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Spain national under-21 football team

Spain Under-21
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) La Rojita (The Little Red [One])
Association Royal Spanish Football Federation
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Albert Celades (2014–)
Most caps Iker Muniain (31)
Top scorer Rodrigo Moreno (15)
FIFA code ESP
First international
 Yugoslavia 4–1 Spain 
(Zagreb, Yugoslavia; 9 October 1976)
Biggest win
 Spain 14–0 San Marino 
(El Ejido, Spain; 8 February 2005)
Biggest defeat

 Netherlands 5–0 Spain 
(Utrecht, Netherlands; 16 February 1983)

Records for competitive matches only.
UEFA U-21 Championship
Appearances 12 (First in 1982)
Best result Winners (1986, 1998, 2011, 2013)
The 2011 winning team

The Spain national under-21 football team, is the national under-21 football team of Spain and is controlled by the Royal Spanish Football Federation. The team, nicknamed La Rojita (The Little Red [One]),[1] competes in the biannual European Under-21 Football Championship.

Following the realignment of UEFA's youth competitions in 1976, the Spanish Under-21 team was formed. Spain are the current European champions of the category, having won both the 2011 and 2013 European Championship. The team has a fantastic record – competition winners four times and runners-up twice. Only Italy has won the competition more often than Spain.

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, Spain's brief record in the preceding U-23 competitions is also shown. Actually, Spain played only three competitive U-23 matches. The first was in the "Under-23 Challenge", which they lost. The next two were in a two-team qualification "group" for the 1972 competition – facing the Soviet Union team, they lost 2–1 at home then drew 1–1 away and failed to qualify. Spain did not enter a team in the other two U-23 competitions, but have been ever present in under-21 competitions.

Spain's youth development programs has been challenging the South American dominance in the FIFA U-17 World Championship and the FIFA U-20 World Cup. In fact, 20 of the Spanish 23-man squad that won the Euro 2008 came through the ranks of the youth teams; most of them had won titles at the youth level as well.

Contents

  • Competitive Record 1
    • UEFA European Under-21 Championship Record 1.1
  • Individual awards 2
  • Players 3
    • Top appearances 3.1
    • Top goalscorers 3.2
  • Recent results 4
  • Forthcoming fixtures 5
  • 2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship 6
  • Players 7
    • Current squad 7.1
    • Recent callups 7.2
  • Former squads 8
  • See also 9
  • References 10
  • External links 11

Competitive Record

UEFA European Under-21 Championship Record

Year Round GP W D* L GS GA
1978 Qualifying Stage 4 2 0 2 5 8
1980 Qualifying Stage 4 1 2 1 4 2
1982 Quarter-Finals 6 5 0 1 14 5
1984 Runners-up 10 5 2 3 11 11
1986 Champions 10 7 1 2 18 9
1988 Quarter-Finals 8 4 2 2 10 4
1990 Quarter-Finals 6 4 0 2 5 4
1992 Qualifying Stage 7 3 2 2 6 5
1994 Third Place 12 9 2 1 21 9
1996 Runners-up 14 10 3 1 34 14
1998 Champions 11 10 1 0 21 6
2000 Third Place 14 11 3 0 31 7
2002 Qualification Playoffs 10 6 1 3 15 9
2004 Qualification Playoffs 10 6 2 2 17 5
2006 Qualifying Stage 10 6 2 2 37 8
2007 Qualification Playoffs 4 2 1 1 8 4
2009 Group Stage 13 10 1 2 27 7
2011 Champions 15 12 2 1 31 8
2013 Champions 15 14 1 0 47 5
2015 Qualification Playoffs 10 7 2 1 25 8
2017 Qualifying in progress
Total 12/20 193 134 30 29 387 138

*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

  • Gold background color indicates first place finish. Silver background color indicates second place finish. Bronze background color indicates third place finish.
  • Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.

Individual awards

In addition to team victories, Spanish players have won individual awards at UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship.

