Romania national under-21 football team

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Romania U-21
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Tricolorii mici (The Little Tricolours)
AssociationRomanian Football Federation
Head coachMirel Rădoi
Most capsIonuț Luțu (28)
Top scorerIonuț Luțu (15)
First colours
Second colours
Biggest win
 Armenia 0–5 Romania 
(Yerevan, Armenia; 16 November 2004)
 Azerbaijan 0–5 Romania 
(Trabzon, Turkey; 25 April 1995)
Biggest defeat
 Germany 8–0 Romania 
(Magdeburg, Germany; 9 September 2014)
UEFA U-21 Championship
Appearances2 (first in 1998)
Best resultEighth 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.

The team is coached by Mirel Rădoi.

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.

Romania again qualified for the UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship in 2019, after topping a group that included Portugal, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Wales, Switzerland and Liechtenstein. They secured their qualification for the final tournament, by beating Liechtenstein, 4-0, on 16 October 2018.

Competitive record[edit]

UEFA U-21 Championship Record[edit]

UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship record UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship Qualification record
Year Round Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
1978 Did not qualify 4 1 0 3 5 8
1980 4 2 0 2 7 3
1982 6 2 1 3 9 12
1984 6 2 1 3 8 12
1986 6 1 4 1 5 7
1988 6 3 0 3 7 7
1990 6 3 0 3 8 7
1992 6 2 0 4 5 9
France 1994 8 5 0 3 13 10
Spain 1996 10 4 4 2 17 10
Romania 1998 Quarter-Final 3 0 0 3 2 5 8 8 0 0 18 4
Slovakia 2000 Did not qualify 8 3 3 2 10 8
Switzerland 2002 8 5 1 2 13 5
Germany 2004 8 2 1 5 6 7
Portugal 2006 10 6 1 3 17 8
Netherlands 2007 2 1 0 1 4 5
Sweden 2009 8 4 3 1 11 3
Denmark 2011 10 8 1 1 23 6
Israel 2013 8 4 2 2 11 6
Czech Republic 2015 8 3 3 2 14 19
Poland 2017 10 5 1 4 15 14
Italy San Marino 2019 Qualified 10 7 3 0 19 4
Hungary Slovenia 2021 To be determined 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 2/22 3 0 0 3 2 5 160 81 29 50 246 174

Olympic Games[edit]

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 **
Year Round Position Pld W D * L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Spain 1992 Did not qualify 6 2 0 4 5 9
United States 1996 10 4 4 2 17 10
Australia 2000 8 3 3 2 10 8
Greece 2004 8 2 1 5 6 7
China 2008 2 1 0 1 4 5
United Kingdom 2012 10 8 1 1 23 6
Brazil 2016 8 3 3 2 14 19
Japan 2020 To be determined 10 7 3 0 19 4
France 2024 To be determined 0 0 0 0 0 0
United States 2028 To be determined 0 0 0 0 0 0
*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.

EURO 2019[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Romania 10 7 3 0 19 4 +15 24 Final tournament 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 4–0
2  Portugal 10 7 1 2 33 11 +22 22 Play-offs 1–2 4–2 2–0 2–1 7–0
3  Bosnia and Herzegovina 10 6 0 4 24 11 +13 18 1–3 3–1 1–0 3–0 6–0
4  Wales 10 4 1 5 11 14 −3 13 0–0 0–2 0–4 3–1 2–1
5   Switzerland 10 3 1 6 11 18 −7 10 0–2 2–4 1–0 0–3 3–0
6  Liechtenstein 10 0 0 10 2 42 −40 0 0–2 0–9 0–4 1–3 0–2
Source: UEFA

Results and fixtures[edit]

  Win   Draw   Loss

2018[edit]

2019[edit]

2020[edit]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up for the friendly matches against Spain and Denmark on 21 and 25 March 2019 respectively.[1]

Caps and goals as of 25 March 2019.
No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club

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1 1GK Andrei Radu (1997-05-28) 28 May 1997 (age 21) 13 0 Italy Genoa
12 1GK Cătălin Căbuz (1996-06-18) 18 June 1996 (age 22) 1 0 Romania Hermannstadt
23 1GK Andrei Vlad (1999-04-15) 15 April 1999 (age 20) 0 0 Romania FCSB

