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.
|Nickname(s)||Les Bleuets (The Little Blues) |
Les Espoirs (The Hopes)
|Association||French Football Federation|
|Head coach||Sylvain Ripoll|
|Most caps||Mickaël Landreau (43)|
|Top scorer||Péguy Luyindula (14)|
|U23: France 0–0 Norway |
Alès, 11 November 1970
U21: France 1–1 Belgium
Amiens, 3 September 1976
| France 7–0 Yugoslavia |
Reims, 16 November 1985
| England 6–0 France |
Sheffield, 28 February 1984
|UEFA U-21 Championship|
|Appearances||8 (first in 1982)|
|Best result||Winners (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. Blanc was named the tournament's Golden Player. 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.
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
- Head-to-head results: Bulgaria 2–2 Kazakhstan, Kazakhstan 1–1 Bulgaria (Kazakhstan won on away goals).
- 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.
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.
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||9 April 1997||1||0||Sochaux||v. Spain, 19 November 2018|
|GK||Bingourou Kamara||21 October 1996||4||0||Strasbourg||v. Montenegro, 27 March 2018|
|GK||Florian Escales||3 February 1996||1||0||Marseille||v. Slovenia, 13 November 2017|
|GK||Alban Lafont||23 January 1999||0||0||Fiorentina||v. Kazakhstan, 5 September 2017|
|DF||Kelvin Amian||8 February 1998||10||1||Toulouse||v. Spain, 19 November 2018|
|DF||Dayot Upamecano||27 October 1998||7||0||RB Leipzig||v. Spain, 19 November 2018|
|DF||Issa Diop||9 January 1997||6||0||West Ham United||v. Spain, 19 November 2018|
|DF||Stanley Nsoki||9 April 1999||1||0||Paris Saint-Germain||v. Spain, 19 November 2018|
|DF||Valentin Rosier||19 August 1996||7||0||Dijon||v. Slovenia, 16 October 2018|
|DF||Olivier Boscagli||18 November 1997||5||0||Nice||v. Luxembourg, 11 September 2018|
|DF||Joris Gnagnon||13 January 1997||3||0||Sevilla||v. Luxembourg, 11 September 2018|
|DF||Mouctar Diakhaby||19 December 1996||9||1||Valencia||v. Italy, 29 May 2018|
|DF||Sofiane Alakouch||29 July 1998||1||0||Nîmes||v. Italy, 29 May 2018|
|DF||Lucas Hernandez||14 February 1996||9||0||Atlético Madrid||v. Slovenia, 13 November 2017|
|DF||Benjamin Pavard||28 March 1996||15||0||VfB Stuttgart||v. Luxembourg, 9 October 2017|
|DF||Ronaël Pierre-Gabriel||13 June 1998||1||0||Monaco||v. Luxembourg, 9 October 2017|
|DF||Romain Perraud||22 September 1997||0||0||Paris FC||v. Cameroon, 8 June 2017|
|MF||Ibrahima Sissoko||27 October 1997||2||0||Strasbourg||v. Spain, 19 November 2018|
|MF||Olivier Ntcham||9 February 1996||15||1||Celtic||v. Slovenia, 16 October 2018|
|MF||Romain Del Castillo||29 March 1996||6||0||Rennes||v. Slovenia, 16 October 2018|
|MF||Tanguy Ndombele||28 December 1996||11||0||Lyon||v. Luxembourg, 11 September 2018|
|MF||Christopher Nkunku||14 November 1997||6||0||Paris Saint-Germain||v. Luxembourg, 11 September 2018|
|MF||Angelo Fulgini||20 August 1996||3||0||Angers||v. Luxembourg, 9 October 2017|
|MF||Adama Diakhaby||7 July 1996||4||0||Huddersfield Town||v. Kazakhstan, 5 September 2017|
|MF||Kevin N'Doram||22 January 1996||2||0||Monaco||v. Cameroon, 8 June 2017|
|MF||Alexis Blin||16 September 1996||2||0||Toulouse||v. Northern Ireland, 11 October 2016|
|FW||Samuel Grandsir||14 August 1996||4||0||Strasbourg||v. Luxembourg, 11 September 2018|
|FW||Lys Mousset||8 February 1996||8||5||Bournemouth||v. Montenegro, 27 March 2018|
|FW||Theoson Siebatcheu||26 April 1996||2||1||Rennes||v. Cameroon, 8 June 2017|
|FW||Ousmane Dembélé||15 May 1997||4||0||Barcelona||v. Northern Ireland, 11 October 2016|
|FW||Kingsley Coman||13 June 1996||9||2||Bayern Munich||v. Ukraine, 13 October 2015|
|FW||Neal Maupay||14 August 1996||2||1||Brentford||v. Singapore, 2 June 2014|
- 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.
- As of 2018
|Assistant manager||Patrice Gonfalone||French|
|Assistant manager||José Alcocer||French|
|Goalkeeping coach||Sylvain Matrisciano||French|
- 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
|1978||Did not qualify||4||0||1||3||4||6|
|1980||Did not qualify||4||2||1||1||3||2|
|1990||Did not qualify||6||3||2||1||11||7|
|1992||Did not qualify||8||3||2||3||7||5|
|1998||Did not qualify||8||4||3||1||13||8|
|2000||Did not qualify||8||6||2||2||19||6|
|2004||Did not qualify||10||8||1||1||20||7|
|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|
- *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.
- 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
France's under-21 football friendlies and qualifying matches are broadcast by Direct 8.
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- "1988: Laurent Blanc". Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). Retrieved 12 July 2010.
- "МОЛОДЕЖНАЯ СБОРНАЯ КАЗАХСТАНА ВЫРВАЛА НИЧЬЮ У БОЛГАРИИ". Football Federation of Kazakhstan. 6 October 2017.
- "2017-19 UEFA European Under-21 Championship regulations" (PDF). UEFA. Retrieved 22 September 2017.
- "Dernière sélection". French Football Federation (in French). 16 March 2018. Retrieved 16 March 2018.