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 vacant
Most caps Gabriel Torje (24)
Top scorer Gabriel Torje (9)
First colours
Second colours
Biggest win
 Armenia 0–5 Romania 
(Yerevan, Armenia; 16 November 2004)
 Azerbaijan 0–5 Romania 
(Trabzon, Turkey; 25 April 1995)
Biggest defeat
 Germany 8–0 Romania 
(Magdeburg, Germany; 9 September 2014)
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 Viorel Moldovan and is usually captained by Crotone defender Mihai Bălașa.

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 8 3 3 2 14 19
Total 1/18 1 0 0 1 1 2 140 69 25 46 211 156

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 8 3 3 2 14 19
Total 0/6 0 Titles 0 0 0 0 0 0 52 23 12 17 79 64
*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 8 6 2 0 25 5 +20 20
 Romania 8 3 3 2 14 19 –5 12
 Montenegro 8 3 2 3 12 11 +1 11
 Republic of Ireland 8 2 2 4 10 12 –2 8
 Faroe Islands 8 1 1 6 9 23 –14 4
  Faroe Islands Germany Montenegro Republic of Ireland Romania
Faroe Islands  0–3 1–0 1–4 2–2
Germany  3–2 2–0 2–0 8–0
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 4–3 0–0


Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

Players called up for the friendly game against Serbia on 13 November 2014.

Caps and goals as of 13 November 2014.
0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Valentin Cojocaru (1995-10-01) 1 October 1995 (age 19) 3 0 Romania Steaua București
1GK Roland Niczuly (1995-09-21) 21 September 1995 (age 19) 0 0 Romania Unirea Tărlungeni
2DF Ionuț Neag (1994-02-18) 18 February 1994 (age 20) 3 1 Romania Universitatea Cluj
2DF Cristian Manea (1997-08-09) 9 August 1997 (age 17) 2 0 Romania Viitorul
2DF Bogdan Mitache (1994-01-01) 1 January 1994 (age 20) 2 0 Romania Voluntari
2DF Ionuț Nedelcearu (1996-04-25) 25 April 1996 (age 18) 1 0 Romania Dinamo București
2DF Nicolae Vasile (1995-12-29) 29 December 1995 (age 18) 0 0 Romania Rapid București
3MF Claudiu Bumba (Captain) (1994-01-05) 5 January 1994 (age 20) 11 2 Romania Târgu Mureș
3MF Dragoș Nedelcu (1997-02-16) 16 February 1997 (age 17) 6 0 Romania Viitorul
3MF Ionuț Șerban (1995-08-07) 7 August 1995 (age 19) 4 0 Romania Dinamo București
3MF Iulian Cristea (1994-07-17) 17 July 1994 (age 20) 3 0 Romania Gaz Metan Mediaș
3MF Doru Popadiuc (1995-02-18) 18 February 1995 (age 19) 3 0 Romania Ceahlăul Piatra Neamț
3MF Cristian Bărbuț (1995-04-22) 22 April 1995 (age 19) 2 0 Romania ACS Poli
3MF Constantin Păun-Alexandru (1995-04-01) 1 April 1995 (age 19) 2 0 Romania CFR Cluj
3MF Iulian Roșu (1994-05-30) 30 May 1994 (age 20) 2 0 Romania Rapid București
3MF Cătălin Ștefănescu (1994-11-30) 30 November 1994 (age 20) 2 0 Romania Ceahlăul Piatra Neamț
3MF Rareș Enceanu (1994-08-05) 5 August 1994 (age 20) 1 0 Romania Brașov
4FW Cătălin Țîră (1994-06-18) 18 June 1994 (age 20) 3 1 Romania Brașov
4FW Valentin Balint (1994-02-07) 7 February 1994 (age 20) 2 0 Romania Rapid București
4FW Alexandru Tudorie (1996-03-19) 19 March 1996 (age 18) 1 0 Romania Oțelul Galați

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 Laurențiu Brănescu (1994-03-30) 30 March 1994 (age 20) 9 0 Italy Virtus Lanciano v.  Macedonia, 13 October 2014
DF Deian Boldor INJ (1995-02-03) 3 February 1995 (age 19) 6 1 Italy Pescara v.  Serbia, 13 November 2014
DF Bogdan Țîru INJ (1994-03-15) 15 March 1994 (age 20) 4 0 Romania Viitorul v.  Serbia, 13 November 2014
DF Mihai Bălașa (1995-01-14) 14 January 1995 (age 19) 9 2 Italy Crotone v.  Macedonia, 13 October 2014
DF Steliano Filip (1994-05-15) 15 May 1994 (age 20) 7 0 Romania Dinamo București v.  Macedonia, 13 October 2014
DF Adrian Puțanu (1994-01-09) 9 January 1994 (age 20) 2 0 Romania Viitorul v.  Macedonia, 13 October 2014
MF Florin Tănase INJ (1994-12-30) 30 December 1994 (age 19) 5 2 Romania Viitorul v.  Serbia, 13 November 2014
MF Alexandru Mitriță INJ (1995-02-08) 8 February 1995 (age 19) 4 0 Romania Viitorul v.  Serbia, 13 November 2014
MF Alexandru Dan (1994-01-30) 30 January 1994 (age 20) 6 0 Romania Rapid București v.  Macedonia, 13 October 2014
MF Dorin Rotariu (1995-07-29) 29 July 1995 (age 19) 6 0 Romania Dinamo București v.  Macedonia, 13 October 2014
MF Răzvan Marin (1996-05-23) 23 May 1996 (age 18) 0 0 Romania Viitorul v.  Germany, 9 September 2014
MF Alexandru Ioniță (1994-12-14) 14 December 1994 (age 20) 2 0 Romania Astra Giurgiu v.  Faroe Islands, 5 March 2014
MF Andrei Vaștag (1994-03-21) 21 March 1994 (age 20) 3 0 Romania Dinamo București v.  Cyprus, 13 August 2013
FW Gabriel Iancu (1994-04-15) 15 April 1994 (age 20) 10 2 Romania Steaua București v.  Macedonia, 13 October 2014
FW George Pușcaș (1996-04-08) 8 April 1996 (age 18) 3 2 Italy Inter Primavera v.  Germany, 9 September 2014
FW Alexandru Buziuc (1994-03-15) 15 March 1994 (age 20) 2 0 Romania Gaz Metan Mediaș v.  Germany, 9 September 2014
FW Andrei Ivan (1997-01-04) 4 January 1997 (age 17) 1 0 Romania CSU Craiova v.  Germany, 9 September 2014
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
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 Neamț  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, Mogoșoaia  Faroe Islands 3–1 Kalsø Goal 18' (o.g.)
Martin Goal 56'
Gavra Goal 66'
13 August 2014 Friendly Ilie Oană Stadium, Ploiești  Italy 2–1 Pușcaș Goal 30'
Bălașa Goal 44'
4 September 2014 EURO 2015 Q Stadionul Dinamo, Bucharest  Montenegro 4–3 Boldor Goal 10'
Pușcaș Goal 67'
Bumba Goal 79' (pen.)
Tănase Goal 82'
9 September 2014 EURO 2015 Q MDCC-Arena, Magdeburg  Germany 0–8
8 October 2014 Friendly Stadionul Municipal, Buzău  Albania 3–1 Iancu Goal 15'
Neag Goal 77'
Tănase Goal 83'
13 October 2014 Friendly Philip II Arena, Skopje  Macedonia 1–2 Bălașa Goal 69'
13 November 2014 Friendly Belgrade  Serbia 1–0 Țîră Goal 9'

Former squads[edit]

See also[edit]

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