Italy national under-21 football team
Italian Football Federation |
(Federazion Italia Giuoco Calcio – FIGC)
|Head coach||Luigi Di Biagio|
|Most caps||Andrea Pirlo (46)|
|Top scorer||Alberto Gilardino (19)|
Catanzaro, March 23, 1995
Pavia, September 5, 2003
Casarano, 6 September 2012
|UEFA U-21 Championship|
|Appearances||19 (first in 1978)|
Winners: (1992, 1994,|
1996, 2000, 2004)
The team competes in the UEFA European Under-21 Championship, held every two years. Italy 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.
In the 2017 U-21 Championship Italy was eliminated in the semi-finals.
UEFA U-21 Championship Record
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.
|Did not qualify|
|Did not qualify|
|Qualified (as host)|
Olympics football Record
|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 Record
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 fixtures
|1 September 2017 Friendly||Spain
|Report||Referee: Manoel Godinho Sr. (Portugal)
|4 September 2017 Friendly||Italy
||Stadium: Stadio Pier Cesare Tombolato
|5 October 2017 Friendly||Hungary
|Stadium: Szusza Ferenc stadion
|10 October 2017 Friendly||Italy
|Report||Stadium: Stadio Paolo Mazza
|22 March 2018 Friendly||Italy
||Stadium: Stadio Renato Curi
|27 March 2018 Friendly||Serbia
||0–1||Novi Sad, Serbia|
||Stadium: Karađorđe Stadium
|25 May 2018 Friendly||Portugal
|Stadium: Estádio António Coimbra da Mota
Referee: Gil Manzano (Spain)
|29 May 2018 Friendly||France
||Stadium: Stade Léo Lagrange
Referee: Paul Tierney (England)
|6 September 2018 Friendly||Slovakia
||v||Dunajská Streda, Slovakia|
|18.30||Stadium: MOL Aréna
Players born in 1996 or later are eligible for the 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship.
Caps and goals updated as of 29 May 2018, after the match against France.
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|GK||Simone Scuffet||31 May 1996||7||0|
|GK||Emil Audero||18 January 1997||4||0|
|GK||Lorenzo Montipò||20 February 1996||2||0|
|DF||Davide Calabria||6 December 1996||13||0|
|DF||Filippo Romagna||26 May 1997||8||0|
|DF||Giuseppe Pezzella||29 November 1997||8||0|
|DF||Claud Adjapong||6 May 1998||7||0|
|DF||Gianluca Mancini||17 April 1996||7||0|
|DF||Fabio Depaoli||24 April 1997||4||1|
|DF||Federico Dimarco||10 November 1997||4||0|
|DF||Sebastiano Luperto||6 November 1996||2||0|
|DF||Riccardo Marchizza||26 March 1998||0||0|
|DF||Alessandro Bastoni||13 April 1999||0||0|
|MF||Rolando Mandragora||29 June 1997||15||0|
|MF||Manuel Locatelli||8 January 1998||10||0|
|MF||Alessandro Murgia||9 August 1996||9||0|
|MF||Matteo Pessina||21 April 1997||5||0|
|MF||Luca Valzania||5 March 1996||5||0|
|MF||Francesco Cassata||16 July 1997||0||0|
|MF||Sandro Tonali||8 May 2000||0||0|
|FW||Alberto Cerri||16 April 1996||19||2|
|FW||Vittorio Parigini||25 March 1996||13||4|
|FW||Andrea Favilli||17 May 1997||7||1|
|FW||Patrick Cutrone||3 January 1998||6||4|
|FW||Riccardo Orsolini||24 January 1997||5||3|
|FW||Luca Vido||3 February 1997||5||3|
|FW||Federico Bonazzoli||21 May 1997||5||2|
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||v.|
|GK||Alex Meret||22 March 1997||1||0||v.|
|GK||Mattia Del Favero||5 June 1998||0||0||v.|
|DF||Elio Capradossi||11 March 1996||4||0||v.|
|DF||Kevin Bonifazi||19 May 1996||2||0||v.|
|DF||Raoul Petretta||24 March 1997||1||0||v.|
|DF||Lorenzo Dickmann||24 September 1996||3||0||v.|
|DF||Marco Varnier||8 June 1998||2||0||v.|
|DF||Arturo Calabresi||17 March 1996||3||0||v.|
|DF||Gian Filippo Felicioli||30 September 1997||1||0||v.|
|MF||Nicolò Barella||7 February 1997||6||0||v.|
|FW||Daniele Verde||20 June 1996||10||1||v.|
|FW||Christian Capone||28 April 1999||2||1||v.|
|FW||Enrico Brignola||8 July 1999||2||0||v.|
|FW||Gianluca Scamacca||1 January 1999||2||0||v.|
|FW||Marco Tumminello||6 November 1998||0||0||v.|
|FW||Andrea Pinamonti||19 May 1999||0||0||v.|
|FW||Simone Palombi||23 April 1996||4||0||v.|
|FW||Simone Edera||9 January 1997||2||0||v.|
|FW||Federico Chiesa||25 October 1997||10||3||v.|