Spain national under-21 football team
|Nickname(s)||La Rojita (The Little Red [One])|
|Association||Royal Spanish Football Federation|
|Head coach||Santi Denia|
|Most caps||Gerard Deulofeu (36)|
|Top scorer||Gerard Deulofeu (17)|
| Yugoslavia 4–1 Spain |
(Zagreb, Yugoslavia; 9 October 1976)
| Spain 14–0 San Marino |
(El Ejido, Spain; 8 February 2005)
| Netherlands 5–0 Spain |
(Utrecht, Netherlands; 16 February 1983)
Records for competitive matches only.
|UEFA U-21 Championship|
|Appearances||13 (first in 1982)|
|Best result||Winners (1986, 1998, 2011, 2013, 2019)|
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]), competes in the biennial UEFA European Under-21 Championship.
Following the realignment of UEFA's youth competitions in 1976, the Spain under-21 team was formed. Spain has a strong record (competition winners five times and runners-up twice); having consecutively won the 2011 and 2013 Championships. They hold the joint record with Italy for the most wins of the competition.
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, though in actuality, Spain played only three competitive U-23 matches. The first was in the "under-23 Challenge", which they lost, while 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.
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UEFA European Under-21 Championship Record
*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.
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1982 UEFA European Under-21 Championship
1984 UEFA European Under-21 Championship
1986 UEFA European Under-21 Championship
1988 UEFA European Under-21 Championship
1990 UEFA European Under-21 Championship
1992 UEFA European Under-21 Championship
1994 UEFA European Under-21 Championship
1996 UEFA European Under-21 Championship
1998 UEFA European Under-21 Championship
2000 UEFA European Under-21 Championship
2002 UEFA European Under-21 Championship
Spanish players have won individual awards at UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship.
|Year||Golden Player||Golden Boot|
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|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||Santi Denia||Albacete, Atlético Madrid||1992–1996||27|
|David de Gea||Atlético Madrid, Manchester United||2009–2013||27|
|Mikel Oyarzabal||Real Sociedad||2017–2019||25|
|Saúl||Atlético Madrid, Rayo Vallecano||2013–2017||25|
Note: Club(s) represents all the clubs that players played in at the time they did it too in the Under-21s.
|1||Gerard Deulofeu||Barcelona, Everton, Sevilla, Milan||2012–2017||17|
|2||Borja Mayoral||Real Madrid, VfL Wolfsburg, Levante||2015–2019||16|
|4||Isco||Málaga, Real Madrid||2011–2014||14|
|5||Álvaro Morata||Real Madrid, Juventus||2013–2014||13|
|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.
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2023 UEFA European Under-21 Championship
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
- ^ On 28 February 2022, FIFA and UEFA suspended Russian national teams from all competitions due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. On 2 May 2022, UEFA declared all of their results to be null and void.
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- The following players were called up for the friendly match.
- Match dates: 18 November 2022
- Opposition: Japan
- Caps and goals correct as of: 18 November 2022, after the match against Japan.
