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Italy Under-21
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Azzurrini
(Little Blues)
Association Federazione Italiana
Giuoco Calcio
Head coach Italy Pierluigi Casiraghi
Captain Lorenzo De Silvestri
Most caps Andrea Pirlo (46)
Top scorer Alberto Gilardino (19)
Home colours
Away colours
First international
U-23: Italy Italy 3-1 Austria Austria
Varese, November 1, 1970
U-21: Portugal Portugal 1-0 Italy Italy
Funchal, December 23, 1976
Biggest win
Italy Italy 7-0 Estonia Estonia
Catanzaro, March 23, 1995
Italy Italy 8-1 Wales Wales
Pavia, September 5, 2003
Biggest defeat
Norway Norway 6-0 Italy Italy
Stavanger, June 5, 1991
Records for competitive
matches only.
UEFA U-21 Championship
Appearances 16 (First in 1978)
Best result Winners: 1992, 1994,
1996, 2000, 2004

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 Football Championship, held every two years. Italy is the most successful nation in the history of the competition, with five Championships won. The likes of senior team stalwarts and World Cup winners Gianluigi Buffon, Fabio Cannavaro, Andrea Pirlo and Francesco Totti have all won the U21 title and first made their names at this level. 2008 Toulon Tournament winners Domenico Criscito and Claudio Marchisio are among the more recent former U21 regulars to be successfully integrated into the senior squad, both making their debuts after taking part in the U-21 European Championships.

Following the realignment of UEFA's youth competitions in 1976, the Italian Under-21 team was formed. Until 1990, the team had a very good record - reaching the last eight of each of the first seven UEFA U-21 Championships. From 1990 to 2004 the team established near-total dominance of European Under-21 football, winning five of the seven tournaments.

The lowest point for the team came in 1997, when it failed to qualify for the 1998 finals. The team won the 2004 tournament finals in Germany. In the 2006 tournament finals in Portugal the team failed to advance to second round. This was Italy's 14th U-21 finals tournament.

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].

In the 2009 U-21 Championship Italy was eliminated in the semi-finals.

Contents

UEFA U-23 Championship Record

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

  • 1978: Losing quarter-finalists.
  • 1980: Losing quarter-finalists.
  • 1982: Losing quarter-finalists.
  • 1984: Losing semi-finalists.
  • 1986: Runners-up.
  • 1988: Losing quarter-finalists.
  • 1990: Losing semi-finalists.
  • 1992: Winners.
  • 1994: Winners.
  • 1996: Winners.
  • 1998: Did not qualify.
  • 2000: Winners.
  • 2002: Losing semi-finalists.
  • 2004: Winners.
  • 2006: Finished 3rd of 4 in finals group.
  • 2007: Finished 5th by winning Olympic qualification play-off.
  • 2009: Losing semi-finalists.

Olympics football Record

Olympic medal record
Men's Football
Bronze 2004 Athens Team

Since 1992 Olympics football changed to U-23 event, and the European U-21 teams, technically is a U-23 teams. The winner, runner-up and third place of UEFA U-21 Championship qualify for Olympics. With this format, Italy always qualified for the event.

Mediterranean Games Record

Mediterranean Games Football tournament was U-23 event in 1993 and 1997.

  • 1993: 4th place
  • 1997: Winners
  • 2001 and 2005: a U-20 and U-18 event

Coaches

Current players

Players born in 1988 or later are eligible for the 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship.

1988-born
(eligible up to 2011 UEFA U-21 Championship)

1989-born
(eligible up to 2011 UEFA U-21 Championship)

1990-born
(eligible up to 2013 UEFA U-21 Championship)

1991-born
(eligible up to 2013 UEFA U-21 Championship)

Note: Players in italics have already been called up to the senior team.

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Current squad

Squad called up for Euro 2011 Qualification match against Hungary on 3 March 2010.

Caps and goals as of 3 March 2010.

Name Date of birth Club Caps (goals) Debut
Goalkeepers
Vito Mannone 2 March 1988 (1988-03-02) (age 22) England Arsenal 03 0(0) v. Hungary, 13 November 2009
Mattia Perin 10 November 1992 (1992-11-10) (age 17) Italy Genoa 00 0(0) N/A
Defenders
Gabriele Angella 28 April 1989 (1989-04-28) (age 20) Italy Empoli 02 0(0) v. Wales, 4 September 2009
Lorenzo Ariaudo 11 June 1989 (1989-06-11) (age 20) Italy Cagliari 06 0(1) v. Austria, 25 March 2009
Giuseppe Bellusci 21 September 1989 (1989-09-21) (age 20) Italy Catania 05 0(0) v. Austria, 25 March 2009
Gianluigi Bianco 11 May 1989 (1989-05-11) (age 20) Italy Sassuolo 00 0(0) N/A
Michele Cremonesi 15 April 1988 (1988-04-15) (age 21) Italy Cremonese 00 0(0) N/A
Lorenzo De Silvestri 23 May 1988 (1988-05-23) (age 21) Italy Fiorentina 17 0(0) v. Albania, 11 September 2007
Angelo Ogbonna 23 May 1988 (1988-05-23) (age 21) Italy Torino 05 0(0) v. Russia, 12 August 2009
Midfielders
Francesco Bolzoni 7 May 1989 (1989-05-07) (age 20) Italy Frosinone 10 0(0) v. Faroe Islands, 21 November 2007
Federico Casarini 7 September 1989 (1989-09-07) (age 20) Italy Bologna 00 0(0) N/A
Davide Di Gennaro 16 June 1988 (1988-06-16) (age 21) Italy Livorno 05 0(0) v. Germany, 18 November 2008
Luca Marrone 28 March 1990 (1990-03-28) (age 19) Italy Juventus 04 0(1) v. Bosnia-Herzegovina, 13 October 2009
Mattia Mustacchio 17 May 1989 (1989-05-17) (age 20) Italy Ancona 05 0(0) v. Russia, 12 August 2009
Andrea Poli 29 September 1989 (1989-09-29) (age 20) Italy Sampdoria 10 0(1) v. Sweden, 11 February 2009
Ezequiel Schelotto 23 May 1989 (1989-05-23) (age 20) Italy Cesena 03 0(0) v. Hungary, 13 November 2009
Strikers
Mario Balotelli 12 August 1990 (1990-08-12) (age 19) Italy Internazionale 16 0(6) v. Greece, 5 September 2008
Fabio Borini 29 March 1991 (1991-03-29) (age 18) England Chelsea 03 0(0) v. Hungary, 13 November 2009
Guido Marilungo 9 August 1989 (1989-08-09) (age 20) Italy Lecce 04 0(2) v. Luxembourg, 8 September 2009
Stefano Okaka 9 August 1989 (1989-08-09) (age 20) England Fulham 02 0(1) v. Luxembourg, 17 November 2009

References

See also

Sources/External links


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