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Italy national under-20 football team

Italy Under-20
Nickname(s) Azzurrini
Association Federazione Italiana
Giuoco Calcio
Head coach Alberigo Evani
FIFA U-20 World Cup
Appearances 5 (First in 1977)
Best result Quarter-final, 1987, 2005, 2009

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 in the FIFA U-20 World Cup, which is held every two years.


The U20 team is the de facto under-19 of the previous year, and it acts mainly as a feeder team for the U21s and provides further international development for youth players. The team qualified for its only official match, FIFA U-20 World Cup, depends on U19 result. The U19 team finished runners-up of the 2008 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship, thereby qualifying for the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

Any player may receive an U20 call-up regardless of whether they have played for the under-19 team. As the team mainly participate in friendly tournaments, overage players may also be selected.

The team participated in an annual Four Nations Tournament with Germany, Switzerland and Poland (in the past Austria or a invitee), which was the main fixture of the U20 team.

The team also have an annual fixture with the Serie D Best XI after the end of the season, from 2007[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

  • 1977: 3rd in Group C
  • 1979: Did not qualify
  • 1981: 4th in Group B
  • 1983: Did not qualify
  • 1985: Did not qualify
  • 1987: Quarter-final
  • 1989 to 2003: Did not qualify
  • 2005: Quarter-final
  • 2007: Did not qualify
  • 2009: Quarter-final
  • 2011: Did not qualify
  • 2013: Did not qualify
  • 2015: Did not qualify

Current squad

as of June 2013[9]

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Fulignati, AndreaAndrea Fulignati Palermo
1GK Pigliacelli, MirkoMirko Pigliacelli Sassuolo (on loan from Parma)
1GK Piscitelli, RiccardoRiccardo Piscitelli Carrarese (on loan from Milan)
2DF Antei, LucaLuca Antei Sassuolo (on loan from Roma)
2DF Barba, FedericoFederico Barba (1993-09-01) 1 September 1993 (age 22) Grosseto (on loan from Roma)
2DF Di Lorenzo, GiovanniGiovanni Di Lorenzo Cuneo
2DF Liviero, MatteoMatteo Liviero (1993-04-13) 13 April 1993 (age 22) Perugia (on loan from Juventus)
2DF Masi , AlbertoAlberto Masi (1992-09-02) 2 September 1992 (age 23) Ternana (on loan from Juventus)
2DF Minarini , Filippo Filippo Minarini Modena
2DF Sabelli, StefanoStefano Sabelli (1993-01-13) 13 January 1993 (age 23) Bari (on loan from Roma)

3MF Busellato, MassimilianoMassimiliano Busellato (1993-04-23) 23 April 1993 (age 22) Cittadella
3MF Crisetig, LorenzoLorenzo Crisetig (1993-01-20) 20 January 1993 (age 23) Crotone (on loan from Internazionale)
3MF Fossati, MarcoMarco Fossati Ascoli (on loan from Milan)
3MF Sampietro , GianlucaGianluca Sampietro Portogruaro (on loan from Sampdoria)
3MF Valoti , MattiaMattia Valoti AlbinoLeffe (on loan from Milan)
3MF Vassallo, FrancescoFrancesco Vassallo (1993-12-30) 30 December 1993 (age 22) Foligno (on loan from Palermo)
4FW Belotti, AndreaAndrea Belotti AlbinoLeffe
4FW Gomez, GuidoGuido Gomez Sassuolo
4FW Improta, RiccardoRiccardo Improta (1993-12-19) 19 December 1993 (age 22) Juve Stabia (on loan from Genoa)
4FW Piscitella, GiammarioGiammario Piscitella (1993-03-24) 24 March 1993 (age 22) Modena (on loan from Genoa)
4FW Politano, MatteoMatteo Politano Perugia (on loan from Roma)

Recent call-up

In 2012–13 season [10][11][12][13] [14][15][16][17]

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Marcone, RichardRichard Marcone (1993-01-21) 21 January 1993 (age 23) 0 0 South Tyrol (on loan from Vicenza) v. Poland, March 2013
DF Almici, AlbertoAlberto Almici (1993-01-11) 11 January 1993 (age 23) Lanciano v. Poland, March 2013
DF Benedetti, SimoneSimone Benedetti (1992-04-03) 3 April 1992 (age 23) Spezia (on loan from Internazionale) v. Poland, March 2013
MF Schiavone, AndreaAndrea Schiavone 1993 Juventus v. Poland, March 2013
FW Beretta, GiacomoGiacomo Beretta (1992-03-14) 14 March 1992 (age 23) Pavia (on loan from Genoa) v. Poland, March 2013
FW Caprari, GianlucaGianluca Caprari Pescara v. Poland, March 2013
GK Leali, NicolaNicola Leali (1993-02-17) 17 February 1993 (age 22) Lanciano (on loan from Juventus) v. Germany, February
GK Di Gennaro, RaffaeleRaffaele Di Gennaro 0 0 Internazionale v. Germany, February
DF Piccini, CristianoCristiano Piccini 1992 Spezia (on loan from Fiorentina) v. Germany, February
DF Fiamozzi , RiccardoRiccardo Fiamozzi 1993 Varese v. Germany, February
DF Pecorini, SimoneSimone Pecorini 1993 Cittadella (on loan from Internazionale) v. Germany, February
FW Fedato, FrancescoFrancesco Fedato Bari v. Germany, February
FW Beltrame, StefanoStefano Beltrame Juventus v. Germany, February
GK Gomis, AlfredAlfred Gomis 1993 0 0 Torino Triangular January 2013
DF Dametto, PaoloPaolo Dametto Lumezzane Triangular January 2013
DF Prestia, GiuseppeGiuseppe Prestia (1993-11-13) 13 November 1993 (age 22) Ascoli (on loan from Palermo) Triangular January 2013
DF Zampano, FrancescoFrancesco Zampano (1993-09-30) 30 September 1993 (age 22) Virtus Entella Triangular January 2013
MF Barberis, AndreaAndrea Barberis (1993-12-11) 11 December 1993 (age 22) 0 0 Pisa (on loan from Varese) Triangular January 2013
MF Casiraghi, DanieleDaniele Casiraghi (1993-03-10) 10 March 1993 (age 22) Tritium Triangular January 2013
FW Falco, FilippoFilippo Falco Lecce Triangular January 2013

Recent results