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)|
Italy 7–0 Estonia |
Catanzaro, March 23, 1995
Italy 8–1 Wales
Pavia, September 5, 2003
Italy 7–0 Liechtenstein
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.
|1998||Did not qualify|
|2011||Did not qualify|
|2019||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.
- Before 1992: See Italy national football team
- 1992: Losing quarter-finalists.
- 1996: Group stage.
- 2000: Losing quarter-finalists.
- 2004: Bronze Medal.
- 2008: Losing quarter-finalists.
- 2012: Did not qualify.
- 2016: Did not qualify.
- 2020: To be determined.
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
- 1976–1986: Azeglio Vicini
- 1986–1996: Cesare Maldini
- 1996–1997: Rossano Giampaglia
- 1997–2000: Marco Tardelli
- 2000–2006: Claudio Gentile
- 2006–2010: Pierluigi Casiraghi
- 2010–2012: Ciro Ferrara
- 2012–2013: Devis Mangia
- 2013–present: Luigi Di Biagio
Recent results and forthcoming fixtures
Only official matches are listed.
|1 September 2017 Friendly||Spain||3–0||Italy||Toledo, Spain|
|Report||Referee: Manoel Godinho Sr. (Portugal)|
|4 September 2017 Friendly||Italy||4–1||Slovenia||Cittadella, Italy|
|Report||Kramarič 52'||Stadium: Stadio Pier Cesare Tombolato|
|5 October 2017 Friendly||Hungary||2–6||Italy||Budapest, Hungary|
|20:00||Makrai 72', 88' (pen.)||Report||Cutrone 17', 25'
Chiesa 29', 44'
|Stadium: Szusza Ferenc stadion|
|10 October 2017 Friendly||Italy||4–0||Morocco||Ferrara, Italy|
|Report||Stadium: Stadio Paolo Mazza|
|14 November 2017 Friendly||Italy||3–2||Russia||Frosinone, Italy|
|Stadium: Stadio Benito Stirpe|
|22 March 2018 Friendly||Italy||1–1||Norway||Perugia, Italy|
|18.30||Vido 64'||Report||Bjordal 55'||Stadium: Stadio Renato Curi|
|27 March 2018 Friendly||Serbia||0–1||Italy||Novi Sad, Serbia|
|18.30||Report||Vido 51'||Stadium: Karađorđe Stadium|
|25 May 2018 Friendly||Portugal||3–2||Italy||Estoril, Portugal|
|19.00||Jota 12', 19'
Bonazzoli 59' (pen.)
|Stadium: Estádio António Coimbra da Mota|
Referee: Gil Manzano (Spain)
|29 May 2018 Friendly||France||1–1||Italy||Besançon, France|
|Dembélé 13'||Report||Capone 78'||Stadium: Stade Léo Lagrange|
Referee: Paul Tierney (England)
|6 September 2018 Friendly||Slovakia||3–0||Italy||Dunajská Streda, Slovakia|
|18.30||Haraslin 9', 50'
|Stadium: MOL Aréna|
|11 September 2018 Friendly||Italy||3–1||Albania||Cagliari, Italy|
|Report||Vrioni 90+1'||Stadium: Sardegna Arena|
Referee: Lionel Tschudi, Switzerland
|15 October 2018 Friendly||Italy||2–0||Tunisia||Vicenza, Italy|
Kean 39' (pen.)
|Report||Stadium: Stadio Romeo Menti|
Referee: Manuel Schüttengruber, Austria
Players born in 1996 or later are eligible for the 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship.
Caps and goals updated as of 15 October 2018, after the match against Tunisia.
In bold players already selected for senior team (officials matches only, no training camps).
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||Milan||v. France, 29 May 2018|
|GK||Alex Meret||22 March 1997||1||0||Napoli||v. Serbia, 27 March 2018|
|DF||Giuseppe Pezzella||29 November 1997||9||0||Udinese||v. Belgium, 11 October 2018 INJ|
|DF||Sebastiano Luperto||6 September 1996||3||0||Napoli||v. Belgium, 11 October 2018 INJ|
|DF||Federico Dimarco||10 November 1997||6||1||Parma||v. Albania, 11 September 2018|
|DF||Fabio Depaoli||24 April 1997||5||1||Chievo||v. Albania, 11 September 2018|
|DF||Elio Capradossi||11 March 1996||4||0||Spezia||v. France, 29 May 2018|
|DF||Kevin Bonifazi||19 May 1996||2||0||SPAL||v. France, 29 May 2018|
|DF||Raoul Petretta||24 March 1997||1||0||Basel||v. France, 29 May 2018|
|DF||Lorenzo Dickmann||24 September 1996||3||0||SPAL||v. Serbia, 27 March 2018|
|DF||Marco Varnier||8 June 1998||2||0||Atalanta||v. Serbia, 27 March 2018|
|DF||Gian Filippo Felicioli||30 September 1997||1||0||Perugia||v. Russia, 14 November 2017|
|MF||Gaetano Castrovilli||17 February 1997||0||0||Cremonese||v. Belgium, 11 October 2018 INJ|
|MF||Francesco Cassata||16 July 1997||2||0||Frosinone||v. Albania, 11 September 2018|
|MF||Nicolò Barella||7 February 1997||6||0||Cagliari||v. Slovakia, 6 September 2018|
|MF||Sandro Tonali||8 May 2000||0||0||Brescia||v. Slovakia, 6 September 2018 INJ|
|FW||Alberto Cerri||16 April 1996||21||2||Cagliari||v. Albania, 11 September 2018|
|FW||Patrick Cutrone||3 January 1998||8||4||Milan||v. Albania, 11 September 2018|
|FW||Daniele Verde||20 June 1996||10||1||Real Valladolid||v. France, 29 May 2018|
|FW||Christian Capone||28 April 1999||2||1||Pescara||v. France, 29 May 2018|
|FW||Gianluca Scamacca||1 January 1999||2||0||Zwolle||v. France, 29 May 2018|
|FW||Enrico Brignola||8 July 1999||2||0||Sassuolo||v. France, 29 May 2018|
|FW||Marco Tumminello||6 November 1998||0||0||Atalanta||v. France, 29 May 2018|
|FW||Andrea Pinamonti||19 May 1999||0||0||Frosinone||v. Portugal, 25 May 2018 INJ|
|FW||Simone Palombi||23 April 1996||4||0||Lecce||v. Serbia, 27 March 2018|
|FW||Federico Chiesa||25 October 1997||10||3||Fiorentina||v. Russia, 14 November 2017|