Italy national under-21 football team
|Head coach||Alberigo Evani (caretaker)|
|Most caps||Andrea Pirlo (46)|
|Top scorer||Alberto Gilardino (19)|
| Italy 7–0 Estonia
Catanzaro, March 23, 1995
Italy 8–1 Wales
Pavia, September 5, 2003
Italy 7–0 Liechtenstein
Casarano, 6 September 2012
|UEFA U-21 Championship|
|Appearances||19 (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). 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.
In the 2017 U-21 Championship Italy was eliminated in the semi-finals.
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: Semi-finals.
- 1986: Runners-up.
- 1988: Losing quarter-finalists.
- 1990: Semi-finals.
- 1992: Winners.
- 1994: Winners.
- 1996: Winners.
- 1998: Did not qualify.
- 2000: Winners.
- 2002: Semi-finals.
- 2004: Winners.
- 2006: Group stage.
- 2007: Group stage; Winner of the Olympic qualification play-off.
- 2009: Semi-finals.
- 2011: Did not qualify.
- 2013: Runners-up.
- 2015: Group stage.
- 2017: Semi-finals.
- 2019: Qualified (as host)
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.
- 2020: To be determined.
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
Recent results and forthcoming fixtures
Only official matches are reported.
|1 September 2017 Friendly||Spain||3–0||Italy||Toledo, Spain|
|Report||Referee: Manoel Godinho Sr. (Portugal)
|4 September 2017 Friendly||Italy||4–1||Slovenia||Cittadella, Italy|
|Report||Kramarič 52'||Stadium: Stadio Pier Cesare Tombolato
|5 October 2017 Friendly||Hungary||2–6||Italy||Budapest, Hungary|
|20:00||Makrai 72', 88' (pen.)||Report||Cutrone 17', 25'
Chiesa 29', 44'
|Stadium: Szusza Ferenc stadion
|10 October 2017 Friendly||Italy||4–0||Morocco||Ferrara, Italy|
|Report||Stadium: Stadio Paolo Mazza
|14 November 2017 Friendly||Italy||3–2||Russia||Frosinone, Italy|
|Stadium: Stadio Benito Stirpe
|22 March 2018 Friendly||Italy||v||Norway||Perugia, Italy|
|18.30||Stadium: Stadio Renato Curi
|27 March 2018 Friendly||Serbia||v||Italy||Novi Sad, Serbia|
|18.30||Stadium: Karadjordje Stadium
Players born in 1996 or later are eligible for the 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship.
The following eligible players have been called up in the squad.
Note: Players in italics have already been called up to the senior team for official matches (training camps excluded).
Caps and goals updated as of 14 November 2017, after the match against Russia.
|#||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|GK||Simone Scuffet||31 May 1996||5||0||Udinese|
|GK||Emil Audero||18 January 1997||3||0||Venezia (on loan from Juventus)|
|GK||Alex Meret||22 March 1997||0||0||SPAL (on loan from Udinese)|
|DF||Filippo Romagna||26 May 1997||5||0||Cagliari|
|DF||Giuseppe Pezzella||29 November 1997||5||0||Udinese|
|DF||Claud Adjapong||6 May 1998||4||0||Sassuolo|
|DF||Elio Capradossi||11 March 1996||3||0||Roma|
|DF||Gianluca Mancini||17 April 1996||3||0||Atalanta|
|DF||Lorenzo Dickmann||24 September 1996||1||0||Novara|
|DF||Marco Varnier||8 June 1998||1||0||Cittadella|
|DF||Federico Dimarco||10 November 1997||0||0||Sion|
|MF||Rolando Mandragora||29 June 1997||13||0||Crotone (on loan from Juventus)|
|MF||Alessandro Murgia||9 August 1996||5||0||Lazio|
|MF||Nicolò Barella||7 February 1997||3||0||Cagliari|
|MF||Fabio Depaoli||24 April 1997||3||1||Chievo|
|MF||Matteo Pessina||21 April 1997||2||0||Spezia (on loan from Atalanta)|
|MF||Luca Valzania||5 March 1996||1||0||Pescara (on loan from Atalanta)|
|FW||Alberto Cerri||16 April 1996||17||2||Perugia (on loan from Juventus)|
|FW||Vittorio Parigini||25 March 1996||9||3||Benevento (on loan from Torino)|
|FW||Daniele Verde||20 June 1996||6||1||Verona (on loan from Roma)|
|FW||Luca Vido||3 February 1997||3||1||Cittadella (on loan from Atalanta)|
|FW||Simone Palombi||23 April 1996||2||0||Salernitana (on loan from Lazio)|
|FW||Simone Edera||9 January 1997||0||0||Torino|
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|
|GK||Mattia Del Favero||5 June 1998||0||0||Juventus Primavera||v. Hungary, 5 October 2017 INJ|
|GK||Lorenzo Montipò||20 February 1996||1||0||Novara||v. Slovenia, 4 September 2017|
|GK||Gianluigi Donnarumma||25 February 1999||7||0||Milan||2017 UEFA U21 Championship|
|DF||Davide Calabria||6 December 1996||11||0||Milan||v. Norway, 22 March 2018 INJ|
|DF||Raoul Petretta||24 March 1997||0||0||Basel||v. Norway, 22 March 2018 INJ|
|DF||Arturo Calabresi||17 March 1996||3||0||Foggia (on loan from Roma)||v. Russia, 14 November 2017|
|DF||Gian Filippo Felicioli||30 September 1997||1||0||Verona (on loan from Milan)||v. Russia, 14 November 2017|
|DF||Kevin Bonifazi||19 May 1996||2||0||Torino||v. Russia, 14 November 2017 INJ|
|MF||Manuel Locatelli||8 January 1998||8||0||Milan||v. Russia, 14 November 2017|
|MF||Lorenzo Pellegrini||19 June 1996||11||4||Roma||2017 UEFA U21 Championship|
|FW||Patrick Cutrone||3 January 1998||5||4||Milan||v. Norway, 22 March 2018|
|FW||Federico Chiesa||25 October 1997||10||3||Fiorentina||v. Russia, 14 November 2017|
|FW||Andrea Favilli||17 May 1997||7||1||Ascoli||v. Russia, 14 November 2017|
|FW||Riccardo Orsolini||24 January 1997||5||3||Bologna (on loan from Juventus)||v. Russia, 14 November 2017|
|FW||Federico Bonazzoli||21 May 1997||3||1||SPAL (on loan from Sampdoria)||v. Russia, 14 November 2017|