German national soccer team (U-21 men)
|Association||German Football Association|
|Head coach||Stefan Kuntz|
Antonio Di Salvo
Klaus Thomforde (goalkeeping coach)
|Record scorer||Pierre Littbarski (18 goals)|
|Record player||Fabian Ernst (31 missions)|
|Home stadium||Changing stages|
First international match Poland 1-0 Germany ( Toruń , Poland ; October 10, 1979)
Highest victory San Marino 0:11 Germany ( San Marino ; November 17, 2009)
Biggest defeat Germany 0: 5 Portugal ( Olomouc , Czech Republic ; June 27, 2015)
|Successes in tournaments|
|Participation in the finals||13 ( first : 1982 )|
|Best results||U-21 European champions 2009 , 2017 , 2021|
|(As of June 6, 2021)|
The German U-21 national soccer team is a selection team of German soccer players . It is subordinate to the German Football Association (DFB) and represents it internationally at U-21 level , for example in friendly matches against the teams of other national associations or at European championships of the continental association UEFA .
Eligible to play are players who are German citizens and have not yet reached the age of 21. In tournaments, the age at the first qualifying game or on January 1st of the year specified in the tournament rules is decisive. For example , only players born on or after January 1, 1994 were allowed to play in the 2017 U-21 European Championship , the qualification of which began in 2015.
The first international match of the selection took place in Toruń in 1979 against the selection of Poland and was lost 0-1. The first players included the future senior world champions Rudi Völler and Pierre Littbarski as well as the future world champion coach Joachim Löw .
The greatest success of the selection was for many years the Vice European Championship in 1982. Only in the final, which at that time was played in the home and away leg, did the team lose to England . After a 3-1 defeat in the first leg in Sheffield , in which the then 22-year-old Rudi Völler scored the goal, only a 3-2 victory was achieved in Bremen . Pierre Littbarski scored all three goals.
In the following years the qualification was missed, in 1984 the team failed to Albania . It was not until 1990 that they made it to the finals. However, the selection of the Soviet Union prevailed after a 1-1 draw in the first leg in the second leg with 2-1 after extra time. In 1992 the quarter-finals were also the end of the line, a 1-1 in the first meeting with Scotland, followed by a 3-4 defeat, although the German selection had meanwhile led 3-1.
1993 succeeded in qualifying for the 1994 tournament with an 8-0 win against Ireland, the clearest victory of the selection. Nevertheless, qualification as second behind the undefeated Spaniards was missed, but the selection reached the finals again in 1996. There, however, the team did not get past the quarter-finals again, the results against France were 1: 1 and 1: 4 .
In 1998 they managed to qualify for the finals unbeaten, the quarter-final match against Greece ended 0-1 and they were eliminated again in the round of the last eight. Two years later, qualification was missed as the selection was only runners-up behind Turkey and not among the best runners-up. 2002 managed only the third place in the table in the qualification.
After successfully qualifying for the 2004 European Championship through a 1-0 win at home against Turkey and a 1-1 draw in the second leg, which was overshadowed by tumultuous scenes after the final whistle, the German selection was able to qualify for the finals again. The association then applied to host the tournament, which took place from May 27th to June 8th of that year in Germany. However, the team failed in the group stage to Sweden and Portugal .
In 2006 they won the group against England in qualifying. In the following playoffs, the selection prevailed against the Czech Republic and reached the finals. Behind the unbeaten French selection , Germany, Serbia-Montenegro and Portugal were tied after one win and two defeats each. In the comparison of the three teams with each other, Serbia-Montenegro prevailed.
The qualification for the European Championship 2009 was won by the German U-21 national team in their group, tied ahead of Israel . In the following two play-offs, the DFB selection prevailed against France. At the U-21 European Championship in 2009 , the team trained by Horst Hrubesch made it to the final unbeaten. There the German U-21 national team defeated England 4-0 on June 29, 2009 and became European champions for the first time.
Rainer Adrion followed Hrubesch as coach. Adrion missed the finals of the 2011 U-21 European Championship . The team he trained failed to qualify for the Czech Republic and Iceland. At the U-21 European Championship 2013 , the German team retired prematurely after defeats in the first two group games against the Netherlands and Spain. As a result, Adrion's contract was terminated amicably in June 2013. The new U-21 national coach was his predecessor Horst Hrubesch .
