France national under-21 football team
|Nickname(s)||Les Bleuets (The Little Blues)
Les Espoirs (The Hopes)
|Association||French Football Federation|
|Head coach||Pierre Mankowski|
|Most caps||Mickaël Landreau (43)|
|Top scorer||Anthony Le Tallec (12)|
|U23: France 0–0 Norway
Alès, 11 November 1970
U21: France 1–1 Belgium
Amiens, 3 September 1976
| France 7–0 Yugoslavia
Reims, 16 November 1985
| England 6–0 France
Sheffield, 28 February 1984
|UEFA U-21 Championship|
|Appearances||8 (First in 1982)|
|Best result||Winners (1988)|
The France national under-21 football team (French: Equipe de France Espoirs), known in France as Les Espoirs (French pronunciation: [ɛs.pwaʁ], The Hopes), is the national under-21 football team of France and is controlled by the French Football Federation. The team competes in the UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship, held every two years. The team was previously coached by former Toulouse manager Erick Mombaerts, however, following the team's failure to qualify for the 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship in October 2012, he agreed to leave the position.
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. Since the coaching tenure of Aimé Jacquet, there has been an unwritten rule among senior national team coaches that players called up to the national team must have had prior international experience with the under-21 team. Due to the country's multicultural background, France regularly produces under-21 players who have gone on to play for other country's senior national teams. Players such as Mourad Meghni, Issiar Dia, Sébastien Bassong, and Hassan Yebda all represented France at under-21 level before opting to represent their country of origin at senior level.
France has won the UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship once in 1988. Notable players on the team that went on to play for the senior national team include Laurent Blanc, Eric Cantona, Franck Sauzée, and Jocelyn Angloma, among others. Blanc was named the tournament's Golden Player. The team's best finish since was in 2002 when the team finished runner-up to the Czech Republic in Switzerland. Though the 2002 team produced ten players who went on to play for the senior team, only one of them, Sidney Govou, has become a regular international.
The France under-21 team does not have a permanent home. The team plays in stadiums located all around France, particularly grounds of Ligue 2 clubs. Because of the smaller demand compared to the senior national team, smaller facilities are used. Recently, the under-21 team has established the Stade Auguste-Delaune II, home of Stade Reims, as a home residence having played numerous matches there over the past two seasons.
- 1 History
- 2 Results and fixtures 2015–2017
- 3 Players
- 4 Coaching staff
- 5 Competitive record
- 6 Honours
- 7 Broadcaster
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Though, under-21 teams weren't formed until 1976, Les Espoirs, a youth national team in France, had existed since 1950 playing its first match on 22 May 1952 defeating England 7–1 at the Stade Jules Deschaseaux in Le Havre. The team's next match was two years later suffering a 3–1 defeat to Italy in Vicenza. For the rest of the decade, the youth team played seven more matches, which included a 1–1 draw with Hungary in Budapest and a 2–0 loss to England in Sunderland in 1959. In the 1960s, Espoirs continued to play matches against fellow national youth sides. However, on 18 December 1968, the team contested a match against Algeria senior team in Algiers recording an impressive 5–2 victory. Four days later, the team draw 1–1 with the under-23 team of Algeria in Oran. On 12 February 1969, the Espoirs played the Hungary senior team at the Stade Gerland in Lyon. The match ended in a 2–2 draw.
Results and fixtures 2015–2017
2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship
|1||Macedonia||9||5||3||1||11||7||+4||18||Final tournament||—||2–2||0–0||1–0||11 Oct||2–0|
|3||Iceland||8||4||3||1||9||5||+4||15||3–0||3–2||—||11 Oct||5 Oct||1–1|
|4||Ukraine (E)||8||3||1||4||9||9||0||10||0–2||1–0||0–1||—||4–0||6 Oct|
|6||Northern Ireland (E)||8||0||1||7||5||14||−9||1||1–2||11 Oct||0–1||1–2||1–2||—|
|5 September 2015||Iceland||3 – 2||France||Le Mans, France|
|16:00 CET||Sigurjónsson 10', 85' (pen.)
Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano (Spain)
|10 October 2015||Scotland||1 – 2||France||Aberdeen, Scotland|
|16:00 CET||King 90+1'||Report||Kingsley 11' (o.g.)
|Stadium: Pittodrie Stadium
Referee: Marco Guida (Italy)
|13 October 2015||France||2 – 0||Ukraine||Strasbourg, France|
|18:45 CET||Lemar 70'
|Report||Stadium: Stade de la Meinau
Referee: Andreas Pappas (Greece)
|12 November 2015||France||1 – 0||Northern Ireland||Guingamp, France|
|18:45 CET||Crivelli 82'||Report||Stadium: Stade du Roudourou
Referee: Zaven Hovhannisyan (Armenia)
|15 November 2015||Macedonia||2 – 2||France||Skopje, Republic of Macedonia|
|13:00 CET||Angelov 19'
|Report||Sparagna 44', 59'
|Stadium: FFM Training Centre
Referee: Vitali Meshkov (Russia)
|24 March 2016||France||2 – 0||Scotland||Angers, France|
|21:00 CET||Haller 69', 74'||Report||Stadium: Stade Jean-Bouin
Referee: Nikola Dabanović (Montenegro)
|28 March 2016||France||1 – 1||Macedonia||Le Mans, France|
|21:00 CET||Bejtulai 27' (o.g.)||Report||Angelov 15'||Stadium: MMArena
Referee: Mads-Kristoffer Kristoffersen (Denmark)
|2 September 2016||Ukraine||1 – 0||France||Kiev, Ukraine|
|21:00 CET||Vakulko 90+2'||Report||Stadium: Obolon Arena
Referee: Manuel Schuettengruber (Austria)
|6 September 2016||France||2 – 0||Iceland||Caen, France|
|18:45 CET||Tolisso 11', 62'||Report||Stadium: Stade Michel d'Ornano
Referee: Bobby Madley (England)
|25 March 2015||France||6 – 0||Estonia||Valenciennes, France|
Haller 35', 78', 83'
|Stadium: Stade du Hainaut
Referee: Kevin Clancy (Scotland)
|30 March 2015||France||4 – 1||Netherlands||Sedan, France|
|21:00||Benzia 17' (pen.)
Martial 56' (pen.), 64'
Tolisso 73' (pen.)
|Menig 69'||Stadium: Stade Louis Dugauguez
Referee: Tobias Stieler (Germany)
|11 June 2015||France||1 – 1||South Korea||Gueugnon, France|
|21:00||Haller 28'||Moon 63'||Stadium: Stade Jean Laville
|16 June 2015||France||2 – 1||Paraguay||Besançon, France|
|Jacquet 32'||Stadium: Stade Léo Lagrange
|8 September 2015||France||2 – 1||Brazil||Le Mans, France|
|Kimpembe 14' (o.g.)||Stadium: MMArena
|2 June 2016||Italy||0 – 1||France||Venice, Italy|
Mendy 80', 87'
|Stadium: Stadio Pierluigi Penzo
Referee: István Kovács (Romania)
Note: Names in italics denote players that have been capped by the senior team.
Caps and goals as of 6 September 2016, after the team's match against Iceland.
|#||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|23||GK||Thomas Didillon||28 November 1995||5||0||Metz|
|16||GK||Mike Maignan||3 July 1995||3||0||Lille|
|GK||Paul Nardi||18 May 1994||3||0||Rennes|
|2||DF||Jean-Philippe Gbamin||25 September 1995||9||0||Mainz 05|
|4||DF||Presnel Kimpembe||13 August 1995||9||0||Paris Saint-Germain|
|12||DF||Jordan Amavi||9 March 1994||8||1||Aston Villa|
|5||DF||Clément Lenglet||17 June 1995||7||0||Nancy|
|21||DF||Benjamin Pavard||28 March 1996||7||0||Lille|
|20||DF||Issa Diop||9 January 1997||2||0||Toulouse|
|19||DF||Lucas Hernández||14 February 1996||1||0||Atlético Madrid|
|8||MF||Corentin Tolisso||3 August 1994||17||5||Lyon|
|6||MF||Adrien Rabiot||3 April 1995||17||1||Paris Saint-Germain|
|7||MF||Tiemoué Bakayoko||17 August 1994||11||0||Monaco|
|MF||Rémi Walter||26 April 1995||11||0||Nice|
|14||MF||Marcus Coco||24 June 1996||4||0||Guingamp|
|10||MF||Vincent Koziello||28 October 1995||1||0||Nice|
|11||FW||Sébastien Haller||22 June 1994||17||9||Utrecht|
|17||FW||Maxwel Cornet||27 September 1996||5||1||Lyon|
|9||FW||Enzo Crivelli||6 February 1995||5||1||Bastia|
|18||FW||Jean-Kévin Augustin||16 June 1997||2||0||Paris Saint-Germain|
The following players have also been called up to the France under-21 squad and remain eligible:
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Mouez Hassen||5 March 1995||5||0||Nice||v. Scotland, 24 March 2016|
