Germany national under-21 football team

National U–21 association football team

Germany Under-21
Shirt badge/Association crest
AssociationDeutscher Fußball-Bund 22
Head coachAntonio Di Salvo
CaptainJonathan Burkardt
Most capsFabian Ernst (31)
Top scorerPierre Littbarski (18)
First colours
Second colours
First international
U-23:
Germany West Germany 3–3 Yugoslavia Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
(Frankfurt, West Germany; 25 June 1955)
U-21:
Poland Poland 1–0 West Germany Germany
(Toruń, Poland; 10 October 1979)
Biggest win
U-23:
Germany West Germany 3–0 Turkey Turkey
(Augsburg, West Germany; 24 April 1971)
U-21:
 San Marino 0–11 Germany 
(Serravalle, San Marino; 17 November 2009)
Biggest defeat
U-23:
Soviet Union Soviet Union 3–1 West Germany Germany
(Yerevan, Soviet Union; 29 April 1972)
U-21:
 Portugal 5–0 Germany 
(Olomouc, Czech Republic; 27 June 2015)
UEFA U-21 Championship
Appearances11 (first in 1982)
Best resultWinners (2009, 2017, 2021)

The Germany national under-21 football team represents the under-21s of Germany in the UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship and is controlled by the German Football Association (DFB), the governing body of football in Germany.

Before the reunification of Germany, East Germany and West Germany played as separate entities — the two teams played separately until summer 1990. Following the realignment of UEFA's youth competitions in 1976, international under-21 football in Europe began. A West German team, however, did not compete in the U-21 European Championship until the qualifying round (beginning in 1980) of the 1982 competition.

West Germany competed in the first two under-23 competitions, which finished in 1972 and 1974. The first under-21 competition finals were in 1978, and since the under-21 competition rules state that players must be 21 or under at the start of a two-year competition, technically it is an under-23 competition.

The current Germany team can be legitimately considered as the current incarnation of the West German team, since the West Germany flag, uniform, and football association all became those of the unified Germany. In effect, the West German team absorbed the East German team to become 'the Germany national under-21 football team'.

For these reasons, the record of West Germany for the U-23 and U-21 competitions is shown below.

Competitive record

For the East Germany team record, look here.

  Champions    Runners-up    Third place    Fourth place  

UEFA U-23 Championship record

UEFA European Under-23 Championship finals record Qualifications record
Year Round Position GP W D* L GF GA GP W D L GF GA
Europe 1972 Quarterfinals 8th 2 0 1 1 1 3 6 5 1 0 11 1 1972
Europe 1974 Did not qualify 4 2 1 1 7 3 1974
Europe 1976 Did not enter Did not enter 1976
Total Quarterfinals 1/3 2 0 1 1 1 3 10 7 2 1 18 4 Total

UEFA U-21 Championship record

UEFA European Under-21 Championship finals record Qualifications record
Year Round Position GP W D* L GF GA GP W D L GF GA
Europe 1978 Did not enter Did not enter 1978
Europe 1980 1980
Europe 1982 Runners-up 2nd 6 4 0 2 15 9 6 5 0 1 15 5 1982
Europe 1984 Did not qualify 6 3 3 0 13 4 1984
Europe 1986 6 3 1 2 9 6 1986
Europe 1988 6 3 0 3 12 9 1988
Europe 1990 Quarterfinals 6th 2 0 1 1 2 3 6 4 2 0 10 2 1990
Europe 1992 Quarterfinals 6th 2 0 1 1 4 5 4 4 0 0 12 1 1992
France 1994 Did not qualify 8 5 0 3 20 8 1994
Spain 1996 Quarterfinals 7th 2 0 1 1 1 4 8 6 1 1 22 5 1996
Romania 1998 Quarterfinals 5th 3 2 0 1 3 2 8 6 2 0 20 3 1998
Slovakia 2000 Did not qualify 8 4 1 3 9 7 2000
Switzerland 2002 8 5 1 2 18 7 2002
Germany 2004 Group Stage 6th 3 1 0 2 4 5 8 5 2 1 13 6 2004
Portugal 2006 Group Stage 7th 3 1 0 2 1 4 12 9 3 0 27 5 2006
Netherlands 2007 Did not qualify 4 2 0 2 8 6 2007
Sweden 2009 Champions 1st 5 3 2 0 8 1 10 6 3 1 26 4 2009
Denmark 2011 Did not qualify 8 3 3 2 26 10 2011
Israel 2013 Group Stage 6th 3 1 0 2 4 5 12 10 2 0 43 11 2013
Czech Republic 2015 Semifinals 4th 4 1 2 1 5 7 10 8 2 0 30 5 2015
Poland 2017 Champions 1st 5 3 1 1 8 3 10 10 0 0 35 8 2017
Italy 2019 Runners-up 2nd 5 3 1 1 15 7 10 8 1 1 33 7 2019
Hungary Slovenia 2021 Champions 1st 6 3 3 0 9 4 8 6 0 2 22 10 2021
Romania Georgia (country) 2023 Qualified
Total 3 titles 14/24 49 22 12* 15 79 59 166 115 27 24 433 129 Total

