Spain national under-21 football team

The Spain national under-21 football team is the national under-21 football team of Spain and is controlled by the Royal Spanish Football Federation. The team, nicknamed La Rojita (The Little Red [One]),[1] competes in the biennial UEFA European Under-21 Championship.

Spain Under-21
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)La Rojita (The Little Red [One])
AssociationRoyal Spanish Football Federation
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachLuis de la Fuente
CaptainBryan Gil
Most capsGerard Deulofeu (36)
Top scorerGerard Deulofeu (17)
FIFA codeESP
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Yugoslavia 4–1 Spain 
(Zagreb, Yugoslavia; 9 October 1976)
Biggest win
 Spain 14–0 San Marino 
(El Ejido, Spain; 8 February 2005)
Biggest defeat
 Netherlands 5–0 Spain 
(Utrecht, Netherlands; 16 February 1983)
Records for competitive matches only.
UEFA U-21 Championship
Appearances13 (first in 1982)
Best resultWinners (1986, 1998, 2011, 2013, 2019)
The 2011 winning team

Following the realignment of UEFA's youth competitions in 1976, the Spanish under-21 team was formed. Spain has a strong record (competition winners five times and runners-up twice); having consecutively won the 2011 and 2013 Championships. They hold the joint record with Italy for the most wins of the competition.

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, Spain's brief record in the preceding U-23 competitions is also shown, though in actuality, Spain played only three competitive U-23 matches. The first was in the "under-23 Challenge", which they lost, while the next two were in a two-team qualification "group" for the 1972 competition (facing the Soviet Union team, they lost 2–1 at home then drew 1–1 away and failed to qualify. Spain did not enter a team in the other two U-23 competitions, but have been ever present in under-21 competitions).

Spain's youth development programs has been challenging the South American dominance in the FIFA U-17 World Championship and the FIFA U-20 World Cup. In fact, 20 of the Spanish 23-man squad that won the Euro 2008 came through the ranks of the youth teams; most of them had won titles at the youth level as well.

Competitive recordEdit

UEFA European Under-21 Championship RecordEdit

Year Round GP W D* L GS GA
1978 Qualifying Stage 4 2 0 2 5 8
1980 Qualifying Stage 4 1 2 1 4 2
1982 Quarter-Finals 6 5 0 1 14 5
1984 Runners-up 10 5 2 3 11 11
1986 Champions 10 7 1 2 18 9
1988 Quarter-Finals 8 4 2 2 10 4
1990 Quarter-Finals 6 4 0 2 5 4
1992 Qualifying Stage 7 3 2 2 6 5
  1994 Third Place 12 9 2 1 21 9
  1996 Runners-up 14 10 3 1 34 14
  1998 Champions 11 10 1 0 21 6
  2000 Third Place 14 11 3 0 31 7
  2002 Qualification Playoffs 10 6 1 3 15 9
  2004 Qualification Playoffs 10 6 2 2 17 5
  2006 Qualifying Stage 10 6 2 2 37 8
  2007 Qualification Playoffs 4 2 1 1 8 4
  2009 Group Stage 13 10 1 2 27 7
  2011 Champions 15 12 2 1 31 8
  2013 Champions 15 14 1 0 47 5
  2015 Qualification Playoffs 10 7 2 1 25 8
  2017 Runners-up 15 11 2 2 43 12
  2019 Champions 15 13 0 2 45 16
   2021 Semifinals 15 12 2 1 27 3
   2023
Total 15/23 238 170 34 34 502 169

*Denotes draws including knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

  • Gold background color indicates first-place finish. Silver background color indicates second-place finish. Bronze background color indicates third-place finish.
  • Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.

Individual awardsEdit

In addition to team victories, Spanish players have won individual awards at UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship.

Year Golden Player Golden Boot
  1986 Manolo Sanchís
  1998 Francesc Arnau
  2011 Juan Mata Adrián
  2013 Thiago Álvaro Morata
  2017 Dani Ceballos Saúl
  2019 Fabián Ruiz

Player recordsEdit

Top appearancesEdit

Rank Player Club(s) Year(s) U-21 Caps
1 Gerard Deulofeu Barcelona, Everton, Sevilla, Milan 2012–2017 36
2 Borja Mayoral Real Madrid, VfL Wolfsburg, Levante 2015–2019 31
  Jorge Meré Sporting Gijón, FC Köln 2015–2019 31
  Iker Muniain Athletic Bilbao 2011–2014 31
5 Dani Ceballos Betis, Real Madrid 2015–2019 29
6 Santi Denia Albacete, Atlético Madrid 1992–1996 27
  David de Gea Atlético Madrid, Manchester United 2009–2013 27
8 Diego Capel Sevilla 2007–2011 25
  Mikel Oyarzabal Real Sociedad 2017–2019 25
  Saúl Atlético Madrid, Rayo Vallecano 2013–2017 25
  Xavi Barcelona 1998–2001 25

Note: Club(s) represents all the clubs that players played in at the time they did it too in the Under-21s.

