Germany national under-21 football team

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Germany Under-21
Deutscher Fussball-Bund logo.svg
Association Deutscher Fußball-Bund
Head coach Antonio Di Salvo
Captain Jonathan Burkardt
Most caps Fabian Ernst (31)
Top scorer Pierre Littbarski (18)
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First colours
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Second colours
First international
U-23:
Flag of Germany.svg West Germany 3–3 Yugoslavia Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg
(Frankfurt, West Germany; 25 June 1955)
U-21:
Flag of Poland (1928-1980).svg Poland 1–0 West Germany Flag of Germany.svg
(Toruń, Poland; 10 October 1979)
Biggest win
U-23:
Flag of Germany.svg West Germany 3–0 Turkey Flag of Turkey.svg
(Augsburg, West Germany; 24 April 1971)
U-21:
Flag of San Marino (1862-2011).svg  San Marino 0–11 Germany  Flag of Germany.svg
(Serravalle, San Marino; 17 November 2009)
Biggest defeat
U-23:
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Soviet Union 3–1 West Germany Flag of Germany.svg
(Yerevan, Soviet Union; 29 April 1972)
U-21:
Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 5–0 Germany  Flag of Germany.svg
(Olomouc, Czech Republic; 27 June 2015)
UEFA U-21 Championship
Appearances11 (first in 1982 )
Best resultWinners (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.

Competitive record

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
YearRoundPositionGPWD*LGFGAGPWDLGFGA
Flag of Europe.svg 1972 Quarterfinals8th2011136510111 1972
Flag of Europe.svg 1974 Did not qualify421173 1974
Flag of Europe.svg 1976 Did not enterDid not enter 1976
TotalQuarterfinals1/320111310721184Total

UEFA U-21 Championship record

UEFA European Under-21 Championship finals record Qualifications record
YearRoundPositionGPWD*LGFGAGPWDLGFGA
Flag of Europe.svg 1978 Did not enterDid not enter 1978
Flag of Europe.svg 1980 1980
Flag of Europe.svg 1982 Runners-up2nd64021596501155 1982
Flag of Europe.svg 1984 Did not qualify6330134 1984
Flag of Europe.svg 1986 631296 1986
Flag of Europe.svg 1988 6303129 1988
Flag of Europe.svg 1990 Quarterfinals6th2011236420102 1990
Flag of Europe.svg 1992 Quarterfinals6th2011454400121 1992
Flag of France.svg 1994 Did not qualify8503208 1994
Flag of Spain.svg 1996 Quarterfinals7th2011148611225 1996
Flag of Romania.svg 1998 Quarterfinals5th3201328620203 1998
Flag of Slovakia.svg 2000 Did not qualify841397 2000
Flag of Switzerland.svg 2002 8512187 2002
Flag of Germany.svg 2004 Group Stage6th3102458521136 2004
Flag of Portugal.svg 2006 Group Stage7th31021412930275 2006
Flag of the Netherlands.svg 2007 Did not qualify420286 2007
Flag of Sweden.svg 2009 Champions1st53208110631264 2009
Flag of Denmark.svg 2011 Did not qualify83322610 2011
Flag of Israel.svg 2013 Group Stage6th3102451210204311 2013
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg 2015 Semifinals4th41215710820305 2015
Flag of Poland.svg 2017 Champions1st531183101000358 2017
Flag of Italy.svg 2019 Runners-up2nd531115710811337 2019
Flag of Hungary.svg Flag of Slovenia.svg 2021 Champions1st63309486022210 2021
Flag of Romania.svg Flag of Georgia.svg 2023 Qualified
Total3 titles14/24492212*1579591661152724433129Total

Individual awards

EURO Under-21 dream team

On 17 June 2015, UEFA revealed an all-time best XI from the previous Under-21 final tournaments. [1]

Included players from Germany:

UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship

2023 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualificationFlag of Germany.svgFlag of Israel.svgFlag of Poland.svgFlag of Hungary.svgFlag of Latvia.svgFlag of San Marino.svg
1Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 10901329+2327 Final tournament 3–2 0–4 4–0 4–0 4–0
2Flag of Israel.svg  Israel 106131910+919 Play-offs 0–1 2–2 3–0 2–1 2–0
3Flag of Poland.svg  Poland 10532269+1718 1–2 1–2 1–1 5–0 3–0
4Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 104241617114 1–5 1–2 2–2 1–0 4–0
5Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia 10217519147 1–3 1–0 0–2 0–2 2–0
6Flag of San Marino.svg  San Marino 10019034341 0–6 0–4 0–5 0–4 0–0
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers

