Netherlands national under-21 football team
|Nickname(s)||Jong Oranje (Young Orange)|
|Association||Koninklijke Nederlandse Voetbalbond|
|Head coach||Fred Grim|
|Most caps||Arnold Bruggink & Leroy Fer (31)|
|Top scorer||Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (18)|
|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.
- 1 UEFA U-23 Championship record
- 2 UEFA U-21 Championship Record
- 3 Notable players
- 4 Results and fixtures 2014–2017
- 5 Current squad
- 6 Individual all-time records
- 7 See also
- 8 Sources/External links
UEFA U-23 Championship record
- 17 April 1968: Bulgaria 3–1 Netherlands.
- 1972: Losing quarter-finalists.
- 1974: Losing quarter-finalists.
- 1976: Losing semi-finalists.
UEFA U-21 Championship Record
- 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.
|Summer Olympic record|
|1992||Did Not Qualify|
|2012||Did Not Qualify|
Results and fixtures 2014–2017
2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
|4 September 2015||Netherlands||4 – 0||Cyprus||Deventer, Netherlands|
|18:30 CET||Hateboer 4'
Janssen 23', 66'
|Report||Stadium: De Adelaarshorst
Referee: Thorvaldur Árnason (Iceland)
|8 September 2015||Turkey||0 – 1||Netherlands||Istanbul, Turkey|
|18:45 CET||Report||Boëtius 35'||Stadium: Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Stadium
Referee: Davide Massa (Italy)
|11 October 2015||Netherlands||1 – 3||Slovakia||Nijmegen, Netherlands|
|14:30 CET||Janssen 16'||Report||Chrien 44'
|Stadium: Stadion de Goffert
Referee: Eitan Shemeulevitch (Israel)
|12 November 2015||Netherlands||1 – 0||Belarus||Tilburg, Netherlands|
|18:30 CET||Janssen 25'||Report||Stadium: Koning Willem II Stadion
Referee: Anatolii Zhabchenko (Ukraine)
|17 November 2015||Slovakia||4 – 2||Netherlands||Myjava, Slovakia|
|18:00 CET||Mihalík 50'
Zreľák 90+4' (pen.)
|Report||Janssen 16', 23'||Stadium: Stadium Myjava
Referee: Sandro Schärer (Switzerland)
2015 Toulon Tournament
|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|
|27 May 2015||Netherlands||3 – 2||Costa Rica||Toulon, France|
|17:00 CEST||El Ghazi 3'
Vloet 6', 32'
|Ramírez 39', 58'||Stadium: Stade Léo Lagrange
Referee: Abou Coulibaly (Ivory Coast)
|29 May 2015||United States||3 – 1||Netherlands||Hyères, France|
|17:00 CEST||Kiesewetter 19'
|Darri 9'||Stadium: Stade Perruc
Referee: Abou Coulibaly (Ivory Coast)
|31 May 2015||Netherlands||5 – 1||Qatar||Saint-Raphaël, France|
|19:00 CEST||Hateboer 23'
van Overbeek 49'
Janssen 52', 74'
|Al Yahri 78'||Stadium: Stade Louis Hon
Referee: Adil Zourak (Morocco)
|4 June 2015||France||4 – 0||Netherlands||Toulon, France|
|19:00 CEST||Habran 18'
Kaabouni 48' (pen.)
|Stadium: Stade Léo Lagrange
Referee: Oscar Macias Romo (Mexico)
|13 November 2014||Germany||3 – 1||Netherlands||Ingolstadt, Germany|
|Boëtius 79'||Stadium: Audi Sportpark
Referee: Alon Yefet (Israel)
|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)
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.
The following players have been called and remain eligible. Players have to be born after 01.01.1994.
Individual all-time records
Most capped players
Most goals scored