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Italy
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Azzurri
Association Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Marcello Lippi
Captain Fabio Cannavaro
Most caps Fabio Cannavaro (132)
Top scorer Luigi Riva (35)
FIFA code ITA
FIFA ranking 4
Highest FIFA ranking 1 (November 1993
February 2007
April 2007-June 2007)
Lowest FIFA ranking 16 (April 1998)
Elo ranking 6
Highest Elo ranking 1 (June 1934-March 1940
December 1940-November 1945
July 2006-August 2006)
Lowest Elo ranking 21 (November 1959)
Home colours
Away colours
First international
 Italy 6 – 2 France 
(Milan, Italy; 15 May 1910)
Biggest win
 Italy 9 – 0 United States 
(Brentford, England; 2 August 1948)
Biggest defeat
 Hungary 7 – 1 Italy 
(Budapest, Hungary; 6 April 1924)
World Cup
Appearances 16 (First in 1934)
Best result Winners, 1934, 1938, 1982, 2006
European Championship
Appearances 7 (First in 1968)
Best result Winners, 1968
Confederations Cup
Appearances 1 (First in 2009)
Best result Round 1, 2009
Olympic medal record
Men's Football
Gold 1936 Berlin[1] Team
Bronze 1928 Amsterdam[1] Team
Bronze 2004 Athens[2] Team

The Italy national football team represents Italy in international football competition and is controlled by the Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio (FIGC). They are the current World Champions, having won the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

Italy is among the top teams in international football and the second most successful national team in the history of the World Cup having won four titles (1934, 1938, 1982, 2006), just one fewer than Brazil. To this tally they can add one European championship (1968), one Olympic football tournament (1936) and two (defunct) Central European International Cups.

The traditional colour of the national team (as well as all Italian teams and athletes) is azure blue[3] (azzurro, in Italian), due to 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 President of the Italian Republic.

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History

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Origins and first two World Cups (1910–1938)

The team's first match was held in Milan on 15 May 1910, Italy defeated France by a score of 6–2.[4]. Some turmoil kept the players of Pro Vercelli, the best team of the league, out of the game. At the end of the match, the players received as a prize some cigarette packets thrown by the 4,000 spectators.[5] The Italian team (2-3-5): De Simoni; Varisco, Calì; Trerè, Fossati, Capello; Debernardi, Rizzi, Cevenini I, Lana, Boiocchi. First captain of the team was Francesco Calì[6]

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, a victory for 11-3 against Egypt secured third place in the competition.

After declining to participate in the first World Cup (1930, in Uruguay) the Italian national team won two consecutive editions of the tournament in 1934 and 1938, under the lead of coach Vittorio Pozzo and thanks to the genius of Giuseppe Meazza, one of the best Italian players ever. Other stars of that era included Luis Monti, Giovanni Ferrari, Silvio Piola and Virginio Rosetta In the 1934 World Cup, the host Azzurri defeated Czechoslovakia 2–1 in Rome, with goals by Raimundo Orsi and Angelo Schiavio.

Post-World War II (1946–1966)

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 devastating 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 again failed to progress past the first round, and did not even qualify for the 1958 World Cup. During the early 1960s, the Italian football clubs AC 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.

Their participation in the 1966 World Cup is always remembered for their 0–1 defeat at the hands of North Korea. Despite being the tournament favourites, the Azzurri, whose 1966 squad included Rivera and Bulgarelli, were eliminated in the first round by the semi-professional North Koreans and bitterly condemned upon their return home, while North Korean scorer Pak Doo-Ik was celebrated as the David who killed Goliath.[7].

European champions and World Cup runners-up (1968–1976)

In 1968, the Azzurri won their first major competition since the 1938 World Cup, beating Yugoslavia in Rome for the European Championship title. The match holds the distinction of being the only major football tournament final to go to a replay. After extra time it ended in a 1–1 draw, and in the days before penalty shootouts, the rules required the match to be replayed a few days later. Italy won the replay 2–0 (with goals from Riva and Anastasi) to take the trophy.