Results and fixtures

  Win  Draw  Loss

7 October 2021 2023 UEFA Q Germany  Flag of Germany.svg3–2Flag of Israel.svg  Israel Paderborn
18:15
  • Tillman Soccerball shade.svg34'
  • Schade Soccerball shade.svg89'
  • Burkardt Soccerball shade.svg90+1'
Report Stadium: Benteler-Arena
Attendance: 3,262
Referee: Radu Petrescu (Romania)
12 October 20212023 UEFA Q Hungary  Flag of Hungary.svg1–5Flag of Germany.svg  Germany Szeged
17:30 Kiss Soccerball shade.svg39' Report
Stadium: Szent Gellért Fórum
Referee: David Coote (England)
12 November 20212023 UEFA Q Germany  Flag of Germany.svg0–4Flag of Poland.svg  Poland Aspach
18:15 Report
Stadium: Mechatronik Arena
Attendance: 3,994
Referee: Luis Godinho (Portugal)
16 November 20212023 UEFA Q Germany  Flag of Germany.svg4–0Flag of San Marino.svg  San Marino Ingolstadt
18:15
Report Stadium: Audi Sportpark
Referee: Mykola Balakin (Ukraine)
25 March 20222023 UEFA Q Germany  Flag of Germany.svg4–0Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia Aachen
18:15
Report Stadium: New Tivoli
Attendance: 7,718
Referee: Juxhin Xhaja (Albania)
29 March 20222023 UEFA Q Israel  Flag of Israel.svg0–1Flag of Germany.svg  Germany Petah Tikva
16:45 Report Katterbach Soccerball shade.svg60'Stadium: HaMoshava Stadium
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: Jérémie Pignard (France)
3 June 20222023 UEFA Q Germany  Flag of Germany.svg4–0Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary Osnabrück
18:15
Report Stadium: Stadion an der Bremer Brücke
Attendance: 5,609
Referee: Yaşar Kemal Uğurlu (Turkey)
7 June 20222023 UEFA Q Poland  Flag of Poland.svg1–2Flag of Germany.svg  Germany Łódź
18:00 Białek Soccerball shade.svg35' Report Moukoko Soccerball shade.svg25', 85'Stadium: Stadion Miejski ŁKS
Referee: Manfredas Lukjančukas (Lithuania)
23 September 2022 Friendly Germany  Flag of Germany.svg0–1Flag of France.svg  France Magdeburg
18:15 Report Gouiri Soccerball shade.svg53'Stadium: MDCC-Arena
Attendance: 5,427
Referee: Krzysztof Jakubik (Poland)
27 September 2022Friendly England  Flag of England.svg3–1Flag of Germany.svg  Germany Sheffield
20:45
Report Nmecha Soccerball shade.svg35'Stadium: Bramall Lane
Referee: Enea Jorgji (Albania)

Players

Current squad

Players born in or after 2000 are eligible for the 2023 UEFA European Under-21 Championship.

The following players were called up for the friendly matches matches against France and England on 23 and 27 September 2022. [2]

Note: Names in italics denote players that have been called up to the senior team.

Caps and goals correct as of 27 September 2022. [3]
No.Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
22 DF Kilian Fischer (2000-10-12) 12 October 2000 (age 21)40 Flag of Germany.svg VfL Wolfsburg
32 DF Noah Katterbach (2001-04-13) 13 April 2001 (age 21)101 Flag of Switzerland.svg FC Basel
42 DF Malick Thiaw (2001-08-08) 8 August 2001 (age 21)102 Flag of Italy.svg AC Milan
52 DF Maximilian Bauer (2000-02-09) 9 February 2000 (age 22)60 Flag of Germany.svg Greuther Fürth
63 MF Tom Krauß (2001-06-22) 22 June 2001 (age 21)93 Flag of Germany.svg Schalke 04
73 MF Ansgar Knauff (2002-01-10) 10 January 2002 (age 20)71 Flag of Germany.svg Eintracht Frankfurt
83 MF Angelo Stiller (2001-04-04) 4 April 2001 (age 21)111 Flag of Germany.svg 1899 Hoffenheim
93 MF Reda Khadra (2001-07-04) 4 July 2001 (age 21)20 Flag of England.svg Sheffield United
103 MF Felix Nmecha (2000-10-10) 10 October 2000 (age 21)31 Flag of Germany.svg VfL Wolfsburg
121 GK Christian Früchtl (2000-01-28) 28 January 2000 (age 22)00 Flag of Austria.svg Austria Wien
133 MF Yannik Keitel (2000-02-15) 15 February 2000 (age 22)90 Flag of Germany.svg SC Freiburg
142 DF Márton Dárdai (2002-02-12) 12 February 2002 (age 20)40 Flag of Germany.svg Hertha BSC
152 DF Yann Aurel Bisseck (2000-11-29) 29 November 2000 (age 21)20 Flag of Denmark.svg Aarhus
162 DF Eric Martel (2002-04-29) 29 April 2002 (age 20)50 Flag of Germany.svg 1. FC Köln
174 FW Jan Thielmann (2002-05-26) 26 May 2002 (age 20)61 Flag of Germany.svg 1. FC Köln
182 DF Jamie Leweling (2001-02-26) 26 February 2001 (age 21)91 Flag of Germany.svg Union Berlin
192 DF Jordan Beyer (2000-05-19) 19 May 2000 (age 22)40 Flag of England.svg Burnley
203 MF Lazar Samardžić (2002-02-24) 24 February 2002 (age 20)41 Flag of Italy.svg Udinese
214 FW Faride Alidou (2001-07-18) 18 July 2001 (age 21)60 Flag of Germany.svg Hamburger SV
222 DF Luca Netz (2003-05-15) 15 May 2003 (age 19)50 Flag of Germany.svg Borussia Mönchengladbach
231 GK Noah Atubolu (2002-05-25) 25 May 2002 (age 20)40 Flag of Germany.svg SC Freiburg
242 DF Frederik Jäkel (2001-03-07) 7 March 2001 (age 21)00 Flag of Germany.svg Arminia Bielefeld

