Spain national under-21 football team

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Spain Under-21
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) La Rojita (The Little Red [One])
Association Royal Spanish Football Federation
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Albert Celades (2014–)
Most caps Gerard Deulofeu (36)
Top scorer Gerard Deulofeu (17)
FIFA code ESP
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Yugoslavia 4–1 Spain 
(Zagreb, Yugoslavia; 9 October 1976)
Biggest win
 Spain 14–0 San Marino 
(El Ejido, Spain; 8 February 2005)
Biggest defeat

 Netherlands 5–0 Spain 
(Utrecht, Netherlands; 16 February 1983)

Records for competitive matches only.
UEFA U-21 Championship
Appearances 13 (first in 1982)
Best result Winners (1986, 1998, 2011, 2013)
The 2011 winning team

The Spain national under-21 football team is the national under-21 football team of Spain and is controlled by the Royal Spanish Football Federation. The team, nicknamed La Rojita (The Little Red [One]),[1] competes in the biennial UEFA European Under-21 Championship.

Following the realignment of UEFA's youth competitions in 1976, the Spanish under-21 team was formed. Spain has a fantastic record (competition winners four times and runners-up twice); having consecutively won the 2011 and 2013 Championships. Only Italy with five titles has won the competition more often than Spain.

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, Spain's brief record in the preceding U-23 competitions is also shown, though in actuality, Spain played only three competitive U-23 matches. The first was in the "under-23 Challenge", which they lost, while the next two were in a two-team qualification "group" for the 1972 competition (facing the Soviet Union team, they lost 2–1 at home then drew 1–1 away and failed to qualify. Spain did not enter a team in the other two U-23 competitions, but have been ever present in under-21 competitions).

Spain's youth development programs has been challenging the South American dominance in the FIFA U-17 World Championship and the FIFA U-20 World Cup. In fact, 20 of the Spanish 23-man squad that won the Euro 2008 came through the ranks of the youth teams; most of them had won titles at the youth level as well.

Competitive record[edit]

UEFA European Under-21 Championship record[edit]

Year Round GP W D* L GS GA
Europe1978 Qualifying Stage 4 2 0 2 5 8
Europe1980 Qualifying Stage 4 1 2 1 4 2
Europe1982 Quarter-Finals 6 5 0 1 14 5
Europe1984 Runners-up 10 5 2 3 11 11
Europe1986 Champions 10 7 1 2 18 9
Europe1988 Quarter-Finals 8 4 2 2 10 4
Europe1990 Quarter-Finals 6 4 0 2 5 4
Europe1992 Qualifying Stage 7 3 2 2 6 5
France 1994 Third Place 12 9 2 1 21 9
Spain 1996 Runners-up 14 10 3 1 34 14
Romania 1998 Champions 11 10 1 0 21 6
Slovakia 2000 Third Place 14 11 3 0 31 7
Switzerland 2002 Qualification Playoffs 10 6 1 3 15 9
Germany 2004 Qualification Playoffs 10 6 2 2 17 5
Portugal 2006 Qualifying Stage 10 6 2 2 37 8
Netherlands 2007 Qualification Playoffs 4 2 1 1 8 4
Sweden 2009 Group Stage 13 10 1 2 27 7
Denmark 2011 Champions 15 12 2 1 31 8
Israel 2013 Champions 15 14 1 0 47 5
Czech Republic 2015 Qualification Playoffs 10 7 2 1 25 8
Poland 2017 Runners-up 17 11 4 2 44 13
Total 13/21 210 145 34 31 431 151

*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

  • Gold background color indicates first-place finish. Silver background color indicates second-place finish. Bronze background color indicates third-place finish.
  • Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.

Individual awards[edit]

In addition to team victories, Spanish players have won individual awards at UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship.

