Netherlands national under-21 football team

Netherlands national under-21 football team
Netherlands U21
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Jong Oranje (Young Orange)
Association Koninklijke Nederlandse Voetbalbond
Head coach Cor Pot
Most caps Arnold Bruggink (31)
Top scorer Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (18)
Home colours
Away colours
Appearances (First in 1988)
Best result Winner, 2006, 2007

The Netherlands national under-21 football team is the national under-21 team of the Netherlands and is controlled by the Royal Dutch Football Association. The team competes in the European Under-21 Championship, held every two years.

Following the realignment of UEFA's youth competitions in 1976, the Dutch Under-21 team was formed. The team did not have a very good record, failing to qualify for nine of the fifteen tournaments. The team did not enter for the 1978 competition, but since then has reached the semi-finals twice, and qualified for the last eight on three other occasions.

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, the Netherlands' record in the preceding U-23 competitions is also shown. The first competitive match was in the "Under-23 Challenge", a match which they lost. The team qualified for the last eight of each of the three U-23 tournaments.

In 2006 the Netherlands national under-21 football team of coach Foppe de Haan won the 2006 European Under-21 Championship. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar became top scorer and player of the tournament with four goals, and also broke the all-time goalscoring record of 15 goals previously held by Roy Makaay and Arnold Jan Bruggink, in his last match with the team as he pushed this record to 18 goals. The following year, Netherlands national under-21 football team successfully defended their title by winning the 2007 European Under-21 Championship in the final against Serbia with 4–1. Maceo Rigters was the top scorer of the competition with four goals and Royston Drenthe was the Player of the Tournament. The win meant that the Netherlands qualified for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. The team failed to qualify for the 2009 European Under-21 Championship, after losing out to Switzerland in their final qualifying match.

Contents

UEFA U-23 Championship record

The Netherlands were randomly chosen to play cards Bulgaria for the title in a one-off match in Sofia, which the Netherlands lost.

  • 17 April 1968: Bulgaria 3–1 Netherlands.
  • 1972: Losing quarter-finalists.
  • 1974: Losing quarter-finalists.
  • 1976: Losing semi-finalists.

UEFA U-21 Championship Record

Serbia and the Netherlands enter on to the field for the final of the 2007 tournament.
  • 1978: Did not enter.
  • 1980: Did not qualify. Finished 3rd of 3 in qualification group.
  • 1982: Did not qualify. Finished 2nd of 3 in qualification group.
  • 1984: Did not qualify. Finished 2nd of 3 in qualification group.
  • 1986: Did not qualify. Finished 2nd of 4 in qualification group.
  • 1988: Losing semi-finalists.
  • 1990: Did not qualify. Finished 3rd of 4 in qualification group.
  • 1992: Losing quarter-finalists.
  • 1994: Did not qualify. Finished 5th of 6 in qualification group.
  • 1996: Did not qualify. Finished 3rd of 6 in qualification group.
  • 1998: Fourth.
  • 2000: Finished 3rd of 4 in finals group. Joint fifth.
  • 2002: Lost in playoff.
  • 2004: Did not qualify. Finished 4th of 5 in qualification group.
  • 2006: Winners
  • 2007: Winners
  • 2009: Did not qualify. Finished 2nd of 5 in qualification group.
  • 2011: Lost in Playoff against Ukraine.

