Italy national under-21 football team
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|Nickname(s)||Gli Azzurrini |
(The Little Blues)
|Association||Italian Football Federation |
(Federazion Italia Giuoco Calcio – FIGC)
|Head coach||Paolo Nicolato|
|Most caps||Andrea Pirlo (46)|
|Top scorer||Alberto Gilardino (19)|
|U-23: Italy 3–1 Austria |
(Varese, Italy; 1 November 1970)
U-21: Portugal 1–0 Italy
(Funchal, Italy; 23 December 1976)
| Italy 7–0 Estonia |
(Catanzaro, Italy; 23 March 1995)
Italy 8–1 Wales
(Pavia, Italy; 5 September 2003)
Italy 7–0 Liechtenstein
(Casarano, Italy; 6 September 2012)
| Norway 6–0 Italy |
(Stavanger, Norway; 5 June 1991)
|Appearances||5 (first in 1992)|
|Best result||Bronze medallist: (2004)|
|UEFA U-21 Championship|
|Appearances||21 (first in 1978)|
|Best result||Champions: (1992, 1994, 1996, 2000, 2004)|
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.
UEFA European Under-21 Championship
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.
|1998||Did not qualify|
|2011||Did not qualify|
- *Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.
Olympics football Record
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.
- Before 1992: See Italy national football team
- 1992: Quarter-finals
- 1996: Group stage
- 2000: Quarter-finals
- 2004: Bronze Medal
- 2008: Quarter-finals
- 2012: Did not qualify
- 2016: Did not qualify
- 2020: Did not qualify
Mediterranean Games Record
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
- 1976–1986: Azeglio Vicini
- 1986–1996: Cesare Maldini
- 1996–1997: Rossano Giampaglia
- 1997–2000: Marco Tardelli
- 2000–2006: Claudio Gentile
- 2006–2010: Pierluigi Casiraghi
- 2010–2012: Ciro Ferrara
- 2012–2013: Devis Mangia
- 2013–2019: Luigi Di Biagio
- 2019–present: Paolo Nicolato
Current technical staff:
|Head Coach||Paolo Nicolato|
|Assistant Coach||Mirco Gasparetto|
|Goalkeeping Coach||Matteo Mareggini|
|Team Manager||Massimo Paganin|
|Athletic Trainers||Vincenzo Pincolini|
|Match Analyst||Francesco Bordin|
|Doctors|| Angelo De Carli |
|Physiotherapists|| Nicola Sanna |
|Accompanying Manager||Vincenzo Marinelli|
Recent results and forthcoming fixtures
Only official matches are listed.
|24 March 2021 2021 UEFA U21 Championship||Czech Republic||1–1||Italy||Celje, Slovenia|
|18:00||Maggiore 75' (o.g.)||Report||Scamacca 31'||Stadium: Stadion Z'dežele|
Referee: Dennis Higler (Netherlands)
|27 March 2021 2021 UEFA U21 Championship||Spain||0–0||Italy||Maribor, Slovenia|
|21:00||Report||Stadium: Ljudski vrt|
Referee: Harm Osmers (Germany)
|30 March 2021 2021 UEFA U21 Championship||Italy||4–0||Slovenia||Maribor, Slovenia|
|21:00||Maggiore 10' |
Cutrone 25' (pen.), 50'
|Report||Stadium: Ljudski vrt|
Attendance: 0[note 1]
Referee: Bartosz Frankowski (Poland)
|31 May 2021 2021 UEFA U21 Championship||Portugal||5–3 (a.e.t.)||Italy||Ljubljana, Slovenia|
|21:00||Mota 6', 31' |
|Report||Pobega 45' |
|Stadium: Stadion Stožice|
Referee: François Letexier (France)
|3 September 2021 2023 Championship qual.||Italy||3–0||Luxembourg||Empoli, Italy|
|17.30||Pirola 7' |
Olesen 11' (o.g.)
