Spain national under-21 football team

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Spain Under-21
Nickname(s)La Rojita (The Little Red [One])
AssociationRoyal Spanish Football Federation
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachLuis de la Fuente
CaptainMarc Cucurella
Most capsGerard Deulofeu (36)
Top scorerGerard Deulofeu (17)
FIFA codeESP
First colours
Second colours
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
Appearances13 (first in 1982)
Best resultWinners (1986, 1998, 2011, 2013, 2019)

The Spain national under-21 football team are the under-21s of Spain. It is currently controlled by the Royal Spanish Football Federation.

Competitive record[change | change source]

UEFA European Under-21 Championship Record[change | change source]

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
France 1994 Third Place 12 9 2 1 21 9
Spain 1996 Runners-up 14 10 3 1 34 14
Romania 1998 Champions 11 10 1 0 21 6
Slovakia 2000 Third Place 14 11 3 0 31 7
Switzerland 2002 Qualification Playoffs 10 6 1 3 15 9
Germany 2004 Qualification Playoffs 10 6 2 2 17 5
Portugal 2006 Qualifying Stage 10 6 2 2 37 8
Netherlands 2007 Qualification Playoffs 4 2 1 1 8 4
Sweden 2009 Group Stage 13 10 1 2 27 7
Denmark 2011 Champions 15 12 2 1 31 8
Israel 2013 Champions 15 14 1 0 47 5
Czech Republic 2015 Qualification Playoffs 10 7 2 1 25 8
Poland 2017 Runners-up 17 11 4 2 44 13
Italy 2019 Champions 15 13 0 2 45 16
Total 14/22 225 157 34 33 476 167

*Denotes draws including 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.

Player records[change | change source]

Top appearances[change | change source]

Rank Player Club(s) Year(s) U-21 Caps
1 Gerard Deulofeu Barcelona, Everton, Sevilla, Milan 2012–2017 36
2 Borja Mayoral Real Madrid, VfL Wolfsburg, Levante 2015–2019 31
  Jorge Meré Sporting Gijón, FC Köln 2015–2019 31
  Iker Muniain Athletic Bilbao 2011–2014 31
5 Dani Ceballos Betis, Real Madrid 2015–2019 29
6 Santiago Denia Albacete, Atlético Madrid 1992–1996 27
  David de Gea Atlético Madrid, Manchester United 2009–2013 27
8 Diego Capel Sevilla 2007–2011 25
  Mikel Oyarzabal Real Sociedad 2017–2019 25
  Saúl Atlético Madrid, Rayo Vallecano 2013–2017 25
  Xavi Barcelona 1998–2001 25

Note: Club(s) represents all the clubs that players played in at the time they did it too in the Under-21s.

Top goalscorers[change | change source]

Rank Player Club(s) Year(s) U-21 Goals
1 Gerard Deulofeu Barcelona, Everton, Sevilla, Milan 2012–2017 17
2 Borja Mayoral Real Madrid, VfL Wolfsburg, Levante 2015–2019 16
3 Rodrigo Benfica 2011–2013 15
4 Isco Málaga, Real Madrid 2011–2014 14
5 Álvaro Morata Real Madrid, Juventus 2013–2014 13
6 Óscar Barcelona, Albacete 1992–1996 12
7 Munir Barcelona 2014–2016 10
8 Pablo Couñago Celta, Recreativo, Ipswich Town 1999–2001 9
  Adrián Deportivo, Alavés, Málaga, Atlético Madrid 2007–2011 9
  Saúl Atlético Madrid, Rayo Vallecano 2013–2017 9

Note: Club(s) represents all the clubs that players played in at the time they did it too in the Under-21s.

  • Caps and goals correct as of 3 September 2020.

Recent results[change | change source]