Year Golden Player
1986 Manolo Sanchís
1998 Francesc Arnau
2011 Juan Mata
2013 Thiago Alcântara

Players

Top appearances

Rank Player Club(s) Year(s) U-21 Caps
1 Iker Muniain Athletic Bilbao 2011–2014 31
2 David de Gea Atlético Madrid, Manchester United 2009–2013 27
2 Santiago Denia Albacete, Atlético Madrid 1992–1996 27
4 Diego Capel Sevilla 2007–2011 25
4 Xavi Barcelona 1998–2001 25
6 Óscar García Barcelona, Albacete 1992–1996 24
6 Javi Martínez Athletic Bilbao 2007–2011 24
8 Gerard Deulofeu Barcelona, Everton, Sevilla 2012– 22
8 Martín Montoya Barcelona 2010–2013 22
8 Pablo Sarabia Getafe 2011–2014 22

Note: Club(s) represents the permanent clubs during the player's time in the Under-21s.

Top goalscorers

Rank Player Club(s) Year(s) U-21 Goals
1 Rodrigo Benfica 2011–2013 15
2 Álvaro Morata Real Madrid, Juventus 2013–2014 13
3 Óscar García Barcelona, Albacete 1992–1996 12
4 Isco Málaga, Real Madrid 2011–2014 10
5 Pablo Couñago Recreativo, Celta, Ipswich Town 1999–2001 9
5 Adrián Deportivo La Coruña, Málaga 2007–2011 9
7 Gerard Deulofeu Barcelona, Everton, Sevilla 2012– 8
7 Julen Guerrero Athletic Bilbao 1992–1994 8
7 Raúl Real Madrid 1995–1996 8
7 Jonathan Soriano Espanyol 2005 8

Note: Club(s) represents the permanent clubs during the player's time in the Under-21s.

  • Caps and goals correct as of 30 March 2015

Recent results

Date Competition Location Opponent Result Scorers
10 October 2014
2015 UEFA U-21 qualification
Jagodina, Serbia  Serbia
0 – 0
14 October 2014
2015 UEFA U-21 qualification
Cádiz, Spain  Serbia
1 – 2
Roberto  90+2'
12 November 2014
Friendly
Ferrol, Spain  Belgium
1 – 4
Munir  49'
26 March 2015
Friendly
Cartagena, Spain  Norway
2 – 0
Munir  16', Deulofeu  19'
30 March 2015
Friendly
León, Spain  Belarus
4 – 0
Shestilovsky  25' (o.g.), Deulofeu  49', Munir  53', Gómez  59'
2 September 2015
2017 UEFA U-21 qualification
Tallinn, Estonia  Estonia
2 – 0
Gayà  81', Deulofeu  90+1' (pen.)
7 October 2015
2017 UEFA U-21 qualification
Georgia  Georgia
5 – 2
Munir  2'73', Asensio  62', Mayoral  67', Ceballos  90'
13 October 2015
2017 UEFA U-21 qualification
Tenerife, Spain  Sweden
1 – 1
Óliver  20'

Forthcoming fixtures

Date Competition Location Opponent Result Scorers
13 November 2015
2017 UEFA U-21 qualification
Almería, Spain  Georgia
17 November 2015
2017 UEFA U-21 qualification
Rijeka, Croatia  Croatia

2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Croatia 3 3 0 0 8 0 +8 9 Final tournament 1 Sep '16 17 Nov '15 1–0 11 Nov '15 28 Mar '16
2  Sweden 3 2 1 0 9 1 +8 7 Possible Play-offs 10 Oct '16 5 Sep '16 June '16 3–0 5–0
3  Spain 3 2 1 0 8 3 +5 7 24 Mar '16 1–1 13 Nov '15 1 Sep '16 10 Oct '16
4  Georgia 4 2 0 2 8 6 +2 6 6 Sep '16 17 Nov '15 2–5 23 Mar '16 3–0
5  San Marino 4 0 1 3 0 9 −9 1 0–3 27 Mar '16 5 Oct '16 0–3 15 Nov '15
6  Estonia 5 0 1 4 0 14 −14 1 0–4 6 Oct '16 0–2 1 Sep '16 0–0
Updated to match(es) played on 13 October 2015. Source: UEFA

Players

Current squad

The following players were named in the squad for Sweden, at 7 and 13 October 2015.

