France national under-21 football team

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France Under-21
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Les Bleuets (The Little Blues)
Les Espoirs (The Hopes)
AssociationFrench Football Federation
Head coachSylvain Ripoll
Most capsMickaël Landreau (43)
Top scorerOdsonne Édouard (17)
First colours
Second colours
First international
U23: France France 0–0 Norway 
(Alès, France; 11 November 1970)
U21: France France 1–1 Belgium 
(Amiens, France; 3 September 1976)
Biggest win
France France 7–0 Yugoslavia 
(Reims, France; 16 November 1985)
Biggest defeat
 England 6–0 France France
(Sheffield, England; 28 February 1984)
Records for competitive
matches only.
UEFA U-21 Championship
Appearances8 (first in 1982)
Best resultWinners (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.

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.

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.[1] Blanc was named the tournament's Golden Player.[2] The team's best finish since was in 2002 when the team finished runner-up to the Czech Republic in Switzerland.

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.

History[edit]

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.

Team image[edit]

Media coverage[edit]

France's under-21 football friendlies and qualifying matches are broadcast by Direct 8.

Results and fixtures[edit]

Legend

  Win   Draw   Lose   Fixture

2021[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

Current coaching staff[edit]

As of 22 April 2021
Position Name Nationality
Manager Sylvain Ripoll  French
Assistant manager Patrice Gonfalone  French
Assistant manager José Alcocer  French
Goalkeeping coach Sylvain Matrisciano  French
Doctor François Brochet  French
Physiotherapist Guy Puravet  French

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

For the 2019–20 and 2020–21 seasons, including the 2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship, players born on or after 1 January 1998 are eligible.

The following players were called up to participate in 2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship group stage.[3]

Note: Names in italics denote players that have been capped by the senior team.

Caps and goals as of 31 March 2021, after the team's match against  Iceland.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Alban Lafont (1999-01-23) 23 January 1999 (age 22) 14 0 France Nantes
16 1GK Dimitry Bertaud (1998-06-06) 6 June 1998 (age 22) 1 0 France Montpellier
23 1GK Illan Meslier (2000-03-02) 2 March 2000 (age 21) 0 0 England Leeds United

2 2DF Pierre Kalulu (2000-06-05) 5 June 2000 (age 20) 0 0 Italy Milan
3 2DF Wesley Fofana (2000-12-17) 17 December 2000 (age 20) 3 0 England Leicester City
5 2DF Benoît Badiashile (2001-03-26) 26 March 2001 (age 20) 6 0 France Monaco
6 2DF Ibrahima Konaté (1999-05-25) 25 May 1999 (age 21) 12 0 Germany RB Leipzig
7 2DF Adrien Truffert (2001-01-20) 20 January 2001 (age 20) 4 0 France Rennes
12 2DF Jules Koundé (1998-11-12) 12 November 1998 (age 22) 8 1 Spain Sevilla
13 2DF Colin Dagba (1998-09-09) 9 September 1998 (age 22) 15 1 France Paris Saint-Germain
21 2DF Faitout Maouassa (1998-06-06) 6 June 1998 (age 22) 5 0 France Rennes

4 3MF Boubacar Kamara (1999-11-23) 23 November 1999 (age 21) 9 0 France Marseille
10 3MF Matteo Guendouzi (vice-captain) (1999-04-14) 14 April 1999 (age 22) 20 1 Germany Hertha BSC
14 3MF Aurélien Tchouaméni (2000-01-27) 27 January 2000 (age 21) 3 0 France Monaco
15 3MF Romain Faivre (1998-07-14) 14 July 1998 (age 22) 7 2 France Brest
17 3MF Eduardo Camavinga (2002-11-10) 10 November 2002 (age 18) 4 0 France Rennes
20 3MF Boubakary Soumaré (1999-02-27) 27 February 1999 (age 22) 13 0 France Lille

8 4FW Alexis Claude-Maurice (1998-06-06) 6 June 1998 (age 22) 2 0 France Nice
9 4FW Amine Gouiri (2000-02-16) 16 February 2000 (age 21) 11 4 France Nice
11 4FW Jonathan Ikoné (1998-05-02) 2 May 1998 (age 22) 17 4 France Lille
18 4FW Randal Kolo (1998-12-05) 5 December 1998 (age 22) 7 1 France Nantes
19 4FW Armand Laurienté (1998-12-04) 4 December 1998 (age 22) 2 0 France Lorient
22 4FW Odsonne Édouard (1998-01-16) 16 January 1998 (age 23) 13 17 Scotland Celtic

