Italy national under-20 football team

Italy Under-20
Nickname(s) Azzurrini
Association Federazione Italiana
Giuoco Calcio
Head coach Alberigo Evani
First colours
Second colours
FIFA U-20 World Cup
Appearances 5 (first in 1977)
Best result Quarter-final, 1987, 2005, 2009

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 in the FIFA U-20 World Cup, which is held every two years.


The U20 team is the de facto under-19 of the previous year, and it acts mainly as a feeder team for the U21s and provides further international development for youth players. The team qualified for its only official match, FIFA U-20 World Cup, depends on U19 result. The U19 team finished runners-up of the 2008 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship, thereby qualifying for the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

Any player may receive an U20 call-up regardless of whether they have played for the under-19 team. As the team mainly participate in friendly tournaments, overage players may also be selected.

The team participated in an annual Four Nations Tournament with Germany, Switzerland and Poland (in the past Austria or an invitee), which was the main fixture of the U20 team.

The team also have an annual fixture with the Serie D Best XI after the end of the season, from 2007[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

Current squad

The following players have been called up to the squad for the Four Nations tournament matches against Germany on 10 November 2016 and Switzerland on 15 November 2016.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Emil Audero (1997-01-18) 18 January 1997 Italy Juventus
1GK Andrea Zaccagno (1997-05-27) 27 May 1997 Italy Pro Vercelli (on loan from Torino)

2DF Leonardo Sernicola (1997-07-30) 30 July 1997 Italy Ternana
2DF Federico Dimarco (1997-11-10) 10 November 1997 Italy Empoli (on loan from Internazionale)
2DF Gian Filippo Felicioli (1997-09-30) 30 September 1997 Italy Ascoli
2DF Filippo Romagna (1997-05-26) 26 May 1997 Italy Novara (on loan from Juventus)
2DF Mauro Coppolaro (1997-03-10) 10 March 1997 Italy Latina (on loan from Udinese)
2DF Arturo Calabresi (1996-03-17) 17 March 1996 Italy Brescia (on loan from Roma)
2DF Elio Capradossi (1996-03-11) 11 March 1996 Italy Bari (on loan from Roma)
2DF Lorenzo Dickmann (1996-09-24) 24 September 1996 Italy Novara

3MF Christian D'Urso (1997-07-26) 26 July 1997 Italy Latina (on loan from Roma)
3MF Nicolò Barella (1997-02-07) 7 February 1997 Italy Cagliari
3MF Alberto Picchi (1997-08-12) 12 August 1997 Italy SPAL (on loan from Empoli)
3MF Matteo Pessina (1997-04-21) 21 April 1997 Italy Como (on loan from Milan)
3MF Luca Checchin (1997-05-03) 3 May 1997 Italy Prato (on loan from Verona)
3MF Simone Pontisso (1997-03-20) 20 March 1997 Italy SPAL (on loan from Udinese)
3MF Francesco Cassata (1997-07-16) 16 July 1997 Italy Ascoli (on loan from Juventus)
3MF Alfredo Bifulco (1997-01-19) 19 January 1997 Italy Carpi (on loan from Napoli)
3MF Federico Chiesa (1997-10-25) 25 October 1997 Italy Fiorentina
3MF Andrea Palazzi (1996-02-24) 24 February 1996 Italy Pro Vercelli (on loan from Internazionale)

4FW Giuseppe Panico (1997-05-10) 10 May 1997 Italy Cesena (on loan from Genoa)
4FW Riccardo Orsolini (1997-01-24) 24 January 1997 Italy Ascoli
4FW Luca Vido (1997-02-03) 3 February 1997 Italy Milan
4FW Antonino La Gumina (1996-03-06) 6 March 1996 Italy Ternana (on loan from Palermo)
4FW Alessandro Piu (1996-07-30) 30 July 1996 Italy Spezia (on loan from Empoli)

See also


  1. "L'Italia Under 20 batte la Top 11 di D". Corriere dello Sport – Stadio (in Italian). 11 June 2012. Retrieved 8 September 2012.
  2. "Orvieto, Top 11 a testa alta contro l'Italia Under 20". Corriere dello Sport-Stadio (in Italian). 2010-06-04. Retrieved 2010-06-05.
  3. "Top 11: sport e solidarietà". Serie D News (in Italian). 3 June 2008. 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. Retrieved 25 July 2010.
  6. "A Orvieto si completa la grande festa del Top 11". (in Italian). 2 June 2009. Retrieved 8 December 2011.
  7. "TOP 11 SERIE D - Nazionale Under 19: 2 - 0". Serie D News (in Italian). 1 June 2006. 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.
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