Italy Under-21s have been handed a favourable draw for the qualification campaign of the 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Championships in Denmark.
The Azzurrini, who will be playing in this summer's finals in Sweden, are in Group 3 along with Bosnia-Herzegovina, Hungary, Luxembourg and Wales.
The 10 group winners and the four best runners-up at the end of the group stage will meet in the play-offs which will decide the seven winners who join hosts Denmark in the 2011 tournament.
Although the group stage qualification process kicks off on 27/28 March, Italy will begin their campaign on 4 September after the 2009 European Championship finals and they will also have a break in October for the Under-20 FIFA World Cup in Egypt. All the groups conclude with the final matches on 7 September 2010.
Pierluigi Casiragi's youngsters are currently preparing for the 2009 finals which takes place between 15-29 June in Sweden. The five-times European champions are in Group A and will face the hosts along with Belarus and Serbia. [2009 Finals]
2011 UEFA European Under-21 Championship
Qualifying Group Stage Draw
(27 March 2009 - 7 September 2010)
Group 1: Russia, Romania, Moldova, Latvia, Faroe Islands, Andorra.
Group 2: Turkey, Switzerland, Armenia, Republic of Ireland, Georgia, Estonia.
Group 3: Italy, Wales, Hungary, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Luxembourg.
Group 4: Spain, Finland, Netherlands, Poland, Liechtenstein.
Group 5: Germany, Czech Republic, Northern Ireland, Iceland, San Marino.
Group 6: Israel, Sweden, Bulgaria, Montenegro, Kazakhstan.
Group 7: Serbia, Croatia, Norway, Slovakia, Cyprus.
Group 8: France, Ukraine, Belgium, Slovenia, Malta.
Group 9: England, Portugal, Greece, FYR Macedonia, Lithuania.
Group 10: Austria, Belarus, Scotland, Albania, Azerbaijan.
Group 3 Fixtures
Friday 27 March
Luxembourg 0-0 Wales
Tuesday 31 March
Wales 5-1 Luxembourg
Saturday 6 June
Hungary 3-0 Luxembourg
Wednesday 10 June
Luxembourg 0-1 Hungary
Wednesday 12 August
Wales 4-1 Hungary
Friday 4 September
Bosnia-Herzegovina 0-1 Luxembourg
Wales 2-1 Italy
Tuesday 8 September
Italy 2-0 Luxembourg
Saturday 10 October
Wales 2-0 Bosnia-Herzegovina
Tuesday 13 October
Italy 1-1 Bosnia-Herzegovina
Friday 13 November
Hungary v Italy
Tuesday 17 November
Luxembourg v Italy
Wednesday 18 November
Bosnia-Herzegovina v Wales
Tuesday 2 March 2010
Luxembourg v Bosnia-Herzegovina
Italy v Hungary
Wednesday 11 August
Bosnia-Herzegovina v Hungary
Friday 3 September
Bosnia-Herzegovina v Italy
Saturday 4 September
Hungary v Wales
Tuesday 7 September
Italy v Wales
Hungary v Bosnia-Herzegovina