|Nickname(s)||Tricolorii mici (The Small Tricolours)|
|Association||Romanian Football Federation|
|Head coach||Mirel Rădoi|
|Most caps||Ionuț Luțu (28)|
|Top scorer||George Puşcaş (18)|
|Home stadium||Ilie Oană|
| Armenia 0–5 Romania |
(Yerevan, Armenia; 16 November 2004)
Azerbaijan 0–5 Romania
(Trabzon, Turkey; 25 April 1995)
| Germany 8–0 Romania |
(Magdeburg, Germany; 9 September 2014)
|UEFA U-21 Championship|
|Appearances||2 (first in 1998)|
|Best result||Semi-Finals 2019|
Romania's national under-21 football team, also known as Romania under-21s or Romania U21(s), is considered to be the feeder team for the Romania national football team.
This team is for Romanian players aged under 21 at the start of the calendar year in which a two-year European Under-21 Football Championship campaign begins, so some players can remain with the squad until the age of 23. As long as they are eligible, players can play for Romania at any level, making it possible to play for the U21s, senior side, and again for the U21s. It is also possible to play for one country at youth level and another at senior level (providing the player has not played a senior competitive game in his previous country.)
The U-21 team came into existence, following the realignment of UEFA's youth competitions, in 1976. Romania qualified for the 1998 UEFA European Under-21 Championship, and under Victor Pițurcă reached the quarter-finals, where they were knocked out by the Netherlands. Romania had been 1–0 up, but were eventually beaten 2–1. The Romanian lineup included players like: Cosmin Contra, Bogdan Lobonț, Cătălin Munteanu, Ionel Dănciulescu and Ion Luțu.
Romania U21s do not have a permanent home. They play in stadia dotted all around Romania, in an attempt to encourage younger fans in all areas of the country to get behind Romania. Because of the lower demand compared to the senior national team, smaller grounds can be used. The team's manager is Mirel Rădoi.
Romania once again qualified unbeaten for the finals after topping their group in the qualifying series. The Romanians reached semi-final of the UEFA European Under-21 Championship for the first time in their history in the 2019 UEFA Under-21 Euro but eventually lost 4-2 to defending champions Germany who scored twice in the dying moments. Romania qualified for the 2020 Summer Olympics for their first Olympics since 1964. Overall, Romania was a revelation at the tournament, beating both England and Croatia (4-2 and 4-1), and looked on course for a shock before Germany fought back to make the final.
UEFA U-21 Championship Record
|UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship record||UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship Qualification record|
|1978||Did not qualify||4||1||0||3||5||8|
|2000||Did not qualify||8||3||3||2||10||8|
|2021||To be determined||0||0||0||0||0||0|
Football at the Summer Olympics was first played officially in 1908. The Olympiads between 1896 and 1980 was only open for amateur players. The 1984 and 1988 tournaments were open to players with no appearances in the FIFA World Cup. After the 1988 Olympics, the football event was changed into a tournament for U23 or U21 teams with a maximum of three older players. See Romania national football team for competition record from 1908 until 1988.
|Olympic Games record||Olympic Games Qualification record **|
|1992||Did not qualify||6||2||0||4||5||9|
|2024||To be determined||0||0||0||0||0||0|
- *Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
- **Includes both qualification phase and final tournament of UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship.
- ***Gold background color indicates that the tournament was won. Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.
