Italy national under-21 football team

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Italy Under-21
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Gli Azzurrini
(The Little Blues)
AssociationItalian Football Federation
(Federazion Italia Giuoco Calcio – FIGC)
Head coachPaolo Nicolato
CaptainMarco Carnesecchi
Most capsAndrea Pirlo (46)
Top scorerAlberto Gilardino (19)
First colours
Second colours
Third colours
First international
U-23: Italy Italy 3–1 Austria Austria
(Varese, Italy; 1 November 1970)
U-21: Portugal Portugal 1–0 Italy Italy
(Funchal, Italy; 23 December 1976)
Biggest win
Italy Italy 7–0 Estonia Estonia
(Catanzaro, Italy; 23 March 1995)
Italy Italy 8–1 Wales Wales
(Pavia, Italy; 5 September 2003)
Italy Italy 7–0 Liechtenstein Liechtenstein
(Casarano, Italy; 6 September 2012)
Biggest defeat
Norway Norway 6–0 Italy Italy
(Stavanger, Norway; 5 June 1991)
Records for competitive
matches only.
Olympic Games
Appearances5 (first in 1992)
Best resultBronze medal.svg Bronze medallist: (2004)
UEFA U-21 Championship
Appearances21 (first in 1978)
Best resultChampions: (1992, 1994, 1996, 2000, 2004)
Medal record
Italy national under-21 football team
Medal record
Men's Football
Bronze medal – third place 2004 Athens Team

The Italy national under-21 football team is the national under-21 football team of Italy and is controlled by the Italian Football Federation.

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.[1]

UEFA European Under-21 Championship[edit]

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.

UEFA U-21 Championship Record[edit]

Year Round
Europe 1978 Quarter-finals
Europe 1980 Quarter-finals
Europe 1982 Quarter-finals
Europe 1984 Semi-finals
Europe 1986 Runners-up
Europe 1988 Quarter-finals
Europe 1990 Semi-finals
Europe 1992 Winners
France 1994 Winners
Spain 1996 Winners
Romania 1998 Did not qualify
Slovakia 2000 Winners
Switzerland 2002 Semi-finals
Germany 2004 Winners
Portugal 2006 Group stage
Netherlands 2007 Group stage
Sweden 2009 Semi-finals
Denmark 2011 Did not qualify
Israel 2013 Runners-up
Czech Republic 2015 Group stage
Poland 2017 Semi-finals
Italy 2019 Group stage
Hungary Slovenia 2021 Quarter-finals
Romania Georgia (country) 2023 TBD
Total 21/23
*Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.

Olympics football Record[edit]

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.

Mediterranean Games Record[edit]

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

Honours[edit]

Coaches[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

Current technical staff:[2]

Position Name
Head Coach Italy Paolo Nicolato
Assistant Coach Italy Mirco Gasparetto
Goalkeeping Coach Italy Matteo Mareggini
Team Manager Italy Massimo Paganin
Athletic Trainers Italy Vincenzo Pincolini
Match Analyst Italy Francesco Bordin
Doctors Italy Angelo De Carli
Italy Vincenzo Santoriello
Physiotherapists Italy Nicola Sanna
Italy Emiliano Bozzetti
Physiologist Italy Christian Osgnach
Accompanying Manager Italy Vincenzo Marinelli
Secretary Italy Manfredi Martino

Recent results and forthcoming fixtures[edit]

Only official matches are listed.[3]

2021[edit]