Top goalscorersEdit

Rank Player Club(s) Year(s) U-21 Goals
1 Gerard Deulofeu Barcelona, Everton, Sevilla, Milan 2012–2017 17
2 Borja Mayoral Real Madrid, VfL Wolfsburg, Levante 2015–2019 16
3 Rodrigo Benfica 2011–2013 15
4 Isco Málaga, Real Madrid 2011–2014 14
5 Álvaro Morata Real Madrid, Juventus 2013–2014 13
6 Óscar Barcelona, Albacete 1992–1996 12
7 Munir Barcelona 2014–2016 10
8 Pablo Couñago Celta, Recreativo, Ipswich Town 1999–2001 9
  Adrián Deportivo, Alavés, Málaga, Atlético Madrid 2007–2011 9
  Saúl Atlético Madrid, Rayo Vallecano 2013–2017 9

Note: Club(s) represents all the clubs that players played in at the time they did it too in the Under-21s.

  • Caps and goals correct as of 3 September 2020.

Recent resultsEdit

Date Competition Location Opponent Result Scorers
10 October 2019 Friendly Córdoba, Spain   Germany 1–1 Manu García   10'
15 October 2019 2021 UEFA U-21 qualification Podgorica, Montenegro   Montenegro 2–0 Buñuel   34', Cucurella   62'
14 November 2019 2021 UEFA U-21 qualification Alcorcón, Spain   North Macedonia 3–0 Manu García   7', Serafimov   47' (o.g.), Pedrosa   87'
19 November 2019 2021 UEFA U-21 qualification Ramat Gan, Israel   Israel 1–1 Óscar   50'
3 September 2020 2021 UEFA U-21 qualification Skopje, North Macedonia   North Macedonia 1–0 Hugo Duro   84' (pen.)
8 October 2020 2021 UEFA U-21 qualification Tórsvøllur, Faroe Islands   Faroe Islands 2–0 Brahim Díaz   51'90+1'
13 October 2020 2021 UEFA U-21 qualification Alcorcón, Spain   Kazakhstan 3–0 Guillamón   65', Dani Gómez   71'85'
12 November 2020 2021 UEFA U-21 qualification Marbella, Spain   Faroe Islands 2–0 Pedrosa   67', Roberto López   87'
17 November 2020 2021 UEFA U-21 qualification Marbella, Spain   Israel 3–0 Roberto López   65' (pen.), Barrenetxea   75', Moncayola   89'
24 March 2021 2021 UEFA U-21 group stage Maribor, Slovenia   Slovenia 3–0 Puado   53', Gonzalo Villar   54', Miranda   89'
27 March 2021 2021 UEFA U-21 group stage Maribor, Slovenia   Italy 0–0
30 March 2021 2021 UEFA U-21 group stage Celje, Slovenia   Czech Republic 2–0 Dani Gómez   69'78'
31 May 2021 2021 UEFA U-21 quarter-finals Maribor, Slovenia   Croatia 2–1 Puado   66'110'
3 June 2021 2021 UEFA U-21 semi-finals Maribor, Slovenia   Portugal 0–1
3 September 2021 2023 UEFA U-21 qualification Almendralejo, Spain   Russia 4–1 Fer Niño   13'54', Pino   47'86'
7 September 2021 2023 UEFA U-21 qualification Vilnius, Lithuania   Lithuania 2–0 Francés   32', Pino   78'
8 October 2021 2023 UEFA U-21 qualification Seville, Spain   Slovakia 3–2 Guillamón   58', Sergio Gómez   80' (pen.), Miranda   88' (pen.)
12 October 2021 2023 UEFA U-21 qualification Seville, Spain   Northern Ireland 3–0 Sergio Gómez   26' (pen.)32', Abel Ruiz   56'

Forthcoming fixturesEdit

Date Competition Location Opponent
12 November 2021 2023 UEFA U-21 qualification Ta' Qali, Malta   Malta
16 November 2021 2023 UEFA U-21 qualification Khimki, Russia   Russia

2023 UEFA European Under-21 ChampionshipEdit

Group phaseEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification            
1   Spain 4 4 0 0 12 3 +9 12 Final tournament 4–1 3–2 7 Jun '22 25 Mar '22 3–0
2   Russia 4 3 0 1 11 4 +7 9 Play-offs 16 Nov 12 Nov 6–0 3 Jun '22 1–0
3   Slovakia 4 2 0 2 9 5 +4 6 29 Mar '22 7 Jun '22 4–0 3–1 25 Mar '22
4   Malta 4 1 0 3 5 13 −8 3 12 Nov 25 Mar '22 3 Jun '22 29 Mar '22 4–1
5   Lithuania 4 1 0 3 3 9 −6 3 0–2 0–3 16 Nov 2–1 7 Jun '22
6   Northern Ireland 4 1 0 3 2 8 −6 3 3 Jun '22 29 Mar '22 1–0 16 Nov 12 Nov
Updated to match(es) played on 12 October 2021. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers

PlayersEdit

The following players were called up for the 2023 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying matches against Slovakia and Northern Ireland, from 8 to 12 October 2021.[2]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Julen Agirrezabala (2000-12-26) 26 December 2000 (age 20) 2 0   Athletic Bilbao
1GK Joan García (2001-05-04) 4 May 2001 (age 20) 0 0   Espanyol B
1GK Gaizka Ayesa (2001-04-02) 2 April 2001 (age 20) 0 0   Real Sociedad B

