|Nickname(s)||Tricolorii mici (The Small Tricolours)|
|Association||Romanian Football Federation|
|Head coach||Adrian Mutu|
|Most caps||Ionuț Luțu (28)|
|Top scorer||George Puşcaş (18)|
|Home stadium||Ilie Oană|
(Yerevan, Armenia; 16 November 2004)
(Trabzon, Turkey; 25 April 1995)
(Magdeburg, Germany; 9 September 2014)
|UEFA U-21 Championship|
|Appearances||3 (first in 1998 )|
|Best result||Semi-Finals 2019|
Romania's national under-21 football team, also known as Romania under-21s or Romania U21(s), is considered to be the feeder team for the Romania national football team.
This team is for Romanian players aged under 21 at the start of the calendar year in which a two-year European Under-21 Football Championship campaign begins, so some players can remain with the squad until the age of 23. As long as they are eligible, players can play for Romania at any level, making it possible to play for the U21s, senior side, and again for the U21s. It is also possible to play for one country at youth level and another at senior level (providing the player has not played a senior competitive game in his previous country.)
The U-21 team came into existence, following the realignment of UEFA's youth competitions, in 1976. Romania qualified for the 1998 UEFA European Under-21 Championship, and under Victor Pițurcă reached the quarter-finals, where they were knocked out by the Netherlands. Romania had been 1–0 up, but were eventually beaten 2–1. The Romanian lineup included players like: Cosmin Contra, Bogdan Lobonț, Cătălin Munteanu, Ionel Dănciulescu and Ion Luțu.
Romania U21s do not have a permanent home. They play in stadia dotted all around Romania, in an attempt to encourage younger fans in all areas of the country to get behind Romania. Because of the lower demand compared to the senior national team, smaller grounds can be used. The team's manager is Adrian Mutu.
Romania once again qualified unbeaten for the finals after topping their group in the qualifying series. The Romanians reached semi-final of the UEFA European Under-21 Championship for the first time in their history in the 2019 UEFA Under-21 Euro but eventually lost 4-2 to defending champions Germany who scored twice in the dying moments. Romania qualified for the 2020 Summer Olympics for their first Olympics since 1964. Overall, Romania was a revelation at the tournament, beating both England and Croatia (4-2 and 4-1), and looked on course for a shock before Germany fought back to make the final.
|UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship record||UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship Qualification record|
|1978||Did not qualify||4||1||0||3||5||8|
|Did not qualify||8||3||3||2||10||8|
Football at the Summer Olympics was first played officially in 1908. The Olympiads between 1896 and 1980 was only open for amateur players. The 1984 and 1988 tournaments were open to players with no appearances in the FIFA World Cup. After the 1988 Olympics, the football event was changed into a tournament for U23 or U21 teams with a maximum of three older players. See Romania national football team for competition record from 1908 until 1988.
|Olympic Games record||Olympic Games Qualification record **|
|Did not qualify||6||2||0||4||5||9|
|To be determined||0||0||0||0||0||0|
Win Draw Loss
|21 March 2019 Friendly|| Spain ||1–0||Granada, Spain|
|19:45 UTC+02:00|| Merino ||Report||Stadium: Nuevo Estadio de Los Cármenes|
|25 March 2019 Unofficial friendly|| Romania ||1–0||Marbella, Spain|
|19:15 UTC+02:00|| Drăguș ||Stadium: Marbella Football Center|
|18 June 2019 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship|| Romania ||4–1||Serravalle, San Marino|
|18:30|| Pușcaș |
|Report|| Vlašić ||Stadium: San Marino Stadium |
Referee: Bobby Madden (Scotland)
|21 June 2019 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship|| England ||2–4||Cesena, Italy|
|18:30|| Gray |
|Report|| Pușcaș |
|Stadium: Stadio Dino Manuzzi |
Referee: Andreas Ekberg (Sweden)
|24 June 2019 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship|| France ||0–0||Cesena, Italy|
|21:00||Report||Stadium: Stadio Dino Manuzzi |
Referee: Georgi Kabakov (Bulgaria)
|27 June 2019 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship|| Germany ||4–2||Bologna, Italy|
|18:00|| Amiri |
|Report|| Pușcaș ||Stadium: Stadio Renato Dall'Ara |
