Italy national under-21 football team
|Association||Italian Football Federation |
(Federazion Italia Giuoco Calcio – FIGC)
|Head coach||Paolo Nicolato|
|Most caps||Andrea Pirlo (46)|
|Top scorer||Alberto Gilardino (19)|
| Italy 7–0 Estonia |
(Catanzaro, Italy; March 23, 1995)
Italy 8–1 Wales
(Pavia, Italy; September 5, 2003)
Italy 7–0 Liechtenstein
(Casarano, Italy; 6 September 2012)
| Norway 6–0 Italy |
(Stavanger, Norway; June 5, 1991)
|UEFA U-21 Championship|
|Appearances||20 (first in 1978)|
|Best result||Winners: (1992, 1994,|
1996, 2000, 2004)
The team competes in the UEFA European Under-21 Championship, held every two years. Italy (along with Spain) is the most successful nation in the history of the competition, with five Championships won (1992, 1994, 1996, 2000 and 2004). Italy has also been twice runner-up of the competition, in 1986 and 2013.
From 1990 to 2004 the team established near-total dominance of European Under-21 football, winning five of the seven tournaments.
Italy's Under-21s played the first match at the new Wembley Stadium, on 24 March 2007, against England Under-21s. The game resulted in a 3–3 draw, with Giampaolo Pazzini scoring all 3 goals for the Azzurrini.
Prior to the 2008 Olympic games, Italy U-21s went on to win the 2008 Toulon Tournament by beating Chile (1–0) in the final. It was the first time they had won this tournament, previously their best had been runner-up on two occasions.
UEFA U-21 Championship RecordEdit
Since the under-21 competition rules insist that players must be 21 or under at the start of a two-year competition, technically it is an U-23 competition. For this reason, Italy's record in the preceding U-23 competitions is also shown.
- 1972: Did not qualify. Finished 2nd of 3 in qualification group.
- 1974: Losing quarter-finalists.
- 1976: Did not qualify. Finished 2nd of 3 in qualification group.
|1998||Did not qualify|
|2011||Did not qualify|
- *Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.
Olympics football RecordEdit
|Olympic medal record|
Since 1992 Olympic football changed to a U-23 event, and the European U-21 teams are technically U-23 teams. European national teams qualify for the Olympic football tournament through the UEFA European U-21 Championship.
Mediterranean Games RecordEdit
Mediterranean Games Football tournament was U-23 event in 1993 and 1997.
- 1993: 4th place
- 1997: Winners
- 2001: a U20 event
- 2005: filled with B team
Recent results and forthcoming fixturesEdit
Only official matches are listed.
|6 September 2018 Friendly||Slovakia||3–0||Italy||Dunajská Streda, Slovakia|
|18.30||Haraslin 9', 50'
|Stadium: MOL Aréna|
|11 September 2018 Friendly||Italy||3–1||Albania||Cagliari, Italy|
|Report||Vrioni 90+1'||Stadium: Sardegna Arena|
Referee: Lionel Tschudi, Switzerland
|15 October 2018 Friendly||Italy||2–0||Tunisia||Vicenza, Italy|
Kean 39' (pen.)
|Report||Stadium: Stadio Romeo Menti|
Referee: Manuel Schüttengruber, Austria
|15 November 2018 Friendly||Italy||1–2||England||Ferrara, Italy|
|18.30||Kean 42'||Report||Solanke 8', 53'||Stadium: Stadio Paolo Mazza|
Referee: Vitalii Romanov, Russia
|19 November 2018 Friendly||Italy||1–2||Germany||Reggio Emilia, Italy|
|18:30||Parigini 21'||Report||Waldschmidt 43', 49'||Stadium: Mapei Stadium|
|25 March 2019 Friendly||Italy||2–2||Croatia||Frosinone, Italy|
|Stadium: Stadio Benito Stirpe|
|16 June 2019 2019 UEFA Euro U21||Italy||3–1||Spain||Bologna, Italy|
|21:00||Chiesa 36', 64'
Pellegrini 82' (pen.)
