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 5 (first in 1977)
Best result Quarter-final, 1987, 2005, 2009

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 in the FIFA U-20 World Cup, which is held every two years.

History[edit]

The U20 team is the de facto under-19 of the previous year, and it acts mainly as a feeder team for the U21s and provides further international development for youth players. The team qualified for its only official match, FIFA U-20 World Cup, depends on U19 result. The U19 team finished runners-up of the 2008 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship, thereby qualifying for the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

Any player may receive an U20 call-up regardless of whether they have played for the under-19 team. As the team mainly participate in friendly tournaments, overage players may also be selected.

The team participated in an annual Four Nations Tournament with Germany, Switzerland and Poland (in the past Austria or an invitee), which was the main fixture of the U20 team.

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]

  • 1977: 3rd in Group C
  • 1979: Did not qualify
  • 1981: 4th in Group B
  • 1983: Did not qualify
  • 1985: Did not qualify
  • 1987: Quarter-final
  • 1989 to 2003: Did not qualify
  • 2005: Quarter-final
  • 2007: Did not qualify
  • 2009: Quarter-final
  • 2011: Did not qualify
  • 2013: Did not qualify
  • 2015: Did not qualify
  • 2017: Qualified

Current squad[edit]

The following players have been called up to the squad for the "Four Nations Tournament" match against Poland on 23 March 2017.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Emil Audero (1997-01-18) 18 January 1997 (age 20) Italy Juventus
1GK Samuele Perisan (1997-08-21) 21 August 1997 (age 19) Italy Udinese

2DF Paolo Ghiglione (1997-02-02) 2 February 1997 (age 20) Italy SPAL (on loan from Genoa)
2DF Mauro Coppolaro (1997-03-10) 10 March 1997 (age 20) Italy Latina (on loan from Udinese)
2DF Filippo Romagna (1997-05-26) 26 May 1997 (age 19) Italy Brescia (on loan from Juventus)
2DF Federico Dimarco (1997-11-10) 10 November 1997 (age 19) Italy Empoli (on loan from Internazionale)
2DF Leonardo Sernicola (1997-07-30) 30 July 1997 (age 19) Italy Ternana
2DF Davide Vitturini (1997-02-21) 21 February 1997 (age 20) Italy Pescara
2DF Gian Filippo Felicioli (1997-09-30) 30 September 1997 (age 19) Italy Ascoli (on loan from Milan)
2DF Ivan De Santis (1997-05-21) 21 May 1997 (age 19) Italy Paganese (on loan from Milan)

3MF Rolando Mandragora (1997-06-29) 29 June 1997 (age 19) Italy Juventus
3MF Simone Pontisso (1997-03-20) 20 March 1997 (age 20) Italy SPAL (on loan from Udinese)
3MF Alberto Picchi (1997-08-12) 12 August 1997 (age 19) Italy Empoli
3MF Matteo Pessina (1997-04-21) 21 April 1997 (age 19) Italy Como (on loan from Milan)
3MF Nicolò Barella (1997-02-07) 7 February 1997 (age 20) Italy Cagliari
3MF Francesco Cassata (1997-07-16) 16 July 1997 (age 19) Italy Ascoli (on loan from Juventus)

4FW Simone Minelli (1997-01-08) 8 January 1997 (age 20) Italy AlbinoLeffe (on loan from Fiorentina)
4FW Alfredo Bifulco (1997-01-19) 19 January 1997 (age 20) Italy Carpi (on loan from Napoli)
4FW Riccardo Orsolini (1997-01-24) 24 January 1997 (age 20) Italy Ascoli (on loan from Juventus)
4FW Luca Vido (1997-02-03) 3 February 1997 (age 20) Italy Cittadella (on loan from Milan)
4FW Giuseppe Panico (1997-05-10) 10 May 1997 (age 19) Italy Cesena (on loan from Genoa)
4FW Federico Bonazzoli (1997-05-21) 21 May 1997 (age 19) Italy Brescia (on loan from Sampdoria)

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. 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.