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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
CaptainJohannes Eggestein
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, 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, 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, USSR; 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)

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.

Competition recordsEdit

For the East Germany team record, look here.

Competing as West GermanyEdit

UEFA U-23 Championship record
Year Progress
1972 Quarterfinals
1974 Did not qualify
1976 Did not enter
UEFA U-21 Championship record
Year Progress
1978 Did not enter
1980 Did not enter
1982 Final
1984 Did not qualify
1986 Did not qualify
1988 Did not qualify
1990 Quarterfinals

Competing as GermanyEdit

UEFA U-21 Championship record
Year Progress
1992 Quarterfinals
  1994 Did not qualify
  1996 Quarterfinals
  1998 Quarterfinals
  2000 Did not qualify
  2002 Did not qualify
  2004 Group Stage
  2006 Group Stage
  2007 Did not qualify
  2009 Champions
  2011 Did not qualify
  2013 Group Stage
  2015 Semifinals
  2017 Champions
 /  2019 Runners-up

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

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 friendly Match against Spain on 10 October and the qualifier against Bosnia and Herzegovina on 15 October.[2]

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

Caps and goals correct as of 15 October 2019.[3]
No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Markus Schubert (1998-06-12) 12 June 1998 (age 21) 5 0   Schalke 04
2 2DF Maxime Awoudja (1998-02-02) 2 February 1998 (age 21) 2 0   VfB Stuttgart
3 2DF Josha Vagnoman (2000-11-12) 12 November 2000 (age 18) 1 0   Hamburger SV
4 2DF Nico Schlotterbeck (1999-12-01) 1 December 1999 (age 19) 4 1   SC Freiburg
5 2DF Julian Chabot (1998-02-12) 12 February 1998 (age 21) 4 0   Sampdoria
6 2DF Tim Handwerker (1998-05-19) 19 May 1998 (age 21) 4 0   1. FC Nürnberg
7 3MF Dženis Burnić (1998-05-22) 22 May 1998 (age 21) 4 0   Dynamo Dresden
8 3MF Dennis Geiger (1998-06-10) 10 June 1998 (age 21) 1 0   1899 Hoffenheim
9 4FW Janni Serra (1998-03-13) 13 March 1998 (age 21) 15 2   Holstein Kiel
10 4FW Mërgim Berisha (1998-05-11) 11 May 1998 (age 21) 2 0   SCR Altach
11 4FW Mats Köhlert (1999-05-02) 2 May 1999 (age 20) 2 0   Willem II
12 1GK Eike Bansen (1998-02-21) 21 February 1998 (age 21) 0 0   Zulte-Waregem
13 3MF Salih Özcan (1998-01-11) 11 January 1998 (age 21) 4 0   Holstein Kiel
14 4FW Makana Baku (1998-04-08) 8 April 1998 (age 21) 3 0   Holstein Kiel
15 2DF Luca Kilian (1999-09-01) 1 September 1999 (age 20) 4 1   SC Paderborn
16 2DF Felix Agu (1999-09-27) 27 September 1999 (age 20) 2 0   VfL Osnabrück
17 4FW Robin Hack (1998-08-27) 27 August 1998 (age 21) 3 3   1. FC Nürnberg
18 3MF Niklas Dorsch (1998-01-15) 15 January 1998 (age 21) 4 1   1. FC Heidenheim
19 3MF Adrian Fein (1999-03-18) 18 March 1999 (age 20) 4 1   Hamburger SV
20 2DF Vitaly Janelt (1998-05-10) 10 May 1998 (age 21) 4 0   VfL Bochum
21 3MF Bote Baku (1998-04-08) 8 April 1998 (age 21) 3 0   Mainz 05
22 4FW Johannes Eggestein (C) (1998-05-08) 8 May 1998 (age 21) 10 2   Werder Bremen
23 1GK Lennart Grill (1998-06-12) 12 June 1998 (age 21) 2 0   Heracles Almelo
24 3MF Orestis Kiomourtzoglou (1998-05-07) 7 May 1998 (age 21) 1 0   FC Kaiserslautern
4FW Lukas Nmecha (1998-12-14) 14 December 1998 (age 20) 7 2   VfL Wolfsburg

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
DF Louis Beyer (2000-05-19) 19 May 2000 (age 19) 1 0   Borussia Mönchengladbach   Wales 10 September 2019

MF Arne Maier (1999-01-08) 8 January 1999 (age 20) 8 1   Hertha BSC 2019 U-21 Euro

Past squadsEdit

Player recordsEdit

Former coachesEdit

See alsoEdit

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. ^ "Kuntz beruft Vagnoman neu in die U 21". dfb.de. Retrieved 2 October 2019.
  3. ^ "U 21-Nationalteam Männer Team". dfb.de. Retrieved 4 March 2014.

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