France national under-21 football team

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France Under-21
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Nickname(s) Les Bleuets (The Little Blues)
Les Espoirs (The Hopes)
Association French Football Federation
Head coach Sylvain Ripoll
Most caps Mickaël Landreau (43)
Top scorer Odsonne Édouard (17)
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First colours
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First international
U23: Flag of France.svg France 0–0 Norway  Flag of Norway.svg
(Alès, France; 11 November 1970)
U21: Flag of France.svg France 1–1 Belgium  Flag of Belgium (civil).svg
(Amiens, France; 3 September 1976)
Biggest win
Flag of France.svg France 7–0 Yugoslavia  Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg
(Reims, France; 16 November 1985)
Biggest defeat
Flag of England.svg  England 6–0 France Flag of France.svg
(Sheffield, England; 28 February 1984)
Records for competitive
matches only.
UEFA U-21 Championship
Appearances8 (first in 1982 )
Best resultWinners (1988)

The France national under-21 football team (French : Equipe de France Espoirs), known in France as Les Espoirs (French pronunciation:  [ɛs.pwaʁ] , The Hopes), is the national under-21 football team of France and is controlled by the French Football Federation. The team competes in the UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship, held every two years.

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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.

France has won the UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship once in 1988. Notable players on the team that went on to play for the senior national team include Laurent Blanc, Eric Cantona, Franck Sauzée, and Jocelyn Angloma, among others. [1] Blanc was named the tournament's Golden Player. [2] The team's best finish since was in 2002 when the team finished runner-up to the Czech Republic in Switzerland.

The France under-21 team does not have a permanent home. The team plays in stadiums located all around France, particularly grounds of Ligue 2 clubs. Because of the smaller demand compared to the senior national team, smaller facilities are used. Recently, the under-21 team has established the Stade Auguste-Delaune II, home of Stade Reims, as a home residence having played numerous matches there over the past two seasons.

History

Though, under-21 teams weren't formed until 1976, Les Espoirs, a youth national team in France, had existed since 1950 playing its first match on 22 May 1952 defeating England 7–1 at the Stade Jules Deschaseaux in Le Havre. The team's next match was two years later suffering a 3–1 defeat to Italy in Vicenza. For the rest of the decade, the youth team played seven more matches, which included a 1–1 draw with Hungary in Budapest and a 2–0 loss to England in Sunderland in 1959. In the 1960s, Espoirs continued to play matches against fellow national youth sides. However, on 18 December 1968, the team contested a match against Algeria senior team in Algiers recording an impressive 5–2 victory. Four days later, the team draw 1–1 with the under-23 team of Algeria in Oran. On 12 February 1969, the Espoirs played the Hungary senior team at the Stade Gerland in Lyon. The match ended in a 2–2 draw.

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Media coverage

France's under-21 football friendlies and qualifying matches are broadcast by Direct 8.

Results and fixtures

Legend

  Win  Draw  Lose  Fixture

2020

4 September 2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification Group 2 Georgia  Flag of Georgia.svg0–2Flag of France.svg  France Gori, Georgia
19:00
Stadium: Tengiz Burjanadze Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Duje Strukan (Croatia)
7 September 2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification Group 2 Azerbaijan  Flag of Azerbaijan.svg1–2Flag of France.svg  France Sumgait, Azerbaijan
19:00
Stadium: Kapital Bank Arena
Attendance: 0
Referee: Halis Özkahya (Turkey)
8 October 2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification Group 2 France  Flag of France.svg5–0Flag of Liechtenstein.svg  Liechtenstein Strasbourg, France
21:00
Stadium: Stade de la Meinau
Attendance: 1,321
Referee: Ian McNabb (Northern Ireland)
12 October 2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification Group 2 France  Flag of France.svg1–0Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia Strasbourg, France
21:00
Stadium: Stade de la Meinau
Attendance: 2,287
Referee: Miloš Djordjic (Serbia)
12 November 2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification Group 2 Liechtenstein  Flag of Liechtenstein.svg0–5Flag of France.svg  France Vaduz, Liechtenstein
20:45
Stadium: Rheinpark Stadion
Attendance: 0
Referee: Morten Krogh (Denmark)
16 November 2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification Group 2 France  Flag of France.svg3–1Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland Caen, France
21:00
Stadium: Stade Michel d'Ornano
Attendance: 0
Referee: Vitali Meshkov (Russia)

