Spain national under-21 football team

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Spain Under-21
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) La Rojita (The Little Red [One])
Association Royal Spanish Football Federation
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Albert Celades (2014–)
Most caps Iker Muniain (28)
Top scorer Rodrigo Moreno (15)
FIFA code ESP
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Yugoslavia 4 – 1 Spain 
(Zagreb, Yugoslavia; 9 October 1976)
Biggest win
 Spain 14 – 0 San Marino 
(El Ejido, Spain; 8 February 2005)
Biggest defeat

 Netherlands 5 – 0 Spain 
(Utrecht, Netherlands; 16 February 1983)

Records for competitive matches only.
UEFA U-21 Championship
Appearances 12 (First in 1982)
Best result Winners (1986, 1998, 2011, 2013)
The 2011 winning team

The Spain national under-21 football team, is the national under-21 football team of Spain and is controlled by the Royal Spanish Football Federation. The team, nicknamed La Rojita (The Little Red [One]),[1] competes in the biannual European Under-21 Football Championship.

Following the realignment of UEFA's youth competitions in 1976, the Spanish Under-21 team was formed. Spain are the current European champions of the category, having won both the 2011 and 2013 European Championship. The team has a fantastic record – competition winners four times and runners-up twice. Only Italy has won the competition more often than Spain.

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, Spain's brief record in the preceding U-23 competitions is also shown. Actually, Spain played only three competitive U-23 matches. The first was in the "Under-23 Challenge", which they lost. The next two were in a two-team qualification "group" for the 1972 competition – facing the Soviet Union team, they lost 2–1 at home then drew 1–1 away and failed to qualify. Spain did not enter a team in the other two U-23 competitions, but have been ever present in under-21 competitions.

Spain's youth development programs has been challenging the South American dominance in the FIFA U-17 World Championship and the FIFA U-20 World Cup. In fact, 20 of the Spanish 23-man squad that won the Euro 2008 came through the ranks of the youth teams; most of them had won titles at the youth level as well.

Competitive Record[edit]

UEFA European Under-21 Championship Record[edit]

Year Round GP W D* L GS GA
Europe1978 Qualifying Stage 4 2 0 2 5 8
Europe1980 Qualifying Stage 4 1 2 1 4 2
Europe1982 Quarter-Finals 6 5 0 1 14 5
Europe1984 Runners-up 10 5 2 3 11 11
Europe1986 Champions 10 7 1 2 18 9
Europe1988 Quarter-Finals 8 4 2 2 10 4
Europe1990 Quarter-Finals 6 4 0 2 5 4
Europe1992 Qualifying Stage 7 3 2 2 6 5
France 1994 Third Place 12 9 2 1 21 9
Spain 1996 Runners-up 14 10 3 1 34 14
Romania 1998 Champions 11 10 1 0 21 6
Slovakia 2000 Third Place 14 11 3 0 31 7
Switzerland 2002 Qualification Playoffs 10 6 1 3 15 9
Germany 2004 Qualification Playoffs 10 6 2 2 17 5
Portugal 2006 Qualifying Stage 10 6 2 2 37 8
Netherlands 2007 Qualification Playoffs 4 2 1 1 8 4
Sweden 2009 Group Stage 13 10 1 2 27 7
Denmark 2011 Champions 15 12 2 1 31 8
Israel 2013 Champions 15 14 1 0 47 5
Czech Republic 2015 Qualifying in progress 6 6 0 0 22 5
Total 12/20 189 133 28 28 384 135

*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

  • Gold background color indicates first place finish. Silver background color indicates second place finish. Bronze background color indicates third place finish.
  • Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.

Individual awards[edit]

In addition to team victories, Spanish players have won individual awards at UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship.