The U-21 national team reached the semifinals of the U-21 European Championship in 2015 . In the semi-final game against Portugal there was a 5-0 defeat of the U-21 national team so far. Upon reaching the semi-finals, the German Olympic Football Team qualified for the 2016 Olympic Games . There the team lost in the final against Brazil (on penalties) and won the silver medal. After the tournament, Hrubesch resigned as a coach; He was succeeded in August 2016 by Stefan Kuntz , who led the team to the European Championship in June 2017 .
The German U-21 started as an outsider in the European Championship in Poland , as a number of top performers took part in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup with the senior national team . In the group stage, Germany played against the Czech Republic, Denmark and Italy and qualified as the best runner-up in the group for the semi-finals, in which they defeated England on penalties. In the final they met the favored Spaniards and won 1-0 with a goal from Mitchell Weiser .
At the 2019 European Championships in Italy and San Marino, coach Stefan Kuntz's team went into the competition as defending champions and defeated Denmark and Serbia in the group stage. A draw against Austria was enough for them to advance as group winners. In the semi-finals, the DFB-Elf defeated Romania 4-2 and, like two years before, played the final against Spain, which was then lost 2-1. Luca Waldschmidt was the top scorer of the tournament with seven goals and thus equaled the previous record of the Swede Marcus Berg from 2009.
In qualifying for the European Championships in Hungary and Slovenia in 2021 , the German team stumbled because they lost twice to Belgium and participation in the final round was in danger. However, since the Germans won all of the remaining games and the Belgians failed in the meantime, Stefan Kuntz's team qualified for the final, which was divided into two parts due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The group stage took place during the international break at the end of March 2021, while the final round was held from the end of May 2021 to the beginning of June 2021. The German team played in the group stage against hosts Hungary, the Netherlands and Romania and qualified as runners-up for the final round. In the quarter-finals Denmark was defeated on penalties and in the semi-finals group opponents Netherlands, who defeated the highly traded French in the quarter-finals, were defeated 2-1. In the final, favorite Portugal was beaten 1-0. The title win came unexpectedly, as the year was viewed as weak.
Tournament balance sheets at U-21 European Championships
|year||Host country||Participation until ...||Last opponent||Result|
|1990||Quarter finals||Soviet Union||-|
|1998||Romania||Play for 5th place||Sweden||5th place|
|2004||Germany||Preliminary round||Switzerland, Sweden, Portugal||-|
|2006||Portugal||Preliminary round||Serbia and Montenegro, France, Portugal||-|
|2013||Israel||Preliminary round||Netherlands, Spain, Russia||-|
|2019||Italy / San Marino||final||Spain||2nd place|
|2021||Slovenia / Hungary||final||Portugal||European champion|
- Between 1978 and 1992 the finals of the U-21 European Championship did not take place in a host country, but were played back and forth in the respective participating nations.
Most international matches
The following players have played more than 20 U21 internationals.
|Games||Surname||First international match (date / opponent)||Last international match (date / opponent)|
