Italy national under-20 football team

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Italy Under-20
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Azzurrini
Association Federazione Italiana
Giuoco Calcio
Head coach Alberigo Evani
First colours
Second colours
FIFA U-20 World Cup
Appearances 6 (first in 1977)
Best result Third Place, 2017

Italy national under-20 football team is the national under-20 football team of Italy and is controlled by the Italian Football Federation.

The team competes for the FIFA U-20 World Cup, which is held every two years.

History[edit]

The Under-20 team is the de facto Under-19 of the previous year, and it acts mainly as a feeder team for the U21s providing further international development for youth players.

The team competes for its only official tournament, the FIFA U-20 World Cup, depending on the U19s results at the UEFA European Under-19 Championship held in the even-numbered years, that qualifies european teams for the U-20 World Cup.

Each season the team mainly participates in friendly tournaments, in which overage players may also be selected. The U20 team participated until 2017 in the annual Four Nations Tournament with Germany, Switzerland and Poland (wich replaced Austria).

Since the 2017-18 season, the Italy U20 participates in the annual Under 20 Elite League.

The team also have an annual fixture with the Serie D Best XI after the end of the season, from 2007[1][2][3][4] (except 2009, which the U-20 (B team) was coined "U-19 team" and coached by U-19 coach Massimo Piscedda,[5][6] which the A team went to Mediterranean Games).The 2006 edition was also played by the de facto U20 team but coached by U19 coach Paolo Berrettini.[7] The 2011 edition was played by Italy Universiade team.[8]

FIFA U-20 World Cup Record[edit]

Year Result GP W D* L GS GA
Tunisia 1977 Group Stage 3 0 2 1 1 3
Japan 1979 Did Not Qualify
Australia 1981 Group Stage 3 0 0 3 1 6
Mexico 1983 Did Not Qualify
Soviet Union 1985
Chile 1987 Quarter-Finals 4 2 1 1 5 3
Saudi Arabia 1989 Did Not Qualify
Portugal 1991
Australia 1993
Qatar 1995
Malaysia 1997
Nigeria 1999
Argentina 2001
United Arab Emirates 2003
Netherlands 2005 Quarter-Finals 5 2 1 2 10 8
Canada 2007 Did Not Qualify
Egypt 2009 Quarter-Finals 5 2 1 2 9 9
Colombia 2011 Did Not Qualify
Turkey 2013
New Zealand 2015
South Korea 2017 Third Place 7 3 2 2 10 9
Total 6/21 27 9 7 11 36 38

Current squad[edit]

The following 21 players have been called up to the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Alessandro Plizzari (2000-03-12) 12 March 2000 (age 17) Italy Milan
12 1GK Andrea Zaccagno (1997-05-27) 27 May 1997 (age 20) Italy Pro Vercelli (on loan from Torino)
21 1GK Samuele Perisan (1997-08-21) 21 August 1997 (age 19) Italy Udinese

2 2DF Giuseppe Scalera (1998-01-26) 26 January 1998 (age 19) Italy Fiorentina
3 2DF Federico Dimarco (1997-11-10) 10 November 1997 (age 19) Italy Empoli (on loan from Internazionale)
5 2DF Filippo Romagna (1997-05-26) 26 May 1997 (age 20) Italy Brescia (on loan from Juventus)
6 2DF Mauro Coppolaro (1997-03-10) 10 March 1997 (age 20) Italy Latina (on loan from Udinese)
13 2DF Leonardo Sernicola (1997-07-30) 30 July 1997 (age 19) Italy Fondi (on loan from Ternana)
14 2DF Giuseppe Pezzella (1997-11-29) 29 November 1997 (age 19) Italy Palermo
19 2DF Riccardo Marchizza (1998-03-26) 26 March 1998 (age 19) Italy Roma

4 3MF Nicolò Barella (1997-02-07) 7 February 1997 (age 20) Italy Cagliari
8 3MF Rolando Mandragora (1997-06-29) 29 June 1997 (age 20) Italy Juventus
11 3MF Matteo Pessina (1997-04-21) 21 April 1997 (age 20) Italy Como (on loan from Milan)
15 3MF Mattia Vitale (1997-10-01) 1 October 1997 (age 19) Italy Cesena (on loan from Juventus)
16 3MF Francesco Cassata (1997-07-16) 16 July 1997 (age 20) Italy Ascoli (on loan from Juventus)
18 3MF Paolo Ghiglione (1997-02-02) 2 February 1997 (age 20) Italy SPAL (on loan from Genoa)
20 3MF Alfredo Bifulco (1997-01-19) 19 January 1997 (age 20) Italy Carpi (on loan from Napoli)

7 4FW Riccardo Orsolini (1997-01-24) 24 January 1997 (age 20) Italy Ascoli (on loan from Juventus)
9 4FW Andrea Favilli (1997-05-17) 17 May 1997 (age 20) Italy Ascoli (on loan from Livorno)
10 4FW Luca Vido (1997-02-03) 3 February 1997 (age 20) Italy Cittadella (on loan from Milan)
17 4FW Giuseppe Panico (1997-05-10) 10 May 1997 (age 20) Italy Cesena (on loan from Genoa)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "L'Italia Under 20 batte la Top 11 di D". Corriere dello Sport – Stadio (in Italian). 11 June 2012. Retrieved 8 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "Orvieto, Top 11 a testa alta contro l'Italia Under 20". Corriere dello Sport-Stadio (in Italian). 2010-06-04. Retrieved 2010-06-05. 
  3. ^ "Top 11: sport e solidarietà". Serie D News (in Italian). 3 June 2008. Retrieved 25 July 2010. 
  4. ^ "La Top 11 Serie D Corriere dello Sport supera per 1 - 0 l'Under 20". Serie D News (in Italian). 31 May 2007. Retrieved 25 July 2010. 
  5. ^ http://www.figc.it/it/204/21233/2009/05/News.shtml
  6. ^ "A Orvieto si completa la grande festa del Top 11". interregionale.com (in Italian). 2 June 2009. Archived from the original on 26 April 2012. Retrieved 8 December 2011. 
  7. ^ "TOP 11 SERIE D - Nazionale Under 19: 2 - 0". Serie D News (in Italian). 1 June 2006. Retrieved 25 July 2010. 
  8. ^ "Due vittorie azzurre nell’evento Top 11". Corriere dello Sport – Stadio (in Italian). 2 June 2011. Retrieved 9 December 2011.