Denmark Under-21
Shirt badge/Association crest
AssociationDanish Football Association
(Dansk Boldspil-Union)
Head coachJesper Sørensen
Most capsJonas Kamper (39)
Top scorerMarcus Ingvartsen (17)
Home stadiumVejle Stadium[1]
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Denmark 0–2 Norway 
(Holstebro, Denmark; 25 August 1976)
Biggest win
 Denmark 9–0 Luxembourg 
(Farum, Denmark; 11 October 2002)
Biggest defeat
 Bulgaria 6–0 Denmark 
(Sofia, Bulgaria; 25 April 1989)
Olympic Games
Appearances2 (first in 1992)
Best result8th (2016)
UEFA U-21 Championship
Appearances7 (first in 1978)
Best resultSemi-finals (1992), (2015)

The Denmark national under-21 football team has played since 1976 and is controlled by the Danish Football Association. Before 1976, the age limit was 23 years.

Tournament record

UEFA European U-21 Championship

UEFA European Under-21 Championship record Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA GD Pld W D L GF GA GD
1978 Quarter-finals 5th 2 1 0 1 4 4 0 4 2 1 1 10 5 +5
1980 Did not qualify 4 1 0 3 3 4 −1
1982 4 1 2 1 4 4 0
1984 6 1 1 4 6 16 −10
1986 Quarter-finals 7th 2 0 1 1 1 2 −1 6 3 2 1 11 7 +4
1988 Did not qualify 6 2 2 2 7 6 +1
1990 6 2 1 3 9 14 −5
1992 Semi-finals 4th 4 1 1 2 6 4 +2 6 4 2 0 21 4 +17
France 1994 Did not qualify 8 4 0 4 12 9 +3
Spain 1996 10 6 1 3 31 15 +16
Romania 1998 8 5 1 2 16 9 +7
Slovakia 2000 8 3 1 4 11 13 −2
Switzerland 2002 10 4 3 3 18 12 +6
Germany 2004 10 6 3 1 25 4 +21
Portugal 2006 Group stage 8th 3 0 2 1 5 6 −1 12 9 2 1 30 12 +18
Netherlands 2007 Did not qualify 2 1 0 1 3 2 +1
Sweden 2009 8 5 1 2 13 4 +9
Denmark 2011 Group stage 6th 3 1 0 2 3 5 −2 Qualified as hosts
Israel 2013 Did not qualify 8 4 4 0 19 8 +11
Czech Republic 2015 Semi-finals 3rd 4 2 0 2 5 8 −3 10 8 2 0 37 9 +28
Poland 2017 Group stage 7th 3 1 0 2 4 7 −3 10 9 1 0 24 3 +21
Italy San Marino 2019 Group stage 6th 3 2 0 1 6 4 +2 10 7 2 1 30 8 +22
Hungary Slovenia 2021 Quarter-finals 5th 4 3 1 0 8 2 +6 10 8 2 0 21 9 +12
Romania Georgia (country) 2023 Qualification in progress 5 3 1 1 5 3 +2
Total 0 titles 9/23 28 11 5 12 42 42 0 171 98 44 38 366 180 +186

Summer Olympics

Year Round GP W D* L GS GA
Until 1988 See Denmark national football team
Spain Barcelona 1992 Group stage 3 0 2 1 1 4
United States Atlanta 1996 Did not qualify
Australia Sydney 2000
Greece Athens 2004
China Beijing 2008
United Kingdom London 2012
Brazil Rio de Janeiro 2016 Quarter-finals 4 1 1 2 1 6
Japan Tokyo 2020 Did not qualify
Total 2/7 7 1 3 3 2 10

