Italy national under-21 football team

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Italy Under-21
Nickname(s) Azzurrini
(Little Blues)
Association Federazione Italiana
Giuoco Calcio
Head coach Luigi Di Biagio
Captain Matteo Bianchetti
Most caps Andrea Pirlo (46)
Top scorer Alberto Gilardino (19)
First colours
Second colours
Biggest win
Italy Italy 7-0 Estonia Estonia
Catanzaro, March 23, 1995
Italy Italy 8-1 Wales Wales
Pavia, September 5, 2003
Biggest defeat

Norway Norway 6-0 Italy Italy
Stavanger, June 5, 1991

Records for competitive
matches only.
UEFA U-21 Championship
Appearances 16 (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 Football 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).

From 1990 to 2004 the team established near-total dominance of European Under-21 football, winning five of the seven tournaments.

The lowest point for the team came in 1997, when it failed to qualify for the 1998 finals. The team won the 2000 tournament finals in Slovakia and the 2004 tournament finals in Germany. In the 2006 tournament finals in Portugal the team failed to advance to second round. This was Italy's 14th U-21 finals tournament.

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 2013 U-21 Championship Italy lost the final against Spain.

UEFA U-23 Championship Record[edit]

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 Record[edit]

  • 1978: Losing quarter-finalists.
  • 1980: Losing quarter-finalists.
  • 1982: Losing quarter-finalists.
  • 1984: Losing semi-finalists.
  • 1986: Runners-up.
  • 1988: Losing quarter-finalists.
  • 1990: Losing semi-finalists.
  • 1992: Winners.
  • 1994: Winners.
  • 1996: Winners.
  • 1998: Did not qualify.
  • 2000: Winners.
  • 2002: Losing semi-finalists.
  • 2004: Winners.
  • 2006: Finished 3rd of 4 in finals group.
  • 2007: Finished 3rd of 4 in finals group; Winner of the Olympic qualification play-off.
  • 2009: Losing semi-finalists.
  • 2011: Did not qualify.
  • 2013: Runners-up.

Olympics football Record[edit]

Olympic medal record
Men's Football
Bronze 2004 Athens Team

Since 1992 Olympics football changed to U-23 event, and the European U-21 teams, technically is a U-23 teams. The winner, runner-up and third place of UEFA U-21 Championship qualify for Olympics.

Mediterranean Games Record[edit]

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

Coaches[edit]

Current players[edit]

Players born in 1992 or later are eligible for the 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship.

1992-born

1993-born

1994-born

1995-born

Note: Players in italics have already been called up to the senior team.

Current squad[edit]

Squad called for 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship qualification match against Northern Ireland on 5 March 2014.[2]

Caps and goals as of 5 March 2014.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Francesco Bardi (1992-01-18) 18 January 1992 (age 22) 26 0 Italy Livorno (on loan from Internazionale)
32 1GK Nicola Leali (1993-02-17) 17 February 1993 (age 21) 2 0 Italy Spezia (on loan from Juventus)
1GK Alessio Cragno (1994-06-28) 28 June 1994 (age 19) 0 0 Italy Brescia
2 2DF Stefano Sabelli (1993-01-13) 13 January 1993 (age 21) 4 1 Italy Bari
5 2DF Daniele Rugani (1994-07-29) 29 July 1994 (age 19) 2 1 Italy Empoli
17 2DF Federico Ceccherini (1992-05-11) 11 May 1992 (age 21) 1 0 Italy Livorno
15 2DF Filippo De Col (1993-10-28) 28 October 1993 (age 20) 2 0 Italy Virtus Lanciano (on loan from Verona)
3 2DF Nicola Murru (1994-11-16) 16 November 1994 (age 19) 2 0 Italy Cagliari
2DF Marco Chiosa (1993-11-19) 19 November 1993 (age 20) 1 0 Italy Bari (on loan from Torino)
6 2DF Alessio Romagnoli (1995-01-12) 12 January 1995 (age 19) 1 0 Italy Roma
8 3MF Federico Viviani (1992-03-24) 24 March 1992 (age 22) 10 2 Italy Latina (on loan from Roma)
14 3MF Lorenzo Crisetig (1993-01-20) 20 January 1993 (age 21) 7 2 Italy Crotone (on loan from Internazionale)
10 3MF Cristian Battocchio (1992-02-10) 10 February 1992 (age 22) 7 2 England Watford
4 3MF Salvatore Molina (1992-01-01) 1 January 1992 (age 22) 7 0 Italy Modena (on loan from Atalanta)
12 3MF Jacopo Dezi (1992-02-10) 10 February 1992 (age 22) 2 0 Italy Crotone (on loan from Napoli)
3MF Marco Benassi (1994-09-08) 8 September 1994 (age 19) 1 0 Italy Livorno (on loan from Internazionale)
7 3MF Danilo Cataldi (1994-08-06) 6 August 1994 (age 19) 1 0 Italy Crotone (on loan from Lazio)
18 4FW Francesco Fedato (1992-08-15) 15 August 1992 (age 21) 5 1 Italy Catania
13 4FW Marcello Trotta (1992-09-29) 29 September 1992 (age 21) 2 1 England Brentford (on loan from Fulham)
11 4FW Federico Bernardeschi (1994-02-16) 16 February 1994 (age 20) 2 0 Italy Crotone (on loan from Fiorentina)
9 4FW Gianmario Comi (1992-04-03) 3 April 1992 (age 22) 2 0 Italy Virtus Lanciano (on loan from Milan)