|31||Fabian Ernst||September 1, 1998 ( Romania )||October 5, 2001 ( Finland )|
|30th||Levin Öztunali||September 3, 2015 ( Denmark )||June 30, 2019 ( Spain )|
|27||Andreas Beck||February 21, 2007 ( Italy )||June 29, 2009 ( England )|
|26||Mike Hanke||March 28, 2003 ( Lithuania )||November 15, 2005 ( Czech Republic )|
|25th||Dennis Aogo||March 23, 2007 ( Austria )||June 29, 2009 ( England )|
|24||Christian Tiffert||February 12, 2002 ( Northern Ireland )||June 2, 2004 ( Portugal )|
|Daniel Schwaab||August 21, 2007 ( Ireland )||August 11, 2010 ( Iceland )|
|Lewis Holtby||August 11, 2009 ( Turkey )||June 12, 2013 ( Russia )|
|Moritz Leitner||August 9, 2011 ( Cyprus )||June 17, 2015 ( Serbia )|
|Max Meyer||October 14, 2014 ( Ukraine )||June 30, 2017 ( Spain )|
|Nadiem Amiri||March 29, 2016 ( Russia )||June 30, 2019 ( Spain )|
|23||Marco Haber||October 9, 1990 ( Sweden )||October 12, 1993 ( Denmark )|
|Andreas Neuendorf||May 10, 1994 ( Greece )||May 23, 1998 ( Greece )|
|Benjamin Auer||February 12, 2002 ( Northern Ireland )||June 2, 2004 ( Portugal )|
|Christoph Preuss||February 12, 2002 ( Northern Ireland )||June 2, 2004 ( Portugal )|
|Sebastian Rudy||September 4, 2009 ( San Marino )||June 12, 2013 ( Russia )|
|Maximilian Arnold||November 19, 2013 ( Romania )||June 30, 2017 ( Spain )|
|22nd||Christian Nerlinger||April 21, 1992 ( Czechoslovakia )||March 26, 1996 ( France )|
|Daniel Bierofka||September 2, 1999 ( Finland )||October 5, 2001 ( Finland )|
|Marvin Matip||August 17, 2004 ( Lithuania )||October 6, 2006 ( England )|
|Benedikt Höwedes||November 16, 2007 ( Iceland )||August 11, 2010 ( Iceland )|
|Kevin Volland||February 29, 2012 ( Greece )||June 27, 2015 ( Portugal )|
|Lukas Klostermann||September 3, 2015 ( Denmark )||June 30, 2019 ( Spain )|
|Mahmoud Dahoud||March 24, 2016 ( Faroe Islands )||June 30, 2019 ( Spain )|
|21||Pierre Littbarski||October 10, 1979 ( Poland )||October 12, 1982 ( England )|
|Rouwen Hennings||February 21, 2007 ( Italy )||February 10, 2009 ( Ireland )|
|Gonzalo Castro||February 28, 2006 ( Latvia A )||June 29, 2009 ( England )|
|Mats Hummels||March 27, 2007 ( Czech Republic )||August 11, 2010 ( Iceland )|
|Peniel Mlapa||September 3, 2010 ( Czech Republic )||June 6, 2013 ( Netherlands )|
Most international goals
The following players have scored at least ten international U21 goals.
|Gates||Games||Goal rate||Surname||First international goal (date / opponent)||Last international goal (date / opponent)|
|18th||21||0.86||Pierre Littbarski||April 2, 1980 ( Switzerland )||December 12, 1982 ( England )|
|17th||20th||0.85||Heiko Herrlich||December 18, 1990 ( Switzerland )||April 13, 1993 ( Denmark )|
|15th||23||0.65||Benjamin Auer||February 12, 2002 ( Northern Ireland )||May 30, 2004 ( Sweden )|
|14th||24||0.58||Lewis Holtby||September 7, 2010 ( Northern Ireland )||June 6, 2013 ( Netherlands )|
|26||0.54||Mike Hanke||March 28, 2003 ( Lithuania )||October 11, 2005 ( Austria )|
|13th||21||0.62||Rouwen Hennings||March 23, 2007 ( Austria )||May 28, 2008 ( Denmark )|
|12th||20th||0.60||Luke Nmecha||September 5, 2019 ( Greece )||June 6, 2021 ( Portugal )|
|11||22nd||0.50||Kevin Volland||February 29, 2012 ( Greece )||June 20, 2015 ( Denmark )|
|10||14th||0.71||Luca Waldschmidt||October 12, 2018 ( Norway )||June 27, 2019 ( Romania )|
|19th||0.53||Rudi Völler||May 20, 1980 ( Belgium )||September 21, 1982 ( England )|
|22nd||0.45||Christian Nerlinger||September 21, 1993 ( Greece )||March 26, 1996 ( France )|
The games of the 2020/21 season are listed. The results are mentioned from a German point of view.
