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 (37)
Top scorerAlberto Gilardino (15)
First colours
Second colours
Third 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 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 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

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]

2019Edit

16 June 2019 2019 UEFA Euro U21Italy  3–1  SpainBologna, Italy
21:00 Chiesa   36'64'
Pellegrini   82' (pen.)
Report Ceballos   9' Stadium: Stadio Renato Dall'Ara
Attendance: 29,580
Referee: Serdar Gözübüyük (Netherlands)
19 June 2019 2019 UEFA Euro U21Italy  0–1  PolandBologna, Italy
21:00 Report Bielik   40' Stadium: Stadio Renato Dall'Ara
Referee: Aleksei Kulbakov (Belarus)
22 June 2019 2019 UEFA Euro U21Belgium  1–3  ItalyReggio Emilia, Italy
21:00 Verschaeren   79' Report Barella   44'
Cutrone   53'
Chiesa   89'
Stadium: Mapei Stadium
Attendance: 20,075
Referee: Srđan Jovanović (Serbia)
6 September 2019 FriendlyItaly  4–0  MoldovaCatania, Italy
18:30 Scamacca   33'
Frattesi   52'63'
Tumminello   69'
Report Stadium: Stadio Angelo Massimino
10 September 2019 2021 UEFA Euro U21 Qual.Italy  5–0  LuxembourgCastel di Sangro, Italy
18:30 Locatelli   9' (pen.)
Kean   37' (pen.)
Sottil   62'
Tumminello   68'
Scamacca   77'
Report Stadium: Stadio Teofilo Patini
10 October 2019 2021 UEFA Euro U21 Qual.Republic of Ireland  0–0  ItalyDublin, Ireland
21:05 Report Stadium: Tallaght Stadium
Attendance: 7.231
Referee: Sascha Stegemann (Germany)
16 November 2019 2021 UEFA Euro U21 Qual.Italy  3–0  IcelandFerrara, Italy
18:30 Sottil   32'
Cutrone   84'90'
Report Stadium: Stadio Paolo Mazza
19 November 2019 2021 UEFA Euro U21 Qual.Italy  6–0  ArmeniaCatania, Italy
21.00 Kean   15'41'
Pinamonti   25'
Zanellato   53'
Scamacca   57'
Del Prato   66'
Report Stadium: Stadio Angelo Massimino
Note: Original starting time (18.30) was postponed due to heavy rain.[4]

2020Edit

3 September 2020 FriendlyItaly  v  SloveniaLignano Sabbiadoro, Italy
17:30 Stadium: Stadio Guido Teghil
8 September 2020 2021 UEFA Euro U21 Qual.Sweden  v  ItalyKalmar, Sweden
Stadium: Guldfågeln Arena
9 October 2020 2021 UEFA Euro U21 Qual.Iceland  v  ItalyReykjavík, Iceland
Stadium: Víkingsvöllur
12 November 2020 2021 UEFA Euro U21 Qual.Luxembourg  v  ItalyTBD, Luxembourg
Note: The match was originally scheduled for 26 March 2020, but was postponed on 13 March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.[5]
17 November 2020 2021 UEFA Euro U21 Qual.Italy  v  SwedenTBD, Italy
Note: The match was originally scheduled for 26 March 2020, but was postponed on 13 March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.[6]

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.[7]

Caps and goals updated as of 19 November 2019, after the match against Armenia.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Alessandro Plizzari (2000-03-12) 12 March 2000 (age 20) 1 0   Livorno
12 1GK Marco Carnesecchi (2000-07-01) 1 July 2000 (age 20) 5 0   Trapani
22 1GK Mattia Del Favero (1998-06-05) 5 June 1998 (age 22) 0 0   Piacenza

