Italy national under-21 football team

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Italy Under-21
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Azzurrini
(Little Blues)
Association Federazione Italiana
Giuoco Calcio
Head coach Luigi Di Biagio
Captain Marco Benassi
Most caps Andrea Pirlo (46)
Top scorer Alberto Gilardino (19)
First colours
Second colours
Biggest win
Italy Italy 7–0 Estonia Estonia
Catanzaro, March 23, 1995
Italy Italy 8-1 Wales Wales
Pavia, September 5, 2003
Italy Italy 7–0 Liechtenstein Liechtenstein
Casarano, 6 September 2012
Biggest defeat

Norway Norway 6–0 Italy Italy
Stavanger, June 5, 1991

Records for competitive
matches only.
UEFA U-21 Championship
Appearances 18 (First in 1978)
Best result Winners: (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 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 ot 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]

In the 2015 U-21 Championship Italy was eliminated in the group stage.

UEFA U-23 Championship Record[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]

  • 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[edit]

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

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.

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]

Recent results and forthcoming fixtures[edit]

Only official matches are reported.[2]

2016[edit]

Current players[edit]

Players born in 1994 or later are eligible for the 2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship.

The following eligible players have been called up in the squad.

1994-born

1995-born

1996-born

1997-born

1999-born

Note: Players in italics have already been called up to the senior team for official matches (training camps excluded).

Current squad[edit]

The following players have been called up for the 2017 UEFA Euro U21 qualifying matches against Serbia on 2 September 2016 and Andorra on 6 September 2016.

Caps and goals updated as of 10 August 2016.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Alessio Cragno (1994-06-28) 28 June 1994 (age 22) 8 0 Italy Benevento (on loan from Cagliari)
1GK Simone Scuffet (1996-05-31) 31 May 1996 (age 20) 1 0 Italy Udinese
1GK Alex Meret (1997-03-18) 18 March 1997 (age 19) 0 0 Italy SPAL (on loan from Udinese)

2DF Andrea Conti (1994-03-02) 2 March 1994 (age 22) 9 0 Italy Atalanta
2DF Nicola Murru (1994-12-16) 16 December 1994 (age 21) 8 0 Italy Cagliari
2DF Mattia Caldara (1994-05-05) 5 May 1994 (age 22) 4 0 Italy Atalanta
2DF Davide Calabria (1996-12-06) 6 December 1996 (age 19) 3 0 Italy Milan
2DF Adam Masina (1994-01-02) 2 January 1994 (age 22) 3 0 Italy Bologna
2DF Davide Biraschi (1994-07-02) 2 July 1994 (age 22) 2 0 Italy Avellino
2DF Arturo Calabresi (1996-03-17) 17 March 1996 (age 20) 2 0 Italy Brescia (on loan from Roma)
2DF Filippo Romagna (1997-05-26) 26 May 1997 (age 19) 0 0 Italy Juventus

3MF Marco Benassi (1994-09-08) 8 September 1994 (age 21) 17 5 Italy Torino
3MF Danilo Cataldi (1994-08-06) 6 August 1994 (age 22) 14 2 Italy Lazio
3MF Alberto Grassi (1995-03-07) 7 March 1995 (age 21) 5 0 Italy Napoli
3MF Valerio Verre (1994-01-11) 11 January 1994 (age 22) 5 0 Italy Pescara
3MF Luca Mazzitelli (1995-11-15) 15 November 1995 (age 20) 3 0 Italy Sassuolo
3MF Lorenzo Pellegrini (1996-06-19) 19 June 1996 (age 20) 1 0 Italy Sassuolo

4FW Domenico Berardi (1994-08-01) 1 August 1994 (age 22) 18 3 Italy Sassuolo
4FW Gaetano Monachello (1994-03-03) 3 March 1994 (age 22) 8 2 Italy Bari (on loan from Atalanta)
4FW Luca Garritano (1994-02-11) 11 February 1994 (age 22) 8 0 Italy Cesena
4FW Alberto Cerri (1996-04-16) 16 April 1996 (age 20) 7 1 Italy SPAL (on loan from Juventus)
4FW Lorenzo Rosseti (1994-08-05) 5 August 1994 (age 22) 5 1 Switzerland Lugano (on loan from Juventus)
4FW Federico Ricci (1994-05-27) 27 May 1994 (age 22) 3 0 Italy Roma
4FW Vittorio Parigini (1996-03-25) 25 March 1996 (age 20) 2 1 Italy Chievo (on loan from Torino)
4FW Federico Di Francesco (1994-06-14) 14 June 1994 (age 22) 0 0 Italy Bologna

