Romania national under-21 football team
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|Nickname(s)||Tricolorii mici (The Little Tricolours)|
|Association||Romanian Football Federation|
|Head coach||Mirel Rădoi|
|Most caps||Ionuț Luțu (28)|
|Top scorer||Ionuț Luțu (15)|
Armenia 0–5 Romania |
(Yerevan, Armenia; 16 November 2004)
Azerbaijan 0–5 Romania
(Trabzon, Turkey; 25 April 1995)
Germany 8–0 Romania |
(Magdeburg, Germany; 9 September 2014)
|UEFA U-21 Championship|
|Appearances||1 (first in 1998)|
|Best result||Eighth in 1998|
The Romania national under-21 football team is the national under-21 football team of Romania and is controlled by the Romanian Football Federation. The team competes in the European Under-21 Football Championship, held every two years.
Following the realignment of UEFA's youth competitions in 1976, under-21 football teams in Europe were formed. The team is exclusively for football players that are age 21 or under at the start of the two-year campaign of the UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship meaning a player can represent the national team until the age of 23.
The best result achieved by the Romania U-21 squad is the qualification for the 1998 European Championship. Under the guidance of Victor Pițurcă and with a generation of players that included among others Bogdan Lobonț, Florentin Petre, Ionel Dănciulescu and Cătălin Munteanu, Romania U-21 finished the qualifying stage with maximum points after winning all eight games. Romania was then chosen as the host of the final stage. The squad was eliminated in the quarter-finals, being beaten by the Netherlands, 2-1.
The Romania under-21 team does not have a permanent home. The team plays in stadiums located all around Romania. Because of the smaller demand compared to the senior national team, smaller facilities are used. As of June 2015, the last three games have been played in Targu Mures.
UEFA U-21 Championship Record
|UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship record||UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship Qualification record|
|1978||Did not qualify||4||1||0||3||5||8|
|2000||Did not qualify||8||3||3||2||10||8|
|2019||To be determined||4||3||1||0||8||2|
Football at the Summer Olympics was first played officially in 1908. The Olympiads between 1896 and 1980 was only open for amateur players. The 1984 and 1988 tournaments were open to players with no appearances in the FIFA World Cup. After the 1988 Olympics, the football event was changed into a tournament for U23 or U21 teams with a maximum of three older players. See Romania national football team for competition record from 1908 until 1988.
|Olympic Games record||Olympic Games Qualification record **|
|1992||Did not qualify||6||2||0||4||5||9|
- *Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
- **Includes both qualification phase and final tournament of UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship.
- ***Gold background color indicates that the tournament was won. Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.
|1||Bosnia and Herzegovina||7||5||0||2||19||5||+14||15||Final tournament||—||3–1||1–3||1–0||7 Sep||6–0|
|2||Portugal||6||4||1||1||17||7||+10||13||Play-offs if among four best runners-up||16 Oct||—||7 Sep||2–0||2–1||7–0|
|3||Romania||6||3||3||0||9||3||+6||12||11 Sep||1–1||—||12 Oct||1–1||16 Oct|
|4||Wales||6||2||1||3||6||8||−2||7||0–4||11 Sep||0–0||—||16 Oct||7 Sep|
|6||Liechtenstein (E)||6||0||0||6||1||24||−23||0||0–4||11 Oct||0–2||1–3||0–2||—|
Results and fixtures
Win Draw Loss
|24 March 2017 Unofficial friendly||Romania||1–5||Russia||Marbella, Spain|
|17:00 UTC+02:00||Ghiță 50'||Report||Zhigulyov 19'
Zuyev 68', 70'
|Stadium: Marbella Football Centre
|27 March 2017 Unofficial friendly||Romania||0–2||Denmark||Marbella, Spain|
|14:00 UTC+02:00||Report||Gartenmann 12'
|Stadium: Marbella Football Centre
|13 June 2017 2019 UEFA U21 Q||Liechtenstein||0–2||Romania||Eschen, Liechtenstein|
|20:00 UTC+02:00||Report||Pușcaș 45', 72'||Stadium: Sportpark Eschen-Mauren
Referee: Zaven Hovhannisyan (Armenia)
|1 September 2017 2019 UEFA U21 Q||Bosnia and Herzegovina||1–3||Romania||Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina|
|17:00 UTC+02:00||Nedelcu 23' (o.g.)||Report||Pușcaș 32'
|Stadium: Bosnia and Herzegovina FA Training Centre
Referee: Yuriy Mozharovskyy (Ukraine)
|5 September 2017 2019 UEFA U21 Q||Romania||1–1||Switzerland||Ovidiu, Romania|
|19:00 UTC+02:00||Pușcaș 22'||Report||Oberlin 19'||Stadium: Gheorghe Hagi Football Academy Central Stadium
Referee: Krzysztof Jakubik (Poland)
|6 October 2017 2019 UEFA U21 Q||Switzerland||0–2||Romania||Lugano, Switzerland|
|20:00 UTC+02:00||Report||Dobre 24'
|Stadium: Cornaredo Stadium
Referee: Georgi Kabakov (Bulgaria)
|10 November 2017 2019 UEFA U21 Q||Romania||1–1||Portugal||Ovidiu, Romania|
|19:00 UTC+02:00||Man 66'||Report||Gonçalves 16'||Stadium: Viitorul
Referee: José María Sanchez Martinez (Spain)
|14 November 2017 2019 UEFA U21 Q||Wales||0–0||Romania||Bangor, Wales|
Referee: Bastian Dankert (Germany)
|24 March 2018 Friendly||England||2–1||Romania||Wolverhampton, England|
|19:15 UTC+02:00||Gray 8'
|Report||Costache 79'||Stadium: Molineux
|27 March 2018 Unofficial friendly||FC Wolverhampton u-23||2-2||Romania||Wolverhampton, England|
|19:15 UTC+02:00||Ashley-Seal 59'
|11 September 2018 2019 UEFA U21 Q||Romania||v||Bosnia and Herzegovina||Romania|
The following players were called up for the friendly match against England on 24 March 2018.
