Germany national under-21 football team
|Head coach||Stefan Kuntz|
|Most caps||Fabian Ernst (31)|
|Top scorer||Pierre Littbarski (18)|
U-23: W Germany 3–3 Yugoslavia
U-21: Poland 1–0 W Germany
Toruń, 10 October 1979
U-23: W Germany 3–0 Turkey
U-21: San Marino 0–11 Germany
Serravalle, 17 November 2009
U-23: Soviet Union 3–1 W Germany
U-21: Portugal 5–0 Germany
Olomouc, 27 June 2015
|UEFA U-21 Championship|
|Appearances||13 (First in 1982)|
|Best result||Winners (2009)|
The Germany national under-21 football team represents the under-21s of Germany in the UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship and is controlled by the German Football Association (DFB), the governing body of football in Germany.
Before the reunification of Germany, East Germany and West Germany played as separate entities — the two teams played separately until summer 1990. Following the realignment of UEFA's youth competitions in 1976, international under-21 football in Europe began. A West German team, however, did not compete in the U-21 European Championship until the qualifying round (beginning in 1980) of the 1982 competition.
West Germany competed in the first two under-23 competitions, which finished in 1972 and 1974. The first under-21 competition finals were in 1978, and since the under-21 competition rules state that players must be 21 or under at the start of a two-year competition, technically it is an under-23 competition.
The current Germany team can be legitimately considered as the current incarnation of the West German team, since the West Germany flag, uniform, and football association all became those of the unified Germany. In effect, the West German team absorbed the East German team to become 'the Germany national under-21 football team'.
For these reasons, the record of West Germany for the U-23 and U-21 competitions is shown below.
For the East Germany team record, look here.
Competing as West Germany
- UEFA U-23 Championship record
|1974||Did not qualify|
|1976||Did not enter|
- UEFA U-21 Championship record
|1978||Did not enter|
|1980||Did not enter|
|1986||Did not qualify|
Competing as Germany
- UEFA U-21 Championship record
|1994||Did not qualify|
|2000||Did not qualify|
|2002||Did not qualify|
|2007||Did not qualify|
|2011||Did not qualify|
- EURO Under-21 dream team
On 17 June 2015, UEFA revealed an all-time best XI from the previous Under-21 final tournaments.
Included players from Germany:
Schedule and results
|3 September 2015 Friendly||Germany||2–1||Denmark||Lübeck|
|Report||Nielsen 42'||Stadium: Stadion an der Lohmühle
Referee: Alexander Harkam (Austria)
|8 September 2015 2017 UEFA Q||Azerbaijan||0–3||Germany||Baku|
|16:00||Report||Selke 33', 90+3'
|Stadium: Dalga Arena
Referee: Alexandre Boucaut (Belgium)
|9 October 2015 2017 UEFA Q||Germany||4–0||Finland||Essen|
|18:00||Sané 13', 90+1'
|Report||Stadium: Stadion Essen
Referee: Kristo Tohver (Estonia)
|13 October 2015 2017 UEFA Q||Faroe Islands||0–6||Germany||Tórshavn|
|18:00||Report||Meyer 8', 40'
Referee: Sascha Amhof (Switzerland)
|13 November 2015 2017 UEFA Q||Germany||3–1||Azerbaijan||Regensburg|
|18:00||Werner 37', 63'
|Report||Isayev 30'||Stadium: Jahnstadion
Referee: Tsvetan Krastev (Bulgaria)
|17 November 2015 2017 UEFA Q||Germany||4–2||Austria||Fürth|
|Report||Gregoritsch 21' (pen.), 86'||Stadium: Stadion am Laubenweg
Referee: Alejandro Hernández (Spain)
|24 March 2016 2017 UEFA Q||Germany||4–1||Faroe Islands||Frankfurt|
Nattestad 53' (o.g.)
Meyer 63' (pen.)
|Report||Dam 43'||Stadium: Stadion am Bornheimer Hang
Referee: Peter Kralović (Slovakia)
|29 March 2016 2017 UEFA Q||Russia||0–2||Germany||Rostov-on-Don|
Referee: Charalambos Kalogeropoulos (Greece)
|7 October 2016 2017 UEFA Q||Germany||v||Russia||Ingolstadt|
|Report||Stadium: Audi Sportpark
|11 November 2016 Friendly||Germany||v||Turkey||Berlin|
|18:00||Stadium: Stadion An der Alten Försterei
Players born in or after 1994 are eligible for the 2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship.
Players born in or after 1996 are also eligible for the 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship.
Note: Names in italics denote players that have been called up to the senior team.
- Caps and goals correct as of 29 March 2016.
Recent call ups
The following players have also been called up to the Germany under-21 squad and remain eligible:
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|DF||Jeremy Toljan||8 August 1994||8||0||TSG Hoffenheim||v. Russia, 29 March 2016|
|DF||Niklas Süle||3 September 1995||10||1||1899 Hoffenheim||v. Russia, 29 March 2016|
|DF||Lukas Klostermann||3 June 1996||5||0||RB Leipzig||v. Russia, 29 March 2016|
|MF||Max Meyer||18 September 1995||17||6||Schalke 04||v. Russia, 29 March 2016|
|MF||Julian Brandt||2 May 1996||8||1||Bayer Leverkusen||v. Russia, 29 March 2016|
|FW||Davie Selke||20 January 1995||6||5||RB Leipzig||v. Russia, 29 March 2016|
|FW||Leroy Sané||11 January 1996||6||5||Machester City||v. Russia, 29 March 2016|
- 1996 UEFA European Under-21 Championship
- 1998 UEFA European Under-21 Championship
- 2004 UEFA European Under-21 Championship
- 2006 UEFA European Under-21 Championship
- 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Championship
- 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Championship
- Hannes Löhr (1990–2002)
- Jürgen Kohler (2002–2003)
- Uli Stielike (2003–2004)
- Dieter Eilts (2004–2008)
- Horst Hrubesch (2008–2009)
- Rainer Adrion (2009–2013)
- Horst Hrubesch (2013–2016)
- Stefan Kuntz (2016–)
- Germany national football team
- Germany national youth football team
- UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Germany national under-21 football team.|
- "Our all-time Under-21 EURO dream team". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 17 June 2015. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
- "U 21: Hrubesch nominiert Debütant Dahoud - Sané kehrt zurück". dfb.de. Retrieved 24 March 2016.
- "U 21-Nationalteam Männer Team". dfb.de. Retrieved 4 March 2014.