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 Art Langeler
Captain Karim Rekik
Most caps Arnold Bruggink & Leroy Fer (31)
Top scorer Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (18)
Home stadium Sparta Stadion Het Kasteel (11,000)
AFAS Stadion (17.023)
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: Did not qualify. Lost in playoff against England..
  • 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: Did not qualify. Lost in playoff against Ukraine.
  • 2013: Semi Finals
  • 2015: Did not qualify.
  • 2017: Did not qualify. Finished 2nd of 5 in qualification group.

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 8 6 1 1 21 6 +15 19 Final tournament
2  Netherlands 8 4 2 2 15 10 +5 14
3  Turkey 8 3 2 3 7 8 −1 11
4  Belarus 8 2 2 4 7 11 −4 8
5  Cyprus 8 1 1 6 4 19 −15 4
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers

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 for the friendly match against Portugal on 15 November 2016. Names in italics denote players who have been capped for the Senior team.

Caps and goals updated as 15 November 2016.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Joel Drommel (1996-11-16) 16 November 1996 (age 20) 0 0 Netherlands Twente
1GK Yanick van Osch (1997-03-24) 24 March 1997 (age 19) 0 0 Netherlands PSV

2DF Kevin Diks (1996-10-06) 6 October 1996 (age 20) 0 0 Netherlands Vitesse
2DF Timothy Fosu-Mensah (1998-01-02) 2 January 1998 (age 19) 0 0 England Manchester United
2DF Jairo Riedewald (1996-09-09) 9 September 1996 (age 20) 0 0 Netherlands Ajax
2DF Thomas Ouwejan (1996-06-24) 24 June 1996 (age 20) 0 0 Netherlands AZ
2DF Hidde ter Avest (1997-05-20) 20 May 1997 (age 19) 0 0 Netherlands Twente
2DF Damian van Bruggen (1996-03-18) 18 March 1996 (age 21) 0 0 Netherlands PSV
2DF Jeremiah St. Juste (1996-10-19) 19 October 1996 (age 20) 0 0 Netherlands Heerenveen
2DF Calvin Verdonk (1997-04-26) 26 April 1997 (age 19) 0 0 Netherlands PEC Zwolle

3MF Bart Ramselaar (1996-06-29) 29 June 1996 (age 20) 0 0 Netherlands PSV
3MF Riechedly Bazoer (1996-10-12) 12 October 1996 (age 20) 0 0 Germany Wolfsburg
3MF Donny van de Beek (1997-04-18) 18 April 1997 (age 19) 0 0 Netherlands Ajax
3MF Pelle van Amersfoort (1996-04-01) 1 April 1996 (age 20) 0 0 Netherlands Heerenveen
3MF Guus Til (1997-12-22) 22 December 1997 (age 19) 0 0 Netherlands AZ
3MF Jeremy Helmer (1997-07-03) 3 July 1997 (age 19) 0 0 Netherlands AZ
3MF Abdelhak Nouri (1997-04-02) 2 April 1997 (age 19) 0 0 Netherlands Ajax
3MF Pablo Rosario (1997-01-07) 7 January 1997 (age 20) 0 0 Netherlands PSV

4FW Steven Bergwijn (1997-10-08) 8 October 1997 (age 19) 0 0 Netherlands PSV
4FW Richairo Zivkovic (1996-09-05) 5 September 1996 (age 20) 0 0 Netherlands FC Utrecht
4FW Oussama Idrissi (1996-02-26) 26 February 1996 (age 21) 0 0 Netherlands FC Groningen
4FW Sam Lammers (1997-04-30) 30 April 1997 (age 19) 0 0 Netherlands PSV


Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have been called up and remain eligible. Players have to be born after 01.01.1996.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Rody de Boer (1997-08-22) 22 August 1997 (age 19) 0 0 Netherlands ADO Den Haag
1GK Justin Bijlow (1998-01-22) 22 January 1998 (age 19) 0 0 Netherlands Feyenoord

2DF Terry Lartey Sanniez (1996-08-10) 10 August 1996 (age 20) 1 0 Netherlands Ajax
2DF Denzel Dumfries (1996-04-18) 18 April 1996 (age 20) 0 0 Netherlands Sparta Rotterdam
2DF Bart Nieuwkoop (1996-03-07) 7 March 1996 (age 21) 0 0 Netherlands Feyenoord
2DF Frank Sturing (1997-05-29) 29 May 1997 (age 19) 0 0 Netherlands NEC

3MF Dabney dos Santos (1996-07-21) 21 July 1996 (age 20) 2 0 Netherlands AZ
3MF Patrick Joosten (1996-04-14) 14 April 1996 (age 20) 2 0 Netherlands Utrecht
3MF Gustavo Hamer (1997-06-24) 24 June 1997 (age 19) 0 0 Netherlands Feyenoord
3MF Frenkie de Jong (1997-05-12) 12 May 1997 (age 19) 0 0 Netherlands Ajax
3MF Kenneth Paal (1997-06-24) 24 June 1997 (age 19) 0 0 Netherlands PSV Eindhoven
3MF Stijn Spierings (1996-03-12) 12 March 1996 (age 21) 0 0 Netherlands Sparta Rotterdam

4FW Vito van Crooy (1996-01-29) 29 January 1996 (age 21) 1 0 Netherlands VVV
4FW Gervane Kastaneer (1996-06-09) 9 June 1996 (age 20) 1 0 Netherlands ADO Den Haag
4FW Dennis van der Heijden (1997-02-17) 17 February 1997 (age 20) 0 0 Netherlands Volendam
4FW Illias Alhaft (1997-02-23) 23 February 1997 (age 20) 0 0 Netherlands Sparta Rotterdam

Individual all-time records[edit]

  Still active players are highlighted