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|GK||Julen Agirrezabala||26 December 2000||5||0||Athletic Bilbao|
|GK||Leo Román||6 July 2000||1||0||Mallorca|
|GK||Arnau Tenas||30 May 2001||6||0||Barcelona|
|DF||José Ángel Carmona||29 January 2002||1||0||Sevilla|
|DF||Arnau Comas||11 April 2000||1||0||Basel|
|DF||Mario Gila||29 August 2000||3||0||Lazio|
|DF||Sergio Gómez||4 September 2000||12||6||Manchester City|
|DF||Arnau Martínez||25 April 2003||3||0||Girona|
|DF||Jon Pacheco||9 January 2001||7||0||Real Sociedad|
|DF||Manu Sánchez||24 August 2000||6||3||Osasuna|
|MF||Nico González||3 January 2002||6||0||Valencia|
|MF||Aimar Oroz||27 November 2001||1||0||Osasuna|
|MF||Rodri Sánchez||16 May 2000||9||2||Betis|
|MF||Pablo Torre||3 April 2003||1||0||Barcelona|
|MF||Beñat Turrientes||31 January 2002||11||2||Real Sociedad|
|MF||Gabri Veiga||27 May 2002||1||0||Celta Vigo|
|FW||Álex Baena||20 July 2001||4||1||Villarreal|
|FW||Sergio Camello||10 February 2001||7||0||Rayo Vallecano|
|FW||Bryan Gil||11 February 2001||14||4||Sevilla|
|FW||Hugo Novoa||24 January 2003||4||1||Basel|
|FW||Rodrigo Riquelme||2 April 2000||7||3||Girona|
|FW||Abel Ruiz||28 January 2000||18||10||Braga|
The following players have been called up within the last twelve months are still eligible for selection.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Miguel Morro||11 September 2000||1||0||Rayo Vallecano B||v. Malta, 7 June 2022|
|GK||Joan García||4 May 2001||2||0||Espanyol||v. Slovakia, 29 March 2022|
|DF||Alejandro Balde||18 October 2003||2||0||Barcelona||v. Japan, 18 November 2022|
|DF||Víctor Gómez||1 April 2000||4||1||Málaga||v. Malta, 7 June 2022|
|DF||Juan Miranda||19 January 2000||14||3||Betis||v. Malta, 7 June 2022|
|DF||Alejandro Francés||1 August 2002||9||1||Zaragoza||v. Malta, 7 June 2022|
|DF||Urko González de Zárate||20 March 2001||1||0||Real Sociedad B||v. Malta, 7 June 2022|
|DF||Guille Rosas||17 May 2000||2||0||Sporting Gijón||v. Malta, 7 June 2022|
|DF||Víctor Chust||5 March 2000||4||0||Cádiz||v. Malta, 7 June 2022|
|DF||Sergio Carreira||13 October 2000||4||0||Villarreal B||v. Slovakia, 29 March 2022|
|DF||Raúl Torrente||1 March 2001||1||0||Granada||v. Slovakia, 29 March 2022|
|MF||Unai Vencedor||15 November 2000||8||0||Athletic Bilbao||v. Malta, 7 June 2022|
|MF||Julen Lobete||18 September 2000||5||3||RKC Waalwijk||v. Malta, 7 June 2022|
|MF||Jon Ander Olasagasti||16 August 2000||1||0||Real Sociedad B||v. Malta, 7 June 2022|
|MF||José Gragera||30 November 2000||3||0||Sporting Gijón||v. Malta, 7 June 2022|
|MF||Robert Navarro||12 April 2002||3||3||Real Sociedad B||v. Malta, 7 June 2022|
|MF||Adrián Bernabé||26 May 2001||1||0||Parma||v. Malta, 7 June 2022|
|MF||Antonio Blanco||23 July 2000||4||0||Cádiz||v. Slovakia, 29 March 2022|
|MF||Oihan Sancet||25 April 2000||4||0||Athletic Bilbao||v. Lithuania, 25 March 2022 INJ|
|FW||Jon Karrikaburu||19 September 2002||2||0||Real Sociedad B||v. Slovakia, 29 March 2022|
|FW||Sergio Gómez||4 September 2000||8||6||Manchester City||v. Slovakia, 29 March 2022 INJ|
|FW||Nico Williams||12 July 2002||5||0||Athletic Bilbao||v. Lithuania, 25 March 2022|
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- 1998 UEFA European Under-21 Championship squads – Spain
- 1996 UEFA European Under-21 Championship squads – Spain
- 1994 UEFA European Under-21 Championship squads – Spain
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- ^ "La sub 21 regresa al lugar donde nació el 'tiqui-taca'" [The under-21 team returns to the birthplace of tiki-taka] (in Spanish). MARCA. 2011-06-09.
- ^ "FIFA/UEFA suspend Russian clubs and national teams from all competitions". fifa.com. FIFA. 28 February 2022. Retrieved 1 April 2022.
- ^ "UEFA decisions for upcoming competitions relating to the ongoing suspension of Russian national teams and clubs". uefa.com. UEFA. 2 May 2022. Retrieved 2 May 2022.
- ^ "De la Fuente da la lista para el amistoso ante Japón" (in Spanish). Real Federación Española de Fútbol. 11 November 2022. Retrieved 18 November 2022.
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