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 coachAlberto Bollini
CaptainSamuel Giovane
First colours
Second colours
FIFA U-20 World Cup
Appearances8 (first in 1977)
Best resultRunners-up (2023)
Under 20 Elite League
Appearances6 (first in 2017–18)
Best resultWinner (2021–22, 2022–23, 2023–24)

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, and for the Under-20 Elite League, held every year.

History[edit]

The Under-20 team is de facto based on the previous year's Under-19 team and acts mainly as a support team for the Under-21 selection, providing further international experience for young selectable 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.

The best result obtained by the Italian team in the U-20 World Cup is the second place achieved in the 2023 edition held in Argentina, losing 1–0 against Uruguay. They finished also third in 2017 and fourth in 2019. Italy managed to qualify for the first time for two consecutive U-20 World Cups after winning its group at the 2018 European U-19 Championship, then finishing fourth at the following year's World Cup.

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 had an annual fixture with the Serie D Best XI after the end of the season.[1][2][3][4]

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
Indonesia 2021 Cancelled[5]
Argentina 2023 Runners-up 7 5 0 2 13 8
Chile 2025 To be determined
Total 8/24 41 18 8 15 57 51
*Draws includes knockout matches decided on penalty shootouts.

Current squad[edit]

The following 23 players were called up for the Under 20 Elite League matches against England and Portugal on 16 and 21 November 2023, respectively.[6]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Club
1GK Davide Mastrantonio (2004-01-16) 16 January 2004 (age 20) Italy Pro Vercelli
1GK Lorenzo Palmisani (2004-06-12) 12 June 2004 (age 19) Italy Frosinone

2DF Samuele Angori (2003-10-07) 7 October 2003 (age 20) Italy Pontedera
2DF Giovanni Bonfanti (2003-01-17) 17 January 2003 (age 21) Italy Atalanta U23
2DF Alessandro Dellavalle (2004-05-11) 11 May 2004 (age 20) Italy Torino
2DF Alessandro Fontanarosa (2003-02-07) 7 February 2003 (age 21) Italy Cosenza
2DF Filippo Missori (2004-03-24) 24 March 2004 (age 20) Italy Sassuolo
2DF Iacopo Regonesi (2004-03-28) 28 March 2004 (age 20) Italy Atalanta U23
2DF Alessandro Pio Riccio (2002-02-06) 6 February 2002 (age 22) Italy Modena
2DF Filippo Terracciano (2003-02-08) 8 February 2003 (age 21) Italy Milan

3MF Lorenzo Amatucci (2004-02-05) 5 February 2004 (age 20) Italy Ternana
3MF Giacomo Faticanti (2004-07-31) 31 July 2004 (age 19) Italy Ternana
3MF Luis Hasa (2004-01-06) 6 January 2004 (age 20) Italy Juventus Next Gen
3MF Lorenzo Ignacchiti (2004-04-25) 25 April 2004 (age 20) Italy Pontedera
3MF Riccardo Pagano (2004-11-28) 28 November 2004 (age 19) Italy Roma
3MF Niccolò Pisilli (2004-09-23) 23 September 2004 (age 19) Italy Roma
3MF Federico Zuccon (2003-04-01) 1 April 2003 (age 21) Italy Cosenza

4FW Federico Accornero (2004-02-05) 5 February 2004 (age 20) Italy Pescara
4FW Nicholas Bonfanti (2002-03-28) 28 March 2002 (age 22) Italy Pisa
4FW Luigi Cherubini (2004-01-15) 15 January 2004 (age 20) Italy Roma
4FW Luca D'Andrea (2004-09-10) 10 September 2004 (age 19) Italy Catanzaro
4FW Daniele Montevago (2003-03-18) 18 March 2003 (age 21) Italy Virtus Entella
4FW Nicolò Turco (2004-01-15) 15 January 2004 (age 20) Austria Liefering

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. Archived from the original on 7 July 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. ^ "Update on FIFA Women's World Cup and men's youth competitions". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 24 December 2020. Retrieved 24 December 2020.
  6. ^ "L'Elite League continua con gli impegni contro Inghilterra e Portogallo: i 23 convocati di Bollini per le due sfide" (in Italian). Italian Football Federation. 10 November 2023. Retrieved 10 November 2023.

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