Recent call-ups[edit]

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 Gaëtan Poussin (1999-01-13) 13 January 1999 (age 22) 0 0 France Bordeaux v.   Switzerland, 19 November 2019

DF Nicolas Cozza (1999-01-08) 8 January 1999 (age 22) 6 0 France Montpellier v.   Switzerland, 16 November 2020
DF Ronaël Pierre-Gabriel (1998-06-13) 13 June 1998 (age 22) 1 0 France Brest v.   Switzerland, 16 November 2020
DF Dayot Upamecano (1998-10-27) 27 October 1998 (age 22) 15 0 Germany RB Leipzig v.  Liechtenstein, 12 November 2020 INJ
DF Rayan Aït-Nouri (2001-06-06) 6 June 2001 (age 19) 5 0 England Wolverhampton Wanderers v.  Liechtenstein, 12 November 2020 INJ
DF Andy Pelmard (2000-03-12) 12 March 2000 (age 21) 2 0 France Nice v.  Liechtenstein, 12 November 2020 INJ
DF Yvann Maçon (1998-10-01) 1 October 1998 (age 22) 2 0 France Saint-Étienne v.  Slovakia, 12 October 2020
DF Bafodé Diakité (2001-01-06) 6 January 2001 (age 20) 0 0 France Toulouse v.  Slovakia, 12 October 2020
DF Melvin Bard (2000-11-06) 6 November 2000 (age 20) 1 0 France Lyon v.  Slovakia, 12 October 2020 INJ
DF Evan Ndicka (1999-08-20) 20 August 1999 (age 21) 1 0 Germany Eintracht Frankfurt v.  Azerbaijan, 7 September 2020
DF Dan-Axel Zagadou (1999-06-03) 3 June 1999 (age 21) 6 2 Germany Borussia Dortmund v.   Switzerland, 19 November 2019
DF Kelvin Amian (1998-02-08) 8 February 1998 (age 23) 18 0 France Toulouse v.  Slovakia, 15 October 2019
DF Sofiane Alakouch (1998-07-29) 29 July 1998 (age 22) 1 0 France Nîmes v.  Slovakia, 15 October 2019
DF Malang Sarr (1999-01-23) 23 January 1999 (age 22) 8 0 Portugal Porto 2019 UEFA Under-21 Football Championship
DF Stanley Nsoki (1999-04-09) 9 April 1999 (age 22) 1 0 France Nice v.  Spain, 19 November 2018

MF Houssem Aouar (1998-06-30) 30 June 1998 (age 22) 16 4 France Lyon 2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship INJ
MF Jeff Reine-Adélaïde (captain) (1998-01-17) 17 January 1998 (age 23) 21 7 France Nice v.   Switzerland, 16 November 2020
MF Ibrahima Diallo (1999-03-08) 8 March 1999 (age 22) 4 0 England Southampton v.   Switzerland, 16 November 2020
MF Maxence Caqueret (2000-02-15) 15 February 2000 (age 21) 4 0 France Lyon v.   Switzerland, 16 November 2020
MF Imran Louza (1999-05-01) 1 May 1999 (age 21) 6 0 France Nantes v.  Azerbaijan, 7 September 2020
MF Jean-Ricner Bellegarde (1998-06-27) 27 June 1998 (age 22) 3 0 France Strasbourg v.   Switzerland, 19 November 2019
MF Zaydou Youssouf (1999-07-11) 11 July 1999 (age 21) 2 0 France Saint-Étienne v.   Switzerland, 19 November 2019
MF Youssouf Fofana (1999-01-10) 10 January 1999 (age 22) 1 0 Monaco Monaco v.   Switzerland, 19 November 2019
MF Jean-Victor Makengo (1998-06-12) 12 June 1998 (age 22) 3 0 Italy Udinese v.  Slovakia, 15 October 2019
MF Antoine Bernède (1999-05-26) 26 May 1999 (age 21) 2 0 Austria Red Bull Salzburg v.  Czech Republic, 9 September 2019

