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Thursday March 19 2020
U21 European Championship could move

Italy Under-21 European Championship qualifiers against Luxembourg and Sweden have been rescheduled, but the entire 2021 tournament could move.

The coronavirus pandemic has forced a complete reshuffle of the entire football calendar and it is still in flux as we wait to discover how long it’ll take to get back to playing regularly.

The Azzurrini had been due to play Luxembourg and Sweden later this month in qualifiers for the European U21 Championship.

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Tuesday November 19 2019
This is not your usual Italy

An Italy side that scores nine goals and is hungry for more, this is definitely not the Nazionale Martin Mork is accustomed to, but points to a fascinating future.

Roberto Mancini’s Italy had already qualified for Euro 2020, setting a new standard by breaking Vittorio Pozzo’s record from the 1930s, but they weren’t ready to stop there. Rewind one year and who would have thought this Italy would be the one going into the history books?

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Saturday November 16 2019
Cutrone: 'I am always ready'

Patrick Cutrone assured he is “always ready when called upon” by the Italy U-21s or Wolves, but he “remains a Milan fan.”

The Wolverhampton Wanderers striker scored a late brace in the Italy Under-21 side’s 3-0 win over Iceland this evening.

“I am very happy with the win, as we struggled a little at the start, but then came together and scored three good goals,” Cutrone told Tuttomercatoweb.

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Saturday November 16 2019
Nicolato: 'Another step forward'

Italy U21 coach Paolo Nicolato said Patrick Cutrone “deserved” his brace in a 3-0 victory over Iceland. “It’s another step forward.”

The Azzurrini leapfrogged Iceland into second place in their European Under-21 Championship qualifying group and have a game in hand too.

“I must compliment the lads, because some really hadn’t played much this season and were rusty,” the CT told Rai Sport.

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Saturday November 16 2019
U21: Cutrone double breaks Iceland

Patrick Cutrone bagged a late brace after Riccardo Sottil’s opener, as Italy beat Iceland 3-0 to go second in their Under-21 European Championship group with a game in hand.

The Azzurrini leapfrog Iceland and are now on 10 points from four games, leaving behind their opponents on nine points from five. The Republic of Ireland lead Group 1 with 13 points, but have already played six matches.

Moise Kean was suspended, Sandro Tonali and Nicolò Zaniolo promoted to the senior squad, so there were changes at SPAL’s Stadio Paolo Mazza in Ferrara.

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Saturday November 16 2019
U21: Italy v Iceland line-ups

Patrick Cutrone, Andrea Pinamonti and Riccardo Sottil lead the Italy attack in an Under-21 European Championship qualifier with Iceland.

It kicks off at 17.30 GMT at SPAL’s Stadio Paolo Mazza in Ferrara.

The Azzurrini are currently third in European Under-21 Championship qualifying Group 1 on seven points from three games.

However, Iceland on nine points have already played four matches, while the Republic of Ireland have 13 points from six encounters.

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Friday November 15 2019
Nicolato: 'Not enough U21 starters'

Italy Under-21 coach Paolo Nicolato warns that "not enough young Italians are playing regularly at the top level," although three were promoted to the senior squad.

Nicolato's side has had various players drop out of the squad through injury, while midfielder Sandro Tonali was promoted to the first team after several injuries to Italy's senior squad, including Marco Verratti.

Speaking to Rai Sport, Nicolato believes that the players in his squad can get the job done against Iceland and Armenia over the next several days.

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Monday October 14 2019
Talent not enough for Azzurrini

Football Italia’s Chief Correspondent Richard Hall looks at the new era for the Italian U21 side, but seemingly with the same old problems.

After what seemed like constant disappointment, there is a new feeling of hope with Italy’s U21 team. There has never been any doubt around the talent at the Coach’s disposal, but that hasn’t stopped the team performing well below the levels expected.

Exiting at the group stage in a European Championship they were hosting was utterly unacceptable, so Gigi Di Biagio had to go. Now they have a new man in charge and so far results have been mixed ahead of today’s trip to Armenia.

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Sunday October 13 2019
Nicolato: 'Kean is still just a kid'

Italy U21 Coach Paolo Nicolato prepares for Armenia and warns Moise Kean is immature. “On an emotional level, he’s still a kid.”

The Azzurrini won their first qualifier for the 2021 European Championships, then drew 0-0 away to the Republic of Ireland, so the pressure is on for tomorrow’s trip to Armenia.

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Thursday October 10 2019
'Kean fell for Irish provocation'

Italy U21 Coach Paolo Nicolato told off Moise Kean after a red card against the Republic of Ireland. “We shouldn’t have fallen for their provocation.”

It was only the Azzurrini’s second game of the European Under-21 Championship qualifying group, whereas Ireland had already won their three matches.

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