|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||11 (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:
Win Draw Loss
|7 October 2021 2023 UEFA Q||Germany||3–2||Israel||Paderborn|
|18:15||Report||Stadium: Benteler-Arena |
Referee: Radu Petrescu (Romania)
|12 October 20212023 UEFA Q||Hungary||1–5||Germany||Szeged|
|17:30||Kiss 39'||Report||Stadium: Szent Gellért Fórum |
Referee: David Coote (England)
|12 November 20212023 UEFA Q||Germany||0–4||Poland||Aspach|
|18:15||Report||Stadium: Mechatronik Arena |
Referee: Luis Godinho (Portugal)
|16 November 20212023 UEFA Q||Germany||4–0||San Marino||Ingolstadt|
|18:15||Report||Stadium: Audi Sportpark |
Referee: Mykola Balakin (Ukraine)
|25 March 20222023 UEFA Q||Germany||4–0||Latvia||Aachen|
|18:15||Report||Stadium: New Tivoli |
Referee: Juxhin Xhaja (Albania)
|29 March 20222023 UEFA Q||Israel||0–1||Germany||Petah Tikva|
|16:45||Report||Katterbach 60'||Stadium: HaMoshava Stadium |
Referee: Jérémie Pignard (France)
|3 June 20222023 UEFA Q||Germany||4–0||Hungary||Osnabrück|
|18:15||Report||Stadium: Stadion an der Bremer Brücke |
Referee: Yaşar Kemal Uğurlu (Turkey)
|7 June 20222023 UEFA Q||Poland||1–2||Germany||Łódź|
|18:00||Białek 35'||Report||Moukoko 25', 85'||Stadium: Stadion Miejski ŁKS |
Referee: Manfredas Lukjančukas (Lithuania)
|23 September 2022 Friendly||Germany||0–1||France||Magdeburg|
|18:15||Report||Gouiri 53'||Stadium: MDCC-Arena |
Referee: Krzysztof Jakubik (Poland)
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.
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|
|2||DF||Kilian Fischer||12 October 2000||4||0||VfL Wolfsburg|
|3||DF||Noah Katterbach||13 April 2001||10||1||FC Basel|
|4||DF||Malick Thiaw||8 August 2001||10||2||AC Milan|
|5||DF||Maximilian Bauer||9 February 2000||6||0||Greuther Fürth|
|6||MF||Tom Krauß||22 June 2001||9||3||Schalke 04|
|7||MF||Ansgar Knauff||10 January 2002||7||1||Eintracht Frankfurt|
|8||MF||Angelo Stiller||4 April 2001||11||1||1899 Hoffenheim|
|9||MF||Reda Khadra||4 July 2001||2||0||Sheffield United|
|10||MF||Felix Nmecha||10 October 2000||3||1||VfL Wolfsburg|
|12||GK||Christian Früchtl||28 January 2000||0||0||Austria Wien|
|13||MF||Yannik Keitel||15 February 2000||9||0||SC Freiburg|
|14||DF||Márton Dárdai||12 February 2002||4||0||Hertha BSC|
|15||DF||Yann Aurel Bisseck||29 November 2000||2||0||Aarhus|
|16||DF||Eric Martel||29 April 2002||5||0||1. FC Köln|
|17||FW||Jan Thielmann||26 May 2002||6||1||1. FC Köln|
|18||DF||Jamie Leweling||26 February 2001||9||1||Union Berlin|
|19||DF||Jordan Beyer||19 May 2000||4||0||Burnley|
|20||MF||Lazar Samardžić||24 February 2002||4||1||Udinese|
|21||FW||Faride Alidou||18 July 2001||6||0||Hamburger SV|
|22||DF||Luca Netz||15 May 2003||5||0||Borussia Mönchengladbach|
|23||GK||Noah Atubolu||25 May 2002||4||0||SC Freiburg|
|24||DF||Frederik Jäkel||7 March 2001||0||0||Arminia Bielefeld|
The following players have also been called up to the Germany under-21 squad and remain eligible:
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Nico Mantl||6 February 2000||4||0||Red Bull Salzburg||England, 27 September 2022|
|GK||Luca Philipp||28 November 2000||4||0||1899 Hoffenheim||Poland, 7 June 2022|
|GK||Luca Unbehaun||27 May 2001||0||0||Borussia Dortmund||Poland, 7 June 2022|
|GK||Vincent Müller||23 August 2000||0||0||PSV Eindhoven||Israel, 29 March 2022|
|DF||Josha Vagnoman||12 November 2000||12||0||Hamburger SV||Poland, 7 June 2022|
|DF||Armel Bella-Kotchap||11 December 2001||9||0||VfL Bochum||Poland, 7 June 2022|
|DF||Simon Asta||25 January 2001||1||0||Greuther Fürth||Israel, 29 March 2022|
|DF||Jean-Manuel Mbom||24 February 2000||5||0||Werder Bremen||Israel, 29 March 2022|
|DF||Lars Lukas Mai||31 March 2000||8||0||Werder Bremen||San Marino, 16 November 2021|
|MF||Tim Lemperle||5 February 2002||2||0||1. FC Köln||France, 23 September 2022|
|MF||Patrick Osterhage||1 February 2000||2||0||VfL Bochum||Poland, 7 June 2022|
|MF||Florian Flick||1 May 2000||1||0||Schalke 04||Poland, 7 June 2022|
|MF||Shinta Appelkamp||1 November 2000||2||0||Fortuna Düsseldorf||Israel, 29 March 2022|
|MF||Malik Tillman||28 May 2002||4||3||Bayern Munich II||Israel, 29 March 2022|
|MF||Finn Ole Becker||8 June 2000||3||0||FC St. Pauli||San Marino, 16 November 2021|
|MF||Nick Bätzner||15 March 2000||2||0||Oostende||San Marino, 16 November 2021|
|FW||Youssoufa Moukoko||20 November 2004||5||6||Borussia Dortmund||England, 27 September 2022|
|FW||Jonathan Burkardt||11 July 2000||20||10||Mainz 05||Poland, 7 June 2022|
|FW||Jessic Ngankam||20 July 2000||0||0||Greuther Fürth||Hungary, 3 June 2022|
|FW||Erik Shuranov||22 February 2002||7||2||1. FC Nürnberg||Israel, 29 March 2022|
|FW||Kevin Schade||27 November 2001||4||3||SC Freiburg||Latvia, 25 March 2022|
|FW||Roberto Massimo||12 October 2000||4||0||VfB Stuttgart||Poland, 12 November 2021|
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