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Spain Under-21
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) La Roja (The Reds)
Association Real Federación
Española de Fútbol
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach López Caro (2008–)
Most caps Santi Denia (27)
Top scorer Óscar García (12)
FIFA code ESP
Home colours
Away colours
First international
U-23:  Yugoslavia 3-0  Spain
(Novi Sad; June 18, 1969)
U-21: Yugoslavia 4-1  Spain
(Zagreb; October 9, 1976)
Biggest win
 Spain 14-0  San Marino
(El Ejido; February 8, 2005)
Biggest defeat
 Netherlands 5-0  Spain
(Utrecht; February 16, 1983)
Records for competitive
matches only.
UEFA U-21 Championship
Appearances 10 (First in 1982)
Best result Winners (1986, 1998)

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 Real Federación Española de Fútbol. The team competes in the European Under-21 Football Championship, held every two years.

Following the realignment of UEFA's youth competitions in 1976, the Spanish Under-21 team was formed. The team has a very good record - competition winners twice and runners-up twice. Only Italy have won the competition more times.

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

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UEFA U-23 Championship Record

Spain were randomly chosen to play holders Yugoslavia for the title in a one-off match, which Spain lost.

  • 18 June 1969: Yugoslavia 3-0 Spain
  • 1972: Did not qualify. Finished 2nd of 2 in qualification "group".
  • 1974: Did not enter.
  • 1976: Did not enter.

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
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 Qualifying in progress 4 3 0 1 8 2
Total 10/17 157 104 25 28 292 119

*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 Manuel Sanchís
Romania 1998 Francesc Arnau

Players

The most caps

Rank Player Club(s) Year(s) U-21 Caps
1 Santiago Denia Albacete Balompié, Atlético Madrid 1992–1996 27
2 Xavi Hernández FC Barcelona 1998–2001 25
3 Óscar García FC Barcelona, Albacete Balompié 1992–1996 24
4 Roberto Fernández CD Castellón, Valencia CF, FC Barcelona 1980–1988 21
5 Juan Alberto Andreu 'Melli' Real Betis 2003–2006 20
5 Raúl García CA Osasuna, Atlético Madrid 2006–2009 20
5 José Manuel Reina FC Barcelona, Villarreal CF 2000–2003 20
8 Txiki Begiristain Real Sociedad 1984–1988 19
8 Daniel Jarque RCD Espanyol 2003–2005 19
10 Andrés Iniesta FC Barcelona 2003–2006 18
10 José Manuel Jurado Atlético Madrid, RCD Mallorca 2006–2009 18

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

The most goals

Rank Player Club(s) Year(s) U-21 Goals
1 Óscar García FC Barcelona, Albacete Balompié 1992–1996 12
2 Pablo Couñago Recreativo, Celta de Vigo, Ipswich Town 1999–2001 9
3 Julen Guerrero Athletic Bilbao 1992–1994 8
3 Raúl González Real Madrid 1995–1996 8
3 Jonathan Soriano RCD Espanyol 2005 8
6 Roberto Fernández CD Castellón, Valencia CF, FC Barcelona 1980–1988 7
6 José Gálvez RCD Mallorca, Valencia CF 1993–1995 7
6 Xavi Hernández FC Barcelona 1998–2001 7
6 David Silva Valencia CF, SD Eibar, Celta de Vigo 2004–2006 7

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

Recent results

Date Competition Location Home Team Result Away Team Scorers
4 September 2009
2011 UEFA U-21 Qualifying
Oviedo, Spain  Spain
2–0
 Poland
Joselu Goal 7', Parejo Goal 58'
7 September 2009
2011 UEFA U-21 Qualifying
Vaduz, Liechtenstein  Liechtenstein
0–4
 Spain
Parejo Goal 15', Javi Martínez Goal 23', Capel Goal 82', Aarón Goal 86'
13 November 2009
2011 UEFA U-21 Qualifying
Córdoba, Spain  Spain
1–0
 Finland
Míchel Goal 79'
17 November 2009
2011 UEFA U-21 Qualifying
Rotterdam, Netherlands  Netherlands
2–1
 Spain
Azpilicueta Goal 80'

