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Romania national under-21 football team

Romania U-21
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Tricolorii Mici (The Little Tricolours)
Association Romanian Football Federation
Head coach Cristian Dulca
Most caps Gabriel Torje (24)
Top scorer Gabriel Torje (9)
Biggest win
 Armenia 0–5 Romania 
(Yerevan, Armenia; 16 November 2004)
 Azerbaijan 0–5 Romania 
(Trabzon, Turkey; 25 April 1995)
Biggest defeat
 Germany 8–0 Romania 
(Magdeburg, Germany; 9 September 2014)
UEFA U-21 Championship
Appearances 1 (First in 1998)
Best result Eighth in 1998

The Romania national under-21 football team is the national under-21 football team of Romania and is controlled by the Romanian Football Federation. The team competes in the European Under-21 Football Championship, held every two years.

The team is coached by former international Cristian Dulca and is usually captained by Pescara defender Deian Boldor.

Following the realignment of UEFA's youth competitions in 1976, under-21 football teams in Europe were formed. The team is exclusively for football players that are age 21 or under at the start of the two-year campaign of the UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship meaning a player can represent the national team until the age of 23.

The best result achieved by the Romania U-21 squad is the qualification for the 1998 European Championship. Under the guidance of Victor Pițurcă and with a generation of players that included among others Bogdan Lobonț, Florentin Petre, Ionel Dănciulescu and Cătălin Munteanu, Romania U-21 finished the qualifying stage with maximum points after winning all eight games. Romania was then chosen as the host of the final stage. The squad was eliminated in the quarter-finals, being beaten by the Netherlands, 2-1.

The Romania under-21 team does not have a permanent home. The team plays in stadiums located all around Romania. Because of the smaller demand compared to the senior national team, smaller facilities are used. As of June 2015, the last three games have been played in Targu Mures.

Contents

  • Competitive record 1
    • UEFA U-21 Championship Record 1.1
    • Olympic Games 1.2
    • EURO 2017 1.3
  • Players 2
    • Current squad 2.1
    • Recent call-ups 2.2
  • Coaching staff 3
  • Results 4
  • Former squads 5
  • See also 6
  • External links 7

Competitive record

UEFA U-21 Championship Record

UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship record UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship Qualification record
Year Round Pld W D * L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
1978 Did not qualify 4 1 0 3 5 8
1980 4 2 0 2 7 3
1982 6 2 1 3 9 12
1984 6 2 1 3 8 12
1986 6 1 4 1 5 7
1988 6 3 0 3 7 7
1990 6 3 0 3 8 7
1992 6 2 0 4 5 9
1994 8 5 0 3 13 10
1996 10 4 4 2 17 10
1998 Quarter-Final 1 0 0 1 1 2 8 8 0 0 18 4
2000 Did not qualify 8 3 3 2 10 8
2002 8 5 1 2 13 5
2004 8 2 1 5 6 7
2006 10 6 1 3 17 8
2007 2 1 0 1 4 5
2009 8 4 3 1 11 3
2011 10 8 1 1 23 6
2013 8 4 2 2 11 6
2015 8 3 3 2 14 19
Total 1/18 1 0 0 1 1 2 140 69 25 46 211 156

Olympic Games

Football at the Summer Olympics

was first played officially in 1908. The Olympiads between 1896 and 1980 was only open for amateur players. The 1984 and 1988 tournaments were open to players with no appearances in the FIFA World Cup. After the 1988 Olympics, the football event was changed into a tournament for U23 or U21 teams with a maximum of three older players. See Romania national football team for competition record from 1908 until 1988.

Olympic Games record Olympic Games Qualification record **
Year Round Position Pld W D * L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
1992 Did not qualify 6 2 0 4 5 9
1996 10 4 4 2 17 10
2000 8 3 3 2 10 8
2004 8 2 1 5 6 7
2008 2 1 0 1 4 5
2012 10 8 1 1 23 6
2016 8 3 3 2 14 19
Total 0/6 0 Titles 0 0 0 0 0 0 52 23 12 17 79 64
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
**Includes both qualification phase and final tournament of UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship.
***Gold background color indicates that the tournament was won. Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.

EURO 2017

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Bulgaria 5 3 0 2 8 4 +4 9 Final tournament 3–0 2–0
2  Romania 4 3 0 1 7 4 +3 9 Possible Play-offs 0–2 13 Nov '15 3–0
3  Wales 3 2 1 0 6 2 +4 7 3–1 17 Nov '15 13 Nov '15
4  Denmark 2 1 1 0 1 0 +1 4 1–0 0–0 17 Nov '15
5  Luxembourg 4 0 1 3 2 8 −6 1 0–1 1–3
6  Armenia 4 0 1 3 3 9 −6 1 2–3 1–1
Updated to match(es) played on 13 October 2015. Source: UEFA

Players

Current squad

Players called up for the friendly game against Poland on 13 October 2015.

