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 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 friendly match against Montenegro on 4 June 2014.[2]

Caps and goals as of 4 June 2014.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Francesco Bardi (1992-01-18) 18 January 1992 (age 22) 26 0 Italy Chievo (on loan from Internazionale)
1GK Alessio Cragno (1994-06-28) 28 June 1994 (age 20) 1 0 Italy Cagliari
1GK Ivan Provedel (1994-03-19) 19 March 1994 (age 20) 0 0 Italy Perugia (on loan from Chievo)
2DF Cristiano Biraghi (1992-09-01) 1 September 1992 (age 21) 12 1 Italy Chievo (on loan from Internazionale)
2DF Luca Antei (1992-04-19) 19 April 1992 (age 22) 8 0 Italy Sassuolo
2DF Davide Zappacosta (1992-06-23) 23 June 1992 (age 22) 6 0 Italy Atalanta
2DF Daniele Rugani (1994-07-29) 29 July 1994 (age 20) 1 1 Italy Empoli (on loan from Juventus)
2DF Filippo De Col (1993-10-28) 28 October 1993 (age 20) 2 0 Italy Spezia
2DF Edoardo Goldaniga (1993-11-02) 2 November 1993 (age 20) 1 0 Italy Perugia (on loan from Juventus)
2DF Matteo Liviero (1993-04-13) 13 April 1993 (age 21) 2 0 Italy Pro Vercelli (on loan from Juventus)
2DF Federico Ceccherini (1992-05-11) 11 May 1992 (age 22) 0 0 Italy Livorno
3MF Cristian Battocchio (1992-02-10) 10 February 1992 (age 22) 8 2 England Watford
3MF Daniele Baselli (1992-03-12) 12 March 1992 (age 22) 8 0 Italy Atalanta
3MF Andrea Schiavone (1993-02-25) 25 February 1993 (age 21) 2 0 Italy Modena (on loan from Juventus)
3MF Marco Benassi (1994-05-05) 5 May 1994 (age 20) 1 0 Italy Torino
3MF Massimiliano Busellato (1993-04-23) 23 April 1993 (age 21) 1 0 Italy Cittadella
3MF Stefano Sturaro (1993-03-09) 9 March 1993 (age 21) 1 0 Italy Genoa (on loan from Juventus)
4FW Andrea Belotti (1993-12-20) 20 December 1993 (age 20) 7 3 Italy Palermo
4FW Riccardo Improta (1993-12-19) 19 December 1993 (age 20) 6 3 Italy Genoa
4FW Marcello Trotta (1992-09-29) 29 September 1992 (age 21) 2 2 England Fulham
4FW Domenico Berardi (1994-08-01) 1 August 1994 (age 19) 1 0 Italy Sassuolo
4FW Simone Verdi (1992-07-12) 12 July 1992 (age 22) 1 0 Italy Empoli (on loan from Torino)

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 Frosinone (on loan from Parma) v.  Cyprus, 9 September 2013
DF Stefano Sabelli (1993-01-13) 13 January 1993 (age 21) 3 1 Italy Bari v. Fiorentina Primavera, 29 April 2014
DF Nicola Murru (1994-11-16) 16 November 1994 (age 19) 1 0 Italy Cagliari v. Fiorentina Primavera, 29 April 2014
DF Federico Barba (1993-09-01) 1 September 1993 (age 20) 0 0 Italy Empoli v. Fiorentina Primavera, 29 April 2014
DF Emanuele Suagher (1992-11-26) 26 November 1992 (age 21) 0 0 Italy Atalanta v. Fiorentina Primavera, 29 April 2014
DF Marco Chiosa (1993-11-19) 19 November 1993 (age 20) 0 0 Italy Torino v.  Northern Ireland, 2 March 2014
DF Alessio Romagnoli (1995-01-12) 12 January 1995 (age 19) 1 0 Italy Roma v.  Northern Ireland, 2 March 2014
DF Matteo Bianchetti (1993-03-17) 17 March 1993 (age 21) 13 0 Italy Verona v.  Northern Ireland, 2 March 2014
DF Francesco Zampano (1993-09-30) 30 September 1993 (age 20) 0 0 Italy Verona v. Italy U21 Serie B, 17 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 Pistoiese (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 Cristiano Piccini (1992-09-26) 26 September 1992 (age 21) 1 0 Italy Fiorentina v.  Slovakia, 14 August 2013
MF Federico Viviani (1992-03-24) 24 March 1992 (age 22) 10 2 Italy Roma v. Fiorentina Primavera, 29 April 2014
MF Lorenzo Crisetig (1993-01-20) 20 January 1993 (age 21) 6 2 Italy Cagliari (on loan from Internazionale) v. Fiorentina Primavera, 29 April 2014
MF Salvatore Molina (1992-01-01) 1 January 1992 (age 22) 6 0 Italy Atalanta v. Fiorentina Primavera, 29 April 2014
MF Jacopo Dezi (1992-02-10) 10 February 1992 (age 22) 1 0 Italy Crotone v. Fiorentina Primavera, 29 April 2014
MF Danilo Cataldi (1994-08-06) 6 August 1994 (age 19) 1 0 Italy Lazio v. Fiorentina Primavera, 29 April 2014
MF Marco Ezio Fossati (1992-10-05) 5 October 1992 (age 21) 5 0 Italy Perugia (on loan from Milan) v. Italy U21 Serie B, 17 December 2013
MF Valerio Verre (1994-01-11) 11 January 1994 (age 20) 0 0 Italy Perugia (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 FSV Frankfurt (on loan from Hoffenheim) v.  Belgium, 14 October 2013
FW Federico Bernardeschi (1994-02-16) 16 February 1994 (age 20) 1 0 Italy Fiorentina v. Fiorentina Primavera, 29 April 2014
FW Valerio Rosseti (1994-08-05) 5 August 1994 (age 19) 0 0 Unattached v. Fiorentina Primavera, 29 April 2014
FW Francesco Fedato (1992-08-15) 15 August 1992 (age 21) 4 1 Italy Sampdoria v.  Northern Ireland, 2 March 2014
FW Gianmario Comi (1992-04-03) 3 April 1992 (age 22) 2 0 Italy Avellino (on loan from Milan) v.  Northern Ireland, 2 March 2014
FW Matteo Politano (1993-08-03) 3 August 1993 (age 20) 2 0 Italy Pescara v. Italy U21 Serie B, 17 December 2013
FW Stefano Beltrame (1993-02-08) 8 February 1993 (age 21) 0 0 Italy Modena (on loan from Sampdoria) v. Italy U21 Serie B, 17 December 2013
FW Stefano Pettinari (1992-01-27) 27 January 1992 (age 22) 1 0 Italy Roma v.  Serbia, 19 December 2013
FW Antonio Rozzi (1994-05-28) 28 May 1994 (age 20) 3 1 Italy Lazio v.  Serbia, 19 December 2013
FW Samuele Longo (1992-01-12) 12 January 1992 (age 22) 11 2 Italy Cagliari (on loan from Internazionale) v.  Belgium, 14 October 2013
FW Giammario Piscitella (1993-03-24) 24 March 1993 (age 21) 3 0 Italy Roma v.  Cyprus, 9 September 2013
FW Leonardo Gatto (1992-04-28) 28 April 1992 (age 22) 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 Netherlands Breda v.  Cyprus, 9 September 2013

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