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
CaptainSandro Tonali
Most capsAndrea Pirlo (46)
Top scorerAlberto Gilardino (19)
First colours
Second colours
Third colours
First international
U-23: Italy Italy 3–1 Austria Austria
(Varese, Italy; 1 November 1970)
U-21: Portugal Portugal 1–0 Italy Italy
(Funchal, Italy; 23 December 1976)
Biggest win
Italy Italy 7–0 Estonia Estonia
(Catanzaro, Italy; 23 March 1995)
Italy Italy 8–1 Wales Wales
(Pavia, Italy; 5 September 2003)
Italy Italy 7–0 Liechtenstein Liechtenstein
(Casarano, Italy; 6 September 2012)
Biggest defeat
Norway Norway 6–0 Italy Italy
(Stavanger, Norway; 5 June 1991)
Records for competitive
matches only.
Olympic Games
Appearances5 (first in 1992)
Best resultBronze medal.svg Bronze medallist: (2004)
UEFA U-21 Championship
Appearances21 (first in 1978)
Best resultChampions: (1992, 1994, 1996, 2000, 2004)
Medal record
Italy national under-21 football team
Medal record
Men's Football
Bronze medal – third place 2004 Athens Team

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 European Under-21 ChampionshipEdit

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 U-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 Quarter-finals
    2023 TBD
Total 21/23
*Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.

Olympics football RecordEdit

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

Coaching staffEdit

Current technical staff:[2]

Position Name
Head Coach   Paolo Nicolato
Assistant Coach   Mirco Gasparetto
Goalkeeping Coach   Matteo Mareggini
Team Manager   Massimo Paganin
Athletic Trainers   Vincenzo Pincolini
Match Analyst   Francesco Bordin
Doctors   Angelo De Carli
  Vincenzo Santoriello
Physiotherapists   Nicola Sanna
  Emiliano Bozzetti
Physiologist   Christian Osgnach
Accompanying Manager   Vincenzo Marinelli
Secretary   Manfredi Martino

Recent results and forthcoming fixturesEdit

Only official matches are listed.[3]

2020Edit

13 October 2020 2021 Championship qual. Italy   2–0   Republic of Ireland Pisa, Italy
17:00 Sottil   43'
Cutrone   62'
Report Stadium: Arena Garibaldi – Stadio Romeo Anconetani
Note: Due to several Covid-19 matters, Under 20 team played instead of U21, as per FIGC decision.[4]
12 November 2020 (2020-11-12)[note 1] 2021 Championship qual. Iceland   1–2   Italy Reykjavík, Iceland
14:15 (13:15 WET)
Report
Stadium: Víkingsvöllur
Referee: Ioannis Papadopoulos (Greece)
15 November 2020 2021 Championship qual. Luxembourg   0–4   Italy Differdange, Luxembourg
17.30 Report Scamacca   15'29'
Pinamonti   56'
Marchizza   66'
Stadium: Stade Municipal de Differdange
Referee: Matthew De Gabriele (Malta)
Note: The match was originally scheduled for 26 March 2020, but was postponed on 13 March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.[6]
18 November 2020 2021 Championship qual. Italy   4–1   Sweden Pisa, Italy
17:30 Maleh   27'
Raspadori   48'61'
Scamacca   68'
Report Karlsson   50' Stadium: Arena Garibaldi – Stadio Romeo Anconetani
Referee: Stuart Attwell (England)
Note: The match was originally scheduled for 26 March 2020, but was postponed on 13 March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.[6]

2021Edit

24 March 2021 2021 UEFA U21 Championship Czech Republic   1–1   Italy Celje, Slovenia
18:00 Maggiore   75' (o.g.) Report Scamacca   31' Stadium: Stadion Z'dežele
Attendance: 0[7]
Referee: Dennis Higler (Netherlands)
27 March 2021 2021 UEFA U21 Championship Spain   0–0   Italy Maribor, Slovenia
21:00 Report Stadium: Ljudski vrt
Attendance: 0[8]
Referee: Harm Osmers (Germany)
30 March 2021 2021 UEFA U21 Championship Italy   4–0   Slovenia Maribor, Slovenia
21:00 Maggiore   10'
Raspadori   19'
Cutrone   25' (pen.)50'
Report Stadium: Ljudski vrt
Attendance: 0[9][note 2]
Referee: Bartosz Frankowski (Poland)
31 May 2021 (2021-05-31) 2021 UEFA U21 Championship Portugal   5–3 (a.e.t.)   Italy Ljubljana, Slovenia
21:00 Mota   6'31'
Ramos   58'
Jota
  109'Conceição   119'
Report Pobega   45'
Scamacca   60'
Cutrone   89'
Stadium: Stadion Stožice
Attendance: 1,032[10]
Referee: François Letexier (France)
3 September 2021 (2021-09-03) 2023 Championship qual. Italy   3–0   Luxembourg Empoli, Italy
17.30 Pirola   7'
Olesen   11' (o.g.)
Cancellieri   50'
Report Stadium: Stadio Carlo Castellani
Referee: Peter Kralović (Slovenia)
7 September 2021 (2021-09-07) 2023 Championship qual. Italy   1–0   Montenegro Vicenza, Italy
17.30 Colombo   53' Report Stadium: Stadio Romeo Menti
8 October 2021 (2021-10-08) 2023 Championship qual. Bosnia and Herzegovina   v   Italy Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Stadium: Bosnia and Herzegovina FA Training Centre
12 October 2021 (2021-10-12) 2023 Championship qual. Italy   v   Sweden Monza, Italy
Stadium: Stadio Brianteo
12 November 2021 (2021-11-12) 2023 Championship qual. Republic of Ireland   v   Italy

