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Saturday June 15 2019
Meret and Audero: 'No U21 tension'

Alex Meret and Emil Audero assure they don’t find it difficult going into the European U21 Championships competing for the gloves. “We are friends.”

The tournament kicks off with Italy facing Spain in Bologna on Sunday evening, but it’s still not clear who will be in goal, the Napoli shot-stopper or Sampdoria ‘keeper.

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Saturday June 15 2019
Expectation & pressure on Azzurrini

Gigi Di Biagio has a top-quality Italy squad at his disposal, writes Sam Wilson, so not winning the European Under-21 Championship could be considered a failure.

Take one look at Italy’s Under-21 squad for the European Championships and you would be forgiven for mistaking it for their senior team.

The player list boasts the obvious big names such as Federico Chiesa, Nicolò Zaniolo and Moise Kean, but also some diamonds in the rough like Alessandro Murgia, Alessandro Bastoni and Kevin Bonifazi. Of course, we could sit and list off every great player in the party, but the truth is that the side is full of so much quality, we would just be copying and pasting the lot.

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Thursday June 13 2019
Italy: Pinamonti out of U21 Euros

Inter and Italy striker Andrea Pinamonti has been ruled out of the European Under-21 Championship with a knee injury.

Replacing Pinamonti in the Azzurrini squad for the competition is Padova forward Federico Bonazzoli.

It serves as a blow to Luigi Di Biagio’s side as the 20-year-old scored four goals during Italy’s run to the U-20 World Cup semi-finals.

La Nazionale get their Euro U21 campaign under way against Spain on Sunday evening.

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Wednesday June 12 2019
Pinamonti risks missing U21 Euros

Andrea Pinamonti is undergoing tests on a knee injury that could well rule him out of the European Under-21 Championship.

The results of the tests will determine if he has to pull out and whether Coach Gigi Di Biagio needs to draft in a replacement.

Italy’s tournament kicks off on Sunday evening against Spain and Pinamonti is one of a few players doing overtime, as he also took part in the Under-20 World Cup.

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Tuesday June 11 2019
Bosnia are Italy's toughest test yet

With Italy thriving under Roberto Mancini’s attacking style, Anthony Barbagallo explains Bosnia-Herzegovina will be their hardest challenge yet.

The mood around the Italy camp hasn’t been this elated since the Antonio Conte era at the Euro 2016. In fact, there is currently strong optimism among all fronts of Italian football on the international stage.

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Monday June 10 2019
Zambrotta: 'Italy back to the top'

Gianluca Zambrotta believes between senior, U21 and U20 teams, “Italy are on the right track to being one of the best football nations in the world again.”

The Azzurri have a 100 per cent record so far in Euro 2020 qualifying, scoring 11 goals and conceding none, including Saturday’s 3-0 victory away to Greece.

Italy also reached the semi-final of the U20 World Cup, which will be played on Tuesday against Ukraine, and are among the favourites to win the European Under-21 Championship.

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Sunday June 9 2019
Pinamonti wants it all for Italy

Inter striker Andrea Pinamonti will participate for Italy in both the U20 World Cup and the European U21 Championships. “I’d love to play in Euro 2020 too.”

The youngster is currently in Poland with the Azzurrini for the U20 World Cup, and they have a semi-final with Ukraine on Tuesday, while he was also named in Luigi Di Biagio’s squad for the U21 European Championships, which start next Sunday.

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Friday June 7 2019
Di Biagio: 'Italy duty to win U21 Euros'

Luigi Di Biagio insisted “it is our duty” for Italy to win the European Under-21 Championships this summer in front of their own fans and denied snubbing the U20 World Cup team.

The tournament kicks off in Italy and San Marino next Sunday and the Azzurrini find themselves in a group containing Spain, Belgium and Poland.

The 48-year-old tactician named what was a strong squad featuring the likes of Federico Chiesa, Nicolò Barella and Lorenzo Pellegrini ahead of their opening game against Spain on June 16 at the Stadio Renato Dall’Ara.

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Tuesday June 4 2019
Di Biagio on Roma radar

Paulo Fonseca reportedly has doubts over the Roma proposal, so Roberto De Zerbi and current Italy U21 Coach Gigi Di Biagio are options.

Shakhtar Donetsk are open to releasing Fonseca for free after three years together, so directors Gianluca Petrachi and Fienga flew out to Lisbon for discussions with the Portuguese boss.

The latest rumour from Tuttomercatoweb is that Fonsenca isn’t entirely convinced by the project presented to him.

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Monday May 27 2019
U21 Euros: Provisional Italy squad

Gigi Di Biagio has named his provisional Italy squad for the European Under-21 Championship, including Alex Meret, Sandro Tonali and Riccardo Orsolini.

Italy are hosting the tournament with San Marino in June and the pre-training retreat begins in Rome on Wednesday.

Bologna forward Simone Edera, who is owned by Torino, has pulled out due to injury, so Pescara pair Riccardo Sottil and Ferdinando Del Sole are called up instead.

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