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France national under-21 football team

The France national under-21 football team (French: Equipe de France Espoirs), known in France as Les Espoirs (French pronunciation: ​[ɛs.pwaʁ], The Hopes), is the national under-21 football team of France and is controlled by the French Football Federation. The team competes in the UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship, held every two years.

France Under-21
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Les Bleuets (The Little Blues)
Les Espoirs (The Hopes)
AssociationFrench Football Federation
Head coachSylvain Ripoll
Most capsMickaël Landreau (43)
Top scorerPéguy Luyindula (14)
First colours
Second colours
First international
U23: France France 0–0 Norway Norway
Alès, 11 November 1970
U21: France France 1–1 Belgium Belgium
Amiens, 3 September 1976
Biggest win
France France 7–0 Yugoslavia Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
Reims, 16 November 1985
Biggest defeat
England England 6–0 France France
Sheffield, 28 February 1984
Records for competitive
matches only.
UEFA U-21 Championship
Appearances8 (first in 1982)
Best resultWinners (1988)

Following the realignment of UEFA's youth competitions in 1976, under-21 football teams in Europe were formed. The team is exclusively for football players that are age 21 or under at the start of the two-year campaign of the UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship meaning a player can represent the national team until the age of 23.

France has won the UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship once in 1988. Notable players on the team that went on to play for the senior national team include Laurent Blanc, Eric Cantona, Franck Sauzée, and Jocelyn Angloma, among others.[1] Blanc was named the tournament's Golden Player.[2] The team's best finish since was in 2002 when the team finished runner-up to the Czech Republic in Switzerland.

The France under-21 team does not have a permanent home. The team plays in stadiums located all around France, particularly grounds of Ligue 2 clubs. Because of the smaller demand compared to the senior national team, smaller facilities are used. Recently, the under-21 team has established the Stade Auguste-Delaune II, home of Stade Reims, as a home residence having played numerous matches there over the past two seasons.

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HistoryEdit

Though, under-21 teams weren't formed until 1976, Les Espoirs, a youth national team in France, had existed since 1950 playing its first match on 22 May 1952 defeating England 7–1 at the Stade Jules Deschaseaux in Le Havre. The team's next match was two years later suffering a 3–1 defeat to Italy in Vicenza. For the rest of the decade, the youth team played seven more matches, which included a 1–1 draw with Hungary in Budapest and a 2–0 loss to England in Sunderland in 1959. In the 1960s, Espoirs continued to play matches against fellow national youth sides. However, on 18 December 1968, the team contested a match against Algeria senior team in Algiers recording an impressive 5–2 victory. Four days later, the team draw 1–1 with the under-23 team of Algeria in Oran. On 12 February 1969, the Espoirs played the Hungary senior team at the Stade Gerland in Lyon. The match ended in a 2–2 draw.

Results and fixtures 2017–2019Edit

2019 UEFA European Under-21 ChampionshipEdit

QualificationEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification            
1   France 10 9 1 0 24 6 +18 28 Final tournament 1–1 2–1 4–1 3–0 2–0
2   Slovenia 10 4 4 2 14 12 +2 16 1–3 2–0 2–1 1–1 3–1
3   Montenegro 10 3 2 5 15 15 0 11 0–2 1–3 5–1 0–0 3–0
4   Kazakhstan 10 2 4 4 13 18 −5 10[a] 0–3 0–0 1–1 1–1 3–0
5   Bulgaria 10 2 4 4 10 11 −1 10[a] 0–1 3–0 3–1 2–2 0–1
6   Luxembourg 10 2 1 7 7 21 −14 7 2–3 1–1 1–3 0–3[b] 1–0
Source: UEFA
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Head-to-head results: Bulgaria 2–2 Kazakhstan, Kazakhstan 1–1 Bulgaria (Kazakhstan won on away goals).
  2. ^ The Luxembourg v Kazakhstan originally ended with a 1–2 win for Kazakhstan, but was later awarded as a 0–3 win for Kazakhstan, after UEFA concluded that Luxembourg had played an ineligible player.[3]

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

For the 2017–18 and 2018–19 seasons, including the 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship, players born on or after 1 January 1996 are eligible.[4]

The following players have been called up to participate in a friendly matches against Germany and Denmark to be played respectively on 21 and 24 March 2019.[5]

Note: Names in italics denote players that have been capped by the senior team.

