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.
|Head coach||Stefan Kuntz|
|Most caps||Fabian Ernst (31)|
|Top scorer||Pierre Littbarski (18)|
West Germany 3–3 Yugoslavia
(Frankfurt, Germany; 25 June 1955)
Poland 1–0 West Germany
(Toruń, Poland; 10 October 1979)
West Germany 3–0 Turkey
(Augsburg, Germany; 24 April 1971)
San Marino 0–11 Germany
Serravalle, San Marino; 17 November 2009)
Soviet Union 3–1 West Germany
(Yerevan, USSR; 29 April 1972)
Portugal 5–0 Germany
(Olomouc, Czech Republic; 27 June 2015)
|UEFA U-21 Championship|
|Appearances||11 (first in 1982)|
|Best result||Winners (2009, 2017)|
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.
For the East Germany team record, look here.
Competing as West GermanyEdit
- UEFA U-23 Championship record
|1974||Did not qualify|
|1976||Did not enter|
- UEFA U-21 Championship record
|1978||Did not enter|
|1980||Did not enter|
|1984||Did not qualify|
|1986||Did not qualify|
|1988||Did not qualify|
Competing as GermanyEdit
- UEFA U-21 Championship record
|1994||Did not qualify|
|2000||Did not qualify|
|2002||Did not qualify|
|2007||Did not qualify|
|2011||Did not qualify|
- EURO Under-21 dream team
On 17 June 2015, UEFA revealed an all-time best XI from the previous Under-21 final tournaments.
Included players from Germany:
Schedule and resultsEdit
|5 September 2019 Friendly||Germany||2–0||Greece||Zwickau|
|18:15||Report||Stadium: Stadion Zwickau|
|10 September 2019 2021 UEFA Q||Wales||1–5||Germany||Wrexham|
|20:00||Harris 48' (pen.)||Report||Stadium: Racecourse Ground|
Referee: Tomasz Musiał (Poland)
|10 October 2019 Friendly||Spain||1–1||Germany||Córdoba|
|19:45||García 10'||Report||Schlotterbeck 32'||Stadium: Estadio Nuevo Arcángel|
Referee: Srđan Jovanović (Serbia)
|15 October 2019 2021 UEFA Q||Bosnia and Herzegovina||0–2||Germany||Zenica|
|18:00||Report||Stadium: Bilino Polje Stadium|
Referee: Jens Maae (Denmark)
|17 November 2019 2021 UEFA Q||Germany||2–3||Belgium||Freiburg|
Referee: Fábio José Costa Veríssimo (Portugal)
|26 March 2020 Friendly||Germany||Cancelled||Austria||Braunschweig|
|Note: The match was cancelled on 17 March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Germany.|
Players born in or after 1998 are eligible for the 2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship.
Note: Names in italics denote players that have been called up to the senior team.
- Caps and goals correct as of 17 November 2019.
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|
|GK||Eike Bansen||21 February 1998||0||0||Zulte-Waregem||Bosnia and Herzegovina 15 October 2019|
|DF||Julian Chabot||12 February 1998||4||0||Sampdoria||Belgium 17 November 2019|
|DF||Josha Vagnoman||12 November 2000||1||0||Hamburger SV||Bosnia and Herzegovina 15 October 2019|
|DF||Louis Beyer||19 May 2000||1||0||Borussia Mönchengladbach||Wales 10 September 2019|
|MF||Arne Maier||8 January 1999||8||1||Hertha BSC||2019 U-21 Euro|
|FW||Makana Baku||8 April 1998||3||0||Holstein Kiel||Bosnia and Herzegovina 15 October 2019|
|FW||Mats Köhlert||2 May 1999||2||0||Willem II||Bosnia and Herzegovina 15 October 2019|
- 1996 UEFA European Under-21 Championship
- 1998 UEFA European Under-21 Championship
- 2004 UEFA European Under-21 Championship
- 2006 UEFA European Under-21 Championship
- 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Championship
- 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Championship
- 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship
- 2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship
- 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Germany national under-21 football team.|
- "Our all-time Under-21 EURO dream team". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 17 June 2015. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
- "Offiziell bestätigt: Länderspiele im März und April abgesagt". dfb.de. 17 March 2020.
- "Belgien-Spiel: Kuntz beruft Neuling Ache". dfb.de. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
- "U 21-Nationalteam Männer Team". dfb.de. Retrieved 4 March 2014.