Italy national under-21 football team

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Italy Under-21
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
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

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

  • 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

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

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

Current players

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

1994-born

1995-born

1996-born

1997-born

1999-born

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

Current squad

The following players have been called up for the 2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification matches against Serbia on 13 November 2015 and Lithuania on 17 November 2015.

Caps and goals updated as of 17 November 2015.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Alessio Cragno (1994-06-28) 28 June 1994 (age 24) 7 0 Italy Cagliari
1GK Simone Scuffet (1996-05-31) 31 May 1996 (age 22) 1 0 Italy Como (on loan from Udinese)
1GK Gianluigi Donnarumma (1999-02-25) 25 February 1999 (age 20) 0 0 Italy Milan

2DF Daniele Rugani (1994-07-29) 29 July 1994 (age 24) 15 2 Italy Juventus
2DF Alessio Romagnoli (1995-01-12) 12 January 1995 (age 24) 11 0 Italy Milan
2DF Andrea Conti (1994-03-02) 2 March 1994 (age 25) 5 0 Italy Atalanta
2DF Antonio Barreca (1995-03-18) 18 March 1995 (age 24) 4 0 Italy Cagliari (on loan from Torino)
2DF Davide Calabria (1996-12-06) 6 December 1996 (age 22) 2 0 Italy Milan
2DF Adam Masina (1994-01-02) 2 January 1994 (age 25) 1 0 Italy Bologna
2DF Alex Ferrari (1994-07-01) 1 July 1994 (age 24) 0 0 Italy Bologna
2DF Mattia Caldara (1994-05-05) 5 May 1994 (age 24) 0 0 Italy Cesena (on loan from Atalanta)
2DF Cristian Dell'Orco (1994-02-10) 10 February 1994 (age 25) 0 0 Italy Novara

3MF Marco Benassi (1994-09-08) 8 September 1994 (age 24) 15 4 Italy Torino
3MF Danilo Cataldi (1994-08-06) 6 August 1994 (age 24) 11 2 Italy Lazio
3MF Rolando Mandragora (1997-06-29) 29 June 1997 (age 21) 6 0 Italy Pescara (on loan from Genoa)
3MF Valerio Verre (1994-01-11) 11 January 1994 (age 25) 4 0 Italy Pescara (on loan from Udinese)
3MF Alberto Grassi (1995-03-07) 7 March 1995 (age 24) 2 0 Italy Atalanta
3MF Nicolò Fazzi (1995-03-02) 2 March 1995 (age 24) 1 0 Italy Entella (on loan from Fiorentina)

4FW Domenico Berardi (1994-08-01) 1 August 1994 (age 24) 14 3 Italy Sassuolo
4FW Federico Bernardeschi (1994-02-16) 16 February 1994 (age 25) 12 3 Italy Fiorentina
4FW Kingsley Boateng (1994-04-07) 7 April 1994 (age 25) 5 0 Italy Bari
4FW Gaetano Monachello (1994-03-03) 3 March 1994 (age 25) 4 2 Italy Atalanta
4FW Alberto Cerri (1996-04-16) 16 April 1996 (age 23) 4 0 Italy Cagliari (on loan from Juventus)
4FW Luca Garritano (1994-02-11) 11 February 1994 (age 25) 4 0 Italy Cesena
4FW Alessandro Piu (1996-07-30) 30 July 1996 (age 22) 1 0 Italy Empoli

Recent call-ups

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 Ivan Provedel (1994-03-17) 17 March 1994 (age 25) 0 0 Italy Modena (on loan from Chievo) v. Republic of Ireland, 13 October 2015

DF Nicola Murru (1994-12-16) 16 December 1994 (age 24) 7 0 Italy Cagliari v. Serbia, 13 November 2015 INJ
DF Arturo Calabresi (1996-03-17) 17 March 1996 (age 23) 1 0 Italy Livorno (on loan from Roma) v. Republic of Ireland, 13 October 2015
DF Francesco Vicari (1994-08-03) 3 August 1994 (age 24) 1 0 Italy Novara v. Slovenia, 8 September 2015
DF Lorenzo Venuti (1995-04-12) 12 April 1995 (age 24) 1 0 Italy Brescia (on loan from Fiorentina) v. Slovenia, 8 September 2015
DF Michele Somma (1995-03-16) 16 March 1995 (age 24) 1 0 Italy Brescia (on loan from Roma) v. Slovenia, 8 September 2015 INJ
DF Leonardo Fontanesi (1996-02-20) 20 February 1996 (age 23) 1 0 Italy Sassuolo v. Hungary, 12 August 2015

MF Bryan Cristante (1995-03-03) 3 March 1995 (age 24) 0 0 Italy Palermo (on loan from Benfica) v. Slovenia, 8 September 2015
MF José Mauri (1996-05-16) 16 May 1996 (age 22) 0 0 Italy Milan v. Slovenia, 8 September 2015
MF Roberto Gagliardini (1994-04-07) 7 April 1994 (age 25) 1 0 Italy Vicenza (on loan from Atalanta) v. Hungary, 12 August 2015

FW Vittorio Parigini (1996-03-25) 25 March 1996 (age 23) 1 1 Italy Perugia (on loan from Torino) v. Republic of Ireland, 13 October 2015
FW Lorenzo Rosseti (1994-08-05) 5 August 1994 (age 24) 1 0 Italy Cesena (on loan from Juventus) v. Republic of Ireland, 13 October 2015
FW Daniele Verde (1996-06-20) 20 June 1996 (age 22) 2 0 Italy Frosinone (on loan from Roma) v. Slovenia, 8 September 2015
FW Mattia Aramu (1995-05-14) 14 May 1995 (age 23) 1 0 Italy Livorno (on loan from Torino) v. Hungary, 12 August 2015

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