France national under-21 football team

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France Under-21
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Les Bleuets (The Little Blues)
Les Espoirs (The Hopes)
Association French Football Federation
Head coach Pierre Mankowski
Captain TBD
Most caps Mickaël Landreau (43)
Top scorer Anthony Le Tallec (12)
First colours
Second colours
First international
U23: France France 0–0 Norway Norway
Alès, 11 November 1970
U21: France France 1–1 Belgium Belgium
Amiens, 3 September 1976
Biggest win
France France 7–0 Yugoslavia Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
Reims, 16 November 1985
Biggest defeat
England England 6–1 France France
Sheffield, 28 February 1984
Records for competitive
matches only.
UEFA U-21 Championship
Appearances 8 (First in 1982)
Best result Winners (1988)

The France national under-21 football team (French: Equipe de France Espoirs), known in France as Les Espoirs (French pronunciation: ​[ɛs.pwaʁ], The Hopes), is the national under-21 football team of France and is controlled by the French Football Federation. The team competes in the UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship, held every two years. The team was previously coached by former Toulouse manager Erick Mombaerts, however, following the team's failure to qualify for the 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship in October 2012, he agreed to leave the position.

Following the realignment of UEFA's youth competitions in 1976, under-21 football teams in Europe were formed. The team is exclusively for football players that are age 21 or under at the start of the two-year campaign of the UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship meaning a player can represent the national team until the age of 23. Since the coaching tenure of Aimé Jacquet, there has been an unwritten rule among senior national team coaches that players called up to the national team must have had prior international experience with the under-21 team. Due to the country's multicultural background, France regularly produces under-21 players who have gone on to play for other country's senior national teams. Players such as Mourad Meghni, Issiar Dia, Sébastien Bassong, and Hassan Yebda all represented France at under-21 level before opting to represent their country of origin at senior level.

France has won the UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship once in 1988. Notable players on the team that went on to play for the senior national team include Laurent Blanc, Eric Cantona, Franck Sauzée, and Jocelyn Angloma, among others.[1] Blanc was named the tournament's Golden Player.[2] The team's best finish since was in 2002 when the team finished runner-up to the Czech Republic in Switzerland. Though the 2002 team produced ten players who went on to play for the senior team, only one of them, Sidney Govou, has become a regular international.

The France under-21 team does not have a permanent home. The team plays in stadiums located all around France, particularly grounds of Ligue 2 clubs. Because of the smaller demand compared to the senior national team, smaller facilities are used. Recently, the under-21 team has established the Stade Auguste-Delaune II, home of Stade Reims, as a home residence having played numerous matches there over the past two seasons.

History[edit]

Though, under-21 teams weren't formed until 1976, Les Espoirs, a youth national team in France, had existed since 1950 playing its first match on 22 May 1952 defeating England 7–1 at the Stade Jules Deschaseaux in Le Havre. The team's next match was two years later suffering a 3–1 defeat to Italy in Vicenza. For the rest of the decade, the youth team played seven more matches, which included a 1–1 draw with Hungary in Budapest and a 2–0 loss to England in Sunderland in 1959. In the 1960s, Espoirs continued to play matches against fellow national youth sides. However, on 18 December 1968, the team contested a match against Algeria senior team in Algiers recording an impressive 5–2 victory. Four days later, the team draw 1–1 with the under-23 team of Algeria in Oran. On 12 February 1969, the Espoirs played the Hungary senior team at the Stade Gerland in Lyon. The match ended in a 2–2 draw.

Results and fixtures 2015–2017[edit]

2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championshipp[edit]

Qualification[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  France 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Final tournament 13 Oct '15 25 Mar '16 6 Sep '16 28 Mar '16 12 Nov '15
2  Ukraine 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Possible Play-offs based on ranking 2 Sep '16 6 Sep '16 8 Oct '15 27 May '16 6 Oct '16
3  Scotland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 Oct '15 13 Nov '15 13 Oct '15 2 Sep '16 29 Mar '16
4  Iceland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 Sep '15 11 Oct '16 5 Oct '16 11 Jun '15 8 Sep '15
5  Macedonia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 Nov '15 5 Sep '15 8 Oct '16 24 Mar '16 6 Sep '16
6  Northern Ireland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 Oct '16 17 Nov '15 5 Sep '15 2 Sep '16 13 Oct '15
First match(es) will be played on 11 June 2015. Source: UEFA

Other fixtures[edit]

Friendly matches[edit]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players have been called up to participate in the international friendlies against Estonia and Netherlands to be played respectively on 25 and 30 March 2015.[3]

Note: Names in italics denote players that have been capped by the senior team.