Year Golden Player Golden Boot
European Union 1986 Manolo Sanchís
Romania 1998 Francesc Arnau
Denmark 2011 Juan Mata Adrián López
Israel 2013 Thiago Morata
Poland 2017 Dani Ceballos Saúl

Player records[edit]

Top appearances[edit]

Rank Player Club(s) Year(s) U-21 Caps
1 Gerard Deulofeu Barcelona, Everton, Sevilla, Milan 2012–2017 36
2 Iker Muniain Athletic Bilbao 2011–2014 31
3 David de Gea Atlético Madrid, Manchester United 2009–2013 27
  Santiago Denia Albacete, Atlético Madrid 1992–1996 27
5 Diego Capel Sevilla 2007–2011 25
  Saúl Rayo Vallecano, Atlético Madrid 2013–2017 25
  Xavi Barcelona 1998–2001 25
8 Óscar Barcelona, Albacete 1992–1996 24
  Javi Martínez Athletic Bilbao 2007–2011 24
  Óliver Atlético Madrid, Porto 2013–2016 24

Note: Club(s) represents all the clubs that players played in at the time they did it too in the Under-21s.

Top goalscorers[edit]

Rank Player Club(s) Year(s) U-21 Goals
1 Gerard Deulofeu Barcelona, Everton, Sevilla, Milan 2012–2017 17
2 Rodrigo Benfica 2011–2013 15
3 Álvaro Morata Real Madrid, Juventus 2013–2014 13
4 Óscar Barcelona, Albacete 1992–1996 12
5 Isco Málaga, Real Madrid 2011–2014 10
  Munir Barcelona 2014–2016 10
7 Pablo Couñago Celta, Ipswich Town 1999–2001 9
  Adrián Deportivo, Atlético Madrid 2007–2011 9
  Saúl Rayo Vallecano, Atlético Madrid 2013–2017 9
10 Julen Guerrero Athletic Bilbao 1992–1994 8
  Raúl Real Madrid 1995–1996 8
  Jonathan Soriano Espanyol 2005 8

Note: Club(s) represents all the clubs that players played in at the time they did it too in the Under-21s.

  • Caps and goals correct as of 30 June 2017

Recent results[edit]

Date Competition Location Opponent Result Scorers
23 March 2017
Friendly
Murcia, Spain  Denmark
3 – 1
Merino Goal 22', Saúl Goal 70', Suárez Goal 81'
27 March 2017
Friendly
Rome, Italy  Italy
2 – 1
Saúl Goal 34', Mayoral Goal 38'
17 June 2017
2017 UEFA U-21 group stage
Gdynia, Poland  Macedonia
5 – 0
Saúl Goal 10', Asensio Goal 16'54'72', Deulofeu Goal 35' (pen.)
20 June 2017
2017 UEFA U-21 group stage
Gdynia, Poland  Portugal
3 – 1
Saúl Goal 21', Sandro Goal 65', Williams Goal 90+3'
23 June 2017
2017 UEFA U-21 group stage
Bydgoszcz, Poland  Serbia
1 – 0
Suárez Goal 38'
27 June 2017
2017 UEFA U-21 semifinals
Kraków, Poland  Italy
3 – 1
Saúl Goal 53'65'74'
30 June 2017
2017 UEFA U-21 Final
Kraków, Poland  Germany
0 – 1

Forthcoming fixtures[edit]

Date Competition Location Opponent
1 September 2017
Friendly
Toledo, Spain  Italy
8 September 2017
2019 UEFA U-21 qualification
TBD, Estonia  Estonia
October 2017
Friendly
TBD, TBD TBD
10 October 2017
2019 UEFA U-21 qualification
TBD, Slovakia  Slovakia
9 November 2017
2019 UEFA U-21 qualification
TBD, Spain  Iceland
14 November 2017
2019 UEFA U-21 qualification
TBD, Spain  Slovakia

2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship[edit]