Recent results and forthcoming fixtures

2020

Results in 2020

Round123456
GroundAHAAHA
ResultWDWWWD
Source: dbu.dk
A = Away; H = Home; W = Win; D = Draw; L = Loss
12 January 2020 Friendly Denmark  3–1 Slovakia  Belek, Turkey
15:00 Lindstrøm 6'
Holse 22'
Okkels 30'
Report Baumgartner 74' Stadium: Calista Sports Center
Attendance: 50
4 September 2020 2021 UEFA EC Qualification Denmark  1–1 Ukraine  Aalborg, Denmark
18:00 Bech Yellow card 48'
Nartey Yellow card 64'
Riis Jakobsen Yellow card 85'
Riis Jakobsen 95'
Report Sikan 74' Stadium: Aalborg Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Jochem Kamphuis (Netherlands)
8 September 2020 2021 UEFA EC Qualification Northern Ireland  0–1 Denmark  Ballymena, Northern Ireland
Larkin Yellow card 75'
Galbraith Yellow card 82'
Report Skov Olsen 76' Stadium: Ballymena Showgrounds
Attendance: 0
Referee: Igor Pajač (Croatia)
9 October 2020 2021 UEFA EC Qualification Malta  1–3 Denmark  Ta' Qali, Malta
Zerafa 52'
Larkin Yellow card 54'
Report Holse Yellow card 55'
Laursen 68'
Damsgaard 84'
Lindstrøm 93'
Stadium: Centenary Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Aristotelis Diamantopoulos (Greece)
13 October 2020 2021 UEFA EC Qualification Denmark  2–1 Finland  Aalborg, Denmark
Jensen 2'
Jensen 60'
Nelsson Yellow card 63'
Christensen Yellow card 81'
Report Forss 51' Stadium: Aalborg Stadium
Attendance: 286
Referee: Besfort Kasumi (Kosovo)
31 March 2020 2021 UEFA EC Qualification Romania  1–1 Denmark  Craiova, Romania
Costache 72' Report Nelsson Yellow card 28'
Klitten Yellow card 32'
Laursen 50' (pen.)
Sery Larsen Yellow card 54'
Stadium: Stadionul Ion Oblemenco
Attendance: 0
Referee: Georgi Vadachkoria (Georgia)

2021

Results in 2021

Round123456789
GroundAAAAHAAAA
ResultWWWLDWWLW
Source: dbu.dk
A = Away; H = Home; W = Win; D = Draw; L = Loss
25 March 2021 2021 UEFA EC
Group C
Denmark  1–0 France  Szombathely, Hungary
21:00 Lindstrøm Yellow card 49'
Carstensen Yellow card 54'
Dreyer 75'
Report Gouiri Yellow card 41'
Camavinga Yellow card 57'
Stadium: Haladás Sportkomplexum
Attendance: 0
Referee: Irfan Peljto (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
28 March 2021 2021 UEFA EC
Group C
Denmark  2–0 Iceland  Győr, Hungary
21:00 Isaksen 5'
Bech 18'
Kofod Yellow card 59'
Bech Yellow card 63'
Hjulmand Yellow card 73'
Report Þorsteinsson Yellow card 26'
Gunnarsson Yellow card 54'
Anderson Yellow card 65'
Guðjohnsen Yellow card 78'
Stadium: Gyirmóti Stadion
Attendance: 0
Referee: Halil Umut Meler (Turkey)
31 March 2021 2021 UEFA EC
Group C
Denmark  3–0 Russia  Szombathely, Hungary
18:00 Bruun Larsen 10'
Dreyer 11'
Holse 89'
Report Yevgenyev Yellow card 63'
Diveyev Yellow card 70'
Makarov Yellow card 81'
Stadium: Haladás Sportkomplexum
Attendance: 0
Referee: Maurizio Mariani (Italy)
31 May 2021 2021 UEFA EC
Play-off
Denmark  2–2
(5–6 p)
Germany  Székesfehérvár, Hungary
18:00
Report
Stadium: MOL Aréna Sóstó
Attendance: 457
Referee: Guillermo Cuadra Fernández (Spain)
Penalties
3 September 2021 Friendly Denmark  1–1 Greece  Gladsaxe, Danmark
18:00 Isaksen 7' Report Ioannidis 52' Stadium: Gladsaxe Stadium
Attendance: 1340
7 September 2021 2023 UEFA EC
Group I
Kazakhstan  0–1 Denmark  Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
16:00 Sagnayev Yellow card 44'
Kenesov Yellow card 62'
Ustimenko Yellow card 63'
Sovet Yellow card 73' Yellow-red card 78'
Ulshin Yellow card 88'
Kashken Yellow card 90+1'
Zhumakhanov Yellow card 90+3'
Report Kristiansen Yellow card 25'
Bøving 78'
Hausner Yellow card 90+1'
Stadium: Astana Arena
Attendance: 1961
Referee: Dejan Jakimovski (Macedonia)
8 October 2021 2023 UEFA EC
Group I
Scotland  0–1 Denmark  Edinburgh, Scotland
20:05 Fiorini Yellow card 60'
Mebude Yellow card 79'
Report Nartey Yellow card 10'
Isaksen 13'
Hausner Yellow card 20'
Carstensen Yellow card 72'
Stadium: Tynecastle Park
Attendance: 473
Referee: Rade Obrenovič (Slovenia)
12 October 2021 2023 UEFA EC
Group I
Belgium  1–0 Denmark  Leuven, Belgium
20:00 Siquet Yellow card 17'
Kana Yellow card 23'
Openda 38'
Report Kristiansen Yellow card 34'
Isaksen Yellow card 61'
Carstensen Yellow card 74'
Stadium: Den Dreef
Attendance: 0
Referee: Athanasios Tzilos (Greece)
16 November 2021 2023 UEFA EC
Group I
Turkey  1–2 Denmark  Alanya, Turkey
18:00 Akman Yellow card 7'
Balcı Yellow card 50'
Bayrakdar 51'
Özkacar Yellow card 79'
Yeşil Yellow card 85'
Report Lindstrøm 4'
Hausner Yellow card 17'
Daramy 21'
Faghir Yellow card 31'
Kristiansen Yellow card 60'
Carstensen Yellow card 79'
Stadium: Oba Stadium
Attendance: 225
Referee: Peter Bankes (England)

