Netherlands national under-21 football team


Netherlands U21
Nickname(s)Jong Oranje (Young Orange)
AssociationKoninklijke Nederlandse Voetbalbond
Head coachErwin van de Looi
CaptainTeun Koopmeiners
Most capsArnold Bruggink & Leroy Fer (31)
Top scorerKlaas-Jan Huntelaar (18)
Home stadiumDe Vijverberg (12,600)
First colours
Second colours
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.

  • 17 April 1968: Bulgaria 3–1 Netherlands.
  • 1972: Losing quarter-finalists.
  • 1974: Losing quarter-finalists.
  • 1976: Losing semi-finalists.

UEFA U-21 Championship Record


Year Round
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
Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
1992Did Not Qualify
1996
2000
2004
2008 Quarter Finals 7th 4 1 2 1 4 4
2012Did Not Qualify
2016
2020
Total1/70 Medals412144

Results and fixtures 2017–2019


2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship

Qualification
Group stage
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  England 10 8 2 0 23 4 +19 26 Final tournament 0–0 2–1 3–1 3–0 7–0
2  Netherlands 10 5 3 2 21 6 +15 18 1–1 3–0 1–2 3–0 8–0
3  Ukraine 10 5 2 3 18 12 +6 17 0–2 1–1 3–1 3–2 1–0
4  Scotland 10 4 2 4 13 13 0 14 0–2 2–0 0–2 1–1 3–0
5  Latvia 10 0 4 6 5 18 13 4 1–2 0–3 1–1 0–2 0–0
6  Andorra 10 0 3 7 1 28 27 3 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. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Kjell Scherpen (2000-01-23)23 January 2000 (aged 21) 8 0 Ajax
3 2DF Perr Schuurs (1999-11-26)26 November 1999 (aged 21) 17 2 Ajax
4 2DF Sven Botman (2000-01-12)12 January 2000 (aged 21) 7 1 Lille
5 2DF Mitchel Bakker (2000-06-20)20 June 2000 (aged 20) 10 0 Paris Saint-Germain
6 3MF Ferdi Kadıoğlu (1999-10-07)7 October 1999 (aged 21) 18 1 Fenerbahçe
7 4FW Justin Kluivert (1999-05-05)5 May 1999 (aged 21) 20 5 RB Leipzig (on loan from Roma)
9 4FW Myron Boadu (2001-01-14)14 January 2001 (aged 20) 12 11 AZ
10 3MF Dani de Wit (1998-01-28)28 January 1998 (aged 23) 17 11 AZ
12 2DF Jordan Teze (1999-09-30)30 September 1999 (aged 21) 10 0 PSV Eindhoven
13 2DF Danilho Doekhi (1998-06-30)30 June 1998 (aged 22) 5 0 Vitesse
15 2DF Tyrell Malacia (1999-08-17)17 August 1999 (aged 21) 7 0 Feyenoord
16 1GK Justin Bijlow (1998-01-22)22 January 1998 (aged 23) 13 0 Feyenoord
17 3MF Jurgen Ekkelenkamp (2000-04-05)5 April 2000 (aged 20) 5 3 Ajax
19 4FW Brian Brobbey (2002-02-01)1 February 2002 (aged 19) 3 1 Ajax
20 3MF Abdou Harroui (1998-01-13)13 January 1998 (aged 23) 13 1 Sparta Rotterdam
21 4FW Javairô Dilrosun (1998-06-22)22 June 1998 (aged 22) 12 2 Hertha BSC
23 1GK Maarten Paes (1998-05-14)14 May 1998 (aged 22) 6 0 FC Utrecht
4FW Calvin Stengs (1998-12-18)18 December 1998 (aged 22) 7 3 AZ
2DF Devyne Rensch (2003-01-18)18 January 2003 (aged 18) 1 0 Ajax
1GK Azor Matusiwa (1998-04-28)28 April 1998 (aged 22) 4 0 FC Groningen
4FW Kaj Sierhuis (1998-04-27)27 April 1998 (aged 22) 13 9 Stade de Reims
4FW Mats Knoester (1998-11-19)19 November 1998 (aged 22) 0 0 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. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up

DF Kik Pierie (2000-07-20) 20 July 2000 (age 21) 0 0 Twente v.  Cyprus, 10 September 2019PRE

MF Mohamed Ihattaren (2002-02-12) 12 February 2002 (age 19) 0 0 PSV v.  Cyprus, 10 September 2019PRE

FW Myron Boadu (2001-01-14) 14 January 2001 (age 20) 0 0 AZ v.  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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