Italy national under-21 football team

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Italy Under-21
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Azzurrini
(Little Blues)
AssociationItalian Football Federation
(Federazion Italia Giuoco Calcio – FIGC)
Head coachLuigi Di Biagio
CaptainRolando Mandragora
Most capsAndrea Pirlo (46)
Top scorerAlberto 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
Appearances19 (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 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 2017 U-21 Championship Italy was eliminated in the semi-finals.

UEFA U-21 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 European Under-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 Qualified (as host)
Hungary Slovenia 2021 TBD

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]

Recent results and forthcoming fixtures[edit]

Only official matches are listed.[2]

2018[edit]

2019[edit]

Following fixtures will be played already under the new course (players born 1 January 1998 or later that are eligibile for the 2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship).

7 September 2019 FriendlyItaly vTBDTBD

2020[edit]

8 September 2020 2021 UEFA Euro U21 Qual.Sweden v ItalyTBD, Sweden

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

Players born in 1996 or later are eligible for the 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship.

The following players have been called up for the friendly matches against England on 15 November 2018 and Germany on 19 November 2018.[3]

Caps and goals updated as of 19 November 2018, after the match against Germany. [4]

In bold players already selected for senior team (officials matches only, no training camps).

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Emil Audero (1997-01-18) 18 January 1997 (age 22) 9 0 Italy Sampdoria
1GK Simone Scuffet (1996-05-31) 31 May 1996 (age 22) 8 0 Turkey Kasimpasa
1GK Alessandro Plizzari (2000-03-12) 12 March 2000 (age 18) 0 0 Italy Milan

2DF Filippo Romagna (1997-05-26) 26 May 1997 (age 21) 14 0 Italy Cagliari
2DF Giuseppe Pezzella (1997-11-29) 29 November 1997 (age 21) 11 0 Italy Genoa
2DF Arturo Calabresi (1996-03-17) 17 March 1996 (age 22) 6 0 Italy Bologna
2DF Fabio Depaoli (1997-04-24) 24 April 1997 (age 21) 5 1 Italy Chievo
2DF Alessandro Bastoni (1999-04-13) 13 April 1999 (age 19) 4 0 Italy Parma
2DF Kevin Bonifazi (1996-05-19) 19 May 1996 (age 22) 4 0 Italy SPAL
2DF Lorenzo Dickmann (1996-09-24) 24 September 1996 (age 22) 3 0 Italy SPAL

3MF Rolando Mandragora (1997-06-29) 29 June 1997 (age 21) 21 0 Italy Udinese
3MF Manuel Locatelli (1998-01-08) 8 January 1998 (age 21) 15 0 Italy Sassuolo
3MF Alessandro Murgia (1996-08-09) 9 August 1996 (age 22) 13 1 Italy SPAL
3MF Matteo Pessina (1997-04-21) 21 April 1997 (age 21) 9 0 Italy Atalanta
3MF Luca Valzania (1996-03-05) 5 March 1996 (age 22) 8 0 Italy Frosinone
3MF Nicolò Zaniolo (1999-07-02) 2 July 1999 (age 19) 4 0 Italy Roma
3MF Gaetano Castrovilli (1997-02-17) 17 February 1997 (age 21) 2 0 Italy Cremonese

4FW Vittorio Parigini (1996-03-25) 25 March 1996 (age 22) 19 7 Italy Torino
4FW Daniele Verde (1996-06-20) 20 June 1996 (age 22) 12 1 Spain Real Valladolid
4FW Riccardo Orsolini (1997-01-24) 24 January 1997 (age 22) 11 3 Italy Bologna
4FW Patrick Cutrone (1998-01-03) 3 January 1998 (age 21) 10 4 Italy Milan
4FW Antonino La Gumina (1996-03-06) 6 March 1996 (age 22) 2 0 Italy Empoli

