Italy national under-21 football team
|Head coach||Luigi Di Biagio|
|Most caps||Andrea Pirlo (46)|
|Top scorer||Alberto Gilardino (19)|
Italy 7–0 Estonia |
Catanzaro, March 23, 1995
Italy 8-1 Wales
Pavia, September 5, 2003
Italy 7–0 Liechtenstein
Casarano, 6 September 2012
|UEFA U-21 Championship|
|Appearances||18 (first in 1978)|
Winners: (1992, 1994,|
1996, 2000, 2004)
The team competes in the UEFA European Under-21 Championship, held every two years. Italy 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 ot 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.
In the 2015 U-21 Championship Italy was eliminated in the group stage.
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: Group stage.
- 2007: Group stage; Winner of the Olympic qualification play-off.
- 2009: Losing semi-finalists.
- 2011: Did not qualify.
- 2013: Runners-up.
- 2015: Group stage.
- 2017: Qualified
Olympics football Record
|Olympic medal record|
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.
- Before 1992: See Italy national football team
- 1992: Losing quarter-finalists.
- 1996: Group stage.
- 2000: Losing quarter-finalists.
- 2004: Bronze Medal.
- 2008: Losing quarter-finalists.
- 2012: Did not qualify.
- 2016: 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–present: Luigi Di Biagio
Recent results and forthcoming fixtures
24 March 2016 U21 Champ. qualification
|Republic of Ireland||1–4||Italy||Waterford, Republic of Ireland|
|19:00||Rosseti 16' (o.g.)||Report|| Benassi 28'
Lenihan 64' (o.g.)
| Stadium: Waterford Regional Sports Centre
Referee: Bart Vertenten (Belgium)
29 March 2016 U21 Champ. qualification
|Andorra||0–1||Italy||Andorra la Vella, Andorra|
|16:00||Report||Cerri 79'|| Stadium: Estadi Comunal
Referee: Dennis Antamo (Finland)
2 June 2016 Friendly
|Report||Cornet 45+2'|| Stadium: Stadio Pierluigi Penzo
2 September2016 U21 Champ. qualification
|18.30||Cerri 54' (pen.)||Report||Gajić 33'|| Stadium: Stadio Romeo Menti
Referee: Carlos Del Cerro (Spain)
6 September2016 U21 Champ. qualification
|Italy||3–0||Andorra||La Spezia, Italy|
|18:30|| Di Francesco 48', 73'
|Report|| Stadium: Stadio Alberto Picco
Referee: Aleksandrs Golubevs (Latvia)
11 October 2016 U21 Champ. qualification
|17:00||Report|| Stadium: Darius and Girėnas Stadium
10 November 2016 Friendly
| Gray 6'
|Report|| Galloway 13' (o.g.)
Di Francesco 28'
| Stadium: St Mary's Stadium
14 November 2016 Friendly
| Stadium: Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia
18 June 2016 2017 UEFA Euro U21
| Stadium: Stadion Miejski
21 June 2016 2017 UEFA Euro U21
|Czech Republic||v||Italy||Tychy, Poland|
| Stadium: Stadion Miejski
24 June 2016 2017 UEFA Euro U21
| Stadium: Stadion Miejski
Players born in 1994 or later are eligible for the 2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship.
The following eligible players have been called up in the squad.
Note: Players in italics have already been called up to the senior team for official matches (training camps excluded).
Caps and goals updated as of 14 November 2016, after the match against Denmark.
