Italy national under-20 football team


Italy Under-20
Nickname(s)Gli Azzurrini
AssociationItalian Football Federation
(Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio – FIGC)
Head coachAlberto Bollini
Captainvacant
First colours
Second colours
Third colours
FIFA U-20 World Cup
Appearances7 (first in 1977)
Best resultThird Place, 2017

Italy national under-20 football team is the national under-20 football team of Italy and is controlled by the Italian Football Federation.

The team competes for the FIFA U-20 World Cup, which is held every two years.

History


The Under-20 team is the de facto Under-19 of the previous year, and it acts mainly as a feeder team for the U21s providing further international development for youth players.

The team competes for its only official tournament, the FIFA U-20 World Cup, depending on the U19s results at the UEFA European Under-19 Championship held in the even-numbered years, that qualifies European teams for the U-20 World Cup. So far, the best result of the team is just third place in 2017. Italy managed to qualify for two consecutive U-20 World Cup for the first time, after topping the group in 2018 UEFA European Under-19 Championship.

Each season the team mainly participates in friendly tournaments, in which overage players may also be selected. The U20 team participated until 2017 in the annual Four Nations Tournament with Germany, Switzerland and Poland (which replaced Austria). Since the 2017–18 season, the Italy U20 team participates in the annual Under 20 Elite League, expanded to 8 participants.

The team also had an annual fixture with the Serie D Best XI after the end of the season.[1][2][3][4] (except 2009, which the U-20 (B team) was coined "U-19 team" and coached by U-19 coach Massimo Piscedda,[5][6] which the A team went to Mediterranean Games).The 2006 edition was also played by the de facto U20 team but coached by U19 coach Paolo Berrettini.[7] The 2011 edition was played by Italy Universiade team.[8]

FIFA U-20 World Cup record


Year Result GP W D* L GS GA
1977Group stage302113
1979Did not qualify
1981Group stage300316
1983Did not qualify
1985
1987Quarter-finals421153
1989Did not qualify
1991
1993
1995
1997
1999
2001
2003
2005Quarter-finals5212108
2007Did not qualify
2009Quarter-finals521299
2011Did not qualify
2013
2015
2017Third place7322109
2019Fourth place741285
2021Cancelled[9]
Total7/2234138134443
*Draws includes knockout matches decided on penalty shootouts.

Current squad


The following 21 players have been called up for the friendly match against San Marino on 6 June 2021.[10]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Club
1GK Stefano Turati (2001-09-05) 5 September 2001 (age 19) Sassuolo
1GK Filippo Rinaldi (2002-12-04) 4 December 2002 (age 18) Parma

2DF Tommaso Cassandro (2000-01-09) 9 January 2000 (age 21) Cittadella
2DF Antonino Gallo (2000-01-05) 5 January 2000 (age 21) Lecce
2DF Caleb Okoli (2001-07-13) 13 July 2001 (age 20) SPAL
2DF Andrea Carboni (2001-02-04) 4 February 2001 (age 20) Cagliari
2DF Federico Bonini (2001-08-06) 6 August 2001 (age 19) Virtus Entella
2DF Christian Dalle Mura (2002-02-02) 2 February 2002 (age 19) Reggina
2DF Andrea Papetti (2002-07-03) 3 July 2002 (age 19) Brescia

3MF Mattia Viviani (2000-09-04) 4 September 2000 (age 20) Brescia
3MF Filippo Ranocchia (2001-05-14) 14 May 2001 (age 20) Juventus
3MF Destiny Udogie (2002-11-28) 28 November 2002 (age 18) Verona
3MF Marco Brescianini (2000-01-20) 20 January 2000 (age 21) Virtus Entella
3MF Fabrizio Caligara (2000-04-12) 12 April 2000 (age 21) Ascoli
3MF Emanuele Zuelli (2001-11-22) 22 November 2001 (age 19) ChievoVerona

4FW Gianmarco Cangiano (2001-11-16) 16 November 2001 (age 19) Ascoli
4FW Lorenzo Colombo (2002-03-08) 8 March 2002 (age 19) Cremonese
4FW Eddie Salcedo (2001-10-01) 1 October 2001 (age 19) Verona

See also


References


  1. "L'Italia Under 20 batte la Top 11 di D". Corriere dello Sport – Stadio (in Italian). 11 June 2012. Archived from the original on 7 July 2012. Retrieved 8 September 2012.
  2. "Orvieto, Top 11 a testa alta contro l'Italia Under 20". Corriere dello Sport-Stadio (in Italian). 4 June 2010. Retrieved 5 June 2010.
  3. "Top 11: sport e solidarietà". Serie D News (in Italian). 3 June 2008. Archived from the original on 23 June 2010. Retrieved 25 July 2010.
  4. "La Top 11 Serie D Corriere dello Sport supera per 1 - 0 l'Under 20". Serie D News (in Italian). 31 May 2007. Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 25 July 2010.
  5. http://www.figc.it/it/204/21233/2009/05/News.shtml
  6. "A Orvieto si completa la grande festa del Top 11". interregionale.com (in Italian). 2 June 2009. Archived from the original on 26 April 2012. Retrieved 8 December 2011.
  7. "TOP 11 SERIE D - Nazionale Under 19: 2 - 0". Serie D News (in Italian). 1 June 2006. Archived from the original on 23 June 2010. Retrieved 25 July 2010.
  8. "Due vittorie azzurre nell'evento Top 11". Corriere dello Sport – Stadio (in Italian). 2 June 2011. Retrieved 9 December 2011.
  9. "Update on FIFA Women's World Cup™ and men's youth competitions". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 24 December 2020. Retrieved 24 December 2020.
  10. "Bollini convoca a Tirrenia 30 giocatori per uno stage e due amichevoli".