2021

31 March 2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship Group C Iceland  Flag of Iceland.svg0–2Flag of France.svg  France Győr, Hungary
18:00
Stadium: Ménfői úti Stadion
Attendance: 0
Referee: Lawrence Visser (Belgium)

2022

Coaching staff

Current coaching staff

As of 22 April 2021
PositionNameNationality
Manager Sylvain Ripoll Flag of France.svg  French
Assistant managerPatrice GonfaloneFlag of France.svg  French
Assistant managerJosé AlcocerFlag of France.svg  French
Goalkeeping coachSylvain MatriscianoFlag of France.svg  French
DoctorFrançois BrochetFlag of France.svg  French
PhysiotherapistGuy PuravetFlag of France.svg  French

Players

Current squad

For the 2021–22 and 2022–23 seasons, including the 2023 UEFA European Under-21 Championship, players born on or after 1 January 2000 are eligible.

The following 23 players have been called up for the 2023 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification matches against North Macedonia on 2 September 2021 and Faroe Islands on 6 September 2021. [3]

Note: Names in italics denote players that have been capped by the senior team.

Caps and goals as of 6 September 2021, after the team's match against Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg  Faroe Islands.

No.Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
1 GK Illan Meslier (2000-03-02) 2 March 2000 (age 21)30 Flag of England.svg Leeds United
1 GK Stefan Bajić (2001-12-23) 23 December 2001 (age 19)00 Flag of France.svg Saint-Étienne
1 GK Guillaume Dietsch (2001-04-17) 17 April 2001 (age 20)00 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Seraing

2 DF Benoît Badiashile (2001-03-26) 26 March 2001 (age 20)80 Flag of France.svg Monaco
2 DF Adrien Truffert (2001-01-20) 20 January 2001 (age 20)60 Flag of France.svg Rennes
2 DF Pierre Kalulu (2000-06-05) 5 June 2000 (age 21)31 Flag of Italy.svg Milan
2 DF Andy Pelmard (2000-03-12) 12 March 2000 (age 21)20 Flag of Switzerland.svg Basel
2 DF Melvin Bard (2000-11-06) 6 November 2000 (age 20)30 Flag of France.svg Nice
2 DF William Saliba (2001-03-24) 24 March 2001 (age 20)10 Flag of France.svg Marseille
2 DF Loïc Badé (2000-04-11) 11 April 2000 (age 21)10 Flag of France.svg Rennes

3 MF Maxence Caqueret (2000-02-15) 15 February 2000 (age 21)70 Flag of France.svg Lyon
3 MF Eduardo Camavinga (2002-11-10) 10 November 2002 (age 18)61 Flag of Spain.svg Real Madrid
3 MF Khéphren Thuram (2001-03-26) 26 March 2001 (age 20)20 Flag of France.svg Nice
3 MF Sofiane Diop (2000-06-09) 9 June 2000 (age 21)20 Flag of France.svg Monaco
3 MF Enzo Le Fée (2000-02-03) 3 February 2000 (age 21)10 Flag of France.svg Lorient
3 MF Joris Chotard (2001-09-24) 24 September 2001 (age 19)00 Flag of France.svg Montpellier

4 FW Amine Gouiri (2000-02-16) 16 February 2000 (age 21)145 Flag of France.svg Nice
4 FW Arnaud Kalimuendo (2002-01-20) 20 January 2002 (age 19)30 Flag of France.svg Lens
4 FW Nathanaël Mbuku (2002-03-16) 16 March 2002 (age 19)21 Flag of France.svg Reims
4 FW Mohamed-Ali Cho (2004-01-19) 19 January 2004 (age 17)20 Flag of France.svg Angers
4 FW Sékou Mara (2002-07-30) 30 July 2002 (age 19)20 Flag of France.svg Bordeaux