In 1970, Italian team was one of the favourite teams for the title. Exploiting the performances of European champions player like Giacinto Facchetti, Rivera and Riva and with a new center-forward Roberto Boninsegna, the Azzuri were able to came back to a world cup final match after 32 years of desolation. They reached this result after one of the most famous match in football history: Italy vs. West Germany 4-3, which is known as the "Game of the Century". Although they were defeated by the amazing Brazilians, the 1970's team is still recognized as one of the best Italian national teams. The "Mexican generation" ended its cycle of international successes in the 1974 World cup, being eliminated by Lato's Polish team.

World Cup winners for the third time (1978–1982)

Italy's line up, with eight Juventus players, before the match against France in a group stage game at the 1978 FIFA World Cup at Estadio José María Minella (Mar del Plata, Argentina - 2 June, 1978).

The 1978 FIFA World Cup, held in Argentina, saw a new generation of Italian players, the most famous being Paolo Rossi, coming to the international stage. Italy played very well in the first round, being the only team in the tournament to beat the eventual champions and host team Argentina. Second round games against West Germany, Austria and Netherlands led Italy to the third place final, where it was defeated by Brazil 2–1. As in the match against the Netherlands, Italian goalkeeper Dino Zoff was beaten by a long-distance shot and thus blamed as the main culprit for the defeat. Italy then hosted the 1980 UEFA European Football Championship, the first edition to be held between eight teams instead of four, and with the host team automatically qualified for the finals. Italy was beaten by Czechoslovakia in the third place match on penalties.

After a scandal in Serie A where some National Team players such as Paolo Rossi were prosecuted and suspended for match fixing and illegal betting, the Azzurri arrived at the 1982 FIFA World Cup amidst general scepticism and discomfort. Italy qualified for the second round after three uninspiring draws against Poland, Peru and Cameroon. Having been loudly criticized, the Italian team decided on a press black-out from then on, with only coach Enzo Bearzot and captain Dino Zoff appointed to speak to the press.

Italy's strength finally showed in the second round group, a true Group of Death with Argentina and Brazil - the defending champions and the team favoured to dethrone them. In the opener, Italy prevailed 2-1 over Diego Maradona's side after an ill-tempered battle in which Italy's defenders and midfielders proved their mastery in the rougher side of the game. Italy's goals, both excellent left-footed strikes, were scored by Marco Tardelli and Antonio Cabrini. After Brazil defeated Argentina 3-1, Italy needed to win in order to advance to the semifinals. Twice Italy went in the lead with Paolo Rossi goals, and twice Brazil came back. When Paulo Roberto Falcão scored to make it 2–2 Brazil would have been through on goal difference; but in the 74th minute Rossi poked home the winning goal in a crowded penalty area to send Italy to the semifinals after one of the all-time greatest games in World Cup history[8]. In the wake of its brilliant second round performance, Italy easily dispatched Poland in the first semi-final with another two goals from Rossi.

In the final match, Italy met their traditional opponent West Germany, who had advanced thanks to a penalty shootout victory against France. The first half ended scoreless, after Cabrini missed a penalty awarded for a Hans-Peter Briegel foul on Bruno Conti. In the second half Paolo Rossi again scored the first goal, and while the Germans were pushing forward in search of an equaliser, Tardelli and substitute Alessandro Altobelli finalised two perfect contropiede counterattacks to make it 3–0. Paul Breitner smashed home West Germany's consolation goal seven minutes from the end, making him the second man after Pelé to score in two different World Cup finals.

Tardelli's scream after his goal in the final is still remembered as the symbol of Italy's 1982 World Cup triumph. Paolo Rossi won the Golden Boot with six goals, and 40-year-old captain-goalkeeper Dino Zoff became the oldest-ever player to win the World Cup.

World Cup and European Championship runners-up (1984–2004)

For twenty-four years following the 1982 triumph, the Azzurri figured prominently on the world stage but did not win another tournament. Italy failed to qualify for the 1984 European Championship and were knocked out in the Round of 16 of the 1986 World Cup by France. 1988 saw them reach the semifinals of the European Championship, where they were defeated 2–0 by the USSR. It was the same year in which they lost to Zambia in the Olympic games.