31 May 2021 (2021-05-31) 2021 UEFA U21 Championship Portugal  5–3 (a.e.t.)  Italy Ljubljana, Slovenia
21:00 Mota 6', 31'
Ramos 58'
Jota 109'
Conceição 119'
Report Pobega 45'
Scamacca 60'
Cutrone 89'
Stadium: Stadion Stožice
Attendance: 1,032[4]
Referee: François Letexier (France)
3 September 2021 (2021-09-03) 2023 Championship qual. Italy  3–0  Luxembourg Empoli, Italy
17.30 Pirola 7'
Olesen 11' (o.g.)
Cancellieri 50'
Report Stadium: Stadio Carlo Castellani
Referee: Peter Kralović (Slovenia)
7 September 2021 (2021-09-07) 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 (2021-10-08) 2023 Championship qual. Bosnia and Herzegovina  1–2  Italy Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina
17:30 Barišić 80' Report Okoli 19'
Vignato 27'
Stadium: Bilino Polje Stadium,
Referee: Peter Kjaesgaard (Denmark)
12 October 2021 (2021-10-12) 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 (2021-11-12) 2023 Championship qual. Republic of Ireland  0–2  Italy Dublin, Ireland
18:30 Report Lucca 31'
Cancellieri 90'
Stadium: Tallaght Stadium
Referee: Horatiu Fesnic (Romania)
16 November 2021 (2021-11-16) Friendly Italy  4–2  Romania Frosinone, Italy
Mulattieri 42'
Canestrelli 61', 69', 71'
Report Canestrelli 29' (o.g.)
Racovițan 41'
Stadium: Stadio Benito Stirpe

2022[edit]

25 March 2022 (2022-03-25) 2023 Championship qual. Montenegro  1–1  Italy Podgorica, Montenegro
18:30 Rakonjac 37' Report Ricci 39' Stadium: Podgorica City Stadium
29 March 2022 (2022-03-29) 2023 Championship qual. Italy  1–0  Bosnia and Herzegovina Trieste, Italy
17:30 Rovella 14' Report Stadium: Stadio Nereo Rocco
6 June 2022 (2022-06-06) 2023 Championship qual. Luxembourg  v  Italy
9 June 2022 (2022-06-09) 2023 Championship qual. Sweden  v  Italy

Players[edit]

Players born in 2000 or later are eligible for the 2023 UEFA European Under-21 Championship. Players in bold have been already capped with the senior team.

Current squad[edit]

The following players have been pre-selected up for the qualification matches against Luxembourg, Sweden and Republic of Ireland on 6, 9 and 14 June 2022 respectively.[5]

Caps and goals as of 29 March 2022, after the match against Bosnia and Herzegovina.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Marco Carnesecchi (2000-07-01) 1 July 2000 (age 21) 17 0 Italy Cremonese
1GK Stefano Turati (2001-09-05) 5 September 2001 (age 20) 3 0 Italy Reggina
1GK Alessandro Plizzari (2000-03-12) 12 March 2000 (age 22) 2 0 Italy Lecce

2DF Caleb Okoli (2001-07-13) 13 July 2001 (age 20) 7 1 Italy Cremonese
2DF Giacomo Quagliata (2000-02-19) 19 February 2000 (age 22) 2 0 Netherlands Heracles Almelo
2DF Simone Canestrelli (2000-09-11) 11 September 2000 (age 21) 1 3 Italy Crotone

3MF Salvatore Esposito (2000-10-07) 7 October 2000 (age 21) 8 0 Italy SPAL
3MF Nicolò Fagioli (2001-02-12) 12 February 2001 (age 21) 4 0 Italy Cremonese
3MF Alessandro Cortinovis (2001-01-25) 25 January 2001 (age 21) 1 0 Italy Reggina
3MF Tommaso Milanese (2002-07-31) 31 July 2002 (age 19) 0 0 Italy Alessandria

4FW Nicolò Cambiaghi (2000-12-28) 28 December 2000 (age 21) 1 0 Italy Pordenone
4FW Gianluca Gaetano (2000-05-05) 5 May 2000 (age 22) 1 0 Italy Cremonese

Recent call-ups[edit]

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 Alessandro Russo (2001-03-31) 31 March 2001 (age 21) 1 0 Belgium Sint-Truiden v. Romania, 16 November 2021
GK Semuel Pizzignacco (2001-09-01) 1 September 2001 (age 20) 0 0 Italy Vicenza v. Sweden, 12 October 2021

