Romania national under-21 football team

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Romania U-21
Shirt badge/Association crest
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)
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
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.

The team is coached by Daniel Isăilă.

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.

Competitive record

UEFA U-21 Championship Record

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-Final 1 0 0 1 1 2 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 To be determined 4 3 1 0 8 2
Total 1/18 1 0 0 1 1 2 154 77 27 50 234 172

Olympic Games

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
Total 0/6 0 Titles 0 0 0 0 0 0 52 23 12 17 79 64
*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 2019

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Romania 6 3 3 0 9 3 +6 12 Final tournament 11 Sep 1–1 12 Oct 1–1 16 Oct
2  Bosnia and Herzegovina 5 3 0 2 14 5 +9 9 Play-offs if among four best runners-up 1–3 3–1 23 Mar 7 Sep 6–0
3  Portugal 4 2 1 1 6 5 +1 7 7 Sep 16 Oct 2–0 2–1 23 Mar
4  Wales 5 2 1 2 6 7 −1 7 0–0 0–4 11 Sep 16 Oct 7 Sep
5   Switzerland 6 2 1 3 5 8 −3 7 0–2 1–0 27 Mar 0–3 11 Sep
6  Liechtenstein 4 0 0 4 1 13 −12 0 0–2 27 Mar 11 Oct 1–3 0–2
Updated to match(es) played on 14 November 2017. Source: UEFA

Results and fixtures

  Win   Draw   Loss

2017

2018

Players

Current squad

The following players were called up for the UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship qualifying matches against Portugal and Wales on 10 and 14 November 2017 respectively.

Caps and goals as of 14 November 2017.
0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Ionuț Radu (1997-05-28) 28 May 1997 (age 20) 6 0 Italy Avellino
1GK Cătălin Căbuz (1996-06-18) 18 June 1996 (age 21) 1 0 Romania Hermannstadt
1GK Relu Stoian (1996-03-01) 1 March 1996 (age 21) 1 0 Romania Juventus București

2DF Cristian Manea (1997-08-09) 9 August 1997 (age 20) 15 0 Romania CFR Cluj
2DF Ionuț Nedelcearu (1996-04-25) 25 April 1996 (age 21) 14 1 Romania Dinamo București
2DF Alexandru Pașcanu (1998-09-28) 28 September 1998 (age 19) 8 0 England Leicester City
2DF Andrei Radu (1996-06-21) 21 June 1996 (age 21) 8 0 Cyprus Aris Limassol
2DF Vlad Olteanu (1996-03-21) 21 March 1996 (age 21) 5 0 Romania Voluntari
2DF Virgil Ghiță (1998-06-04) 4 June 1998 (age 19) 2 1 Romania Viitorul Constanța
2DF Ștefan Vlădoiu (1998-12-28) 28 December 1998 (age 18) 0 0 Romania Sportul Snagov

3MF Dragoș Nedelcu (1997-02-16) 16 February 1997 (age 20) 18 0 Romania FCSB
3MF Alexandru Cicâldău (1997-07-08) 8 July 1997 (age 20) 7 1 Romania Viitorul Constanța
3MF Ianis Hagi (1998-10-22) 22 October 1998 (age 19) 7 0 Italy Fiorentina
3MF Răzvan Marin (1996-05-23) 23 May 1996 (age 21) 7 0 Belgium Standard Liège
3MF Marco Dulca (1999-05-11) 11 May 1999 (age 18) 6 0 Wales Swansea City
3MF Mihai Dobre (1998-08-30) 30 August 1998 (age 19) 5 1 England Bury
3MF Dennis Man (1998-08-26) 26 August 1998 (age 19) 4 2 Romania FCSB
3MF Silviu Balaure (1996-02-06) 6 February 1996 (age 21) 2 0 Romania Astra Giurgiu
3MF Andrei Burlacu (1997-01-12) 12 January 1997 (age 20) 1 0 Romania CSU Craiova
3MF Doru Dumitrescu (1998-05-25) 25 May 1998 (age 19) 0 0 Romania Viitorul Constanța

4FW George Pușcaș (1996-04-08) 8 April 1996 (age 21) 19 11 Italy Benevento
4FW Florinel Coman (1998-04-10) 10 April 1998 (age 19) 7 1 Romania FCSB
4FW Adrian Petre (1998-02-11) 11 February 1998 (age 19) 3 0 Denmark Esbjerg

