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 Remy Reynierse
Captain vacant
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
  • 2015: Did not qualify.

Notable players[edit]

Olympic Games[edit]

Summer Olympic record
Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
Spain 1992 Did Not Qualify
United States 1996
Australia 2000
Greece 2004
China 2008 Quarter Finals 7th 4 1 2 1 4 4
United Kingdom 2012 Did Not Qualify
Brazil 2016
Total 1/6 0 Medals 4 1 2 1 4 4

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
 Slovakia 8 5 2 1 19 7 +12 17
 Netherlands 8 5 1 2 22 6 +16 16
 Scotland 8 3 2 3 12 15 −3 11
 Georgia 8 3 1 4 8 15 −7 10
 Luxembourg 8 1 0 7 5 23 −18 3
  Georgia (country) Luxembourg Netherlands Scotland Slovakia
Georgia  0–3* 0–6 2–1 1–3
Luxembourg  0–3 0–1 0–3 1–7
Netherlands  0–1 3–1 4–0 0–1
Scotland  1–1 3–0 1–6 2–1
Slovakia  1–0 3–0 2–2 1–1

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

Play-offs[edit]

Other fixtures[edit]

Friendly matches[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up to the squad for the international friendly against Germany on 13 November 2014.

Caps and goals updated as 13 November 2014.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Mickey van der Hart (1994-06-13) 13 June 1994 (age 20) 4 0 Netherlands Go Ahead Eagles
1GK Maarten de Fockert (1995-02-20) 20 February 1995 (age 19) 0 0 Netherlands Heerenveen
2DF Nathan Aké (1995-02-18) 18 February 1995 (age 19) 13 2 England Chelsea
2DF Karim Rekik (1994-12-02) 2 December 1994 (age 20) 7 1 Netherlands PSV
2DF Joost van Aken (1994-05-13) 13 May 1994 (age 20) 2 0 Netherlands Heerenveen
2DF Peet Bijen (1995-01-28) 28 January 1995 (age 19) 1 0 Netherlands FC Twente
2DF Hans Hateboer (1994-01-09) 9 January 1994 (age 20) 1 0 Netherlands Groningen
2DF Derrick Luckassen (1995-07-03) 3 July 1995 (age 19) 1 0 Netherlands AZ
3MF Tonny Vilhena (1995-01-03) 3 January 1995 (age 19) 16 4 Netherlands Feyenoord
3MF Daley Sinkgraven (1995-07-04) 4 July 1995 (age 19) 3 0 Netherlands Heerenveen
3MF Jorrit Hendrix (1995-02-06) 6 February 1995 (age 19) 2 0 Netherlands PSV
3MF Rick Karsdorp (1995-02-11) 11 February 1995 (age 19) 1 0 Netherlands Feyenoord
3MF Joris van Overeem (1994-06-01) 1 June 1994 (age 20) 1 0 Netherlands Dordrecht
4FW Jean-Paul Boëtius (1994-03-22) 22 March 1994 (age 20) 11 2 Netherlands Feyenoord
4FW Anwar El Ghazi (1995-05-03) 3 May 1995 (age 19) 3 0 Netherlands Ajax
4FW Wessel Dammers (1995-03-01) 1 March 1995 (age 19) 1 0 Netherlands Feyenoord
4FW Vincent Janssen (1994-06-15) 15 June 1994 (age 20) 1 0 Netherlands Almere City
4FW Mohamed Rayhi (1994-07-01) 1 July 1994 (age 20) 1 0 Netherlands PSV

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
DF Sven van Beek (1994-07-28) 28 July 1994 (age 20) 6 0 Netherlands Feyenoord v.  Germany, 13 November 2014
DF Jetro Willems (1994-03-30) 30 March 1994 (age 20) 5 0 Netherlands PSV Eindhoven v.  Portugal, 14 October 2014
DF Terence Kongolo (1994-02-14) 14 February 1994 (age 20) 5 1 Netherlands Feyenoord v.  Portugal, 14 October 2014
DF Joshua Brenet (1994-03-20) 20 March 1994 (age 20) 5 0 Netherlands PSV Eindhoven v.  Portugal, 14 October 2014
MF Kyle Ebecilio (1994-02-17) 17 February 1994 (age 20) 9 0 Netherlands FC Twente v.  Portugal, 14 October 2014
MF Yassin Ayoub (1994-03-06) 6 March 1994 (age 20) 3 0 Netherlands FC Utrecht v.  Israel, 5 March 2014
FW Quincy Promes (1992-01-04) 4 January 1992 (age 22) 10 7 Russia Spartak Moscow v.  Slovakia, 8 September 2014
FW Bilal Başaçikoğlu (1995-03-26) 26 March 1995 (age 19) 0 0 Netherlands Feyenoord v.  Luxembourg, 3 June 2014
FW Ricardo Kishna (1995-01-04) 4 January 1995 (age 19) 1 0 Netherlands Ajax v.  Israel, 5 March 2014
FW Jeroen Lumu (1995-05-27) 27 May 1995 (age 19) 0 0 Bulgaria Ludogorets Razgrad v.  France, 18 November 2013
FW Memphis Depay (1994-02-13) 13 February 1994 (age 20) 7 0 Netherlands PSV v.  Luxembourg, 9 September 2013

Individual all-time records[edit]

  Still active players are highlighted