10 Future Stars of Italian Soccer

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10 Future Stars of Italian Soccer
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The picture you see is of the Italian Under-21 national team.  Called the Azzurrini, the U-21 and lower junior ranks are the proving ground for Italy's youngsters who dream of playing for the senior team on stages like the World Cup or European Championship.

Youth is something that was sorely lacking in the team that went to the 2010 World Cup.  Marcello Lippi relied on older players, many of whom had played in the 2006 World Cup triumph.  

His successor, Cesare Prandelli, has not allowed himself to fall into that trap, and has started a much younger lineup since he took the position after the World Cup.  Here are 10 such youngsters, some still toiling in the junior ranks, some who have claimed a place with the Azzurri, all of whom will likely wear Savoy blue for a long time to come.

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