Italy national under-21 football team
|Head coach||Luigi Di Biagio|
|Most caps||Andrea Pirlo (46)|
|Top scorer||Alberto Gilardino (19)|
|UEFA U-21 Championship|
|Appearances||18 (First in 1978)|
|Best result||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).
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.
UEFA U-23 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.
UEFA U-21 Championship Record
- 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: Group stage.
- 2007: Group stage; Winner of the Olympic qualification play-off.
- 2009: Losing semi-finalists.
- 2011: Did not qualify.
- 2013: Runners-up.
- 2015: Group stage.
Olympics football Record
|Olympic medal record|
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.
- 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.
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
Players born in 1994 or later are eligible for the 2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship.
Note: Players in italics have already been called up to the senior team.
The following players have been called up for the 2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification matches against Serbia on 13 November 2015 and Lithuania on 17 November 2015.
Caps and goals updated as of 17 November 2015.
Following are listed players called up in the previous 12 months that are still eligible to represent Under 21 team.
- UEFA Under-21 website Contains full results archive
- The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation Contains full record of U-21/U-23 Championships.