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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.

Netherlands U21
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Jong Oranje (Young Orange)
AssociationKoninklijke Nederlandse Voetbalbond
Head coachErwin van de Looi
CaptainGuus Til
Most capsArnold Bruggink & Leroy Fer (31)
Top scorerKlaas-Jan Huntelaar (18)
Home stadiumDe Vijverberg (12,600)
First colours
Second colours
UEFA U-21 Championship
Appearances6 (first in 1988)
Best resultWinner (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.

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UEFA U-23 Championship recordEdit

The Netherlands were randomly chosen to play cards Bulgaria for the title in a one-off match in Sofia, which the Netherlands lost.

  • 17 April 1968: Bulgaria 3–1 Netherlands.
  • 1972: Losing quarter-finalists.
  • 1974: Losing quarter-finalists.
  • 1976: Losing semi-finalists.

UEFA U-21 Championship RecordEdit

Year Round
1978 Did not enter
1980 Did not qualify
1982 Did not qualify
1984 Did not qualify
1986 Did not qualify
1988 Semi Final
1990 Group Stage
1992 Quarter-finals
1994 Did not qualify
1996 Did not qualify
1998 Fourth place
2000 Group Stage
2002 Did not qualify
2004 Did not qualify
2006 Champions
2007 Champions
2009 Did not qualify
2011 Did not qualify
2013 Semi-finals
2015 Did not qualify
2017 Did not qualify
2019 Did not qualify

Notable playersEdit

Results and fixtures 2017–2019Edit

2019 UEFA European Under-21 ChampionshipEdit

QualificationEdit

Group stageEdit
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   England 10 8 2 0 23 4 +19 26 Final tournament
2   Netherlands 10 5 3 2 21 6 +15 18
3   Ukraine 10 5 2 3 18 12 +6 17
4   Scotland 10 4 2 4 13 13 0 14
5   Latvia 10 0 4 6 5 18 −13 4
6   Andorra 10 0 3 7 1 28 −27 3
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers

Current squadEdit

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 1GK Kjell Scherpen (2000-01-23) 23 January 2000 (age 19) 1 0   Ajax
16 1GK Jan Hoekstra (1998-08-04) 4 August 1998 (age 20) 0 0   FC Groningen
23 1GK Thijmen Nijhuis (1998-07-25) 25 July 1998 (age 20) 0 0   FC Utrecht

2 2DF Deyovaiso Zeefuik (1998-03-11) 11 March 1998 (age 21) 3 0   Groningen
3 2DF Perr Schuurs (1999-11-26) 26 November 1999 (age 19) 3 0   Ajax
4 2DF Justin Hoogma (1998-06-11) 11 June 1998 (age 21) 8 0   TSG Hoffenheim
5 2DF Tyrell Malacia (1999-08-17) 17 August 1999 (age 19) 1 0   Feyenoord
12 2DF Sherel Floranus (1998-08-23) 23 August 1998 (age 20) 3 0   Heerenveen
14 2DF Rick van Drongelen (1998-12-20) 20 December 1998 (age 20) 14 0   Hamburger SV
15 2DF Owen Wijndal (1999-11-28) 28 November 1999 (age 19) 1 0   AZ

6 3MF Ludovit Reis (2000-06-01) 1 June 2000 (age 19) 1 0   FC Barcelona
8 3MF Teun Koopmeiners (1998-02-28) 28 February 1998 (age 21) 10 1   AZ
10 3MF Dani de Wit (1998-01-28) 28 January 1998 (age 21) 3 0   Ajax
13 3MF Noa Lang (1999-06-17) 17 June 1999 (age 19) 1 0   Ajax
20 3MF Ferdi Kadioglu (1999-10-07) 7 October 1999 (age 19) 6 0   Fenerbahçe

7 4FW Calvin Stengs (1998-12-18) 18 December 1998 (age 20) 2 1   AZ
9 4FW Donyell Malen (1999-01-19) 19 January 1999 (age 20) 7 2   PSV
11 4FW Justin Kluivert (1999-05-05) 5 May 1999 (age 20) 9 4   AS Roma
17 4FW Mitchell van Bergen (1999-08-27) 27 August 1999 (age 19) 1 0   Heerenveen
18 4FW Cody Gakpo (1999-05-07) 7 May 1999 (age 20) 2 1   PSV
19 4FW Kaj Sierhuis (1998-04-27) 27 April 1998 (age 21) 2 0   Groningen

Individual all-time recordsEdit

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