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
Captainvacant
First colours
Second colours
Third 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 had an annual fixture with the Serie D Best XI after the end of the season.[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
Indonesia 2021 Cancelled[9]
Total 7/22 34 13 8 13 44 43
*Draws includes knockout matches decided on penalty shootouts.

Current squad[edit]

The following players have been called up for a training camp from 4 to 11 October 2020.[10]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Club
1GK Federico Brancolini (2001-07-14) 14 July 2001 (age 19) Italy Fiorentina
1GK Stefano Turati (2001-09-05) 5 September 2001 (age 19) Italy Sassuolo

2DF Nicolò Armini (2001-03-07) 7 March 2001 (age 20) Italy Lazio
2DF Devid Eugene Bouah (2001-08-13) 13 August 2001 (age 19) Italy Cosenza
2DF Riccardo Calafiori (2002-05-19) 19 May 2002 (age 18) Italy Roma
2DF Christian Dalle Mura (2002-02-02) 2 February 2002 (age 19) Italy Fiorentina
2DF Davide Ghislandi (2001-06-16) 16 June 2001 (age 19) Italy Atalanta
2DF Caleb Okoli (2001-07-13) 13 July 2001 (age 19) Italy SPAL
2DF Lorenzo Pirola (2002-02-20) 20 February 2002 (age 19) Italy Monza
2DF Fabio Ponsi (2001-02-12) 12 February 2001 (age 20) Italy Fiorentina
2DF Matteo Ruggeri (2002-07-11) 11 July 2002 (age 18) Italy Atalanta

3MF Alessandro Cortinovis (2001-01-25) 25 January 2001 (age 20) Italy Atalanta
3MF Manu Emmanuel Gyabuaa (2001-09-21) 21 September 2001 (age 19) Italy Atalanta
3MF Federico Marigosu (2001-04-21) 21 April 2001 (age 20) Italy Cagliari
3MF Gaetano Pio Oristanio (2002-09-28) 28 September 2002 (age 18) Italy Internazionale
3MF Daniel Maldini (2001-10-11) 11 October 2001 (age 19) Italy Milan
3MF Simone Panada (2002-06-02) 2 June 2002 (age 18) Italy Atalanta
3MF Alessio Riccardi (2001-04-03) 3 April 2001 (age 20) Italy Pescara
3MF Franco Tongya (2002-03-13) 13 March 2002 (age 19) Italy Juventus U23
3MF Destiny Udogie (2002-11-28) 28 November 2002 (age 18) Italy Verona

4FW Gianmarco Cangiano (2001-11-16) 16 November 2001 (age 19) Italy Ascoli
4FW Lorenzo Colombo (2002-03-08) 8 March 2002 (age 19) Italy Milan
4FW Sebastiano Esposito (2002-07-02) 2 July 2002 (age 18) Italy SPAL
4FW Roberto Piccoli (2001-01-27) 27 January 2001 (age 20) Italy Spezia
4FW Eddie Salcedo (2001-10-01) 1 October 2001 (age 19) Italy Verona

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. ^ 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. Archived from the original on 23 June 2010. 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. ^ "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.
  10. ^ "Bollini convoca 27 giocatori per un raduno al Centro di Preparazione Olimpica di Roma".