Germany national under-21 football team

The Germany national under-21 football team represents the under-21s of Germany in the UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship and is controlled by the German Football Association (DFB), the governing body of football in Germany.

Germany Under-21
AssociationDeutscher Fußball-Bund
Head coachStefan Kuntz
CaptainArne Maier
Most capsFabian Ernst (31)
Top scorerPierre Littbarski (18)
First colours
Second colours
First international
U-23:
Germany West Germany 3–3 Yugoslavia Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
(Frankfurt, West Germany; 25 June 1955)
U-21:
Poland Poland 1–0 West Germany Germany
(Toruń, Poland; 10 October 1979)
Biggest win
U-23:
Germany West Germany 3–0 Turkey Turkey
(Augsburg, West Germany; 24 April 1971)
U-21:
San Marino San Marino 0–11 Germany Germany
(Serravalle, San Marino; 17 November 2009)
Biggest defeat
U-23:
Soviet Union Soviet Union 3–1 West Germany Germany
(Yerevan, Soviet Union; 29 April 1972)
U-21:
Portugal Portugal 5–0 Germany Germany
(Olomouc, Czech Republic; 27 June 2015)
UEFA U-21 Championship
Appearances11 (first in 1982)
Best resultWinners (2009, 2017, 2021)

Before the reunification of Germany, East Germany and West Germany played as separate entities — the two teams played separately until summer 1990. Following the realignment of UEFA's youth competitions in 1976, international under-21 football in Europe began. A West German team, however, did not compete in the U-21 European Championship until the qualifying round (beginning in 1980) of the 1982 competition.

West Germany competed in the first two under-23 competitions, which finished in 1972 and 1974. The first under-21 competition finals were in 1978, and since the under-21 competition rules state that players must be 21 or under at the start of a two-year competition, technically it is an under-23 competition.

The current Germany team can be legitimately considered as the current incarnation of the West German team, since the West Germany flag, uniform, and football association all became those of the unified Germany. In effect, the West German team absorbed the East German team to become 'the Germany national under-21 football team'.

For these reasons, the record of West Germany for the U-23 and U-21 competitions is shown below.

Competitive recordEdit

For the East Germany team record, look here.

  Champions    Runners-up    Third place    Fourth place  

UEFA U-23 Championship recordEdit

UEFA European Under-23 Championship finals record Qualifications record
Year Round Position GP W D* L GF GA GP W D L GF GA
  1972 Quarterfinals 8th 2 0 1 1 1 3 6 5 1 0 11 1 1972
  1974 Did not qualify 4 2 1 1 7 3 1974
  1976 Did not enter Did not enter 1976
Total Quarterfinals 1/3 2 0 1 1 1 3 10 7 2 1 18 4 Total

UEFA U-21 Championship recordEdit

UEFA European Under-21 Championship finals record Qualifications record
Year Round Position GP W D* L GF GA GP W D L GF GA
  1978 Did not enter Did not enter 1978
  1980 1980
  1982 Runners-up 2nd 6 4 0 2 15 9 6 5 0 1 15 5 1982
  1984 Did not qualify 6 3 3 0 13 4 1984
  1986 6 3 1 2 9 6 1986
  1988 6 3 0 3 12 9 1988
  1990 Quarterfinals 6th 2 0 1 1 2 3 6 4 2 0 10 2 1990
  1992 Quarterfinals 6th 2 0 1 1 4 5 4 4 0 0 12 1 1992
  1994 Did not qualify 8 5 0 3 20 8 1994
  1996 Quarterfinals 7th 2 0 1 1 1 4 8 6 1 1 22 5 1996
  1998 Quarterfinals 5th 3 2 0 1 3 2 8 6 2 0 20 3 1998
  2000 Did not qualify 8 4 1 3 9 7 2000
  2002 8 5 1 2 18 7 2002
  2004 Group Stage 6th 3 1 0 2 4 5 8 5 2 1 13 6 2004
  2006 Group Stage 7th 3 1 0 2 1 4 12 9 3 0 27 5 2006
  2007 Did not qualify 4 2 0 2 8 6 2007
  2009 Champions 1st 5 3 2 0 8 1 10 6 3 1 26 4 2009
  2011 Did not qualify 8 3 3 2 26 10 2011
  2013 Group Stage 6th 3 1 0 2 4 5 12 10 2 0 43 11 2013
  2015 Semifinals 4th 4 1 2 1 5 7 10 8 2 0 30 5 2015
  2017 Champions 1st 5 3 1 1 8 3 10 10 0 0 35 8 2017
  2019 Runners-up 2nd 5 3 1 1 15 7 10 8 1 1 33 7 2019
    2021 Champions 1st 6 3 3 0 9 4 8 6 0 2 22 10 2021
Total 3 titles 13/23 49 22 12* 15 79 59 166 115 27 24 433 129 Total

