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ITALY FOOTBALL HISTORY

The Italian national football team (Italian: Nazionale italiana di calcio) represents Italy in association football and is controlled by the Italian Football Federation (FIGC), the governing body for football in Italy. Italy is considered to be one of the best national teams in the world. It is the second most successful national team in the history of the World Cup behind Brazil (5), having won 4 titles (1934, 1938, 1982, 2006), also appearing in two finals (1970, 1994), reaching a third place (1990) and a fourth place (1978). They have also won a European championship (1968), as well as appearing in two other finals (2000, 2012), one Olympic football tournament (1936) and two Central European International Cups. Italy's highest finish at the Confederations Cup was in 2013, when the squad achieved a third place finish.

The national football team is known as the from the traditional color of Italian national teams and athletes representing Italy. blue was the color of the Kingdom of Italy. In its first two matches, the Italian national team wore white shirts with shorts from the club of each player; the azure shirts were introduced in the third match; (azzurro, in Italian) comes from the "Azzurro Savoia" (Savoy Blue), the colour traditionally linked to the royal dynasty which unified Italy in 1861, and maintained in the official standard of the Italian President.

The team does not have a designated "home stadium" like certain national teams. The primary training ground is at the FIGC headquarters in Coverciano, Florence and the team plays their home matches at various stadiums throughout Italy.The team's first match was held in Milan on 15 May 1910, Italy defeated France by a score of 6–2. Some turmoil kept the players of Pro Vercelli who were the best team of the league, out of the game. At the end of the match, the players received some cigarette packets thrown by the 4,000 spectators as a prize.The Italian team played with a (2–3–5) system and consisted of: De Simoni; Varisco, Calì; Trerè, Fossati, Capello; Debernardi, Rizzi, Cevenini I, Lana, Boiocchi. First captain of the team was Francesco Calì.

The first success in an official tournament came with the bronze medal in 1928 Summer Olympics, held in Amsterdam. After losing the semi-final against Uruguay, an 11–3 victory against Egypt secured third place in the competition.The tragic loss in 1949 of the players of Torino (the winners of the previous four Serie A titles) in the Superga air disaster saw the loss of ten out of the eleven constituting the initial line-up for the national team. The following year, Italy did not advance further than the first round of the 1950 World Cup, partly due to the long and physically demanding boat trip to Brazil (air travel was discarded due to fear of another accident).

In the World Cup finals of 1954 and the 1962 that followed, Italy failed to progress past the first round, and did not qualify for the 1958 World Cup. During the early 1960s, while the Italian football clubs Milan and Internazionale dominated the international scene, the National team was not able to match these results. Italy did not take part in the first edition of the European Championship in 1960 (then known as the European Nations Cup), and was knocked out by the USSR in the round of 16 (second round) of the 1964 European Championship.

 

 

ITALY FOOTBALL TEAM

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Name  D. o. B.  Position  Current Club 
Buffon, Gianluigi 1978-01-28 Goalkeeper   Juventus Torino 1 0 0 0 0 0
Barzagli, Andrea 1981-05-08 Centre Back   Juventus Torino 1 0 0 0 0 0
Criscito, Domenico 1986-12-30 Left Back   Zenit St. Peterburg 1 0 0 0 0 0
Paletta, Gabriel 1986-02-15 Centre Back   Parma FC 1 0 0 0 0 0
Maggio, Christian 1982-02-11 Defender   SSC Napoli 1 0 0 0 0 0
Abate, Ignazio 1986-11-12 Right Back   AC Milan 0 1 0 0 0 0
De Sciglio, Mattia 1992-10-20 Right Back   AC Milan 0 1 0 0 0 0
Candreva, Antonio 1987-02-28 Attacking Midfielder   Lazio Roma 1 0 0 0 0 0
Marchisio, Claudio 1986-01-19 Centre Midfielder   Juventus Torino 1 0 0 0 0 0
Montolivo, Riccardo 1985-01-18 Centre Midfielder   AC Milan 1 0 0 0 0 0
Motta, Thiago 1982-08-28 Centre Midfielder   Paris Saint-Germain 1 0 0 0 0 0
Pirlo, Andrea 1979-05-19 Centre Midfielder   Juventus Torino 0 1 0 0 0 0
Cerci, Alessio 1987-07-23 Right Winger   Torino FC 1 0 0 0 0 0
Osvaldo, Pablo 1986-01-12 Centre Forward   Juventus Torino 1 0 0 0 0 0
Destro, Mattia 1991-03-20 Centre Forward   AS Roma 0 1 0 0 0 0
Giaccherini, Emanuele 1985-08-05 Right Winger   Sunderland AFC 0 1 0 0 0 0
Immobile, Ciro 1990-02-20 Striker   Torino FC 0 1 0 0 0 0