Year Golden Player
European Union 1986 Manolo Sanchís
Romania 1998 Francesc Arnau
Denmark 2011 Juan Mata
Israel 2013 Thiago Alcântara

Players[edit]

Top Appearances[edit]

Rank Player Club(s) Year(s) U-21 Caps
1 Iker Muniain Athletic Bilbao 2011–2014 28
2 David de Gea Atlético Madrid, Manchester United 2009–2013 27
2 Santiago Denia Albacete, Atlético Madrid 1992–1996 27
4 Diego Capel Sevilla 2007–2011 25
4 Xavi Hernández Barcelona 1998–2001 25
6 Óscar García Barcelona, Albacete 1992–1996 24
6 Javi Martínez Athletic Bilbao 2007–2011 24
8 Martín Montoya Barcelona 2010–2013 22
9 Thiago Alcântara Barcelona 2010–2013 21
9 Roberto Fernández Castellón, Valencia, Barcelona 1980–1988 21
9 Bojan Krkić Barcelona 2007–2011 21

Note: Club(s) represents the permanent clubs during the player's time in the Under-21s.

Top Goalscorers[edit]

Rank Player Club(s) Year(s) U-21 Goals
1 Rodrigo Moreno Benfica 2011–2013 15
2 Álvaro Morata Real Madrid 2013–2014 13
3 Óscar García Barcelona, Albacete 1992–1996 12
4 Isco Málaga, Real Madrid 2011–2014 10
5 Pablo Couñago Recreativo, Celta, Ipswich Town 1999–2001 9
5 Adrián López Deportivo La Coruña, Málaga 2007–2011 9
7 Julen Guerrero Athletic Bilbao 1992–1994 8
7 Raúl González Real Madrid 1995–1996 8
7 Jonathan Soriano Espanyol 2005 8
10 Roberto Fernández Castellón, Valencia, Barcelona 1980–1988 7
10 José Gálvez Mallorca, Valencia 1993–1995 7
10 Xavi Hernández Barcelona 1998–2001 7
10 Iker Muniain Athletic Bilbao 2011–2014 7
10 David Silva Valencia, Eibar, Celta 2004–2006 7
10 Álvaro Vázquez Espanyol, Getafe 2011–2013 7

Note: Club(s) represents the permanent clubs during the player's time in the Under-21s.

Recent results[edit]

Date Competition Location Opponent Result Scorers
21 March 2013
Friendly
Toledo, Spain  Norway
5 – 2
Tello Goal 5'16', Rodrigo Goal 31', Canales Goal 56', Tollås Goal 76' (o.g.)
25 March 2013
Friendly
Alcorcón, Spain  Russia
3 – 1
Rodrigo Goal 37', Muniain Goal 69', Thiago Goal 90+2' (p)
6 June 2013
2013 UEFA U-21
Jerusalem, Israel  Russia
1 – 0
Morata Goal 82'
9 June 2013
2013 UEFA U-21
Netanya, Israel  Germany
1 – 0
Morata Goal 86'
12 June 2013
2013 UEFA U-21
Petah Tikva, Israel  Netherlands
3 – 0
Morata Goal 26', Isco Goal 32', Álvaro Goal 90+1'
15 June 2013
2013 UEFA U-21
Netanya, Israel  Norway
3 – 0
Rodrigo Goal 45+1', Isco Goal 87', Morata Goal 90+3'
18 June 2013
2013 UEFA U-21
Jerusalem, Israel  Italy
4 – 2
Thiago Goal 6'31'38' (p), Isco Goal 66' (p)
5 September 2013
2015 UEFA U-21 qualification
Graz, Austria  Austria
6 – 2
Carvajal Goal 3', Morata Goal 12'17'45+4'86', Jesé Goal 90+1'
9 September 2013
2015 UEFA U-21 qualification
Logroño, Spain  Albania
4 – 0
Muniain Goal 35'52', Morata Goal 59', Jesé Goal 73'
10 October 2013
2015 UEFA U-21 qualification
Murcia, Spain  Bosnia-Herzegovina
3 – 2
Sergi Roberto Goal 29', Saúl Goal 50', Morata Goal 69'
14 October 2013
2015 UEFA U-21 qualification
Cartagena, Spain  Hungary
1 – 0
Morata Goal 9'
14 November 2013
2015 UEFA U-21 qualification
Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina  Bosnia-Herzegovina
6 – 1
Barišić Goal 33' (o.g.), Óliver Goal 44'65', Morata Goal 45+4' (p), Muniain Goal 61', Deulofeu Goal 69' (p)
18 November 2013
2015 UEFA U-21 qualification
Elbasan, Albania  Albania
2 – 0
Muniain Goal 66', Deulofeu Goal 88'
4 March 2014
Friendly
Palencia, Spain  Germany
2 – 0
Morata Goal 51', Isco Goal 53'

