Romania national under-21 football team

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Romania U-21
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Tricolorii Mici (The Little Tricolours)
Association Romanian Football Federation
Head coach Viorel Moldovan
First colours
Second colours
UEFA U-21 Championship
Appearances 1 (First in 1998)
Best result Eighth in 1998

The Romania national under-21 football team is the national under-21 football team of Romania and is controlled by the Romanian Football Federation. The team competes in the European Under-21 Football Championship, held every two years.

The team is coached by former international Bogdan Stelea and is usually captained by Steaua Bucharest midfielder Nicolae Stanciu.

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.

The best result achieved by the Romania U-21 squad is the qualification for the 1998 European Championship. Under the guidance of Victor Pițurcă and with a generation of players that included among others Bogdan Lobonț, Florentin Petre, Ionel Dănciulescu and Cătălin Munteanu, Romania U-21 finished the qualifying stage with maximum points after winning all eight games. Romania was then chosen as the host of the final stage. The squad was eliminated in the quarter-finals, being beaten by the Netherlands, 2-1.

The Romania under-21 team does not have a permanent home. The team plays in stadiums located all around Romania. Because of the smaller demand compared to the senior national team, smaller facilities are used.

Competitive record[edit]

UEFA U-21 Championship Record[edit]

UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship record UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship Qualification record
Year Round Pld W D * L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
1978 Did not qualify 4 1 0 3 5 8
1980 4 2 0 2 7 3
1982 6 2 1 3 9 12
1984 6 2 1 3 8 12
1986 6 1 4 1 5 7
1988 6 3 0 3 7 7
1990 6 3 0 3 8 7
1992 6 2 0 4 5 9
France 1994 8 5 0 3 13 10
Spain 1996 10 4 4 2 17 10
Romania 1998 Quarter-Final 1 0 0 1 1 2 8 8 0 0 18 4
Slovakia 2000 Did not qualify 8 3 3 2 10 8
Switzerland 2002 8 5 1 2 13 5
Germany 2004 8 2 1 5 6 7
Portugal 2006 10 6 1 3 17 8
Netherlands 2007 2 1 0 1 4 5
Sweden 2009 8 4 3 1 11 3
Denmark 2011 10 8 1 1 23 6
Israel 2013 8 4 2 2 11 6
Czech Republic 2015 To Be Determined
Total 1/18 1 0 0 1 1 2 132 66 22 44 197 137

Olympic Games[edit]

Football at the Summer Olympics was first played officially in 1908. The Olympiads between 1896 and 1980 was only open for amateur players. The 1984 and 1988 tournaments were open to players with no appearances in the FIFA World Cup. After the 1988 Olympics, the football event was changed into a tournament for U23 or U21 teams with a maximum of three older players. See Romania national football team for competition record from 1908 until 1988.

Olympic Games record Olympic Games Qualification record **
Year Round Position Pld W D * L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Spain 1992 Did not qualify 6 2 0 4 5 9
United States 1996 10 4 4 2 17 10
Australia 2000 8 3 3 2 10 8
Greece 2004 8 2 1 5 6 7
China 2008 2 1 0 1 4 5
United Kingdom 2012 10 8 1 1 23 6
Brazil 2016 To Be Determined
Total 0/6 0 Titles 0 0 0 0 0 0 44 20 9 15 65 45
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
**Includes both qualification phase and final tournament of UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship.
***Gold background color indicates that the tournament was won. Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.

EURO 2015[edit]

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Germany 6 4 2 0 15 5 +10 14
 Montenegro 6 3 2 1 9 6 +3 11
 Romania 6 2 3 1 10 8 +2 9
 Republic of Ireland 7 2 2 3 10 10 0 8
 Faroe Islands 7 0 1 6 8 23 –15 1
  Faroe Islands Germany Montenegro Republic of Ireland Romania
Faroe Islands  0–3 1–4 2–2
Germany  3–2 2–0
Montenegro  3–0 1–1 0–0 3–2
Republic of Ireland  5–2 0–4 1–2 0–1
Romania  3–1 2–2 0–0


Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

Players called up for the 2015 EURO qualification match against Faroe Islands on 5 March 2014.

