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Italy national under-21 football team

The Italy national under-21 football team is the national under-21 football team of Italy and is controlled by the Italian Football Federation.

Italy Under-21
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Gli Azzurrini
(The Little Blues)
AssociationItalian Football Federation
(Federazion Italia Giuoco Calcio – FIGC)
Head coachPaolo Nicolato
CaptainManuel Locatelli
Most capsAndrea Pirlo (46)
Top scorerAlberto Gilardino (19)
First colours
Second colours
Biggest win
Italy Italy 7–0 Estonia Estonia
(Catanzaro, Italy; March 23, 1995)
Italy Italy 8–1 Wales Wales
(Pavia, Italy; September 5, 2003)
Italy Italy 7–0 Liechtenstein Liechtenstein
(Casarano, Italy; 6 September 2012)
Biggest defeat
Norway Norway 6–0 Italy Italy
(Stavanger, Norway; June 5, 1991)
Records for competitive
matches only.
UEFA U-21 Championship
Appearances20 (first in 1978)
Best resultWinners: (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.[1]

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.

UEFA European Under-21 Championship RecordEdit

Year Round
  1978 Quarter-Finals
  1980 Quarter-Finals
  1982 Quarter-Finals
  1984 Semi-finals
  1986 Runners-up
  1988 Quarter-Finals
  1990 Semi-finals
  1992 Winners
  1994 Winners
  1996 Winners
  1998 Did not qualify
  2000 Winners
  2002 Semi-finals
  2004 Winners
  2006 Group stage
  2007 Group stage
  2009 Semi-finals
  2011 Did not qualify
  2013 Runners-up
  2015 Group stage
  2017 Semi-finals
  2019 Group stage
    2021 TBD
*Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.

Olympics football RecordEdit

Olympic medal record
Men's Football
  2004 Athens Team

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

HonoursEdit

CoachesEdit

Recent results and forthcoming fixturesEdit

Only official matches are listed.[2]

2018Edit

2019Edit

2020Edit

31 March 2020 2021 UEFA Euro U21 Qual.Italy  v  SwedenTBD, Italy
8 September 2020 2021 UEFA Euro U21 Qual.Sweden  v  ItalyTBD, Sweden
9 October 2020 2021 UEFA Euro U21 Qual.Iceland  v  ItalyTBD, Iceland

PlayersEdit

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.

Current squadEdit

The following players have been called up the UEFA Euro 2021 qualifying matches against Iceland on 16 November 2019 and Armenia on 19 November 2019.[3]

Caps and goals updated as of 14 October 2019, after the match against Armenia.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Marco Carnesecchi (2000-07-01) 1 July 2000 (age 19) 3 0   Trapani
1GK Alessandro Plizzari (2000-03-12) 12 March 2000 (age 19) 1 0   Livorno
1GK Mattia Del Favero (1998-06-05) 5 June 1998 (age 21) 0 0   Piacenza

2DF Claud Adjapong (1998-05-06) 6 May 1998 (age 21) 17 0   Verona
2DF Enrico Del Prato (1999-11-10) 10 November 1999 (age 20) 3 0   Livorno
2DF Marco Sala (1999-06-04) 4 June 1999 (age 20) 3 0   Virtus Entella
2DF Luca Ranieri (1999-04-23) 23 April 1999 (age 20) 2 0   Fiorentina
2DF Davide Bettella (2000-04-07) 7 April 2000 (age 19) 1 0   Pescara
2DF Matteo Gabbia (1999-10-21) 21 October 1999 (age 20) 1 0   Milan
2DF Alessandro Tripaldelli (1999-02-09) 9 February 1999 (age 20) 1 0   Sassuolo
2DF Nicolò Casale (1998-02-14) 14 February 1998 (age 21) 0 0   Venezia

3MF Manuel Locatelli (1998-01-08) 8 January 1998 (age 21) 21 2   Sassuolo
3MF Marco Carraro (1998-01-09) 9 January 1998 (age 21) 4 0   Perugia
3MF Niccolò Zanellato (1998-06-24) 24 June 1998 (age 21) 3 0   Crotone
3MF Giulio Maggiore (1998-03-12) 12 March 1998 (age 21) 2 0   Spezia
3MF Salvatore Esposito (2000-10-07) 7 October 2000 (age 19) 0 0   Chievo
3MF Fabio Maistro (1998-04-05) 5 April 1998 (age 21) 0 0   Salernitana

4FW Patrick Cutrone (1998-01-03) 3 January 1998 (age 21) 17 5   Wolverhampton
4FW Moise Kean (2000-02-28) 28 February 2000 (age 19) 8 3   Everton
4FW Gianluca Scamacca (1999-01-01) 1 January 1999 (age 20) 6 3   Ascoli
4FW Riccardo Sottil (1999-06-03) 3 June 1999 (age 20) 4 1   Fiorentina
4FW Andrea Pinamonti (1999-05-19) 19 May 1999 (age 20) 4 0   Genoa

Recent call-upsEdit

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
DF Alessandro Bastoni (1999-04-13) 13 April 1999 (age 20) 12 1   Internazionale v.  Iceland, 16 November 2019 INJ
DF Luca Pellegrini (1999-03-07) 7 March 1999 (age 20) 4 0   Cagliari v.  Iceland, 16 November 2019 INJ
DF Raoul Bellanova (2000-05-17) 17 May 2000 (age 19) 0 0   Bordeaux v.  Armenia, 14 October 2019 PRE
DF Riccardo Marchizza (1998-03-26) 26 March 1998 (age 21) 5 0   Spezia v.  Republic of Ireland, 10 October 2019 INJ

MF Sandro Tonali (2000-05-08) 8 May 2000 (age 19) 5 0   Brescia v.  Iceland, 16 November 2019 PRE
MF Davide Frattesi (1999-09-22) 22 September 1999 (age 20) 4 2   Empoli v.  Iceland, 16 November 2019 INJ
MF Nicolò Zaniolo (1999-07-02) 2 July 1999 (age 20) 8 0   Roma v.  Luxembourg, 10 September 2019

FW Marco Tumminello (1998-11-06) 6 November 1998 (age 21) 2 2   Pescara v.  Luxembourg, 10 September 2019
FW Ferdinando Del Sole (1998-01-17) 17 January 1998 (age 21) 0 0   Juve Stabia 2019 UEFA U21 Champ.PRE

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