2022

Results in 2022

Round1234
GroundHHHH
ResultDW
Updated to match(es) played on 4 June 2022. Source: dbu.dk
A = Away; H = Home; W = Win; D = Draw; L = Loss
29 March 2022 2023 UEFA EC
Group I
Denmark  1–1 Belgium  Herning, Denmark
20:00 Winther Yellow card 18'
Ross Yellow card 24'
Villadsen Yellow card 28'
Isaksen 37'
Daramy Yellow card 90'
Report Openda Yellow card 30'
Ndenbe Yellow card 36'
Openda 53'
Siquet Yellow card 57'
Stadium: MCH Arena
Attendance: 1,345
Referee: Urs Schnyder (Switzerland)
4 June 2022 2023 UEFA EC
Group I
Denmark  3–0 Kazakhstan  Vejle, Denmark
15:00 Report Stadium: Vejle Stadium
Referee: Genc Nuza (Kosovo)
10 June 2022 2023 UEFA EC
Group I
Denmark  v Scotland  Vejle, Denmark
Report Stadium: Vejle Stadium
14 June 2022 2023 UEFA EC
Group I
Denmark  v Turkey  Vejle, Denmark
Report Stadium: Vejle Stadium

Current squad

The following players were called up for the 2023 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification Group I game against Kazakhstan, Scotland and Turkey on 4, 10 and 14 June 2022.[2]

Caps and goals as of 4 June 2022 after the game against Kazakhstan

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Mads Hermansen (2000-07-11) 11 July 2000 (age 21) 5 0 Denmark Brøndby
1GK Lucas Lund Pedersen (2000-03-19) 19 March 2000 (age 22) 1 0 Denmark Viborg
1GK Hans Christian Bernat (2000-03-19) 19 March 2000 (age 22) 0 0 Denmark OB

2DF Rasmus Carstensen (2000-11-10) 10 November 2000 (age 21) 13 0 Denmark Silkeborg
2DF Japhet Sery (2000-04-10) 10 April 2000 (age 22) 7 0 Norway Bodø/Glimt
2DF Frederik Winther (2001-01-04) 4 January 2001 (age 21) 5 0 Germany FC Augsburg
2DF Mathias Ross (2001-01-15) 15 January 2001 (age 21) 2 0 Denmark AaB
2DF Oliver Villadsen (2001-11-16) 16 November 2001 (age 20) 2 0 Denmark Nordsjælland
2DF Thomas Kristensen (2002-01-17) 17 January 2002 (age 20) 0 0 Denmark AGF
2DF Oliver Bundgaard (2001-06-15) 15 June 2001 (age 20) 0 0 Denmark Randers

