Netherlands national under-21 football team

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Netherlands U21
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Jong Oranje (Young Orange)
Association Koninklijke Nederlandse Voetbalbond
Head coach Art Langeler
Captain Karim Rekik
Most caps Arnold Bruggink & Leroy Fer (31)
Top scorer Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (18)
Home stadium De Vijverberg (12,600)
First colours
Second colours
UEFA U-21 Championship
Appearances 6 (first in 1988)
Best result Winner (2006, 2007)

The Netherlands national under-21 football team is the national under-21 team of the Netherlands and is controlled by the Royal Dutch Football Association. The team competes in the European Under-21 Championship, held every two years.

Following the realignment of UEFA's youth competitions in 1976, the Dutch Under-21 team was formed. The team did not have a very good record, failing to qualify for nine of the fifteen tournaments. The team did not enter for the 1978 competition, but since then has reached the semi-finals twice, and qualified for the last eight on three other occasions.

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, the Netherlands' record in the preceding U-23 competitions is also shown. The first competitive match was in the "Under-23 Challenge", a match which they lost. The team qualified for the last eight of each of the three U-23 tournaments.

In 2006 the Netherlands national under-21 football team of coach Foppe de Haan won the 2006 European Under-21 Championship. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar became top scorer and player of the tournament with four goals, and also broke the all-time goalscoring record of 15 goals previously held by Roy Makaay and Arnold Jan Bruggink, in his last match with the team as he pushed this record to 18 goals. The following year, Netherlands national under-21 football team successfully defended their title by winning the 2007 European Under-21 Championship in the final against Serbia with 4–1. Maceo Rigters was the top scorer of the competition with four goals and Royston Drenthe was the Player of the Tournament. The win meant that the Netherlands qualified for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. The team failed to qualify for the 2009 European Under-21 Championship, after losing out to Switzerland in their final qualifying match.

UEFA U-23 Championship record

The Netherlands were randomly chosen to play cards Bulgaria for the title in a one-off match in Sofia, which the Netherlands lost.

  • 17 April 1968: Bulgaria 3–1 Netherlands.
  • 1972: Losing quarter-finalists.
  • 1974: Losing quarter-finalists.
  • 1976: Losing semi-finalists.

UEFA U-21 Championship Record

Serbia and the Netherlands enter on to the field for the final of the 2007 tournament.
  • 1978: Did not enter.
  • 1980: Did not qualify. Finished 3rd of 3 in qualification group.
  • 1982: Did not qualify. Finished 2nd of 3 in qualification group.
  • 1984: Did not qualify. Finished 2nd of 3 in qualification group.
  • 1986: Did not qualify. Finished 2nd of 4 in qualification group.
  • 1988: Losing semi-finalists.
  • 1990: Did not qualify. Finished 3rd of 4 in qualification group.
  • 1992: Losing quarter-finalists.
  • 1994: Did not qualify. Finished 5th of 6 in qualification group.
  • 1996: Did not qualify. Finished 3rd of 6 in qualification group.
  • 1998: Fourth.
  • 2000: Finished 3rd of 4 in finals group. Joint fifth.
  • 2002: Did not qualify. Lost in playoff against England..
  • 2004: Did not qualify. Finished 4th of 5 in qualification group.
  • 2006: Winners
  • 2007: Winners
  • 2009: Did not qualify. Finished 2nd of 5 in qualification group.
  • 2011: Did not qualify. Lost in playoff against Ukraine.
  • 2013: Semi Finals
  • 2015: Did not qualify.
  • 2017: Did not qualify. Finished 2nd of 5 in qualification group.

Notable players

Olympic Games

Summer Olympic record
Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
Spain 1992 Did Not Qualify
United States 1996
Australia 2000
Greece 2004
China 2008 Quarter Finals 7th 4 1 2 1 4 4
United Kingdom 2012 Did Not Qualify
Brazil 2016
Total 1/6 0 Medals 4 1 2 1 4 4

Results and fixtures 2017–2019

2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship

Qualification

Group stage
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  England 4 3 1 0 8 2 +6 10 Final tournament
2  Scotland 3 2 0 1 5 3 +2 6 Play-offs if among four best runners-up
3  Netherlands 4 1 2 1 5 4 +1 5
4  Ukraine 3 1 2 0 8 2 +6 5
5  Latvia 5 0 2 3 1 9 −8 2
6  Andorra 3 0 1 2 0 7 −7 1
Updated to match(es) played on 10 October 2017. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers

Current squad

The following players were called up for the matches against Finland and Austria on the 24th and 27th of March 2017. Names in italics denote players who have been capped for the Senior team.

Caps and goals updated as 05 June 2017.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Yanick van Osch (1997-03-24) 24 March 1997 (age 20) 1 0 Netherlands PSV
1GK Joël Drommel (1996-11-16) 16 November 1996 (age 20) 1 0 Netherlands Twente

2DF Hidde ter Avest (1997-05-20) 20 May 1997 (age 20) 1 0 Netherlands Twente
2DF Jaïro Riedewald (1996-09-09) 9 September 1996 (age 21) 4 0 England Crystal Palace
2DF Kevin Diks (1996-10-06) 6 October 1996 (age 21) 3 0 Netherlands Feyenoord
2DF Jerry St. Juste (1996-10-19) 19 October 1996 (age 21) 4 1 Netherlands Feyenoord
2DF Damian van Bruggen (1996-03-18) 18 March 1996 (age 21) 2 0 Netherlands PSV
2DF Calvin Verdonk (1997-04-26) 26 April 1997 (age 20) 1 0 Netherlands Feyenoord
2DF Timothy Fosu-Mensah (1998-01-02) 2 January 1998 (age 19) 2 0 England Crystal Palace

3MF Donny van de Beek (1997-04-18) 18 April 1997 (age 20) 3 1 Netherlands Ajax
3MF Jeremy Helmer (1997-07-03) 3 July 1997 (age 20) 1 0 Netherlands AZ
3MF Abdelhak Nouri (1997-04-02) 2 April 1997 (age 20) 1 0 Netherlands Ajax
3MF Pablo Rosario (1997-01-07) 7 January 1997 (age 20) 1 0 Netherlands PSV
3MF Bart Ramselaar (1996-06-29) 29 June 1996 (age 21) 5 0 Netherlands PSV
3MF Thomas Ouwejan (1996-06-24) 24 June 1996 (age 21) 2 0 Netherlands AZ
3MF Guus Til (1997-12-22) 22 December 1997 (age 19) 1 0 Netherlands AZ
3MF Frenkie de Jong (1997-05-12) 12 May 1997 (age 20) 1 0 Netherlands Ajax

4FW Pelle van Amersfoort (1996-04-01) 1 April 1996 (age 21) 1 1 Netherlands Heerenveen
4FW Richairo Živković (1996-09-05) 5 September 1996 (age 21) 2 1 Netherlands Ajax
4FW Steven Bergwijn (1997-10-08) 8 October 1997 (age 20) 4 2 Netherlands PSV
4FW Oussama Idrissi (1996-02-26) 26 February 1996 (age 21) 2 0 Netherlands Groningen
4FW Sam Lammers (1997-04-30) 30 April 1997 (age 20) 2 0 Netherlands PSV

Individual all-time records

  Still active players are highlighted
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