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 Daniele Rugani
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

1996-born

1997-born

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

Current squad[edit]

The following players have been called up for the 2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification match against Slovenia on 8 September 2015.

Caps and goals updated as of 12 August 2015.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Alessio Cragno (1994-06-28) 28 June 1994 (age 21) 2 0 Italy Cagliari
1GK Simone Scuffet (1996-05-31) 31 May 1996 (age 19) 1 0 Italy Como (on loan from Udinese)
1GK Ivan Provedel (1994-03-17) 17 March 1994 (age 21) 0 0 Italy Modena (on loan from Chievo)
2DF Daniele Rugani (1994-07-29) 29 July 1994 (age 21) 10 2 Italy Juventus
2DF Alessio Romagnoli (1995-01-12) 12 January 1995 (age 20) 6 0 Italy Milan
2DF Nicola Murru (1994-12-16) 16 December 1994 (age 20) 4 0 Italy Cagliari
2DF Antonio Barreca (1995-03-18) 18 March 1995 (age 20) 1 0 Italy Cagliari (on loan from Torino)
2DF Arturo Calabresi (1996-03-17) 17 March 1996 (age 19) 1 0 Italy Livorno (on loan from Roma)
2DF Andrea Conti (1994-03-02) 2 March 1994 (age 21) 1 0 Italy Atalanta
2DF Michele Somma (1995-03-16) 16 March 1995 (age 20) 1 0 Italy Brescia (on loan from Roma)
2DF Lorenzo Venuti (1995-04-12) 12 April 1995 (age 20) 1 0 Italy Brescia (on loan from Fiorentina)
2DF Francesco Vicari (1994-08-03) 3 August 1994 (age 21) 1 0 Italy Novara
3MF Marco Benassi (1994-09-08) 8 September 1994 (age 20) 11 2 Italy Torino
3MF Danilo Cataldi (1994-08-06) 6 August 1994 (age 21) 7 1 Italy Lazio
3MF Rolando Mandragora (1997-06-29) 29 June 1997 (age 18) 1 0 Italy Pescara (on loan from Genoa)
3MF Valerio Verre (1994-01-11) 11 January 1994 (age 21) 1 0 Italy Pescara (on loan from Udinese)
3MF Bryan Cristante (1995-03-03) 3 March 1995 (age 20) 0 0 Portugal Benfica
3MF José Mauri (1996-05-16) 16 May 1996 (age 19) 0 0 Italy Milan
4FW Federico Bernardeschi (1994-02-16) 16 February 1994 (age 21) 8 2 Italy Fiorentina
4FW Kingsley Boateng (1994-04-07) 7 April 1994 (age 21) 1 0 Italy Bari
4FW Alberto Cerri (1996-04-16) 16 April 1996 (age 19) 1 0 Italy Cagliari (on loan from Juventus)
4FW Nicolò Fazzi (1995-03-02) 2 March 1995 (age 20) 1 0 Italy Entella (on loan from Fiorentina)
4FW Daniele Verde (1996-06-20) 20 June 1996 (age 19) 1 0 Italy Frosinone (on loan from Roma)
4FW Gaetano Monachello (1994-03-03) 3 March 1994 (age 21) 0 0 Italy Atalanta

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
DF Leonardo Fontanesi (1996-02-20) 20 February 1996 (age 19) 1 0 Italy Sassuolo v. Hungary, 12 August 2015
MF Roberto Gagliardini (1994-04-07) 7 April 1994 (age 21) 1 0 Italy Vicenza (on loan from Atalanta) v. Hungary, 12 August 2015
MF Alberto Grassi (1995-03-07) 7 March 1995 (age 20) 1 0 Italy Atalanta v. Hungary, 12 August 2015
FW Mattia Aramu (1995-05-14) 14 May 1995 (age 20) 1 0 Italy Livorno (on loan from Torino) v. Hungary, 12 August 2015
FW Lorenzo Rosseti (1994-08-05) 5 August 1994 (age 21) 1 0 Italy Cesena (on loan from Juventus) v. Hungary, 12 August 2015
FW Luca Garritano (1994-02-11) 11 February 1994 (age 21) 0 0 Italy Cesena (on loan from Modena) v. Hungary, 12 August 2015
FW Vittorio Parigini (1996-03-25) 25 March 1996 (age 19) 0 0 Italy Perugia (on loan from Torino) v. Hungary, 12 August 2015
FW Domenico Berardi (1994-08-01) 1 August 1994 (age 21) 12 2 Italy Sassuolo v. England, 24 June 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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