Netherlands national under-21 football team

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Netherlands U21
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Jong Oranje (Young Orange)
Association Koninklijke Nederlandse Voetbalbond
Head coach Albert Stuivenberg
Captain Marco van Ginkel
Most caps Arnold Bruggink & Leroy Fer (31)
Top scorer Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (18)
First colours
Second colours
UEFA U-21 Championship
Appearances 6 (First in 1988)
Best result Winner, 2006, 2007

The Netherlands national under-21 football team is the national under-21 team of the Netherlands and is controlled by the Royal Dutch Football Association. The team competes in the European Under-21 Championship, held every two years.

Following the realignment of UEFA's youth competitions in 1976, the Dutch Under-21 team was formed. The team did not have a very good record, failing to qualify for nine of the fifteen tournaments. The team did not enter for the 1978 competition, but since then has reached the semi-finals twice, and qualified for the last eight on three other occasions.

Since the under-21 competition rules insist that players must be 21 or under at the start of a two year competition, technically it is an U-23 competition. For this reason, the Netherlands' record in the preceding U-23 competitions is also shown. The first competitive match was in the "Under-23 Challenge", a match which they lost. The team qualified for the last eight of each of the three U-23 tournaments.

In 2006 the Netherlands national under-21 football team of coach Foppe de Haan won the 2006 European Under-21 Championship. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar became top scorer and player of the tournament with four goals, and also broke the all-time goalscoring record of 15 goals previously held by Roy Makaay and Arnold Jan Bruggink, in his last match with the team as he pushed this record to 18 goals. The following year, Netherlands national under-21 football team successfully defended their title by winning the 2007 European Under-21 Championship in the final against Serbia with 4–1. Maceo Rigters was the top scorer of the competition with four goals and Royston Drenthe was the Player of the Tournament. The win meant that the Netherlands qualified for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. The team failed to qualify for the 2009 European Under-21 Championship, after losing out to Switzerland in their final qualifying match.

UEFA U-23 Championship record[edit]

The Netherlands were randomly chosen to play cards Bulgaria for the title in a one-off match in Sofia, which the Netherlands lost.

  • 17 April 1968: Bulgaria 3–1 Netherlands.
  • 1972: Losing quarter-finalists.
  • 1974: Losing quarter-finalists.
  • 1976: Losing semi-finalists.

UEFA U-21 Championship Record[edit]

Serbia and the Netherlands enter on to the field for the final of the 2007 tournament.
  • 1978: Did not enter.
  • 1980: Did not qualify. Finished 3rd of 3 in qualification group.
  • 1982: Did not qualify. Finished 2nd of 3 in qualification group.
  • 1984: Did not qualify. Finished 2nd of 3 in qualification group.
  • 1986: Did not qualify. Finished 2nd of 4 in qualification group.
  • 1988: Losing semi-finalists.
  • 1990: Did not qualify. Finished 3rd of 4 in qualification group.
  • 1992: Losing quarter-finalists.
  • 1994: Did not qualify. Finished 5th of 6 in qualification group.
  • 1996: Did not qualify. Finished 3rd of 6 in qualification group.
  • 1998: Fourth.
  • 2000: Finished 3rd of 4 in finals group. Joint fifth.
  • 2002: Lost in playoff.
  • 2004: Did not qualify. Finished 4th of 5 in qualification group.
  • 2006: Winners
  • 2007: Winners
  • 2009: Did not qualify. Finished 2nd of 5 in qualification group.
  • 2011: Lost in Playoff against Ukraine.
  • 2013: Semi Finals

Notable players[edit]

Results and fixtures 2013–2015[edit]

2015 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship[edit]

Qualification[edit]

Group stage[edit]
Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Netherlands 6 5 1 0 22 4 +18 16
 Slovakia 6 4 1 1 17 6 +11 13
 Georgia 7 2 1 4 7 15 −8 7
 Scotland 6 2 1 3 8 14 −6 7
 Luxembourg 7 1 0 6 5 20 −15 3
  Georgia (country) Luxembourg Netherlands Scotland Slovakia
Georgia  0–3* 0–6 2–1 1–3
Luxembourg  0–3 0–1 1–7
Netherlands  3–1 4–0
Scotland  1–1 3–0 1–6 2–1
Slovakia  1–0 3–0 2–2

* Match originally ended as a 1–1 draw, but UEFA later awarded the match as a 3–0 forfeit win to Luxembourg.

