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 Matteo Bianchetti
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
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 Football 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.[1]

In the 2013 U-21 Championship Italy lost the final against Spain.

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

Coaches[edit]

Current players[edit]

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

1994-born

1995-born

1997-born

Note: Players in italics have already been called up to the senior team.

Current squad[edit]

The following 23 players have been called up for the 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship.[2]

Caps and goals updated as of 24 June 2015.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Francesco Bardi (1992-01-18) 18 January 1992 (age 23) 37 0 Spain Espanyol
20 1GK Nicola Leali (1993-02-17) 17 February 1993 (age 22) 1 0 Italy Frosinone (on loan from Juventus)
14 1GK Marco Sportiello (1992-05-10) 10 May 1992 (age 23) 0 0 Italy Atalanta
13 2DF Matteo Bianchetti (1993-03-17) 17 March 1993 (age 22) 21 0 Italy Verona
3 2DF Cristiano Biraghi (1992-09-01) 1 September 1992 (age 22) 21 1 Italy Chievo (on loan from Internazionale)
22 2DF Davide Zappacosta (1992-06-23) 23 June 1992 (age 23) 17 0 Italy Torino
5 2DF Daniele Rugani (1994-07-29) 29 July 1994 (age 21) 10 2 Italy Juventus
2 2DF Stefano Sabelli (1993-01-13) 13 January 1993 (age 22) 10 1 Italy Bari
6 2DF Alessio Romagnoli (1995-01-12) 12 January 1995 (age 20) 6 0 Italy Roma
12 2DF Federico Barba (1993-09-01) 1 September 1993 (age 21) 0 0 Italy Empoli
17 2DF Armando Izzo (1992-03-02) 2 March 1992 (age 23) 0 0 Italy Genoa
18 3MF Cristian Battocchio (1992-02-10) 10 February 1992 (age 23) 18 2 England Watford
7 3MF Federico Viviani (1992-03-24) 24 March 1992 (age 23) 18 2 Italy Verona
4 3MF Lorenzo Crisetig (1993-01-20) 20 January 1993 (age 22) 16 2 Italy Bologna (on loan from Internazionale)
16 3MF Daniele Baselli (1992-03-12) 12 March 1992 (age 23) 10 0 Italy Torino
15 3MF Marco Benassi (1994-09-08) 8 September 1994 (age 20) 10 2 Italy Torino
21 3MF Danilo Cataldi (1994-08-06) 6 August 1994 (age 20) 7 1 Italy Lazio
8 3MF Stefano Sturaro (1993-03-09) 9 March 1993 (age 22) 6 1 Italy Juventus
9 4FW Andrea Belotti (1993-12-20) 20 December 1993 (age 21) 18 9 Italy Palermo
10 4FW Domenico Berardi (1994-08-01) 1 August 1994 (age 21) 12 2 Italy Sassuolo
19 4FW Marcello Trotta (1992-09-29) 29 September 1992 (age 22) 9 3 Italy Avellino
11 4FW Federico Bernardeschi (1994-02-16) 16 February 1994 (age 21) 7 2 Italy Fiorentina
23 4FW Simone Verdi (1992-07-12) 12 July 1992 (age 23) 5 1 Italy Milan

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 Alessio Cragno (1994-06-28) 28 June 1994 (age 21) 1 0 Italy Cagliari v.  Denmark, 17 November 2014
DF Nicola Murru (1994-11-16) 16 November 1994 (age 20) 3 0 Italy Cagliari 2015 U-21 Euro Champ. prel
DF Edoardo Goldaniga (1993-11-02) 2 November 1993 (age 21) 2 0 Italy Palermo v.  Serbia, 30 March 2015
DF Luca Antei (1992-04-19) 19 April 1992 (age 23) 11 0 Italy Sassuolo v.  Denmark, 17 November 2014
MF Valerio Verre (1994-01-11) 11 January 1994 (age 21) 5 0 Italy Udinese 2015 U-21 Euro Champ. prel
MF Jacopo Dezi (1992-02-10) 10 February 1992 (age 23) 4 1 Italy Napoli 2015 U-21 Euro Champ. prel
MF Salvatore Molina (1992-01-01) 1 January 1992 (age 23) 9 0 Italy Cesena (on loan from Atalanta) v.  Serbia, 30 March 2015
FW Samuele Longo (1992-01-12) 12 January 1992 (age 23) 19 4 Italy Internazionale 2015 U-21 Euro Champ. prel
FW Francesco Fedato (1992-10-15) 15 October 1992 (age 22) 3 1 Italy Livorno (on loan from Sampdoria) v.  Serbia, 30 March 2015
FW Federico Bonazzoli (1997-05-21) 21 May 1997 (age 18) 1 0 Italy Sampdoria v.  Denmark, 17 November 2014

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