Nazionale U21

The Azzurrini to face Ukraine, Egypt, Japan and Panama at the 'Tournoi Maurice Revello' in June

One year from the European Championship Finals in Slovakia, Nunziata's team will take part in the prestigious international tournament that Italy won in 2008. Opening game against Japan on Tuesday 4, with all matches live on Rai 2

Monday, April 15, 2024

The Azzurrini to face Ukraine, Egypt, Japan and Panama at the 'Tournoi Maurice Revello' in June

With just one year before the European Championship Finals in Slovakia in 2025, the National Under 21 team will take part in the 50th edition of the 'Tournoi Maurice Revello' in June in France, an event that the Azzurrini will play in for the first time in 13 years. The tournament will be played from Monday 3 to Sunday 16 June in the south of France, with ten teams divided into two groups of five, with Italy included in Group B with Ukraine, Egypt, Japan and Panama.

La festa dell'Italia vincitrice nel 2008

Carmine Nunziata's side will kick off againsy Japan in Vitrolles onr Tuesday 4 June at 15:00 CEST, followed by Ukraine vs. Italy (Thursday 6 at 15:00 CEST in Aubagne), Italy vs. Panama (Monday 10 at 18:15 CEST again in Aubagne) and Italy vs. Egypt (Wednesday 12 at 18:15 CEST in Salon). In-between, there is a bye round scheduled for the third day, on Saturday 8. Saudi Arabia, Ivory Coast, France, Mexico and South Korea complete the other group. At the end of the group stage, top of of each group will play a final for first and second place, and so on down to the final for ninth and tenth position reserved for the fifth-placed teams.

La formazione dell'Italia nella finale 2008

Italy's last participation in the 'Tournoi Maurice Ravello' dates back to 2011: Italy, led by Ciro Ferrara and with players born in 1990 and 1991, such as Caldirola, Saponara, Destro, Gabbiadini, lost in the semi-final to France before beating Mexico on penalties in the final for third place. Their only success in the 'Maurice Ravello' - commonly called the 'Toulon Tournament' - was in 2008: Italy, with Pierluigi Casiraghi in charge, who a few weeks later would be involved in the Beijing Olympic tournament (several players in the squad would later be part of that competition), beat Chile 1-0 in the final thanks to Pablo Daniel Osvaldo's goal.

Andrea Barzagli e Adriano

Italy have also had two second-placed finishes (2002 and 2003, both with Francesco Rocca, and a future World Cup winner in the 2002 squad in Andrea Barzagli) and two other third-placed finishes, in 1975 and 2000 (in the team, among others, other world champions such as Gilardino and Iaquinta). Overall, it will be Italy's twelfth time in the 'Tournoi Maurice Ravello'. The last edition was played in 2022 and hosts France won. All of Italy's matches will be broadcast live on Rai 2.

Group A: Saudi Arabia, Ivory Coast, France, Messico, South Korea
Group B: Ukraine, Egypt, Italy, Japan, Panama

Matchday 1 - Tuesday 4 June (Vitrolles)
15:00: ITALY vs. Japan 
18:00: Egypt vs. Ukraine
Rest: Panama

Matchday 2 - Thursday 6 June (Aubagne)
15:00: Ukraine vs. ITALY
18:00: Egypt vs. Panama
Rest: Japan

Matchday 3 - Saturday 8 June (Fos)
14:00: Japan vs. Egypt
17:30: Ukraine vs. Panama

Matchday 4 - Monday 10 June (Aubagne)
14:30: Ukraine vs. Japan
18:15: ITALY vs. Panama
Rest: Egypt

Matchday 5 - Wednesday 12 June (Salon)
14:30: Japan vs. Panama
18:15: ITALY vs. Egypt
Rest: Ukraine

Friday 14 June
14:00: 9°-10 place (Arles)
18:00: 7°-8° place (Arles)
17:00: 5°-6° place (Mallemort)
Sunday 16 June 
14:30: 3°-4° place (Salon)
18:15: 1°-2° place (Salon)