NEWS
Sunday September 9 2018
Youngest Italy XI in 42 years

The starting XI against Poland had an average age of 26.4 years, making it the youngest competitive Italy side since 1976.

Roberto Mancini wanted to implement a generational shift and that also means it is the first squad since the 2006 World Cup to include none of those champions.

The change was evident in the statistics, as the Corriere dello Sport calculated that the average age of the line-up in the opening Nations League game was 26.4 years.

That is the youngest starting XI in a competitive match since a 1978 World Cup qualifier in Luxembourg on October 23, 1976.

The Coach was Enzo Bearzot, beginning the journey that would take Italy to lift the 1982 World Cup.