Date Competition Location Opponent Result Scorers
6 September 2020 2021 UEFA U-21 qualification Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan  Kazakhstan 1–0 Dani Olmo Goal 28' (pen.)
10 September 2020 2021 UEFA U-21 qualification Castellón, Spain  Montenegro 2–0 Dani Olmo Goal 3'9'
10 October 2019 Friendly Córdoba, Spain  Germany 1–1 Manu García Goal 10'
15 October 2019 2021 UEFA U-21 qualification Podgorica, Montenegro  Montenegro 2–0 Buñuel Goal 34', Cucurella Goal 62'
14 November 2019 2021 UEFA U-21 qualification Alcorcón, Spain  Macedonia 3–0 Manu García Goal 7', Serafimov Goal 47' (o.g.), Pedrosa Goal 87'
19 November 2019 2021 UEFA U-21 qualification Ramat Gan, Israel  Israel 1–1 Óscar Goal 50'
3 September 2020 2021 UEFA U-21 qualification Skopje, North Macedonia  Macedonia 1–0 Hugo Duro Goal 84' (pen.)
8 October 2020 2021 UEFA U-21 qualification Tórsvøllur, Faroe Islands  Faroe Islands 2–0 Brahim Díaz Goal 51'90+1'
13 October 2020 2021 UEFA U-21 qualification Alcorcón, Spain  Kazakhstan 3–0 Guillamón Goal 65', Dani Gómez Goal 71'85'
12 November 2020 2021 UEFA U-21 qualification Marbella, Spain  Faroe Islands 2–0 Pedrosa Goal 67', Roberto López Goal 87'
17 November 2020 2021 UEFA U-21 qualification Marbella, Spain  Israel 3–0 Roberto López Goal 65' (pen.), Barrenetxea Goal 75', Moncayola Goal 89'
24 March 2021 2021 UEFA U-21 group stage Maribor, Slovenia  Slovenia 3–0 Puado Goal 53', Gonzalo Villar Goal 54', Miranda Goal 89'
27 March 2021 2021 UEFA U-21 group stage Maribor, Slovenia  Italy 0–0
30 March 2021 2021 UEFA U-21 group stage Celje, Slovenia  Czech Republic 2–0 Dani Gómez Goal 69'78'

Forthcoming fixtures[change | change source]

Date Competition Location Opponent
31 May 2021 2021 UEFA U-21 quarter-finals Maribor, Slovenia  Croatia

2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship[change | change source]

Group phase[change | change source]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Spain 10 9 1 0 20 1 +19 28 Final tournament 3–0 3–0 3–0 2–0 2–0
2  Macedonia 10 5 3 2 20 12 +8 18 0–1 1–1 1–1 7–1 2–1
3  Israel 10 3 4 3 12 14 −2 13 1–1 1–1 1–2 3–1 0–0
4  Kazakhstan 10 3 1 6 12 21 −9 10 0–1 1–4 1–2 2–3 0–4
5  Faroe Islands 10 3 0 7 11 25 −14 9 0–2 1–2 3–1 1–3 1–0
6  Montenegro 10 2 1 7 11 13 −2 7 0–2 1–2 1–2 1–2 3–0
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Spain 10 9 1 0 20 1 +19 28 Final tournament 3–0 3–0 3–0 2–0 2–0
2  Macedonia 10 5 3 2 20 12 +8 18 0–1 1–1 1–1 7–1 2–1
3  Israel 10 3 4 3 12 14 −2 13 1–1 1–1 1–2 3–1 0–0
4  Kazakhstan 10 3 1 6 12 21 −9 10 0–1 1–4 1–2 2–3 0–4
5  Faroe Islands 10 3 0 7 11 25 −14 9 0–2 1–2 3–1 1–3 1–0
6  Montenegro 10 2 1 7 11 13 −2 7 0–2 1–2 1–2 1–2 3–0
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers


Players[change | change source]

The current players of the Spain Under-21s.  

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Álvaro Fernández (1998-04-13) 13 April 1998 (age 23) 8 0 Spain Huesca
13 1GK Josep Martínez (1998-05-27) 27 May 1998 (age 23) 3 0 Germany RB Leipzig
23 1GK Álex Domínguez (1998-07-30) 30 July 1998 (age 23) 0 0 Spain Las Palmas

2 2DF Pipa (1998-01-26) 26 January 1998 (age 23) 6 0 England Huddersfield Town
3 2DF Adrià Pedrosa (1998-05-13) 13 May 1998 (age 23) 8 2 Spain Espanyol
4 2DF Hugo Guillamón (2000-01-31) 31 January 2000 (age 21) 7 1 Spain Valencia
5 2DF Jorge Cuenca (1999-11-17) 17 November 1999 (age 21) 10 0 Spain Almería
7 2DF Alejandro Pozo (1999-02-22) 22 February 1999 (age 22) 9 0 Spain Eibar
12 2DF Juan Miranda (2000-01-19) 19 January 2000 (age 21) 5 1 Spain Betis
14 2DF Óscar Mingueza (1999-05-13) 13 May 1999 (age 22) 1 0 Spain Barcelona B

6 3MF Martín Zubimendi (1999-02-02) 2 February 1999 (age 22) 5 0 Spain Real Sociedad
8 3MF Fran Beltrán (1999-02-03) 3 February 1999 (age 22) 13 0 Spain Celta Vigo
10 3MF Gonzalo Villar (1998-03-23) 23 March 1998 (age 23) 8 1 Italy Roma
11 3MF Marc Cucurella (1998-07-22) 22 July 1998 (age 23) 9 1 Spain Getafe
15 3MF Jon Moncayola (1998-05-13) 13 May 1998 (age 23) 7 1 Spain Osasuna
16 3MF Manu García (1998-01-02) 2 January 1998 (age 23) 8 2 Spain Sporting Gijón
20 3MF Riqui Puig (1999-08-13) 13 August 1999 (age 22) 4 0 Spain Barcelona

