Netherlands national under-21 football team
The Netherlands national under-21 football team is the national under-21 team of the Netherlands and is controlled by the Royal Dutch Football Association. The team competes in the European Under-21 Championship, held every two years.
|Nickname(s)||Jong Oranje (Young Orange)|
|Association||Koninklijke Nederlandse Voetbalbond|
|Head coach||Erwin van de Looi|
|Most caps||Arnold Bruggink & Leroy Fer (31)|
|Top scorer||Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (18)|
|Home stadium||De Vijverberg (12,600)|
|UEFA U-21 Championship|
|Appearances||6 (first in 1988)|
|Best result||Winner (2006, 2007)|
Following the realignment of UEFA's youth competitions in 1976, the Dutch Under-21 team was formed. The team did not have a very good record, failing to qualify for nine of the fifteen tournaments. The team did not enter for the 1978 competition, but since then has reached the semi-finals twice, and qualified for the last eight on three other occasions.
Since the under-21 competition rules insist that players must be 21 or under at the start of a two-year competition, technically it is an U-23 competition. For this reason, the Netherlands' record in the preceding U-23 competitions is also shown. The first competitive match was in the "Under-23 Challenge", a match which they lost. The team qualified for the last eight of each of the three U-23 tournaments.
In 2006 the Netherlands national under-21 football team of coach Foppe de Haan won the 2006 European Under-21 Championship. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar became top scorer and player of the tournament with four goals, and also broke the all-time goalscoring record of 15 goals previously held by Roy Makaay and Arnold Jan Bruggink, in his last match with the team as he pushed this record to eighteen goals. The following year, Netherlands national under-21 football team successfully defended their title by winning the 2007 European Under-21 Championship in the final against Serbia with 4–1. Maceo Rigters was the top scorer of the competition with four goals and Royston Drenthe was the Player of the Tournament. The win meant that the Netherlands qualified for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. The team failed to qualify for the 2009 European Under-21 Championship, after losing out to Switzerland in their final qualifying match.
UEFA U-23 Championship recordEdit
- 17 April 1968: Bulgaria 3–1 Netherlands.
- 1972: Losing quarter-finalists.
- 1974: Losing quarter-finalists.
- 1976: Losing semi-finalists.
UEFA U-21 Championship RecordEdit
|1978||Did not enter|
|1980||Did not qualify|
|1982||Did not qualify|
|1984||Did not qualify|
|1986||Did not qualify|
|1994||Did not qualify|
|1996||Did not qualify|
|2002||Did not qualify|
|2004||Did not qualify|
|2009||Did not qualify|
|2011||Did not qualify|
|2015||Did not qualify|
|2017||Did not qualify|
|2019||Did not qualify|
|Summer Olympic record|
|1992||Did Not Qualify|
|2012||Did Not Qualify|
Results and fixtures 2017–2019Edit
2019 UEFA European Under-21 ChampionshipEdit
The following players were called up for the match against Mexico on the 31st of May 2019. Names in italics denote players who have been capped for the Senior team.
Caps and goals updated as 31 May 2019. Clubs updated as of 1 June 2019
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Kjell Scherpen||23 January 2000||1||0||Ajax|
|16||GK||Jan Hoekstra||4 August 1998||0||0||FC Groningen|
|23||GK||Thijmen Nijhuis||25 July 1998||0||0||FC Utrecht|
|2||DF||Deyovaiso Zeefuik||11 March 1998||3||0||Groningen|
|3||DF||Perr Schuurs||26 November 1999||3||0||Ajax|
|4||DF||Justin Hoogma||11 June 1998||8||0||TSG Hoffenheim|
|5||DF||Tyrell Malacia||17 August 1999||1||0||Feyenoord|
|12||DF||Sherel Floranus||23 August 1998||3||0||Heerenveen|
|14||DF||Rick van Drongelen||20 December 1998||14||0||Hamburger SV|
|15||DF||Owen Wijndal||28 November 1999||1||0||AZ|
|6||MF||Ludovit Reis||1 June 2000||1||0||FC Barcelona|
|8||MF||Teun Koopmeiners||28 February 1998||10||1||AZ|
|10||MF||Dani de Wit||28 January 1998||3||0||Ajax|
|13||MF||Noa Lang||17 June 1999||1||0||Ajax|
|20||MF||Ferdi Kadioglu||7 October 1999||6||0||Fenerbahçe|
|7||FW||Calvin Stengs||18 December 1998||2||1||AZ|
|9||FW||Donyell Malen||19 January 1999||7||2||PSV|
|11||FW||Justin Kluivert||5 May 1999||9||4||AS Roma|
|17||FW||Mitchell van Bergen||27 August 1999||1||0||Heerenveen|
|18||FW||Cody Gakpo||7 May 1999||2||1||PSV|
|19||FW||Kaj Sierhuis||27 April 1998||2||0||Groningen|
Individual all-time recordsEdit
Most capped playersEdit
Most goals scoredEdit