Recent call-ups[edit]

Following are listed players called up in the previous 12 months that are still eligible to represent Under 21 team.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Gianluigi Donnarumma (1999-02-25) 25 February 1999 (age 17) 3 0 Italy Milan v. Albania, 10 August 2016
GK Pierluigi Gollini (1995-03-18) 18 March 1995 (age 21) 1 0 England Aston Villa v. France, 2 June 2016
GK Ivan Provedel (1994-03-17) 17 March 1994 (age 22) 0 0 Italy Pro Vercelli (on loan from Chievo) v. Republic of Ireland, 13 October 2015

DF Michele Somma (1995-03-16) 16 March 1995 (age 21) 1 0 Italy Brescia v. Albania, 10 August 2016
DF Antonio Barreca (1995-03-18) 18 March 1995 (age 21) 5 0 Italy Torino v. Albania, 10 August 2016
DF Alex Ferrari (1994-07-01) 1 July 1994 (age 22) 1 0 Italy Bologna v. France, 2 June 2016
DF Alessio Romagnoli (1995-01-12) 12 January 1995 (age 21) 13 1 Italy Milan v. Andorra, 29 March 2016
DF Daniele Rugani (1994-07-29) 29 July 1994 (age 22) 15 2 Italy Juventus v. Republic of Ireland, 24 March 2016
DF Cristian Dell'Orco (1994-02-10) 10 February 1994 (age 22) 0 0 Italy Sassuolo v. Lithuania, 17 November 2015
DF Francesco Vicari (1994-08-03) 3 August 1994 (age 22) 1 0 Italy SPAL v. Slovenia, 8 September 2015
DF Lorenzo Venuti (1995-04-12) 12 April 1995 (age 21) 1 0 Italy Benevento (on loan from Fiorentina) v. Slovenia, 8 September 2015

MF Leonardo Capezzi (1995-03-29) 29 March 1995 (age 21) 2 0 Italy Crotone v. Albania, 10 August 2016
MF Roberto Gagliardini (1994-04-07) 7 April 1994 (age 22) 2 0 Italy Atalanta v. Albania, 10 August 2016
MF Rolando Mandragora (1997-06-29) 29 June 1997 (age 19) 8 0 Italy Juventus v. Andorra, 29 March 2016
MF Stefano Sensi (1995-08-05) 5 August 1995 (age 21) 0 0 Italy Sassuolo v. Republic of Ireland, 24 March 2016 INJ
MF Nicolò Fazzi (1995-03-02) 2 March 1995 (age 21) 1 0 Italy Crotone v. Lithuania, 17 November 2015
MF Bryan Cristante (1995-03-03) 3 March 1995 (age 21) 0 0 Italy Pescara (on loan from Benfica) v. Slovenia, 8 September 2015
MF José Mauri (1996-05-16) 16 May 1996 (age 20) 0 0 Italy Milan v. Slovenia, 8 September 2015

FW Leonardo Morosini (1995-10-13) 13 October 1995 (age 20) 0 0 Italy Brescia v. Albania, 10 August 2016
FW Kingsley Boateng (1994-04-07) 7 April 1994 (age 22) 5 0 Italy Bari v. Andorra, 29 March 2016
FW Federico Bernardeschi (1994-02-16) 16 February 1994 (age 22) 12 3 Italy Fiorentina v. Republic of Ireland, 24 March 2016
FW Alessandro Piu (1996-07-30) 30 July 1996 (age 20) 1 0 Italy Spezia (on loan from Empoli) v. Lithuania, 17 November 2015
FW Daniele Verde (1996-06-20) 20 June 1996 (age 20) 2 0 Italy Avellino (on loan from Roma) v. Slovenia, 8 September 2015

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]