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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 coachDaniele Franceschini
Captainvacant
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 22 players have been called up for the Under 20 Elite League tournament matches against Poland on 5 September 2019 and Czech Republic on 9 September 2019.[9]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Club
1GK Leonardo Loria (1999-03-28) 28 March 1999 (age 20)   Juventus U23
1GK Simone Ghidotti (2000-03-19) 19 March 2000 (age 19)   Pergolettese

2DF Gabriele Ferrarini (2000-04-09) 9 April 2000 (age 19)   Pistoiese
2DF Alessandro Fiordaliso (1999-03-20) 20 March 1999 (age 20)   Venezia
2DF Gabriele Bellodi (2000-09-02) 2 September 2000 (age 19)   Crotone
2DF Gabriele Corbo (2000-01-11) 11 January 2000 (age 19)   Bologna
2DF Filippo Delli Carri (1999-05-03) 3 May 1999 (age 20)   Juventus U23
2DF Alessandro Minelli (1999-07-23) 23 July 1999 (age 20)   Parma
2DF Mattia Pitzalis (2000-04-04) 4 April 2000 (age 19)   Olbia
2DF Gianluca Frabotta (1999-06-24) 24 June 1999 (age 20)   Juventus U23

3MF Manolo Portanova (2000-06-02) 2 June 2000 (age 19)   Juventus U23
3MF Lorenzo Gavioli (2000-01-07) 7 January 2000 (age 19)   Venezia
3MF Salvatore Esposito (2000-10-07) 7 October 2000 (age 18)   Chievo
3MF Andrea Danzi (1999-02-25) 25 February 1999 (age 20)   Verona
3MF Andrea Colpani (1999-05-11) 11 May 1999 (age 20)   Trapani
3MF Tommaso Pobega (1999-07-15) 15 July 1999 (age 20)   Pordenone

4FW Giacomo Raspadori (2000-02-18) 18 February 2000 (age 19)   Sassuolo
4FW Marco Olivieri (1999-06-30) 30 June 1999 (age 20)   Juventus U23
4FW Gianluca Gaetano (2000-05-05) 5 May 2000 (age 19)   Napoli
4FW Domenico Alberico (1999-01-23) 23 January 1999 (age 20)   Hoffenheim
4FW Christian Capone (1999-04-28) 28 April 1999 (age 20)   Perugia
4FW Emanuel Vignato (2000-08-24) 24 August 2000 (age 19)   Chievo

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. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  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. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  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. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  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. ^ "Inizia il Torneo '8 Nazioni': doppio impegno con Polonia e Repubblica Ceca". figc.it (in Italian). IFF. 30 August 2019. Retrieved 30 August 2019.