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 Football Championship
, held every two years. Italy is the most successful nation in the history of the competition, with five Championships won (1992
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 2000 tournament finals in Slovakia and the 2004
tournament finals in Germany
. In the 2006
tournament finals in Portugal
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 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... Read More