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Italy national under-21 football team - Wikipedia

Italy Under-21Nickname(s)Gli Azzurrini

(The Little Blues)AssociationItalian Football Federation

(Federazion Italia Giuoco Calcio - FIGC)Head coachPaolo NicolatoCaptainPatrick CutroneMost capsAndrea Pirlo (46)Top scorerAlberto Gilardino (19)

First colours

Second colours

Third colours

U-23: Italy 3-1 Austria

(Varese, Italy; 1 November 1970)

U-21: Portugal 1-0 Italy

(Funchal, Italy; 23 December 1976) Italy 7-0 Estonia

(Catanzaro, Italy; 23 March 1995)

Italy 8-1 Wales

(Pavia, Italy; 5 September 2003)

Italy 7-0 Liechtenstein

(Casarano, Italy; 6 September 2012) Norway 6-0 Italy

(Stavanger, Norway; 5 June 1991)

Records for competitive

matches only.
Appearances21 (first in 1978)Best resultWinners: (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 Championship, held every two years. Italy (along with Spain) 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.[1]

UEFA European Under-21 Championship[edit]

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.

UEFA U-21 Championship Record[edit]

*Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.


Since 1992 Olympic football changed to a U-23 event, and the European U-21 teams are technically U-23 teams. European national teams qualify for the Olympic football tournament through the UEFA European U-21 Championship.

Mediterranean Games Record[edit]

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



Coaching staff[edit]

Current technical staff:[2]

Recent results and forthcoming fixtures[edit]

Only official matches are listed.[3]





Players born in 2000 or later are eligible for the 2023 UEFA European Under-21 Championship. Players in bold have been already capped with the senior team.

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up for the knockout stage of the 2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship.[11]

Caps and goals updated as of 31 May 2021, after the match against Portugal.

Recent call-ups[edit]

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


Players in bold are still eligible to represent Under-21 team. As of 31 May 2021.

Top appearances[edit]

The following is the top 10 most capped under-21 players:[12]

Top goalscorers[edit]

The following is the top 10 under-21 goalscorers:[13]

See also[edit]



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