Other fixtures[edit]

Friendly matches[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up to the squad for the 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification matches against Scotland on 28 May 2014 and Luxembourg on 3 June 2014.

Caps and goals updated as June 3, 2014.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Warner Hahn (1992-06-15) June 15, 1992 (age 22) 10 0 Netherlands Feyenoord
16 1GK Mickey van der Hart (1994-06-13) June 13, 1994 (age 20) 3 0 Netherlands Ajax
12 2DF Mike van der Hoorn (1992-10-15) October 15, 1992 (age 21) 12 1 Netherlands Ajax
5 2DF Nathan Aké (1995-02-18) February 18, 1995 (age 19) 8 0 England Chelsea
13 2DF Stefano Denswil (1993-05-07) May 7, 1993 (age 21) 7 0 Netherlands Ajax
3 2DF Sven van Beek (1994-07-28) July 28, 1994 (age 19) 5 0 Netherlands Feyenoord
2 2DF Mike te Wierik (1992-06-08) June 8, 1992 (age 22) 3 0 Netherlands Heracles Almelo
4 2DF Karim Rekik (1994-12-02) December 2, 1994 (age 19) 2 1 Netherlands PSV Eindhoven
10 3MF Marco van Ginkel (1992-12-01) December 1, 1992 (age 21) 21 4 England Chelsea
14 3MF Adam Maher (1993-07-20) July 20, 1993 (age 20) 19 2 Netherlands PSV Eindhoven
8 3MF Tonny Trindade de Vilhena (1995-01-03) January 3, 1995 (age 19) 13 4 Netherlands Feyenoord
6 3MF Kyle Ebecilio (1994-02-17) February 17, 1994 (age 20) 7 0 Netherlands FC Twente
15 3MF Hakim Ziyech (1993-03-19) March 19, 1993 (age 21) 3 2 Netherlands SC Heerenveen
9 4FW Luc Castaignos (1992-09-27) September 27, 1992 (age 21) 12 6 Netherlands FC Twente
18 4FW Ola John (1992-05-19) May 19, 1992 (age 22) 11 1 Germany Hamburger SV
7 4FW Quincy Promes (1994-01-04) January 4, 1994 (age 20) 9 7 Netherlands FC Twente
11 4FW Jean-Paul Boëtius (1994-03-22) March 22, 1994 (age 20) 8 1 Netherlands Feyenoord
17 4FW Lesley de Sa (1993-04-02) April 2, 1993 (age 21) 2 0 Netherlands Ajax