Individual awardsEdit

EURO Under-21 dream team

On 17 June 2015, UEFA revealed an all-time best XI from the previous Under-21 final tournaments.[1]

Included players from Germany:

Schedule and resultsEdit

3 September 2020 2021 UEFA Q Germany   4–1   Moldova Wiesbaden
18:15
Report Carastoian   84' Stadium: Brita-Arena
Attendance: 0
Referee: Nejc Kajtazović (Slovenia)
Note: The match was played behind closed doors.
8 September 2020 2021 UEFA Q Belgium   4–1   Germany Heverlee
16:00
Report Nmecha   31' (pen.) Stadium: Den Dreef
Attendance: 0
Referee: Michael Fabbri (Italy)
Note: The match was played behind closed doors.
9 October 2020 2021 UEFA Q Moldova   0–5   Germany Chișinău
18:15 Report
Stadium: Zimbru Stadium
Referee: Ferenc Karakó (Hungary)
13 October 2020 2021 UEFA Q Germany   1–0   Bosnia and Herzegovina Fürth
18:15 Nmecha   29' Report Stadium: Sportpark Ronhof Thomas Sommer
Attendance: 0
Referee: Boris Marhefka (Slovakia)
Note: The match was played behind closed doors.
12 November 2020 Friendly Germany   1–1   Slovenia Braunschweig
18:15 Wintzheimer   42' (pen.) Report Medved   46' (pen.) Stadium: Eintracht-Stadion
Attendance: 0
Referee: Mads-Kristoffer Kristoffersen (Denmark)
Note: The match was played behind closed doors.
17 November 2020 2021 UEFA Q Germany   2–1   Wales Braunschweig
18:15
Report Harris   34' Stadium: Eintracht-Stadion
Attendance: 0
Referee: Arman Ismuratov (Kazakhstan)
Note: The match was originally scheduled to take place on 17 March 2020, but was postponed due to the due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Germany and played behind closed doors.[2]
24 March 2021 2021 European Championship Hungary   0–3   Germany Székesfehérvár
21:00 Report
Stadium: MOL Aréna Sóstó
Attendance: 0[3][note 1]
Referee: Guillermo Cuadra Fernández (Spain)
27 March 2021 2021 European Championship Germany   1–1   Netherlands Székesfehérvár, Hungary
21:00 Nmecha   84' Report Kluivert   48' Stadium: MOL Aréna Sóstó
Attendance: 0[note 1]
Referee: Maurizio Mariani (Italy)
30 March 2021 2021 European Championship Germany   0–0   Romania Budapest, Hungary
18:00 Report Stadium: Bozsik Aréna
Attendance: 0[note 1]
Referee: Guillermo Cuadra Fernández (Spain)
31 May 2021 2021 European Championship Denmark   2–2 (a.e.t.)
(5–6 p)
  Germany Székesfehérvár, Hungary
21:00
Report
Stadium: MOL Aréna Sóstó
Attendance: 457
Referee: Guillermo Cuadra Fernández (Spain)
Penalties
3 June 2021 2021 European Championship Netherlands   1–2   Germany Székesfehérvár, Hungary
21:00 Schuurs   67' Report Wirtz   1'8' Stadium: MOL Aréna Sóstó
Attendance: 1,573
Referee: Sandro Schärer (Switzerland)
6 June 2021 2021 European Championship Germany   1–0   Portugal Ljubljana, Slovenia
21:00 Nmecha   49' Report Stadium: Stožice Stadium
Referee: Giorgi Kruashvili (Georgia)
3 September 2021 2023 UEFA Q San Marino   v   Germany
Report
7 September 2021 2023 UEFA Q Latvia   v   Germany
Report
7 October 2021 2023 UEFA Q Germany   v   Israel Paderborn
Report Stadium: Benteler-Arena
12 October 2021 2023 UEFA Q Hungary   v   Germany
Report
12 November 2021 2023 UEFA Q Germany   v   Poland Aspach
Report Stadium: Mechatronik Arena
16 November 2021 2023 UEFA Q Germany   v   San Marino Ingolstadt
Report Stadium: Audi Sportpark

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

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

The following players were called up for the knockout stage of the 2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship from 31 May to 6 June 2021.[4]

Note: Names in italics denote players that have been called up to the senior team.

