Italy national under-21 football team

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Italy Under-21
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Gli Azzurrini
(The Little Blues)
AssociationItalian Football Federation
(Federazion Italia Giuoco Calcio – FIGC)
Head coachPaolo Nicolato
CaptainManuel Locatelli
Most capsAndrea Pirlo (37)
Top scorerAlberto Gilardino (15)
First colours
Second colours
Third colours
Biggest win
Italy Italy 7–0 Estonia Estonia
(Catanzaro, Italy; March 23, 1995)
Italy Italy 8–1 Wales Wales
(Pavia, Italy; September 5, 2003)
Italy Italy 7–0 Liechtenstein Liechtenstein
(Casarano, Italy; 6 September 2012)
Biggest defeat
Norway Norway 6–0 Italy Italy
(Stavanger, Norway; June 5, 1991)
Records for competitive
matches only.
UEFA U-21 Championship
Appearances20 (first in 1978)
Best resultWinners: (1992, 1994,
1996, 2000, 2004)

The Italy national under-21 football team is the national under-21 football team of Italy and is controlled by the Italian Football Federation.

The team competes in the UEFA European Under-21 Championship, held every two years. Italy (along with Spain) 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.[1]

UEFA European Under-21 Championship[edit]

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[edit]

Year Round
Europe 1978 Quarter-Finals
Europe 1980 Quarter-Finals
Europe 1982 Quarter-Finals
Europe 1984 Semi-finals
Europe 1986 Runners-up
Europe 1988 Quarter-Finals
Europe 1990 Semi-finals
Europe 1992 Winners
France 1994 Winners
Spain 1996 Winners
Romania 1998 Did not qualify
Slovakia 2000 Winners
Switzerland 2002 Semi-finals
Germany 2004 Winners
Portugal 2006 Group stage
Netherlands 2007 Group stage
Sweden 2009 Semi-finals
Denmark 2011 Did not qualify
Israel 2013 Runners-up
Czech Republic 2015 Group stage
Poland 2017 Semi-finals
Italy 2019 Group stage
Hungary Slovenia 2021 TBD
*Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.

Olympics football Record[edit]

Olympic medal record
Men's Football
Bronze medal – third place 2004 Athens Team

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.

Mediterranean Games Record[edit]

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

Honours[edit]

Coaches[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

Current technical staff:[2]

Position Name
Head Coach Italy Paolo Nicolato
Assistant Coach Italy Mirco Gasparetto
Goalkeeping Coach Italy Matteo Mareggini
Team Manager Italy Massimo Paganin
Athletic Trainers Italy Vincenzo Pincolini
Match Analyst Italy Francesco Bordin
Doctors Italy Angelo De Carli
Italy Vincenzo Santoriello
Physiotherapists Italy Nicola Sanna
Italy Emiliano Bozzetti
Physiologist Italy Christian Osgnach
Accompanying Manager Italy Vincenzo Marinelli
Secretary Italy Manfredi Martino

Recent results and forthcoming fixtures[edit]

Only official matches are listed.[3]

2019[edit]

16 June 2019 2019 UEFA Euro U21Italy 3–1 SpainBologna, Italy
21:00 Chiesa Goal 36'64'
Pellegrini Goal 82' (pen.)
Report Ceballos Goal 9' Stadium: Stadio Renato Dall'Ara
Attendance: 29,580
Referee: Serdar Gözübüyük (Netherlands)
22 June 2019 2019 UEFA Euro U21Belgium 1–3 ItalyReggio Emilia, Italy
21:00 Verschaeren Goal 79' Report Barella Goal 44'
Cutrone Goal 53'
Chiesa Goal 89'
Stadium: Mapei Stadium
Attendance: 20,075
Referee: Srđan Jovanović (Serbia)
6 September 2019 FriendlyItaly 4–0 MoldovaCatania, Italy
18:30 Scamacca Goal 33'
Frattesi Goal 52'63'
Tumminello Goal 69'
Report Stadium: Stadio Angelo Massimino
16 November 2019 2021 UEFA Euro U21 Qual.Italy 3–0 IcelandFerrara, Italy
18:30 Sottil Goal 32'
Cutrone Goal 84'90'
Report Stadium: Stadio Paolo Mazza
19 November 2019 2021 UEFA Euro U21 Qual.Italy 6–0 ArmeniaCatania, Italy
21.00 Kean Goal 15'41'
Pinamonti Goal 25'
Zanellato Goal 53'
Scamacca Goal 57'
Del Prato Goal 66'
Report Stadium: Stadio Angelo Massimino
Note: Original starting time (18.30) was postponed due to heavy rain.[4]

2020[edit]

3 September 2020 FriendlyItaly v SloveniaLignano Sabbiadoro, Italy
17:30 Stadium: Stadio Guido Teghil
8 September 2020 2021 UEFA Euro U21 Qual.Sweden v ItalyKalmar, Sweden
Stadium: Guldfågeln Arena
12 November 2020 2021 UEFA Euro U21 Qual.Luxembourg v ItalyTBD, Luxembourg
Note: The match was originally scheduled for 26 March 2020, but was postponed on 13 March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.[5]
17 November 2020 2021 UEFA Euro U21 Qual.Italy v SwedenTBD, Italy
Note: The match was originally scheduled for 26 March 2020, but was postponed on 13 March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.[6]

Players[edit]

Players born in 1998 or later are eligible for the 2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship. Players in bold have been already capped with the senior team.

