Netherlands national under-21 football team
|Nickname(s)||Jong Oranje (Young Orange)|
|Association||Koninklijke Nederlandse Voetbalbond|
|Head coach||Adrie Koster|
|Captain||Marco van Ginkel|
|Most caps||Arnold Bruggink & Leroy Fer (31)|
|Top scorer||Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (18)|
|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.
- 1 UEFA U-23 Championship record
- 2 UEFA U-21 Championship Record
- 3 Notable players
- 4 Results and fixtures 2013–2015
- 5 Current squad
- 6 Individual all-time records
- 7 See also
- 8 Sources/External links
UEFA U-23 Championship record
- 17 April 1968: Bulgaria 3–1 Netherlands.
- 1972: Losing quarter-finalists.
- 1974: Losing quarter-finalists.
- 1976: Losing semi-finalists.
UEFA U-21 Championship Record
- 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
|Summer Olympic record|
|1992||Did Not Qualify|
|2012||Did Not Qualify|
|2016||To be determined|
Results and fixtures 2013–2015
2015 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship
* Match originally ended as a 1–1 draw, but UEFA later awarded the match as a 3–0 forfeit win to Luxembourg.
|5 September 2013||Netherlands||4 – 0||Scotland||Stadion de Goffert, Nijmegen, Netherlands|
|18:30 CET||Trindade de Vilhena 52'
van der Hoorn 74'
Referee: Paolo Valeri (Italy)
|9 September 2013||Luxembourg||0 – 1||Netherlands||Stade Jos Nosbaum, Dudelange, Luxembourg|
|18:00 CET||Report||van Ginkel 18' (pen.)||Attendance: 280
Referee: Andris Treimanis (Latvia)
|10 October 2013||Georgia||0 – 6||Netherlands||Mikheil Meskhi Stadium, Tbilisi, Georgia|
|13:00 CET||Kvekveskiri 65'||Report||Boëtius 14'
Castaignos 45' (+1), 48', 78'
Promes 67', 71'
Referee: Paweł Raczkowski (Poland)
|14 November 2013||Slovakia||2 – 2||Netherlands||National Training Centre, Senec, Slovakia|
|20:15 CET||Zreľák 37'
Trindade de Vilhena 66' (pen.)
Referee: Ken Henry Johnsen (Norway)
|28 May 2014||Scotland||1 – 6||Netherlands||St. Mirren Park, Paisley, Scotland|
|20:45 CET||May 85'||Report||Promes 26', 40', 42'
Ziyech 76', 79'
Referee: Christian Dingert (Germany)
|3 June 2014||Netherlands||3 – 1||Luxembourg||De Geusselt, Maastricht, Netherlands|
|19:00 CET||Castaignos 54'
Promes 56', 61'
|Report||Borges 59'||Referee: Johnny Casanova (San Marino)
|4 September 2014||Netherlands||v||Georgia||Netherlands|
|8 September 2014||Netherlands||v||Slovakia||Netherlands|
|14 August 2013||Czech Republic||1 – 0||Netherlands||FK Viktoria Stadion, Prague, Czech Republic|
|18:30||Petrák 71'||Attendance: 2,050
Referee: Slavko Vinčić (Slovenia)
|14 October 2013||Netherlands||0 – 3||Austria||De Adelaarshorst, Deventer, Netherlands|
Gregoritsch 41', 83'
Referee: Serdar Gözübüyük (Netherlands)
|18 November 2013||France||1 – 1||Netherlands||Stade Ernest-Wallon, Toulouse, France|
|19:30||Ntep 44'||Trindade de Vilhena 60'||Attendance: 4,867
Referee: Markus Hameter (Austria)
|5 March 2014||Netherlands||0 – 1||Israel||TATA Steel Stadion, Velsen-Zuid, Netherlands|
|18:30||Sayef 63'||Attendance: 2,463
Referee: Dennis Higler (Netherlands)
|13 November 2014||Germany||v||Netherlands||Germany|
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.
The following players have been called and remain eligible. Players have to be born after 01.01.1992.
Individual all-time records
Most capped players
Most goals scored