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Thursday March 21 2019
U21: Audero decisive with Austria

Goalkeeper Emil Audero was Italy’s best performer in a 0-0 friendly draw with Austria, as there were worrying defensive lapses.

The Azzurrini continue to warm up and perform tactical tests ahead of this summer’s European Under-21 Championship, which will be hosted by Italy and San Marino. Gigi Di Biagio’s men will be in the same group as Spain, Belgium and Poland. Today’s friendly opponents Austria will take on Germany, Serbia and Denmark. Emil Audero was in goal, as Alex Meret was suffering from flu symptoms.

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Thursday March 21 2019
U21 line-ups: Italy v Austria

Italy’s Under-21 side taking on Austria in a friendly this evening starts with the likes of Emil Audero, Davide Calabria and Patrick Cutrone.

It kicks off at 17.30 GMT at the Stadio Nereo Rocco in Trieste.

Coach Gigi Di Biagio continues preparations for this summer’s European Under-21 Championships, which will be hosted by Italy and San Marino.

Serie A familiar faces include Sampdoria goalkeeper Audero, Milan pair Calabria and Cutrone, plus SPAL’s Kevin Bonifazi, Sebastiano Luperto of Napoli and Sassuolo midfielder Manuel Locatelli.

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Thursday March 21 2019
Big names set for Euro U21

Federico Chiesa, Nicolo Barella and Lorenzo Pellegrini are reportedly free to represent Italy at this summer’s European Under-21 Championship.

According to Tuttomercatoweb, Italy CT Roberto Mancini has given Azzurrini boss Luigi Di Biagio permission to select the trio for the tournament, which will be played on the peninsula.

The website writes they should be joined in the squad by fellow starlets Moise Kean, Gianluca Mancini and Nicolo Zaniolo.

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Tuesday March 19 2019
Meret grateful for Buffon praise

Napoli and Italy starlet Alex Meret has expressed his gratitude for Gianluigi Buffon’s praise. “If I became a goalkeeper, I owe it to him.”

Buffon previously said it was ‘exciting’ to watch Meret work, and the former Udinese shot-stopper is ready to repay the Italy icon by ‘emulating’ him.

“It’s a great source of satisfaction,” he said at a Press conference for Italy Under-21s’ upcoming games against Austria and Croatia.

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Sunday March 10 2019
Double Italy duty for Kean

Teenage Juventus striker Moise Kean could find himself playing for both the Italy Under-21 and senior teams later this month.

The forward just turned 19 in February and hit the headlines with a sensational brace in Friday’s 4-1 win over Udinese.

According to the Corriere dello Sport, he could be doing double international duty over the next couple of weeks.

He’d first be called in for the Under-21 squad, who are playing friendlies against Austria on March 21 and Croatia on March 25.

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Friday November 23 2018
U21 Euros: Italy open against Spain

Italy begin their European Under-21 Championship against Spain on June 16, then face Poland and Belgium.

The Azzurrini were drawn in the Group of Death this evening, despite being the tournament hosts, and face a very tough route to the semi-finals.

The three group winners qualify along with the best runners-up.

Italy open their campaign against Spain at the Stadio Dall’Ara in Bologna on June 16.

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Friday November 23 2018
Gravina: 'Italy stars for U21 Euros'

FIGC President Gabriele Gravina implies all eligible Italy players will be available for the Under-21 European Championship.

The Azzurrini are the host nation, yet also drawn in the Group of Death with Spain, Belgium and Poland.

“Spain as the opening game is an important clash that immediately gives an idea of the difficulty of this tournament,” Gravina told Rai Sport.

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Friday November 23 2018
Di Biagio bemoans U21 draw

Italy Under-21 Coach Gigi Di Biagio feels they had the toughest draw with Spain, Belgium and Poland in the European Championship.

The Azzurrini are in Group A and begin the competition in 2019 against Spain on June 16 at the Stadio Dall’Ara in Bologna.

Italy are hosting the tournament, while Germany are in Group B with Austria, Serbia and Denmark.

England will face France, Romania and Croatia in Group C.

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Friday November 23 2018
U21 Euros Draw: Italy Group of Death

The draw for the 2019 Under-21 European Championship, hosted by Italy, pits the Azzurri against Spain, Belgium and Poland.

Matches will be played next summer at the Stadio Dall’Ara in Bologna, Mapei Stadium/Stadio Citta del Tricolore in Reggio-Emilia, Stadio Dino Manuzzi in Cesena, Stadio Nereo Rocco in Trieste, Stadio Friuli/Dacia Arena in Udine and San Marino Stadium in Serravalle.

The tournament runs from June 16 to the Final on June 30 at the Dacia Arena in Udine.

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Sunday November 18 2018
Di Biagio: 'Azzurrini need goals'

Gigi Di Biagio congratulated the Italy Under-21 players who stepped up to the senior squad and prepares for an Azzurrini meeting with Germany.

The Azzurrini were beaten 2-1 by England in a friendly, despite having numerous scoring opportunities, and they face their German counterparts in another test on Monday.

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