Italy hosted the World Cup for the second time in 1990. The Italian attack featured talented forwards Salvatore Schillaci and a young Roberto Baggio. Despite being favourites[9] to win and not conceding a goal in their first five matches, Italy lost in the semifinal to defending champion Argentina, losing 4-3 on penalty kicks following a 1–1 draw after extra time, Schillaci's first half opener having been equalised in the second half by Claudio Caniggia's header for Argentina. Aldo Serena missed the final penalty kick (with Roberto Donadoni also having his penalty saved by goalkeeper Sergio Goycochea). Italy went on to defeat England 2–1 in the third place match, with Schillaci scoring the winning goal on a penalty to become the tournament's top scorer with 6 goals. Italy then failed to qualify for the 1992 European Championship.

In the 1994 World Cup, Italy started very slowly but reached the final. They lost the opening match against Ireland 0–1, this being the only match Italy would lose (not counting games lost after shootout) over the span of three World Cup finals from 1990 to 1998 and one only of four games they have lost in regular time since 1988 in either a Euro or World Cup (losing 2–1 to Czech Republic in the first round of Euro 1996 is the second one, losing 2–1 to Croatia in the first round of 2002 world cup is the third one with the 3–0 defeat to the Netherlands in the Euro 2008 opener now the fourth). After a gritty 1–0 win against Norway and a 1–1 draw with Mexico, Italy advanced from Group E based on goals scored among the four teams tied on points. In the Round of 16, Italy was down 0-1 late against Nigeria, but Roberto Baggio came to the rescue with a splended equaliser in the 88th minute and a penalty in extra time to snatch the win.[10] Baggio scored another late goal against Spain in the quarter-final to seal a 2–1 win and two beautifully taken goals against Bulgaria in the semi-final for another 2–1 win.[11][12] In the final, Italy and Brazil played 120 minutes of scoreless football, taking the match to a penalty shootout. Italy lost the subsequent shootout 3–2 after Baggio, who had been playing with the aid of a pain-killing injection and a heavily bandaged hamstring, missed the final penalty kick of the match, shooting over the crossbar.[13]

Italy did not progress beyond the group stage at the finals of Euro 96. Gianfranco Zola failed to convert a decisive penalty against Germany, who eventually won the tournament. Then, during the qualifying campaign for the 1998 FIFA World Cup, the Azzurri beat England at Wembley for the second time with Zola scoring the only goal. In the final tournament, Italy found themselves in another critical shootout for the third World Cup in a row. The Italian side, where Del Piero and Baggio renewed the controversial staffetta (relay) between Mazzola and Rivera from 1970, held the eventual World Champions and host team France to a 0–0 draw after extra time in the quarterfinals, but lost 4–3 in the shootout. With two goals scored in this tournament, Roberto Baggio is still the only Italian player to have scored in three different FIFA World Cup editions.

In the Euro 2000, another shootout was this time to favour Italy, in the semifinal against the co-hosts the Netherlands. Italian goalkeeper Francesco Toldo saved one penalty during the match and two in the shootout, while the Dutch players missed one other penalty during the match and one during the shootout with a rate of one penalty scored out of six attempts. Emerging star Francesco Totti scored his penalty with a cucchiaio (spoon) chip. Italy finished the tournament as runners-up, unluckily losing the final 2–1 against France (to a golden goal in extra time) after conceding les Bleus' equalizing goal just 30 seconds before the expected end of injury time (94'). After the defeat, coach Dino Zoff resigned in protest after being criticized by Milan president and politician Silvio Berlusconi.

In the 2002 World Cup, Italy again had a difficult time. A comfortable 2–0 victory against Ecuador with two Christian Vieri goals was followed by a 2–1 defeat to Croatia. A 1–1 draw with Mexico thanks to a goal from Alessandro Del Piero proved enough to advance to the knockout stages. However, co-host country South Korea knocked out Italy in the Round of 16, in a game full of controversial refereeing decisions.

A three-way tie in the group stage of the 2004 European Championship left Italy as the "odd man out", and they failed to qualify for the quarterfinals after finishing behind Denmark and Sweden on the basis of number of goals scored in matches among the tied teams.[14] The winning goal scored during stoppage time against Bulgaria by Antonio Cassano resulted useless, leaving the Italian striker in tears at the end of the game.

