Germany national under-21 football team

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.

Germany Under-21
AssociationDeutscher Fußball-Bund
Head coachStefan Kuntz
CaptainJohannes Eggestein
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, 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, Germany; 24 April 1971)
U-21:
San Marino San Marino 0–11 Germany Germany
Serravalle, San Marino; 17 November 2009)
Biggest defeat
U-23:
Soviet Union Soviet Union 3–1 West Germany Germany
(Yerevan, USSR; 29 April 1972)
U-21:
Portugal Portugal 5–0 Germany Germany
(Olomouc, Czech Republic; 27 June 2015)
UEFA U-21 Championship
Appearances11 (first in 1982)
Best resultWinners (2009, 2017)

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.

Competition recordsEdit

For the East Germany team record, look here.

Competing as West GermanyEdit

UEFA U-23 Championship record
Year Progress
1972 Quarterfinals
1974 Did not qualify
1976 Did not enter
UEFA U-21 Championship record
Year Progress
1978 Did not enter
1980 Did not enter
1982 Final
1984 Did not qualify
1986 Did not qualify
1988 Did not qualify
1990 Quarterfinals

Competing as GermanyEdit

UEFA U-21 Championship record
Year Progress
1992 Quarterfinals
  1994 Did not qualify
  1996 Quarterfinals
  1998 Quarterfinals
  2000 Did not qualify
  2002 Did not qualify
  2004 Group Stage
  2006 Group Stage
  2007 Did not qualify
  2009 Champions
  2011 Did not qualify
  2013 Group Stage
  2015 Semifinals
  2017 Champions
 /  2019 Runners-up
 /  2021 Qualified

Individual AwardsEdit

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:

Schedule and resultsEdit

26 March 2020 Friendly Germany   Cancelled   Austria Braunschweig
18:15 Report Stadium: Eintracht-Stadion
Note: The match was cancelled on 17 March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Germany.[2]
3 September 2020 2021 UEFA Q Germany   4–1   Moldova Wiesbaden
18:15
Report Carastoian   84' Stadium: Brita-Arena
Attendance: 0
Referee: Nejc Kajtazović (Slovenia)
Note: The match was played behind closed doors.
8 September 2020 2021 UEFA Q Belgium   4–1   Germany Heverlee
16:00
Report Nmecha   31' (pen.) Stadium: Den Dreef
Attendance: 0
Referee: Michael Fabbri (Italy)
Note: The match was played behind closed doors.
9 October 2020 2021 UEFA Q Moldova   0–5   Germany Chișinău
18:15 Report
Stadium: Zimbru Stadium
Referee: Ferenc Karakó (Hungary)
13 October 2020 2021 UEFA Q Germany   1–0   Bosnia and Herzegovina Fürth
18:15 Nmecha   29' Report Stadium: Sportpark Ronhof Thomas Sommer
Attendance: 0
Referee: Boris Marhefka (Slovakia)
Note: The match was played behind closed doors.
12 November 2020 Friendly Germany   1–1   Slovenia Braunschweig
18:15 Wintzheimer   42' (pen.) Report Medved   46' (pen.) Stadium: Eintracht-Stadion
Attendance: 0
Referee: Mads-Kristoffer Kristoffersen (Denmark)
Note: The match was played behind closed doors.
17 November 2020 2021 UEFA Q Germany   2–1   Wales Braunschweig
18:15
Report Harris   34' Stadium: Eintracht-Stadion
Attendance: 0
Referee: Arman Ismuratov (Kazakhstan)
Note: The match was originally scheduled to take place on 17 March 2020, but was postponed due to the due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Germany and played behind closed doors.[2]

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

Players born in or after 1998 are eligible for the 2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship.

The following players were called up for the friendly against Slovenia and the 2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifier against Wales on 12 and 17 November 2020.[3]