|date||Venue||opponent||Result||Type of game|
|Sep 3 2020||Brita-Arena , Wiesbaden||Moldova||4: 1 (1: 0)||EM 2021 qualification|
|Sep 8 2020||The Dreef Stadium , Leuven||Belgium||1: 4 (1: 1)||EM 2021 qualification|
|Oct 9, 2020||Zimbru Stadium , Chisinau||Moldova||5: 0 (3: 0)||EM 2021 qualification|
|Oct 13, 2020||Sportpark Ronhof , Fürth||Bosnia Herzegovina||1: 0 (1: 0)||EM 2021 qualification|
|Nov 12, 2020||Eintracht Stadium , Braunschweig||Slovenia||1: 1 (1: 0)||Friendly match|
|Nov 17, 2020||MDCC-Arena , Magdeburg||Wales||2: 1 (2: 1)||EM 2021 qualification|
|March 24, 2021||Székesfehérvár ( HUN ), MOL Aréna Sóstó||Hungary||3: 0 (0: 0)||EM 2021 preliminary round|
|March 27, 2021||Székesfehérvár ( HUN ), MOL Aréna Sóstó||Netherlands||1: 1 (0: 0)||EM 2021 preliminary round|
|March 30, 2021||Budapest ( HUN ), Bozsik Aréna||Romania||0-0||EM 2021 preliminary round|
|May 31, 2021||Székesfehérvár ( HUN ), MOL Aréna Sóstó||Denmark||2: 2 n.V. (1: 1, 0: 0), 6: 5 i. E.||EM 2021 quarter-finals|
|June 3, 2021||Székesfehérvár ( HUN ), MOL Aréna Sóstó||Netherlands||2: 1 (2: 0)||EM 2021 semi-finals|
|June 6, 2021||Ljubljana ( SVN ), Stožice Stadium||Portugal||1: 0 (0: 0)||EM 2021 final|
- green background color = victory of the German team
- yellow background color = tie
- red background color = defeat of the German team
The squad for the final round of the U21 European Championship from May 31 to June 6, 2021:
|12th||Finn Dahmen||1. FSV Mainz 05||March 27, 1998||8th||0||Nov 12, 2020||June 6, 2021|
|23||Lennart Grill||Bayer 04 Leverkusen||Jan 25, 1999||7th||0||Sep 5 2019||Nov 12, 2020|
|1||Markus Schubert||Eintracht Frankfurt||June 12, 1998||6th||0||Sep 7 2018||Nov 17, 2019|
|14th||Paul Jaeckel||SpVgg Greuther Fürth||July 22, 1998||2||0||Nov 12, 2020||May 31, 2021|
|15th||Ismail Jacob||1. FC Cologne||Aug 17, 1999||9||0||Sep 3 2020||June 6, 2021|
|19th||Lars Lukas May||SV Darmstadt 98||March 31, 2000||5||0||Oct 9, 2020||May 31, 2021|
|5||Amos Pieper||Arminia Bielefeld||Jan. 17, 1998||10||0||Sep 3 2020||June 6, 2021|
|3||David room||SpVgg Greuther Fürth||Apr 22, 1998||8th||0||Nov 12, 2020||June 6, 2021|
|4th||Nico Schlotterbeck||1. FC Union Berlin||Dec 1, 1999||13th||3||Sep 5 2019||June 6, 2021|
|2||Josha Vagnoman||Hamburger SV||Dec 11, 2000||8th||0||Oct 10, 2019||May 31, 2021|
|Midfield / storm|
|18th||Karim Adeyemi||FC Red Bull Salzburg||Jan. 18, 2002||3||0||May 31, 2021||June 6, 2021|
|16||Shinta Appelkamp||Fortuna Dusseldorf||Nov 1, 2000||0||0|
|21||Ridle Baku A.||VfL Wolfsburg||Apr 8, 1998||14th||2||Sep 5 2019||June 6, 2021|
|11||Mërgim Berisha||FC Red Bull Salzburg||May 11, 1998||13th||1||Oct 10, 2019||June 6, 2021|
|9||Jonathan Burkardt||1. FSV Mainz 05||July 11, 2000||11||3||Sep 3 2020||June 6, 2021|
|6th||Niklas Dorsch||KAA Gent||Jan 15, 1998||13th||1||Sep 5 2019||June 6, 2021|
|20th||Vitaly Janelt||Brentford FC||May 10, 1998||10||0||Sep 5 2019||June 6, 2021|
|22nd||Mateo Klimowicz||VfB Stuttgart||July 6, 2000||3||0||March 24, 2021||May 31, 2021|
|8th||Arne Maier||Arminia Bielefeld||Jan. 8, 1999||18th||1||Sep 7 2018||June 6, 2021|
|10||Luke Nmecha||RSC Anderlecht||Dec 14, 1998||20th||12th||March 26, 2019||June 6, 2021|
|13th||Salih Ozcan||1. FC Cologne||Jan. 11, 1998||15th||1||Sep 5 2019||June 6, 2021|
|17th||Anton Stach||SpVgg Greuther Fürth||Nov 15, 1998||4th||0||March 27, 2021||June 6, 2021|
|7th||Florian Wirtz A||Bayer 04 Leverkusen||May 3, 2003||6th||2||Oct 9, 2020||May 31, 2021|
|As of June 6, 2021|
- Meikel Schönweitz - head coach of national U-teams
- Stefan Kuntz - head coach
- Antonio Di Salvo - assistant coach
- Daniel Niedzkowski - assistant coach
- Klaus Thomforde - goalkeeping coach
- Christian Schwend - fitness trainer
- Axel Busenkell - fitness trainer
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