 

WORLDCUP HISTORY

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D * L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
 1930 Did Not Enter
 1934 Champions 1st 5 4 1 0 12 3 1 1 0 0 4 0
 1938 Champions 1st 4 4 0 0 11 5 Qualified as defending champions
 1950 Group Stage 7th 2 1 0 1 4 3 Qualified as defending champions
 1954 10th 3 1 0 2 6 7 2 2 0 0 7 2
 1958 Did Not Qualify 4 2 0 2 5 5
 1962 Group Stage 9th 3 1 1 1 3 2 2 2 0 0 10 2
 1966 9th 3 1 0 2 2 2 6 4 1 1 17 3
 1970 Runners-up 2nd 6 3 2 1 10 8 4 3 1 0 10 3
 1974 Group Stage 10th 3 1 1 1 5 4 6 4 2 0 12 0
 1978 Fourth Place 4th 7 4 1 2 9 6 6 5 0 1 18 4
 1982 Champions 1st 7 4 3 0 12 6 8 5 2 1 12 5
 1986 Round of 16 12th 4 1 2 1 5 6 Qualified as defending champions
 1990 Third Place 3rd 7 6 1 0 10 2 Qualified as hosts
 1994 Runners-up 2nd 7 4 2 1 8 5 10 7 2 1 22 7
 1998 Quarter Final 5th 5 3 2 0 8 3 10 6 4 0 13 2
  2002 Round of 16 15th 4 1 1 2 5 5 8 6 2 0 16 3
 2006 Champions 1st 7 5 2 0 12 2 10 7 2 1 17 8
 2010 Group Stage 26th 3 0 2 1 4 5 10 7 3 0 18 7
 2014 Qualified 10 6 4 0 19 9
 2018 To Be Determined -
 2022
Total 4 Titles 18/20 80 44 21 15 126 74 97 67 23 7 200 60


 

ITALIAN FOOTBALL PLAYERS RECORD

TOP CAPS

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# Name Career Caps Goals
1 Gianluigi Buffon 1997–present 139 0
2 Fabio Cannavaro 1997–2010 136 2
3 Paolo Maldini 1988–2002 126 7
4 Dino Zoff 1968–1983 112 0
5 Andrea Pirlo 2002–present 108 13
6 Gianluca Zambrotta 1999–2010 98 2
7 Giacinto Facchetti 1963–1977 94 3
8 Daniele De Rossi 2004–present 93 15
9 Alessandro Del Piero 1995–2008 91 27
10 Marco Tardelli 1976–1985 81 6
10 Franco Baresi 1982–1994 81 1
10 Giuseppe Bergomi 1982–1998 81 6

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TOP GOAL SCORERS

 

# Name Career Goals Caps Goals per match
1 Luigi Riva 1965–1974 35 42 0.83
2 Giuseppe Meazza 1930–1939 33 53 0.62
3 Silvio Piola 1935–1952 30 34 0.88
4 Roberto Baggio 1988–2004 27 56 0.48
Alessandro Del Piero 1995–2008 27 91 0.30
6 Adolfo Baloncieri 1920–1930 25 47 0.53
Filippo Inzaghi 1997–2007 25 57 0.44
Alessandro Altobelli 1980–1988 25 61 0.41
9 Christian Vieri 1997–2005 23 49 0.47
Francesco Graziani 1975–1983 23 64 0.36

 


 

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