Recent call-ups[edit]

Following are listed players called up in the previous 12 months that are still eligible to represent Under 21 team.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Mattia Perin (1992-11-10) 10 November 1992 (age 21) 4 0 Italy Genoa v.  Northern Ireland, 2 March 2014
GK Mirko Pigliacelli (1993-31-12) 12 July 1993 (age 20) 1 0 Italy Pescara (on loan from Parma) v.  Cyprus, 9 September 2013
DF Matteo Bianchetti (1993-03-17) 17 March 1993 (age 21) 14 0 Italy Spezia (on loan from Verona) v.  Northern Ireland, 2 March 2014
DF Luca Antei (1992-04-19) 19 April 1992 (age 22) 7 0 Italy Sassuolo v. Italy U21 Serie B, 17 December 2013
DF Francesco Zampano (1993-09-30) 30 September 1993 (age 20) 1 0 Italy Juve Stabia (on loan from Verona) v. Italy U21 Serie B, 17 December 2013
DF Cristiano Biraghi (1992-09-01) 1 September 1992 (age 21) 11 0 Italy Catania (on loan from Cittadella) v.  Serbia, 19 December 2013
DF Davide Zappacosta (1992-06-23) 23 June 1992 (age 21) 5 0 Italy Avellino v.  Serbia, 19 December 2013
DF Giovanni Di Lorenzo (1993-08-04) 4 August 1993 (age 20) 3 0 Italy Reggina v.  Belgium, 14 October 2013
DF Paolo Frascatore (1992-01-04) 4 January 1992 (age 22) 9 0 Italy Pescara (on loan from Roma) v.  Cyprus, 9 September 2013
DF Alberto Masi (1992-09-02) 2 September 1992 (age 21) 3 0 Italy Ternana v.  Cyprus, 9 September 2013
DF Matteo Liviero (1993-04-13) 13 April 1993 (age 21) 1 0 Italy Juve Stabia (on loan from Juventus) v.  Cyprus, 9 September 2013
DF Cristiano Piccini (1992-09-26) 26 September 1992 (age 21) 1 0 Italy Livorno (on loan from Fiorentina) v.  Slovakia, 14 August 2013
MF Daniele Baselli (1992-03-12) 12 March 1992 (age 22) 7 0 Italy Atalanta v. Italy U21 Serie B, 17 December 2013
MF Marco Ezio Fossati (1992-10-05) 5 October 1992 (age 21) 6 0 Italy Bari (on loan from Milan) v. Italy U21 Serie B, 17 December 2013
MF Massimiliano Busellato (1993-04-23) 23 April 1993 (age 20) 1 0 Italy Cittadella v. Italy U21 Serie B, 17 December 2013
MF Valerio Verre (1994-01-11) 11 January 1994 (age 20) 1 0 Italy Palermo (on loan from Udinese) v. Italy U21 Serie B, 17 December 2013
MF Vincenzo Grifo (1993-04-07) 7 April 1993 (age 21) 0 0 Germany Hoffenheim v.  Belgium, 14 October 2013
MF Marco Verratti (1992-11-05) 5 November 1992 (age 21) 7 0 France PSG v.  Spain, 18 June 2013
FW Andrea Belotti (1993-12-20) 20 December 1993 (age 20) 7 2 Italy Palermo (on loan from AlbinoLeffe) v.  Northern Ireland, 02 March 2014
FW Domenico Berardi (1994-08-01) 1 August 1994 (age 19) 0 0 Italy Sassuolo (on loan from Juventus) v.  Northern Ireland, 02 March 2014
FW Matteo Politano (1993-08-03) 3 August 1993 (age 20) 3 0 Italy Pescara v. Italy U21 Serie B, 17 December 2013
FW Stefano Beltrame (1993-02-08) 8 February 1993 (age 21) 1 2 Italy Bari (on loan from Juventus) v. Italy U21 Serie B, 17 December 2013
FW Stefano Pettinari (1992-01-27) 27 January 1992 (age 22) 1 0 Italy Crotone v.  Serbia, 19 December 2013
FW Antonio Rozzi (1994-05-28) 28 May 1994 (age 19) 3 1 Spain Real Madrid (on loan from Lazio) v.  Serbia, 19 December 2013
FW Samuele Longo (1992-01-12) 12 January 1992 (age 22) 11 2 Spain Vallecano (on loan from Internazionale) v.  Belgium, 14 October 2013
FW Riccardo Improta (1993-12-19) 19 December 1993 (age 20) 5 2 Italy Padova (on loan from Genoa) v.  Belgium, 14 October 2013
FW Giammario Piscitella (1993-03-24) 24 March 1993 (age 21) 3 0 Italy Pescara v.  Cyprus, 9 September 2013
FW Leonardo Gatto (1992-04-28) 28 April 1992 (age 21) 2 0 Italy Lanciano (on loan from Atalanta) v.  Cyprus, 9 September 2013
FW Kingsley Boateng (1994-04-07) 7 April 1994 (age 20) 0 0 Italy Catania (on loan from Milan) v.  Cyprus, 9 September 2013

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