Current squad[edit]

The following players have been called up the UEFA Euro 2021 qualifying matches against Iceland on 16 November 2019 and Armenia on 19 November 2019.[7]

Caps and goals updated as of 19 November 2019, after the match against Armenia.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Alessandro Plizzari (2000-03-12) 12 March 2000 (age 20) 1 0 Italy Livorno
12 1GK Marco Carnesecchi (2000-07-01) 1 July 2000 (age 20) 5 0 Italy Trapani
22 1GK Mattia Del Favero (1998-06-05) 5 June 1998 (age 22) 0 0 Italy Piacenza

2 2DF Claud Adjapong (1998-05-06) 6 May 1998 (age 22) 19 0 Italy Verona
3 2DF Alessandro Tripaldelli (1999-02-09) 9 February 1999 (age 21) 2 0 Italy Sassuolo
5 2DF Nicolò Casale (1998-02-14) 14 February 1998 (age 22) 0 0 Italy Venezia
6 2DF Matteo Gabbia (1999-10-21) 21 October 1999 (age 20) 2 0 Italy Milan
13 2DF Luca Ranieri (1999-04-23) 23 April 1999 (age 21) 4 0 Italy Ascoli
15 2DF Enrico Del Prato (1999-11-10) 10 November 1999 (age 20) 5 1 Italy Livorno
16 2DF Davide Bettella (2000-04-07) 7 April 2000 (age 20) 2 0 Italy Pescara
19 2DF Marco Sala (1999-06-04) 4 June 1999 (age 21) 5 0 Italy Virtus Entella

4 3MF Salvatore Esposito (2000-10-07) 7 October 2000 (age 19) 1 0 Italy Chievo
8 3MF Marco Carraro (1998-01-09) 9 January 1998 (age 22) 6 0 Italy Perugia
14 3MF Fabio Maistro (1998-04-05) 5 April 1998 (age 22) 2 0 Italy Salernitana
17 3MF Niccolò Zanellato (1998-06-24) 24 June 1998 (age 22) 5 1 Italy Crotone
18 3MF Giulio Maggiore (1998-03-12) 12 March 1998 (age 22) 4 0 Italy Spezia
21 3MF Manuel Locatelli (Captain) (1998-01-08) 8 January 1998 (age 22) 23 2 Italy Sassuolo

9 4FW Andrea Pinamonti (1999-05-19) 19 May 1999 (age 21) 6 1 Italy Genoa
10 4FW Patrick Cutrone (1998-01-03) 3 January 1998 (age 22) 19 7 Italy Fiorentina
11 4FW Gianluca Scamacca (1999-01-01) 1 January 1999 (age 21) 8 4 Italy Ascoli
20 4FW Moise Kean (2000-02-28) 28 February 2000 (age 20) 9 5 England Everton
23 4FW Riccardo Sottil (1999-06-03) 3 June 1999 (age 21) 5 2 Italy Fiorentina

Recent call-ups[edit]

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
DF Alessandro Bastoni (1999-04-13) 13 April 1999 (age 21) 12 1 Italy Internazionale v. Iceland, 16 November 2019 INJ
DF Luca Pellegrini (1999-03-07) 7 March 1999 (age 21) 4 0 Italy Cagliari v. Iceland, 16 November 2019 INJ
DF Raoul Bellanova (2000-05-17) 17 May 2000 (age 20) 0 0 Italy Atalanta v. Armenia, 14 October 2019 PRE
DF Riccardo Marchizza (1998-03-26) 26 March 1998 (age 22) 5 0 Italy Spezia v. Republic of Ireland, 10 October 2019 INJ

MF Sandro Tonali (2000-05-08) 8 May 2000 (age 20) 5 0 Italy Brescia v. Iceland, 16 November 2019 PRE
MF Davide Frattesi (1999-09-22) 22 September 1999 (age 20) 4 2 Italy Empoli v. Iceland, 16 November 2019 INJ
MF Nicolò Zaniolo (1999-07-02) 2 July 1999 (age 21) 8 0 Italy Roma v. Luxembourg, 10 September 2019

FW Marco Tumminello (1998-11-06) 6 November 1998 (age 21) 2 2 Italy Pescara v. Luxembourg, 10 September 2019

Records[edit]

Top appearances[edit]

# Player Period U-21 Caps
1 Andrea Pirlo 1998–2002 37
Francesco Bardi 2011–2015 37
3 Marco Motta 2005–2009 36
4 Matteo Brighi 2000–2004 35
5 Luca Marrone 2009–2013 32

Top goalscorers[edit]

# Player Period U-21 Goals
1 Andrea Pirlo 1998–2002 15
Alberto Gilardino 2000–2004 15
3 Manolo Gabbiadini 2010–2013 12
4 Gianluca Vialli 1983–1986 11
Massimo Maccarone 2000–2002 11
6 Christian Vieri 1992–1996 10
Cristiano Lucarelli 1996–1997 10
Robert Acquafresca 2007–2009 10
  • Caps and goals correct as of 1 April 2020

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ channel4.com - Football Italia
  2. ^ "Staff" (in Italian). FIGC.
  3. ^ http://www.figc.it/it/nazionali/azzurri/calendari/?nazionaleId=4561&competizioneId=&dataDa=&dataA=
  4. ^ https://www.gazzetta.it/Calcio/Nazionali/EuroU21/19-11-2019/under-21-italia-armenia-posticipata-un-ora-campo-allagato-3501219871914.shtml
  5. ^ "The English FA suspends all activities: England vs. Italy cancelled". FIGC.it. 13 March 2020.
  6. ^ "The English FA suspends all activities: England vs. Italy cancelled". FIGC.it. 13 March 2020.
  7. ^ https://www.figc.it/it/nazionali/news/nazionale-under-21-qualificazioni-europee-23-convocati-per-i-match-con-islanda-e-armenia/

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