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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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Friday May 25 2018
Azzurrini beaten by Portugal

Italy’s Under-21s came out on the wrong side of a five-goal thriller, losing 3-2 to Portugal in tonight’s friendly in Estoril.

Luigi Di Biagio returned to the bench following his spell as caretaker Italy CT, but his side fell 2-0 behind inside 20 minutes thanks to a brace from Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder Diogo Jota.

The first goal was a defensive mistake by Milan full-back Davide Calabria, and that was a theme throughout the game.

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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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Sunday May 20 2018
U17: Italy lose on penalties

Italy lost the Under-17 European Championship Final in a penalty shoot-out after their 2-2 draw with the Netherlands.

The Azzurrini had been trailing in Rotherham, then turned it around with two stunning long-range strikes in the space of 90 seconds.

Samuele Ricci’s scorcher was followed by an even better effort from captain Alessio Riccardi into the far top corner from over 20 metres out.

However, Brian Brobbey drew Holland level by sneaking up behind the Italian defenders.

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Sunday May 20 2018
Italy ready for U17 Euro Final

Italy will battle the Netherlands this evening in the European Under-17 Championship Final.

The Azzurrini have the opportunity to take the prestigious youth level trophy in Rotherham, kicking off at 18.15 UK time.

They reached this stage by beating Sweden 1-0 in the quarter-final and disposing of Belgium 2-1 in the semi-final.

The Dutch are the favourites, having lost only once throughout qualifying, but needed penalties to get past the Republic of Ireland and England in the tournament proper.

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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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Tuesday May 15 2018
Di Biagio returns to Under-21s

FIGC commissioner Roberto Fabbricini confirms Luigi Di Biagio will return to the Italy Under-21s after Roberto Mancini was appointed as CT.

The former midfielder took the team for the March friendlies with Argentina and England, but will now return to his role as Coach of the Azzurrini.

“We must be grateful for those who put their souls into what they do,” Fabbricini began today’s Press conference by saying.

“Thank you to Di Biagio, because he led the national team in two important games, away from home.

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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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Thursday April 12 2018
Sassuolo close on U-21 defender

Sassuolo look set to win the race for Italy Under-21 international central defender Marco Varnier.

The 19-year-old centre-back came up through the Cittadella youth academy and is currently playing for the first team in Serie B.

He has scored two goals with two assists in 25 Serie B appearances this season.

According to Gazzamercato, Sassuolo are the hot favourites to secure his signature in the summer, having already been close to a January swoop.

There has also been interest from the likes of Genoa, Bologna and Udinese.

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Tuesday March 27 2018
U21: Italy victory in Serbia

Luca Vido was again the hero as Italy Under-21s earned an impressive 1-0 friendly victory away to Serbia.

The Azzurrini were held to an unlucky 1-1 draw by their Norwegian counterparts last week and made numerous changes to the starting XI in Novi Sad.

While Vido scored within moments of coming off the bench in the Norway game, here the Atalanta-owned striker led the way from the beginning.

He got the only goal of the game on 51 minutes, controlling a Depaoli cross from the right and blasting in with his right foot.

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