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Friday August 30 2019
Kean & Zaniolo in Italy U21 squad

Moise Kean and Nicolo Zaniolo, as expected, have been called up to Italy’s Under-21 squad for their September internationals.

The Everton striker and Roma midfielder stay with the Azzurrini after they were late for a team meeting before Italy’s final European Under-21 Championship fixture against Belgium in June.

The upcoming international break is Paolo Nicolato’s first since replacing Luigi Di Biagio as CT of the U21s.

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Friday August 16 2019
Di Biagio: 'I did not fail with U21s'

Gigi Di Biagio insists he “did not fail” as Italy Under-21 Coach and is looking for a new job, while evaluating Daniele De Rossi and Mario Balotelli moves.

The tactician was at the helm of perhaps the strongest Azzurrini squad in years, but didn’t get beyond the group stage in the European Under-21 Championship this summer.

“That particular tournament was probably a failure, but not the overall work I did over the years in charge of the Under-21 team,” insisted Di Biagio on Sky Sport Italia.

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NEWS
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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NEWS
Thursday July 18 2019
U21: Nicolato openers in September

New Under-21 Italy Coach Paolo Nicolato will make his debut against Moldova in Catania, then face Luxembourg in Castel di Sangro, both in September.

The Azzurrini promoted Nicolato from the Under-20 job to replace Gigi Di Biagio after the disappointing European U21 Championship.

His first game in charge will be at the Stadio Massimino in Catania on Friday September 6, a friendly against Moldova.

The Euro 2021 qualifiers begin on September 10 against Luxembourg, to be played in Castel di Sangro.

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Saturday July 13 2019
U21: Nicolato opens new era

New Italy Under-21 Coach Paolo Nicolato insists there will be “the utmost collaboration” with Roberto Mancini to prepare players for the Nazionale.

Gigi Di Biagio left after the desperately disappointing European Under-21 Championships, which saw hosts Italy crash out in the group stage after a defeat to Poland.

Nicolato took the Azzurrini to the Under-20 World Cup semi-finals, losing to eventual trophy winners Ukraine.

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Sunday June 30 2019
Ceferin: 'Never again that Italy exit'

UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin admits the next European U21 Championship will have 16 teams to avoid the situation that saw Italy eliminated.

The tournament final is tonight between Germany and Spain, but there was controversy after the hosts crashed out.

The current format has three groups of four teams, with only the group winners and best runner-up going through to the semi-finals.

As Italy were in Group A, France and Romania knew they could draw two days later and both qualify at the expense of Italy.

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Sunday June 23 2019
U21 Euro: Italy still in it...

Italy are still in the running for a European Under-21 Championship semi-final place, but it all depends on France-Romania tomorrow.

The Azzurrini finished on six points, behind Spain in their three-way record on goal difference with Poland.

It means their only chance of reaching the semi-final is to be the best runners-up out of the three groups.

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Sunday June 23 2019
Gilardino: 'Cutrone should leave Milan'

Alberto Gilardino believes Patrick Cutrone should “move away from Milan” in search of the game time that would help him grow.

The 21-year-old scored in the Azzurrini's 3-1 win over Belgium in the European U21 Championship last night, but has failed to lock down a staring role with his club, starting just 12 Serie A games this season.

Both Torino and Fiorentina have recently been linked with the €25m-rated youngster.

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Sunday June 23 2019
De Rossi up for U21 job?

Former Roma captain Daniele De Rossi could have a new job as Italy Under-21 Coach, according to the Corriere dello Sport.

The Azzurrini are on the verge of elimination in the group phase of the European U21 Championship, having beaten Spain and Belgium 3-1, but lost 1-0 to Poland.

While they anxiously await news on whether they are the best runners-up, this performance will likely spell the end for Gigi Di Biagio.

Current Under-20 boss Paolo Nicolato is the favourite to take over, but there is another very intriguing alternative.

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Sunday June 23 2019
U21s dangerously unbalanced

Luigi Di Biagio’s side Italy are on the verge of European U21 Championship elimination and Vilizar Yakimov thinks they’ve lost their balance.

Playing attacking football doesn’t always win you games. That phrase perfectly describes the situation of the Azzurrini in the European Under-21 Championship, as Luigi Di Biagio’s men demonstrated aggressive and at times even some mesmerizing football during their three games, but yet somehow are still on the verge of elimination.

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