|Head coach||Antonio Di Salvo|
|Most caps||Fabian Ernst (31)|
|Top scorer||Pierre Littbarski (18)|
West Germany 3–3 Yugoslavia
(Frankfurt, West Germany; 25 June 1955)
Poland 1–0 West Germany
(Toruń, Poland; 10 October 1979)
West Germany 3–0 Turkey
(Augsburg, West Germany; 24 April 1971)
San Marino 0–11 Germany
(Serravalle, San Marino; 17 November 2009)
Soviet Union 3–1 West Germany
(Yerevan, Soviet Union; 29 April 1972)
Portugal 5–0 Germany
(Olomouc, Czech Republic; 27 June 2015)
|UEFA U-21 Championship|
|Appearances||14 (first in 1982)|
|Best result||Winners (2009, 2017, 2021)|
The Germany national under-21 football team represents the under-21s of Germany in the UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship and is controlled by the German Football Association (DFB), the governing body of football in Germany.
Before the reunification of Germany, East Germany and West Germany played as separate entities — the two teams played separately until summer 1990. Following the realignment of UEFA's youth competitions in 1976, international under-21 football in Europe began. A West German team, however, did not compete in the U-21 European Championship until the qualifying round (beginning in 1980) of the 1982 competition.
West Germany competed in the first two under-23 competitions, which finished in 1972 and 1974. The first under-21 competition finals were in 1978, and since the under-21 competition rules state that players must be 21 or under at the start of a two-year competition, technically it is an under-23 competition.
The current Germany team can be legitimately considered as the current incarnation of the West German team, since the West Germany flag, uniform, and football association all became those of the unified Germany. In effect, the West German team absorbed the East German team to become 'the Germany national under-21 football team'.
For these reasons, the record of West Germany for the U-23 and U-21 competitions is shown below.
For the East Germany team record, look here.
Champions Runners-up Third place Fourth place
UEFA U-23 Championship record
|UEFA European Under-23 Championship finals record||Qualifications record|
|1974||did not qualify||4||2||1||1||7||3||1974|
|1976||did not enter||did not enter||1976|
UEFA U-21 Championship record
|UEFA European Under-21 Championship finals record||Qualifications record|
|1978||did not enter||did not enter||1978|
|1984||did not qualify||6||3||3||0||13||4||1984|
|1994||did not qualify||8||5||0||3||20||8||1994|
|2000||did not qualify||8||4||1||3||9||7||2000|
|2007||did not qualify||4||2||0||2||8||6||2007|
|2011||did not qualify||8||3||3||2||26||10||2011|
- EURO Under-21 dream team
On 17 June 2015, UEFA revealed an all-time best XI from the previous Under-21 final tournaments.
Included players from Germany:
UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship
2025 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification
|1||Poland||2||2||0||0||4||0||+4||6||Final tournament||—||26 Mar '24||15 Oct '24||3–0||17 Oct||17 Nov|
|2||Bulgaria||2||1||1||0||2||1||+1||4||Play-offs||10 Sep '24||—||13 Oct||17 Oct||21 Nov||1–0|
|3||Germany||1||1||0||0||3||0||+3||3||21 Nov||11 Oct '24||—||22 Mar '24||17 Nov||26 Mar '24|
|4||Kosovo||3||1||0||2||2||6||−4||3||11 Oct '24||17 Nov||0–3||—||2–0||10 Sep '24|
|5||Estonia||3||0||1||2||1||4||−3||1||0–1||1–1||10 Sep '24||15 Oct '24||—||6 Sep '24|
|6||Israel||1||0||0||1||0||1||−1||0||21 Mar '24||15 Oct '24||17 Oct||21 Nov||12 Oct||—|
Results and fixtures
Win Draw Loss
|23 September 2022 Friendly||Germany||0–1||France||Magdeburg|
|18:15||Report||Gouiri 53'||Stadium: MDCC-Arena|
Referee: Krzysztof Jakubik (Poland)
|27 September 2022 Friendly||England||3–1||Germany||Sheffield|
|20:45||Report||Nmecha 35'||Stadium: Bramall Lane|