2022Edit

25 March 2022 (2022-03-25) 2023 Championship qual. Montenegro   v   Italy
29 March 2022 (2022-03-29) 2023 Championship qual. Italy   v   Bosnia and Herzegovina
6 June 2022 (2022-06-06) 2023 Championship qual. Luxembourg   v   Italy
9 June 2022 (2022-06-09) 2023 Championship qual. Sweden   v   Italy
14 June 2022 (2022-06-14) 2023 Championship qual. Italy   v   Republic of Ireland

PlayersEdit

Players born in 2000 or later are eligible for the 2023 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 for the qualification matches against Luxembourg on 3 September 2021 and Montenegro on 7 September 2021.[11]

Caps and goals updated as of 7 September 2021, after the match against Montenegro.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Marco Carnesecchi (2000-07-01) 1 July 2000 (age 21) 14 0   Cremonese
1GK Alessandro Plizzari (2000-03-12) 12 March 2000 (age 21) 2 0   Milan
1GK Alessandro Russo (2001-03-31) 31 March 2001 (age 20) 0 0   Alessandria

2DF Raoul Bellanova (2000-05-17) 17 May 2000 (age 21) 9 0   Cagliari
2DF Matteo Lovato (2000-02-14) 14 February 2000 (age 21) 5 0   Atalanta
2DF Lorenzo Pirola (2002-02-20) 20 February 2002 (age 19) 3 1   Monza
2DF Riccardo Calafiori (2002-05-19) 19 May 2002 (age 19) 2 0   Roma
2DF Gabriele Ferrarini (2000-04-09) 9 April 2000 (age 21) 2 0   Perugia
2DF Destiny Udogie (2002-11-28) 28 November 2002 (age 18) 2 0   Udinese
2DF Andrea Carboni (2001-02-04) 4 February 2001 (age 20) 1 0   Cagliari
2DF Caleb Okoli (2001-07-13) 13 July 2001 (age 20) 1 0   Cremonese
2DF Andrea Cambiaso (2000-02-20) 20 February 2000 (age 21) 0 0   Genoa
2DF Andrea Papetti (2002-07-03) 3 July 2002 (age 19) 0 0   Brescia

3MF Sandro Tonali (2000-05-08) 8 May 2000 (age 21) 9 0   Milan
3MF Nicolò Rovella (2001-12-04) 4 December 2001 (age 19) 7 0   Genoa
3MF Samuele Ricci (2001-08-21) 21 August 2001 (age 20) 6 0   Empoli
3MF Nicolò Fagioli (2001-02-12) 12 February 2001 (age 20) 1 0   Cremonese
3MF Marco Brescianini (2000-01-20) 20 January 2000 (age 21) 1 0   Monza
3MF Jacopo Da Riva (2000-10-27) 27 October 2000 (age 20) 0 0   SPAL
3MF Filippo Ranocchia (2001-05-14) 14 May 2001 (age 20) 0 0   Vicenza

4FW Lorenzo Colombo (2002-03-08) 8 March 2002 (age 19) 3 1   SPAL
4FW Matteo Cancellieri (2002-02-12) 12 February 2002 (age 19) 2 1   Verona
4FW Kelvin Yeboah (2000-05-06) 6 May 2000 (age 21) 2 0   Sturm Graz
4FW Eddie Salcedo (2001-10-01) 1 October 2001 (age 19) 2 0   Spezia
4FW Lorenzo Lucca (2000-09-10) 10 September 2000 (age 21) 1 0   Pisa
4FW Samuele Mulattieri (2000-10-07) 7 October 2000 (age 20) 1 0   Crotone

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
GK Stefano Turati (2001-09-05) 5 September 2001 (age 20) 0 0   Reggina v.  Sweden, 18 November 2020
GK Federico Brancolini (2001-07-14) 14 July 2001 (age 20) 0 0   Fiorentina v.  Luxembourg, 15 November 2020

DF Antonino Gallo (2000-01-05) 5 January 2000 (age 21) 0 0   Lecce v.  Luxembourg, 3 September 2021 INJ

