- Netherlands national under-21 football team
Netherlands U21 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 coloursAway 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.
UEFA U-23 Championship record
- 17 April 1968: Bulgaria 3–1 Netherlands.
- 1972: Losing quarter-finalists.
- 1974: Losing quarter-finalists.
- 1976: Losing semi-finalists.
UEFA U-21 Championship Record
- 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.
- Jo Bonfrere
- Roy Makaay
- Arnold Bruggink
- Wilfred Bouma
- Peter Wisgerhof
- Victor Sikora
- Mark van Bommel
- Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink
- Dirk Kuyt
- Kenneth Vermeer
- Gijs Luirink
- Nicky Hofs
- Stijn Schaars
- Urby Emanuelson
- Romeo Castelen
- Klaas-Jan Huntelaar
- Robin van Persie
- Boy Waterman
- Ron Vlaar
- Ryan Donk
- Gianni Zuiverloon
- Hedwiges Maduro
- Otman Bakkal
- Maceo Rigters
- Ryan Babel
- Royston Drenthe
- Tim Krul
- Erik Pieters
# Pos. Player Date of Birth (Age) Caps Goals Club GK Marco Bizot March 10, 1991 SC Cambuur GK Sergio Padt June 6, 1990 K.A.A. Gent DF Patrick van Aanholt March 19, 1990 Wigan Athletic F.C. DF Lorenzo Burnet January 11, 1991 FC Groningen DF Virgil van Dijk July 8, 1991 FC Groningen DF Kelvin Leerdam June 24, 1990 Feyenoord DF Stefan de Vrij February 5, 1992 Feyenoord MF Leandro Bacuna August 21, 1991 FC Groningen MF Jordy Clasie July 27, 1991 Feyenoord MF Lerin Duarte August 11, 1990 Heracles Almelo MF Leroy Fer January 5, 1990 FC Twente MF Maikel Kieftenbeld June 26, 1990 FC Groningen MF Adam Maher July 20, 1993 AZ MF Ben Rienstra June 5, 1990 Heracles Almelo FW Nacer Barazite May 27, 1990 FK Austria Wien FW Ola John May 19, 1992 FC Twente FW Luciano Narsingh September 13, 1990 SC Heerenveen FW Alex Schalk August 7, 1992 NAC Breda
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 RKC Waalwijk v. Austria, October 6, 2011 DF Anthony Bentem March 19, 1990 Sparta Rotterdam v. Albania, May 30, 2011 DF Daley Blind March 9, 1990 AFC Ajax v. Austria, October 6, 2011 DF Ties Evers March 14, 1991 De Graafschap v. Luxembourg, September 6, 2011 DF Jeffrey Gouweleeuw July 10, 1991 SC Heerenveen v. Scotland, November 14, 2011 DF Johan Kappelhof August 5, 1990 FC Groningen v. Austria, October 6, 2011 DF Bram Nuytinck May 4, 1990 N.E.C. v. Austria, October 6, 2011 DF Kaj Ramsteijn January 17, 1990 Feyenoord v. Luxembourg, September 6, 2011 DF Ricardo van Rhijn June 13, 1991 AFC Ajax v. Albania, May 30, 2011 MF Marco van Ginkel December 1, 1992 Vitesse v. Scotland, November 14, 2011 MF Ricky van Haaren June 21, 1991 Feyenoord v. Austria, October 6, 2011 MF Davy Pröpper September 2, 1991 Vitesse v. Sweden, August 10, 2011 MF Marko Vejinović February 3, 1990 Heracles Almelo v. Albania, May 30, 2011 MF Georginio Wijnaldum November 11, 1990 PSV Eindhoven v. Albania, May 30, 2011 FW Steven Berghuis December 19, 1991 FC Twente v. Austria, October 6, 2011 FW Jerson Cabral January 3, 1991 Feyenoord v. Austria, October 6, 2011 FW Luc Castaignos September 27, 1992 F.C. Internazionale Milano v. Luxembourg, September 6, 2011 FW Leon de Kogel November 13, 1991 FC Utrecht v. Albania, May 30, 2011 FW Florian Jozefzoon February 9, 1991 NAC Breda v. Albania, May 30, 2011 FW Rick ten Voorde June 20, 1991 RKC Waalwijk v. Albania, May 30, 2011 FW Género Zeefuik April 5, 1990 N.E.C. v. Austria, October 6, 2011
- Netherlands national football team
- Netherlands national under-19 football team
- Netherlands national under-17 football team
- UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship
- UEFA Under-21 website Contains full results archive
- The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation Contains full record of U-21/U-23 Championships.
- Official KNVB U-21 site in Dutch
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