Romania national under-21 football team
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The Romania national under-21 football team is the national under-21 football team of Romania and is controlled by the Romanian Football Federation. The team competes in the European Under-21 Football Championship, held every two years.
|Nickname(s)||Tricolorii mici (The Small Tricolours)|
|Association||Romanian Football Federation|
|Head coach||Mirel Rădoi|
|Most caps||Ionuț Luțu (28)|
|Top scorer||George Puşcaş (18)|
| 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||2 (first in 1998)|
|Best result||Semi-Finals 2019|
Following the realignment of UEFA's youth competitions in 1976, under-21 football teams in Europe were formed. The team is exclusively for football players that are age 21 or under at the start of the two-year campaign of the UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship meaning a player can represent the national team until the age of 23.
Romania U-21 squad qualified for the 1998 European Championship. Under the guidance of Victor Pițurcă and with a generation of players that included among others Bogdan Lobonț, Florentin Petre, Ionel Dănciulescu and Cătălin Munteanu, Romania U-21 finished the qualifying stage with maximum points after winning all eight games. Romania was then chosen as the host of the final stage. The squad was eliminated in the quarter-finals, being beaten by the Netherlands, 2-1.
The Romania under-21 team does not have a permanent home. The team plays in stadiums located all around Romania. Because of the smaller demand compared to the senior national team, smaller facilities are used. As of June 2019, the last three games have been played in Cluj-Napoca.
Romania again qualified for the UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship in 2019, after topping a group that included Portugal, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Wales, Switzerland and Liechtenstein. They secured their qualification for the final tournament, by beating Liechtenstein, 4-0, on 16 October 2018. At the competition, they finished in the semifinals after beating in the group stage Croatia, England,and drawing with France, finishing first in the group, but they lost against en-titre champions Germany. This was the best performance made by Romania since the inauguration of the UEFA European Under-21 Championship. They automatically qualified for the 2020 Olympic Games for the first time since 1964.
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|
|2021||To be determined||0||0||0||0||0||0|
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|
- *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.
|1||Finland||2||1||1||0||3||1||+2||4||Final tournament||—||8 Sep '20||14 Oct '19||1–1||10 Oct '19||4 Sep '20|
|2||Ukraine||2||1||0||1||4||2||+2||3||Final tournament if best runners-up
|0–2||—||15 Nov '19||31 Mar '20||4–0||9 Oct '20|
|3||Denmark||1||1||0||0||2||1||+1||3||13 Oct '20||4 Sep '20||—||10 Oct '19||19 Nov '19||2–1|
|4||Northern Ireland||2||0||2||0||1||1||0||2||9 Oct '20||13 Oct '20||8 Sep '20||—||0–0||19 Nov '19|
|5||Malta||2||0||1||1||0||4||−4||1||31 Mar '20||27 Mar '20||9 Oct '20||4 Sep '20||—||8 Sep '20|
|6||Romania||1||0||0||1||1||2||−1||0||14 Nov '19||10 Oct '19||31 Mar '20||14 Oct '19||13 Oct '20||—|
Results and fixturesEdit
Win Draw Loss
|24 March 2018 Friendly||England||2–1||Romania||Wolverhampton, England|
|19:15 UTC+02:00||Gray 8'
|Report||Costache 79'||Stadium: Molineux|
|7 September 2018 2019 UEFA U21 Q||Portugal||1–2||Romania||Paços de Ferreira, Portugal|
|UTC+02:00||Carvalho 84'||Cicâldău 52'
|Stadium: Estádio da Mata Real|
|11 September 2018 2019 UEFA U21 Q||Romania||2–0||Bosnia and Herzegovina||Ovidiu, Romania|
|12 October 2018 2019 UEFA U21 Q||Romania||2–0||Wales||Cluj, Romania|
|Stadium: Stadionul Dr. Constantin Rădulescu|
|16 October 2018 2019 UEFA U21 Q||Romania||4–0||Liechtenstein||Ploiești, Romania|
|UTC+02:00||Pușcaș 14', 39'
|Stadium: Ilie Oană|
|15 November 2018 Unofficial friendly||Romania||3–3||Belgium||Cluj, Romania|
|UTC+02:00||Drăguș 45+2' (pen.)
