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Italy national under-20 football team

Italy national under-20 football team is the national under-20 football team of Italy and is controlled by the Italian Football Federation.

Italy Under-20
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Gli Azzurrini
AssociationItalian Football Federation
(Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio – FIGC)
Head coachvacant
CaptainAndrea Pinamonti
First colours
Second colours
FIFA U-20 World Cup
Appearances7 (first in 1977)
Best resultThird Place, 2017

The team competes for the FIFA U-20 World Cup, which is held every two years.

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HistoryEdit

The Under-20 team is the de facto Under-19 of the previous year, and it acts mainly as a feeder team for the U21s providing further international development for youth players.

The team competes for its only official tournament, the FIFA U-20 World Cup, depending on the U19s results at the UEFA European Under-19 Championship held in the even-numbered years, that qualifies European teams for the U-20 World Cup. So far, the best result of the team is just third place in 2017. Italy managed to qualify for two consecutive U-20 World Cup for the first time, after topping the group in 2018 UEFA European Under-19 Championship.

Each season the team mainly participates in friendly tournaments, in which overage players may also be selected. The U20 team participated until 2017 in the annual Four Nations Tournament with Germany, Switzerland and Poland (which replaced Austria).

Since the 2017–18 season, the Italy U20 team participates in the annual Under 20 Elite League, expanded to 8 participants.

The team also have an annual fixture with the Serie D Best XI after the end of the season, from 2007[1][2][3][4] (except 2009, which the U-20 (B team) was coined "U-19 team" and coached by U-19 coach Massimo Piscedda,[5][6] which the A team went to Mediterranean Games).The 2006 edition was also played by the de facto U20 team but coached by U19 coach Paolo Berrettini.[7] The 2011 edition was played by Italy Universiade team.[8]

FIFA U-20 World Cup recordEdit

Year Result GP W D* L GS GA
  1977 Group stage 3 0 2 1 1 3
  1979 Did not qualify
  1981 Group stage 3 0 0 3 1 6
  1983 Did not qualify
  1985
  1987 Quarter-finals 4 2 1 1 5 3
  1989 Did not qualify
  1991
  1993
  1995
  1997
  1999
  2001
  2003
  2005 Quarter-finals 5 2 1 2 10 8
  2007 Did not qualify
  2009 Quarter-finals 5 2 1 2 9 9
  2011 Did not qualify
  2013
  2015
  2017 Third place 7 3 2 2 10 9
  2019 Fourth place 7 4 1 2 8 5
Total 7/22 34 13 8 13 44 43
*Draws includes knockout matches decided on penalty shootouts.

Current squadEdit

The following 21 players have been called up to the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup.[9]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Club
1 1GK Alessandro Plizzari (2000-03-12) 12 March 2000 (age 19)   Milan
12 1GK Marco Carnesecchi (2000-07-01) 1 July 2000 (age 19)   Atalanta
21 1GK Leonardo Loria (1999-03-28) 28 March 1999 (age 20)   Juventus

2 2DF Antonio Candela (2000-04-27) 27 April 2000 (age 19)   Genoa
3 2DF Alessandro Tripaldelli (1999-02-09) 9 February 1999 (age 20)   Crotone
4 2DF Matteo Gabbia (1999-10-21) 21 October 1999 (age 19)   Lucchese
5 2DF Alessandro Buongiorno (1999-06-06) 6 June 1999 (age 20)   Carpi
6 2DF Davide Bettella (2000-04-07) 7 April 2000 (age 19)   Pescara
14 2DF Raoul Bellanova (2000-05-17) 17 May 2000 (age 19)   Milan
16 2DF Luca Ranieri (1999-04-23) 23 April 1999 (age 20)   Foggia
17 2DF Luca Pellegrini (1999-03-07) 7 March 1999 (age 20)   Cagliari

7 3MF Davide Frattesi (1999-09-22) 22 September 1999 (age 19)   Ascoli
8 3MF Andrea Colpani (1999-05-11) 11 May 1999 (age 20)   Atalanta
15 3MF Enrico Del Prato (1999-11-10) 10 November 1999 (age 19)   Atalanta
19 3MF Domenico Alberico (1999-01-23) 23 January 1999 (age 20)   Hoffenheim
20 3MF Salvatore Esposito (2000-10-07) 7 October 2000 (age 18)   Ravenna

9 4FW Andrea Pinamonti (1999-05-19) 19 May 1999 (age 20)   Frosinone
10 4FW Christian Capone (1999-04-28) 28 April 1999 (age 20)   Pescara
11 4FW Gianluca Scamacca (1999-01-01) 1 January 1999 (age 20)   Sassuolo
13 4FW Gabriele Gori (1999-02-13) 13 February 1999 (age 20)   Livorno
18 4FW Marco Olivieri (1999-06-30) 30 June 1999 (age 20)   Juventus U23

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "L'Italia Under 20 batte la Top 11 di D". Corriere dello Sport – Stadio (in Italian). 11 June 2012. Retrieved 8 September 2012.
  2. ^ "Orvieto, Top 11 a testa alta contro l'Italia Under 20". Corriere dello Sport-Stadio (in Italian). 4 June 2010. Retrieved 5 June 2010.
  3. ^ "Top 11: sport e solidarietà". Serie D News (in Italian). 3 June 2008. Archived from the original on 23 June 2010. Retrieved 25 July 2010.
  4. ^ "La Top 11 Serie D Corriere dello Sport supera per 1 - 0 l'Under 20". Serie D News (in Italian). 31 May 2007. Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 25 July 2010.
  5. ^ http://www.figc.it/it/204/21233/2009/05/News.shtml
  6. ^ "A Orvieto si completa la grande festa del Top 11". interregionale.com (in Italian). 2 June 2009. Archived from the original on 26 April 2012. Retrieved 8 December 2011.
  7. ^ "TOP 11 SERIE D - Nazionale Under 19: 2 - 0". Serie D News (in Italian). 1 June 2006. Retrieved 25 July 2010.
  8. ^ "Due vittorie azzurre nell'evento Top 11". Corriere dello Sport – Stadio (in Italian). 2 June 2011. Retrieved 9 December 2011.
  9. ^ "Ufficializzata la lista dei 21 calciatori convocati per il Mondiale". figc.it (in Italian). IFF. 14 May 2019. Retrieved 14 May 2019.