DF Raoul Bellanova (2000-05-17) 17 May 2000 (age 22) 14 0 Italy Cagliari v. Bosnia and Herzegovina, 29 March 2022
DF Matteo Lovato (2000-02-14) 14 February 2000 (age 22) 10 0 Italy Cagliari v. Bosnia and Herzegovina, 29 March 2022
DF Lorenzo Pirola (2002-02-20) 20 February 2002 (age 20) 4 1 Italy Monza v. Bosnia and Herzegovina, 29 March 2022
DF Destiny Udogie (2002-11-28) 28 November 2002 (age 19) 4 0 Italy Udinese v. Bosnia and Herzegovina, 29 March 2022
DF Fabiano Parisi (2000-11-09) 9 November 2000 (age 21) 3 0 Italy Empoli v. Bosnia and Herzegovina, 29 March 2022
DF Antonio Candela (2000-04-27) 27 April 2000 (age 22) 0 0 Italy Cesena v. Bosnia and Herzegovina, 29 March 2022
DF Mattia Viti (2002-01-24) 24 January 2002 (age 20) 0 0 Italy Empoli v. Bosnia and Herzegovina, 29 March 2022
DF Gabriele Ferrarini (2000-04-09) 9 April 2000 (age 22) 4 0 Italy Perugia v. Romania, 16 November 2021
DF Andrea Cambiaso (2000-02-20) 20 February 2000 (age 22) 2 0 Italy Genoa v. Romania, 16 November 2021
DF Giorgio Scalvini (2003-12-11) 11 December 2003 (age 18) 1 0 Italy Atalanta v. Romania, 16 November 2021
DF Riccardo Calafiori (2002-05-19) 19 May 2002 (age 20) 3 0 Italy Genoa v. Republic of Ireland, 12 November 2021 INJ
DF Andrea Carboni (2001-02-04) 4 February 2001 (age 21) 1 0 Italy Cagliari v. Republic of Ireland, 12 November 2021 INJ
DF Andrea Papetti (2002-07-03) 3 July 2002 (age 19) 0 0 Italy Brescia v. Montenegro, 7 September 2021
DF Antonino Gallo (2000-01-05) 5 January 2000 (age 22) 0 0 Italy Lecce v. Luxembourg, 3 September 2021 INJ

MF Nicolò Rovella (2001-12-04) 4 December 2001 (age 20) 12 1 Italy Genoa v. Bosnia and Herzegovina, 29 March 2022
MF Samuele Ricci (2001-08-21) 21 August 2001 (age 20) 11 1 Italy Torino v. Bosnia and Herzegovina, 29 March 2022
MF Manolo Portanova (2000-06-02) 2 June 2000 (age 21) 3 0 Italy Genoa v. Bosnia and Herzegovina, 29 March 2022
MF Edoardo Bove (2002-05-16) 16 May 2002 (age 20) 0 0 Italy Roma v. Bosnia and Herzegovina, 29 March 2022
MF Filippo Ranocchia (2001-05-14) 14 May 2001 (age 21) 2 0 Italy Vicenza v. Romania, 16 November 2021
MF Sandro Tonali (2000-05-08) 8 May 2000 (age 22) 11 0 Italy Milan v. Sweden, 12 October 2021
MF Marco Brescianini (2000-01-20) 20 January 2000 (age 22) 1 0 Italy Monza v. Sweden, 12 October 2021
MF Jacopo Da Riva (2000-10-27) 27 October 2000 (age 21) 0 0 Italy SPAL v. Montenegro, 7 September 2021

