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 coachPaolo Nicolato
CaptainManuel Locatelli
Most capsAndrea Pirlo (46)
Top scorerAlberto Gilardino (19)
First colours
Second colours
Biggest win
Italy Italy 7–0 Estonia Estonia
(Catanzaro, Italy; March 23, 1995)
Italy Italy 8–1 Wales Wales
(Pavia, Italy; September 5, 2003)
Italy Italy 7–0 Liechtenstein Liechtenstein
(Casarano, Italy; 6 September 2012)
Biggest defeat
Norway Norway 6–0 Italy Italy
(Stavanger, Norway; June 5, 1991)
Records for competitive
matches only.
UEFA U-21 Championship
Appearances20 (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 (along with Spain) 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]

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 Group stage
Hungary Slovenia 2021 TBD
*Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.

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]

2020[edit]

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

Players[edit]

Players born in 1998 or later are eligible for the 2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship. Players in bold have been already capped with the senior team.

Current squad[edit]

The following players have been called up for the friendly match against Moldova on 6 September 2019 and the UEFA Euro 2021 qualifying against Luxembourg on 10 September 2019.[3]

Caps and goals updated as of 6 September 2019, after the match against Moldova.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
12 1GK Marco Carnesecchi (2000-07-01) 1 July 2000 (age 19) 1 0 Italy Trapani
1 1GK Alessandro Plizzari (2000-03-12) 12 March 2000 (age 19) 0 0 Italy Livorno
22 1GK Mattia Del Favero (1998-06-05) 5 June 1998 (age 21) 0 0 Italy Piacenza

2 2DF Claud Adjapong (1998-05-06) 6 May 1998 (age 21) 15 0 Italy Verona
5 2DF Alessandro Bastoni (1999-04-13) 13 April 1999 (age 20) 9 1 Italy Internazionale
16 2DF Riccardo Marchizza (1998-03-26) 26 March 1998 (age 21) 3 0 Italy Spezia
4 2DF Matteo Gabbia (1999-10-21) 21 October 1999 (age 19) 1 0 Italy Milan
15 2DF Enrico Del Prato (1999-11-10) 10 November 1999 (age 19) 1 0 Italy Livorno
13 2DF Luca Ranieri (1999-04-23) 23 April 1999 (age 20) 1 0 Italy Fiorentina
19 2DF Marco Sala (1999-06-04) 4 June 1999 (age 20) 1 0 Italy Virtus Entella
14 2DF Raoul Bellanova (2000-05-17) 17 May 2000 (age 19) 0 0 France Bordeaux
3 2DF Alessandro Tripaldelli (1999-02-09) 9 February 1999 (age 20) 0 0 Italy Sassuolo

8 3MF Manuel Locatelli (1998-01-08) 8 January 1998 (age 21) 18 1 Italy Sassuolo
10 3MF Nicolò Zaniolo (1999-07-02) 2 July 1999 (age 20) 7 0 Italy Roma
7 3MF Davide Frattesi (1999-09-22) 22 September 1999 (age 19) 1 2 Italy Empoli
24 3MF Marco Carraro (1998-01-09) 9 January 1998 (age 21) 1 0 Italy Perugia
21 3MF Giulio Maggiore (1998-03-12) 12 March 1998 (age 21) 1 0 Italy Spezia
23 3MF Niccolò Zanellato (1998-06-24) 24 June 1998 (age 21) 1 0 Italy Crotone

20 4FW Moise Kean (2000-02-28) 28 February 2000 (age 19) 6 2 England Everton
11 4FW Gianluca Scamacca (1999-01-01) 1 January 1999 (age 20) 3 1 Italy Ascoli
17 4FW Marco Tumminello (1998-11-06) 6 November 1998 (age 20) 1 1 Italy Pescara
9 4FW Andrea Pinamonti (1999-05-19) 19 May 1999 (age 20) 1 0 Italy Genoa
25 4FW Riccardo Sottil (1999-06-03) 3 June 1999 (age 20) 1 0 Italy Fiorentina

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
DF Davide Bettella (2000-04-07) 7 April 2000 (age 19) 0 0 Italy Pescara v. Moldova, 6 September 2019 INJ
DF Luca Pellegrini (1999-03-07) 7 March 1999 (age 20) 2 0 Italy Cagliari v. Tunisia, 15 October 2018

MF Sandro Tonali (2000-05-08) 8 May 2000 (age 19) 4 0 Italy Brescia v. Moldova, 6 September 2019 PRE

FW Patrick Cutrone (1998-01-03) 3 January 1998 (age 21) 15 5 England Wolverhampton 2019 UEFA U21 Champ.
FW Ferdinando Del Sole (1998-01-17) 17 January 1998 (age 21) 0 0 Italy Juve Stabia 2019 UEFA U21 Champ.PRE

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