9 4FW Abel Ruiz (2000-01-28) 28 January 2000 (age 21) 6 0 Portugal Braga
17 4FW Brahim Díaz (1999-08-03) 3 August 1999 (age 22) 6 2 Italy Milan
18 4FW Javi Puado (1998-05-25) 25 May 1998 (age 23) 8 1 Spain Espanyol
19 4FW Dani Gómez (1998-07-30) 30 July 1998 (age 23) 8 4 Spain Levante
21 4FW Ander Barrenetxea (2001-12-27) 27 December 2001 (age 19) 3 1 Spain Real Sociedad
22 4FW Yeremi Pino (2002-10-20) 20 October 2002 (age 19) 2 0 Spain Villarreal

Recent callups[change | change source]

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Iñaki Peña (1999-03-02) 2 March 1999 (age 22) 1 0 Spain Barcelona B v.  Israel, 17 November 2020
GK Dani Martín (1998-07-08) 8 July 1998 (age 22) 3 0 Spain Betis v.  North Macedonia, 3 September 2020

DF Mateu MoreyINJ (2000-03-02) 2 March 2000 (age 21) 0 0 Germany Borussia Dortmund v. Under-21 EURO, 19 March 2021
DF Pedro Porro (1999-09-13) 13 September 1999 (age 21) 7 0 Portugal Sporting CP v.  Israel, 17 November 2020
DF Enrique Clemente (1999-03-04) 4 March 1999 (age 22) 3 0 Spain Logroñés v.  Israel, 17 November 2020
DF Manu Hernando (1998-07-19) 19 July 1998 (age 22) 2 0 Spain Ponferradina v.  Israel, 17 November 2020
DF Manu Sánchez (2000-08-24) 24 August 2000 (age 20) 1 0 Spain Osasuna v.  Israel, 17 November 2020
DF Fran García (1999-08-14) 14 August 1999 (age 21) 1 0 Spain Rayo Vallecano v.  Kazakhstan, 13 October 2020

MF Óscar Rodríguez (1998-06-28) 28 June 1998 (age 22) 8 1 Spain Sevilla v.  Israel, 17 November 2020
MF Pedri (2002-11-25) 25 November 2002 (age 18) 4 0 Spain Barcelona v.  Israel, 17 November 2020
MF Carles Aleñá (1998-01-05) 5 January 1998 (age 23) 3 0 Spain Getafe v.  North Macedonia, 3 September 2020

FW Roberto López (2000-04-24) 24 April 2000 (age 21) 2 2 Spain Real Sociedad v.  Israel, 17 November 2020
FW Bryan Gil (2001-02-11) 11 February 2001 (age 20) 3 0 Spain Eibar v.  Israel, 17 November 2020
FW Antoñín (2000-04-16) 16 April 2000 (age 21) 2 0 Spain Rayo Vallecano v.  Kazakhstan, 13 October 2020
FW Andrés Martín (1999-07-11) 11 July 1999 (age 21) 7 0 Spain Rayo Vallecano v.  North Macedonia, 3 September 2020
FW Hugo Duro (1998-07-30) 30 July 1998 (age 22) 1 1 Spain Real Madrid B v.  North Macedonia, 3 September 2020
FW Valery Fernández (1999-11-23) 23 November 1999 (age 21) 0 0 Spain Girona v.  North Macedonia, 3 September 2020
Notes
  • Players in italics are still active at international level.
  • INJ = Not part of the current squad due to injury.
  • PRE = Not part of the current squad but present in a preliminary list.
  • COV = Not part of the current squad due to testing positive in SARS-CoV-2.

Former squads[change | change source]

  • 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship squads – Spain
  • 2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship squads – Spain
  • 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Championship squads – Spain
  • 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Championship squads – Spain
  • 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Championship squads – Spain
  • 2000 UEFA European Under-21 Championship squads – Spain
  • 1998 UEFA European Under-21 Championship squads – Spain
  • 1996 UEFA European Under-21 Championship squads – Spain
  • 1994 UEFA European Under-21 Championship squads – Spain

Related pages[change | change source]

  • Spain national football team
  • Spain national under-23 football team
  • Spain national under-20 football team
  • Spain national under-19 football team
  • Spain national under-18 football team
  • Spain national under-17 football team
  • Spain national under-16 football team
  • Spain national under-15 football team
  • Spain national youth football team

Other websites[change | change source]