Italy national under-16 football team

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Italy
AssociationItalian Football Federation
(Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio – FIGC)
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachDaniel Zoratto
CaptainMattia Sandri
Most caps
Top scorerArturo Lupoli (11)[1]
FIFA codeITA
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Second colours

The Italy national U-16 football team is the national under-16 football team of Italy and is controlled by the Italian Football Federation. The team was known as Italy national under-15 football team prior to 2001, to reflect the age limit at the start of the season instead of the end of the season.

The Italy under-16 football team is a feeder team of the Italy under-17 team.

The under-16 team was known as the under-15 team prior to 2001. Before then, the UEFA European Under-17 Championship was known as UEFA European Under-16 Football Championship (the under-19 Championship was similarly known as the under-18 tournament) due to the name referring to the age limit at the start of a new season. The age limit moved from August to January for the 1997–98 tournament. Since the 2002 Tournament, the age in the name of the tournament has referred to the age limit at the end of the season. The current manager is Daniel Zoratto. They play the majority of their home matches at the Stadio Comunale "Filippo Pirani" in Grottammare, Marche.

History[edit]

The team regularly competes in the Montaigu Tournament, winning on two occasions (1999, 2003), finishing runner-up on four occasions (1982, 2000, 2004, 2006), and third place on a further two occasions (1994, 1995).[2]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up for the 2023 UEFA Under-16 Development Tournament.[3]

Caps and goals as of 20 April 2023, after the match against  Hungary.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Alessandro Nunziante (2007-03-14) 14 March 2007 (age 17) 6 0 Italy Benevento
1GK Massimo Pessina (2007-12-25) 25 December 2007 (age 16) 3 0 Italy Bologna

2DF Cristian Cama (2007-06-05) 5 June 2007 (age 16) 14 0 Italy Roma
2DF Federico Colombo (2007-01-06) 6 January 2007 (age 17) 13 0 Italy Milan
2DF Christian Garofalo (2007-01-04) 4 January 2007 (age 17) 12 1 Italy Napoli
2DF Mattia Cappelletti (2007-06-10) 10 June 2007 (age 16) 11 0 Italy Milan
2DF Gianluca Maggiore (2007-06-27) 27 June 2007 (age 16) 8 0 Italy Atalanta
2DF Lorenzo Biagioni (2007-02-09) 9 February 2007 (age 17) 6 0 Italy Fiorentina
2DF Francesco Verde (2007-02-21) 21 February 2007 (age 17) 3 0 Italy Juventus
2DF Raul Zinni (2007-02-17) 17 February 2007 (age 17) 2 0 Italy Roma

3MF Alessandro Di Nunzio (2007-04-21) 21 April 2007 (age 16) 17 3 Italy Roma
3MF Alessandro Olivieri (2007-02-09) 9 February 2007 (age 17) 16 3 Italy Empoli
3MF Niccolò Gariani (2007-03-28) 28 March 2007 (age 17) 16 2 Italy Atalanta
3MF Diego Pisani (2007-08-01) 1 August 2007 (age 16) 13 1 Italy Fiorentina
3MF Ernesto Perin (2007-03-13) 13 March 2007 (age 17) 13 0 Italy Milan
3MF Andrea Orlandi (2007-01-24) 24 January 2007 (age 17) 12 4 Italy Empoli
3MF Elia Plicco (2007-02-01) 1 February 2007 (age 17) 7 0 Italy Parma
3MF Matias Mancuso (2007-03-15) 15 March 2007 (age 17) 3 0 Italy Internazionale

4FW Stefano Maiorana (2007-02-14) 14 February 2007 (age 17) 16 3 Italy Fiorentina
4FW Mattia Mosconi (2007-03-26) 26 March 2007 (age 17) 12 7 Italy Internazionale
4FW Francesco Castaldo (2007-04-28) 28 April 2007 (age 16) 10 1 Italy Bologna
4FW Francesco Camarda (2008-03-10) 10 March 2008 (age 16) 4 1 Italy Milan

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.figc.it/nazionali/Marcatori?squadra=5&mode= [dead link]
  2. ^ Entry in RSSSF
  3. ^ "Zoratto calls up 22 players for the UEFA Development Tournament in Portugal". Italian: Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio. 27 April 2023. Retrieved 4 May 2023.