Forthcoming fixtures

Date Competition Location Home Team Result Away Team Scorers
2 March 2010
2011 UEFA U-21 Qualifying
Ponferrada, Spain  Spain
 Liechtenstein
11 August 2010
2011 UEFA U-21 Qualifying
TBD, Finland  Finland
 Spain
3 September 2010
2011 UEFA U-21 Qualifying
TBD, Spain  Spain
 Netherlands
7 September 2010
2011 UEFA U-21 Qualifying
TBD, Poland  Poland
 Spain

2011 UEFA European U-21 Qualification Group 4

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Netherlands 5 5 0 0 12 1 +11 15
 Spain 4 3 0 1 8 2 +6 9
 Poland 5 3 0 2 9 7 +2 9
 Finland 5 1 0 4 5 6 –1 3
 Liechtenstein 5 0 0 5 0 18 –18 0
  Finland Liechtenstein Netherlands Poland Spain
Finland  0–1
Liechtenstein  0–4 0–5 0–4
Netherlands  2–0 3–0 2–1
Poland  2–1 2–0 0–4
Spain  1–0 2–0

Key: Pts Points, Pld Matches played, W Won, D Drawn, L Lost, GF Goals for, GA Goals against, GD Goal Difference

Current squad

Players born in or after 1988 are eligible for the next UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship.

The following players were called up to participate in a 2011 UEFA European Football Championship qualification against Finland and Netherlands. [1] [2]

  • Caps and goals as of 17 November 2009.
No. Pos. Player DoB (Age) Caps Goals Club
GK Sergio Asenjo 28 June 1989 (1989-06-28) (age 20) 14 0 Spain Atlético Madrid
GK David de Gea 7 November 1990 (1990-11-07) (age 19) 2 0 Spain Atlético Madrid
GK Tomás Mejías 30 January 1989 (1989-01-30) (age 20) 0 0 Spain Real Madrid
DF César Azpilicueta 28 August 1989 (1989-08-28) (age 20) 11 1 Spain Osasuna
DF Alberto Botía 27 January 1989 (1989-01-27) (age 20) 4 0 Spain Sporting de Gijón
DF Roberto Canella 7 February 1988 (1988-02-07) (age 21) 7 0 Spain Sporting de Gijón
DF Andreu Fontàs 14 November 1989 (1989-11-14) (age 20) 0 0 Spain Barcelona
DF Kiko 21 August 1988 (1988-08-21) (age 21) 4 0 Spain Villarreal
DF Víctor Laguardia 5 November 1989 (1989-11-05) (age 20) 2 0 Spain Real Zaragoza
MF Jordi Alba 21 March 1989 (1989-03-21) (age 20) 3 0 Spain Valencia
MF Diego Capel 16 February 1988 (1988-02-16) (age 21) 14 3 Spain Sevilla
MF Marcos Gullón 20 February 1989 (1989-02-20) (age 20) 3 0 Spain Villarreal
MF Ander Herrera 14 August 1989 (1989-08-14) (age 20) 3 0 Spain Real Zaragoza
MF Javi Martínez 2 September 1988 (1988-09-02) (age 21) 13 1 Spain Athletic Bilbao
MF Francisco Mérida 4 March 1990 (1990-03-04) (age 19) 3 0 England Arsenal
MF Míchel 29 July 1988 (1988-07-29) (age 21) 4 1 Spain Valencia
MF Daniel Parejo 16 April 1989 (1989-04-16) (age 20) 7 3 Spain Getafe
MF Omar Ramos 26 January 1988 (1988-01-26) (age 21) 1 0 Spain Tenerife
FW Joselu 27 March 1990 (1990-03-27) (age 19) 3 1 Spain Celta de Vigo
FW Kike 25 November 1989 (1989-11-25) (age 20) 0 0 Spain Real Murcia
FW Adrián López 8 January 1988 (1988-01-08) (age 22) 6 1 Spain Deportivo La Coruña

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