Netherlands national under-21 football team

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Netherlands U21
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Jong Oranje (Young Orange)
Association Koninklijke Nederlandse Voetbalbond
Head coach Fred Grim
Captain vacant
Most caps Arnold Bruggink & Leroy Fer (31)
Top scorer Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (18)
First colours
Second colours
UEFA U-21 Championship
Appearances 6 (First in 1988)
Best result Winner (2006, 2007)

The Netherlands national under-21 football team is the national under-21 team of the Netherlands and is controlled by the Royal Dutch Football Association. The team competes in the European Under-21 Championship, held every two years.

Following the realignment of UEFA's youth competitions in 1976, the Dutch Under-21 team was formed. The team did not have a very good record, failing to qualify for nine of the fifteen tournaments. The team did not enter for the 1978 competition, but since then has reached the semi-finals twice, and qualified for the last eight on three other occasions.

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, the Netherlands' record in the preceding U-23 competitions is also shown. The first competitive match was in the "Under-23 Challenge", a match which they lost. The team qualified for the last eight of each of the three U-23 tournaments.

In 2006 the Netherlands national under-21 football team of coach Foppe de Haan won the 2006 European Under-21 Championship. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar became top scorer and player of the tournament with four goals, and also broke the all-time goalscoring record of 15 goals previously held by Roy Makaay and Arnold Jan Bruggink, in his last match with the team as he pushed this record to 18 goals. The following year, Netherlands national under-21 football team successfully defended their title by winning the 2007 European Under-21 Championship in the final against Serbia with 4–1. Maceo Rigters was the top scorer of the competition with four goals and Royston Drenthe was the Player of the Tournament. The win meant that the Netherlands qualified for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. The team failed to qualify for the 2009 European Under-21 Championship, after losing out to Switzerland in their final qualifying match.

UEFA U-23 Championship record[edit]

The Netherlands were randomly chosen to play cards Bulgaria for the title in a one-off match in Sofia, which the Netherlands lost.

  • 17 April 1968: Bulgaria 3–1 Netherlands.
  • 1972: Losing quarter-finalists.
  • 1974: Losing quarter-finalists.
  • 1976: Losing semi-finalists.

UEFA U-21 Championship Record[edit]

Serbia and the Netherlands enter on to the field for the final of the 2007 tournament.
  • 1978: Did not enter.
  • 1980: Did not qualify. Finished 3rd of 3 in qualification group.
  • 1982: Did not qualify. Finished 2nd of 3 in qualification group.
  • 1984: Did not qualify. Finished 2nd of 3 in qualification group.
  • 1986: Did not qualify. Finished 2nd of 4 in qualification group.
  • 1988: Losing semi-finalists.
  • 1990: Did not qualify. Finished 3rd of 4 in qualification group.
  • 1992: Losing quarter-finalists.
  • 1994: Did not qualify. Finished 5th of 6 in qualification group.
  • 1996: Did not qualify. Finished 3rd of 6 in qualification group.
  • 1998: Fourth.
  • 2000: Finished 3rd of 4 in finals group. Joint fifth.
  • 2002: Lost in playoff.
  • 2004: Did not qualify. Finished 4th of 5 in qualification group.
  • 2006: Winners
  • 2007: Winners
  • 2009: Did not qualify. Finished 2nd of 5 in qualification group.
  • 2011: Lost in Playoff against Ukraine.
  • 2013: Semi Finals
  • 2015: Did not qualify.

Notable players[edit]

Olympic Games[edit]

Summer Olympic record
Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
Spain 1992 Did Not Qualify
United States 1996
Australia 2000
Greece 2004
China 2008 Quarter Finals 7th 4 1 2 1 4 4
United Kingdom 2012 Did Not Qualify
Brazil 2016
Total 1/6 0 Medals 4 1 2 1 4 4

Results and fixtures 2014–2017[edit]

2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship[edit]

Qualification[edit]

Group stage[edit]
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Slovakia 4 3 0 1 9 4 +5 9 Final tournament
2  Netherlands 5 3 0 2 9 7 +2 9 Possible Play-offs
3  Belarus 5 2 1 2 4 5 −1 7
4  Turkey 3 2 0 1 5 1 +4 6
5  Cyprus (E) 5 0 1 4 2 12 −10 1
Updated to match(es) played on 17 November 2015. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
(E) Eliminated.