Caps and goals as of 21 March 2019, after the team's match against Germany.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Paul Bernardoni (1997-04-18) 18 April 1997 (age 22) 11 0   Nîmes
1GK Gautier Larsonneur (1997-02-23) 23 February 1997 (age 22) 2 0   Brest
1GK Rémy Descamps (1996-06-25) 25 June 1996 (age 22) 0 0   Clermont

2DF Abdou Diallo (Captain) (1996-05-04) 4 May 1996 (age 23) 16 0   Borussia Dortmund
2DF Moussa Niakhate (1996-03-08) 8 March 1996 (age 23) 8 0   Mainz 05
2DF Nordi Mukiele (1997-11-01) 1 November 1997 (age 21) 5 0   RB Leipzig
2DF Fodé Ballo-Touré (1997-01-03) 3 January 1997 (age 22) 4 0   Monaco
2DF Malang Sarr (1999-01-23) 23 January 1999 (age 20) 3 0   Nice
2DF Ibrahima Konaté (1999-05-25) 25 May 1999 (age 19) 1 0   RB Leipzig
2DF Almamy Touré (1996-04-28) 28 April 1996 (age 23) 1 0   Eintracht Frankfurt

3MF Jonathan Bamba (1996-03-26) 26 March 1996 (age 23) 18 6   Lille
3MF Lucas Tousart (1997-04-29) 29 April 1997 (age 22) 17 0   Lyon
3MF Marcus Coco (1996-06-24) 24 June 1996 (age 22) 16 1   Guingamp
3MF Maxime Lopez (1997-12-04) 4 December 1997 (age 21) 12 0   Marseille
3MF Houssem Aouar (1998-06-30) 30 June 1998 (age 20) 8 2   Lyon
3MF Jeff Reine-Adélaïde (1998-01-17) 17 January 1998 (age 21) 5 0   Angers
3MF Matteo Guendouzi (1999-04-14) 14 April 1999 (age 20) 3 0   Arsenal
3MF Jérémy Gelin (1997-04-24) 24 April 1997 (age 22) 2 0   Rennes

4FW Moussa Dembélé (1996-07-12) 12 July 1996 (age 22) 19 11   Lyon
4FW Martin Terrier (1997-03-04) 4 March 1997 (age 22) 12 7   Lyon
4FW Allan Saint-Maximin (1997-03-12) 12 March 1997 (age 22) 6 0   Nice
4FW Jean-Philippe Mateta (1997-06-28) 28 June 1997 (age 21) 5 2   Mainz 05
4FW Jonathan Ikoné (1998-05-02) 2 May 1998 (age 21) 4 1   Lille

Recent call-upsEdit

The following players have also been called up to the France under-21 squad and remain eligible:

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Maxence Prévot (1997-04-09) 9 April 1997 (age 22) 1 0   Sochaux v.   Spain, 19 November 2018
GK Bingourou Kamara (1996-10-21) 21 October 1996 (age 22) 4 0   Strasbourg v.   Montenegro, 27 March 2018
GK Florian Escales (1996-02-03) 3 February 1996 (age 23) 1 0   Marseille v.   Slovenia, 13 November 2017
GK Alban Lafont (1999-01-23) 23 January 1999 (age 20) 0 0   Fiorentina v.   Kazakhstan, 5 September 2017

DF Kelvin Amian (1998-02-08) 8 February 1998 (age 21) 10 1   Toulouse v.   Spain, 19 November 2018
DF Dayot Upamecano (1998-10-27) 27 October 1998 (age 20) 7 0   RB Leipzig v.   Spain, 19 November 2018
DF Issa Diop (1997-01-09) 9 January 1997 (age 22) 6 0   West Ham United v.   Spain, 19 November 2018
DF Stanley Nsoki (1999-04-09) 9 April 1999 (age 20) 1 0   Paris Saint-Germain v.   Spain, 19 November 2018
DF Valentin Rosier (1996-08-19) 19 August 1996 (age 22) 7 0   Dijon v.   Slovenia, 16 October 2018
DF Olivier Boscagli (1997-11-18) 18 November 1997 (age 21) 5 0   Nice v.   Luxembourg, 11 September 2018
DF Joris Gnagnon (1997-01-13) 13 January 1997 (age 22) 3 0   Sevilla v.   Luxembourg, 11 September 2018
DF Mouctar Diakhaby (1996-12-19) 19 December 1996 (age 22) 9 1   Valencia v.   Italy, 29 May 2018
DF Sofiane Alakouch (1998-07-29) 29 July 1998 (age 20) 1 0   Nîmes v.   Italy, 29 May 2018
DF Lucas Hernandez (1996-02-14) 14 February 1996 (age 23) 9 0   Atlético Madrid v.   Slovenia, 13 November 2017
DF Benjamin Pavard (1996-03-28) 28 March 1996 (age 23) 15 0   VfB Stuttgart v.   Luxembourg, 9 October 2017
DF Ronaël Pierre-Gabriel (1998-06-13) 13 June 1998 (age 20) 1 0   Monaco v.   Luxembourg, 9 October 2017
DF Romain Perraud (1997-09-22) 22 September 1997 (age 21) 0 0   Paris FC v.   Cameroon, 8 June 2017