3MF Gustav Isaksen (2001-04-19) 19 April 2001 (age 21) 15 6 Denmark Midtjylland
3MF Victor Jensen (2000-02-08) 8 February 2000 (age 22) 9 2 Norway Rosenborg (on loan from Ajax)
3MF Morten Frendrup (2001-04-07) 7 April 2001 (age 21) 7 0 Italy Genoa
3MF Maurits Kjærgaard (2003-06-26) 26 June 2003 (age 18) 7 1 Austria Red Bull Salzburg
3MF Nicolas Madsen (2000-03-17) 17 March 2000 (age 22) 7 0 Netherlands Heerenveen (on loan from Midtjylland)
3MF Mads Bidstrup (2001-02-25) 25 February 2001 (age 21) 6 0 Denmark Nordsjælland (on loan from Brentford)
3MF Albert Grønbæk (2001-05-23) 23 May 2001 (age 21) 4 1 Denmark AGF
3MF Matt O'Riley (2001-11-21) 21 November 2001 (age 20) 2 0 Scotland Celtic
3MF Sebastian Jørgensen (2000-06-08) 8 June 2000 (age 22) 2 0 Denmark Silkeborg

4FW Mohamed Daramy (2002-01-07) 7 January 2002 (age 20) 9 1 Netherlands Ajax
3MF Casper Tengstedt (2000-06-01) 1 June 2000 (age 22) 2 0 Denmark Horsens
3MF Mathias Kvistgaarden (2002-04-15) 15 April 2002 (age 20) 1 0 Denmark Brøndby
3MF Rasmus Højlund (2003-02-04) 4 February 2003 (age 19) 1 0 Austria Sturm Graz

Most appearances

Because of the age restriction, a player can't be in the team for very long and the most promising young players spend little time with the under-21 team before making their senior national team debut.

Rank Player Club(s) U-21 Caps U-21 Goals Year(s)
1 Jonas Kamper Brøndby 39 3 2002–2006
2 Lasse Vigen Christensen Fulham 38 5 2013–2017
3 Martin Jørgensen AGF, Udinese 31 9 1994–1997
Michael Jakobsen AaB 4 2005–2008
Victor Nelsson Nordsjælland, Copenhagen 1 2017–
6 Rasmus Würtz Skive, AaB 29 1 2002–2006
Lucas Andersen Ajax, Willem II, Grasshopper 6 2012–2017
Marcus Ingvartsen Nordsjælland, Genk 17 2015–2019
9 Martin Pedersen AaB, SønderjyskE 28 0 2002–2006
Jannik Vestergaard 1899 Hoffenheim, Werder Bremen,
Borussia Mönchengladbach
4 2011–2015

Note: Club(s) represents the permanent clubs during the player's time in the under-21 national team. Players in bold have played at least one game for the senior Danish national team.

Most goals

Rank Player Club(s) U-21 Goals U-21 Caps Year(s)
1 Marcus Ingvartsen Nordsjælland, Genk 17 29 2015–2019
2 Peter Møller AaB 16 22 1990–1993
3 Nicki Bille Reggina, Martina, Nordsjælland, Villarreal 15 24 2007–2011
4 Tommy Bechmann Esbjerg 11 15 2002–2003
5 Thomas Kahlenberg Brøndby, Auxerre 10 26 2002–2006
6 Preben Elkjær Vanløse, 1. FC Köln, Lokeren 9 9 1976–1979
Morten Rasmussen AGF 21 2004–2006
Martin Jørgensen AGF, Udinese 31 1994–1997
9 Bent Jensen B 1913 8 10 1966–1968
Per Frandsen B 1903, Lille 21 1989–1992
Miklos Molnar Frem, Standard Liège, Lyngby 21 1989–1992

Note: Club(s) represents the permanent clubs represented in the games in which the player's scored for the under-21 national team. Players in bold have played at least one game for the senior Danish national team.

Managers

See also

References

  1. ^ VEJLE STADION BLIVER NY HJEMMEBANE FOR U21, dbu.dk, 20 May 2021
  2. ^ "Truppen til Belgien" (in Danish). Dansk Boldspil-Union. Retrieved 2 June 2022.