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Saturday September 8 2018
Sacchi: 'Balo lacking intelligence'

Arrigo Sacchi criticised Italy for their performance against Poland, singling out Mario Balotelli as an example of lacking “intelligence.”

The Azzurri recovered from a Piotr Zielinski opener with a Jorginho penalty for the 1-1 Nations League opener and will face Portugal in Lisbon on Monday evening.

“I’d say that it’s a team sport. You need only a few ideas in football, but they have to be clear,” Sacchi told Radio Deejay.

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Friday September 7 2018
U21: Favilli out after injury

Genoa forward Andrea Favilli has left the Italy Under-21 camp after sustaining an injury.

He had come off the bench in the 3-0 friendly defeat to Slovakia last night and was diagnosed with a muscular problem this morning.

Along with medical staff, it was agreed to send Favilli home ahead of the next test against Albania.

That match will be at the Sardegna Arena in Cagliari on Tuesday at 17.30 UK time (16.30 GMT).

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Thursday September 6 2018
Di Biagio: 'A lot to work on'

Gigi Di Biagio admits “there is a lot we have to work on” after his Italy Under-21 side lost a friendly 3-0 to Slovakia.

This was the third defeat of his tenure and the heaviest too, as Lukas Hereslin bagged a brace before Empoli striker Samuel Mraz added a third.

“Slovakia deserved the victory, they played better than us and we were always second to the ball,” the Coach told reporters.

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Thursday September 6 2018
U21: Slovakia crush Italy

Italy Under-21s suffered their heaviest defeat in the Gigi Di Biagio era, falling 3-0 to Slovakia in a friendly with an experimental system.

Coach Di Biagio tested out a new 4-4-2 formation with centre-forwards Patrick Cutrone and Federico Bonazzoli leading the way rather than the usual 4-3-3.

The hosts took the lead somewhat against the run of play, as a Christian Herc slide-rule pass found Lukas Haraslin totally unmarked and his angled drive nutmegged Emil Audero at the near post.

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Tuesday May 29 2018
U21: Azzurrini draw in France

Italy’s Under-21 side fought back for a 1-1 draw away to France, as Christian Capone cancelled out a Moussa Dembele opener.

Coach Gigi Di Biagio completed the season with the final friendly before their summer break.

There were several new faces on show, plus familiar Serie A names Manuel Locatelli and Davide Calabria of Milan, Lazio midfielder Alessandro Murgia and Benevento winger Vittorio Parigini.

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Monday May 21 2018
U21: Di Biagio calls up Milan trio

Milan trio Davide Calabria, Manuel Locatelli and Patrick Cutrone are included in Luigi Di Biagio’s first squad back with Italy Under 21s.

Di Biagio took caretaker charge of the senior team for their friendlies against Argentina and England in March, but Roberto Mancini’s recent appointment let former Roma midfielder resume his commitment to the Azzurrini.

“My spirit hasn’t changed,” the Coach said at a Press conference.

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Saturday May 19 2018
U21: Di Biagio calls new faces

Gigi Di Biagio named his squad for the Italy Under-21 friendlies against Portugal and France, including Patrick Cutrone and Enrico Brignola.

The Azzurrini visit Portugal in Estoril on May 25 and play France at the Stade Leo Lagrange in Besancon on May 29.

Di Biagio returns to the Under-21 side after his caretaker role for the senior squad, having handed over to Roberto Mancini.

He gave the first call-ups to Ternana goalkeeper Alessandro Plizzari, Empoli defender Sebastiano Luperto and Benevento winger Enrico Brignola.

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Thursday May 10 2018
Revealed: Mancini’s backroom staff

Andrea Pirlo is reportedly set to become Roberto Mancini’s Italy assistant, while Massimo Ambrosini could take the same role with the Under 21s.

According to Calciomercato.com, Mancini’s lawyer and wife Silvia Fortini is due to meet FIGC executives over formalising his two-year contract worth €2m plus bonuses.

She is then expected to fly to Russia on Friday for talks with Zenit St Petersburg President Sergey Fursenko, where she will try to free her husband from his three-year deal.

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Tuesday March 27 2018
Line-ups: Serbia-Italy U21

Italy Under-21 side transformed their line-up for this evening’s friendly against Serbia in Novi Sad.

It kicks off at the Karadjordje Stadium at 17.30 UK time (16.30 GMT).

Caretaker manager Alberico Evani sticks with the 4-3-3 formation, having drawn 1-1 with Norway on his debut in Perugia.

There are numerous changes in terms of personnel, including Luca Vido, who scored the equaliser just moments after coming on as a substitute in the last game.

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Thursday March 22 2018
Evani: 'Italy deserved more'

Alberico Evani believes Italy “deserved more” from their 1-1 draw with Norway, but the Under-21 side conceded “a bizarre goal.”

The Azzurrini dominated the match in Perugia, yet wasted numerous chances and hit the woodwork twice.

They also went behind when Alex Meret mis-read a Bjordal cross that went past everyone into the far bottom corner, but substitute Luca Vido scored the equaliser with a well-placed finish.

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