Forthcoming fixtures[edit]

Date Competition Location Opponent Result Scorers
4 September 2014
2015 UEFA U-21 qualification
TBD, Hungary  Hungary
8 September 2014
2015 UEFA U-21 qualification
TBD, Spain  Austria

2015 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship[edit]

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Spain 6 6 0 0 22 5 +17 18
 Austria 6 4 0 2 12 11 +1 12
 Hungary 6 2 0 4 8 11 –3 6
 Bosnia-Herzegovina 6 2 0 4 9 16 –7 6
 Albania 8 2 0 6 7 15 –8 6
  Albania Austria Bosnia and Herzegovina Hungary Spain
Albania  0–1 0–1 1–2 0–2
Austria  1–3 4–2 2–6
Bosnia-Herzegovina  4–1 0–2 1–6
Hungary  0–2 0–2 4–1
Spain  4–0 3–2 1–0


Current squad[edit]

The following players were named in the squad for the Friendly match against Germany, at 4 March 2014.

  • Caps and goals as of 5 March 2014.
0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
13 1GK Kepa Arrizabalaga (1994-10-03) 3 October 1994 (age 19) 2 0 Spain Athletic Bilbao
1 1GK Fernando Pacheco (1992-05-18) 18 May 1992 (age 22) 7 0 Spain Real Madrid
4 2DF Jordi Amat (1992-03-21) 21 March 1992 (age 22) 14 0 Wales Swansea City
17 2DF Juan Bernat (1993-03-01) 1 March 1993 (age 21) 6 0 Germany Bayern Munich
2 2DF Daniel Carvajal (1992-01-11) 11 January 1992 (age 22) 10 1 Spain Real Madrid
3 2DF Alberto Moreno (1992-07-05) 5 July 1992 (age 22) 9 0 Spain Sevilla
16 2DF Derik Osede (1993-02-21) 21 February 1993 (age 21) 1 0 Spain Real Madrid
5 2DF Sergi Gómez (1992-03-28) 28 March 1992 (age 22) 5 0 Spain Celta de Vigo
7 3MF Iker Muniain (c) (1992-12-19) 19 December 1992 (age 21) 28 7 Spain Athletic Bilbao
10 3MF Isco (1992-04-21) 21 April 1992 (age 22) 17 10 Spain Real Madrid
12 3MF Saúl Ñíguez (1994-11-21) 21 November 1994 (age 19) 7 1 Spain Atlético Madrid
18 3MF Denis Suárez (1994-01-06) 6 January 1994 (age 20) 1 0 Spain Sevilla
8 3MF Sergi Roberto (1992-02-07) 7 February 1992 (age 22) 11 1 Spain Barcelona
6 3MF Rubén Pardo (1992-10-22) 22 October 1992 (age 21) 5 0 Spain Real Sociedad
15 3MF Pablo Sarabia (1992-05-11) 11 May 1992 (age 22) 18 2 Spain Getafe
14 4FW Gerard Deulofeu (1994-03-13) 13 March 1994 (age 20) 13 5 Spain Barcelona
9 4FW Álvaro Morata (1992-10-23) 23 October 1992 (age 21) 12 13 Italy Juventus
11 4FW Jesé (1993-02-26) 26 February 1993 (age 21) 5 2 Spain Real Madrid

Former squads[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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