Group phase[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Northern Ireland 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 3 Final tournament 31 Aug '17 10 Oct '17 22 Mar '18 16 Oct '18 26 Mar '18
2  Albania 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 Play-offs if among four best runners-up 10 Nov '17 0–0 11 Oct '18 23 Mar '18 10 Oct '17
3  Estonia 2 0 1 1 1 2 −1 1 1–2 16 Oct '18 5 Sep '17 1 Sep '17 14 Nov '17
4  Spain 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 Sep '18 6 Sep '18 27 Mar '18 14 Nov '17 9 Nov '17
5  Slovakia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 Sep '17 27 Mar '18 12 Oct '18 10 Oct '17 5 Oct '17
6  Iceland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 Oct '18 4 Sep '17 6 Sep '18 16 Oct '18 11 Sep '18
Updated to match(es) played on 12 June 2017. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following 23 players were called up for the 2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship.[2]
All caps and goals as of 30 June 2017.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Kepa Arrizabalaga (1994-10-03) 3 October 1994 (age 22) 22 0 Spain Athletic Bilbao
13 1GK Rubén Blanco (1995-07-25) 25 July 1995 (age 22) 2 0 Spain Celta Vigo
16 1GK Pau (1994-12-13) 13 December 1994 (age 22) 5 0 Spain Espanyol

2 2DF Héctor Bellerín (1995-03-19) 19 March 1995 (age 22) 14 0 England Arsenal
3 2DF José Luis Gayà (1995-05-25) 25 May 1995 (age 22) 15 1 Spain Valencia
4 2DF Jorge Meré (1997-04-17) 17 April 1997 (age 20) 16 1 Germany 1. FC Köln
5 2DF Jesús Vallejo (1997-01-05) 5 January 1997 (age 20) 11 0 Spain Real Madrid
19 2DF Jonny (1994-03-03) 3 March 1994 (age 23) 18 0 Spain Celta Vigo
17 2DF Álvaro Odriozola (1995-12-14) 14 December 1995 (age 21) 3 0 Spain Real Sociedad
23 2DF Diego González (1995-01-28) 28 January 1995 (age 22) 4 1 Spain Málaga

6 3MF Dani Ceballos (1996-08-07) 7 August 1996 (age 21) 17 2 Spain Real Madrid
8 3MF Saúl (Vice-captain) (1994-11-21) 21 November 1994 (age 22) 25 9 Spain Atlético Madrid
10 3MF Denis Suárez (1994-01-06) 6 January 1994 (age 23) 21 4 Spain Barcelona
11 3MF Marco Asensio (1996-01-21) 21 January 1996 (age 21) 18 7 Spain Real Madrid
14 3MF Mikel Merino (1996-06-22) 22 June 1996 (age 21) 7 1 England Newcastle United
18 3MF Mikel Oyarzabal (1997-04-21) 21 April 1997 (age 20) 5 0 Spain Real Sociedad
20 3MF Carlos Soler (1997-01-02) 2 January 1997 (age 20) 1 0 Spain Valencia
21 3MF Rodrigo Hernández (1996-06-22) 22 June 1996 (age 21) 1 0 Spain Villarreal
22 3MF Marcos Llorente (1995-01-30) 30 January 1995 (age 22) 9 0 Spain Real Madrid

7 4FW Gerard Deulofeu (Captain) (1994-03-13) 13 March 1994 (age 23) 36 17 Spain Barcelona
9 4FW Borja Mayoral (1997-04-05) 5 April 1997 (age 20) 11 2 Spain Real Madrid
12 4FW Sandro (1995-07-09) 9 July 1995 (age 22) 7 1 England Everton
15 4FW Iñaki Williams (1994-06-15) 15 June 1994 (age 23) 17 3 Spain Athletic Bilbao

Recent callups[edit]

The following players have been called up for the team within the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Antonio Sivera (1996-08-11) 11 August 1996 (age 21) 0 0 Spain Valencia v.  Italy, 27 March 2017

DF Aarón Martín (1997-04-22) 22 April 1997 (age 20) 0 0 Spain Espanyol v.  Austria, 15 November 2016
DF Adrián Marín (1997-01-09) 9 January 1997 (age 20) 1 0 Spain Villarreal v.  Estonia, 10 October 2016

Notes
  • Players in italic are still active at international level.
  • INJ = Not part of the current squad due to injury.

Former squads[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "La sub 21 regresa al lugar donde nació el 'tiqui-taca'" [The under-21 team returns to the birthplace of tiki-taka] (in Spanish). MARCA. 2011-06-09. 
  2. ^ "Lista de la @SeFutbol Sub-21 para la #U21EURO/U21 Spain's Call up" (in Spanish). Royal Spanish Football Federation. 19 May 2017. 

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