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).

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.

The following eligible players have been called up in the squad.

1994-born

1995-born

1996-born

1997-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 match against France on 2 June 2016.

Caps and goals updated as of 2 June 2016.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Pierluigi Gollini (1995-03-18) 18 March 1995 (age 21) 1 0 England Aston Villa
1GK Simone Scuffet (1996-05-31) 31 May 1996 (age 20) 1 0 Italy Udinese

2DF Andrea Conti (1994-03-02) 2 March 1994 (age 22) 8 0 Italy Atalanta
2DF Antonio Barreca (1995-03-18) 18 March 1995 (age 21) 5 0 Italy Torino
2DF Davide Calabria (1996-12-06) 6 December 1996 (age 19) 3 0 Italy Milan
2DF Mattia Caldara (1994-05-05) 5 May 1994 (age 22) 3 0 Italy Atalanta
2DF Adam Masina (1994-01-02) 2 January 1994 (age 22) 3 0 Italy Bologna
2DF Davide Biraschi (1994-07-02) 2 July 1994 (age 22) 1 0 Italy Avellino
2DF Arturo Calabresi (1996-03-17) 17 March 1996 (age 20) 1 0 Italy Brescia (on loan from Roma)
2DF Alex Ferrari (1994-07-01) 1 July 1994 (age 22) 1 0 Italy Bologna
2DF Michele Somma (1995-03-16) 16 March 1995 (age 21) 1 0 Italy Brescia

3MF Danilo Cataldi (1994-08-06) 6 August 1994 (age 21) 13 2 Italy Lazio
3MF Alberto Grassi (1995-03-07) 7 March 1995 (age 21) 4 0 Italy Napoli
3MF Luca Mazzitelli (1995-11-15) 15 November 1995 (age 20) 3 0 Italy Sassuolo
3MF Leonardo Capezzi (1995-03-29) 29 March 1995 (age 21) 1 0 Italy Crotone
3MF Roberto Gagliardini (1994-04-07) 7 April 1994 (age 22) 1 0 Italy Atalanta
3MF Lorenzo Pellegrini (1996-06-19) 19 June 1996 (age 20) 1 0 Italy Sassuolo

4FW Domenico Berardi (1994-08-01) 1 August 1994 (age 21) 17 3 Italy Sassuolo
4FW Gaetano Monachello (1994-03-03) 3 March 1994 (age 22) 7 2 Italy Atalanta
4FW Luca Garritano (1994-02-11) 11 February 1994 (age 22) 7 0 Italy Cesena
4FW Alberto Cerri (1996-04-16) 16 April 1996 (age 20) 6 1 Italy SPAL (on loan from Juventus)
4FW Lorenzo Rosseti (1994-08-05) 5 August 1994 (age 21) 4 1 Italy Juventus
4FW Federico Ricci (1994-05-27) 27 May 1994 (age 22) 2 0 Italy Roma
4FW Vittorio Parigini (1996-03-25) 25 March 1996 (age 20) 1 1 Italy Torino

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 22) 7 0 Italy Benevento (on loan from Cagliari) v. Andorra, 29 March 2016
GK Gianluigi Donnarumma (1999-02-25) 25 February 1999 (age 17) 2 0 Italy Milan v. Andorra, 29 March 2016
GK Ivan Provedel (1994-03-17) 17 March 1994 (age 22) 0 0 Italy Chievo v. Republic of Ireland, 13 October 2015

DF Alessio Romagnoli (1995-01-12) 12 January 1995 (age 21) 13 1 Italy Milan v. Andorra, 29 March 2016
DF Daniele Rugani (1994-07-29) 29 July 1994 (age 21) 15 2 Italy Juventus v. Republic of Ireland, 24 March 2016
DF Cristian Dell'Orco (1994-02-10) 10 February 1994 (age 22) 0 0 Italy Sassuolo v. Lithuania, 17 November 2015
DF Nicola Murru (1994-12-16) 16 December 1994 (age 21) 7 0 Italy Cagliari v. Serbia, 13 November 2015 INJ
DF Francesco Vicari (1994-08-03) 3 August 1994 (age 21) 1 0 Italy Novara v. Slovenia, 8 September 2015
DF Lorenzo Venuti (1995-04-12) 12 April 1995 (age 21) 1 0 Italy Brescia (on loan from Fiorentina) v. Slovenia, 8 September 2015
DF Leonardo Fontanesi (1996-02-20) 20 February 1996 (age 20) 1 0 Italy Sassuolo v. Hungary, 12 August 2015

MF Marco Benassi (1994-09-08) 8 September 1994 (age 21) 17 5 Italy Torino v. Andorra, 29 March 2016
MF Rolando Mandragora (1997-06-29) 29 June 1997 (age 19) 8 0 Italy Juventus v. Andorra, 29 March 2016
MF Federico Di Francesco (1994-06-14) 14 June 1994 (age 22) 0 0 Italy Bologna v. Republic of Ireland, 24 March 2016 INJ
MF Stefano Sensi (1995-08-05) 5 August 1995 (age 20) 0 0 Italy Sassuolo v. Republic of Ireland, 24 March 2016 INJ
MF Valerio Verre (1994-01-11) 11 January 1994 (age 22) 4 0 Italy Pescara v. Lithuania, 17 November 2015
MF Nicolò Fazzi (1995-03-02) 2 March 1995 (age 21) 1 0 Italy Entella (on loan from Fiorentina) v. Lithuania, 17 November 2015
MF Bryan Cristante (1995-03-03) 3 March 1995 (age 21) 0 0 Italy Pescara (on loan from Benfica) v. Slovenia, 8 September 2015
MF José Mauri (1996-05-16) 16 May 1996 (age 20) 0 0 Italy Milan v. Slovenia, 8 September 2015

FW Kingsley Boateng (1994-04-07) 7 April 1994 (age 22) 5 0 Italy Bari v. Andorra, 29 March 2016
FW Federico Bernardeschi (1994-02-16) 16 February 1994 (age 22) 12 3 Italy Fiorentina v. Republic of Ireland, 24 March 2016
FW Alessandro Piu (1996-07-30) 30 July 1996 (age 19) 1 0 Italy Empoli v. Lithuania, 17 November 2015
FW Daniele Verde (1996-06-20) 20 June 1996 (age 20) 2 0 Italy Avellino (on loan from Roma) v. Slovenia, 8 September 2015
FW Mattia Aramu (1995-05-14) 14 May 1995 (age 21) 1 0 Italy Torino v. Hungary, 12 August 2015

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