Caps and goals as of 30 March 2015, after the team's match against Netherlands.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Mouez Hassen (1995-03-05) 5 March 1995 (age 20) 1 0 France Nice
1GK Paul Nardi (1994-05-18) 18 May 1994 (age 20) 1 0 France Nancy
2DF Aymeric Laporte (1994-05-27) 27 May 1994 (age 20) 12 0 Spain Athletic Bilbao
2DF Jean-Philippe Gbamin (1995-09-25) 25 September 1995 (age 19) 3 0 France Lens
2DF Benjamin Mendy (1994-07-17) 17 July 1994 (age 20) 3 0 France Marseille
2DF Jordan Amavi (1994-03-09) 9 March 1994 (age 21) 2 0 France Nice
2DF Antoine Conte (1994-01-29) 29 January 1994 (age 21) 2 0 France Reims
2DF Clément Lenglet (1995-06-17) 17 June 1995 (age 19) 2 0 France Nancy
2DF Baptiste Aloé (1994-06-29) 29 June 1994 (age 20) 1 0 France Marseille
2DF Steven Moreira (1994-08-13) 13 August 1994 (age 20) 1 0 France Rennes
3MF Morgan Sanson (1994-08-18) 18 August 1994 (age 20) 10 2 France Montpellier
3MF Corentin Tolisso (1994-08-03) 3 August 1994 (age 20) 7 2 France Lyon
3MF Adrien Rabiot (1995-04-03) 3 April 1995 (age 20) 5 0 France Paris Saint-Germain
3MF Rémi Walter (1995-04-26) 26 April 1995 (age 20) 2 0 France Nancy
3MF Lenny Nangis (1994-03-24) 24 March 1994 (age 21) 1 0 France Caen
3MF Georges-Kévin N'Koudou (1995-02-13) 13 February 1995 (age 20) 1 0 France Nantes
4FW Anthony Martial (1995-12-05) 5 December 1995 (age 19) 12 4 France Monaco
4FW Yassine Benzia (1994-09-08) 8 September 1994 (age 20) 7 6 France Lyon
4FW Sébastien Haller (1994-06-22) 22 June 1994 (age 20) 4 4 Netherlands Utrecht
4FW Corentin Jean (1995-07-15) 15 July 1995 (age 19) 1 0 France Troyes

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have also been called up to the France under-21 squad and remain eligible:

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
DF Kurt Zouma (1994-10-27) 27 October 1994 (age 20) 7 1 England Chelsea v.  Sweden, 14 October 2014
DF Cédric Hountondji INJ (1994-01-19) 19 January 1994 (age 21) 1 0 France Châteauroux v.  Belarus, 4 March 2014
DF Jordan Ikoko (1994-02-03) 3 February 1994 (age 21) 1 0 France Le Havre v.  Netherlands, 18 November 2013
MF Tiemoué Bakayoko (1994-08-17) 17 August 1994 (age 20) 2 0 France Monaco v.  Italy, 17 November 2014
MF Farès Bahlouli (1995-04-08) 8 April 1995 (age 20) 2 0 France Lyon v.  Belarus, 9 September 2013
FW Kingsley Coman (1996-06-13) 13 June 1996 (age 18) 6 2 Italy Juventus v.  Italy, 17 November 2014
FW Neal Maupay (1996-08-14) 14 August 1996 (age 18) 2 1 France Nice v.  Singapore, 2 June 2014
FW Hervin Ongenda (1995-06-24) 24 June 1995 (age 19) 1 0 France Bastia v.  Iceland, 14 October 2013
FW M'Baye Niang (1994-12-19) 19 December 1994 (age 20) 3 1 Italy Genoa v.  Norway, 16 October 2012
Notes
  • INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
  • SEN Player withdrew from the squad due to a call up to the senior team.

Previous squads[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

As of 9 September 2013
Position Name Nationality
Manager Pierre Mankowski  French
Assistant manager Patrice Gonfalone  French
Assistant manager José Alcocer  French
Goalkeeping coach Sylvain Matrisciano  French
Doctor François Brochet  French
Physiotherapist Guy Puravet  French

Competitive record[edit]

For single-match results of the under-21 national team, see French football single-season articles.

UEFA U-23 Championship Record[edit]

  • 1972: Did not qualify. Finished 4th of 4 in qualification group.
  • 1974: Did not qualify. Finished 3rd of 3 in qualification group.
  • 1976: Losing quarter-finalists.

UEFA European Under-21 Championship Record[edit]

Year Result GP W D* L GS GA
1978 Did not qualify 4 0 1 3 4 6
1980 Did not qualify 4 2 1 1 3 2
1982 Quarterfinals 6 3 1 2 9 8
1984 Quarterfinals 6 3 1 2 11 9
1986 Quarterfinals 8 2 3 3 13 13
1988 Champions 12 6 5 1 21 13
1990 Did not qualify 6 3 2 1 11 7
1992 Did not qualify 8 3 2 3 7 5
France 1994 Fourth Place 14 10 2 2 24 8
Spain 1996 Third Place 14 8 4 2 30 5
Romania 1998 Did not qualify 8 4 3 1 13 8
Slovakia 2000 Did not qualify 8 6 2 2 19 6
Switzerland 2002 Runners-Up 15 12 3 0 27 7
Germany 2004 Did not qualify 10 8 1 1 20 7
Portugal 2006 Semi-finals 14 10 2 2 24 10
Netherlands 2007 Did not qualify 4 2 1 1 6 3
Sweden 2009 Did not qualify 10 5 3 2 17 7
Denmark 2011 Did not qualify 8 4 3 1 12 6
Israel 2013 Did not qualify 10 8 0 2 23 7
Czech Republic 2015 Did not qualify 8 7 1 0 28 7
Total 8/20 179 106 41 32 314 140
*Draws include knockout matches decided by penalty shootout.
**Gold background colour indicates that the tournament was won. Red border colour indicates tournament was held on home soil.

Honours[edit]

Champions (1): 1988
Finalists (1): 2002
Champions (11): 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 1997, 1989, 1988, 1987, 1985, 1984, 1977
Finalists (11): 2009, 1998, 1996, 1995, 1993, 1991, 1986, 1980, 1978, 1976, 1975

Broadcaster[edit]

France's under-21 football friendlies and qualifying matches are broadcast by Direct 8.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1988: France sweep to final glory". Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). Retrieved 12 July 2010. 
  2. ^ "1988: Laurent Blanc". Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). Retrieved 12 July 2010. 
  3. ^ "Dernière sélection". French Football Federation (in French). 3 October 2013. Retrieved 19 March 2015. 

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