Caps and goals as of 13 October 2015.
0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Laurențiu Brănescu (1994-03-30) 30 March 1994 11 0 Omonia Nicosia
1GK Bogdan Căucă (1996-08-06) 6 August 1996 0 0 Brașov
2DF (Captain) (1994-05-28) 28 May 1994 4 0 Botoșani
2DF Bogdan Mitache (1994-01-01) 1 January 1994 3 0 Viitorul Constanța
2DF Ionuț Nedelcearu (1996-04-25) 25 April 1996 3 0 Dinamo București
2DF Cosmin Achim (1995-09-19) 19 September 1995 1 0 Voluntari
2DF Alin Dobrosavlevici (1994-10-24) 24 October 1994 1 0 Academica Clinceni
2DF Nicolae Vasile (1995-12-29) 29 December 1995 1 0 Rapid București
3MF Iulian Cristea (1994-07-17) 17 July 1994 5 0 Gaz Metan Mediaș
3MF Cătălin Ștefănescu (1994-11-30) 30 November 1994 3 0 Ceahlăul Piatra Neamț
3MF Andreas Calcan (1994-04-09) 9 April 1994 2 0 Universitatea Cluj
3MF Rareș Enceanu (1994-08-05) 5 August 1994 2 0 Steaua București
3MF Andreas Ivan (1995-01-10) 10 January 1995 2 0 Stuttgarter Kickers
3MF Silviu Balaure (1996-02-06) 6 February 1996 1 0 Baia Mare
3MF Andrei Pițian (1995-11-16) 16 November 1995 1 0 Pandurii Târgu Jiu
3MF Szilard Vereș (1996-01-27) 27 January 1996 1 0 CFR Cluj
4FW Alexandru Tudorie (1996-03-19) 19 March 1996 6 0 Steaua București
4FW Mihai Voduț (1994-07-28) 28 July 1994 1 0 Voluntari

Recent call-ups

The following players have also been called up to the Romania under-21 squad and remain eligible:

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Valentin Cojocaru (1995-10-01) 1 October 1995 8 0 Steaua București v.  Luxembourg, 9 October 2015
GK Eduard Pap (1994-07-01) 1 July 1994 0 0 ACS Poli v.  Armenia, 16 June 2015
GK Răzvan Began (1996-08-12) 12 August 1996 0 0 CFR Cluj v.  Cyprus, 31 March 2015
GK Roland Niczuly (1995-09-21) 21 September 1995 0 0 Universitatea Cluj v.  Serbia, 13 November 2014
DF Deian Boldor (1995-02-03) 3 February 1995 12 1 Virtus Lanciano v.  Luxembourg, 9 October 2015
DF Cristian Manea (1997-08-09) 9 August 1997 7 0 Mouscron-Péruwelz v.  Luxembourg, 9 October 2015
DF Robert Hodorogea (1995-03-24) 24 March 1995 5 0 Viitorul Constanța v.  Luxembourg, 9 October 2015
DF Mihai Bălașa (1995-01-14) 14 January 1995 10 2 Crotone v.  Armenia, 8 September 2015
DF Steliano Filip (1994-05-15) 15 May 1994 10 0 Dinamo București v.  Armenia, 16 June 2015
DF Bogdan Țîru (1994-03-15) 15 March 1994 7 1 Viitorul Constanța v.  Armenia, 16 June 2015
DF Ionuț Neag (1994-02-18) 18 February 1994 4 1 Universitatea Cluj v.  Armenia, 16 June 2015
DF Florin Anițoiu (1994-04-25) 25 April 1994 2 0 Metalul Reșița v.  Cyprus, 31 March 2015
DF Adrian Puțanu (1994-01-09) 9 January 1994 2 0 Brașov v.  Macedonia, 13 October 2014
MF Claudiu Bumba (1994-01-05) 5 January 1994 14 2 Hapoel Tel Aviv v.  Luxembourg, 9 October 2015
MF Dragoș Nedelcu (1997-02-16) 16 February 1997 12 0 Viitorul Constanța v.  Luxembourg, 9 October 2015
MF Dorin Rotariu (1995-07-29) 29 July 1995 11 0 Dinamo București v.  Luxembourg, 9 October 2015
MF Adrian Păun (1995-04-01) 1 April 1995 7 3 CFR Cluj v.  Luxembourg, 9 October 2015
MF Ovidiu Popescu (1994-02-27) 27 February 1994 3 0 ACS Poli v.  Luxembourg, 9 October 2015
MF Andrei Ivan (1997-01-04) 4 January 1997 2 0 CSU Craiova v.  Luxembourg, 9 October 2015
MF Răzvan Marin (1996-05-23) 23 May 1996 2 0 Viitorul Constanța v.  Luxembourg, 9 October 2015
MF Alexandru Mitriță (1995-02-08) 8 February 1995 8 1 Pescara v.  Armenia, 8 September 2015
MF Florin Tănase (1994-12-30) 30 December 1994 7 3 Viitorul Constanța v.  Armenia, 8 September 2015
MF Sorin Tăbăcariu (1994-07-23) 23 July 1994 4 0 Ceahlăul Piatra Neamț v.  Armenia, 8 September 2015
MF Doru Popadiuc (1995-02-18) 18 February 1995 5 0 Ceahlăul Piatra Neamț v.  Cyprus, 31 March 2015
MF Andrei Cerlincă (1995-08-06) 6 August 1995 2 0 Rapid București v.  Cyprus, 31 March 2015
MF Lucian Ion (1994-03-10) 10 March 1994 2 0 Concordia Chiajna v.  Cyprus, 31 March 2015
MF Ionuț Șerban (1995-08-07) 7 August 1995 4 0 Dinamo București v.  Serbia, 13 November 2014
MF Cristian Bărbuț (1995-04-22) 22 April 1995 2 0 ACS Poli v.  Serbia, 13 November 2014
MF Iulian Roșu (1994-05-30) 30 May 1994 2 0 Astra Giurgiu v.  Serbia, 13 November 2014
MF Alexandru Dan (1994-01-30) 30 January 1994 6 0 Pandurii Târgu Jiu v.  Macedonia, 13 October 2014
MF Alexandru Ioniță (1994-12-14) 14 December 1994 2 0 Astra Giurgiu v.  Faroe Islands, 5 March 2014
MF Andrei Vaștag (1994-03-21) 21 March 1994 3 0 Viitorul Constanța v.  Cyprus, 13 August 2013
FW George Pușcaș (1996-04-08) 8 April 1996 9 7 Bari v.  Luxembourg, 9 October 2015
FW Cătălin Țîră (1994-06-18) 18 June 1994 3 1 Concordia Chiajna v.  Armenia, 16 June 2015
FW Valentin Balint (1994-02-07) 7 February 1994 2 0 Ceahlăul Piatra Neamț v.  Serbia, 13 November 2014
FW Gabriel Iancu (1994-04-15) 15 April 1994 10 2 Kardemir Karabükspor v.  Macedonia, 13 October 2014
FW Alexandru Buziuc (1994-03-15) 15 March 1994 2 0 Gaz Metan Mediaș v.  Germany, 9 September 2014
Notes
  • INJ = Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury
  • Names in italics denote players that have been capped for the Senior team.

