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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)Azzurrini
(Little Blues)
AssociationItalian Football Federation
(Federazion Italia Giuoco Calcio – FIGC)
Head coachPaolo Nicolato
Captainvacant
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]

Contents

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

14 October 2019 2021 UEFA Euro U21 Qual.Armenia  v  ItalyTBD, Armenia
16 November 2019 2021 UEFA Euro U21 Qual.Italy  v  IcelandTBD, Italy
19 November 2019 2021 UEFA Euro U21 Qual.Italy  v  ArmeniaTBD, Italy

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.

Current squadEdit

The following 23 players have been selected in the final roster for the 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship.[3]

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 1GK Emil Audero (1997-01-18) 18 January 1997 (age 22) 10 0   Sampdoria
16 1GK Lorenzo Montipò (1996-02-20) 20 February 1996 (age 23) 2 0   Benevento
22 1GK Alex Meret (1997-03-22) 22 March 1997 (age 22) 5 0   Napoli

2 2DF Arturo Calabresi (1996-03-17) 17 March 1996 (age 23) 9 0   Bologna
3 2DF Giuseppe Pezzella (1997-11-29) 29 November 1997 (age 21) 14 0   Udinese
4 2DF Kevin Bonifazi (1996-05-19) 19 May 1996 (age 23) 7 0   Torino
6 2DF Alessandro Bastoni (1999-04-13) 13 April 1999 (age 20) 8 1   Internazionale
12 2DF Federico Dimarco (1997-11-10) 10 November 1997 (age 21) 11 1   Internazionale
13 2DF Gianluca Mancini (1996-04-17) 17 April 1996 (age 23) 13 0   Roma
15 2DF Claud Adjapong (1998-05-06) 6 May 1998 (age 21) 14 0   Hellas Verona
19 2DF Filippo Romagna (1997-05-26) 26 May 1997 (age 22) 16 0   Cagliari

5 3MF Sandro Tonali (2000-05-08) 8 May 2000 (age 19) 4 0   Brescia
7 3MF Lorenzo Pellegrini (1996-06-19) 19 June 1996 (age 23) 14 5   Roma
8 3MF Nicolò Zaniolo (1999-07-02) 2 July 1999 (age 20) 6 0   Roma
10 3MF Rolando Mandragora (1997-06-29) 29 June 1997 (age 22) 26 0   Udinese
18 3MF Nicolò Barella (1997-02-07) 7 February 1997 (age 22) 9 1   Internazionale
21 3MF Manuel Locatelli (1998-01-08) 8 January 1998 (age 21) 18 1   Sassuolo
23 3MF Alessandro Murgia (1996-08-09) 9 August 1996 (age 23) 14 1   SPAL

9 4FW Patrick Cutrone (1998-01-03) 3 January 1998 (age 21) 15 5   Wolverhampton
11 4FW Riccardo Orsolini (1997-01-24) 24 January 1997 (age 22) 15 3   Bologna
14 4FW Federico Chiesa (1997-10-25) 25 October 1997 (age 21) 13 6   Fiorentina
17 4FW Federico Bonazzoli (1997-05-21) 21 May 1997 (age 22) 9 2   Sampdoria
20 4FW Moise Kean (2000-02-28) 28 February 2000 (age 19) 5 2   Everton

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 Alessandro Plizzari (2000-03-12) 12 March 2000 (age 19) 0 0   Livorno v.  Germany, 19 November 2018

DF Riccardo Marchizza (1998-03-26) 26 March 1998 (age 21) 2 0   Spezia v.  Tunisia, 15 October 2018
DF Luca Pellegrini (1999-03-07) 7 March 1999 (age 20) 2 0   Cagliari v.  Tunisia, 15 October 2018

FW Andrea Pinamonti (1999-05-19) 19 May 1999 (age 20) 0 0   Genoa 2019 UEFA U21 Champ.INJ
FW Ferdinando Del Sole (1998-01-17) 17 January 1998 (age 21) 0 0   Juve Stabia 2019 UEFA U21 Champ.PRE
FW Riccardo Sottil (1999-06-03) 3 June 1999 (age 20) 0 0   Fiorentina 2019 UEFA U21 Champ.PRE

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