Caps and goals correct as of 6 June 2021.[5]
No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Markus Schubert (1998-06-12) 12 June 1998 (age 23) 6 0   Eintracht Frankfurt
2 2DF Josha Vagnoman (2000-11-12) 12 November 2000 (age 20) 8 0   Hamburger SV
3 2DF David Raum (1998-04-22) 22 April 1998 (age 23) 8 0   Hoffenheim
4 2DF Nico Schlotterbeck (1999-12-01) 1 December 1999 (age 21) 13 3   Union Berlin
5 2DF Amos Pieper (1998-01-17) 17 January 1998 (age 23) 10 0   Arminia Bielefeld
6 3MF Niklas Dorsch (1998-01-15) 15 January 1998 (age 23) 13 1   Gent
7 3MF Florian Wirtz (2003-05-03) 3 May 2003 (age 18) 6 2   Bayer Leverkusen
8 3MF Arne Maier (captain) (1999-01-08) 8 January 1999 (age 22) 18 1   Hertha BSC
9 4FW Jonathan Burkardt (2000-07-11) 11 July 2000 (age 21) 11 3   Mainz 05
10 4FW Lukas Nmecha (1998-12-14) 14 December 1998 (age 22) 20 12   Manchester City
11 4FW Mërgim Berisha (1998-05-11) 11 May 1998 (age 23) 13 1   Red Bull Salzburg
12 1GK Finn Dahmen (1998-03-27) 27 March 1998 (age 23) 8 0   Mainz 05
13 3MF Salih Özcan (1998-01-11) 11 January 1998 (age 23) 15 1   1. FC Köln
14 2DF Paul Jaeckel (1998-07-22) 22 July 1998 (age 23) 2 0   Greuther Fürth
15 2DF Ismail Jakobs (1999-08-17) 17 August 1999 (age 21) 9 0   1. FC Köln
16 4FW Shinta Appelkamp (2000-11-01) 1 November 2000 (age 20) 0 0   Fortuna Düsseldorf
17 3MF Anton Stach (1998-11-15) 15 November 1998 (age 22) 5 0   Greuther Fürth
18 2DF Karim Adeyemi (2002-01-18) 18 January 2002 (age 19) 3 0   Red Bull Salzburg
19 2DF Lars Lukas Mai (2000-03-31) 31 March 2000 (age 21) 5 0   Werder Bremen
20 3MF Vitaly Janelt (1998-05-10) 10 May 1998 (age 23) 10 0   Brentford
21 2DF Ridle Baku (1998-04-08) 8 April 1998 (age 23) 14 2   VfL Wolfsburg
22 3MF Mateo Klimowicz (2000-07-06) 6 July 2000 (age 21) 4 0   VfB Stuttgart
23 1GK Lennart Grill (1998-06-12) 12 June 1998 (age 23) 7 0   Bayer Leverkusen

Recent call upsEdit

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

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up


MF Malick Thiaw (2001-08-08) 8 August 2001 (age 19) 0 0   Schalke 04 2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship 24 March 2021
MF Jean-Manuel Mbom (2000-02-24) 24 February 2000 (age 21) 2 0   Werder Bremen   Wales 17 November 2020
MF Yannik Keitel (2000-02-15) 15 February 2000 (age 21) 3 0   SC Freiburg   Bosnia and Herzegovina 13 October 2020
MF Roberto Massimo (2000-10-12) 12 October 2000 (age 20) 1 0   VfB Stuttgart   Bosnia and Herzegovina 13 October 2020

FW Youssoufa Moukoko (2004-11-20) 20 November 2004 (age 16) 0 0   Borussia Dortmund 2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship 24 March 2021
FW Dominik Kother (2000-03-16) 16 March 2000 (age 21) 3 1   Karlsruher SC   Wales 17 November 2020

Past squadsEdit

Player recordsEdit

Former coachesEdit

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe, the match was played behind closed doors.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Our all-time Under-21 EURO dream team". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 17 June 2015. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  2. ^ "Offiziell bestätigt: Länderspiele im März und April abgesagt". dfb.de. 17 March 2020.
  3. ^ "Hungary vs. Germany". Union of European Football Associations. 24 March 2021. Retrieved 24 March 2021.
  4. ^ "U 21: Kuntz beruft Kader für EM-Finalrunde". dfb.de. Retrieved 24 May 2021.
  5. ^ "U 21-Nationalteam Männer Team". dfb.de. Retrieved 4 March 2014.

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