Coaching staff

Head coach Cristian Dulca
Assistant coach Florin Constantinovici
Physical coach Matteo Spatafora

Results

Recent results within last 24 months and upcoming fixtures.

Date Competition Venue Opponent Result Scorers
19 November 2013 EURO 2015 Q Stadionul Marin Anastasovici, Giurgiu  Germany 2–2 Bumba  24'
Benzar  75'
5 March 2014 EURO 2015 Q Stadionul Mogoşoaia, Mogoșoaia  Faroe Islands 3–1 Kalsø  18' (o.g.)
Martin  56'
Gavra  66'
13 August 2014 Friendly Ilie Oană Stadium, Ploiești  Italy 2–1 Pușcaș  30'
Bălașa  44'
4 September 2014 EURO 2015 Q Stadionul Dinamo, Bucharest  Montenegro 4–3 Boldor  10'
Pușcaș  67'
Bumba  79' (pen.)
Tănase  82'
9 September 2014 EURO 2015 Q MDCC-Arena, Magdeburg  Germany 0–8
8 October 2014 Friendly Stadionul Municipal, Buzău  Albania 3–1 Iancu  15'
Neag  77'
Tănase  83'
13 October 2014 Friendly Philip II Arena, Skopje  Macedonia 1–2 Bălașa  69'
13 November 2014 Friendly Belgrade  Serbia 1–0 Țîră  9'
26 March 2015 Friendly Stadionul Trans-Sil, Târgu Mureș  Iceland 3–0 Pușcaș  9'51'
Mitriță  48'
31 March 2015 Friendly Stadionul Trans-Sil, Târgu Mureș  Cyprus 1–0 Țîru  62'
16 June 2015 EURO 2017 Q Stadionul Trans-Sil, Târgu Mureș  Armenia 3–0 Pușcaș  16'
Păun  32'
Tănase  90+2'
4 September 2015 EURO 2017 Q Stadionul Trans-Sil, Târgu Mureș  Bulgaria 0–2
8 September 2015 EURO 2017 Q FFA Academy Stadium, Yerevan  Armenia 3–2 Adrian Păun  35'38'
Pușcaș  60'
9 October 2015 EURO 2017 Q Stade Municipal de la Ville de Differdange, Differdange  Luxembourg 1–0 Pușcaș  37'
13 October 2015 Friendly Białystok City Stadium, Białystok  Poland 0–0
13 November 2015 EURO 2017 Q Stadionul Marin Anastasovici, Giurgiu  Denmark
17 November 2015 EURO 2017 Q  Wales

Former squads

See also

External links

  • UEFA Under-21 website Contains full results archive
  • The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation Contains full record of U-21/U-23 Championships.
  • FRF.ro
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