|1||Denmark||4||4||0||0||8||4||+4||12||Final tournament||—||2–1||13 Oct '20||4 Sep '20||2–1||19 Nov '19|
|2||Romania||4||3||0||1||11||3||+8||9||Final tournament if best runners-up
|31 Mar '20||—||4–1||3–0||3–0||13 Oct '20|
|3||Finland||5||2||1||2||8||6||+2||7||0–1||4 Sep '20||—||8 Sep '20||1–1||4–0|
|4||Ukraine||4||1||0||3||6||8||−2||3||2–3||9 Oct '20||0–2||—||31 Mar '20||4–0|
|5||Northern Ireland||4||0||2||2||2||6||−4||2||8 Sep '20||19 Nov '19||9 Oct '20||13 Oct '20||—||0–0|
|6||Malta||3||0||1||2||0||8||−8||1||9 Oct '20||8 Sep '20||31 Mar '20||27 Mar '20||4 Sep '20||—|
Results and fixtures
Win Draw Loss
|24 March 2018 Friendly||England||2–1||Romania||Wolverhampton, England|
|19:15 UTC+02:00||Gray 8'
|Report||Costache 79'||Stadium: Molineux|
|7 September 2018 2019 UEFA U21 Q||Portugal||1–2||Romania||Paços de Ferreira, Portugal|
|UTC+02:00||Carvalho 84'||Cicâldău 52'
|Stadium: Estádio da Mata Real|
|11 September 2018 2019 UEFA U21 Q||Romania||2–0||Bosnia and Herzegovina||Ovidiu, Romania|
|12 October 2018 2019 UEFA U21 Q||Romania||2–0||Wales||Cluj, Romania|
|Stadium: Stadionul Dr. Constantin Rădulescu|
|16 October 2018 2019 UEFA U21 Q||Romania||4–0||Liechtenstein||Ploiești, Romania|
|UTC+02:00||Pușcaș 14', 39'
|Stadium: Ilie Oană|
|15 November 2018 Unofficial friendly||Romania||3–3||Belgium||Cluj, Romania|
|UTC+02:00||Drăguș 45+2' (pen.)
|Stadium: Stadionul Dr. Constantin Rădulescu|
|21 March 2019 Friendly||Spain||1–0||Romania||Granada, Spain|
|19:45 UTC+02:00||Merino 67'||Report||Stadium: Nuevo Estadio de Los Cármenes|
|25 March 2019 Unofficial friendly||Romania||1–0||Denmark||Marbella, Spain|
|19:15 UTC+02:00||Drăguș 42'||Stadium: Marbella Football Center|
|18 June 2019 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship||Romania||4–1||Croatia||Serravalle, San Marino|
|18:30||Pușcaș 11' (pen.)
|Report||Vlašić 18'||Stadium: San Marino Stadium|
Referee: Bobby Madden (Scotland)
|21 June 2019 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship||England||2–4||Romania||Cesena, Italy|
|Report||Pușcaș 76' (pen.)
Coman 89', 90+3'
|Stadium: Stadio Dino Manuzzi|
Referee: Andreas Ekberg (Sweden)
|24 June 2019 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship||France||0–0||Romania||Cesena, Italy|
|21:00||Report||Stadium: Stadio Dino Manuzzi|
Referee: Georgi Kabakov (Bulgaria)
|27 June 2019 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship||Germany||4–2||Romania||Bologna, Italy|
|18:00||Amiri 21', 90+4'
Waldschmidt 51' (pen.), 90'
|Report||Pușcaș 26' (pen.), 44'||Stadium: Stadio Renato Dall'Ara|
Referee: Orel Grinfeld (Israel)
|10 September 2019 2021 UEFA U21 Q||Denmark||2–1||Romania||Aalborg, Denmark|
|19:30 UTC+02:00||Olsen 3', 55'||Report||Coman 80'||Stadium: Aalborg Stadium|
Referee: Erez Papir (Israel)
|10 October 2019 2021 UEFA U21 Q||Romania||3–0||Ukraine||Ploieşti, Romania|
|20:30 UTC+02:00||Moruţan 75'
Petre 80', 90+4'
|Report||Stadium: Ilie Oană|
Referee: Bartosz Frankowski (Poland)
|14 October 2019 2021 UEFA U21 Q||Romania||3–0||Northern Ireland||Voluntari, Romania|
|20:30 UTC+02:00||Băluţă 48'
|Report||Stadium: Anghel Iordănescu|
Referee: Nejc Kajtazović (Slovenia)
|14 November 2019 2021 UEFA U21 Q||Romania||4–1||Finland||Voluntari, Romania|
|UTC+02:00||Mihăilă 8', 16', 78'
Hyvärinen 45+5' (o.g.)
