The Netherlands national under-21 football team
is the national under-21 team of the Netherlands
and is controlled by the Royal Dutch Football Association
. The team competes in the European Under-21 Championship
, held every two years.
Following the realignment of UEFA
's youth competitions in 1976, the Dutch Under-21 team was formed. The team did not have a very good record, failing to qualify for nine of the fifteen tournaments. The team did not enter for the 1978 competition, but since then has reached the semi-finals twice, and qualified for the last eight on three other occasions.
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, the Netherlands' record in the preceding U-23 competitions is also shown. The first competitive match was in the "Under-23 Challenge", a match which they lost. The team qualified for the last eight of each of the three U-23 tournaments.
In 2006 the Netherlands national under-21 football team of coach Foppe de Haan
won the 2006 European Under-21 Championship
. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar
became top scorer and player of the tournament with four goals, and also broke the all-time goalscoring record of 15 goals previously held by Roy Makaay
and Arnold Jan Bruggink
, in his last match with the team as he pushed this record to 18 goals. The following year, Netherlands national under-21 football team successfully defended their... Read More