Individual awards

EURO Under-21 dream team

On 17 June 2015, UEFA revealed an all-time best XI from the previous Under-21 final tournaments.[1]

Included players from Germany:

UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship

2023 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification

Pos Team
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Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Germany 10 9 0 1 32 9 +23 27 Final tournament 3–2 0–4 4–0 4–0 4–0
2  Israel 10 6 1 3 19 10 +9 19 Play-offs 0–1 2–2 3–0 2–1 2–0
3  Poland 10 5 3 2 26 9 +17 18 1–2 1–2 1–1 5–0 3–0
4  Hungary 10 4 2 4 16 17 −1 14 1–5 1–2 2–2 1–0 4–0
5  Latvia 10 2 1 7 5 19 −14 7 1–3 1–0 0–2 0–2 2–0
6  San Marino 10 0 1 9 0 34 −34 1 0–6 0–4 0–5 0–4 0–0
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers

Results and fixtures

  Win   Draw   Loss

Germany  v  Israel
7 October 2021 2023 UEFA Q Germany  3–2  Israel Paderborn
18:15
Report Stadium: Benteler-Arena
Attendance: 3,262
Referee: Radu Petrescu (Romania)
Hungary  v  Germany
12 October 2021 2023 UEFA Q Hungary  1–5  Germany Szeged
17:30 Kiss 39' Report
Stadium: Szent Gellért Fórum
Referee: David Coote (England)
Germany  v  Poland
12 November 2021 2023 UEFA Q Germany  0–4  Poland Aspach
18:15 Report
Stadium: Mechatronik Arena
Attendance: 3,994
Referee: Luis Godinho (Portugal)
Germany  v  San Marino
16 November 2021 2023 UEFA Q Germany  4–0  San Marino Ingolstadt
18:15
Report Stadium: Audi Sportpark
Referee: Mykola Balakin (Ukraine)
Germany  v  Latvia
25 March 2022 2023 UEFA Q Germany  4–0  Latvia Aachen
18:15
Report Stadium: New Tivoli
Attendance: 7,718
Referee: Juxhin Xhaja (Albania)
Israel  v  Germany
29 March 2022 2023 UEFA Q Israel  0–1  Germany Petah Tikva
16:45 Report Katterbach 60' Stadium: HaMoshava Stadium
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: Jérémie Pignard (France)
Germany  v  Hungary
3 June 2022 2023 UEFA Q Germany  4–0  Hungary Osnabrück
18:15
Report Stadium: Stadion an der Bremer Brücke
Attendance: 5,609
Referee: Yaşar Kemal Uğurlu (Turkey)
Poland  v  Germany
7 June 2022 2023 UEFA Q Poland  1–2  Germany Łódź
18:00 Białek 35' Report Moukoko 25', 85' Stadium: Stadion Miejski ŁKS
Referee: Manfredas Lukjančukas (Lithuania)
Germany  v  France
23 September 2022 Friendly Germany  0–1  France Magdeburg
18:15 Report Gouiri 53' Stadium: MDCC-Arena
Attendance: 5,427
Referee: Krzysztof Jakubik (Poland)
England  v  Germany
27 September 2022 Friendly England  v  Germany Sheffield
20:45 Report Stadium: Bramall Lane

Players

Current squad

Players born in or after 2000 are eligible for the 2023 UEFA European Under-21 Championship.

