Romania national under-21 football team

The Romania national under-21 football team, also known as Romania under-21s or Romania U21(s), is considered to be the feeder team for the Romania national football team.

Romania Under-21
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Tricolorii mici (The Small Tricolours)
AssociationRomanian Football Federation
Head coachFlorin Bratu
CaptainVirgil Ghiță
Most capsAlexandru Pașcanu (29)
Top scorerGeorge Pușcaș (18)
Home stadiumIlie Oană
First colours
Second colours
Biggest win
 Armenia 0–5 Romania 
(Yerevan, Armenia; 16 November 2004)
 Azerbaijan 0–5 Romania 
(Trabzon, Turkey; 25 April 1995)
Biggest defeat
 Germany 8–0 Romania 
(Magdeburg, Germany; 9 September 2014)
UEFA U-21 Championship
Appearances3 (first in 1998)
Best resultSemi-finals (2019)

This team is for Romanian players aged under 21 at the start of the calendar year in which a two-year European Under-21 Football Championship campaign begins, so some players can remain with the squad until the age of 23. As long as they are eligible, players can play for Romania at any level, making it possible to play for the U21s, senior side, and again for the U21s. It is also possible to play for one country at youth level and another at senior level (providing the player has not played a senior competitive game in his previous country.)

The U-21 team came into existence, following the realignment of UEFA's youth competitions, in 1976. Romania qualified for the 1998 UEFA European Under-21 Championship, and under Victor Pițurcă reached the quarter-finals, where they were knocked out by the Netherlands. Romania had been 1–0 up, but were eventually beaten 2–1. The Romanian lineup included players like: Cosmin Contra, Bogdan Lobonț, Cătălin Munteanu, Ionel Dănciulescu and Ion Luțu.

Romania once again qualified unbeaten for the finals after topping their group in the qualifying series. The Romanians reached semi-final of the UEFA European Under-21 Championship for the first time in their history in the 2019 UEFA Under-21 Euro but eventually lost 4–2 to defending champions Germany who scored twice in the dying moments. Romania qualified for the 2020 Summer Olympics for their first Olympics since 1964. Overall, Romania was a revelation at the tournament, beating both England and Croatia (4-2 and 4–1), and looked on course for a shock before Germany fought back to make the final.

Romania U21s do not have a permanent home. They play in stadia dotted all around Romania, in an attempt to encourage younger fans in all areas of the country to get behind Romania. Because of the lower demand compared to the senior national team, smaller grounds can be used.

Competitive recordEdit

UEFA U-21 Championship RecordEdit

UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship record UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship Qualification record
Year Round Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
1978 Did not qualify 4 1 0 3 5 8
1980 4 2 0 2 7 3
1982 6 2 1 3 9 12
1984 6 2 1 3 8 12
1986 6 1 4 1 5 7
1988 6 3 0 3 7 7
1990 6 3 0 3 8 7
1992 6 2 0 4 5 9
  1994 8 5 0 3 13 10
  1996 10 4 4 2 17 10
  1998 Quarter-Finals 3 0 0 3 2 5 8 8 0 0 18 4
  2000 Did not qualify 8 3 3 2 10 8
  2002 8 5 1 2 13 5
  2004 8 2 1 5 6 7
  2006 10 6 1 3 17 8
  2007 2 1 0 1 4 5
  2009 8 4 3 1 11 3
  2011 10 8 1 1 23 6
  2013 8 4 2 2 11 6
  2015 8 3 3 2 14 19
  2017 10 5 1 4 15 14
    2019 Semi-Finals 4 2 1 1 10 7 10 7 3 0 19 4
    2021 Group Stage 3 1 2 0 3 2 10 6 2 2 22 7
    2023 Qualified Qualified as hosts
Total 4/24 10 3 3 4 15 14 160 87 31 52 268 181

Olympic GamesEdit

Football at the Summer Olympics was first played officially in 1908. The Olympiads between 1896 and 1980 was only open for amateur players. The 1984 and 1988 tournaments were open to players with no appearances in the FIFA World Cup. After the 1988 Olympics, the football event was changed into a tournament for U23 or U21 teams with a maximum of three older players. See Romania national football team for competition record from 1908 until 1988.

Olympic Games record Olympic Games Qualification record **
Year Round Position Pld W D * L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1992 Did not qualify 6 2 0 4 5 9
  1996 10 4 4 2 17 10
  2000 8 3 3 2 10 8
  2004 8 2 1 5 6 7
  2008 2 1 0 1 4 5
  2012 10 8 1 1 23 6
  2016 8 3 3 2 14 19
  2020 Qualified 14 9 4 1 29 11
  2024 To be determined 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2028 0 0 0 0 0 0
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
**Includes both qualification phase and final tournament of UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship.
***Gold background color indicates that the tournament was won. Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.

