Italian national football team (U-21 men)

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Italy U-21
FIGC emblem
Nickname (s) Azzurrini
Association Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio
confederacy UEFA
Technical sponsor puma
Head coach Paolo Nicolato
Assistant coach Massimo Mutarelli
captain Rolando Mandragora
Record scorer Alberto Gilardino (19)
Record player Andrea Pirlo (46)
Home stadium Changing stages
First international match Portugal 1-0 Italy ( Funchal , Portugal ; 23 December 1976)
Biggest win Italy 7-0 Estonia ( Catanzaro , Italy ; March 23, 1995)
Biggest defeat Norway 6-0 Italy ( Stavanger , Norway ; June 5, 1991)
Successes in tournaments
European Championship
Participation in the finals 18 ( first : 1978 )
Best results European champion
1992 , 1994 , 1996 , 2000 , 2004
(As of July 30, 2018)

The Italian U-21 national soccer team is a selection team of Italian soccer players . It is subordinate to the Italian football association Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio and represents it at the U-21 level , for example in friendly matches against the national teams of other national associations or at European championships of the continental association UEFA . Eligible to play are players who are Italian citizens and have not yet reached the age of 21. In tournaments, the age at the first qualifying game is decisive.


The Italian U-21 was founded in 1976. The reason for this was the reorganization and regulation of UEFA this year, which lowered the age limit from 23 to 21. Before that, there had been a U-23 since 1970, which is the origin of today's U-21 selection.

Until 1990, the Italian team always qualified for the round of the last eight participants in the U-21 European Championships held up to then . The team had their greatest success to date in 1986 when they reached the final. At that time the final was played in two games. The Italians won the first leg against Spain 2-1. The second leg also ended 2-1, but this time from a Spanish perspective. So after extra time failed to produce a winner, there was a penalty shoot-out. This decided the Spanish selection 3-0 for themselves. Between 1990 and 2004, the team formed the top team in this age group and won the European Championship five times. In 1992 when they first won the title, they faced the team from Sweden . After the first and second leg it was 2-1 for the kickers from the Apennine peninsula . The Italians defended their title in the first final, which was played in a country. On the way to the final, the Czech Republic and then hosts France were beaten.

On April 20, 1994 in Montpellier , Portugal was defeated 1-0 after extra time and the second title win was perfect. In the 1996 final, the Italians took revenge for their 1986 final defeat by beating Spain's side. As ten years ago, the penalty shoot-out had to decide this time. 4: 2 was the result there. The Azzurrini reached a brief low point when they did not qualify for the final round of the European Championship in 1998. Two years later, in Slovakia , they made this embarrassment forgotten and secured their fourth European championship title against the Czech Republic. Two years later, the Czechs got their revenge when the two teams faced each other in the semifinals of the 2002 European Championships in Switzerland. This time it was the Czechs who prevailed and then won the title. Up to the 86th minute, the Eastern Europeans were 2-0 ahead. Then Andrea Pirlo equalized the result with a penalty in the 86th and Massimo Maccarone in the 90th minute and forced the game into extra time. There the Czech Michal Pospíšil scored the decisive goal. The Blues won the last title so far in 2004 in Germany. On June 8, 2004, Serbia and Montenegro were the opponents to be defeated in Bochum .

After the two teams met in the preliminary round and Italy prevailed 2-1 there, the second meeting was decided 3-0 for the azure-colored. Daniele De Rossi gave the team the lead before half-time before Cesare Bovo and then Alberto Gilardino decided the game. In 2006 and 2007 the team did not get beyond the preliminary round. However, in 2007 a third place in the group stage was enough to play in the qualifying game for the 2008 Summer Olympics . The reason for this was that the English selection as second in the preliminary group B cannot qualify for the 2012 Olympics, as they are set to host this tournament. In the play-off game, Pierluigi Casiraghi's team met Portugal and prevailed 4-3 after a penalty.

On March 24, 2007, the U-21s played their first game at the new Wembley Stadium against England's selection . The game ended in a 3-3 draw. Giampaolo Pazzini was a three-time goalscorer for the azure.