Recent call-ups

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 Árpád Tordai (1997-03-11) 11 March 1997 (age 20) 1 0 Romania Viitorul Constanța v.  Liechtenstein, 13 June 2017
GK Bogdan Căucă (1996-08-06) 6 August 1996 (age 21) 0 0 Romania Colțea Brașov v.  Poland, 13 October 2015
GK Răzvan Began (1996-08-12) 12 August 1996 (age 21) 0 0 Romania Foresta Suceava v.  Cyprus, 31 March 2015

DF Florin Ștefan (1996-05-09) 9 May 1996 (age 21) 2 0 Romania Juventus București v.   Switzerland, 6 October 2017
DF Tiberiu Căpușă (1998-04-06) 6 April 1998 (age 19) 2 0 Romania Viitorul Constanța v.  Denmark, 27 March 2017
DF Paul Iacob (1996-06-21) 21 June 1996 (age 21) 2 0 Romania Târgu Mureș v.  Denmark, 27 March 2017
DF Răzvan Popa (1997-01-04) 4 January 1997 (age 20) 1 0 Romania CSU Craiova v.  Denmark, 27 March 2017
DF Alin Dudea EXCL (1997-06-06) 6 June 1997 (age 20) 0 0 Romania Dinamo București v.  Russia, 24 March 2017

MF Valentin Costache (1998-08-02) 2 August 1998 (age 19) 3 0 Romania Dinamo București v.   Switzerland, 6 October 2017
MF Vladimir Screciu (2000-01-13) 13 January 2000 (age 17) 1 0 Romania CSU Craiova v.   Switzerland, 6 October 2017
MF Andrei Ciobanu (1998-01-18) 18 January 1998 (age 19) 4 0 Romania Viitorul Constanța v.   Switzerland, 5 September 2017
MF Olimpiu Moruțan (1999-04-25) 25 April 1999 (age 18) 3 0 Romania Botoșani v.   Switzerland, 5 September 2017
MF Marius Chelaru (1997-03-02) 2 March 1997 (age 20) 0 0 Romania Politehnica Iași v.   Switzerland, 5 September 2017
MF Alexandru Mățan (1999-08-29) 29 August 1999 (age 18) 1 0 Romania Viitorul Constanța v.  Liechtenstein, 13 June 2017
MF Carlo Casap (1998-12-29) 29 December 1998 (age 18) 1 0 Romania Viitorul Constanța v.  Liechtenstein, 13 June 2017
MF Răzvan Oaidă (1998-03-02) 2 March 1998 (age 19) 1 0 Romania Botoșani v.  Liechtenstein, 13 June 2017
MF Vlad Dragomir (1999-04-24) 24 April 1999 (age 18) 2 0 England Arsenal v.  Denmark, 27 March 2017
MF Patrick Petre EXCL (1997-05-09) 9 May 1997 (age 20) 0 0 Romania Sepsi Sfântu Gheorghe v.  Russia, 24 March 2017
MF Alin Manea (1997-01-09) 9 January 1997 (age 20) 1 0 Romania Sportul Snagov v.  Bulgaria, 11 October 2016
MF Szilard Veres (1996-01-27) 27 January 1996 (age 21) 1 0 Romania Național Sebiș v.  Poland, 13 October 2015

FW Alexandru Tudorie (1996-03-19) 19 March 1996 (age 21) 9 0 Romania Voluntari v.   Switzerland, 6 October 2017
FW Andrei Sîntean (1999-06-16) 16 June 1999 (age 18) 0 0 Czech Republic Slavia Prague v.  Liechtenstein, 13 June 2017
FW Robert Răducanu (1996-09-05) 5 September 1996 (age 21) 2 0 Romania Concordia Chiajna v.  Denmark, 27 March 2017
FW Andrei Ivan (1997-01-04) 4 January 1997 (age 20) 3 0 Russia Krasnodar v.  Bulgaria, 11 October 2016
Notes
  • INJ = Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury
  • Names in italics denote players that have been capped for the Senior team.

Coaching staff

Head coach Romania Daniel Isăilă
Assistant coach Romania Florin Constantinovici
Assistant coach Romania Nicolae Constantin
GK coach Romania Eugen Anghel
Physical coach Romania Bogdan Merisanu

Former squads

See also

External links

  • UEFA Under-21 website Contains full results archive
  • The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation Contains full record of U-21/U-23 Championships.
  • FRF.ro
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