FW Moussa Diaby (1999-07-07) 7 July 1999 (age 21) 11 0 Germany Bayer Leverkusen 2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship INJ
FW Isaac Lihadji (2002-04-10) 10 April 2002 (age 19) 2 1 France Lille v.   Switzerland, 16 November 2020
FW Arnaud Nordin (1998-06-17) 17 June 1998 (age 22) 7 1 France Saint-Étienne v.  Slovakia, 12 October 2020
FW Arnaud Kalimuendo (2002-01-20) 20 January 2002 (age 19) 1 0 France Lens v.  Slovakia, 12 October 2020
FW Bryan Mbeumo (1999-08-07) 7 August 1999 (age 21) 6 1 England Brentford v.  Azerbaijan, 7 September 2020
FW Eric Junior Dina-Ebimbe (2000-11-21) 21 November 2000 (age 20) 1 0 France Dijon v.  Azerbaijan, 7 September 2020
FW Mounir Chouiar (1999-01-23) 23 January 1999 (age 22) 1 0 France Dijon v.   Switzerland, 19 November 2019
Notes
  • Players in italics have played at senior level.
  • COV Withdrew due to COVID-19
  • CLU Player withdrew from the squad because of a club necessity.
  • 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.
  • SH Player sent home by team staff.

Previous squads[edit]

Honours[edit]

Champions (1): 1988
Finalists (1): 2002
Champions (12): 1977, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1997, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2015
Finalists (14): 1975, 1976, 1978, 1980, 1986, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2009, 2011, 2014, 2016

Competitive record[edit]

For single-match results of the under-21 national team, see French football single-season articles.

UEFA U-23 Championship[edit]

  • 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[edit]

Year Result Pld W D* L GS GA
1978 Did not qualify 4 0 1 3 4 6
1980 4 2 1 1 3 2
1982 Quarterfinals 6 3 1 2 9 8
1984 Quarterfinals 6 3 1 2 11 9
1986 Quarterfinals 8 2 3 3 13 13
1988 Champions 12 6 5 1 21 13
1990 Did not qualify 6 3 2 1 11 7
1992 8 3 2 3 7 5
France 1994 Fourth Place 14 10 2 2 24 8
Spain 1996 Third Place 14 8 4 2 30 5
Romania 1998 Did not qualify 8 4 3 1 13 8
Slovakia 2000 8 6 2 2 19 6
Switzerland 2002 Runners-Up 15 12 3 0 27 7
Germany 2004 Did not qualify 10 8 1 1 20 7
Portugal 2006 Semi-finals 14 10 2 2 24 10
Netherlands 2007 Did not qualify 4 2 1 1 6 3
Sweden 2009 10 5 3 2 17 7
Denmark 2011 8 4 3 1 12 6
Israel 2013 10 8 0 2 23 7
Czech Republic 2015 10 8 1 1 31 11
Poland 2017 10 6 2 2 17 8
Italy San Marino 2019 Semi-finals 14 11 2 1 28 11
Hungary Slovenia 2021 Qualified 10 9 0 1 32 10
Total 1 title 205 124 44 37 370 167
*Draws include knockout matches decided via penalty shoot-out.
**Gold background colour indicates that the tournament was won. Red border colour indicates tournament was held on home soil.

2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship[edit]

Qualification[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  France 10 9 0 1 32 10 +22 27 Final tournament 3–1 3–2 1–0 5–0 5–0
2   Switzerland 10 9 0 1 26 8 +18 27 3–1 2–1 4–1 2–1 3–0
3  Georgia 10 5 0 5 17 14 +3 15 0–2 0–3 2–1 1–0 4–0
4  Slovakia 10 4 0 6 22 21 +1 12 3–5 1–2 3–2 2–1 6–0
5  Azerbaijan 10 2 0 8 6 18 −12 6 1–2 0–1 0–3 2–1 1–0
6  Liechtenstein 10 1 0 9 3 35 −32 3 0–5 0–5 0–2 2–4 1–0
Source: UEFA

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1988: France sweep to final glory". Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). Archived from the original on 8 July 2012. Retrieved 12 July 2010.
  2. ^ "1988: Laurent Blanc". Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). Archived from the original on 11 July 2012. Retrieved 12 July 2010.
  3. ^ "Dernière sélection". French Football Federation (in French). 16 March 2018. Retrieved 16 March 2018.

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