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Italy national under 21 football team

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Most caps  Andrea Pirlo (46)
Appearances  18 (first in 1978)
Head coach  Luigi Di Biagio
Top scorer  Alberto Gilardino (19)
Captain  Marco Benassi
Location  Italy
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Nickname(s)  Azzurrini (Little Blues)
Association  Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio
Best result  Winners: (1992, 1994, 1996, 2000, 2004)

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

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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 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.

In the 2015 U-21 Championship Italy was eliminated in the group stage.

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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
  • 2019: Qualified (as host)
  • Olympics football 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.
  • 2020: To be determined.
  • 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
  • Honours

  • UEFA European Under-21 Championship
  • Winner: 1992; 1994; 1996; 2000; 2004
  • Runners-up: 1986; 2013
  • Coaches

  • 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

    Only official matches are reported.

    Current players

    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).

    Current squad

    The following players have been called up for the friendly matches against Poland on 23 March 2017 and Spain on 27 March 2017.

    Caps and goals updated as of 14 November 2016, after the match against Denmark.

    Recent call-ups

    Following are listed players called up in the previous 12 months that are still eligible to represent the Under-21 team.

    References

    Italy national under-21 football team Wikipedia


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