|Report||Stadium: Stadio Carlo Castellani|
Referee: Peter Kralović (Slovenia)
|7 September 2021 2023 Championship qual.||Italy||1–0||Montenegro||Vicenza, Italy|
|17.30||Colombo 53'||Report||Stadium: Stadio Romeo Menti|
Referee: Espen Eskås (Norway)
|8 October 2021 2023 Championship qual.||Bosnia and Herzegovina||1–2||Italy||Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina|
|17:30||Barišić 80'||Report||Okoli 19' |
|Stadium: Bilino Polje Stadium,|
Referee: Peter Kjaesgaard (Denmark)
|12 October 2021 2023 Championship qual.||Italy||1–1||Sweden||Monza, Italy|
|18:30||Lucca 42'||Report||Prica 90+2'||Stadium: Stadio Brianteo|
Referee: António Nobre (Portugal)
|12 November 2021 2023 Championship qual.||Republic of Ireland||0–2||Italy||Dublin, Ireland|
|18:30||Report||Lucca 31' |
|Stadium: Tallaght Stadium|
Referee: Horatiu Fesnic (Romania)
|16 November 2021 Friendly||Italy||4–2||Romania||Frosinone, Italy|
|Mulattieri 42' |
Canestrelli 61', 69', 71'
|Report||Canestrelli 29' (o.g.) |
|Stadium: Stadio Benito Stirpe|
Caps and goals updated as of 16 November 2021, after the match against Romania.
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|
|GK||Semuel Pizzignacco||1 September 2001||0||0||Vicenza||v. Sweden, 12 October 2021|
|GK||Alessandro Plizzari||12 March 2000||2||0||Milan||v. Montenegro, 7 September 2021|
|DF||Mattia Viti||24 January 2002||0||0||Empoli||v. Romania, 16 November 2021 INJ|
|DF||Matteo Lovato||14 February 2000||8||0||Atalanta||v. Republic of Ireland, 12 November 2021 INJ|
|DF||Lorenzo Pirola||20 February 2002||4||1||Monza||v. Republic of Ireland, 12 November 2021 INJ|
|DF||Riccardo Calafiori||19 May 2002||3||0||Roma||v. Republic of Ireland, 12 November 2021 INJ|
|DF||Andrea Carboni||4 February 2001||1||0||Cagliari||v. Republic of Ireland, 12 November 2021 INJ|
|DF||Andrea Papetti||3 July 2002||0||0||Brescia||v. Montenegro, 7 September 2021|
|DF||Antonino Gallo||5 January 2000||0||0||Lecce||v. Luxembourg, 3 September 2021 INJ|
|MF||Destiny Udogie||28 November 2002||4||0||Udinese||v. Republic of Ireland, 12 November 2021 INJ|
|MF||Sandro Tonali||8 May 2000||11||0||Milan||v. Sweden, 12 October 2021|
|MF||Marco Brescianini||20 January 2000||1||0||Monza||v. Sweden, 12 October 2021|
|MF||Jacopo Da Riva||27 October 2000||0||0||SPAL||v. Montenegro, 7 September 2021|
|MF||Mattia Viviani||4 September 2000||0||0||Benevento||Preliminary stage May 2021|
|FW||Sebastiano Esposito||2 July 2002||2||0||Basel||v. Bosnia and Herzegovina, 8 October 2021 INJ|
|FW||Eddie Salcedo||1 October 2001||2||0||Spezia||v. Montenegro, 7 September 2021|
|FW||Kelvin Yeboah||6 May 2000||2||0||Sturm Graz||v. Montenegro, 7 September 2021|
|FW||Giacomo Raspadori||18 February 2000||8||3||Sassuolo||UEFA Euro 2021|
|FW||Gianluca Gaetano||5 May 2000||0||0||Cremonese||Preliminary stage May 2021|
INJ Withdrew due to injury
Players in bold are still eligible to represent Under-21 team. As of 31 May 2021.
The following is the top 10 most capped under-21 players:
The following is the top 10 under-21 goalscorers:
|Rank||Player||Period||U-21 Goals||U-21 Caps|
- Italy national football team
- Italy national under-20 football team
- UEFA European Under-21 Championship
- Football at the Summer Olympics
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