|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.
Runners-up Third place Fourth placeChampions
|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 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|
On 17 June 2015, UEFA revealed an all-time best XI from the previous Under-21 final tournaments.
Included players from Germany:
|1||Germany||4||4||0||0||13||4||+9||12||Final tournament||—||3–1||11 Oct '24||22 Mar '24||4–1||26 Mar '24|
|2||Poland||5||4||0||1||12||4||+8||12||Play-offs||15 Oct '24||—||26 Mar '24||3–0||5–0||2–1|
|3||Bulgaria||6||2||3||1||13||7||+6||9||2–3||10 Sep '24||—||1–1||6–0||1–0|
|4||Kosovo||6||2||2||2||8||10||−2||8||0–3||11 Oct '24||2–2||—||2–0||3–1|
|5||Estonia||6||0||1||5||2||19||−17||1||10 Sep '24||0–1||1–1||15 Oct '24||—||6 Sep '24|
|6||Israel||3||0||0||3||2||6||−4||0||TBD||21 Mar '24||15 Oct '24||10 Sep '24||TBD||—|
Win Draw Loss
|24 March 2023 Friendly||Germany||2–2||Japan||Frankfurt|
|18:15||Report||Stadium: Stadion am Bornheimer Hang |
Referee: Jasper Vergoote (Belgium)
|28 March 2023Friendly||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 20232023 UEFA EC||Czech Republic||2–1||Germany||Batumi, Georgia|
|20:00||Report||Stiller 70'||Stadium: Batumi Stadium |
Referee: Espen Eskås (Norway)
|28 June 20232023 UEFA EC||England||2–0||Germany||Batumi, Georgia|
|20:00||Report||Stadium: Batumi Stadium |
Referee: Aliyar Aghayev (Azerbaijan)
|8 September 2023Friendly||Germany||2–0||Ukraine||Saarbrücken|
|18:15||Report||Stadium: Ludwigsparkstadion |
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 20232025 UEFA EC Q||Bulgaria||2–3||Germany||Sofia|
|18:15||Report||Moukoko 40', 49', 69'||Stadium: Stadion Aleksandar Shalamanov |
Referee: Nathan Verboomen (Belgium)
|17 November 20232025 UEFA EC Q||Germany||4–1||Estonia||Paderborn|
|18:00||Report||Kuraksin 64'||Stadium: Home Deluxe Arena |
Referee: Danijar Sachi (Kazakhstan)
|21 November 20232025 UEFA EC Q||Germany||3–1||Poland||Essen|
|18:00||Report||Mosór 24'||Stadium: Stadion an der Hafenstraße |
Referee: Kyriakos Athanasiou (Cyprus)
Players born in or after 2002 are eligible for the 2025 UEFA European Under-21 Championship.
The following players were called up for the 2025 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification matches against Estonia and Poland on 17 and 21 November 2023.
Note: Names in italics denote players that have been called up to the senior team.
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Noah Atubolu||25 May 2002||13||0||SC Freiburg|
|12||GK||Jonas Urbig||8 August 2003||2||0||Jahn Regensburg|
|23||GK||Felix Gebhardt||1 March 2002||0||0||Jahn Regensburg|
|2||DF||Leandro Morgalla||13 September 2004||3||0||Red Bull Salzburg|
|3||DF||Nathaniel Brown||16 June 2003||4||0||1. FC Nürnberg|
|4||DF||Bright Arrey-Mbi||26 March 2003||3||0||Hannover 96|
|5||DF||Márton Dárdai||12 February 2002||8||0||Hertha BSC|
|13||DF||Julian Eitschberger||5 March 2004||1||0||Hallescher FC|
|14||DF||Jamil Siebert||2 April 2002||2||0||Fortuna Düsseldorf|
|15||DF||Colin Kleine-Bekel||24 January 2003||4||1||Holstein Kiel|
|16||DF||Luca Netz||15 May 2003||12||0||Borussia Mönchengladbach|
|6||MF||Eric Martel||29 April 2002||14||1||1. FC Köln|
|7||MF||Ansgar Knauff||10 January 2002||14||1||Eintracht Frankfurt|
|8||MF||Merlin Röhl||5 July 2002||5||1||SC Freiburg|
|11||MF||Jan Thielmann||26 May 2002||9||1||1. FC Köln|
|17||MF||Brajan Gruda||31 May 2004||5||0||Mainz 05|
|18||MF||Rocco Reitz||29 May 2002||2||2||Borussia Mönchengladbach|
|20||MF||Paul Nebel||10 October 2002||2||0||Karlsruher SC|
|22||MF||Tim Breithaupt||7 February 2002||3||0||FC Augsburg|
|9||FW||Youssoufa Moukoko||20 November 2004||11||12||Borussia Dortmund|
|10||FW||Nick Woltemade||14 February 2002||4||1||Werder Bremen|
|19||FW||Tim Lemperle||5 February 2002||7||1||1. FC Köln|
|21||FW||Maximilian Beier||17 October 2002||5||2||1899 Hoffenheim|
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||Tjark Ernst||15 March 2003||0||0||Hertha BSC||v. Kosovo, 12 September 2023|
|DF||Kenneth Schmidt||3 June 2002||4||0||SC Freiburg||v. Bulgaria, 13 October 2023|
|DF||Clemens Riedel||19 July 2003||1||0||Darmstadt 98||v. Bulgaria, 13 October 2023|
|DF||Tom Rothe||29 October 2004||1||0||Holstein Kiel||v. Kosovo, 12 September 2023|
|DF||Linus Gechter||27 February 2004||2||0||Hertha BSC||v. Kosovo, 12 September 2023|
|DF||Marco John||2 April 2002||1||0||1899 Hoffenheim||v. Ukraine, 8 September 2023|
|MF||Robert Wagner||14 July 2003||3||0||Greuther Fürth||v. Bulgaria, 13 October 2023|
|MF||Márton Dárdai||12 February 2002||6||0||Hertha BSC||v. Bulgaria, 13 October 2023|
|FW||Nicolò Tresoldi||20 August 2004||1||0||Hannover 96||v. Kosovo, 12 September 2023|
|FW||Karim Adeyemi||18 January 2002||4||0||Borussia Dortmund||v. Bulgaria, 13 October 2023|
|FW||Nelson Weiper||17 March 2005||3||0||Mainz 05||v. Ukraine, 8 September 2023|
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