|Report||Kairinen 3'||Stadium: Anghel Iordănescu|
Referee: Robert Hennessy (Republic of Ireland)
|19 November 2019 2021 UEFA U21 Q||Northern Ireland||v||Romania||Ballymena, Northern Ireland|
|UTC+02:00||Report||Stadium: Ballymena Showgrounds|
The following players were called up for the 2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification Group 8 match against Finland in 14 November 2019 and Northern Ireland in 19 November 2019.
- Caps and goals as of 19 November 2019 after the match against Northern Ireland.
The following players have also been called up to the Romania under-21 squad and remain eligible:
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Cosmin Dur-Bozoancă||15 February 1998||0||0||Universitatea Cluj||v. Northern Ireland, 14 October 2019|
|GK||Ionuț Rus||20 January 2000||0||0||Turris Turnu Măgurele||v. Denmark, 10 September 2019|
|DF||Mihai Velisar INJ||30 August 1998||3||0||Gaz Metan Mediaș||v. Finland, 14 November 2019|
|DF||Constantin Dima||21 July 1999||1||0||Astra Giurgiu||v. Denmark, 10 September 2019|
|DF||Virgil Ghiță||4 June 1998||2||0||Viitorul Constanța||v. Germany, 27 June 2019|
|DF||Florin Borța||21 June 1999||1||0||U Craiova||v. Bosnia and Herzegovina, 11 September 2018|
|DF||Tiberiu Căpușă||6 April 1998||1||0||Viitorul Constanța||v. England, 24 March 2018|
|MF||Mihai Neicuțescu INJ||29 September 1998||1||0||Dinamo București||v. Northern Ireland, 14 October 2019|
|MF||Tudor Băluță||27 March 1999||7||2||Brighton & Hove Albion||v. Northern Ireland, 14 October 2019|
|MF||Florinel Coman||10 April 1998||15||4||FCSB||v. Denmark, 10 September 2019|
|MF||Mihai Dobre||30 August 1998||5||1||Bournemouth||v. Denmark, 10 September 2019|
|MF||Vlad Dragomir||24 April 1999||4||0||Perugia||v. Denmark, 10 September 2019|
|MF||Nicolae Carnat||8 April 1998||0||0||Sepsi Sfântu Gheorghe||v. Denmark, 10 September 2019|
|MF||Ianis Hagi||22 October 1998||14||4||Genk||v. Germany, 27 June 2019|
|MF||Carlo Casap||29 December 1998||2||0||Viitorul Constanța||v. Denmark, 25 March 2019|
|MF||Stephan Drăghici||30 January 1998||1||0||Gaz Metan Mediaș||v. Denmark, 25 March 2019|
|MF||Doru Dumitrescu INJ||25 May 1998||1||0||Viitorul Constanța||v. Belgium, 15 November 2018|
|MF||Alexandru Mățan||29 August 1999||3||0||Voluntari||v. Liechtenstein, 16 October 2018|
|MF||Marco Dulca||11 May 1999||5||0||Viitorul Constanța||v. Bosnia and Herzegovina, 11 September 2018|
|MF||Valentin Costache||2 August 1998||4||1||CFR Cluj||v. England, 24 March 2018|
|MF||Vladimir Screciu||13 January 2000||1||0||Genk||v. Switzerland, 6 October 2017|
|FW||Denis Drăguș||6 July 1999||4||0||Standard Liège||v. Northern Ireland, 14 October 2019|
|FW||Andrei Sîntean||16 June 1999||1||0||Hermannstadt||v. Denmark, 25 March 2019|
- INJ = Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury
- SUS = Player is serving suspension
- Names in italics denote players that have been capped for the Senior team.
|Head coach||Mirel Rădoi|
|Assistant coach||Florin Constantinovici|
|GK coach||Eugen Anghel|
|Physical coach||Bogdan Merisanu|