|Report||Ceballos 9'||Stadium: Stadio Renato Dall'Ara|
Referee: Serdar Gözübüyük (Netherlands)
|19 June 2019 2019 UEFA Euro U21||Italy||0–1||Poland||Bologna, Italy|
|21:00||Report||Bielik 40'||Stadium: Stadio Renato Dall'Ara|
Referee: Aleksei Kulbakov (Belarus)
|22 June 2019 2019 UEFA Euro U21||Belgium||1–3||Italy||Reggio Emilia, Italy|
|21:00||Verschaeren 79'||Report||Barella 44'
|Stadium: Mapei Stadium|
Referee: Srđan Jovanović (Serbia)
|10 September 2019 2021 UEFA Euro U21 Qual.||Italy||v||Luxembourg||Castel di Sangro, Italy|
|Stadium: Stadio Teofilo Patini|
Players born in 1998 or later are eligible for the 2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship.
Players in bold have been already capped with the senior team.
Caps and goals updated as of 22 June 2019, after the match against Belgium.
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Emil Audero||18 January 1997||10||0||Sampdoria|
|16||GK||Lorenzo Montipò||20 February 1996||2||0||Benevento|
|22||GK||Alex Meret||22 March 1997||5||0||Napoli|
|2||DF||Arturo Calabresi||17 March 1996||9||0||Bologna|
|3||DF||Giuseppe Pezzella||29 November 1997||14||0||Udinese|
|4||DF||Kevin Bonifazi||19 May 1996||7||0||Torino|
|6||DF||Alessandro Bastoni||13 April 1999||8||1||Internazionale|
|12||DF||Federico Dimarco||10 November 1997||11||1||Internazionale|
|13||DF||Gianluca Mancini||17 April 1996||13||0||Roma|
|15||DF||Claud Adjapong||6 May 1998||14||0||Hellas Verona|
|19||DF||Filippo Romagna||26 May 1997||16||0||Cagliari|
|5||MF||Sandro Tonali||8 May 2000||4||0||Brescia|
|7||MF||Lorenzo Pellegrini||19 June 1996||14||5||Roma|
|8||MF||Nicolò Zaniolo||2 July 1999||6||0||Roma|
|10||MF||Rolando Mandragora||29 June 1997||26||0||Udinese|
|18||MF||Nicolò Barella||7 February 1997||9||1||Internazionale|
|21||MF||Manuel Locatelli||8 January 1998||18||1||Sassuolo|
|23||MF||Alessandro Murgia||9 August 1996||14||1||SPAL|
|9||FW||Patrick Cutrone||3 January 1998||15||5||Wolverhampton|
|11||FW||Riccardo Orsolini||24 January 1997||15||3||Bologna|
|14||FW||Federico Chiesa||25 October 1997||13||6||Fiorentina|
|17||FW||Federico Bonazzoli||21 May 1997||9||2||Sampdoria|
|20||FW||Moise Kean||28 February 2000||5||2||Everton|
Following are listed players called up in the previous 12 months that are still eligible to represent the Under-21 team.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Alessandro Plizzari||12 March 2000||0||0||Livorno||v. Germany, 19 November 2018|
|DF||Riccardo Marchizza||26 March 1998||2||0||Spezia||v. Tunisia, 15 October 2018|
|DF||Luca Pellegrini||7 March 1999||2||0||Cagliari||v. Tunisia, 15 October 2018|
|FW||Andrea Pinamonti||19 May 1999||0||0||Genoa||2019 UEFA U21 Champ.INJ|
|FW||Ferdinando Del Sole||17 January 1998||0||0||Juve Stabia||2019 UEFA U21 Champ.PRE|
|FW||Riccardo Sottil||3 June 1999||0||0||Fiorentina||2019 UEFA U21 Champ.PRE|