Italy national under-20 football team

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Italy Under-20
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Gli Azzurrini
AssociationItalian Football Federation
(Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio – FIGC)
Head coachDaniele Franceschini
Captainvacant
First colours
Second colours
FIFA U-20 World Cup
Appearances7 (first in 1977)
Best resultThird Place, 2017

Italy national under-20 football team is the national under-20 football team of Italy and is controlled by the Italian Football Federation.

The team competes for the FIFA U-20 World Cup, which is held every two years.

History[edit]

The Under-20 team is the de facto Under-19 of the previous year, and it acts mainly as a feeder team for the U21s providing further international development for youth players.

The team competes for its only official tournament, the FIFA U-20 World Cup, depending on the U19s results at the UEFA European Under-19 Championship held in the even-numbered years, that qualifies European teams for the U-20 World Cup. So far, the best result of the team is just third place in 2017. Italy managed to qualify for two consecutive U-20 World Cup for the first time, after topping the group in 2018 UEFA European Under-19 Championship.

Each season the team mainly participates in friendly tournaments, in which overage players may also be selected; the U20 team participated until 2017 in the annual Four Nations Tournament with Germany, Switzerland and Poland (which replaced Austria).

Since the 2017–18 season, the Italy U20 team participates in the annual Under 20 Elite League, expanded to 8 participants.

The team also have an annual fixture with the Serie D Best XI after the end of the season, from 2007[1][2][3][4] (except 2009, which the U-20 (B team) was coined "U-19 team" and coached by U-19 coach Massimo Piscedda,[5][6] which the A team went to Mediterranean Games).The 2006 edition was also played by the de facto U20 team but coached by U19 coach Paolo Berrettini;[7] the 2011 edition was played by Italy Universiade team.[8]

FIFA U-20 World Cup record[edit]

Year Result GP W D* L GS GA
Tunisia 1977 Group stage 3 0 2 1 1 3
Japan 1979 Did not qualify
Australia 1981 Group stage 3 0 0 3 1 6
Mexico 1983 Did not qualify
Soviet Union 1985
Chile 1987 Quarter-finals 4 2 1 1 5 3
Saudi Arabia 1989 Did not qualify
Portugal 1991
Australia 1993
Qatar 1995
Malaysia 1997
Nigeria 1999
Argentina 2001
United Arab Emirates 2003
Netherlands 2005 Quarter-finals 5 2 1 2 10 8
Canada 2007 Did not qualify
Egypt 2009 Quarter-finals 5 2 1 2 9 9
Colombia 2011 Did not qualify
Turkey 2013
New Zealand 2015
South Korea 2017 Third place 7 3 2 2 10 9
Poland 2019 Fourth place 7 4 1 2 8 5
Total 7/22 34 13 8 13 44 43
*Draws includes knockout matches decided on penalty shootouts.

Current squad[edit]

The following 21 players have been called up to the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup.[9]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Club
1 1GK Alessandro Plizzari (2000-03-12) 12 March 2000 (age 19) Italy Milan
12 1GK Marco Carnesecchi (2000-07-01) 1 July 2000 (age 19) Italy Atalanta
21 1GK Leonardo Loria (1999-03-28) 28 March 1999 (age 20) Italy Juventus

2 2DF Antonio Candela (2000-04-27) 27 April 2000 (age 19) Italy Genoa
3 2DF Alessandro Tripaldelli (1999-02-09) 9 February 1999 (age 20) Italy Crotone
4 2DF Matteo Gabbia (1999-10-21) 21 October 1999 (age 19) Italy Lucchese
5 2DF Alessandro Buongiorno (1999-06-06) 6 June 1999 (age 20) Italy Carpi
6 2DF Davide Bettella (2000-04-07) 7 April 2000 (age 19) Italy Pescara
14 2DF Raoul Bellanova (2000-05-17) 17 May 2000 (age 19) Italy Milan
16 2DF Luca Ranieri (1999-04-23) 23 April 1999 (age 20) Italy Foggia
17 2DF Luca Pellegrini (1999-03-07) 7 March 1999 (age 20) Italy Cagliari

7 3MF Davide Frattesi (1999-09-22) 22 September 1999 (age 19) Italy Ascoli
8 3MF Andrea Colpani (1999-05-11) 11 May 1999 (age 20) Italy Atalanta
15 3MF Enrico Del Prato (1999-11-10) 10 November 1999 (age 19) Italy Atalanta
19 3MF Domenico Alberico (1999-01-23) 23 January 1999 (age 20) Germany Hoffenheim
20 3MF Salvatore Esposito (2000-10-07) 7 October 2000 (age 18) Italy Ravenna

9 4FW Andrea Pinamonti (1999-05-19) 19 May 1999 (age 20) Italy Frosinone
10 4FW Christian Capone (1999-04-28) 28 April 1999 (age 20) Italy Pescara
11 4FW Gianluca Scamacca (1999-01-01) 1 January 1999 (age 20) Italy Sassuolo
13 4FW Gabriele Gori (1999-02-13) 13 February 1999 (age 20) Italy Livorno
18 4FW Marco Olivieri (1999-06-30) 30 June 1999 (age 20) Italy Juventus U23

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "L'Italia Under 20 batte la Top 11 di D". Corriere dello Sport – Stadio (in Italian). 11 June 2012. Retrieved 8 September 2012.
  2. ^ "Orvieto, Top 11 a testa alta contro l'Italia Under 20". Corriere dello Sport-Stadio (in Italian). 4 June 2010. Retrieved 5 June 2010.
  3. ^ "Top 11: sport e solidarietà". Serie D News (in Italian). 3 June 2008. Archived from the original on 23 June 2010. Retrieved 25 July 2010.
  4. ^ "La Top 11 Serie D Corriere dello Sport supera per 1 - 0 l'Under 20". Serie D News (in Italian). 31 May 2007. Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 25 July 2010.
  5. ^ http://www.figc.it/it/204/21233/2009/05/News.shtml
  6. ^ "A Orvieto si completa la grande festa del Top 11". interregionale.com (in Italian). 2 June 2009. Archived from the original on 26 April 2012. Retrieved 8 December 2011.
  7. ^ "TOP 11 SERIE D - Nazionale Under 19: 2 - 0". Serie D News (in Italian). 1 June 2006. Retrieved 25 July 2010.
  8. ^ "Due vittorie azzurre nell'evento Top 11". Corriere dello Sport – Stadio (in Italian). 2 June 2011. Retrieved 9 December 2011.
  9. ^ "Ufficializzata la lista dei 21 calciatori convocati per il Mondiale". figc.it (in Italian). IFF. 14 May 2019. Retrieved 14 May 2019.