- Caps and goals as of 24 March 2018.
The following players have also been called up to the Romania under-21 squad and remain eligible:
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Bogdan Căucă||6 August 1996||0||0||Hărman||v. Poland, 13 October 2015|
|GK||Răzvan Began||12 August 1996||0||0||Hermannstadt||v. Cyprus, 31 March 2015|
|DF||Cristian Manea||9 August 1997||15||0||CFR Cluj||v. Wales, 14 November 2017|
|DF||Ionuț Nedelcearu||25 April 1996||14||1||Ufa||v. Wales, 14 November 2017|
|DF||Ștefan Vlădoiu||28 December 1998||0||0||Sportul Snagov||v. Wales, 14 November 2017|
|DF||Florin Ștefan||9 May 1996||2||0||Sepsi Sfântu Gheorghe||v. Switzerland, 6 October 2017|
|DF||Alin Dudea EXCL||6 June 1997||0||0||Dinamo București||v. Russia, 24 March 2017|
|MF||Răzvan Marin||23 May 1996||7||0||Standard Liège||v. Wales, 14 November 2017|
|MF||Alexandru Cicâldău||8 July 1997||5||1||CSU Craiova||v. Wales, 14 November 2017|
|MF||Dennis Man||26 August 1998||4||2||FCSB||v. Wales, 14 November 2017|
|MF||Marco Dulca||11 May 1999||4||0||Swansea City||v. Wales, 14 November 2017|
|MF||Silviu Balaure||6 February 1996||2||0||Astra Giurgiu||v. Wales, 14 November 2017|
|MF||Vladimir Screciu||13 January 2000||1||0||Genk||v. Switzerland, 6 October 2017|
|MF||Olimpiu Moruțan||25 April 1999||1||0||FCSB||v. Switzerland, 5 September 2017|
|MF||Marius Chelaru||2 March 1997||0||0||Politehnica Iași||v. Switzerland, 5 September 2017|
|MF||Alexandru Mățan||29 August 1999||1||0||Viitorul Constanța||v. Liechtenstein, 13 June 2017|
|MF||Carlo Casap||29 December 1998||1||0||Viitorul Constanța||v. Liechtenstein, 13 June 2017|
|MF||Vlad Dragomir||24 April 1999||0||0||Perugia||v. Denmark, 27 March 2017|
|MF||Patrick Petre EXCL||9 May 1997||0||0||Politehnica Iași||v. Russia, 24 March 2017|
|MF||Alin Manea||9 January 1997||1||0||Chindia Târgoviște||v. Bulgaria, 11 October 2016|
|MF||Szilard Veres||27 January 1996||1||0||CFR II Cluj||v. Poland, 13 October 2015|
|FW||George Pușcaș||8 April 1996||19||11||Palermo||v. Wales, 14 November 2017|
|FW||Alexandru Tudorie||19 March 1996||9||0||Voluntari||v. Switzerland, 6 October 2017|
|FW||Andrei Sîntean||16 June 1999||0||0||Viktoria Žižkov||v. Liechtenstein, 13 June 2017|
|FW||Robert Răducanu||5 September 1996||0||0||Viitorul Constanța||v. Denmark, 27 March 2017|
- INJ = Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury
- Names in italics denote players that have been capped for the Senior team.
|Head coach||Mirel Rădoi|
|Assistant coach||Florin Constantinovici|
|Assistant coach||Nicolae Constantin|
|GK coach||Eugen Anghel|
|Physical coach||Bogdan Merisanu|
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