Caps and goals as of 5 March 2014.
0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Laurențiu Brănescu (1994-03-30) 30 March 1994 (age 20) 7 0 Italy Virtus Lanciano
1GK Alexandru Greab (1992-05-26) 26 May 1992 (age 22) 0 0 Romania Gaz Metan Mediaș
2DF Alexandru Crețu (Captain) (1992-04-24) 24 April 1992 (age 22) 10 0 Romania CSMS Iași
2DF Alin Toșca (1992-03-14) 14 March 1992 (age 22) 9 0 Romania Steaua București
2DF Andrei Peteleu (1992-08-20) 20 August 1992 (age 21) 7 0 Romania Petrolul Ploiești
2DF Ștefan Popescu (1993-05-05) 5 May 1993 (age 21) 5 0 Romania Astra Giurgiu
2DF Mihai Bălașa (1995-01-14) 14 January 1995 (age 19) 4 0 Italy Roma
2DF Deian Boldor (1995-02-03) 3 February 1995 (age 19) 1 0 Italy Roma
3MF Romario Benzar (1992-03-26) 26 March 1992 (age 22) 10 1 Romania Viitorul Constanța
3MF Alin Cârstocea (1992-01-16) 16 January 1992 (age 22) 9 1 Romania Viitorul Constanța
3MF Claudiu Bumba (1994-01-05) 5 January 1994 (age 20) 5 1 Romania Târgu Mureș
3MF Mădălin Martin (1992-06-21) 21 June 1992 (age 22) 4 2 Romania Rapid București
3MF Alexandru Dan (1994-01-30) 30 January 1994 (age 20) 4 0 Romania Târgu Mureș
3MF Alexandru Ioniță (1994-12-14) 14 December 1994 (age 19) 2 0 Romania Astra Giurgiu
3MF Alexandru Băluță (1993-09-13) 13 September 1993 (age 20) 1 0 Romania CSU Craiova
3MF Alexandru Mitriță (1995-02-08) 8 February 1995 (age 19) 1 0 Romania Steaua București
4FW Cristian Gavra (1993-04-03) 3 April 1993 (age 21) 8 2 Romania Viitorul Constanța
4FW Sergiu Buș (1992-11-02) 2 November 1992 (age 21) 5 1 Romania Corona Brașov

Recent call-ups[edit]

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

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Alexandru Buzbuchi (1993-10-31) 31 October 1993 (age 20) 5 0 Romania Viitorul Constanța v.  Republic of Ireland, 15 October 2013
GK Flavius Croitoru (1992-07-13) 13 July 1992 (age 22) 0 0 Romania Mioveni v.  Moldova, 6 February 2013
DF Steliano Filip (1994-05-15) 15 May 1994 (age 20) 2 0 Romania Dinamo București v.  Germany, 19 November 2013
DF Claudiu Belu-Iordache (1993-11-07) 7 November 1993 (age 20) 5 0 Romania ACS Poli v.  Germany, 19 November 2013
DF Constantin Nica (1993-02-18) 18 February 1993 (age 21) 7 0 Italy Atalanta v.  Republic of Ireland, 15 October 2013
DF Adrian Avrămia (1992-01-31) 31 January 1992 (age 22) 6 0 Romania CSMS Iași v.  Republic of Ireland, 15 October 2013
DF Mihai Leca (1992-04-14) 14 April 1992 (age 22) 7 0 Romania Concordia Chiajna v.  Montenegro, 10 September 2013
DF Andrei Marc (1993-04-29) 29 April 1993 (age 21) 4 0 Romania Ceahlăul Piatra Neamț v.  Montenegro, 10 September 2013
DF Adrian Puțanu (1994-01-09) 9 January 1994 (age 20) 1 0 Romania Viitorul Constanța v.  Montenegro, 10 September 2013
DF Florin Plămadă (1992-04-30) 30 April 1992 (age 22) 2 0 Romania Rapid Suceava v.  Cyprus, 13 August 2013
DF Costinel Gugu (1992-08-05) 5 August 1992 (age 21) 4 0 Romania Târgu Mureș v.  Faroe Islands, 7 June 2013
DF Bogdan Mintaș (1993-03-06) 6 March 1993 (age 21) 0 0 Romania Bihor Oradea v.  Moldova, 6 February 2013
DF Florin Ilie (1992-06-18) 18 June 1992 (age 22) 2 0 Romania Corona Brașov v.  Cyprus, 13 November 2012
MF Sebastian Chitoșcă (1992-10-02) 2 October 1992 (age 21) 0 0 Romania Ceahlăul Piatra Neamț v.  Germany, 19 November 2013
MF Andrei Florean (1992-04-03) 3 April 1992 (age 22) 3 0 Romania Săgeata Năvodari v.  Republic of Ireland, 15 October 2013
MF Dorin Rotariu (1995-07-29) 29 July 1995 (age 18) 1 0 Romania Dinamo București v.  Republic of Ireland, 15 October 2013
MF Nicolae Stanciu (1993-05-07) 7 May 1993 (age 21) 13 2 Romania Steaua București v.  Montenegro, 10 September 2013
MF Gabriel Iancu (1994-04-15) 15 April 1994 (age 20) 5 1 Romania Steaua București v.  Montenegro, 10 September 2013
MF Ionuț Năstăsie (1992-01-07) 7 January 1992 (age 22) 4 0 Romania Viitorul Constanța v.  Montenegro, 10 September 2013
MF Cristian Bărbuț (1995-04-22) 22 April 1995 (age 19) 1 0 Romania ACS Poli v.  Montenegro, 10 September 2013
MF Bogdan Țîru (1994-03-15) 15 March 1994 (age 20) 0 0 Romania Viitorul Constanța v.  Montenegro, 10 September 2013
MF Tiberiu Serediuc (1992-07-02) 2 July 1992 (age 22) 6 0 Romania Concordia Chiajna v.  Cyprus, 13 August 2013
MF Andrei Vaștag (1994-03-21) 21 March 1994 (age 20) 3 0 Romania Metalul Reșița v.  Cyprus, 13 August 2013
MF Leonard Manole (1993-04-19) 19 April 1993 (age 21) 4 1 Romania Vaslui v.  Faroe Islands, 7 June 2013
MF Alexandru Giurgiu (1992-09-25) 25 September 1992 (age 21) 1 0 Romania Astra Giurgiu v.  Moldova, 6 February 2013
FW Mihai Roman (1992-05-31) 31 May 1992 (age 22) 5 2 Romania Săgeata Năvodari v.  Germany, 19 November 2013
FW Cătălin Țîră (1994-06-18) 18 June 1994 (age 20) 2 0 Netherlands ADO Den Haag v.  Germany, 19 November 2013
FW Vlad Morar (1993-08-01) 1 August 1993 (age 20) 2 0 Romania Petrolul Ploiești v.  Germany, 19 November 2013
FW Andrei Ciolacu (1992-09-09) 9 September 1992 (age 21) 3 0 Romania Rapid București v.  Republic of Ireland, 15 October 2013
FW Andrei Herghelegiu (1992-03-21) 21 March 1992 (age 22) 4 0 Romania CSMS Iași v.  France, 25 March 2013
FW Gelu Velici (1992-04-22) 22 April 1992 (age 22) 2 0 Romania Dinamo București v.  Moldova, 6 February 2013
FW Leonard Dobre (1992-06-16) 16 June 1992 (age 22) 4 0 Romania CSMS Iași v.  Cyprus, 13 November 2012
Notes
  • INJ = Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury
  • Names in italics denote players that have been capped for the Senior team.