EURO 2021Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification            
1   Denmark 10 8 2 0 21 9 +12 26 Final tournament 2–1 1–1 2–1 2–1 5–1
2   Romania 10 6 2 2 22 7 +15 20 1–1 3–0 4–1 3–0 4–1
3   Ukraine 10 5 1 4 17 11 +6 16 2–3 1–0 0–2 3–0 4–0
4   Finland 10 4 1 5 14 15 −1 13 0–1 1–3 0–2 1–1 4–0
5   Northern Ireland 10 2 3 5 7 13 −6 9 0–1 0–0 1–0 2–3 0–0
6   Malta 10 0 1 9 4 30 −26 1 1–3 0–3 1–4 0–1 0–2
Source: UEFA

Results and fixturesEdit

  Win   Draw   Loss

2020Edit

5 August 2020 (2020-08-05) Unofficial friendly Romania   6–0  Farul Constanța Mogoșoaia, Romania
UTC+02:00
Report Stadium: Stadionul Mogoșoaia
4 September 2020 (2020-09-04) 2021 UEFA U21 Q Finland   1–3   Romania Turku, Finland
UTC+02:00
Report
Stadium: Veritas Stadion, Turku
Attendance: 0
Referee: Anastasios Papapetrou (Greece)
8 September 2020 (2020-09-08) 2021 UEFA U21 Q Malta   0–3   Romania Ta' Qali, Malta
UTC+02:00
Stadium: Centenary Stadium, Ta' Qali
Attendance: 0
Referee: Gergő Bogár (Hungary)
9 October 2020 (2020-10-09) 2021 UEFA U21 Q Ukraine   1–0   Romania Kiev, Ukraine
UTC+02:00
Stadium: Obolon Arena
13 October 2020 (2020-10-13) 2021 UEFA U21 Q Romania   4–1   Malta Giurgiu, Romania
UTC+02:00
Stadium: Stadionul Marin Anastasovici
17 November 2020 (2020-11-17) 2021 UEFA U21 Q Romania   1–1   Denmark Ploiești, Romania
UTC+02:00
Stadium: Ilie Oană Stadium

2021Edit

24 March 2021 (2021-03-24) 2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship Romania   1–1   Netherlands Budapest, Hungary
21:00
Report
Stadium: Bozsik Aréna
Attendance: 0[1][note 1]
Referee: Sandro Schärer (Switzerland)
27 March 2021 (2021-03-27) 2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship Hungary   1–2   Romania Budapest, Hungary
18:00
Report
Stadium: Bozsik Aréna
Attendance: 0[2][note 1]
Referee: Lawrence Visser (Belgium)
30 March 2021 (2021-03-30) 2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship Germany   0–0   Romania Budapest, Hungary
18:00 Report Stadium: Bozsik Aréna
Attendance: 0[3][note 1]
Referee: Guillermo Cuadra Fernández (Spain)
4 September 2021 (2021-09-04) Unofficial friendly Romania   2–1  Buzău Bucharest, Romania
12:00 UTC+02:00
Report
Stadium: Stadionul Dinamo
7 September 2021 (2021-09-07) Friendly Romania   1–1   Georgia Voluntari, Romania
21:00 UTC+02:00
Report
Stadium: Stadionul Anghel Iordănescu
7 October 2021 Unofficial friendly Romania   1–0   Sweden Marbella, Spain
UTC+03:00
Stadium: Marbella Football Center
9 October 2021 Friendly Romania   1–3   Mexico Marbella, Spain
UTC+03:00
  • Carrillo   29'
  • Juárez   41'
  • Martínez   48'
Stadium: Marbella Football Center

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players were called up for the friendly matches against   Sweden and   Mexico on 7 and 9 October 2021 respectively.[4]

Caps and goals as of 9 October 2021 after the match against   Mexico .
No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Mihai Popa (2000-10-12) 12 October 2000 (age 21) 3 0   Voluntari
1GK Răzvan Ducan (2001-02-09) 9 February 2001 (age 20) 1 0   Mioveni
1GK Ștefan Târnovanu (2000-05-09) 9 May 2000 (age 21) 0 0   FCSB

2DF Vladimir Screciu (2000-01-13) 13 January 2000 (age 21) 3 0   Universitatea Craiova
2DF Valentin Țicu (2000-09-19) 19 September 2000 (age 21) 2 0   Petrolul Ploiești
2DF Bogdan Racovițan (2000-06-06) 6 June 2000 (age 21) 2 0   Botoșani
2DF Alexandru Țîrlea (2000-03-28) 28 March 2000 (age 21) 2 0   Alavés B
2DF Alexandru Georgescu (2001-07-10) 10 July 2001 (age 20) 1 0   Farul Constanța
2DF Rareș Ispas (2000-08-26) 26 August 2000 (age 21) 1 0   Sepsi OSK
2DF Ricardo Farcaș (2000-06-24) 24 June 2000 (age 21) 1 0   Siena