2006 World Cup: Champions for the fourth time

Italy's campaign in the 2006 World Cup hosted by Germany was accompanied by open pessimism[15] due to the controversy caused by the 2006 Serie A scandal. These negative predictions were then refuted, as the Azzurri eventually won their fourth World Cup.

Italy won their opening game against Ghana 2-0, with goals from Andrea Pirlo (40') and substitute Vincenzo Iaquinta (83'). The team performance was judged the best among the opening games by FIFA president Sepp Blatter[16].

The second match was a less convincing 1–1 draw with USA, with Alberto Gilardino's diving header equalized by a Cristian Zaccardo own goal. After the equalizer, midfielder Daniele De Rossi and the USA's Pablo Mastroeni and Eddie Pope were sent off, leaving only nine men on the field for nearly the entirety of the second half, but the score remained unchanged despite a controversial decision when Gennaro Gattuso's shot was deflected in but disallowed because of a shady offside. The same happened at the other end when U.S. winger DaMarcus Beasley's goal was not given due to teammate Brian McBride being in an offside position. De Rossi was suspended for four matches for elbowing McBride in the face and could only return for the final match.

Italy finished first in Group E with a 2–0 win against the Czech Republic, with goals from defender Marco Materazzi (26') and striker Filippo Inzaghi (87'), advancing to the Round of 16 in the knockout stages, where they faced Australia. In this match, Materazzi was controversially sent off early in the second half (53') after an attempted two-footed tackle on Australian midfielder Marco Bresciano. In stoppage time a penalty kick was controversially awarded to the Italians after Fabio Grosso fell to the ground after making contact with Australian defender Lucas Neill who was laying on the ground. Francesco Totti converted it with a powerful blast past Mark Schwarzer for a 1–0 win. [17]

In the quarterfinals Italy beat Ukraine 3–0. Gianluca Zambrotta opened the scoring early (6') with a left-footed shot from outside the penalty area after a quick exchange with Totti created enough space. Luca Toni added two more goals in the second half (59' and 69'), as Ukraine pressed forward but were not able to score, hitting the crossbar and requiring several saves from Buffon and a goal-line clearance from Zambrotta. Afterwards, manager Marcello Lippi dedicated the victory to former Italian international Gianluca Pessotto, who was in the hospital recovering from an apparent suicide attempt.[18]

In the semi-final, Italy beat host country Germany 2–0 with the two goals coming in the last two minutes of extra time. After an exciting, back-and-forth half hour of extra time during which Gilardino and Zambrotta struck the post and the crossbar respectively, Grosso scored in the 119th minute after a disguised Pirlo pass found him open in the penalty area for a bending left-footed shot into the far corner past German goalkeeper Jens Lehmann's dive. Substitute striker Alessandro Del Piero then sealed the victory by scoring with the last kick of the game at the end of a swift counterattack by Cannavaro, Totti and Gilardino.[19]

Within the crowd in the Circus Maximus in Rome, after the Italian team scored against France.

The Azzurri won their fourth World Cup, defeating their long-time rivals France in Berlin, on 9 July, 5–3 on penalty kicks after a 1–1 draw at the end of extra time. French captain Zinedine Zidane opened the scoring in the 7th minute with a chipped penalty kick, controversially awarded for a foul by Materazzi. Twelve minutes later, a powerful header by Materazzi from a corner kick by Pirlo brought Italy even. In the second half, a goal by Toni was disallowed for a very close offside call. At 110', Zidane was sent off after a head butt, after a verbal exchange with Materazzi; the two players were eventually fined by FIFA for this incident. Italy then won the penalty shootout 5–3, the crucial penalty being David Trézéguet's powerful attempt that hit the crossbar and stayed out.[20] Italy scored all five attempts in a shootout for the first time ever (Pirlo, Materazzi, De Rossi, Del Piero and Grosso). Italy remain the only side to have played in the two World Cup finals that have ended in shootouts; in 1994 and 2006.