Results[edit]

Recent results within last 24 months and upcoming fixtures.

Date Competition Venue Opponent Result Scorers
1 June 2012 EURO 2013 Q Zemplin Stadium, Michalovce  Slovakia 2–0 Enache Goal 71'79'
5 June 2012 EURO 2013 Q Stadionul Mogoşoaia, Mogoşoaia  Slovakia 2–0 Răduț Goal 66' (pen.) Filip Goal 89'
1 June 2012 Friendly Stadsparksvallen, Jönköping  Sweden 2–0 Alexe Goal 49' Ţucudean Goal 64' (pen.)
10 September 2012 EURO 2013 Q Skonto Stadium, Riga  Latvia 4–0 Alexe Goal 11' Matei Goal 52' Răduț Goal 72'81'
12 November 2012 Friendly Makario Stadium, Nicosia  Cyprus 1–1 Gavra Goal 77'
6 February 2013 Friendly Sheriff Stadium, Tiraspol  Moldova 3–0 Stanciu Goal 21' Cârstocea Goal 82' Manole Goal 86'
21 March 2013 Friendly Adams Park, High Wycombe  England 0–3
25 March 2013 Friendly Stade Municipal des Allées, Blois  France 0–3
7 June 2013 EURO 2015 Q Svangaskarð, Toftir  Faroe Islands 2–2 Iancu Goal 47' Buș Goal 85'
13 August 2013 Friendly Stadionul Berceni, Berceni  Cyprus 0–2
10 September 2013 EURO 2015 Q Podgorica City Stadium, Podgorica  Montenegro 2–3 Mihai Roman Goal 59'90' (pen.)
11 October 2013 EURO 2015 Q Stadionul Ceahlăul, Piatra Neamţ  Republic of Ireland 0–0
15 October 2013 EURO 2015 Q Showgrounds, Sligo  Republic of Ireland 1–0 Martin Goal 54'
19 November 2013 EURO 2015 Q Stadionul Marin Anastasovici, Giurgiu  Germany 2–2 Bumba Goal 24' Benzar Goal 75'
5 March 2014 EURO 2015 Q Stadionul Mogoşoaia, Mogoşoaia  Faroe Islands 3–1 Kalsø Goal 18' (o.g.) Martin Goal 56' Gavra Goal 66'
4 September 2014 EURO 2015 Q  Montenegro
9 September 2014 EURO 2015 Q  Germany

Former squads[edit]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]