4 2DF Alex Pașcanu (1998-09-28) 28 September 1998 (age 20) 13 0 England Leicester City
3 2DF Florin Ștefan (1996-05-09) 9 May 1996 (age 22) 8 0 Romania Sepsi Sfântu Gheorghe
2 2DF Radu Boboc (1999-04-24) 24 April 1999 (age 19) 5 0 Romania Viitorul Constanța
18 2DF Adrian Rus (1996-03-18) 18 March 1996 (age 23) 5 0 Romania Sepsi Sfântu Gheorghe
6 2DF Virgil Ghiță (1998-06-04) 4 June 1998 (age 20) 4 1 Romania Viitorul Constanța
5 2DF Ricardo Grigore (1999-04-07) 7 April 1999 (age 20) 1 0 Romania Dinamo București
19 2DF Mihai Butean (1996-09-14) 14 September 1996 (age 22) 1 0 Romania Astra Giurgiu
22 2DF Deian Sorescu (1997-08-29) 29 August 1997 (age 21) 1 0 Romania Dinamo București

16 3MF Dragoș Nedelcu (1997-02-16) 16 February 1997 (age 22) 22 0 Romania FCSB
7 3MF Florinel Coman (1998-04-10) 10 April 1998 (age 21) 12 1 Romania FCSB
20 3MF Andrei Ciobanu (1998-01-18) 18 January 1998 (age 21) 8 1 Romania Viitorul Constanța
13 3MF Olimpiu Moruțan (1999-04-25) 25 April 1999 (age 19) 5 0 Romania FCSB
24 3MF Vlad Dragomir (1999-04-24) 24 April 1999 (age 19) 3 0 Italy Perugia
17 3MF Darius Olaru (1998-03-03) 3 March 1998 (age 21) 2 1 Romania Gaz Metan Mediaș
8 3MF Carlo Casap (1998-12-29) 29 December 1998 (age 20) 2 0 Romania Viitorul Constanța
11 3MF Valentin Gheorghe (1997-02-14) 14 February 1997 (age 22) 1 0 Romania Astra Giurgiu
9 3MF Stephan Drăghici (1998-01-30) 30 January 1998 (age 21) 0 0 Romania CSU Craiova
21 3MF Lóránd Fülöp (1997-07-24) 24 July 1997 (age 21) 0 0 Romania Botoșani

14 4FW Alexandru Tudorie (1996-03-19) 19 March 1996 (age 23) 8 0 Romania Voluntari
10 4FW Denis Drăguș (1999-07-06) 6 July 1999 (age 19) 1 1 Romania Viitorul Constanța
15 4FW Andrei Sîntean (1999-06-16) 16 June 1999 (age 19) 0 0 Romania Sepsi Sfântu Gheorghe

Recent call-ups[edit]

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 Árpád Tordai (1997-03-11) 11 March 1997 (age 22) 0 0 Romania Viitorul Constanța v.  England, 24 March 2018
GK Relu Stoian (1996-03-01) 1 March 1996 (age 23) 0 0 Romania Sepsi Sfântu Gheorghe v.  England, 24 March 2018
GK Bogdan Căucă (1996-08-06) 6 August 1996 (age 22) 0 0 Romania Hărman v.  Poland, 13 October 2015
GK Răzvan Began (1996-08-12) 12 August 1996 (age 22) 0 0 Romania Poli Timișoara v.  Cyprus, 31 March 2015

DF Andrei Radu (1996-06-21) 21 June 1996 (age 22) 7 0 Romania Concordia Chiajna v.  Belgium, 15 November 2018
DF Denis Ciobotariu (1998-06-10) 10 June 1998 (age 20) 0 0 Romania Dinamo București v.  Belgium, 15 November 2018
DF Florin Borța (1999-06-21) 21 June 1999 (age 19) 1 0 Romania Petrolul Ploiești v.  Bosnia and Herzegovina, 11 September 2018
DF Ionuț Nedelcearu SUS (1996-04-25) 25 April 1996 (age 22) 15 1 Russia Ufa v.  Portugal, 7 September 2018
DF Vlad Olteanu (1996-03-21) 21 March 1996 (age 23) 6 0 Romania Poli Timișoara v.  England, 24 March 2018
DF Tiberiu Căpușă (1998-04-06) 6 April 1998 (age 21) 1 0 Romania Universitatea Cluj v.  England, 24 March 2018
DF Răzvan Popa (1997-01-04) 4 January 1997 (age 22) 0 0 Romania CSU Craiova v.  England, 24 March 2018
DF Cristian Manea (1997-08-09) 9 August 1997 (age 21) 15 0 Romania CFR Cluj v.  Wales, 14 November 2017
DF Ștefan Vlădoiu (1998-12-28) 28 December 1998 (age 20) 0 0 Romania Dunărea Călărași v.  Wales, 14 November 2017
DF Alin Dudea EXCL (1997-06-06) 6 June 1997 (age 21) 0 0 Romania Chindia Târgoviște v.  Russia, 24 March 2017