Tournament balances at U-21 European Championships

year Host country Participation until ... Last opponent Result
1978 Quarter finals England -
1980 Quarter finals Soviet Union -
1982 Quarter finals Scotland -
1984 Semifinals England -
1986 final Spain 2nd place
1988 Quarter finals France -
1990 Semifinals Yugoslavia -
1992 final Sweden European champion
1994 FranceFrance France final Portugal European champion
1996 SpainSpain Spain final Spain European champion
1998 RomaniaRomania Romania not qualified - -
2000 SlovakiaSlovakia Slovakia final Czech Republic European champion
2002 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland Semifinals Czech Republic -
2004 GermanyGermany Germany final Serbia and Montenegro European champion
2006 PortugalPortugal Portugal Preliminary round Denmark, Netherlands, Ukraine -
2007 NetherlandsNetherlands Netherlands Preliminary round England, Czech Republic, Serbia -
2009 SwedenSweden Sweden Semifinals Germany -
2011 DenmarkDenmark Denmark not qualified - -
2013 IsraelIsrael Israel final Spain 2nd place
2015 Czech RepublicCzech Republic Czech Republic Preliminary round England, Portugal, Sweden -
2017 PolandPoland Poland Semifinals Spain -
2019 ItalyItalyItaly San MarinoSan MarinoSan Marino Preliminary round Belgium -

Notes: Between 1978 and 1992, the final round of a U-21 European Championship was not played in one country, but instead played back and forth in the respective participating nations.

Tournament of Toulon

The Italian U-21s have been invited to the Toulon tournament eight times so far . The first participation was in 1974. In 2008 they celebrated their first victory at this tournament.

Mediterranean Games

The Mediterranean Games are where only countries to participate based on the Olympic Games, a competition from the Mediterranean region. In 1993 and 1997, the soccer tournaments were played as U-23 competitions. The U-21 of Italy took part in these. After the fourth place was achieved in the first participation in 1993 in France, the team of then coach Rossano Giampaglia won the tournament four years later. In 2001 the competition was only open for the U-20 national teams and then, in 2005, only for U-18 selection teams.

Participation in the Mediterranean Games

1993 in France 4th Place
1997 in Italy winner

Current squad

Squad for the European Championship in Italy and San Marino (June 14th to 30th, 2019).

No. Surname Date of birth society
01 Emil Audero Jan. 18, 1997 Sampdoria Genoa
16 Lorenzo Montipò Feb. 20, 1996 Benevento Calcio
22nd Alex Meret 22 Mar 1997 SSC Naples
02 Arturo Calabresi 17th Mar 1996 Bologna FC
03 Giuseppe Pezzella Nov 29, 1997 CFC genoa
04th Kevin Bonifazi May 19, 1996 SPAL
06th Alessandro Bastoni Apr 13, 1999 Parma Calcio
12 Federico Dimarco Nov 10, 1997 Parma Calcio
13 Gianluca Mancini Apr 17, 1996 Atalanta Bergamo
15th Claud Adjapong 0May 6, 1998 Sassuolo Calcio
19th Filippo Romagna May 26, 1997 Cagliari Calcio
05 Sandro Tonali 0May 8, 2000 Brescia Calcio
07th Lorenzo Pellegrini June 19, 1996 AS Roma
08th Nicolò Zaniolo 0Feb 7, 1999 AS Roma
10 Rolando Mandragora (C)Captain of the crew June 29, 1997 Udinese Calcio
18th Nicolò Barella 0Feb 7, 1997 Cagliari Calcio
21st Manuel Locatelli 0Jan. 8, 1998 Sassuolo Calcio
23 Alessandro Murgia 0Aug 9, 1996 SPAL
09 Patrick Cutrone 0Jan. 3, 1998 AC Milan
11 Riccardo Orsolini Jan. 24, 1997 Bologna FC
14th Federico Chiesa Oct 25, 1997 AC Florence
17th Andrea Pinamonti May 19, 1999 Inter Milan
20th Moise Kean Feb 28, 2000 Juventus Turin
As of June 12, 2019

Coach history

Luigi Di Biagio

Former players


Record player

Record player Andrea Pirlo


space Surname Games Gates Period
1 Andrea Pirlo 46 16 1998-2002
2 Matteo Brighi 35 2 2000-2004
3 Daniele Bonera 34 0 2001-2004
4th Matteo Ferrari 33 3 1999-2004
5 Alessandro Rosina 32 4th 2004-2007
Luca Caldirola 31 1 2010-2013
Marco Donadel 31 1 2004-2006
Marco Motta 31 1 2005-2009


space Surname Gates Games Period
1 Alberto Gilardino 19th 30th 2000-2004
2 Andrea Pirlo 16 46 1998-2002
Manolo Gabbiadini 11 24 2010-2013
Massimo Maccarone 11 15th 2000-2002
Gianluca Vialli 11 20th 1983-1986
Robert Acquafresca 10 16 2007-2009
Cristiano Lucarelli 10 10 1996-1997
Christian Vieri 10 19th 1992-1996

See also

Web links

Commons : Italy U-21 national soccer team  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Gravina: “Vogliamo continuare ad emozionare tutti gli appassionati”. In: FIGC, accessed June 19, 2019 (Italian).
  2. UEFA European Under-21 Championship Italy - squad. In: UEFA, accessed June 19, 2019 .