FW Lorenzo Colombo (2002-03-08) 8 March 2002 (age 20) 9 1 Italy SPAL v. Bosnia and Herzegovina, 29 March 2022
FW Matteo Cancellieri (2002-02-12) 12 February 2002 (age 20) 7 2 Italy Verona v. Bosnia and Herzegovina, 29 March 2022
FW Emanuel Vignato (2000-08-24) 24 August 2000 (age 21) 6 1 Italy Bologna v. Bosnia and Herzegovina, 29 March 2022
FW Lorenzo Lucca (2000-09-10) 10 September 2000 (age 21) 5 2 Italy Pisa v. Bosnia and Herzegovina, 29 March 2022
FW Kelvin Yeboah (2000-05-06) 6 May 2000 (age 22) 4 0 Italy Genoa v. Bosnia and Herzegovina, 29 March 2022
FW Roberto Piccoli (2001-01-27) 27 January 2001 (age 21) 4 0 Italy Genoa v. Romania, 16 November 2021
FW Samuele Mulattieri (2000-10-07) 7 October 2000 (age 21) 3 1 Italy Crotone v. Romania, 16 November 2021
FW Pietro Pellegri (2001-03-17) 17 March 2001 (age 21) 1 0 Italy Torino v. Romania, 16 November 2021
FW Sebastiano Esposito (2002-07-02) 2 July 2002 (age 19) 2 0 Switzerland Basel v. Bosnia and Herzegovina, 8 October 2021 INJ
FW Eddie Salcedo (2001-10-01) 1 October 2001 (age 20) 2 0 Italy Spezia v. Montenegro, 7 September 2021
FW Giacomo Raspadori (2000-02-18) 18 February 2000 (age 22) 8 3 Italy Sassuolo UEFA U21 Euro 2021, 31 May 2021

INJ Withdrew due to injury

Records[edit]

Players in bold are still eligible to represent Under-21 team. As of 31 May 2021.

Top appearances[edit]

The following is the top 10 most capped under-21 players:[6]

Rank Player Period U-21 Caps
1 Andrea Pirlo 1998–2002 46
2 Marco Motta 2005–2009 38
3 Francesco Bardi 2011–2015 37
4 Matteo Brighi 2000–2004 35
5 Daniele Bonera 2001–2004 34
6 Matteo Ferrari 1999–2002 33
7 Luca Marrone 2009–2013 32
Alessandro Rosina 2004–2007 32
9 Luca Caldirola 2010–2013 31
Marco Donadel 2004–2006 31

Top goalscorers[edit]

The following is the top 10 under-21 goalscorers:[7]

Rank Player Period U-21 Goals U-21 Caps
1 Alberto Gilardino 2000–2004 19 30
2 Andrea Pirlo 1998–2002 16 46
3 Manolo Gabbiadini 2010–2013 12 24
4 Patrick Cutrone 2017–2021 11 25
Massimo Maccarone 2000–2002 11 15
Gianluca Vialli 1983–1986 11 20
7 Robert Acquafresca 2007–2009 10 16
Cristiano Lucarelli 1996–1997 10 10
Christian Vieri 1992–1996 10 19
10 Andrea Belotti 2013–2015 9 18
Ciro Immobile 2009–2013 9 16
Roberto Mancini 1982–1986 9 26
Alberto Paloschi 2008–2013 9 29
Gianluca Scamacca 2018–2021 9 15

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Categories - All 4". www.channel4.com.
  2. ^ "Staff" (in Italian). FIGC. 18 March 2021.
  3. ^ "FIGC". www.figc.it. 7 February 2020.
  4. ^ "Portugal vs. Italy". Union of European Football Associations. 31 May 2021. Retrieved 31 May 2021.
  5. ^ https://www.figc.it/it/nazionali/news/verso-le-qualificazioni-europee-stage-a-tirrenia-dal-17-al-20-maggio-nicolato-convoca-12-azzurrini/
  6. ^ "Classifica Presenze". Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio (in Italian). 24 September 2020. Retrieved 3 June 2021.
  7. ^ "Classifica Marcatori". Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio (in Italian). 5 August 2020. Retrieved 3 June 2021.

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