|Stadium: Stadionul Dr. Constantin Rădulescu|
|21 March 2019 Friendly||Spain||1–0||Romania||Granada, Spain|
|19:45 UTC+02:00||Merino 67'||Report||Stadium: Nuevo Estadio de Los Cármenes|
|25 March 2019 Unofficial friendly||Romania||1–0||Denmark||Marbella, Spain|
|19:15 UTC+02:00||Drăguș 42'||Stadium: Marbella Football Center|
|18 June 2019 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship||Romania||4–1||Croatia||Serravalle, San Marino|
|18:30||Pușcaș 11' (pen.)
|Report||Vlašić 18'||Stadium: San Marino Stadium|
Referee: Bobby Madden (Scotland)
|21 June 2019 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship||England||2–4||Romania||Cesena, Italy|
|Report||Pușcaș 76' (pen.)
Coman 89', 90+3'
|Stadium: Stadio Dino Manuzzi|
Referee: Andreas Ekberg (Sweden)
|24 June 2019 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship||France||0–0||Romania||Cesena, Italy|
|21:00||Report||Stadium: Stadio Dino Manuzzi|
Referee: Georgi Kabakov (Bulgaria)
|27 June 2019 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship||Germany||4–2||Romania||Bologna, Italy|
|18:00||Amiri 21', 90+4'
Waldschmidt 51' (pen.), 90'
|Report||Pușcaș 26' (pen.), 44'||Stadium: Stadio Renato Dall'Ara|
Referee: Orel Grinfeld (Israel)
|10 September 2019 2021 UEFA U21 Q||Denmark||2-1||Romania||Aalborg, Denmark|
|19:30 UTC+02:00||Olsen 3', 55'||Report||Coman 80'||Stadium: Aalborg Stadium|
Referee: Erez Papir (Israel)
The following players were called up for the 2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification Group 8 match against Denmark in 10 September 2019.
- Caps and goals as of 11 September 2019 after the match against Denmark.
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||Andrei Vlad INJ||15 April 1999||0||0||FCSB||v. Denmark, 6 September 2019|
|DF||Virgil Ghiță||4 June 1998||2||0||Viitorul Constanța||v. Germany, 27 June 2019|
|DF||Denis Ciobotariu||10 June 1998||0||0||Dinamo București||v. Belgium, 15 November 2018|
|DF||Florin Borța||21 June 1999||1||0||U Craiova||v. Bosnia and Herzegovina, 11 September 2018|
|DF||Tiberiu Căpușă||6 April 1998||1||0||Viitorul Constanța||v. England, 24 March 2018|
|DF||Ștefan Vlădoiu||28 December 1998||0||0||U Craiova||v. Wales, 14 November 2017|
|MF||Dennis Man||26 August 1998||11||3||FCSB||v. Germany, 27 June 2019|
|MF||Ianis Hagi||22 October 1998||14||4||Genk||v. Germany, 27 June 2019|
|MF||Olimpiu Moruțan||25 April 1999||3||0||FCSB||v. Denmark, 25 March 2019|
|MF||Carlo Casap||29 December 1998||2||0||Viitorul Constanța||v. Denmark, 25 March 2019|
|MF||Stephan Drăghici||30 January 1998||1||0||Gaz Metan Mediaș||v. Denmark, 25 March 2019|
|MF||Doru Dumitrescu INJ||25 May 1998||1||0||Viitorul Constanța||v. Belgium, 15 November 2018|
|MF||Alexandru Mățan||29 August 1999||3||0||Voluntari||v. Liechtenstein, 16 October 2018|
|MF||Marco Dulca||11 May 1999||5||0||Viitorul Constanța||v. Bosnia and Herzegovina, 11 September 2018|
|MF||Valentin Costache||2 August 1998||4||1||CFR Cluj||v. England, 24 March 2018|
|MF||Vladimir Screciu||13 January 2000||1||0||Genk||v. Switzerland, 6 October 2017|
|FW||Andrei Sîntean||16 June 1999||1||0||Hermannstadt||v. Denmark, 25 March 2019|
|FW||Robert Moldoveanu||8 March 1999||0||0||Dinamo București||v. Belgium, 15 November 2018|
- INJ = Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury
- Names in italics denote players that have been capped for the Senior team.
|Head coach||Mirel Rădoi|
|Assistant coach||Florin Constantinovici|
|Assistant coach||Nicolae Constantin|
|GK coach||Eugen Anghel|
|Physical coach||Bogdan Merisanu|