Italy is hosting next spring's UEFA U-17 Championship, so the U-17 team is not involved with qualifying. Therefore, they have to rely on friendlies to prepare. Next week, they are playing in the "Four Nations" (what an imaginative name) tournament in Spain, along with Portugal and Greece. Italy plays Portugal on Oct 26 and then will face either Spain or Greece on Oct 28. Here are the players called up for this friendly tournament: Portieri: Frison (Treviso), Tornaghi (Inter); Difensori: Pierro (Salernitana), Brivio (Atalanta), Conte (Lecce), Cremonesi (Cremonese), De Silvestri (Lazio), Pavan (Padova), Renzetti (Genoa); Centrocampisti: Dambrosio (Salernitana), Greco (Lazio), Castiglia (Reggina), Del Sole (Parma), Mandorlini (Parma), Palermo (Roma), Russotto (Bellinzona); Attaccanti: Piccolo (Salernitana), Foti (Venezia). BTW, unlike other age groups, Italy has no great history of success at this level, or at the U-16 level, which was the age UEFA used up until 2000. They only won it one time, in the first U-16 UEFA championship in 1982 (good year!). Italy has appeared in the final 4 other times, most recently in 1998, when they lost to Ireland. They also lost in 1993, to Poland, and in 1986, to Spain. In 1987, they had their victory in the final vs the Soviet Union stripped. I don't know the circumstances, but in age-level competitions, it usually involves the eligibility of a player.