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U21 EURO: Meet the finalists

u21 euro: meet the finalists

Of the 16 teams that will participate in the 2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship, 15 of the 16 teams are now known.

U21 finals: everything you need to know

Hungary (host)
Slovenia (host)
Croatia (4th Group runner-up)
Czech Republic (4th Group winners)
Denmark (Group 8 winners)
England (Group 3 winners)
France (Group 2 winners)
Germany (Group 9 winners)
Italy (1st Group winners)
Netherlands (Group 7 winners)
Portugal (Group 7 runner-up)
Romania (8th Group runner-up)
Russia (Group 5 winners)
Spain (Group 6 winners, owners)
Switzerland (2nd Group runner-up)

A team still to be confirmed

Croatia

Group 4 record : P10 W6 D2 L2 F37 A7
Qualifying top scorer : Luke Ivanusec (7)
U21 EURO best : group stage (2000, 2004, 2019)
Last U21 EURO : 2019 (group stage)

2019 highlights: Croatia 3-3 England

Highlights of 2019:#39: Croatia 3-3 England

Coach: Igor Bišcan
Former Liverpool and Dinamo Zagreb defender who took the reins in 2019 after success in club management.

Someone to watch: Luka Ivanusec
Dinamo Zagreb midfielder who was just 18 years old when he won his first senior team.

Do you know?
Croatia has yet to record a final win, with one draw and two losses in each of their three previous tournaments.

Czech Republic

Group 4 record : P10 W6 D3 L1 F20 A4
Qualifying top scorer : Ladislav Krejci (5)
U21 EURO best : winners (2002)
Last U21 EURO : 2017 (group stage)

Coach: Karel Krejci
Pavel Vrba's long-time assistant to Plzeň' who guided him to the 2015/16 championship and became U21 boss in 2018&#39.

Someone to watch: Michal Sadílek
Tiny midfielder in the books of PSV Eindhoven&#39, but spending the 2020/21 season on loan at Slovan Liberec&#39.

Do you know?
Petr Čech was the hero of the 2002 final and kept a clean slate before saving two kicks in the final against France&#39.

Denmark

Group 8 record : P10 W8 D2 L0 F21 A9
Qualifying top scorer : Andreas Olsen (7)
U21 EURO best : semi-finals (1992, 2015)
Last U21 EURO : 2019 (group stage)

Coach: Albert Capellas
Former coordinator of Barcelona&#39 academy in La Masia&#39 was appointed in 2019&#39.

Someone to watch: Jacob Bruun Larsen
Hoffenheim winger senior; leading co-provider in qualifying.

Do you know?
Denmark slumped after the group stage in 2019-#39, despite winning two of their three matches.

England

Group 3 record : P10 W9 D1 L0 F34 A9
Qualifying top scorer : Eddie Nketiah (13)
U21 EURO best : winners (1982, 1984)
Last U21 EURO : 2019 (group stage)

Coach: Aidy Boothroyd
Former Watford manager who replaced Gareth Southgate as U21 boss in 2016&#39.

Someone to watch: Eddie Nketiah
Arsenal forward in the mold of Ian Wright; England's all-time top scorer at U21 level.

Do you know?
This will be England's 16th final match, a record only bettered by Italy (21).

France

Group 2 registration : P10 W9 D0 L1 F32 A10
Qualifying top scorer : Odsonne Édouard (11)
U21 EURO best : winners (1988)
Last U21 EURO : 2019 (semi-final)

Odsonne Édouard was prolific for France in qualifying

Odsonne Édouard, getty Was productive for France in qualifying for Images'e

Coach: Sylvain Ripoll
Long-time Lorient player and then coach Ripoll assumed his current role in 2017.

Someone to watch: Odsonne Édouard
The Paris academy graduate Celtic striker was the top scorer at the 2019/20 Scottish summit.

Do you know?
France's 2019 final tournament appeared for the first time since 2006&#39.

Germany

Group 9 record : P8 W6 D0 L2 F22 A10
Qualifying top scorer : Lukas Nmecha (7)
U21 EURO best : winners (2009, 2017)
Last U21 EURO : 2019 (runners-up)

Coach: Stefan Kuntz
Member of Germany's EURO '96 winning squad at the beginning of the U21s since 2016'

To watch: Ridle Baku
The midfield is named after Karl-Heinz Riedle&#39, who came to the senior level after being impressed for Mainz.

Do you know?
Five of the winners of 2009-#39 won Germany's FIFA World Cup final five years later against Argentina#39.

Hungary

Friendly matches since June 2019/#39; : P7 W1 D2 L4 F6 A12
U21 EURO best : semi-final (1986)
Last U21 Euro : 1996 (quarter-finals)

Coach: Zoltan Gera
Hungary's fourth most capped player with 97 senior appearances, was appointed in 2019#39.

Someone to watch: I think Bíro
MTK Budapest poacher scored a hat-trick in a friendly match against their finalist friend Slovenia&#39.

Do you know?
Although Hungary won five group matches in the 1986 half and beat Poland 5-1 in the quarter-finals, they fell to Spain.

