Italy national under-21 football team

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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 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]

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.
  • 2017: Qualified
  • 2019: Qualified (as host)

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]

2017[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

1998-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 friendly matches against Poland on 23 March 2017 and Spain on 27 March 2017.[13]

Caps and goals updated as of 27 March 2017, after the match against Spain.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
91 1GK Pierluigi Gollini (1995-03-18) 18 March 1995 (age 22) 3 0 Italy Atalanta (on loan from Aston Villa)
22 1GK Simone Scuffet (1996-05-31) 31 May 1996 (age 20) 2 0 Italy Udinese
32 1GK Emil Audero (1997-01-18) 18 January 1997 (age 20) 0 0 Italy Juventus

29 2DF Nicola Murru (1994-12-16) 16 December 1994 (age 22) 10 0 Italy Cagliari
23 2DF Antonio Barreca (1995-03-18) 18 March 1995 (age 22) 10 0 Italy Torino
25 2DF Adam Masina (1994-01-02) 2 January 1994 (age 23) 6 0 Italy Bologna
28 2DF Alex Ferrari (1994-07-01) 1 July 1994 (age 22) 6 0 Italy Verona (on loan from Bologna)
14 2DF Davide Biraschi (1994-07-02) 2 July 1994 (age 22) 5 0 Italy Genoa
96 2DF Davide Calabria (1996-12-06) 6 December 1996 (age 20) 5 0 Italy Milan
15 2DF Kevin Bonifazi (1996-05-19) 19 May 1996 (age 21) 0 0 Italy SPAL (on loan from Torino)

16 3MF Marco Benassi (1994-09-08) 8 September 1994 (age 22) 24 6 Italy Torino
94 3MF Danilo Cataldi (1994-08-06) 6 August 1994 (age 22) 19 2 Italy Genoa (on loan from Lazio)
88 3MF Alberto Grassi (1995-03-07) 7 March 1995 (age 22) 10 0 Italy Atalanta (on loan from Napoli)
38 3MF Rolando Mandragora (1997-06-29) 29 June 1997 (age 19) 10 0 Italy Juventus
7 3MF Valerio Verre (1994-01-11) 11 January 1994 (age 23) 8 0 Italy Pescara (on loan from Sampdoria)
6 3MF Lorenzo Pellegrini (1996-06-19) 19 June 1996 (age 20) 7 3 Italy Sassuolo
73 3MF Manuel Locatelli (1998-01-08) 8 January 1998 (age 19) 2 0 Italy Milan

25 4FW Domenico Berardi (1994-08-01) 1 August 1994 (age 22) 20 3 Italy Sassuolo
20 4FW Alberto Cerri (1996-04-16) 16 April 1996 (age 21) 12 2 Italy Pescara (on loan from Juventus)
90 4FW Luca Garritano (1994-02-11) 11 February 1994 (age 23) 11 0 Italy Cesena
72 4FW Federico Ricci (1994-05-27) 27 May 1994 (age 23) 10 0 Italy Sassuolo (on loan from Roma)
14 4FW Federico Di Francesco (1994-06-14) 14 June 1994 (age 22) 6 3 Italy Bologna
97 4FW Andrea Favilli (1997-05-17) 17 May 1997 (age 20) 2 0 Italy Ascoli (on loan from Livorno)
77 4FW Federico Chiesa (1997-10-25) 25 October 1997 (age 19) 2 0 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
GK Alessio Cragno (1994-06-28) 28 June 1994 (age 22) 12 0 Italy Benevento (on loan from Cagliari) v. Denmark, 14 November 2016
GK Alex Meret (1997-03-22) 22 March 1997 (age 20) 0 0 Italy SPAL (on loan from Udinese) v. England, 10 November 2016INJ
GK Gianluigi Donnarumma (1999-02-25) 25 February 1999 (age 18) 3 0 Italy Milan v. Albania, 10 August 2016

DF Andrea Conti (1994-03-02) 2 March 1994 (age 23) 14 1 Italy Atalanta v. Poland, 23 March 2017INJ
DF Mattia Caldara (1994-05-05) 5 May 1994 (age 23) 9 0 Italy Atalanta (on loan from Juventus) v. Poland, 23 March 2017INJ
DF Michele Somma (1995-03-16) 16 March 1995 (age 22) 2 0 Italy Brescia v. Denmark, 14 November 2016
DF Davide Vitturini (1997-02-21) 21 February 1997 (age 20) 0 0 Italy Pescara v. Denmark, 14 November 2016
DF Alessio Romagnoli (1995-01-12) 12 January 1995 (age 22) 15 1 Italy Milan v. Andorra, 6 September 2016
DF Arturo Calabresi (1996-03-17) 17 March 1996 (age 21) 2 0 Italy Brescia (on loan from Roma) v. Andorra, 6 September 2016
DF Filippo Romagna (1997-05-26) 26 May 1997 (age 20) 0 0 Italy Brescia (on loan from Juventus) v. Andorra, 6 September 2016

MF Luca Mazzitelli (1995-11-15) 15 November 1995 (age 21) 7 0 Italy Sassuolo v. Poland, 23 March 2017INJ
MF Leonardo Capezzi (1995-03-29) 29 March 1995 (age 22) 4 0 Italy Crotone (on loan from Sampdoria) v. Denmark, 14 November 2016
MF Bryan Cristante (1995-03-03) 3 March 1995 (age 22) 2 0 Italy Atalanta (on loan from Benfica) v. Denmark, 14 November 2016
MF Roberto Gagliardini (1994-04-07) 7 April 1994 (age 23) 2 0 Italy Internazionale v. England, 10 November 2016

FW Andrea Petagna (1995-06-30) 30 June 1995 (age 21) 3 0 Italy Atalanta v. Poland, 23 March 2017
FW Lorenzo Rosseti (1994-08-05) 5 August 1994 (age 22) 8 1 Switzerland Lugano (on loan from Juventus) v. Denmark, 14 November 2016
FW Vittorio Parigini (1996-03-25) 25 March 1996 (age 21) 4 1 Italy Bari (on loan from Torino) v. Denmark, 14 November 2016
FW Leonardo Morosini (1995-10-13) 13 October 1995 (age 21) 1 0 Italy Genoa v. Lithuania, 11 October 2016
FW Gaetano Monachello (1994-03-03) 3 March 1994 (age 23) 8 2 Italy Ternana (on loan from Atalanta) v. Andorra, 6 September 2016

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