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

The team competes in the UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship, held every two years. Italy is the most successful nation in the history of the competition, with five Championships won.

Following the realignment of UEFA's youth competitions in 1976, the Italian Under-21 team was formed. Until 1990, the team had a very good record - reaching the last eight of each of the first seven UEFA U-21 Championships. From 1990 to 2004 the team established near-total dominance of European Under-21 football, winning five of the seven tournaments.

The lowest point for the team came in 1997, when it failed to qualify for the 1998 finals. The team won the 2004 tournament finals in Germanymarker. In the 2006 tournament finals in Portugalmarker the team failed to advance to second round. This was Italy's 14th U-21 finals tournament.

Italy's Under-21s played the first match at the new Wembley Stadiummarker, 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 2009 U-21 Championship Italy was eliminated in the semi-finals.

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: Finished 3rd of 4 in finals group.
  • 2007: Finished 5th by winning Olympic qualification play-off.
  • 2009: Losing semi-finalists.


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.

Mediterranean Games Record

Mediterranean Games Football tournament was U-23 event in 1993 and 1997.
  • 1993: 4th place
  • 1997: Winners
  • 2001 and 2005: a U-20 and U-18 event


Coaches



Current players

Players born in 1988 or later are eligible for the 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship.
1988-born

(eligible up to 2011 UEFA U-21 Championship)
1989-born

(eligible up to 2011 UEFA U-21 Championship)
1990-born

(eligible up to 2013 UEFA U-21 Championship)
1991-born

(eligible up to 2013 UEFA U-21 Championship)
Note: Players in italics have already been called up to the senior team.

Current squad

Squad called up for Euro 2011 Qualification matches against Hungary and Luxembourg on 13 and 17 November 2009.

Caps and goals as of 17 November 2009.

Name Date of birth Club Caps (goals) Debut
Goalkeepers
Vincenzo Fiorillo Sampdoria 3 (0) v. Austria, 25 March 2009
Vito Mannone Arsenal 2 (0) v. Hungary, 13 November 2009
Andrea Seculin Fiorentina 4 (0) v. Austria, 25 March 2009
Defenders
Gabriele Angella Empoli 2 (0) v. Wales, 4 September 2009
Lorenzo Ariaudo Juventus 5 (1) v. Austria, 25 March 2009
Michele Cremonesi Cremonese 0 (0) N/A
Davide Brivio Vicenza 3 (0) v. Russia, 12 August 2009
Lorenzo De Silvestri Fiorentina 16 (0) v. Albania, 11 September 2007
Angelo Ogbonna Torino 4 (0) v. Russia, 12 August 2009
Andrea Ranocchia Bari 9 (1) v. France, 21 August 2007
Francesco Renzetti Padova 1 (0) v. Austria, 25 March 2009
Midfielders
Antonino BarillĂ  Reggina 6 (2) v. Austria, 25 March 2009
Francesco Bolzoni Frosinone 9 (0) v. Faroe Islands, 21 November 2007
Luca Marrone Juventus 3 (0) v. Bosnia-Herzegovina, 13 October 2009
Mattia Mustacchio Ancona 4 (0) v. Russia, 12 August 2009
Andrea Poli Sampdoria 9 (1) v. Sweden, 11 February 2009
Davide Santon Internazionale 3 (0) v. Netherlands, 31 March 2009
Ezequiel Schelotto Cesena 2 (0) v. Hungary, 13 November 2009
Roberto Soriano Sampdoria 4 (1) v. Wales, 4 September 2009
Strikers
Mario Balotelli Internazionale 15 (6) v. Greece, 5 September 2008
Fabio Borini Chelsea 2 (0) v. Hungary, 13 November 2009
Federico Macheda Manchester United 3 (0) v. Russia, 12 August 2009
Guido Marilungo Lecce 4 (2) v. Luxembourg, 8 September 2009


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