Italy national football B team

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Italy B
Nickname(s)Gli Azzurri (The Blues)
AssociationItalian Football Federation
(Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio – FIGC)
Head coachVacant
Home stadiumN/A
First international
 Luxembourg 1–5 Italy 
(Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg; 17 April 1927)
Biggest win
 Italy 12–0 Luxembourg 
(Como, Italy; 10 April 1932)
Biggest defeat
 Bulgaria 5–1 Italy 
(Sofia, Bulgaria; 7 November 1963)

Italy national football B team is a B team representing the Italian Football Federation. Over time, the squad has faced other nations' full teams and played matches against 'B' teams from other football associations. Since the team's creation in 1927, they have played 70 official matches.[1]

History[edit]

Italy B was created in 1927, to give the possibility to test under-21 or less experienced players, in addition to those involved with the senior national team. made their debut at the Stade de la Frontière in Esch-sur-Alzette on 17 April 1927, beating Luxembourg's A team 5-1. The selector of the team was Renzo De Vecchi. The team also had elements of some experience, such as Luigi Cevenini, the author of the first goal.[2]

Until the Second World War the use of this national team was very frequent, so much so that between 1929 and 1939, a total of 38 matches were played, the most notable of which being the team's biggest ever victory, when they again beat Luxembourg A, 12-0, at the Stadio Giuseppe Sinigaglia in Como, on 10 April 1932.[1]

Their first meeting after the war was a match played in Locarno on 11 November 1945 by a team from northern Italy, which beat Switzerland B 4-1.[1] In May 1949, Italy B participated in the 1949 Eastern Mediterranean Friendship Cup (or Mediterranean Cup), playing three matches in Athens against Turkey A, Egypt A and Greece A, and they won all three games by a 1 goal margin, thus winning the tournament.[3] Italy's top goal scorers in the tournament were Aldo Puccinelli and Alberto Galassi with 3 goals each. They then participated in the following tournament of the Mediterranean Cup, where they faced the A teams of Turkey, Egypt and Greece home and away, and Italy B again won with 3 wins, 2 draws and 1 defeat, with their only loss in the tournament being a 3-0 shock defeat to Egypt at Prince Farouk Stadium, Cairo on 11 November 1951.[4] Italy B also participated in the third and last edition of the Mediterranean Cup, the 1953-58 Mediterranean Cup, with the B teams of Spain and France joining the party to form a six-team tournament, and this time they finished third behind the aforementioned B teams with 3 wins, 3 draws and 4 losses.[5]

The most recent fixture was a non-A friendly with San Marino on 31 May 2017, which ended in a 8-0 win to the Azzurri.[6][7][8]

Current squad[edit]

The following players have been called up for the friendly match against San Marino on 31 May 2017.[9] Some of the players who were born in 1994 or after, were also eligible to Italy national under-21 football team, which qualified to the final stage of 2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship.

Ages, clubs and caps[10] updated as of 31 May 2017

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Simone Scuffet (1996-05-31)31 May 1996 (aged 21) 1 0 Italy Udinese
15 1GK Pierluigi Gollini 0 0 Italy Atalanta (on loan from Aston Villa)

2 2DF Andrea Conti 1 0 Italy Atalanta
3 2DF Danilo D'Ambrosio 1 0 Italy Internazionale
6 2DF Mattia Caldara 1 1 Italy Atalanta (on loan from Juventus)
13 2DF Cristiano Biraghi (1992-09-01)1 September 1992 (aged 24) 1 0 Italy Pescara
14 2DF Alex Ferrari 0 0 Italy Verona (on loan from Bologna)
15 2DF Gian Marco Ferrari 1 1 Italy Crotone (on loan from Sassuolo)
19 2DF Federico Ceccherini Italy Crotone
22 2DF Davide Calabria 0 0 Italy Milan
2DF Emerson Palmieri 0 0 Italy Roma

3MF Daniele Baselli Italy Torino
3MF Danilo Cataldi Italy Genoa

Honours[edit]

Eastern Mediterranean Friendship Cup Champion: 1949
Eastern Mediterranean Cup Champion: 1950-53

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Italy B - International Results". RSSSF. 25 July 2013. Retrieved 31 May 2022.
  2. ^ "La Stampa - Monday 18 April 1927". La Stampa. 18 April 1927. Retrieved 31 May 2022.
  3. ^ "Eastern Mediterranean Friendship Cup 1949 results". football.eu. Retrieved 31 May 2022.
  4. ^ "Eastern Mediterranean Cup 1950-1953 results". football.eu. Retrieved 31 May 2022.
  5. ^ "Mediterranean Cup 1953-1957 results". football.eu. Retrieved 31 May 2022.
  6. ^ "Italy's emerging youth prospects will take on San Marino in May" (Press release). Italian Football Federation. 29 March 2017. Archived from the original on 10 April 2017. Retrieved 10 October 2018.
  7. ^ "Italy side of the future beats San Marino 8-0 with Lapadula netting a hat-trick" (Press release). Italian Football Federation. 31 May 2017. Archived from the original on 24 October 2017. Retrieved 10 October 2018.
  8. ^ "L'Italia strapazza San Marino: tripletta di Lapadula, finisce 8-0". Sky Sport (in Italian). Sky Italia. 31 May 2017. Retrieved 15 October 2018. In questa gara, che non verrà conteggiata né per le presenze degli azzurri né per il ranking della Fifa......
  9. ^ "Italia-San Marino a Empoli: ecco i 22 Azzurri. Domani i convocati dell'Under 21" (Press release) (in Italian). Italian Football Federation. 25 May 2017. Archived from the original on 25 May 2017. Retrieved 10 October 2018.
  10. ^ "Italy 8-0 San Marino". ESPN. 31 May 2017. Retrieved 1 June 2017.