Romania national under-21 football team
|Nickname(s)||Tricolorii Mici (The Little Tricolours)|
|Association||Romanian Football Federation|
|Head coach||Cristian Dulca|
|Most caps||Gabriel Torje (24)|
|Top scorer||Gabriel Torje (9)|
| Armenia 0–5 Romania
(Yerevan, Armenia; 16 November 2004)
Azerbaijan 0–5 Romania
(Trabzon, Turkey; 25 April 1995)
| 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.
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.
UEFA U-21 Championship Record
|UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship record||UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship Qualification record|
|1978||Did not qualify||4||1||0||3||5||8|
|2000||Did not qualify||8||3||3||2||10||8|
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 **|
|1992||Did not qualify||6||2||0||4||5||9|
- *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.
|4||Republic of Ireland||8||2||2||4||10||12||−2||8|
|2||Denmark||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Possible Play-offs based on ranking||–||—||–||–||–||–|
|3||Romania||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||–||–||—||16 Jun '15||–||–|
- Caps and goals as of 31 March 2015.
The following players have also been called up to the Romania under-21 squad and remain eligible:
- INJ = Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury
- Names in italics denote players that have been capped for the Senior team.
|Head coach||Cristian Dulca|
|Assistant coach||Florin Constantinovici|
|Physical coach||Matteo Spatafora|
Recent results within last 24 months and upcoming fixtures.
|7 June 2013||EURO 2015 Q||Svangaskarð, Toftir||Faroe Islands||2–2||Iancu 47'
|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 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 54'|
|19 November 2013||EURO 2015 Q||Stadionul Marin Anastasovici, Giurgiu||Germany||2–2||Bumba 24'
|5 March 2014||EURO 2015 Q||Stadionul Mogoşoaia, Mogoșoaia||Faroe Islands||3–1||Kalsø 18' (o.g.)
|13 August 2014||Friendly||Ilie Oană Stadium, Ploiești||Italy||2–1||Pușcaș 30'
|4 September 2014||EURO 2015 Q||Stadionul Dinamo, Bucharest||Montenegro||4–3||Boldor 10'
Bumba 79' (pen.)
|9 September 2014||EURO 2015 Q||MDCC-Arena, Magdeburg||Germany||0–8|
|8 October 2014||Friendly||Stadionul Municipal, Buzău||Albania||3–1||Iancu 15'
|13 October 2014||Friendly||Philip II Arena, Skopje||Macedonia||1–2||Bălașa 69'|
|13 November 2014||Friendly||Belgrade||Serbia||1–0||Țîră 9'|
|26 March 2015||Friendly||Stadionul Trans-Sil, Târgu Mureș||Iceland||3–0||Pușcaș 9', 51'
|31 March 2015||Friendly||Stadionul Trans-Sil, Târgu Mureș||Cyprus||1–0||Țîru 62'|
|16 June 2015||EURO 2017 Q||Armenia|
|4 September 2015||EURO 2017 Q||Bulgaria|
|9 October 2015||EURO 2017 Q||Luxembourg|
|13 November 2015||EURO 2017 Q||Denmark|
- Romania national football team
- Romania national under-20 football team
- Romania national under-19 football team
- Romania national under-17 football team
- European Under-21 Football Championship
- UEFA Under-21 website Contains full results archive
- The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation Contains full record of U-21/U-23 Championships.