After missing out in 2011 for the first time since 1998, the most successful team in the history of the competition return to the finals. has all the key statistics on the Azzurrini.

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Final tournament record
2009: semi-finals
2007: group stage
2006: group stage
2004: winners
2002: semi-finals
2000: winners
1996: winners
1994: winners
1992: winners
1990: semi-finals
1988: quarter-finals
1986: runners-up
1984: semi-finals
1982: quarter-finals
1980: quarter-finals
1978: quarter-finals
All-time competitive record
P207 W128 D47 L32

2013 qualifying (including play-off)
P10 W8 D1 L1 F31 A10
Top scorers:
Manolo Gabbiadini (6), Ciro Immobile (4)
Ever presents: Luca Marrone

Italy were opening day winners against England
Italy were opening day winners against England©AFP/Getty Images

Italy U21s capped at senior level
Mattia Destro (4), Marco Verratti (3), Alessandro Florenzi (2), Lorenzo Insigne (1), Manolo Gabbiadini (1), Fabio Borini (1)

Players with previous U21 final tournament experience
Sweden 2009: Alberto Paloschi

Most capped player
All-time: Andrea Pirlo (46)
Current: Luca Marrone (31)

Leading scorer
All-time: Alberto Gilardino (19)
Current: Manolo Gabbiadini (12)

Biggest wins
Final tournament:
Italy 4-0 Israel 08/06/2013
Group stage, Bloomfield Stadium, Tel Aviv

Italy coach Devis Mangia
Italy coach Devis Mangia©Sportsfile

Italy 7-0 Liechtenstein 06/09/2012
2013 qualifying group stage, Stadio Ceravolo, Catanzaro

Italy 8-1 Wales 05/09/2003
2004 qualifying group stage, Stadio Fortunato, Pavia

Italy 7-0 Estonia 23/03/1995
1996 qualifying group stage, Stadio Ceravolo, Catanzaro

Heaviest defeats
Final tournament:
USSR 3-1 Italy, 02/04/1980
Quarter-finals, Razdam Stadium, Jereven

England 3-1 Italy, 18/04/1984  
Quarter-finals, Maine Road, Manchester

Norway 6-0 Italy 05/06/1991
1992 qualifying group stage, Stavanger Stadion, Stavanger