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 Lorenzo Montipò (1996-02-20) 20 February 1996 (age 22) 2 0 Italy Benevento v. Tunisia, 15 October 2018
GK Alex Meret (1997-03-22) 22 March 1997 (age 21) 1 0 Italy Napoli v. Serbia, 27 March 2018

DF Davide Calabria (1996-12-06) 6 December 1996 (age 22) 17 0 Italy Milan v. England, 15 November 2018 INJ
DF Claud Adjapong (1998-05-06) 6 May 1998 (age 20) 11 0 Italy Sassuolo v. England, 15 November 2018 INJ
DF Gianluca Mancini (1996-04-17) 17 April 1996 (age 22) 10 0 Italy Atalanta v. England, 15 November 2018
DF Sebastiano Luperto (1996-09-06) 6 September 1996 (age 22) 3 0 Italy Napoli v. England, 15 November 2018 INJ
DF Riccardo Marchizza (1998-03-26) 26 March 1998 (age 20) 2 0 Italy Crotone v. Tunisia, 15 October 2018
DF Luca Pellegrini (1999-03-07) 7 March 1999 (age 19) 2 0 Italy Cagliari v. Tunisia, 15 October 2018
DF Federico Dimarco (1997-11-10) 10 November 1997 (age 21) 6 1 Italy Parma v. Albania, 11 September 2018
DF Elio Capradossi (1996-03-11) 11 March 1996 (age 22) 4 0 Italy Spezia v. France, 29 May 2018
DF Raoul Petretta (1997-03-24) 24 March 1997 (age 21) 1 0 Switzerland Basel v. France, 29 May 2018
DF Marco Varnier (1998-06-08) 8 June 1998 (age 20) 2 0 Italy Atalanta v. Serbia, 27 March 2018

MF Francesco Cassata (1997-07-16) 16 July 1997 (age 21) 2 0 Italy Frosinone v. Albania, 11 September 2018
MF Nicolò Barella (1997-02-07) 7 February 1997 (age 22) 6 0 Italy Cagliari v. Slovakia, 6 September 2018
MF Sandro Tonali (2000-05-08) 8 May 2000 (age 18) 0 0 Italy Brescia v. Slovakia, 6 September 2018 INJ

FW Luca Vido (1997-02-03) 3 February 1997 (age 22) 9 3 Italy Perugia v. England, 15 November 2018 INJ
FW Moise Kean (2000-02-28) 28 February 2000 (age 18) 3 2 Italy Juventus v. England, 15 November 2018
FW Andrea Favilli (1997-05-17) 17 May 1997 (age 21) 9 1 Italy Genoa v. Tunisia, 15 October 2018
FW Federico Bonazzoli (1997-05-21) 21 May 1997 (age 21) 7 2 Italy Padova v. Tunisia, 15 October 2018
FW Simone Edera (1997-01-09) 9 January 1997 (age 22) 3 0 Italy Bologna v. Tunisia, 15 October 2018
FW Alberto Cerri (1996-04-16) 16 April 1996 (age 22) 21 2 Italy Cagliari v. Albania, 11 September 2018
FW Christian Capone (1999-04-28) 28 April 1999 (age 19) 2 1 Italy Pescara v. France, 29 May 2018
FW Gianluca Scamacca (1999-01-01) 1 January 1999 (age 20) 2 0 Italy Sassuolo v. France, 29 May 2018
FW Enrico Brignola (1999-07-08) 8 July 1999 (age 19) 2 0 Italy Sassuolo v. France, 29 May 2018
FW Marco Tumminello (1998-11-06) 6 November 1998 (age 20) 0 0 Italy Lecce v. France, 29 May 2018
FW Andrea Pinamonti (1999-05-19) 19 May 1999 (age 19) 0 0 Italy Frosinone v. Portugal, 25 May 2018 INJ
FW Simone Palombi (1996-04-23) 23 April 1996 (age 22) 4 0 Italy Lecce v. Serbia, 27 March 2018

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