Italy national under-15 football team

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For U15 team prior 2001, see Italy national under-16 football team.
Italy Under 15
Association Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Antonio Rocca
FIFA code ITA
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Italy 2–0 Morocco 
(Nice, France; 19 June 2003)

The Italy national U-15 football team is the national under-15 football team of Italy and is controlled by the Italian Football Federation.

The Italy U15 football team is a feeder team of Italy U16.

History[edit]

In the past, the commencing of national under-15 team depends on the result of Italy national under-17 football team. Usually, as U17 team failed to qualify to UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship, the disqualified U17 team (U17 season ended earlier) became U18 team and the U16 feeder team would changed it name to U17 (U17 team of next season starts earlier), thus a new U-16 team started. However in 2002–03, U17 qualified to the final tournament, thus the aforementioned cycle did not start, thus the new U16 roster of next season (2003–04) finally carried the U15 for 2002–03 season, despite a friendly tournament in June 2003. However, U15 team did not appeared in 2005 nor 2009, which U17 also qualified. Instead, a summer training camp was held for U14–15 in recent years, for example, in 2007.,[1] 2009[2] as well as Christmas youth tournament with U16. (e.g.: 2004,[3] 2005,[4] 2007,[5] 2008;[6] 2009[7])

The under-15 team finally born in 2011–12 season as a feeder team of Italy national under-16 football team regardless of the result of U17.

Majority of the squad was selected from national "giovanissimi" under-15 league.

Current squad[edit]

As of February 2013[8]

  • Goalkeeper: Pissardo (FC Internazionale), Vitali (AC Perugia)
  • Defense: Benedetti (ACF Fiorentina), Llamas (Milan), Mattioli (FC Internazionale), Merlini (FC Internazionale), Scalera (AC Bari), Spinelli (AC Milan)
  • Midfielder: Conti (FC Juventus), Locatelli (AC Milan), Morselli (FC Juventus), Mosti (FBC Empoli), Scuderi (Borussia Dortmund), La Ferrara (AC Milan)
  • Striker: Cutrone (AC Milan), Di Nolfo (AS Roma), Trovato (ACF Fiorentina), Vago (FC Internazionale)

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