Recent call-ups

The following players have also been called up to the France under-21 squad and remain eligible:

Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClubLatest call-up

DF Wesley Fofana (2000-12-17) 17 December 2000 (age 20)30 Flag of England.svg Leicester City v. Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark, 25 March 2021 INJ
DF Rayan Aït-Nouri (2001-06-06) 6 June 2001 (age 20)50 Flag of England.svg Wolverhampton Wanderers v. Flag of Liechtenstein.svg  Liechtenstein, 12 November 2020 INJ
DF Bafodé Diakité (2001-01-06) 6 January 2001 (age 20)00 Flag of France.svg Toulouse v. Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia, 12 October 2020

MF Aurélien Tchouaméni (2000-01-27) 27 January 2000 (age 21)40 Flag of France.svg Monaco 2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship

FW Isaac Lihadji (2002-04-10) 10 April 2002 (age 19)21 Flag of France.svg Lille v. Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland, 16 November 2020
FW Eric Junior Dina-Ebimbe (2000-11-21) 21 November 2000 (age 20)10 Flag of France.svg Dijon v. Flag of Azerbaijan.svg  Azerbaijan, 7 September 2020
Notes

Previous squads

Honours

Champions (1): 1988
Runners-up (1): 2002
Champions (12): 1977, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1997, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2015
Finalists (14): 1975, 1976, 1978, 1980, 1986, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2009, 2011, 2014, 2016

Competitive record

UEFA U-23 Championship

UEFA European Under-21 Championship

YearResultPldWD*LGSGA
1978 Did not qualify401346
1980 421132
1982 Quarterfinals631298
1984 Quarterfinals6312119
1986 Quarterfinals82331313
1988 Champions126512113
1990 Did not qualify6321117
1992 832375
Flag of France.svg 1994 Fourth Place141022248
Flag of Spain.svg 1996 Third Place14842305
Flag of Romania.svg 1998 Did not qualify8431138
Flag of Slovakia.svg 2000 8622196
Flag of Switzerland.svg 2002 Runners-Up151230277
Flag of Germany.svg 2004 Did not qualify10811207
Flag of Portugal.svg 2006 Semi-finals1410222410
Flag of the Netherlands.svg 2007 Did not qualify421163
Flag of Sweden.svg 2009 10532177
Flag of Denmark.svg 2011 8431126
Flag of Israel.svg 2013 10802237
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg 2015 108113111
Flag of Poland.svg 2017 10622178
Flag of Italy.svg Flag of San Marino.svg 2019 Semi-finals1411212811
Flag of Hungary.svg Flag of Slovenia.svg 2021 Qualified109013210
Total1 title2051244437370167
*Draws include knockout matches decided via penalty shoot-out.
**Gold background colour indicates that the tournament was won. Red border colour indicates tournament was held on home soil.

2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship

Qualification

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualificationFlag of France.svgFlag of Switzerland.svgFlag of Georgia.svgFlag of Slovakia.svgFlag of Azerbaijan.svgFlag of Liechtenstein.svg
1Flag of France.svg  France 109013210+2227 Final tournament 3–1 3–2 1–0 5–0 5–0
2Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 10901268+1827 3–1 2–1 4–1 2–1 3–0
3Flag of Georgia.svg  Georgia 105051714+315 0–2 0–3 2–1 1–0 4–0
4Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia 104062221+112 3–5 1–2 3–2 2–1 6–0
5Flag of Azerbaijan.svg  Azerbaijan 10208618126 1–2 0–1 0–3 2–1 1–0
6Flag of Liechtenstein.svg  Liechtenstein 10109335323 0–5 0–5 0–2 2–4 1–0
Source: UEFA

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