The Starting Line-Up for 2006 Final Italy: Buffon, Zambrotta, Cannavaro, Materazzi, Grosso, Camoranesi (Del Piero 86), Pirlo, Gattuso, Perrotta (Iaquinta 61), Totti (De Rossi 61), Toni. Subs Not Used: Amelia, Barone, Barzagli, Gilardino, Inzaghi, Nesta, Oddo, Peruzzi, Zaccardo.

Ten different players scored for Italy and five goals out of twelve were scored by substitutes, while four goals were scored by defenders. Seven players — Gianluigi Buffon, Fabio Cannavaro, Gianluca Zambrotta, Andrea Pirlo, Gennaro Gattuso, Francesco Totti and Luca Toni — were named to the 23-man tournament All Star Team.[21] Buffon also won the Lev Yashin Award, given to the best goalkeeper of the tournament; he conceded only two goals in the tournament, the first an own goal by Zaccardo and the second from Zidane's penalty kick in the final, and remained unbeaten for 460 consecutive minutes.[22] In honour of Italy winning the FIFA World Cup for a fourth time, all of the World Cup Squad were awarded the Italian Order of Merit of Cavaliere Ufficiale.[23][24] yet after the Italian triumph in the World Cup, Lippi announced his resignation.[25] 1994 World Cup star Roberto Donadoni was announced the new coach of the Azzurri on 13 July. Italy played in the 2008 UEFA European Football Championship qualifying Group B, along with France. Italy won the group, with France being the runner-up.[26] On 14 February 2007, FIFA ranked Italy 1st in the FIFA World Rankings, with a total of 1488 points, 37 points ahead of second ranked Argentina. This moved them up one from their previous rank, 2nd. The Azzurri had not received such an honour since 1993.[27]

In Euro 2008, the Azzurri got off to a poor start, losing 0–3 to the Netherlands. The following game against Romania ended with 1–1, with a goal by Christian Panucci that came only a minute after Romania's Adrian Mutu capitalized on a mistake by Gianluca Zambrotta to give Romania the lead. The result was preserved by Gianluigi Buffon who saved a penalty kick from Mutu in the 80th minute.

The final game against France, a rematch of the 2006 World Cup Final, was won with a 2–0 victory. Andrea Pirlo scored from the penalty spot and a free kick by Daniele De Rossi took a wild deflection resulting Italy's second goal. Romania, entering the day a point ahead of the Italians in Group C, lost to the Netherlands 2–0, allowing Italy to pass into the quarterfinals against eventual champion Spain, where they lost 4–2 on penalties. Within a week after the game, Roberto Donadoni's contract was terminated and Marcello Lippi was rehired as coach.[28]

By virtue of winning the World Cup, Italy qualified for the Confederations Cup, held in South Africa in June 2009. They won their opening match, against United States, 3–1, but defeats to Egypt (1–0) and Brazil (3–0) meant that they finished third in the group on goals scored, and were eliminated. In October 2009, Italy qualified for the 2010 World Cup South Africa after drawing with Republic of Ireland 2-2. On 4th December 2009, the draw for the 2010 world cup was made, Italy was in Group F alongside Paraguay, New Zealand and Slovakia.

Competitive record

World Cup record

Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
Uruguay 1930 Did not enter - - - - - - -
Italy 1934 Champions 1 5 4 1 0 11 3
France 1938 Champions 1 4 4 0 0 11 5
Brazil 1950 Round 1 7 2 1 0 1 4 3
Switzerland 1954 Round 1 10 3 1 0 2 6 7
Sweden 1958 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Chile 1962 Round 1 9 3 1 1 1 3 2
England 1966 Round 1 9 3 1 0 2 2 2
Mexico 1970 Runner-up 2 6 3 2 1 10 8
West Germany 1974 Round 1 10 3 1 1 1 5 4
Argentina 1978 Fourth place 4 7 4 1 2 9 6
Spain 1982 Champions 1 7 4 3 0 12 6
Mexico 1986 Round of 16 11 4 1 2 1 5 6
Italy 1990 Third place 3 7 6 1 0 10 2
United States 1994 Runner-up 2 7 4 2 1 8 5
France 1998 Quarter-finals 5 5 3 2 0 8 3
South KoreaJapan 2002 Round of 16 12 4 1 1 2 5 5
Germany 2006 Champions 1 7 5 2 0 12 2
South Africa 2010 Qualified - - - - - - -
Total 17/19 4 Titles 77 44 19 14 122 69

