Romania national under-21 football team
|Nickname(s)||Tricolorii Mici (The Little Tricolours)|
|Association||Romanian Football Federation|
|Head coach||Daniel Isăilă|
|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|
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||1||1||0||0||6||0||+6||3||Final tournament||—||10 Oct '17||7 Sep '18||1 Sep '17||23 Mar '18||6–0|
|2||Portugal||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Play-offs if among four best runners-up||16 Oct '18||—||14 Nov '17||7 Sep '18||5 Sep '17||23 Mar '18|
|3||Switzerland||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||13 Jun '17||27 Mar '18||—||6 Oct '17||1 Sep '17||11 Sep '18|
|4||Romania||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||11 Sep '18||10 Nov '17||5 Sep '17||—||12 Oct '18||16 Oct '18|
|5||Wales||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||10 Nov '17||11 Sep '18||16 Oct '18||14 Nov '17||—||7 Sep '18|
|6||Liechtenstein||0||0||0||0||0||6||−6||0||27 Mar '18||11 Oct '18||10 Oct '17||13 Jun '17||5 Oct '17||—|
Results and fixtures
Win Draw Loss
|24 March 2017 Friendly||Romania||1–5||Russia||Marbella, Spain|
|17:00 UTC+02:00||Ghiță 50'||Report||Zhigulyov 19'
Zuyev 68', 70'
|13 June 2017 2019 UEFA U21 Q||Liechtenstein||v||Romania||Liechtenstein|
|1 September 2017 2019 UEFA U21 Q||Bosnia and Herzegovina||v||Romania||Bosnia and Herzegovina|
|11 September 2018 2019 UEFA U21 Q||Romania||v||Bosnia and Herzegovina||Romania|
- Caps and goals as of 27 March 2017.
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||Brașov||v. Poland, 13 October 2015|
|GK||Răzvan Began||12 August 1996||0||0||Luceafărul Oradea||v. Cyprus, 31 March 2015|
|DF||Ionuț Nedelcearu EXCL||25 April 1996||8||1||Dinamo București||v. Russia, 24 March 2017|
|DF||Vlad Olteanu EXCL||21 March 1996||4||0||Sepsi OSK Sfântu Gheorghe||v. Russia, 24 March 2017|
|DF||Alin Dudea EXCL||6 June 1997||0||0||Dinamo București||v. Russia, 24 March 2017|
|DF||Cristian Manea||9 August 1997||9||0||Royal Excel Mouscron||v. Wales, 17 November 2015|
|MF||Patrick Petre EXCL||9 May 1997||0||0||Dinamo București||v. Russia, 24 March 2017|
|MF||Alin Manea||9 January 1997||1||0||CSU Craiova||v. Bulgaria, 11 October 2016|
|MF||Răzvan Marin||23 May 1996||5||0||Standard Liège||v. Denmark, 6 September 2016|
|MF||Silviu Balaure||6 February 1996||1||0||Astra Giurgiu||v. Poland, 13 October 2015|
|MF||Szilard Veres||27 January 1996||1||0||Gyirmót||v. Poland, 13 October 2015|
|FW||Alexandru Tudorie||19 March 1996||8||0||Steaua București||v. Bulgaria, 11 October 2016|
|FW||Andrei Ivan||4 January 1997||3||0||CSU Craiova||v. Bulgaria, 11 October 2016|
|FW||George Pușcaș INJ||8 April 1996||13||7||Benevento||v. Denmark, 6 September 2016|
- 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||Daniel Isăilă|
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