2 2DF Claud Adjapong (1998-05-06) 6 May 1998 (age 22) 19 0   Verona
3 2DF Alessandro Tripaldelli (1999-02-09) 9 February 1999 (age 21) 2 0   Sassuolo
5 2DF Nicolò Casale (1998-02-14) 14 February 1998 (age 22) 0 0   Venezia
6 2DF Matteo Gabbia (1999-10-21) 21 October 1999 (age 20) 2 0   Milan
13 2DF Luca Ranieri (1999-04-23) 23 April 1999 (age 21) 4 0   Ascoli
15 2DF Enrico Del Prato (1999-11-10) 10 November 1999 (age 20) 5 1   Livorno
16 2DF Davide Bettella (2000-04-07) 7 April 2000 (age 20) 2 0   Pescara
19 2DF Marco Sala (1999-06-04) 4 June 1999 (age 21) 5 0   Virtus Entella

4 3MF Salvatore Esposito (2000-10-07) 7 October 2000 (age 19) 1 0   Chievo
8 3MF Marco Carraro (1998-01-09) 9 January 1998 (age 22) 6 0   Perugia
14 3MF Fabio Maistro (1998-04-05) 5 April 1998 (age 22) 2 0   Salernitana
17 3MF Niccolò Zanellato (1998-06-24) 24 June 1998 (age 22) 5 1   Crotone
18 3MF Giulio Maggiore (1998-03-12) 12 March 1998 (age 22) 4 0   Spezia
21 3MF Manuel Locatelli (Captain) (1998-01-08) 8 January 1998 (age 22) 23 2   Sassuolo

9 4FW Andrea Pinamonti (1999-05-19) 19 May 1999 (age 21) 6 1   Genoa
10 4FW Patrick Cutrone (1998-01-03) 3 January 1998 (age 22) 19 7   Fiorentina
11 4FW Gianluca Scamacca (1999-01-01) 1 January 1999 (age 21) 8 4   Ascoli
20 4FW Moise Kean (2000-02-28) 28 February 2000 (age 20) 9 5   Everton
23 4FW Riccardo Sottil (1999-06-03) 3 June 1999 (age 21) 5 2   Fiorentina

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 21) 12 1   Internazionale v.  Iceland, 16 November 2019 INJ
DF Luca Pellegrini (1999-03-07) 7 March 1999 (age 21) 4 0   Cagliari v.  Iceland, 16 November 2019 INJ
DF Raoul Bellanova (2000-05-17) 17 May 2000 (age 20) 0 0   Atalanta v.  Armenia, 14 October 2019 PRE
DF Riccardo Marchizza (1998-03-26) 26 March 1998 (age 22) 5 0   Spezia v.  Republic of Ireland, 10 October 2019 INJ

MF Sandro Tonali (2000-05-08) 8 May 2000 (age 20) 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 21) 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

RecordsEdit

Top appearancesEdit

# Player Period U-21 Caps
1 Andrea Pirlo 1998–2002 37
Francesco Bardi 2011–2015 37
3 Marco Motta 2005–2009 36
4 Matteo Brighi 2000–2004 35
5 Luca Marrone 2009–2013 32

Top goalscorersEdit

# Player Period U-21 Goals
1 Andrea Pirlo 1998–2002 15
Alberto Gilardino 2000–2004 15
3 Manolo Gabbiadini 2010–2013 12
4 Gianluca Vialli 1983–1986 11
Massimo Maccarone 2000–2002 11
6 Christian Vieri 1992–1996 10
Cristiano Lucarelli 1996–1997 10
Robert Acquafresca 2007–2009 10
  • Caps and goals correct as of 1 April 2020

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ channel4.com - Football Italia
  2. ^ "Staff" (in Italian). FIGC.
  3. ^ http://www.figc.it/it/nazionali/azzurri/calendari/?nazionaleId=4561&competizioneId=&dataDa=&dataA=
  4. ^ https://www.gazzetta.it/Calcio/Nazionali/EuroU21/19-11-2019/under-21-italia-armenia-posticipata-un-ora-campo-allagato-3501219871914.shtml
  5. ^ "The English FA suspends all activities: England vs. Italy cancelled". FIGC.it. 13 March 2020.
  6. ^ "The English FA suspends all activities: England vs. Italy cancelled". FIGC.it. 13 March 2020.
  7. ^ https://www.figc.it/it/nazionali/news/nazionale-under-21-qualificazioni-europee-23-convocati-per-i-match-con-islanda-e-armenia/

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