Netherlands national under-21 football team

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Netherlands U21
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Nickname(s) Jong Oranje (Young Orange)
Association Koninklijke Nederlandse Voetbalbond
Head coach Erwin van de Looi
Captain Teun Koopmeiners
Most caps Arnold Bruggink & Leroy Fer (31)
Top scorer Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (18)
Home stadium De Vijverberg (12,600)
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UEFA U-21 Championship
Appearances6 (first in 1988 )
Best resultWinner (2006, 2007)

The Netherlands national under-21 football team is the national under-21 team of the Netherlands and is controlled by the Royal Dutch Football Association. The team competes in the European Under-21 Championship, held every two years.

Following the realignment of UEFA's youth competitions in 1976, the Dutch Under-21 team was formed. The team did not have a very good record, failing to qualify for nine of the fifteen tournaments. The team did not enter for the 1978 competition, but since then has reached the semi-finals twice, and qualified for the last eight on three other occasions.

Since the under-21 competition rules insist that players must be 21 or under at the start of a two-year competition, technically it is an U-23 competition. For this reason, the Netherlands' record in the preceding U-23 competitions is also shown. The first competitive match was in the "Under-23 Challenge", a match which they lost. The team qualified for the last eight of each of the three U-23 tournaments.

In 2006 the Netherlands national under-21 football team of coach Foppe de Haan won the 2006 European Under-21 Championship. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar became top scorer and player of the tournament with four goals, and also broke the all-time goalscoring record of 15 goals previously held by Roy Makaay and Arnold Jan Bruggink, in his last match with the team as he pushed this record to eighteen goals. The following year, Netherlands national under-21 football team successfully defended their title by winning the 2007 European Under-21 Championship in the final against Serbia with 4–1. Maceo Rigters was the top scorer of the competition with four goals and Royston Drenthe was the Player of the Tournament. The win meant that the Netherlands qualified for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. The team failed to qualify for the 2009 European Under-21 Championship, after losing out to Switzerland in their final qualifying match.

UEFA U-23 Championship record

The Netherlands were randomly chosen to play cards Bulgaria for the title in a one-off match in Sofia, which the Netherlands lost.

UEFA U-21 Championship Record

YearRound
1978 Did not enter
1980 Did not qualify
1982 Did not qualify
1984 Did not qualify
1986 Did not qualify
1988 Semi-finals
1990 Group stage
1992 Quarter-finals
1994 Did not qualify
1996 Did not qualify
1998 Fourth place
2000 Group stage
2002 Did not qualify
2004 Did not qualify
2006 Champions
2007 Champions
2009 Did not qualify
2011 Did not qualify
2013 Semi-finals
2015 Did not qualify
2017 Did not qualify
2019 Did not qualify
2021 Semi-finals

Notable players

Olympic Games

Summer Olympic record
YearRoundPositionGPWD*LGSGA
Flag of Spain.svg 1992 Did Not Qualify
Flag of the United States.svg 1996
Flag of Australia (converted).svg 2000
Flag of Greece.svg 2004
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg 2008 Quarter Finals7th412144
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg 2012 Did Not Qualify
Flag of Brazil.svg 2016
Flag of Japan.svg 2020
Total1/70 Medals412144

Results and fixtures 2017–2019

2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship

Qualification

Group stage
PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualificationFlag of England.svgFlag of the Netherlands.svgFlag of Ukraine.svgFlag of Scotland.svgFlag of Latvia.svgFlag of Andorra.svg
1Flag of England.svg  England 10820234+1926 Final tournament 0–0 2–1 3–1 3–0 7–0
2Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 10532216+1518 1–1 3–0 1–2 3–0 8–0
3Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine 105231812+617 0–2 1–1 3–1 3–2 1–0
4Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 104241313014 0–2 2–0 0–2 1–1 3–0
5Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia 10046518134 1–2 0–3 1–1 0–2 0–0
6Flag of Andorra.svg  Andorra 10037128273 0–1 0–1 0–6 1–1 0–0
Updated to match(es) played on unknown. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers

Players

Current squad

Players born in or after 1998 are eligible for the 2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship.

