Italy national under-21 football team

Italy Under-21
Nickname(s) Azzurrini
(Little Blues)
Association Italian Football Federation
(Federazion Italia Giuoco Calcio – FIGC)
Head coach Luigi Di Biagio
Captain Rolando Mandragora
Most caps Andrea Pirlo (46)
Top scorer Alberto Gilardino (19)
First colours
Second colours
Biggest win
Italy 7–0 Estonia
Catanzaro, March 23, 1995
Italy 8–1 Wales
Pavia, September 5, 2003
Italy 7–0 Liechtenstein
Casarano, 6 September 2012
Biggest defeat

Norway 6–0 Italy
Stavanger, June 5, 1991

Records for competitive
matches only.
UEFA U-21 Championship
Appearances 19 (first in 1978)
Best result Winners: (1992, 1994,
1996, 2000, 2004)

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

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.[1]

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.

UEFA European Under-21 Championship Record

Year Round
1978Quarter-Finals
1980Quarter-Finals
1982Quarter-Finals
1984Semi-finals
1986Runners-up
1988Quarter-Finals
1990Semi-finals
1992Winners
1994Winners
1996Winners
1998Did not qualify
2000Winners
2002Semi-finals
2004Winners
2006Group stage
2007Group stage
2009Semi-finals
2011Did not qualify
2013Runners-up
2015Group stage
2017Semi-finals
2019Qualified (as host)

Olympics football Record

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 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

Honours

Coaches

Recent results and forthcoming fixtures

Only official matches are reported.[2]

2017

2018

Current squad

Players born in 1996 or later are eligible for the 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship.

The following players have been called up for the friendly matches against Slovakia on 6 September 2018 and Albania on 11 September 2018.[3]

Caps and goals updated as of 29 May 2018, after the match against France.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Simone Scuffet (1996-05-31) 31 May 1996 7 0 Udinese
1GK Emil Audero (1997-01-18) 18 January 1997 4 0 Sampdoria (on loan from Juventus)
1GK Lorenzo Montipò (1996-02-20) 20 February 1996 2 0 Benevento (on loan from Novara)

2DF Davide Calabria (1996-12-06) 6 December 1996 13 0 Milan
2DF Filippo Romagna (1997-05-26) 26 May 1997 8 0 Cagliari
2DF Giuseppe Pezzella (1997-11-29) 29 November 1997 8 0 Udinese
2DF Claud Adjapong (1998-05-06) 6 May 1998 7 0 Sassuolo
2DF Gianluca Mancini (1996-04-17) 17 April 1996 7 0 Atalanta
2DF Fabio Depaoli (1997-04-24) 24 April 1997 4 1 Chievo
2DF Federico Dimarco (1997-11-10) 10 November 1997 4 0 Parma (on loan from Internazionale)
2DF Sebastiano Luperto (1996-11-06) 6 November 1996 2 0 Napoli
2DF Riccardo Marchizza (1998-03-26) 26 March 1998 0 0 Crotone (on loan from Sassuolo)
2DF Alessandro Bastoni (1999-04-13) 13 April 1999 0 0 Parma (on loan from Internazionale)

3MF Rolando Mandragora (1997-06-29) 29 June 1997 15 0 Udinese
3MF Manuel Locatelli (1998-01-08) 8 January 1998 10 0 Sassuolo (on loan from Milan)
3MF Alessandro Murgia (1996-08-09) 9 August 1996 9 0 Lazio
3MF Matteo Pessina (1997-04-21) 21 April 1997 5 0 Atalanta
3MF Luca Valzania (1996-03-05) 5 March 1996 5 0 Atalanta
3MF Francesco Cassata (1997-07-16) 16 July 1997 0 0 Frosinone (on loan from Sassuolo)
3MF Sandro Tonali (2000-05-08) 8 May 2000 0 0 Brescia

4FW Alberto Cerri (1996-04-16) 16 April 1996 19 2 Cagliari (on loan from Juventus)
4FW Vittorio Parigini (1996-03-25) 25 March 1996 13 4 Torino
4FW Andrea Favilli (1997-05-17) 17 May 1997 7 1 Genoa (on loan from Juventus)
4FW Patrick Cutrone (1998-01-03) 3 January 1998 6 4 Milan
4FW Riccardo Orsolini (1997-01-24) 24 January 1997 5 3 Bologna (on loan from Juventus)
4FW Luca Vido (1997-02-03) 3 February 1997 5 3 Perugia (on loan from Atalanta)
4FW Federico Bonazzoli (1997-05-21) 21 May 1997 5 2 Padova (on loan from Sampdoria)

Recent call-ups

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 0 0 Milan v. France, 29 May 2018
GK Alex Meret (1997-03-22) 22 March 1997 1 0 Napoli v. Serbia, 27 March 2018
GK Mattia Del Favero (1998-06-05) 5 June 1998 0 0 Juventus U23 v. Hungary, 5 October 2017 INJ

DF Elio Capradossi (1996-03-11) 11 March 1996 4 0 Spezia (on loan from Roma) v. France, 29 May 2018
DF Kevin Bonifazi (1996-05-19) 19 May 1996 2 0 SPAL (on loan from Torino) v. France, 29 May 2018
DF Raoul Petretta (1997-03-24) 24 March 1997 1 0 Basel v. France, 29 May 2018
DF Lorenzo Dickmann (1996-09-24) 24 September 1996 3 0 SPAL (on loan from Novara) v. Serbia, 27 March 2018
DF Marco Varnier (1998-06-08) 8 June 1998 2 0 Atalanta (on loan from Cittadella) v. Serbia, 27 March 2018
DF Arturo Calabresi (1996-03-17) 17 March 1996 3 0 Bologna v. Russia, 14 November 2017
DF Gian Filippo Felicioli (1997-09-30) 30 September 1997 1 0 Perugia (on loan from Milan) v. Russia, 14 November 2017

MF Nicolò Barella (1997-02-07) 7 February 1997 6 0 Cagliari v. Slovakia, 6 September 2018

FW Daniele Verde (1996-06-20) 20 June 1996 10 1 Real Valladolid (on loan from Roma) v. France, 29 May 2018
FW Christian Capone (1999-04-28) 28 April 1999 2 1 Pescara (on loan from Atalanta) v. France, 29 May 2018
FW Enrico Brignola (1999-07-08) 8 July 1999 2 0 Sassuolo v. France, 29 May 2018
FW Gianluca Scamacca (1999-01-01) 1 January 1999 2 0 Zwolle (on loan from Sassuolo) v. France, 29 May 2018
FW Marco Tumminello (1998-11-06) 6 November 1998 0 0 Atalanta v. France, 29 May 2018
FW Andrea Pinamonti (1999-05-19) 19 May 1999 0 0 Frosinone (on loan from Internazionale) v. Portugal, 25 May 2018 INJ
FW Simone Palombi (1996-04-23) 23 April 1996 4 0 Lecce (on loan from Lazio) v. Serbia, 27 March 2018
FW Simone Edera (1997-01-09) 9 January 1997 2 0 Torino v. Serbia, 27 March 2018
FW Federico Chiesa (1997-10-25) 25 October 1997 10 3 Fiorentina v. Russia, 14 November 2017

See also

References

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