Italy national under-18 football team

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Italy Under-18
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Azzurrini (The Little Blues)
Association Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Paolo Nicolato
Top scorer Emiliano Bonazzoli (7, prior-2001)[1]
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Luca Vido (5, post-2001)[2]
Home stadium Stadio "Livio Luzi", Camerino
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Italy 0–1 United States 
(Montecatini Terme, Italy; 16 August 1991)[3]
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 Italy 0–1 Germany 
(Bolzano, Italy; 14 February 2002)[4]

The Italian national under-18 football team represents Italy in international football at an under-18 age level and is controlled by the Italian Football Federation (Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio), the governing body for football in Italy. The team was known as Italy national under-17 football team prior 2001.

The current manager is Paolo Nicolato.

The under-18 team were compose of players from Italy national under-17 football team of the previous season, as well as new call-up. The team acted as the feeder team of Italy national under-19 football team, which compete in UEFA European Under-19 Championship.

Before 2001, the name of the under-18 team was Italian national under-17 football team (as well as the current under-19 team, was named under-18). However, the age limit of the team was always under-17 (calendar age) at the start of season, or under-18 (calendar age) at the end of season.

Current squad[edit]

The following 18 players were called up to the 11 November 2016 international friendly against the Austria under-18 side in Caldogno, Italy.[5]

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Giacomo Satalino (1999-05-20) 20 May 1999 (age 17) Italy Fiorentina
1GK Gabriel Meli (1999-02-05) 5 February 1999 (age 18) Italy Empoli

2DF Alessandro Bastoni (captain) (1999-04-13) 13 April 1999 (age 17) Italy Atalanta
2DF Gianmaria Zanandrea (1999-05-26) 26 May 1999 (age 17) Italy Juventus
2DF Luca Ranieri (1998-04-23) 23 April 1998 (age 18) Italy Atalanta
2DF Alberto Carminati (1999-01-14) 14 January 1999 (age 18) Italy Chievo
2DF Alessandro Buongiorno (1999-06-06) 6 June 1999 (age 17) Italy Torino
2DF Enrico Del Prato (1999-10-11) 11 October 1999 (age 17) Italy Atalanta

3MF Andrea Marcucci (1999-02-07) 7 February 1999 (age 18) Italy Roma
3MF Nicolò Zaniolo (1999-07-02) 2 July 1999 (age 17) Italy Virtus Entella
3MF Leonardo Merio (1999-05-28) 28 May 1999 (age 17) Italy Juventus
3MF Alessandro Mallamo (1999-03-22) 22 March 1999 (age 17) Italy Atalanta
3MF Lorenzo Valeau (1999-03-05) 5 March 1999 (age 17) Italy Roma

4FW Christian Capone (1999-04-28) 28 April 1999 (age 17) Italy Atalanta
4FW Gianluca Scamacca (1999-01-01) 1 January 1999 (age 18) Netherlands PSV
4FW Mirko Antonucci (1999-03-11) 11 March 1999 (age 17) Italy Roma
4FW Giuseppe Borello (1999-04-28) 28 April 1999 (age 17) Italy Crotone
4FW Gabriele Gori (1999-02-13) 13 February 1999 (age 18) Italy Fiorentina

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