3MF Claudiu Petrila (2000-11-07) 7 November 2000 (age 20) 4 0   CFR Cluj
3MF George Cîmpanu (2000-10-08) 8 October 2000 (age 21) 4 1   Universitatea Craiova
3MF Dragoș Albu (2001-03-15) 15 March 2001 (age 20) 3 0   FC U Craiova
3MF Victor Dican (2000-10-11) 11 October 2000 (age 21) 3 0   Universitatea Cluj
3MF Antonio Sefer (2000-04-22) 22 April 2000 (age 21) 3 0   Rapid București
3MF Alexi Pitu (2002-06-05) 5 June 2002 (age 19) 2 0   Farul Constanța
3MF Marius Corbu (2002-05-07) 7 May 2002 (age 19) 2 0   Puskás Akadémia
3MF David Miculescu (2001-05-02) 2 May 2001 (age 20) 2 0   UTA Arad
3MF Damian Isac (2001-01-31) 31 January 2001 (age 20) 2 0   UTA Arad
3MF Marian Șerban (2000-07-07) 7 July 2000 (age 21) 2 0   Chindia Târgoviște
3MF Ștefan Baiaram (2002-12-31) 31 December 2002 (age 18) 1 0   CS U Craiova
3MF Daniel Toma (2000-04-22) 22 April 2000 (age 21) 1 0   Mioveni
3MF Alexandru Ișfan (2000-01-31) 31 January 2000 (age 21) 1 0   Argeș Pitești

4FW Ianis Stoica (2003-02-19) 19 February 2003 (age 18) 3 1   FCSB
4FW Jovan Marković (2001-03-23) 23 March 2001 (age 20) 2 0   Universitatea Craiova

Recent call-upsEdit

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

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Szilard Gyenge (2001-02-11) 11 February 2001 (age 20) 0 0   Miercurea Ciuc v.   Georgia, 7 September 2021
GK George Micle (2001-11-08) 8 November 2001 (age 19) 0 0   Universitatea Cluj v.   Denmark, 17 November 2020
GK Teodor Axinte (2000-02-02) 2 February 2000 (age 21) 0 0   Politehnica Iași v.   Malta, 13 October 2020
GK Ionuț Rus (2000-01-20) 20 January 2000 (age 21) 0 0   CFR Cluj v.   Denmark, 10 September 2019

DF Radu Drăgușin WD (2002-02-03) 3 February 2002 (age 19) 4 0   Sampdoria v.   Sweden, 7 October 2021
DF Sorin Șerban (2000-04-17) 17 April 2000 (age 21) 0 0   FCSB v.   Georgia, 7 September 2021

MF Octavian Popescu (2002-12-27) 27 December 2002 (age 18) 3 0   FCSB v.   Georgia, 7 September 2021
MF Ovidiu Perianu (2002-04-16) 16 April 2002 (age 19) 1 0   FCSB v.   Georgia, 7 September 2021
MF Vlad Pop (2000-08-31) 31 August 2000 (age 21) 1 0   FC U Craiova v.   Georgia, 7 September 2021
MF Valentin Mihăilă (2000-02-02) 2 February 2000 (age 21) 6 5   Parma v.   Malta, 8 September 2020

FW Cristian Dumitru (2001-12-13) 13 December 2001 (age 19) 1 0   Argeș Pitești v.   Georgia, 7 September 2021
FW Alexandru Stoica (2000-01-23) 23 January 2000 (age 21) 0 0   Unirea Slobozia v.   Georgia, 7 September 2021
FW Louis Munteanu INJ (2002-06-16) 16 June 2002 (age 19) 0 0   Fiorentina v.   England, 3 September 2021
Notes
  • INJ = Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury
  • SUS = Player is serving suspension
  • WD = Player withdrew from the squad
  • Names in italics denote players that have been capped for the Senior team.

Coaching staffEdit

As of September 2020.[5]
Role Name
Head Coach   Adrian Mutu
Assistant Coaches   Nicolae Grigore
  Adrian Boingiu
Goalkeeping Coach   Eugen Anghel
Fitness Coach   Silviu Ioniță
Video Analyst   Vlad Munteanu
Physioterapists   Adrian Mîrza
  Andrei Bogatan
  Mădălin Talpalaru
  Valentin Șerban
  Dragoș Paraschiv

See alsoEdit

FootnotesEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Romania vs. Netherlands". Union of European Football Associations. 24 March 2021. Retrieved 24 March 2021.
  2. ^ "Hungary vs. Romania". Union of European Football Associations. 27 March 2021. Retrieved 27 March 2021.
  3. ^ "Germany vs. Romania". Union of European Football Associations. 30 March 2021. Retrieved 30 March 2021.
  4. ^ https://www.frf.ro/recomandate/tricolorii-u21-convocati-pentru-meciurile-amicale-cu-suedia-si-mexic/
  5. ^ "Mirel Rădoi şi-a completat staff-ul cu încă un antrenor secund". Digi Sport (in Romanian). 15 January 2020.

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