MF Ibrahima Sissoko (1997-10-27) 27 October 1997 (age 21) 2 0   Strasbourg v.   Spain, 19 November 2018
MF Olivier Ntcham (1996-02-09) 9 February 1996 (age 23) 15 1   Celtic v.   Slovenia, 16 October 2018
MF Romain Del Castillo (1996-03-29) 29 March 1996 (age 23) 6 0   Rennes v.   Slovenia, 16 October 2018
MF Tanguy Ndombele (1996-12-28) 28 December 1996 (age 22) 11 0   Lyon v.   Luxembourg, 11 September 2018
MF Christopher Nkunku (1997-11-14) 14 November 1997 (age 21) 6 0   Paris Saint-Germain v.   Luxembourg, 11 September 2018
MF Angelo Fulgini (1996-08-20) 20 August 1996 (age 22) 3 0   Angers v.   Luxembourg, 9 October 2017
MF Adama Diakhaby (1996-07-07) 7 July 1996 (age 22) 4 0   Huddersfield Town v.   Kazakhstan, 5 September 2017
MF Kevin N'Doram (1996-01-22) 22 January 1996 (age 23) 2 0   Monaco v.   Cameroon, 8 June 2017
MF Alexis Blin (1996-09-16) 16 September 1996 (age 22) 2 0   Toulouse v.   Northern Ireland, 11 October 2016

FW Samuel Grandsir (1996-08-14) 14 August 1996 (age 22) 4 0   Strasbourg v.   Luxembourg, 11 September 2018
FW Lys Mousset (1996-02-08) 8 February 1996 (age 23) 8 5   Bournemouth v.   Montenegro, 27 March 2018
FW Theoson Siebatcheu (1996-04-26) 26 April 1996 (age 23) 2 1   Rennes v.   Cameroon, 8 June 2017
FW Ousmane Dembélé (1997-05-15) 15 May 1997 (age 22) 4 0   Barcelona v.   Northern Ireland, 11 October 2016
FW Kingsley Coman (1996-06-13) 13 June 1996 (age 22) 9 2   Bayern Munich v.   Ukraine, 13 October 2015
FW Neal Maupay (1996-08-14) 14 August 1996 (age 22) 2 1   Brentford v.   Singapore, 2 June 2014
Notes
  • CLU Player withdrew from the squad because of a club necessity.
  • INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
  • SEN Player withdrew from the squad due to a call up to the senior team.
  • SH Player sent home by team staff.

Previous squadsEdit

Coaching staffEdit

As of 2018
Position Name Nationality
Manager Sylvain Ripoll   French
Assistant manager Patrice Gonfalone   French
Assistant manager José Alcocer   French
Goalkeeping coach Sylvain Matrisciano   French
Doctor François Brochet   French
Physiotherapist Guy Puravet   French

Competitive recordEdit

For single-match results of the under-21 national team, see French football single-season articles.

UEFA U-23 Championship RecordEdit

  • 1972: Did not qualify. Finished 4th of 4 in qualification group.
  • 1974: Did not qualify. Finished 3rd of 3 in qualification group.
  • 1976: Losing quarter-finalists.

UEFA European Under-21 Championship RecordEdit

Year Result GP W D* L GS GA
1978 Did not qualify 4 0 1 3 4 6
1980 Did not qualify 4 2 1 1 3 2
1982 Quarterfinals 6 3 1 2 9 8
1984 Quarterfinals 6 3 1 2 11 9
1986 Quarterfinals 8 2 3 3 13 13
1988 Champions 12 6 5 1 21 13
1990 Did not qualify 6 3 2 1 11 7
1992 Did not qualify 8 3 2 3 7 5
  1994 Fourth Place 14 10 2 2 24 8
  1996 Third Place 14 8 4 2 30 5
  1998 Did not qualify 8 4 3 1 13 8
  2000 Did not qualify 8 6 2 2 19 6
  2002 Runners-Up 15 12 3 0 27 7
  2004 Did not qualify 10 8 1 1 20 7
  2006 Semi-finals 14 10 2 2 24 10
  2007 Did not qualify 4 2 1 1 6 3
  2009 Did not qualify 10 5 3 2 17 7
  2011 Did not qualify 8 4 3 1 12 6
  2013 Did not qualify 10 8 0 2 23 7
  2015 Did not qualify 10 8 1 1 31 11
  2017 Did not qualify 10 6 2 2 17 8
    2019 In process 7 7 0 0 20 5
Total 1 title 191 113 43 35 334 152
*Draws include knockout matches decided by penalty shootout.
**Gold background colour indicates that the tournament was won. Red border colour indicates tournament was held on home soil.

HonoursEdit

Champions (1): 1988
Finalists (1): 2002
Champions (12): 1977, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1997, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2015
Finalists (14): 1975, 1976, 1978, 1980, 1986, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2009, 2011, 2014, 2016

BroadcasterEdit

France's under-21 football friendlies and qualifying matches are broadcast by Direct 8.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1988: France sweep to final glory". Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). Retrieved 12 July 2010.
  2. ^ "1988: Laurent Blanc". Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). Retrieved 12 July 2010.
  3. ^ "МОЛОДЕЖНАЯ СБОРНАЯ КАЗАХСТАНА ВЫРВАЛА НИЧЬЮ У БОЛГАРИИ". Football Federation of Kazakhstan. 6 October 2017.
  4. ^ "2017-19 UEFA European Under-21 Championship regulations" (PDF). UEFA. Retrieved 22 September 2017.
  5. ^ "Dernière sélection". French Football Federation (in French). 16 March 2018. Retrieved 16 March 2018.

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