|GK||Bingourou Kamara||21 October 1996||0||0||Tours||v. Ukraine, 13 October 2015|
|DF||Benjamin Mendy||17 July 1994||9||0||Marseille||v. Ukraine, 2 September 2016|
|DF||Antoine Conte||29 January 1994||6||0||Reims||v. Italy, 2 June 2016|
|DF||Abdou Diallo||4 May 1996||0||0||Monaco||v. Italy, 2 June 2016|
|DF||Aymeric Laporte||27 May 1994||19||1||Athletic Bilbao||v. Scotland, 24 March 2016|
|DF||Steven Moreira||13 August 1994||4||0||Rennes||v. Macedonia, 15 November 2015|
|DF||Stéphane Sparagna||17 February 1995||1||0||Marseille||v. Macedonia, 15 November 2015|
|DF||Kurt Zouma||27 October 1994||7||1||Chelsea||v. Northern Ireland, 12 November 2015 INJ|
|DF||Frédéric Guilbert||24 December 1994||1||0||Bordeaux||v. Ukraine, 13 October 2015|
|DF||Léo Dubois||7 December 1994||0||0||Nantes||v. Brazil, 8 September 2015|
|DF||Baptiste Aloé||29 June 1994||1||0||Marseille||v. Paraguay, 16 June 2015|
|MF||Thomas Lemar||12 November 1995||6||1||Monaco||v. Ukraine, 2 September 2016|
|MF||Morgan Sanson||18 August 1994||11||2||Montpellier||v. Italy, 2 June 2016|
|MF||Wylan Cyprien||28 January 1995||0||0||Lens||v. Brazil, 8 September 2015|
|FW||Ousmane Dembélé||15 May 1997||3||0||Borussia Dortmund||v. Ukraine, 2 September 2016|
|FW||Corentin Jean||15 July 1995||8||0||Monaco||v. Italy, 2 June 2016|
|FW||Georges-Kévin N'Koudou||13 February 1995||6||1||Tottenham Hotspur||v. Italy, 2 June 2016|
|FW||Grejohn Kyei||12 August 1995||1||1||Reims||v. Ukraine, 13 October 2015|
|FW||Kingsley Coman||13 June 1996||9||2||Bayern Munich||v. Scotland, 10 October 2015|
|FW||Lenny Nangis||24 March 1994||4||0||Lille||v. Brazil, 8 September 2015|
|FW||Anthony Martial||5 December 1995||12||4||Manchester United||v. Paraguay, 16 June 2015|
- INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
- SEN Player withdrew from the squad due to a call up to the senior team.
- As of 9 September 2013
|Assistant manager||Patrice Gonfalone||French|
|Assistant manager||José Alcocer||French|
|Goalkeeping coach||Sylvain Matrisciano||French|
- For single-match results of the under-21 national team, see French football single-season articles.
UEFA U-23 Championship Record
- 1972: Did not qualify. Finished 4th of 4 in qualification group.
- 1974: Did not qualify. Finished 3rd of 3 in qualification group.
- 1976: Losing quarter-finalists.
UEFA European Under-21 Championship Record
|1978||Did not qualify||4||0||1||3||4||6|
|1980||Did not qualify||4||2||1||1||3||2|
|1990||Did not qualify||6||3||2||1||11||7|
|1992||Did not qualify||8||3||2||3||7||5|
|1998||Did not qualify||8||4||3||1||13||8|
|2000||Did not qualify||8||6||2||2||19||6|
|2004||Did not qualify||10||8||1||1||20||7|
|2007||Did not qualify||4||2||1||1||6||3|
|2009||Did not qualify||10||5||3||2||17||7|
|2011||Did not qualify||8||4||3||1||12||6|
|2013||Did not qualify||10||8||0||2||23||7|
|2015||Did not qualify||10||8||1||1||31||11|
- *Draws include knockout matches decided by penalty shootout.
- **Gold background colour indicates that the tournament was won. Red border colour indicates tournament was held on home soil.
- Champions (11): 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 1997, 1989, 1988, 1987, 1985, 1984, 1977
- Finalists (11): 2009, 1998, 1996, 1995, 1993, 1991, 1986, 1980, 1978, 1976, 1975
France's under-21 football friendlies and qualifying matches are broadcast by Direct 8.
- "1988: France sweep to final glory". Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). Retrieved 12 July 2010.
- "1988: Laurent Blanc". Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). Retrieved 12 July 2010.
- "Dernière sélection". French Football Federation (in French). 21 March 2016. Retrieved 21 March 2016.
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