MF Dennis Man (1998-08-26) 26 August 1998 (age 20) 8 3 Romania FCSB v.  Spain, 21 March 2019
MF Alex Dobre (1998-08-30) 30 August 1998 (age 20) 4 1 England Yeovil Town v.  Belgium, 15 November 2018
MF Doru Dumitrescu INJ (1998-05-25) 25 May 1998 (age 20) 1 0 Romania Universitatea Cluj v.  Belgium, 15 November 2018
MF Ianis Hagi (1998-10-22) 22 October 1998 (age 20) 10 2 Romania Viitorul Constanța v.  Liechtenstein, 16 October 2018
MF Alexandru Cicâldău (1997-07-08) 8 July 1997 (age 21) 9 2 Romania CSU Craiova v.  Liechtenstein, 16 October 2018
MF Răzvan Oaidă (1998-03-02) 2 March 1998 (age 21) 4 0 Romania Botoșani v.  Liechtenstein, 16 October 2018
MF Alexandru Mățan (1999-08-29) 29 August 1999 (age 19) 3 0 Romania Viitorul Constanța v.  Liechtenstein, 16 October 2018
MF Marco Dulca (1999-05-11) 11 May 1999 (age 19) 5 0 Wales Swansea City v.  Bosnia and Herzegovina, 11 September 2018
MF Sebastian Mailat (1997-12-12) 12 December 1997 (age 21) 0 0 Romania Gaz Metan Mediaș v.  Bosnia and Herzegovina, 11 September 2018
MF Valentin Costache (1998-08-02) 2 August 1998 (age 20) 4 1 Romania CFR Cluj v.  England, 24 March 2018
MF Andrei Burlacu (1997-01-12) 12 January 1997 (age 22) 1 0 Romania Politehnica Iași v.  England, 24 March 2018
MF Paul Iacob (1996-06-21) 21 June 1996 (age 22) 0 0 Romania Viitorul Constanța v.  England, 24 March 2018
MF Răzvan Marin (1996-05-23) 23 May 1996 (age 22) 7 0 Belgium Standard Liège v.  Wales, 14 November 2017
MF Silviu Balaure (1996-02-06) 6 February 1996 (age 23) 2 0 Romania Astra Giurgiu v.  Wales, 14 November 2017
MF Vladimir Screciu (2000-01-13) 13 January 2000 (age 19) 1 0 Belgium Genk v.   Switzerland, 6 October 2017
MF Marius Chelaru (1997-03-02) 2 March 1997 (age 22) 0 0 Romania Politehnica Iași v.   Switzerland, 5 September 2017
MF Patrick Petre EXCL (1997-05-09) 9 May 1997 (age 21) 0 0 Romania Politehnica Iași v.  Russia, 24 March 2017
MF Alin Manea (1997-01-09) 9 January 1997 (age 22) 1 0 Romania ASU Politehnica v.  Bulgaria, 11 October 2016
MF Szilárd Vereș (1996-01-27) 27 January 1996 (age 23) 1 0 Romania Miercurea Ciuc v.  Poland, 13 October 2015

FW Andrei Ivan (1997-01-04) 4 January 1997 (age 22) 7 1 Austria Rapid Wien v.  Spain, 21 March 2019
FW Adrian Petre INJ (1998-02-11) 11 February 1998 (age 21) 4 2 Denmark Esbjerg v.  Spain, 21 March 2019
FW Robert Moldoveanu (1999-03-08) 8 March 1999 (age 20) 0 0 Romania Petrolul Ploiești v.  Belgium, 15 November 2018
FW George Pușcaș (1996-04-08) 8 April 1996 (age 23) 21 14 Italy Palermo v.  Liechtenstein, 16 October 2018
FW Robert Răducanu (1996-09-05) 5 September 1996 (age 22) 0 0 Romania FC U Craiova v.  Denmark, 27 March 2017
Notes
  • INJ = Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury
  • Names in italics denote players that have been capped for the Senior team.

Coaching staff[edit]

Head coach Romania Mirel Rădoi
Assistant coach Romania Florin Constantinovici
Assistant coach Romania Nicolae Constantin
GK coach Romania Eugen Anghel
Physical coach Romania Bogdan Merisanu

Former squads[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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