The following players were called up for the friendly matches matches against France and England on 23 and 27 September 2022.[2]

Note: Names in italics denote players that have been called up to the senior team.

Caps and goals correct as of 23 September 2022.[3]
No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Nico Mantl (2000-02-06) 6 February 2000 (age 22) 4 0 Austria Red Bull Salzburg
2 2DF Kilian Fischer (2000-10-12) 12 October 2000 (age 21) 3 0 Germany VfL Wolfsburg
3 2DF Noah Katterbach (2001-04-13) 13 April 2001 (age 21) 9 1 Switzerland FC Basel
4 2DF Malick Thiaw (2001-08-08) 8 August 2001 (age 21) 9 2 Italy AC Milan
5 2DF Maximilian Bauer (2000-02-09) 9 February 2000 (age 22) 5 0 Germany Greuther Fürth
6 3MF Tom Krauß (2001-06-22) 22 June 2001 (age 21) 8 3 Germany Schalke 04
7 3MF Ansgar Knauff (2002-01-10) 10 January 2002 (age 20) 6 1 Germany Eintracht Frankfurt
8 3MF Angelo Stiller (2001-04-04) 4 April 2001 (age 21) 10 1 Germany 1899 Hoffenheim
9 3MF Reda Khadra (2001-07-04) 4 July 2001 (age 21) 1 0 England Sheffield United
10 3MF Felix Nmecha (2000-10-10) 10 October 2000 (age 21) 2 0 Germany VfL Wolfsburg
11 4FW Youssoufa Moukoko (2004-11-20) 20 November 2004 (age 17) 5 6 Germany Borussia Dortmund
12 1GK Christian Früchtl (2000-01-28) 28 January 2000 (age 22) 0 0 Austria Austria Wien
13 3MF Yannik Keitel (2000-02-15) 15 February 2000 (age 22) 8 0 Germany SC Freiburg
14 2DF Márton Dárdai (2002-02-12) 12 February 2002 (age 20) 3 0 Germany Hertha BSC
15 2DF Yann Aurel Bisseck (2000-11-29) 29 November 2000 (age 21) 2 0 Denmark Aarhus
16 2DF Eric Martel (2002-04-29) 29 April 2002 (age 20) 4 0 Germany 1. FC Köln
17 4FW Jan Thielmann (2002-05-26) 26 May 2002 (age 20) 5 1 Germany 1. FC Köln
18 2DF Jamie Leweling (2001-02-26) 26 February 2001 (age 21) 8 1 Germany Union Berlin
19 2DF Jordan Beyer (2000-05-19) 19 May 2000 (age 22) 3 0 England Burnley
20 3MF Lazar Samardžić (2002-02-24) 24 February 2002 (age 20) 3 1 Italy Udinese
21 4FW Faride Alidou (2001-07-18) 18 July 2001 (age 21) 5 0 Germany Hamburger SV
22 2DF Luca Netz (2003-05-15) 15 May 2003 (age 19) 5 0 Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach
23 1GK Noah Atubolu (2002-05-25) 25 May 2002 (age 20) 3 0 Germany SC Freiburg
24 2DF Frederik Jäkel (2001-03-07) 7 March 2001 (age 21) 0 0 Germany Arminia Bielefeld

Recent call ups

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

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Luca Philipp (2000-11-28) 28 November 2000 (age 21) 4 0 Germany 1899 Hoffenheim  Poland, 7 June 2022
GK Luca Unbehaun (2001-05-27) 27 May 2001 (age 21) 0 0 Germany Borussia Dortmund  Poland, 7 June 2022
GK Vincent Müller (2000-08-23) 23 August 2000 (age 22) 0 0 Netherlands PSV Eindhoven  Israel, 29 March 2022

