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.
|Nickname(s)||Tricolorii mici (The Small Tricolours)|
|Association||Romanian Football Federation|
|Head coach||Florin Bratu|
|Most caps||Alexandru Pașcanu (29)|
|Top scorer||George Pușcaș (18)|
|Home stadium||Ilie Oană|
| Armenia 0–5 Romania |
(Yerevan, Armenia; 16 November 2004)
Azerbaijan 0–5 Romania
(Trabzon, Turkey; 25 April 1995)
| Germany 8–0 Romania |
(Magdeburg, Germany; 9 September 2014)
|UEFA U-21 Championship|
|Appearances||3 (first in 1998)|
|Best result||Semi-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.
UEFA U-21 Championship RecordEdit
|UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship record||UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship Qualification record|
|1978||Did not qualify||4||1||0||3||5||8|
|2000||Did not qualify||8||3||3||2||10||8|
|2023||Qualified||Qualified as hosts|
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 **|
|1992||Did not qualify||6||2||0||4||5||9|
|2024||To be determined||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.
Results and fixturesEdit
Win Draw Loss
|5 August 2020 Unofficial friendly||Romania||6–0||Farul Constanța||Mogoșoaia, Romania|
|UTC+02:00||Report||Stadium: Stadionul Mogoșoaia|
|4 September 2020 2021 UEFA U21 Q||Finland||1–3||Romania||Turku, Finland|
||Report||Stadium: Veritas Stadion, Turku|
Referee: Anastasios Papapetrou (Greece)
|8 September 2020 2021 UEFA U21 Q||Malta||0–3||Romania||Ta' Qali, Malta|
|UTC+02:00||Stadium: Centenary Stadium, Ta' Qali|
Referee: Gergő Bogár (Hungary)
|9 October 2020 2021 UEFA U21 Q||Ukraine||1–0||Romania||Kiev, Ukraine|
|UTC+02:00||Stadium: Obolon Arena|
|13 October 2020 2021 UEFA U21 Q||Romania||4–1||Malta||Giurgiu, Romania|
||Stadium: Stadionul Marin Anastasovici|
|17 November 2020 2021 UEFA U21 Q||Romania||1–1||Denmark||Ploiești, Romania|
||Stadium: Ilie Oană Stadium|
|24 March 2021 2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship||Romania||1–1||Netherlands||Budapest, Hungary|
||Stadium: Bozsik Aréna|
Attendance: 0[note 1]
Referee: Sandro Schärer (Switzerland)
|27 March 2021 2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship||Hungary||1–2||Romania||Budapest, Hungary|
||Report||Stadium: Bozsik Aréna|
Attendance: 0[note 1]
Referee: Lawrence Visser (Belgium)
|30 March 2021 2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship||Germany||0–0||Romania||Budapest, Hungary|
|18:00||Report||Stadium: Bozsik Aréna|
Attendance: 0[note 1]
Referee: Guillermo Cuadra Fernández (Spain)
|4 September 2021 Unofficial friendly||Romania||2–1||Buzău||Bucharest, Romania|
||Stadium: Stadionul Dinamo|
|7 September 2021 Friendly||Romania||1–1||Georgia||Voluntari, Romania|
||Stadium: Stadionul Anghel Iordănescu|
|7 October 2021 Unofficial friendly||Romania||1–0||Sweden||Marbella, Spain|
||Stadium: Marbella Football Center|
- Caps and goals as of 9 October 2021 after the match against Mexico .
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||11 February 2001||0||0||Miercurea Ciuc||v. Georgia, 7 September 2021|
|GK||George Micle||8 November 2001||0||0||Universitatea Cluj||v. Denmark, 17 November 2020|
|GK||Teodor Axinte||2 February 2000||0||0||Politehnica Iași||v. Malta, 13 October 2020|
|GK||Ionuț Rus||20 January 2000||0||0||CFR Cluj||v. Denmark, 10 September 2019|
|DF||Radu Drăgușin WD||3 February 2002||4||0||Sampdoria||v. Sweden, 7 October 2021|
|DF||Sorin Șerban||17 April 2000||0||0||FCSB||v. Georgia, 7 September 2021|
|MF||Octavian Popescu||27 December 2002||3||0||FCSB||v. Georgia, 7 September 2021|
|MF||Ovidiu Perianu||16 April 2002||1||0||FCSB||v. Georgia, 7 September 2021|
|MF||Vlad Pop||31 August 2000||1||0||FC U Craiova||v. Georgia, 7 September 2021|
|MF||Valentin Mihăilă||2 February 2000||6||5||Parma||v. Malta, 8 September 2020|
|FW||Cristian Dumitru||13 December 2001||1||0||Argeș Pitești||v. Georgia, 7 September 2021|
|FW||Alexandru Stoica||23 January 2000||0||0||Unirea Slobozia||v. Georgia, 7 September 2021|
|FW||Louis Munteanu INJ||16 June 2002||0||0||Fiorentina||v. England, 3 September 2021|
- 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.
- As of September 2020.
|Head Coach||Adrian Mutu|
|Assistant Coaches|| Nicolae Grigore|
|Goalkeeping Coach||Eugen Anghel|
|Fitness Coach||Silviu Ioniță|
|Video Analyst||Vlad Munteanu|
|Physioterapists|| Adrian Mîrza |
- "Romania vs. Netherlands". Union of European Football Associations. 24 March 2021. Retrieved 24 March 2021.
- "Hungary vs. Romania". Union of European Football Associations. 27 March 2021. Retrieved 27 March 2021.
- "Germany vs. Romania". Union of European Football Associations. 30 March 2021. Retrieved 30 March 2021.
- "Mirel Rădoi şi-a completat staff-ul cu încă un antrenor secund". Digi Sport (in Romanian). 15 January 2020.