Referee: Enea Jorgji (Albania)
|19 November 2022 Friendly||Italy||2–4||Germany||Ancona|
|17:30||Cancellieri 66', 74'||Report||Stadium: Stadio del Conero|
Referee: Miloš Milanović (Serbia)
|24 March 2023 Friendly||Germany||2–2||Japan||Frankfurt|
|18:15||Report||Stadium: Stadion am Bornheimer Hang|
Referee: Jasper Vergoote (Belgium)
|28 March 2023 Friendly||Romania||0–0||Germany||Sibiu|
|19:00||Report||Stadium: Stadionul Municipal Sibiu|
Referee: Vidican Rareș (Romania)
|22 June 2023 2023 UEFA EC||Germany||1–1||Israel||Kutaisi, Georgia|
|20:00||Bisseck 26'||Report||Turgeman 20'||Stadium: Ramaz Shengelia Stadium|
Referee: Willy Delajod (France)
|25 June 2023 2023 UEFA EC||Czech Republic||2–1||Germany||Batumi, Georgia|
|20:00||Report||Stiller 70'||Stadium: Batumi Stadium|
Referee: Espen Eskås (Norway)
|28 June 2023 2023 UEFA EC||England||2–0||Germany||Batumi, Georgia|
|20:00||Report||Stadium: Batumi Stadium|
Referee: Aliyar Aghayev (Azerbaijan)
|8 September 2023 Friendly||Germany||2–0||Ukraine||Saarbrücken|
Referee: Jasmin Sabotic (Luxembourg)
|12 September 2023 2025 UEFA EC Q||Kosovo||0–3||Germany||Pristina|
|19:00||Report||Stadium: Fadil Vokrri Stadium|
Referee: Mikkel Redder (Denmark)
|13 October 2023 2025 UEFA EC Q||Bulgaria||v||Germany||Sofia|
|Report||Stadium: Stadion Aleksandar Shalamanov|
Players born in or after 2002 are eligible for the 2025 UEFA European Under-21 Championship.
The following players were called up for the friendly match against Ukraine and the 2025 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification match against Kosovo on 8 and 12 September 2023.
Note: Names in italics denote players that have been called up to the senior team.
- Caps and goals correct as of 12 September 2023.
The following players have previously been called up to the Germany under-21 squad in the last 12 months and remain eligible for selection.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Noah Atubolu||25 May 2002||10||0||SC Freiburg||v. Ukraine, 8 September 2023|
|DF||Marco John||2 April 2002||1||0||1899 Hoffenheim||v. Ukraine, 8 September 2023|
|DF||Luca Netz||15 May 2003||11||0||Borussia Mönchengladbach||2023 UEFA European Under-21 Championship|
|DF||Márton Dárdai||12 February 2002||6||0||Hertha BSC||2023 UEFA European Under-21 Championship|
|FW||Nelson Weiper||17 March 2005||3||0||Mainz 05||v. Ukraine, 8 September 2023|
|FW||Jan Thielmann||26 May 2002||7||1||1. FC Köln||2023 UEFA European Under-21 Championship|
- 1996 UEFA European Under-21 Championship
- 1998 UEFA European Under-21 Championship
- 2004 UEFA European Under-21 Championship
- 2006 UEFA European Under-21 Championship
- 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Championship
- 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Championship
- 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship
- 2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship
- 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship
- 2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship
- 2023 UEFA European Under-21 Championship
- Hannes Löhr (1990–2002)
- Jürgen Kohler (2002–2003)
- Uli Stielike (2003–2004)
- Dieter Eilts (2004–2008)
- Horst Hrubesch (2008–2009)
- Rainer Adrion (2009–2013)
- Horst Hrubesch (2013–2016)
- Stefan Kuntz (2016–2021)
- Antonio Di Salvo (2021–)
- Germany national football team
- Germany national youth football team
- UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship
- "Our all-time Under-21 EURO dream team". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 17 June 2015. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
- "Di Salvo beruft Kader für Spiele gegen Ukraine und Kosovo". dfb.de. Retrieved 1 September 2023.
- "U 21-Nationalteam Männer Team". dfb.de. Retrieved 4 March 2014.