  • Caps and goals as of 13 October 2015.
0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Kepa Arrizabalaga (1994-10-03) 3 October 1994 10 0 Valladolid
13 1GK Pau López (1994-12-13) 13 December 1994 0 0 Espanyol
19 1GK Alejandro Remiro (1995-03-24) 24 March 1995 0 0 Athletic Bilbao
2 2DF Héctor Bellerín (1995-03-19) 19 March 1995 3 0 Arsenal
3 2DF Rubén Duarte (1995-10-10) 10 October 1995 5 0 Espanyol
4 2DF Jesús Vallejo (1997-01-05) 5 January 1997 3 0 Zaragoza
5 2DF Jorge Meré (1997-04-17) 17 April 1997 3 0 Sporting Gijón
12 2DF Javier Manquillo (1994-05-05) 5 May 1994 5 0 Marseille
14 2DF Francisco Valera (1994-10-26) 26 October 1994 0 0 Real Betis
20 2DF Jonny Castro (1994-03-03) 3 March 1994 5 0 Celta de Vigo
6 3MF Saúl Ñíguez (1994-11-21) 21 November 1994 14 2 Atlético Madrid
8 3MF Dani Ceballos (1996-08-07) 7 August 1996 5 1 Real Betis
10 3MF Óliver Torres (1994-11-10) 10 November 1994 14 3 Atlético Madrid
11 3MF Marco Asensio (1996-01-21) 21 January 1996 4 1 Espanyol
15 3MF José Rodríguez (1994-12-16) 16 December 1994 5 0 Galatasaray
18 3MF Matías Nahuel (1996-10-22) 22 October 1996 1 0 Villarreal
7 4FW Gerard Deulofeu(c) (1994-03-13) 13 March 1994 22 8 Everton
9 4FW Munir El Haddadi (1995-09-01) 1 September 1995 8 5 Barcelona
16 4FW Samu Castillejo (1995-01-18) 18 January 1995 4 0 Villarreal
17 4FW Borja Mayoral (1997-04-05) 5 April 1997 2 1 Real Madrid
  • Player(s) those had been capped in senior level will be shown in italic.

Recent callups

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

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Rubén Blanco (1995-07-25) 25 July 1995 1 0 Celta de Vigo v.  Belarus, 30 March 2015
GK Óscar Whalley (1994-03-29) 29 March 1994 1 0 Huesca v.  Belgium, 12 November 2014
DF José Luis Gayà (1995-05-25) 25 May 1995 4 1 Valencia v.  Estonia, 2 September 2015
DF David Costas (1995-03-26) 26 March 1995 1 0 Mallorca v.  Belgium, 12 November 2014
DF Pablo Íñiguez (1994-01-20) 20 January 1994 1 0 Villarreal v.  Belgium, 12 November 2014
DF Jaime Sánchez (1995-03-11) 11 March 1995 1 0 Real Madrid v.  Belgium, 12 November 2014
MF Denis Suárez (1994-01-06) 6 January 1994 7 0 Villarreal v.  Estonia, 2 September 2015
MF Sergi Samper (1995-01-20) 20 January 1995 2 0 Barcelona v.  Belarus, 30 March 2015
MF Moi Gómez (1994-06-23) 23 June 1994 3 1 Getafe v.  Belarus, 30 March 2015
MF Víctor Camarasa (1994-05-28) 28 May 1994 1 0 Levante v.  Belgium, 12 November 2014
MF Álvaro Medrán (1994-03-15) 15 March 1994 1 0 Getafe v.  Belgium, 12 November 2014
MF Unai López (1995-10-30) 30 October 1995 2 0 Athletic Bilbao v.  Belgium, 12 November 2014
FW Santi Mina (1995-12-07) 7 December 1995 1 0 Valencia v.  Estonia, 2 September 2015
FW Iñaki Williams (1994-06-15) 15 June 1994 2 0 Athletic Bilbao v.  Belarus, 30 March 2015
FW Carlos Castro (1995-06-01) 1 June 1995 1 0 Sporting de Gijón v.  Belgium, 12 November 2014
FW Sandro Ramírez (1995-07-09) 9 July 1995 3 0 Barcelona v.  Belgium, 12 November 2014

Former squads

See also

References

  1. ^ " [The under-21 team returns to the birthplace of tiki-taka]'"La sub 21 regresa al lugar donde nació el 'tiqui-taca (in Spanish).  

External links

  • Official website by RFEF
  • siemprecantera (Spanish)
  • Tournament archive at uefa.com
  • Europe – U-23/U-21 Tournaments at rsssf
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