2DF Víctor Gómez (2000-04-01) 1 April 2000 (age 21) 1 0   Málaga
2DF Sergio Carreira (2000-10-13) 13 October 2000 (age 21) 3 0   Mirandés
2DF Alejandro Francés (2002-08-01) 1 August 2002 (age 19) 4 1   Zaragoza
2DF José Fontán (2000-02-11) 11 February 2000 (age 21) 1 0   Celta Vigo
2DF Víctor Chust (2000-03-05) 5 March 2000 (age 21) 1 0   Cádiz
2DF Hugo Guillamón (captain) (2000-01-31) 31 January 2000 (age 21) 11 2   Valencia
2DF Juan Miranda (2000-01-19) 19 January 2000 (age 21) 11 2   Betis
2DF Miguel Gutiérrez (2001-07-27) 27 July 2001 (age 20) 1 0   Real Madrid

3MF Unai Vencedor (2000-11-15) 15 November 2000 (age 20) 4 0   Athletic Bilbao
3MF Nico González (2002-01-03) 3 January 2002 (age 19) 2 0   Barcelona B
3MF Beñat Turrientes (2002-01-31) 31 January 2002 (age 19) 4 0   Real Sociedad B
3MF Gaspar Campos (2000-03-27) 27 March 2000 (age 21) 1 0   Sporting Gijón
3MF Antonio Blanco (2000-07-23) 23 July 2000 (age 21) 3 0   Real Madrid
3MF Rodri Sánchez (2000-05-16) 16 May 2000 (age 21) 2 0   Betis
3MF Nico Melamed (2001-04-11) 11 April 2001 (age 20) 1 0   Espanyol
3MF Raúl Moro (2002-12-05) 5 December 2002 (age 18) 1 0   Lazio

4FW Nico Williams (2002-07-12) 12 July 2002 (age 19) 4 0   Athletic Bilbao
4FW Sergio Gómez (2000-09-04) 4 September 2000 (age 21) 4 3   Anderlecht
4FW Abel Ruiz (2000-01-28) 28 January 2000 (age 21) 9 1   Braga
4FW Fer Niño (2000-10-24) 24 October 2000 (age 20) 5 2   Mallorca

Recent call-upsEdit

The following players have been called up for the team within the last twelve months and are still eligible to represent.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Arnau Tenas (2001-05-30) 30 May 2001 (age 20) 2 0   Barcelona B v.   Lithuania, 7 September 2021

DF Urko González de Zárate (2001-03-20) 20 March 2001 (age 20) 0 0   Real Sociedad B v.   Slovakia, 8 October 2021INJ
DF Guille Rosas (2000-05-17) 17 May 2000 (age 21) 1 0   Sporting Gijón v.   Lithuania, 7 September 2021
DF Mateu Morey (2000-03-02) 2 March 2000 (age 21) 0 0   Borussia Dortmund UEFA EURO U21, 19 March 2021 INJ
DF Manu Sánchez (2000-08-24) 24 August 2000 (age 21) 1 0   Osasuna v.   Israel, 17 November 2020

MF Francho Serrano (2001-10-17) 17 October 2001 (age 19) 1 0   Zaragoza v.   Northern Ireland, 12 October 2021 INJ
MF Roberto López (2000-04-24) 24 April 2000 (age 21) 3 2   Real Sociedad B v.   Lithuania, 7 September 2021
MF Oihan Sancet (2000-04-25) 25 April 2000 (age 21) 2 0   Athletic Bilbao v.   Russia, 3 September 2021 INJ
MF Pedri (2002-11-25) 25 November 2002 (age 18) 4 0   Barcelona v.   Israel, 17 November 2020

FW Bryan Gil (2001-02-11) 11 February 2001 (age 20) 7 0   Tottenham Hotspur v.   Lithuania, 7 September 2021
FW Yeremi Pino (2002-10-20) 20 October 2002 (age 18) 6 3   Villarreal v.   Lithuania, 7 September 2021
FW Ander Barrenetxea (2001-12-27) 27 December 2001 (age 19) 5 1   Real Sociedad v.   Lithuania, 7 September 2021
FW Iván Azón (2002-12-24) 24 December 2002 (age 18) 1 0   Zaragoza v.   Lithuania, 7 September 2021
FW Jon Karrikaburu (2002-09-19) 19 September 2002 (age 19) 1 0   Real Sociedad B v.   Lithuania, 7 September 2021
FW Rober (2001-01-06) 6 January 2001 (age 20) 0 0   Betis v.   Russia, 3 September 2021 INJ
Notes

Former squadsEdit

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "La sub 21 regresa al lugar donde nació el 'tiqui-taca'" [The under-21 team returns to the birthplace of tiki-taka] (in Spanish). MARCA. 2011-06-09.
  2. ^ OFICIAL | Lista de convocados de la Selección española Sub-21 para la Fase de Clasificación para la EURO 2023. SEFútbol (in Spanish). 30 September 2021. Retrieved 1 October 2021.

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