The following players were called up for the 2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship from 31 May 2021. [1] [2]

Names in italics denote players who have been capped for the Senior team.

Caps and goals updated as 3 June 2021. Clubs updated as of 3 June 2021

No.Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
11 GK Kjell Scherpen (2000-01-23)23 January 2000 (aged 21)80 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Ajax
32 DF Perr Schuurs (1999-11-26)26 November 1999 (aged 21)172 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Ajax
42 DF Sven Botman (2000-01-12)12 January 2000 (aged 21)71 Flag of France.svg Lille
52 DF Mitchel Bakker (2000-06-20)20 June 2000 (aged 20)100 Flag of France.svg Paris Saint-Germain
63 MF Ferdi Kadıoğlu (1999-10-07)7 October 1999 (aged 21)181 Flag of Turkey.svg Fenerbahçe
74 FW Justin Kluivert (1999-05-05)5 May 1999 (aged 21)205 Flag of France.svg Nice
94 FW Myron Boadu (2001-01-14)14 January 2001 (aged 20)1211 Flag of the Netherlands.svg AZ
103 MF Dani de Wit (1998-01-28)28 January 1998 (aged 23)1711 Flag of the Netherlands.svg AZ
122 DF Jordan Teze (1999-09-30)30 September 1999 (aged 21)100 Flag of the Netherlands.svg PSV Eindhoven
132 DF Danilho Doekhi (1998-06-30)30 June 1998 (aged 22)50 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Vitesse
152 DF Tyrell Malacia (1999-08-17)17 August 1999 (aged 21)70 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Feyenoord
161 GK Justin Bijlow (1998-01-22)22 January 1998 (aged 23)130 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Feyenoord
173 MF Jurgen Ekkelenkamp (2000-04-05)5 April 2000 (aged 20)53 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Ajax
194 FW Brian Brobbey (2002-02-01)1 February 2002 (aged 19)31 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Ajax
203 MF Abdou Harroui (1998-01-13)13 January 1998 (aged 23)131 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Sparta Rotterdam
214 FW Javairô Dilrosun (1998-06-22)22 June 1998 (aged 22)122 Flag of Germany.svg Hertha BSC
231 GK Maarten Paes (1998-05-14)14 May 1998 (aged 22)60 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Utrecht
4 FW Calvin Stengs (1998-12-18)18 December 1998 (aged 22)73 Flag of the Netherlands.svg AZ
2 DF Devyne Rensch (2003-01-18)18 January 2003 (aged 18)10 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Ajax
1 GK Azor Matusiwa (1998-04-28)28 April 1998 (aged 22)40 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Groningen
4 FW Kaj Sierhuis (1998-04-27)27 April 1998 (aged 22)139 Flag of France.svg Reims
4 FW Mats Knoester (1998-11-19)19 November 1998 (aged 22)00 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Heracles Almelo

Recent call ups

The following players have previously been called up to the Netherlands under-21 squad in the last year and remain eligible.

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

DF Kik Pierie (2000-07-20) 20 July 2000 (age 21)00 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Twente v. Flag of Cyprus.svg  Cyprus, 10 September 2019PRE

MF Mohamed Ihattaren (2002-02-12) 12 February 2002 (age 19)00 Flag of the Netherlands.svg PSV v. Flag of Cyprus.svg  Cyprus, 10 September 2019PRE

FW Myron Boadu (2001-01-14) 14 January 2001 (age 20)00 Flag of the Netherlands.svg AZ v. Flag of Cyprus.svg  Cyprus, 10 September 2019INJ

INJ Withdrew due to injury.
PRE Preliminary squad.
SEN Accepted call up to senior team.

Individual all-time records

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