Notable players

Current squad

0#0 Pos. Player Date of Birth (Age) Caps Goals Club
GK Marco Bizot March 10, 1991 (1991-03-10) (age 20) Netherlands SC Cambuur
GK Sergio Padt June 6, 1990 (1990-06-06) (age 21) Belgium K.A.A. Gent
DF Patrick van Aanholt March 19, 1990 (1990-03-19) (age 21) England Wigan Athletic F.C.
DF Lorenzo Burnet January 11, 1991 (1991-01-11) (age 20) Netherlands FC Groningen
DF Virgil van Dijk July 8, 1991 (1991-07-08) (age 20) Netherlands FC Groningen
DF Kelvin Leerdam June 24, 1990 (1990-06-24) (age 21) Netherlands Feyenoord
DF Stefan de Vrij February 5, 1992 (1992-02-05) (age 19) Netherlands Feyenoord
MF Leandro Bacuna August 21, 1991 (1991-08-21) (age 20) Netherlands FC Groningen
MF Jordy Clasie July 27, 1991 (1991-07-27) (age 20) Netherlands Feyenoord
MF Lerin Duarte August 11, 1990 (1990-08-11) (age 21) Netherlands Heracles Almelo
MF Leroy Fer January 5, 1990 (1990-01-05) (age 21) Netherlands FC Twente
MF Maikel Kieftenbeld June 26, 1990 (1990-06-26) (age 21) Netherlands FC Groningen
MF Adam Maher July 20, 1993 (1993-07-20) (age 18) Netherlands AZ
MF Ben Rienstra June 5, 1990 (1990-06-05) (age 21) Netherlands Heracles Almelo
FW Nacer Barazite May 27, 1990 (1990-05-27) (age 21) Austria FK Austria Wien
FW Ola John May 19, 1992 (1992-05-19) (age 19) Netherlands FC Twente
FW Luciano Narsingh September 13, 1990 (1990-09-13) (age 21) Netherlands SC Heerenveen
FW Alex Schalk August 7, 1992 (1992-08-07) (age 19) Netherlands NAC Breda

Recent call-ups

The following players have been called up for the team in the last 6 months.

Pos. Player Date of Birth (Age) Caps Goals Club Latest Call-up
GK Jeroen Zoet January 6, 1991 (1991-01-06) (age 20) Netherlands RKC Waalwijk v.  Austria, October 6, 2011
DF Anthony Bentem March 19, 1990 (1990-03-19) (age 21) Netherlands Sparta Rotterdam v.  Albania, May 30, 2011
DF Daley Blind March 9, 1990 (1990-03-09) (age 21) Netherlands AFC Ajax v.  Austria, October 6, 2011
DF Ties Evers March 14, 1991 (1991-03-14) (age 20) Netherlands De Graafschap v.  Luxembourg, September 6, 2011
DF Jeffrey Gouweleeuw July 10, 1991 (1991-07-10) (age 20) Netherlands SC Heerenveen v.  Scotland, November 14, 2011
DF Johan Kappelhof August 5, 1990 (1990-08-05) (age 21) Netherlands FC Groningen v.  Austria, October 6, 2011
DF Bram Nuytinck May 4, 1990 (1990-05-04) (age 21) Netherlands N.E.C. v.  Austria, October 6, 2011
DF Kaj Ramsteijn January 17, 1990 (1990-01-17) (age 21) Netherlands Feyenoord v.  Luxembourg, September 6, 2011
DF Ricardo van Rhijn June 13, 1991 (1991-06-13) (age 20) Netherlands AFC Ajax v.  Albania, May 30, 2011
MF Marco van Ginkel December 1, 1992 (1992-12-01) (age 18) Netherlands Vitesse v.  Scotland, November 14, 2011
MF Ricky van Haaren June 21, 1991 (1991-06-21) (age 20) Netherlands Feyenoord v.  Austria, October 6, 2011
MF Davy Pröpper September 2, 1991 (1991-09-02) (age 20) Netherlands Vitesse v.  Sweden, August 10, 2011
MF Marko Vejinović February 3, 1990 (1990-02-03) (age 21) Netherlands Heracles Almelo v.  Albania, May 30, 2011
MF Georginio Wijnaldum November 11, 1990 (1990-11-11) (age 21) Netherlands PSV Eindhoven v.  Albania, May 30, 2011
FW Steven Berghuis December 19, 1991 (1991-12-19) (age 19) Netherlands FC Twente v.  Austria, October 6, 2011
FW Jerson Cabral January 3, 1991 (1991-01-03) (age 20) Netherlands Feyenoord v.  Austria, October 6, 2011
FW Luc Castaignos September 27, 1992 (1992-09-27) (age 19) Italy F.C. Internazionale Milano v.  Luxembourg, September 6, 2011
FW Leon de Kogel November 13, 1991 (1991-11-13) (age 20) Netherlands FC Utrecht v.  Albania, May 30, 2011
FW Florian Jozefzoon February 9, 1991 (1991-02-09) (age 20) Netherlands NAC Breda v.  Albania, May 30, 2011
FW Rick ten Voorde June 20, 1991 (1991-06-20) (age 20) Netherlands RKC Waalwijk v.  Albania, May 30, 2011
FW Género Zeefuik April 5, 1990 (1990-04-05) (age 21) Netherlands N.E.C. v.  Austria, October 6, 2011

See also

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