004 (Vantaa): Spain 2-1 Germany
2002 (Helsingborg): Germany 3-1 France
2001 (Lillestrom): Germany 3-2 Norway
2000 (Boulogne): Germany 4-2 Spain
1999 (Ostergotland): Sweden 1-0 Germany (decisive match in round robin)

  • Match officials

Referee: Ivana Martinčić (CRO)
Assistant referees: Jenni Mahlamäki (FIN), Nikola Šafránková (CZE)
Fourth official: Tess Olofsson (SWE)

Venues for the finals
Arena Biel/Bienne Arena, Biel/Bienne (three group games, both semi-finals, final)
Stadion Niedermatten, Wohlen (three group games)
Stade Municipal, Yverdon-les-Bains (three group games)
Stadion Herti Allmend, Zug (three group games)

Tickets can be booked here (CHF10 or CHF20).

Road to the final

WU19 final highlights
2017 final highlights: Spain dethrone France

Group stage

Wednesday 18 July
Group A
Spain 0-2 Norway: Wohlen
Switzerland 2-2 France: Wohlen – highlights
Group B
Germany 1-0 Denmark: Biel/Bienne
Netherlands 3-1 Italy: Biel/Bienne

WU19 EURO highlights: Switzerland 0-2 Spain
Highlights: Switzerland 0-2 Spain

Saturday 21 July
Group A
Norway 1-0 France: Zug
Switzerland 0-2 Spain: Zug – highlights
Group B
Denmark 1-0 Italy: Yverdon-les-Bains
Netherlands 1-0 Germany
: Yverdon-les-Bains

WU19 EURO highlights: Norway 1-3 Switzerland
Highlights: Norway 1-3 Switzerland

Tuesday 24 July
Group A
Norway 1-3 Switzerland: Wohlen – highlights
France 1-2 Spain: Zug
Group B
Denmark 3-1 Netherlands: Biel/Bienne
Italy 0-2 Germany: Yverdon-les-Bains

Knockout phase

WU19 final highlights
See how Spain won the 2017 title

Friday 27 July: Semi-finals
Norway 0-2 Germany:  Biel/Bienne – highlights
Denmark 0-1 Spain: Biel/Bienne – highlights

Monday 30 July: Final
Germany 0-1 Spain: Biel/Bienne – highlights

Match officials

2011: Germany return to top in record-breaking style
Germany hit eight in 2011 final

Eleni Antoniou (Greece)
Cheryl Foster (Wales)
Ivana Marinčić (Croatia)
Tess Olofsson (Sweden)
Melis Özçiğdem (Turkey)
Rebecca Welch (England)

Assistant referees
Khayala Azizzade (Azerbaijan)
Iana Eleferenko (Russia)
Hanna Ilyankova (Belarus)
Jenni Mahlamäki (Finland)
May Moalem (Israel)
Nikola Šafránková (Czech Republic)
Elena Soklevska Ilievski (FYR Macedonia)
Jasmina Zafirović (Serbia)

Fourth officials
Angelika Söder (Germany)
Sandra Strub (Switzerland)