2015 Toulon Tournament[edit]

Group stage[edit]

Group A[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  France (H) 4 4 0 0 11 2 +9 12 Advance to final
2  United States 4 2 0 2 6 6 0 6 Advance to third-place playoff
3  Netherlands 4 2 0 2 9 10 −1 6
4  Costa Rica 4 1 1 2 6 7 −1 4
5  Qatar 4 0 1 3 2 9 −7 1
First match(es) will be played on 27 May 2015. Source: festival-foot-espoirs.com
(H) Host.

Other fixtures[edit]

Friendly matches[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up to the squad for the 2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifiers against Belarus and Slovakia on 12 and 17 November 2015. Names in italics denote players who have been capped for the Senior team.

Caps and goals updated as 17 November 2015.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Mickey van der Hart (1994-06-13) 13 June 1994 (age 21) 9 0 Netherlands PEC Zwolle
16 1GK Maarten de Fockert (1995-02-20) 20 February 1995 (age 20) 1 0 Netherlands Heerenveen
1GK Joël Drommel (1996-11-16) 16 November 1996 (age 19) 0 0 Netherlands Twente
5 2DF Nathan Aké (1995-02-18) 18 February 1995 (age 20) 18 2 England Watford
4 2DF Karim Rekik (1994-12-02) 2 December 1994 (age 21) 11 1 France Olympique Marseille
2DF Sven van Beek (1994-07-28) 28 July 1994 (age 21) 10 0 Netherlands Feyenoord
2 2DF Joshua Brenet (1994-03-20) 20 March 1994 (age 21) 8 0 Netherlands PSV
12 2DF Hans Hateboer (1994-01-09) 9 January 1994 (age 22) 6 2 Netherlands Groningen
3 2DF Derrick Luckassen (1995-07-03) 3 July 1995 (age 20) 7 0 Netherlands AZ
2DF Peet Bijen (1995-01-28) 28 January 1995 (age 21) 4 0 Netherlands Twente
13 2DF Jordy de Wijs (1995-01-08) 8 January 1995 (age 21) 3 0 Netherlands PSV
15 2DF Kevin Diks (1996-10-06) 6 October 1996 (age 19) 0 0 Netherlands Vitesse
8 3MF Tonny Vilhena (1995-01-03) 3 January 1995 (age 21) 22 4 Netherlands Feyenoord
14 3MF Joris van Overeem (1994-06-01) 1 June 1994 (age 21) 8 0 Netherlands AZ
10 3MF Thom Haye (1995-02-09) 9 February 1995 (age 21) 7 0 Netherlands AZ
6 3MF Jorrit Hendrix (1995-02-06) 6 February 1995 (age 21) 7 0 Netherlands PSV
17 3MF Dabney dos Santos (1996-07-21) 21 July 1996 (age 19) 0 0 Netherlands AZ
7 4FW Jean-Paul Boëtius (1994-03-22) 22 March 1994 (age 21) 16 3 Switzerland Basel
9 4FW Vincent Janssen (1994-06-15) 15 June 1994 (age 21) 10 8 Netherlands AZ
11 4FW Ricardo Kishna (1995-01-04) 4 January 1995 (age 21) 7 0 Italy Lazio
4FW Queensy Menig (1995-08-19) 19 August 1995 (age 20) 3 1 Netherlands PEC Zwolle
4FW Gyliano van Velzen (1994-04-14) 14 April 1994 (age 21) 1 0 Netherlands Volendam
18 4FW Sam Hendriks (1995-01-25) 25 January 1995 (age 21) 1 0 Netherlands Ajax