Referee: Orel Grinfeld (Israel)
|10 September 2019 2021 UEFA U21 Q|| Denmark ||2–1||Aalborg, Denmark|
|19:30 UTC+02:00|| Olsen ||Report|| Coman ||Stadium: Aalborg Stadium |
Referee: Erez Papir (Israel)
|10 October 2019 2021 UEFA U21 Q|| Romania ||3–0||Ploieşti, Romania|
|20:30 UTC+02:00|| Moruţan |
|Report||Stadium: Ilie Oană |
Referee: Bartosz Frankowski (Poland)
|14 October 2019 2021 UEFA U21 Q|| Romania ||3–0||Voluntari, Romania|
|20:30 UTC+02:00|| Băluţă |
|Report||Stadium: Anghel Iordănescu |
Referee: Nejc Kajtazović (Slovenia)
|14 November 2019 2021 UEFA U21 Q|| Romania ||4–1||Voluntari, Romania|
|UTC+02:00|| Mihăilă |
|Report|| Kairinen ||Stadium: Anghel Iordănescu |
Referee: Robert Hennessy (Republic of Ireland)
|5 August 2020 Unofficial friendly|| Romania ||6–0||Mogoșoaia, Romania|
|4 September 2020 2021 UEFA U21 Q|| Finland ||1–3||Turku, Finland|
|UTC+02:00||Report||Stadium: Veritas Stadion, Turku |
Referee: Anastasios Papapetrou (Greece)
|8 September 2020 2021 UEFA U21 Q|| Malta ||0–3||Ta' Qali, Malta|
|UTC+02:00||Stadium: Centenary Stadium, Ta' Qali |
Referee: Gergő Bogár (Hungary)
|9 October 2020 2021 UEFA U21 Q|| Ukraine ||1–0||Kiev, Ukraine|
|UTC+02:00||Stadium: Obolon Arena|
|13 October 2020 2021 UEFA U21 Q|| Romania ||4–1||Giurgiu, Romania|
|UTC+02:00||Stadium: Marian Anastasovici|
The following players were called up for the 2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification Group 8 match against
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Andrei Vlad||15 April 1999||8||0|
|12||GK||Mihai Aioani||7 November 1999||2||0|
|23||GK||George Micle||8 November 2001||0||0|
|4||DF||Alex Pașcanu||28 September 1998||23||0|
|2||DF||Radu Boboc||24 April 1999||12||0|
|19||DF||Denis Haruț||25 February 1999||5||1|
|17||DF||Ricardo Grigore||7 April 1999||3||0|
|15||DF||Denis Ciobotariu||10 June 1998||3||0|
|18||DF||Ștefan Vlădoiu||28 December 1998||2||0|
|3||DF||Raul Opruț||4 January 1998||2||0|
|10||MF||Ianis Hagi||22 October 1998||15||4|
|22||MF||Darius Olaru||3 March 1998||12||1|
|9||MF||Olimpiu Moruțan||25 April 1999||9||1|
|20||MF||Alexandru Mățan||29 August 1999||8||1|
|14||MF||Marius Marin||30 August 1998||7||0|
|5||MF||Cătălin Itu||26 October 1999||4||0|
|8||MF||Carlo Casap||29 December 1998||3||0|
|16||MF||Claudiu Petrila||7 November 2000||1||0|
|6||MF||Gabriel Simion||22 May 1998||0||0|
|21||FW||Valentin Costache||2 August 1998||8||3|
|11||FW||George Cîmpanu||8 October 2000||1||0|
|7||MF||Nicolae Carnat||8 April 1998||1||0|
The following players have also been called up to the Romania under-21 squad and remain eligible:
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Teodor Axinte||2 February 2000||0||0||v. |
|GK||Horațiu Moldovan||20 January 1998||0||0||v. |
|GK||Ștefan Târnovanu||9 May 2000||0||0||v. |
|GK||Cosmin Dur-Bozoancă||15 February 1998||0||0||v. |
|GK||Ionuț Rus||20 January 2000||0||0||v. |
|DF||Virgil Ghiță COV||4 June 1998||5||0||v. |
|DF||Andrei Chindriș||12 January 1999||7||0||v. |
|DF||Radu Drăgușin||3 February 2002||2||0||v. |
|DF||Andrei Rațiu||20 June 1998||3||0||v. |
|DF||Vladimir Screciu||13 January 2000||1||0||v. |
|DF||Mihai Velisar INJ||30 August 1998||3||0||v. |
|DF||Constantin Dima||21 July 1999||1||0||v. |
|DF||Florin Borța||21 June 1999||1||0||v. |
|DF||Tiberiu Căpușă||6 April 1998||1||0||v. |
|MF||Vlad Dragomir WD||24 April 1999||4||0||v. |
|MF||Dennis Man||26 August 1998||19||6||v. |
|MF||Andrei Ciobanu||18 January 1998||15||2||v. |
|MF||Tudor Băluță||27 March 1999||8||2||v. |
|MF||Denis Drăguș||6 July 1999||6||0||v. |
|MF||Ion Gheorghe||8 October 1999||0||0||v. |
|MF||Valentin Mihăilă||2 February 2000||6||5||v. |
|MF||Răzvan Oaidă||2 March 1998||8||0||v. |
|MF||George Merloi||15 October 1999||2||0||v. |
|MF||Mihai Neicuțescu INJ||29 September 1998||1||0||v. |
|MF||Florinel Coman||10 April 1998||15||4||v. |
|MF||Alex Dobre||30 August 1998||5||1||v. |
|MF||Stephan Drăghici||30 January 1998||1||0||v. |
|MF||Doru Dumitrescu INJ||25 May 1998||1||0||v. |
|MF||Marco Dulca||11 May 1999||5||0||v. |
|FW||George Ganea||26 May 1999||7||1||v. |
|FW||Louis Munteanu||16 June 2002||0||0||v. |
|FW||Adrian Petre||11 February 1998||12||5||v. |
|FW||Robert Moldoveanu||8 March 1999||0||0||v. |
|FW||Andrei Sîntean||16 June 1999||1||0||v. |
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