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

Caps and goals correct as of 17 November 2020.[4]
No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Markus Schubert (1998-06-12) 12 June 1998 (age 22) 6 0   Eintracht Frankfurt
2 2DF Josha Vagnoman (2000-11-12) 12 November 2000 (age 20) 4 0   Hamburger SV
3 2DF Tim Handwerker (1998-05-19) 19 May 1998 (age 22) 7 0   1. FC Nürnberg
5 2DF Amos Pieper (1998-01-17) 17 January 1998 (age 22) 4 0   Arminia Bielefeld
6 3MF Niklas Dorsch (1998-01-15) 15 January 1998 (age 22) 8 1   Gent
7 4FW Dominik Kother (2000-03-16) 16 March 2000 (age 20) 3 1   Karlsruher SC
8 3MF Arne Maier (C) (1999-01-08) 8 January 1999 (age 21) 12 1   Hertha BSC
9 4FW Jonathan Burkardt (2000-07-11) 11 July 2000 (age 20) 5 2   Mainz 05
10 4FW Lukas Nmecha (1998-12-14) 14 December 1998 (age 21) 14 8   Anderlecht
11 4FW Mërgim Berisha (1998-05-11) 11 May 1998 (age 22) 7 1   Red Bull Salzburg
12 1GK Finn Dahmen (1998-03-27) 27 March 1998 (age 22) 2 0   Mainz 05
13 3MF Salih Özcan (captain) (1998-01-11) 11 January 1998 (age 22) 11 1   1. FC Köln
14 2DF Lars Lukas Mai (2000-03-31) 31 March 2000 (age 20) 4 0   Darmstadt 98
15 2DF Ismail Jakobs (1999-08-17) 17 August 1999 (age 21) 4 0   1. FC Köln
16 3MF Jean-Manuel Mbom (2000-02-24) 24 February 2000 (age 20) 2 0   Werder Bremen
17 3MF David Raum (1998-04-22) 22 April 1998 (age 22) 2 0   Greuther Fürth
18 4FW Florian Krüger (1999-02-13) 13 February 1999 (age 21) 5 1   Erzgebirge Aue
19 2DF Maxim Leitsch (1998-05-18) 18 May 1998 (age 22) 3 0   VfL Bochum
20 2DF Felix Passlack (1998-05-29) 29 May 1998 (age 22) 4 0   Borussia Dortmund
21 2DF Ridle Baku (1998-04-08) 8 April 1998 (age 22) 8 0   VfL Wolfsburg
22 3MF Florian Wirtz (2003-05-03) 3 May 2003 (age 17) 3 0   Bayer Leverkusen
23 1GK Lennart Grill (1998-06-12) 12 June 1998 (age 22) 7 0   Bayer Leverkusen
24 4FW Manuel Wintzheimer (1999-01-10) 10 January 1999 (age 21) 2 1   Hamburger SV
25 2DF Stephan Ambrosius (1998-12-18) 18 December 1998 (age 21) 1 0   Hamburger SV
26 2DF Paul Jaeckel (1998-07-22) 22 July 1998 (age 22) 1 0   Greuther Fürth

Recent call upsEdit

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 Eike Bansen (1998-02-21) 21 February 1998 (age 22) 0 0   Zulte Waregem   Bosnia and Herzegovina 13 October 2020

DF Lennart Czyborra (1999-05-03) 3 May 1999 (age 21) 0 0   Atalanta   Slovenia 12 November 2020
DF Nico Schlotterbeck (1999-12-01) 1 December 1999 (age 20) 7 3   Union Berlin   Slovenia 12 November 2020
DF Luca Kilian (1999-09-01) 1 September 1999 (age 21) 7 1   Mainz 05   Bosnia and Herzegovina 13 October 2020
DF David Raum (1998-04-22) 22 April 1998 (age 22) 0 0   Greuther Fürth   Bosnia and Herzegovina 13 October 2020
DF Felix Agu (1999-09-27) 27 September 1999 (age 21) 2 0   Werder Bremen   Moldova 9 October 2020
DF Vitaly Janelt (1998-05-10) 10 May 1998 (age 22) 6 0   Brentford   Belgium 8 September 2020

MF Robin Hack (1998-08-27) 27 August 1998 (age 22) 5 3   1. FC Nürnberg   Slovenia 12 November 2020
MF Dennis Geiger (1998-06-10) 10 June 1998 (age 22) 5 0   1899 Hoffenheim   Bosnia and Herzegovina 13 October 2020
MF Yannik Keitel (2000-02-15) 15 February 2000 (age 20) 3 0   SC Freiburg   Bosnia and Herzegovina 13 October 2020
MF Roberto Massimo (2000-10-12) 12 October 2000 (age 20) 1 0   VfB Stuttgart   Bosnia and Herzegovina 13 October 2020
MF Linton Maina (1999-06-23) 23 June 1999 (age 21) 0 0   Hannover 96   Belgium 8 September 2020

FW Ragnar Ache (1998-07-28) 28 July 1998 (age 22) 3 1   Eintracht Frankfurt   Bosnia and Herzegovina 13 October 2020

Past squadsEdit

Player recordsEdit

Former coachesEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Our all-time Under-21 EURO dream team". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 17 June 2015. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Offiziell bestätigt: Länderspiele im März und April abgesagt". dfb.de. 17 March 2020.
  3. ^ "Kuntz nominiert 26er-Kader mit zwei Neuen". dfb.de. Retrieved 5 November 2020.
  4. ^ "U 21-Nationalteam Männer Team". dfb.de. Retrieved 4 March 2014.

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