MF Salvatore Esposito (2000-10-07) 7 October 2000 (age 20) 2 0   SPAL Preliminary stage May 2021
MF Mattia Viviani (2000-09-04) 4 September 2000 (age 21) 0 0 Unattached Preliminary stage May 2021
MF Hans Nicolussi (2000-06-18) 18 June 2000 (age 21) 1 0   Juventus U23 v.  Republic of Ireland, 13 October 2020
MF Manolo Portanova (2000-06-02) 2 June 2000 (age 21) 1 0   Genoa v.  Republic of Ireland, 13 October 2020

FW Roberto Piccoli (2001-01-27) 27 January 2001 (age 20) 1 0   Atalanta v.  Luxembourg, 3 September 2021 INJ
FW Sebastiano Esposito (2002-07-02) 2 July 2002 (age 19) 1 0   Basel v.  Luxembourg, 3 September 2021 INJ
FW Emanuel Vignato (2000-08-24) 24 August 2000 (age 21) 0 0   Bologna v.  Luxembourg, 3 September 2021 INJ
FW Giacomo Raspadori (2000-02-18) 18 February 2000 (age 21) 8 3   Sassuolo UEFA Euro 2021
FW Gianluca Gaetano (2000-05-05) 5 May 2000 (age 21) 0 0   Cremonese Preliminary stage May 2021

INJ Withdrew due to injury

RecordsEdit

Players in bold are still eligible to represent Under-21 team. As of 31 May 2021.

Top appearancesEdit

The following is the top 10 most capped under-21 players:[12]

Rank Player Period U-21 Caps
1 Andrea Pirlo 1998–2002 46
2 Marco Motta 2005–2009 38
3 Francesco Bardi 2011–2015 37
4 Matteo Brighi 2000–2004 35
5 Daniele Bonera 2001–2004 34
6 Matteo Ferrari 1999–2002 33
7 Luca Marrone 2009–2013 32
Alessandro Rosina 2004–2007 32
9 Luca Caldirola 2010–2013 31
Marco Donadel 2004–2006 31

Top goalscorersEdit

The following is the top 10 under-21 goalscorers:[13]

Rank Player Period U-21 Goals U-21 Caps
1 Alberto Gilardino 2000–2004 19 30
2 Andrea Pirlo 1998–2002 16 46
3 Manolo Gabbiadini 2010–2013 12 24
4 Patrick Cutrone 2017–2021 11 25
Massimo Maccarone 2000–2002 11 15
Gianluca Vialli 1983–1986 11 20
7 Robert Acquafresca 2007–2009 10 16
Cristiano Lucarelli 1996–1997 10 10
Christian Vieri 1992–1996 10 19
10 Andrea Belotti 2013–2015 9 18
Ciro Immobile 2009–2013 9 16
Roberto Mancini 1982–1986 9 26
Alberto Paloschi 2008–2013 9 29
Gianluca Scamacca 2018–2021 9 15

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ The match between Iceland and Italy was originally scheduled on 9 October 2020, 15:30 WET, at Víkingsvöllur, Reykjavík, but was postponed due to members of the Italy team testing positive for the COVID-19 virus.[5]
  2. ^ Cite error: The named reference Behind closed doors was invoked but never defined (see the help page).

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "Staff" (in Italian). FIGC. 18 March 2021.
  3. ^ "FIGC". www.figc.it. 7 February 2020.
  4. ^ "Qualificazioni europee: sarà la Nazionale Under 20 ad affrontare la Repubblica d'Irlanda". Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio (in Italian). 12 October 2020. Retrieved 3 June 2021.
  5. ^ "Leik U21 karla gegn Ítalíu frestað vegna Covid-smits í ítalska hópnum". Knattspyrnusamband Íslands. 9 October 2020.
  6. ^ a b "The English FA suspends all activities: England vs. Italy cancelled". FIGC.it. 13 March 2020.
  7. ^ "Czech Republich vs. Italy". Union of European Football Associations. 24 March 2021. Retrieved 24 March 2021.
  8. ^ "Spain vs. Italy". Union of European Football Associations. 27 March 2021. Retrieved 27 March 2021.
  9. ^ "Italy vs. Slovenia". Union of European Football Associations. 30 March 2021. Retrieved 30 March 2021.
  10. ^ "Portugal vs. Italy". Union of European Football Associations. 31 May 2021. Retrieved 31 May 2021.
  11. ^ (in Italian). 27 August 2021 https://www.figc.it/it/nazionali/news/parte-il-nuovo-biennio-ventisei-convocati-nel-gruppo-dieci-volti-nuovi-per-nicolato/. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  12. ^ "Classifica Presenze". Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio (in Italian). 24 September 2020. Retrieved 3 June 2021.
  13. ^ "Classifica Marcatori". Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio (in Italian). 5 August 2020. Retrieved 3 June 2021.

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