Romania national under-21 football team

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Romania U-21
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Tricolorii mici (The Small Tricolours)
AssociationRomanian Football Federation
Head coachMirel Rădoi
Most capsIonuț Luțu (28)
Top scorerGeorge Puşcaş (18)
Home stadiumIlie Oană
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 resultSemi-Finals 2019

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.

Romania U-21 squad qualified 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 2019, the last three games have been played in Cluj-Napoca.

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. At the competition, they finished in the semifinals after beating in the group stage Croatia, England,and drawing with France, finishing first in the group, but they lost against en-titre champions Germany. This was the best performance made by Romania since the inauguration of the UEFA European Under-21 Championship. They automatically qualified for the 2020 Olympic Games for the first time since 1964.

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-Finals 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 Semi-Finals 4 2 1 1 10 7 10 7 3 0 19 4
Hungary Slovenia 2021 To be determined 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 2/22 7 2 1 4 12 12 160 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 Qualified 14 9 4 1 29 11
France 2024 To be determined 0 0 0 0 0
United States 2028 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 2021[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Denmark 3 3 0 0 5 2 +3 9 Final tournament 13 Oct '20 2–1 4 Sep '20 2–1 19 Nov '19
2  Finland 4 2 1 1 7 2 +5 7 Final tournament if best runners-up
(Play-offs otherwise)
0–1 4 Sep '20 8 Sep '20 1–1 4–0
3  Romania 3 2 0 1 7 2 +5 6 31 Mar '20 14 Nov '19 3–0 3–0 13 Oct '20
4  Ukraine 3 1 0 2 4 5 −1 3 15 Nov '19 0–2 9 Oct '20 31 Mar '20 4–0
5  Northern Ireland 4 0 2 2 2 6 −4 2 8 Sep '20 9 Oct '20 19 Nov '19 13 Oct '20 0–0
6  Malta 3 0 1 2 0 8 −8 1 9 Oct '20 31 Mar '20 8 Sep '20 27 Mar '20 4 Sep '20
Updated to match(es) played on 14 October 2019. 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 2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification Group 8 match against  Ukraine in 10 October 2019 and  Northern Ireland in 14 October 2019.

Caps and goals as of 14 October 2019 after the match against  Northern Ireland.
No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Andrei Vlad (1999-04-15) 15 April 1999 (age 20) 2 0 Romania FCSB
12 1GK Mihai Aioani (1999-11-07) 7 November 1999 (age 19) 1 0 Romania Chindia Târgoviște
23 1GK Cosmin Dur-Bozoancă (1998-02-15) 15 February 1998 (age 21) 0 0 Romania Universitatea Cluj

4 2DF Alex Pașcanu (1998-09-28) 28 September 1998 (age 21) 18 0 Romania CFR Cluj
2 2DF Radu Boboc (1999-04-24) 24 April 1999 (age 20) 8 0 Romania Viitorul Constanța
15 2DF Andrei Chindriș (1999-01-12) 12 January 1999 (age 20) 3 0 Romania Botoșani
19 2DF Mihai Velisar (1998-08-30) 30 August 1998 (age 21) 3 0 Romania Gaz Metan Mediaș
18 2DF Andrei Rațiu (1998-06-20) 20 June 1998 (age 21) 2 0 Spain Villarreal
6 2DF Ricardo Grigore (1999-04-07) 7 April 1999 (age 20) 1 0 Romania Dinamo București
13 2DF Denis Ciobotariu (1998-06-10) 10 June 1998 (age 21) 0 0 Romania Dinamo București

8 3MF Dennis Man (1998-08-26) 26 August 1998 (age 21) 13 3 Romania FCSB
20 3MF Andrei Ciobanu (1998-01-18) 18 January 1998 (age 21) 9 1 Romania Viitorul Constanța
5 3MF Tudor Băluță (1999-03-27) 27 March 1999 (age 20) 7 2 England Brighton & Hove Albion
14 3MF Răzvan Oaidă (1998-03-02) 2 March 1998 (age 21) 6 0 Romania FCSB
17 3MF Darius Olaru (1998-03-03) 3 March 1998 (age 21) 5 0 Romania Gaz Metan Mediaș
17 3MF Valentin Mihăilă (2000-02-02) 2 February 2000 (age 19) 2 1 Romania Universitatea Craiova
21 3MF Mihai Neicuțescu (1998-09-29) 29 September 1998 (age 21) 1 0 Romania Dinamo București

