#WU19EURO final briefing: France v Spain

France and several Spanish players will be setting new records when they meet in Sunday's #WU19EURO final after the highest scoring last-four ties in competition history.

France celebrate reaching an eighth final
France celebrate reaching an eighth final ©Sportsfile
  • The final is at Slovakia's National Training Centre, Senec at 19:00CEST on Sunday, live on Eurosport.
  • Follow with @UEFAWomensEURO on Twitter and on Facebook using #WU19EURO

France facts

  • France have reached a record eighth final. Germany have had eight top-two finishes, having been runners-up in the 1999 four-team round-robin.
  • France are looking to move level with Germany on four WU19 titles (though Germany also twice won the previous WU18 competition).
  • Marie-Antoinette Katoto is level with Jill Roord as finals top scorer on five goals. The record is Elena Danilova's nine in 2005.

Spain facts

Nahikari García has played in more UEFA youth final games than anyone else, male or female
Nahikari García has played in more UEFA youth final games than anyone else, male or female©Sportsfile
  • Spain's Nuria Garrote and Nahikari García become first players to take part in five UEFA men's or women's youth semi-finals having previously appeared in that stage in the 2012/13 and 2013/14 WU17 and 2013/14 and 2014/15 WU19 EUROs.
  • Nuria, Nahikari and Andrea Sánchez Falcón (an unused substitute in the semi-final two years ago) could become the first players to appear in four UEFA youth finals after the 2014 WU17 and last two WU19 deciders. Spain lost all those three previous finals.
  • Nahikari will overtake Isabel Kerschowski's record of 14 WU19 finals appearances if she plays on Sunday.
Sandra's semi-final hat-trick
Sandra's semi-final hat-trick
  • In the semis Nahikari took her record tally of UEFA men's or women's youth final tournament appearances to 21, one ahead of Nuria. Sánchez (18) is third, level with the leading man, Filip Trojan of the Czech Republic.
  • Sánchez will set a new record of 40 UEFA men's or women's youth competition appearances including qualifying if she plays in the final, overtaking England's Nobbs. Nahikari is on 38.
  • Sandra Hernández became only the fourth player to score a WU19 EURO semi-final hat-trick after Vivianne Miedema (2014), Sofia Jakobsson (2009) and Elena Danilova (2005).
  • Spain have become the first team to reach three straight finals since the switch to an eight-team U19 format in 2002.
Watch: Spain's 2015 U17 triumph
Watch: Spain's 2015 U17 triumph
  • They have also reached the last three WU17 finals. Amaia Peña, Patri Guijarro, Carmen Menayo, Maite Oroz and Lucía García all played in the only one of those finals in the last three seasons that they won, against Switzerland in the 2015 WU17s. That Spain team was coached by Pedro López before his switch to the WU19s this season.
  • Spain are hoping to become the first team to win the title with a 100% winning finals record since Germany in 2011. Spain also had a perfect elite round record, and could be the first to win the competition with an unblemished record including qualifying since Germany in 2007 (though they needed extra time in the final).
  • Spain hope to improve on the fate of their men's and women's U17 teams, who both lost in their EURO finals in May.
  • They did win the UEFA Futsal EURO title in February, meaning that Spain has held at least one European national-team title continuously since 8 August 2004 (when they clinched the WU19 crown in Helsinki).
  • In all Spain have 35 UEFA national-team titles, four more than Germany and 20 clear of third-placed France.

Tournament recorda

France into final after comeback
France into final after comeback
  • With 11 goals in total the semi-finals were the highest-scoring in tournament history
  • There will need to be six goals in the final for it to be the highest-scoring knockout phase in WU19 history, equalling 2011 (17)
  • There have been 52 goals so far in the finals; only 2005 (60), 2010 (57), 2001 (54) and 2006 (54) remain ahead of that tally.
  • The team that loses on Sunday will be the first nation to have been defeated in five finals.
  • This is the first time since 2007 that both group winners have met in the final.
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