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have been called and remain eligible. Players have to be born after 01.01.1994.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Hidde Jurjus (1994-02-09) 9 February 1994 (age 22) 0 0 Netherlands De Graafschap v.  Turkey, 9 September 2015
GK Jesse Bertrams (1994-12-22) 22 December 1994 (age 21) 2 0 Netherlands PSV v.  France, 5 June 2015
GK Timo Plattel (1994-03-12) 12 March 1994 (age 21) 2 0 Netherlands Twente v.  France, 5 June 2015
DF Wesley Hoedt (1994-03-06) 6 March 1994 (age 21) 1 0 Italy Lazio v.  Slovakia, 11 October 2015
DF Jerry St. Juste (1996-10-19) 19 October 1996 (age 19) 0 0 Netherlands Heerenveen v.  Slovakia, 11 October 2015
DF Bas Kuipers (1994-08-17) 17 August 1994 (age 21) 3 0 Netherlands Excelsior v.  Slovakia, 11 October 2015
DF Rick Karsdorp (1995-02-11) 11 February 1995 (age 21) 2 0 Netherlands Feyenoord v.  Slovakia, 11 October 2015
DF Terence Kongolo (1994-02-14) 14 February 1994 (age 22) 6 1 Netherlands Feyenoord v.  France, 30 March 2015
DF Jeff Hardeveld (1995-02-27) 27 February 1995 (age 20) 1 0 Netherlands Utrecht v.  France, 30 March 2015
DF Kenny Tete (1995-10-09) 9 October 1995 (age 20) 1 0 Netherlands Ajax v.  France, 30 March 2015
DF Lucas Woudenberg (1994-04-25) 25 April 1994 (age 21) 1 0 Netherlands NEC v.  France, 30 March 2015
DF Joost van Aken (1994-05-13) 13 May 1994 (age 21) 2 0 Netherlands Heerenveen v.  France, 30 March 2015
DF Wessel Dammers (1995-03-01) 1 March 1995 (age 20) 1 0 Netherlands Cambuur v.  Germany, 13 November 2014
DF Jetro Willems (1994-03-30) 30 March 1994 (age 21) 5 0 Netherlands PSV v.  Portugal, 14 October 2014
MF Daley Sinkgraven (1995-07-04) 4 July 1995 (age 20) 4 0 Netherlands Ajax v.  Slovakia, 11 October 2015
MF Riechedly Bazoer (1996-10-12) 12 October 1996 (age 19) 2 1 Netherlands Ajax v.  Slovakia, 11 October 2015
MF Danny Bakker (1995-01-16) 16 January 1995 (age 21) 2 0 Netherlands ADO Den Haag v.  Turkey, 9 September 2015
MF Mohamed Rayhi (1994-07-01) 1 July 1994 (age 21) 4 1 Netherlands NEC v.  France, 5 June 2015
MF Jelle van der Heyden (1995-08-31) 31 August 1995 (age 20) 3 0 Netherlands Twente v.  France, 5 June 2015
MF Rai Vloet (1995-05-08) 8 May 1995 (age 20) 3 2 Netherlands PSV v.  France, 5 June 2015
MF Clint Leemans (1995-09-15) 15 September 1995 (age 20) 5 0 Netherlands PSV v.  France, 5 June 2015
MF Sean Klaiber (1994-07-31) 31 July 1994 (age 21) 4 0 Netherlands Utrecht v.  France, 5 June 2015
MF Django Warmerdam (1995-09-02) 2 September 1995 (age 20) 4 0 Netherlands Ajax v.  France, 5 June 2015
MF Yassin Ayoub (1994-03-06) 6 March 1994 (age 21) 4 0 Netherlands Utrecht v.  France, 30 March 2015
MF Kyle Ebecilio (1994-02-17) 17 February 1994 (age 21) 9 0 England Nottingham Forest v.  Portugal, 14 October 2014
FW Mimoun Mahi (1994-03-13) 13 March 1994 (age 21) 2 0 Netherlands Groningen v.  Slovakia, 11 October 2015
FW Sheraldo Becker (1995-02-09) 9 February 1995 (age 21) 0 0 Netherlands PEC Zwolle v.  Slovakia, 11 October 2015
FW Oussama Tannane (1994-03-23) 23 March 1994 (age 21) 1 0 Netherlands Heracles v.  Turkey, 9 September 2015
FW Brahim Darri (1994-09-14) 14 September 1994 (age 21) 3 1 Netherlands Heracles v.  France, 5 June 2015
FW Elvio van Overbeek (1994-01-11) 11 January 1994 (age 22) 3 1 Netherlands Go Ahead Eagles v.  France, 5 June 2015
FW Anwar El Ghazi (1995-05-03) 3 May 1995 (age 20) 7 1 Netherlands Ajax v.  France, 5 June 2015
FW Memphis Depay (1994-02-13) 13 February 1994 (age 22) 7 0 England Manchester United v.  Luxembourg, 9 September 2013

Individual all-time records[edit]

  Still active players are highlighted