The 15 goals that took Germany through as UEFA European Under-17 Championship Group C winners set a new record – and France’s Amine Gouiri has also entered the history books.
Never before had a team managed 15 goals in a UEFA men’s national-team final tournament group, the previous best being Spain’s 13 in the 2002 U17 EURO. Having beaten Bosnia and Herzegovina 5-0 in their opener in Croatia, Germany then saw off Serbia 3-1 and the Republic of Ireland 7-0 to create the record. The 7-0 scoreline also equals the tournament’s biggest-ever win, registered earlier at these 2017 finals by France against the Faroe Islands.
In all UEFA final tournaments, the overall record in a group remains the 19 goals mustered by England in last year’s Women’s U17s, largely thanks to a 12-0 victory over hosts Belarus. England went on to total 24 goals in those finals, the next target for Germany to match in their potentially three remaining games in Croatia (though Spain struck 27 at the UEFA Futsal EURO finals of 2010 and 2016).
Jann-Fiete Arp hit hat-tricks in Germany’s first and third fixtures at the U17 finals, including one in a record 13 minutes against Bosnia and Herzegovina, but has been outdone in the group stage by France’s Gouiri, who claimed seven goals. That equals the record by one player in any UEFA final-tournament group – for men, women and futsal – shared by Spain’s Jonathan Soriano (2002 U17s), Gil Gomes (Portugal in the 1989 U16s) and Gouiri’s compatriot Michel Platini, who bagged seven for France in the EURO ’84 group stage.
Gouiri is currently one behind Odsonne Edouard’s overall U17 final-tournament record of eight strikes, for France in 2015. Platini’s nine for Les Bleus at EURO ’84 is the record for any men’s final tournament, the same tally achieved by Russia’s Elena Danilova at the 2005 Women’s U19s. Her compatriot, the late Konstantin Eremenko, scored 11 at UEFA Futsal EURO 1999.
Most goals in a UEFA final tournament group
EURO: 9 Netherlands 2008/France 1984
U21: 9 Sweden 2009
U19/U18: 11 Portugal 2014/Slovakia 2002/Germany 1998/England 1993
U17/U16: 15 Germany 2017
Women’s EURO: 11 Germany 2001
Women’s U19/U18: 15 Germany 2004
Women’s U17: 19 England 2016
Futsal EURO: 16 Italy 2005
Group stages began in competitions from these years, previously knockout finals only: EURO 1980, U21 2000; U18 1980-1984 1993, Women’s EURO 1997, WU18 EURO 1999, WU17 EURO 2013/14
Most goals by one player in any UEFA final tournament group: 7
Gil Gomes (Portugal) 1989 U16
Amine Gouiri (France) 2017 U17
Michel Platini (France) EURO ’84
Jonathan Soriano (Spain) 2002 U17
Most goals in a single UEFA final tournament
EURO: 9 Michel Platini (France 1984)
U21: 7 Marcus Berg (Sweden 2009)
U19/U18: 8 Jorge Perona (Spain 2001)
U17/U16: 8 Odsonne Edouard (France 2015)
Women’s EURO: 6 Inka Grings (Germany 2009)
Women’s U19/U18: 9 Elena Danilova (Russia 2005)
Women’s U17: 8 Kyra Malinowski (Germany 2009)
Futsal EURO: 11 Konstantin Eremenko (Russia 1999)