Spain national under-21 football team

under-21 association football team representing Spain

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

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)

Competitive record change

UEFA European Under-21 Championship Record change

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 Runners-up 17 11 4 2 44 13
  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

Top appearances change

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

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

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

Forthcoming fixtures change

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

2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship change

Group phase change

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

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 25) 8 0   Huesca
13 1GK Josep Martínez (1998-05-27) 27 May 1998 (age 25) 3 0   RB Leipzig
23 1GK Álex Domínguez (1998-07-30) 30 July 1998 (age 25) 0 0   Las Palmas

2 2DF Pipa (1998-01-26) 26 January 1998 (age 26) 6 0   Huddersfield Town
3 2DF Adrià Pedrosa (1998-05-13) 13 May 1998 (age 25) 8 2   Espanyol
4 2DF Hugo Guillamón (2000-01-31) 31 January 2000 (age 24) 7 1   Valencia
5 2DF Jorge Cuenca (1999-11-17) 17 November 1999 (age 24) 10 0   Almería
7 2DF Alejandro Pozo (1999-02-22) 22 February 1999 (age 24) 9 0   Eibar
12 2DF Juan Miranda (2000-01-19) 19 January 2000 (age 24) 5 1   Betis
14 2DF Óscar Mingueza (1999-05-13) 13 May 1999 (age 24) 1 0   Barcelona B

6 3MF Martín Zubimendi (1999-02-02) 2 February 1999 (age 25) 5 0   Real Sociedad
8 3MF Fran Beltrán (1999-02-03) 3 February 1999 (age 25) 13 0   Celta Vigo
10 3MF Gonzalo Villar (1998-03-23) 23 March 1998 (age 25) 8 1   Roma
11 3MF Marc Cucurella (1998-07-22) 22 July 1998 (age 25) 9 1   Getafe
15 3MF Jon Moncayola (1998-05-13) 13 May 1998 (age 25) 7 1   Osasuna
16 3MF Manu García (1998-01-02) 2 January 1998 (age 26) 8 2   Sporting Gijón
20 3MF Riqui Puig (1999-08-13) 13 August 1999 (age 24) 4 0   Barcelona

9 4FW Abel Ruiz (2000-01-28) 28 January 2000 (age 24) 6 0   Braga
17 4FW Brahim Díaz (1999-08-03) 3 August 1999 (age 24) 6 2   Milan
18 4FW Javi Puado (1998-05-25) 25 May 1998 (age 25) 8 1   Espanyol
19 4FW Dani Gómez (1998-07-30) 30 July 1998 (age 25) 8 4   Levante
21 4FW Ander Barrenetxea (2001-12-27) 27 December 2001 (age 22) 3 1   Real Sociedad
22 4FW Yeremi Pino (2002-10-20) 20 October 2002 (age 21) 2 0   Villarreal

Recent callups change

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   Barcelona B v.   Israel, 17 November 2020
GK Dani Martín (1998-07-08) 8 July 1998 (age 22) 3 0   Betis v.   North Macedonia, 3 September 2020

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

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

FW Roberto López (2000-04-24) 24 April 2000 (age 21) 2 2   Real Sociedad v.   Israel, 17 November 2020
FW Bryan Gil (2001-02-11) 11 February 2001 (age 20) 3 0   Eibar v.   Israel, 17 November 2020
FW Antoñín (2000-04-16) 16 April 2000 (age 21) 2 0   Rayo Vallecano v.   Kazakhstan, 13 October 2020
FW Andrés Martín (1999-07-11) 11 July 1999 (age 21) 7 0   Rayo Vallecano v.   North Macedonia, 3 September 2020
FW Hugo Duro (1998-07-30) 30 July 1998 (age 22) 1 1   Real Madrid B v.   North Macedonia, 3 September 2020
FW Valery Fernández (1999-11-23) 23 November 1999 (age 21) 0 0   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

  • 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

  • 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