Italy

Group 1 registration : P9 W8 D1 L1 F27 A5
Qualifying top scorer : Gianluca Scamacca (6)
U21 EURO best : winners (1992, 1994, 1996, 2000, 2004)
Last U21 EURO : 2019 (group stage)

Coach: Paolo Nicolato
An experienced trainer most associated with Chievo, who placed second in Italy at the 2018 U19 EURO.

Person to watch: Patrick Cutrone
A top strong striker in 2018' currently on loan from Wolves&#39 in Fiorentina.

Do you know?
Italy and Spain are the most successful sides in the history of the competition, with Azzurrini&#39's five titles entering only seven tournament venues.

Netherlands

Group 7 record : P10 W9 D0 L1 F46 A5
Qualifying top scorer : Dani de Wit (10)
U21 EURO best : winners (2006, 2007)
Last U21 EURO : 2013 (semi-final)

Watch the best goals from the 2007 U21s

Watch the best goals from 2007 U21'

Coach: Erwin van de Looi
Former Groningen and Willem II coach who replaced Art Langeler in 2018&#39.

Person to watch: Cody Gakpo
Already a regular of PSV Eindhoven' a regular scorer and goalkeeper.

Do you know?
The Netherlands reached the 2007 final after knocking out England&#39 in a 32-shot penalty shootout.

Portugal

Group 7 record : P10 W9 D0 L1 F29 A9
Qualifying top scorer : Fábio Vieira (5)
U21 EURO best : runner-up (1994, 2015)
Last U21 EURO : 2017 (group stage)

Coach: Rui Jorge
Former left-back and seven-time Portuguese champion, who has been the U21 boss since 2010-#39;

To follow: Rafael Leão
He came to the fore in his second season in and around the first team of AC Milan&#39.

Do you know?
Three sides, which Sweden defeated on penalties in the 2015 final, started the UEFA EURO 2016 decision 12 months later: Raphaël Guerreiro, João Mário and William Carvalho.

Romania

Group 8 record : P10 W6 D2 L2 F22 A7
Qualifying top scorer : Valentin Mihăilă (5)
U21 Euro Best : Semi-Finals (2019)
Last U21 EURO : 2019 (semi-final)

Adrian Mutu leads Romania's celebrations after qualifying

Adrian Mutu, Getty Images'e leading Romania's celebrations after qualifying

Coach: Adrian Mutu
All-time top scorer, associated with Romania's best spells in Italy#39; U21 coach since January 2020'

Someone to watch: Ianis Hagi
Gheorghe''s son, another famous name of Romanian football, plays for Rangers in Scotland&#39.

Do you know?
The 2019 group game against England was goalless after 75 minutes; It's 4-2 against Romania!

Russia

Group 5 record : P10 W7 D2 L1 F22 A4
Qualifying top scorer : Fedor Chalov (4)
U21 EURO best : winners (1980, 1990)
Last U21 EURO : 2013 (group stage)

Coach: Mikhail Galaktionov
In 2018, he became the U21 boss, coaching extensively in Russia's youth system.

Someone to watch: Matvei Safonov
The Krasnodar shot-stopper conceded a goal in seven rounds in qualifying.

Do you know?
The USSR defeated Yugoslavia &#39 7-3 on aggregate in the 1990&#39 two-legged final.

Slovenia

Friendly matches since June 2019/#39; : P10 W2 D7 L1 F15 A14
U21 Euro Best
: Debut match
Last U21 EURO : N/A

Coach: Milenko Acimovic
The former Olimpija Ljubljana football director took on his first coaching role with the U21&#39 in 2020&#39.

Someone to watch: Dejan Petrovic
The top midfielder took part in Rapid Wien&#39's 2020/21 UEFA Europa League campaign.

Do you know?
Slovenia recorded their biggest win in the 2015 qualifiers with a 7-1&#39 win against Estonia.

Spain

Group 6 record : P10 W9 D1 L0 F20 A1
Qualifying top scorer : Dani Olmo (3)
U21 EURO best : winners (1986, 1998, 2011, 2013, 2019)
Last U21 EURO : 2019 (winners)

2019 final highlights: Spain 2-1 Germany

Highlights in the 2019 final: Spain 2-1 Germany

Coach: Luis de la Fuente
He took the helm of La Rojita in 2018&#39 and led them to victory in 2019&#39.

Someone to watch: Brahim Díaz
The Real Madrid striker is on loan this season at AC Milan&#39 and is already among the goals.

Do you know?
Spain&#39's 4-2&#39 win over Italy&#39 in 2013&#39 is the highest scoring single-leg final of the tournament.

Switzerland

Group 2 registration : P10 W9 D0 L1 F26 A8
Qualifying top scorer : Andi Zeqiri (9)
U21 EURO best : runners-up (2011)
Last U21 EURO : 2011 (runners-up)

Coach: Mauro Lustrinelli
Former Swiss forward and Thun coach who replaced Heinz Moser in 2018&#39.

Person to watch: Andi Zeqiri
Lausanne-born striker who captivated the books of Juventus and is now in Brighton.

Do you know?
In 2011, with Yann Sommer in the goal, Switzerland refused to accept it until they lost 2-0 to Spain in the final.

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