DF Josha Vagnoman (2000-11-12) 12 November 2000 (age 21) 12 0 Germany Hamburger SV  Poland, 7 June 2022
DF Armel Bella-Kotchap (2001-12-11) 11 December 2001 (age 20) 9 0 Germany VfL Bochum  Poland, 7 June 2022
DF Simon Asta (2001-01-25) 25 January 2001 (age 21) 1 0 Germany Greuther Fürth  Israel, 29 March 2022
DF Jean-Manuel Mbom (2000-02-24) 24 February 2000 (age 22) 5 0 Germany Werder Bremen  Israel, 29 March 2022
DF Lars Lukas Mai (2000-03-31) 31 March 2000 (age 22) 8 0 Germany Werder Bremen  San Marino, 16 November 2021

MF Tim Lemperle (2002-02-05) 5 February 2002 (age 20) 2 0 Germany 1. FC Köln  France, 23 September 2022
MF Patrick Osterhage (2000-02-01) 1 February 2000 (age 22) 2 0 Germany VfL Bochum  Poland, 7 June 2022
MF Florian Flick (2000-05-01) 1 May 2000 (age 22) 1 0 Germany Schalke 04  Poland, 7 June 2022
MF Shinta Appelkamp (2000-11-01) 1 November 2000 (age 21) 2 0 Germany Fortuna Düsseldorf  Israel, 29 March 2022
MF Malik Tillman (2002-05-28) 28 May 2002 (age 20) 4 3 Germany Bayern Munich II  Israel, 29 March 2022
MF Finn Ole Becker (2000-06-08) 8 June 2000 (age 22) 3 0 Germany FC St. Pauli  San Marino, 16 November 2021
MF Nick Bätzner (2000-03-15) 15 March 2000 (age 22) 2 0 Belgium Oostende  San Marino, 16 November 2021

FW Jonathan Burkardt (2000-07-11) 11 July 2000 (age 22) 20 10 Germany Mainz 05  Poland, 7 June 2022
FW Jessic Ngankam (2000-07-20) 20 July 2000 (age 22) 0 0 Germany Greuther Fürth  Hungary, 3 June 2022
FW Erik Shuranov (2002-02-22) 22 February 2002 (age 20) 7 2 Germany 1. FC Nürnberg  Israel, 29 March 2022
FW Kevin Schade (2001-11-27) 27 November 2001 (age 20) 4 3 Germany SC Freiburg  Latvia, 25 March 2022
FW Roberto Massimo (2000-10-12) 12 October 2000 (age 21) 4 0 Germany VfB Stuttgart  Poland, 12 November 2021

Past squads

Player records

Most caps
No. of caps Player U-21 career
31 Fabian Ernst 1998–2001
30 Levin Öztunalı 2015–2019
27 Andreas Beck 2007–2009
26 Mike Hanke 2003–2005
25 Dennis Aogo 2007–2009
24 Christian Tiffert 2002–2004
Daniel Schwaab 2007–2010
Lewis Holtby 2009–2013
Moritz Leitner 2011–2015
Nadiem Amiri 2016–2019
Most goals
No. of goals No. of caps Player U-21 career
18 21 Pierre Littbarski 1979–1982
17 20 Heiko Herrlich 1990–1993
15 23 Benjamin Auer 2002–2004
14 26 Mike Hanke 2003–2005
24 Lewis Holtby 2009–2013
13 21 Rouwen Hennings 2007–2009
11 22 Kevin Volland 2012–2015
10 19 Rudi Völler 1979–1982
22 Christian Nerlinger 1992–1996
15 Luca Waldschmidt 2017–2019
17 Lukas Nmecha 2019–2021

Former coaches

See also

Notes

References

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Germany national under-21 football team.
  1. ^ "Our all-time Under-21 EURO dream team". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 17 June 2015. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  2. ^ "Di Salvo nominiert Kader für Duelle mit Frankreich und England". dfb.de. Retrieved 15 September 2022.
  3. ^ "U 21-Nationalteam Männer Team". dfb.de. Retrieved 4 March 2014.

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