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Thursday April 23 2020
Inter and Italy talent Gnonto joins FC Zurich

Inter have lost one of their most promising youth team players, as Italy U-17 international Wilfried Gnonto has officially signed for FC Zurich.

The Swiss side announced the signing on their official website, noting it is a three-year contract valid from the 2020-21 season to June 2023.

He was born in the Italian city of Verbania, with his family origins in the Ivory Coast, and he has been in the Inter youth academy since the age of nine.

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Tuesday July 30 2019
Italy change U-20 and U-19 Coaches

Italy have named Daniele Franceschini as the new Under-20 Coach, with Alberto Bollini taking over the Under-19 team.

The various youth levels of the Nazionale have been shaken up this summer with Luigi Di Biagio leaving the Under-21 post, to be replaced by former Under-20 Coach Paolo Nicolato.

In turn, Nicolato is replaced at the Under-20 level by Franceschini, who steps up after two seasons on the Under-18 bench.

The new Under-19 Italy boss is former Lecce, Salernitana and Modena Coach Bollini.

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Sunday May 19 2019
U17 Euros: Italy prepare for Final

Italy will take on the Netherlands in today’s European Under-17 Championship Final in Dublin and could match a tournament record.

The Azzurrini and Coach Carmine Nunziata are seeking revenge for last year’s Final, which they lost on penalties after a 2-2 draw.

It would be the first ever Italy victory in this competition, having lost the Final on penalties to Russia in 2013.

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Monday May 13 2019
U17 Euros: Italy reach semi-final

Italy have beaten Portugal 1-0 despite going down to 10 men and will face France in the European Under-17 Championship semi-final.

Simply reaching the semi-final means they have also secured their place at the Brazil Under-17 World Cup later this year.

The Azzurrini continued their perfect record in the tournament, having won all three group games.

This evening, they managed to defeat Portugal in the quarter-final thanks to the only goal from Juventus youth product Franco Tongya.

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Saturday May 11 2019
U17 Euros: Perfect Italy record

Italy topped their group with a 4-1 win over Spain and will face Portugal in the European Under-17 Championship quarter-finals on Monday.

The Azzurrini and Spain were already qualified, but this was a head-to-head for the top spot in the group and the chance to avoid Hungary in the next round.

This 4-1 result means Italy top Group D with a 100 per cent record, having already beaten Germany 3-1 and Austria 2-1.

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Tuesday March 26 2019
Italy youth teams are flying

Italy are flying at youth level, because today the Under-17 and Under-19 teams secured qualification for their European Championships.

The Azzurrini had already impressed in the most recent editions, as the Under-17 side lost the European Championship Final to the Netherlands, while the Under-19s were beaten 4-3 in extra time by Portugal.

The Under-17 Nazionale topped their qualifying group with a 100 per cent record of three wins, scoring nine goals and conceding only one.

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Sunday May 20 2018
U17: Italy lose on penalties

Italy lost the Under-17 European Championship Final in a penalty shoot-out after their 2-2 draw with the Netherlands.

The Azzurrini had been trailing in Rotherham, then turned it around with two stunning long-range strikes in the space of 90 seconds.

Samuele Ricci’s scorcher was followed by an even better effort from captain Alessio Riccardi into the far top corner from over 20 metres out.

However, Brian Brobbey drew Holland level by sneaking up behind the Italian defenders.

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Sunday May 20 2018
Italy ready for U17 Euro Final

Italy will battle the Netherlands this evening in the European Under-17 Championship Final.

The Azzurrini have the opportunity to take the prestigious youth level trophy in Rotherham, kicking off at 18.15 UK time.

They reached this stage by beating Sweden 1-0 in the quarter-final and disposing of Belgium 2-1 in the semi-final.

The Dutch are the favourites, having lost only once throughout qualifying, but needed penalties to get past the Republic of Ireland and England in the tournament proper.

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Wednesday May 10 2017
U17: Turkey eliminate Italy

Italy are out of the European Under-17 Championship after a narrow 2-1 defeat to Turkey.

The Azzurrini had beaten hosts Croatia 1-0 in the opening group game thanks to a goal by Juventus striker Moise Kean.

A 3-1 loss to Spain put them in a tenuous position and on Tuesday evening they failed to get the necessary result against Turkey.

Malik Karaahmet had opened the scoring for Turkey within five minutes, meeting a cross from captain Yunus Akgun.

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Saturday May 6 2017
U17: Italy fall to Spain

Italy lost 3-1 to Spain, so their final group game with Turkey will be decisive for the European Under-17 Championship.

The Azzurrini had won their opener, beating hosts Croatia 1-0 with a goal from Juventus revelation Moise Kean.

However, Spain took the lead on 35 minutes with Sergio Gomez pouncing on a defensive error.

In the second half, Davide Bettella brought down Jose Alonso for a penalty, converted by Barcelona’s Ruiz, who added a third late on.

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