|#||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|GK||Alessio Cragno||28 June 1994||12||0||Benevento (on loan from Cagliari)|
|GK||Pierluigi Gollini||18 March 1995||2||0||Aston Villa|
|DF||Andrea Conti||2 March 1994||14||0||Atalanta|
|DF||Mattia Caldara||5 May 1994||9||0||Atalanta|
|DF||Antonio Barreca||18 March 1995||8||0||Torino|
|DF||Adam Masina||2 January 1994||4||0||Bologna|
|DF||Alex Ferrari||1 July 1994||4||0||Bologna|
|DF||Davide Biraschi||2 July 1994||3||0||Genoa|
|DF||Michele Somma||16 March 1995||2||0||Brescia|
|DF||Davide Vitturini||21 February 1997||0||0||Pescara|
|MF||Marco Benassi||8 September 1994||22||5||Torino|
|MF||Alberto Grassi||7 March 1995||8||0||Atalanta (on loan from Napoli)|
|MF||Luca Mazzitelli||15 November 1995||7||0||Sassuolo|
|MF||Lorenzo Pellegrini||19 June 1996||5||1||Sassuolo|
|MF||Leonardo Capezzi||29 March 1995||3||0||Crotone|
|MF||Bryan Cristante||5 March 1995||2||0||Pescara (on loan from Benfica)|
|FW||Luca Garritano||11 February 1994||11||0||Cesena|
|FW||Alberto Cerri||16 April 1996||10||2||SPAL (on loan from Juventus)|
|FW||Lorenzo Rosseti||5 August 1994||8||1||Lugano (on loan from Juventus)|
|FW||Federico Ricci||27 May 1994||8||0||Sassuolo (on loan from Roma)|
|FW||Vittorio Parigini||25 March 1996||4||1||Chievo (on loan from Torino)|
|FW||Andrea Petagna||30 June 1995||3||0||Atalanta|
Following are listed players called up in the previous 12 months that are still eligible to represent Under 21 team.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Alex Meret||18 March 1997||0||0||SPAL (on loan from Udinese)||v. England, 10 November 2016 INJ|
|GK||Simone Scuffet||31 May 1996||1||0||Udinese||v. Andorra, 6 September 2016|
|GK||Gianluigi Donnarumma||25 February 1999||3||0||Milan||v. Albania, 10 August 2016|
|DF||Nicola Murru||16 December 1994||10||0||Cagliari||v. Lithuania, 11 October 2016|
|DF||Davide Calabria||6 December 1996||3||0||Milan||v. Lithuania, 11 October 2016 INJ|
|DF||Alessio Romagnoli||12 January 1995||15||1||Milan||v. Andorra, 6 September 2016|
|DF||Arturo Calabresi||17 March 1996||2||0||Brescia (on loan from Roma)||v. Andorra, 6 September 2016|
|DF||Filippo Romagna||26 May 1997||0||0||Novara (on loan from Juventus)||v. Andorra, 6 September 2016|
|DF||Daniele Rugani||29 July 1994||15||2||Juventus||v. Republic of Ireland, 24 March 2016|
|MF||Danilo Cataldi||6 August 1994||17||2||Lazio||v. England, 10 November 2016|
|MF||Roberto Gagliardini||7 April 1994||2||0||Atalanta||v. England, 10 November 2016|
|MF||Valerio Verre||11 January 1994||7||0||Pescara||v. Lithuania, 11 October 2016|
|MF||Manuel Locatelli||8 January 1998||0||0||Milan||v. Lithuania, 11 October 2016|
|MF||Rolando Mandragora||29 June 1997||8||0||Juventus||v. Andorra, 29 March 2016|
|MF||Stefano Sensi||5 August 1995||0||0||Sassuolo||v. Republic of Ireland, 24 March 2016 INJ|
|FW||Federico Di Francesco||14 June 1994||4||3||Bologna||v. England, 10 November 2016 INJ|
|FW||Leonardo Morosini||13 October 1995||1||0||Brescia||v. Lithuania, 11 October 2016|
|FW||Gaetano Monachello||3 March 1994||8||2||Bari (on loan from Atalanta)||v. Andorra, 6 September 2016|
|FW||Domenico Berardi||1 August 1994||18||3||Sassuolo||v. Serbia, 2 September 2016 INJ|
|FW||Kingsley Boateng||7 April 1994||5||0||Bari||v. Andorra, 29 March 2016|
|FW||Federico Bernardeschi||16 February 1994||12||3||Fiorentina||v. Republic of Ireland, 24 March 2016|
- channel4.com - Football Italia
- Official website, Italian language
- Official website, English language
- UEFA Under-21 website Contains full results archive
- The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation Contains full record of U-21/U-23 Championships.