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have been called and remain eligible. Players have to be born after 01.01.1992.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Stefan van der Lei (1993-03-05) March 5, 1993 (age 21) 1 0 Netherlands FC Groningen v.  Luxembourg, 3 June 2014
GK Nigel Bertrams (1993-01-08) January 8, 1993 (age 21) 0 0 Netherlands Ajax v.  Slovakia, 14 November 2013
DF Joost van Aken (1994-05-13) May 13, 1994 (age 20) 0 0 Netherlands SC Heerenveen v.  Luxembourg, 3 June 2014
DF Hans Hateboer (1994-01-09) January 9, 1994 (age 20) 0 0 Netherlands FC Groningen v.  Luxembourg, 3 June 2014
DF Doke Schmidt (1992-04-07) April 7, 1992 (age 22) 0 0 Netherlands Go Ahead Eagles v.  Israel, 5 March 2014
DF Jetro Willems (1994-03-30) March 30, 1994 (age 20) 3 0 Netherlands PSV v.  Israel, 5 March 2014
DF Terence Kongolo (1994-02-14) February 14, 1994 (age 20) 4 0 Netherlands Feyenoord v.  Israel, 5 March 2014
DF Henk Dijkhuizen (1992-06-09) June 9, 1992 (age 22) 2 0 Netherlands Roda JC v.  France, 18 November 2013
DF Lucas Bijker (1993-03-04) March 4, 1993 (age 21) 2 0 Netherlands SC Cambuur v.  France, 18 November 2013
DF Jorrit Hendrix (1995-02-06) February 6, 1995 (age 19) 0 0 Netherlands PSV Eindhoven v.  Slovakia, 14 November 2013
DF Joël Veltman (1992-01-15) January 15, 1992 (age 22) 0 0 Netherlands Ajax v.  Slovakia, 14 November 2013
DF Dico Koppers (1992-01-31) January 31, 1992 (age 22) 1 0 Netherlands FC Twente v.  Slovakia, 14 November 2013
DF Joshua Brenet (1994-03-20) March 20, 1994 (age 20) 3 0 Netherlands PSV Eindhoven v.  Slovakia, 14 November 2013
DF Ruben Ligeon (1992-05-24) May 24, 1992 (age 22) 3 0 Netherlands Ajax v.  Slovakia, 14 November 2013
DF Timo Letschert (1993-05-25) May 25, 1993 (age 21) 3 0 Netherlands FC Groningen v.  Austria, 14 October 2013
DF Mitchell Dijks (1993-02-09) February 9, 1993 (age 21) 3 0 Netherlands SC Heerenveen v.  Czech Republic, 14 August 2013
DF Stefan de Vrij (1992-02-05) February 5, 1992 (age 22) 12 0 Netherlands Feyenoord v.  Italy, 15 June 2013
DF Bruno Martins Indi (1992-02-08) February 8, 1992 (age 22) 8 0 Netherlands Feyenoord v.  Italy, 15 June 2013
MF Chris David (1993-03-06) March 6, 1993 (age 21) 0 0 England Fulham v.  Luxembourg, 3 June 2014
MF Mustafa Saymak (1993-02-11) February 11, 1993 (age 21) 1 0 Netherlands PEC Zwolle v.  Israel, 5 March 2014
MF Yassin Ayoub (1994-03-06) March 6, 1994 (age 20) 3 0 Netherlands FC Utrecht v.  Israel, 5 March 2014
MF Virgil Misidjan (1993-07-24) July 24, 1993 (age 20) 0 0 Bulgaria Ludogorets Razgrad v.  France, 18 November 2013
MF Davy Klaassen (1993-02-21) February 21, 1993 (age 21) 4 0 Netherlands Ajax v.  France, 18 November 2013
MF Deniz Türüç (1993-01-29) January 29, 1993 (age 21) 0 0 Netherlands Go Ahead Eagles v.  Slovakia, 14 November 2013
MF Joeri De Kamps (1992-02-10) February 10, 1992 (age 22) 1 0 Netherlands SC Heerenveen v.  Luxembourg, 9 September 2013
MF Fabian Sporkslede (1993-03-08) March 8, 1993 (age 21) 3 0 Netherlands Ajax v.  Luxembourg, 9 September 2013
MF Jesper Drost (1993-01-11) January 11, 1993 (age 21) 1 1 Netherlands PEC Zwolle v.  Scotland, 5 September 2013
MF Kevin Jansen (1992-04-08) April 8, 1992 (age 22) 1 0 Netherlands ADO Den Haag v.  Czech Republic, 14 August 2013
MF Navarone Foor (1992-02-04) February 4, 1992 (age 22) 1 0 Netherlands NEC v.  Italy, 15 August 2012
FW Bilal Başaçikoğlu (1995-03-26) March 26, 1995 (age 19) 0 0 Netherlands SC Heerenveen v.  Luxembourg, 3 June 2014
FW Ricardo Kishna (1995-01-04) January 4, 1995 (age 19) 1 0 Netherlands Ajax v.  Israel, 5 March 2014
FW Terell Ondaan (1993-09-09) September 9, 1993 (age 20) 1 0 Netherlands Willem II v.  Israel, 5 March 2014
FW Jürgen Locadia (1993-11-07) November 7, 1993 (age 20) 6 1 Netherlands PSV v.  Israel, 5 March 2014
FW Alex Schalk (1992-08-07) August 7, 1992 (age 21) 4 0 Netherlands PSV v.  France, 18 November 2013
FW Jody Lukoki (1992-11-15) November 15, 1992 (age 21) 1 0 Netherlands SC Cambuur v.  France, 18 November 2013
FW Guus Hupperts (1992-04-25) April 25, 1992 (age 22) 4 0 Netherlands Roda JC v.  France, 18 November 2013
FW Jeroen Lumu (1995-05-27) May 27, 1995 (age 19) 0 0 Bulgaria Ludogorets Razgrad v.  France, 18 November 2013
FW Memphis Depay (1994-02-13) February 13, 1994 (age 20) 7 0 Netherlands PSV v.  Luxembourg, 9 September 2013
FW Luciano Slagveer (1993-04-10) April 10, 1993 (age 21) 2 0 Netherlands SC Heerenveen v.  Scotland, 5 September 2013

Individual all-time records[edit]

  Still active players are highlighted