Recent call ups

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

Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClubLatest call-up
GK Nico Mantl (2000-02-06) 6 February 2000 (age 22)40 Flag of Austria.svg Red Bull Salzburg Flag of England.svg  England, 27 September 2022
GK Luca Philipp (2000-11-28) 28 November 2000 (age 21)40 Flag of Germany.svg 1899 Hoffenheim Flag of Poland.svg  Poland, 7 June 2022
GK Luca Unbehaun (2001-05-27) 27 May 2001 (age 21)00 Flag of Germany.svg Borussia Dortmund Flag of Poland.svg  Poland, 7 June 2022
GK Vincent Müller (2000-08-23) 23 August 2000 (age 22)00 Flag of the Netherlands.svg PSV Eindhoven Flag of Israel.svg  Israel, 29 March 2022

DF Josha Vagnoman (2000-11-12) 12 November 2000 (age 21)120 Flag of Germany.svg Hamburger SV Flag of Poland.svg  Poland, 7 June 2022
DF Armel Bella-Kotchap (2001-12-11) 11 December 2001 (age 20)90 Flag of Germany.svg VfL Bochum Flag of Poland.svg  Poland, 7 June 2022
DF Simon Asta (2001-01-25) 25 January 2001 (age 21)10 Flag of Germany.svg Greuther Fürth Flag of Israel.svg  Israel, 29 March 2022
DF Jean-Manuel Mbom (2000-02-24) 24 February 2000 (age 22)50 Flag of Germany.svg Werder Bremen Flag of Israel.svg  Israel, 29 March 2022
DF Lars Lukas Mai (2000-03-31) 31 March 2000 (age 22)80 Flag of Germany.svg Werder Bremen Flag of San Marino.svg  San Marino, 16 November 2021

MF Tim Lemperle (2002-02-05) 5 February 2002 (age 20)20 Flag of Germany.svg 1. FC Köln Flag of France.svg  France, 23 September 2022
MF Patrick Osterhage (2000-02-01) 1 February 2000 (age 22)20 Flag of Germany.svg VfL Bochum Flag of Poland.svg  Poland, 7 June 2022
MF Florian Flick (2000-05-01) 1 May 2000 (age 22)10 Flag of Germany.svg Schalke 04 Flag of Poland.svg  Poland, 7 June 2022
MF Shinta Appelkamp (2000-11-01) 1 November 2000 (age 21)20 Flag of Germany.svg Fortuna Düsseldorf Flag of Israel.svg  Israel, 29 March 2022
MF Malik Tillman (2002-05-28) 28 May 2002 (age 20)43 Flag of Germany.svg Bayern Munich II Flag of Israel.svg  Israel, 29 March 2022
MF Finn Ole Becker (2000-06-08) 8 June 2000 (age 22)30 Flag of Germany.svg FC St. Pauli Flag of San Marino.svg  San Marino, 16 November 2021
MF Nick Bätzner (2000-03-15) 15 March 2000 (age 22)20 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Oostende Flag of San Marino.svg  San Marino, 16 November 2021

FW Youssoufa Moukoko (2004-11-20) 20 November 2004 (age 17)56 Flag of Germany.svg Borussia Dortmund Flag of England.svg  England, 27 September 2022
FW Jonathan Burkardt (2000-07-11) 11 July 2000 (age 22)2010 Flag of Germany.svg Mainz 05 Flag of Poland.svg  Poland, 7 June 2022
FW Jessic Ngankam (2000-07-20) 20 July 2000 (age 22)00 Flag of Germany.svg Greuther Fürth Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary, 3 June 2022
FW Erik Shuranov (2002-02-22) 22 February 2002 (age 20)72 Flag of Germany.svg 1. FC Nürnberg Flag of Israel.svg  Israel, 29 March 2022
FW Kevin Schade (2001-11-27) 27 November 2001 (age 20)43 Flag of Germany.svg SC Freiburg Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia, 25 March 2022
FW Roberto Massimo (2000-10-12) 12 October 2000 (age 21)40 Flag of Germany.svg VfB Stuttgart Flag of Poland.svg  Poland, 12 November 2021

Past squads

Player records

Former coaches

See also

Notes

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