The UEFA U-21 Championship 1996, which spanned two years (1994-96), had 44 entrants. After the quarter-finals stage, Spain were chosen as the hosts of the final stages, consisting of four matches in total.
No fewer than 13 newly-independent nations competed for the first time - due mainly to the fall of Socialist rule in Europe in the early 1990s.
Italy U-21s won the competition for the third consecutive time.
The 44 national teams were divided into eight groups (four groups of 5 + four groups of 6). The group winners played off against each other on a two-legged home-and-away basis to determine the final four, one of whom would host the last four... Read More