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The Scotland national under-21 football team, controlled by the Scottish Football Association, is Scotlandmarker's national under 21 football team and is considered to be a feeder team for the Scotland national football team.

The team is for players of 21 years of age or under at the start of a two-year European Under-21 Football Championship campaign. Therefore players can still be playing for the Under-21s at up to 23 years old. As long as they are eligible, players can play at any level, making it possible to for example play for the U-21s, senior side and again for the U-21s. It is now also possible to play for one country at youth level and another at senior level (providing the player is eligible). James McEveley is a current Scotland international and former England U-20 player.

As a European U21 team, Scotland compete for the European Championship, held every other year. The team has qualified for the final stages of these Championships on six occasions, although not since 1996. There is no Under-21 World Cup, although there is an Under-20 World Cup.

Competition History

The team has enjoyed some success at continental level, at least relative to that of the full national side, which has only qualified twice for UEFA European Championship tournaments. Scotland have reached the last four of the tournament three times (1982, 1992 and 1996), while appearing in the quarter finals on three other occasions (1980, 1984 and 1988). The team's performance in 1992 and 1996 was sufficient to qualify for the Olympic Games in Barcelona and Atlanta, but they were unable to compete due to Scotland not being independently represented at the Olympic Games.

Year Progress
1978 Did not qualify
1980 Quarter Final
1982 Semi Final
1984 Quarter Final

Year Progress
1986 Did not qualify
1988 Quarter Final
1990 Did not qualify
1992 Semi Final

Year Progress
1994 Did not qualify
1996 Fourth place
1998 Did not qualify
2000 Did not qualify

Year Progress
2002 Did not qualify
2004 Did not qualify
2006 Did not qualify
2007 Did not qualify

Year Progress
2009 Did not qualify
2011 In progress

Head coaches

Archie Knox left his post as Scotland's National Youth Teams Coach on 30 August 2007 to take up a full time with Bolton Wanderers as coaching co-ordinator, Maurice Malpas took temporary charge. In January 2008 the SFA appointed a new full time coach in Billy Stark, who left his job as manager of Second Division side Queen's Park to take the poistion.

Tenure Head Coach/Manager
1975–1986 Andy Roxburgh
1986–1993 Craig Brown
1993–1998 Tommy Craig
1998–2002 Alex Smith
2002–2005 Rainer Bonhof
2006–2007 Archie Knox
2007 Maurice Malpas
2008–present Billy Stark

Current squad

The following players were selected to play Azerbaijan on 14 November 2009.

The Scottish team for their match on 5 September 2009 against Austria.

Recent results and forthcoming fixtures

2011 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship


  1. Craig Brown battles to preserve Scottish football rights by opposing Team GB, The Scotsman, 5 February 2009.
  2. Griffiths wins Scots U21 call-up, BBC Sport, 4 November 2009.

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