11 4FW Adrian Petre (1998-02-11) 11 February 1998 (age 21) 10 5 Denmark Esbjerg
10 4FW Denis Drăguș (1999-07-06) 6 July 1999 (age 20) 4 0 Belgium Standard Liège
9 4FW George Ganea (1999-05-26) 26 May 1999 (age 20) 3 0 Romania Viitorul Constanța

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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 Ionuț Rus (2000-01-20) 20 January 2000 (age 19) 0 0 Romania Turris Turnu Măgurele v.  Denmark, 10 September 2019

DF Constantin Dima (1999-07-21) 21 July 1999 (age 20) 1 0 Romania Astra Giurgiu v.  Denmark, 10 September 2019
DF Virgil Ghiță (1998-06-04) 4 June 1998 (age 21) 2 0 Romania Viitorul Constanța v.  Germany, 27 June 2019
DF Florin Borța (1999-06-21) 21 June 1999 (age 20) 1 0 Romania U Craiova v.  Bosnia and Herzegovina, 11 September 2018
DF Tiberiu Căpușă (1998-04-06) 6 April 1998 (age 21) 1 0 Romania Viitorul Constanța v.  England, 24 March 2018
DF Ștefan Vlădoiu (1998-12-28) 28 December 1998 (age 20) 0 0 Romania U Craiova v.  Wales, 14 November 2017

MF Olimpiu Moruțan INJ (1999-04-25) 25 April 1999 (age 20) 4 1 Romania FCSB v.  Northern Ireland, 14 October 2019
MF Marius Marin SUS (1998-08-30) 30 August 1998 (age 21) 1 0 Italy Pisa v.  Ukraine, 10 October 2019
MF Florinel Coman (1998-04-10) 10 April 1998 (age 21) 15 4 Romania FCSB v.  Denmark, 10 September 2019
MF Mihai Dobre (1998-08-30) 30 August 1998 (age 21) 5 1 England Bournemouth v.  Denmark, 10 September 2019
MF Vlad Dragomir (1999-04-24) 24 April 1999 (age 20) 4 0 Italy Perugia v.  Denmark, 10 September 2019
MF Nicolae Carnat (1998-04-08) 8 April 1998 (age 21) 0 0 Romania Sepsi Sfântu Gheorghe v.  Denmark, 10 September 2019
MF Ianis Hagi (1998-10-22) 22 October 1998 (age 20) 14 4 Belgium Genk v.  Germany, 27 June 2019
MF Carlo Casap (1998-12-29) 29 December 1998 (age 20) 2 0 Romania Viitorul Constanța v.  Denmark, 25 March 2019
MF Stephan Drăghici (1998-01-30) 30 January 1998 (age 21) 1 0 Romania Gaz Metan Mediaș v.  Denmark, 25 March 2019
MF Doru Dumitrescu INJ (1998-05-25) 25 May 1998 (age 21) 1 0 Romania Viitorul Constanța v.  Belgium, 15 November 2018
MF Alexandru Mățan (1999-08-29) 29 August 1999 (age 20) 3 0 Romania Voluntari v.  Liechtenstein, 16 October 2018
MF Marco Dulca (1999-05-11) 11 May 1999 (age 20) 5 0 Romania Viitorul Constanța v.  Bosnia and Herzegovina, 11 September 2018
MF Valentin Costache (1998-08-02) 2 August 1998 (age 21) 4 1 Romania CFR Cluj v.  England, 24 March 2018
MF Vladimir Screciu (2000-01-13) 13 January 2000 (age 19) 1 0 Belgium Genk v.   Switzerland, 6 October 2017

FW Andrei Sîntean (1999-06-16) 16 June 1999 (age 20) 1 0 Romania Hermannstadt v.  Denmark, 25 March 2019
FW Robert Moldoveanu (1999-03-08) 8 March 1999 (age 20) 0 0 Romania Dinamo București v.  Belgium, 15 November 2018
Notes
  • INJ = Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury
  • SUS = Player is serving suspension
  • 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
GK coach Romania Eugen Anghel
Physical coach Romania Bogdan Merisanu

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