European Championship record

Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
France 1960 Did not enter - - - - - - -
Spain 1964 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Italy 1968 Champions 1 3 1 2 0 3 1
Belgium 1972 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Yugoslavia 1976 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Italy 1980 Fourth place 4 4 1 3 0 2 1
France 1984 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
West Germany 1988 Semi-finals 3 4 2 1 1 4 3
Sweden 1992 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
England 1996 Round 1 10 3 1 1 1 3 3
BelgiumNetherlands 2000 Runner-up 2 6 4 1 1 9 4
Portugal 2004 Round 1 9 3 1 2 0 3 2
AustriaSwitzerland 2008 Quarter-finals 5 4 1 2 1 3 4
Total 7/13 1 title 27 11 12 4 27 18
*Draws include knockout matches decided by penalty shootout.
**Gold background color indicates that the tournament was won. Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.

Confederations Cup record

FIFA Confederations Cup
Year Round GP W D L GS GA
Saudi Arabia 1997 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Mexico 1999 Did not qualify - - - - - -
South KoreaJapan 2001 Did not qualify - - - - - -
France 2003 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Germany 2005 Did not qualify - - - - - -
South Africa 2009 Round 1 3 1 0 2 3 5
Total 1/8 3 1 0 2 3 5

Honours

This is a list of honours for the senior Italian national team
  • Winner (1): 1968
  • Runner-up (1): 2000
  • Fourth place (1): 1980
  • Winner (2): 1927-30, 1933-35
  • Runner-up (1): 1931-32

Coaches

During the earliest days of Italian nation football, it was common for a Technical Commission to be appointed. The Commission took the role that a standard coach would currently play. Since 1967, the national team has been controlled only by coaches.

For this reason, the coach of the Italian national team is still called Technical Commissioner (Commissario tecnico o CT).

Recent results and forthcoming fixtures

Date Location Opponent Score Competition
October 10, 2009 Dublin, Republic of Ireland  Republic of Ireland 2-2 FIFA World Cup qualifier
October 14, 2009 Parma, Italy  Cyprus 3-2 FIFA World Cup qualifier
November 14, 2009 Pescara, Italy  Netherlands 0-0 Friendly
November 18, 2009 Cesena, Italy  Sweden 1-0 Friendly
March 3, 2010 Fontvielle, Monaco  Cameroon 0-0 Friendly
June 3, 2010 Brussels, Belgium  Mexico - Friendly
June 5, 2010 Geneva, Switzerland  Switzerland - Friendly
June 14, 2010 Cape Town, South Africa  Paraguay - 2010 WC Group Stage
June 20, 2010 Nelspruit, South Africa  New Zealand - 2010 WC Group Stage
June 24, 2010 Johannesbourg, South Africa  Slovakia - 2010 WC Group Stage

UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Italy 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Serbia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Northern Ireland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Slovenia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Estonia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Faroe Islands 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Players

Current squad

Squad called up for the friendly against Cameroon on 3 March 2010.

Caps and goals as of 3 March 2010.

Name Date of birth Club Caps (goals) Debut
Goalkeepers
Federico Marchetti 7 February 1983 (1983-02-07) (age 27) Italy Cagliari 4 (0) v. Northern Ireland, 6 June 2009
Morgan De Sanctis 27 March 1977 (1977-03-27) (age 32) Italy Napoli 3 (0) v. Iceland, 30 March 2005
Salvatore Sirigu 12 January 1987 (1987-01-12) (age 23) Italy Palermo 0 (0) N/A
Defenders
Fabio Cannavaro 13 September 1973 (1973-09-13) (age 36) Italy Juventus 132 (2) v. Northern Ireland, 22 January 1997
Giorgio Chiellini 14 August 1984 (1984-08-14) (age 25) Italy Juventus 28 (2) v. Finland, 17 November 2004
Daniele Bonera 31 May 1981 (1981-05-31) (age 28) Italy Milan 16 (0) v. Morocco, 5 September 2001
Nicola Legrottaglie 20 October 1976 (1976-10-20) (age 33) