Netherlands national under-21 football team

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Netherlands U21
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Jong Oranje (Young Orange)
AssociationKoninklijke Nederlandse Voetbalbond
Head coachErwin van de Looi
CaptainGuus Til
Most capsArnold Bruggink & Leroy Fer (31)
Top scorerKlaas-Jan Huntelaar (18)
Home stadiumDe Vijverberg (12,600)
First colours
Second colours
UEFA U-21 Championship
Appearances6 (first in 1988)
Best resultWinner (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 eighteen 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]

Year Round
1978 Did not enter
1980 Did not qualify
1982 Did not qualify
1984 Did not qualify
1986 Did not qualify
1988 Semi Final
1990 Group Stage
1992 Quarter-finals
1994 Did not qualify
1996 Did not qualify
1998 Fourth place
2000 Group Stage
2002 Did not qualify
2004 Did not qualify
2006 Champions
2007 Champions
2009 Did not qualify
2011 Did not qualify
2013 Semi-finals
2015 Did not qualify
2017 Did not qualify
2019 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 2017–2019[edit]

2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship[edit]

Qualification[edit]

Group stage[edit]
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  England 10 8 2 0 23 4 +19 26 Final tournament
2  Netherlands 10 5 3 2 21 6 +15 18
3  Ukraine 10 5 2 3 18 12 +6 17
4  Scotland 10 4 2 4 13 13 0 14
5  Latvia 10 0 4 6 5 18 −13 4
6  Andorra 10 0 3 7 1 28 −27 3
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up for the match against Germany on the 16th of November 2018. Names in italics denote players who have been capped for the Senior team.

Caps and goals updated as 17 September 2018. Clubs updated as of 17 February 2019

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Justin Bijlow (1998-01-22) 22 January 1998 (age 21) 9 0 Netherlands Feyenoord
1GK Maarten Paes (1998-05-14) 14 May 1998 (age 21) 0 0 Netherlands FC Utrecht
1GK Jan Hoekstra (1998-08-04) 4 August 1998 (age 20) 0 0 Netherlands FC Groningen

2DF Rick van Drongelen (1998-12-20) 20 December 1998 (age 20) 12 0 Germany Hamburger SV
2DF Justin Hoogma (1998-06-11) 11 June 1998 (age 20) 6 0 Germany St. Pauli
2DF Timothy Fosu-Mensah (1998-01-02) 2 January 1998 (age 21) 5 0 England Fulham
2DF Perr Schuurs (1999-11-26) 26 November 1999 (age 19) 2 0 Netherlands Ajax
2DF Sherel Floranus (1998-08-23) 23 August 1998 (age 20) 2 0 Netherlands Heerenveen
2DF Armando Obispo (1999-03-05) 5 March 1999 (age 20) 1 0 Netherlands PSV
2DF Deyovaiso Zeefuik (1998-03-11) 11 March 1998 (age 21) 1 0 Netherlands Groningen
2DF Nathan Markelo (1999-01-07) 7 January 1999 (age 20) 1 0 England Everton
2DF Tyrell Malacia (1999-08-17) 17 August 1999 (age 19) 0 0 Netherlands Feyenoord

3MF Teun Koopmeiners (1998-02-28) 28 February 1998 (age 21) 8 1 Netherlands AZ
3MF Ferdi Kadioglu (1999-10-07) 7 October 1999 (age 19) 4 0 Turkey Fenerbahçe
3MF Carel Eiting (1998-02-11) 11 February 1998 (age 21) 3 0 Netherlands Ajax
3MF Dani de Wit (1998-01-28) 28 January 1998 (age 21) 1 0 Netherlands Ajax
3MF Deroy Duarte (1999-07-04) 4 July 1999 (age 19) 1 0 Netherlands Sparta
3MF Teun Bijleveld (1998-05-27) 27 May 1998 (age 20) 0 0 Netherlands Ajax

4FW Justin Kluivert (1999-05-05) 5 May 1999 (age 20) 7 4 Italy AS Roma
4FW Donyell Malen (1999-01-19) 19 January 1999 (age 20) 5 0 Netherlands PSV
4FW Tahith Chong (1999-12-04) 4 December 1999 (age 19) 1 0 England Manchester United
4FW Jay-Roy Grot (1998-03-13) 13 March 1998 (age 21) 1 0 Netherlands VVV Venlo
4FW Kaj Sierhuis (1998-04-27) 27 April 1998 (age 21) 1 0 Netherlands Groningen

Individual all-time records[edit]

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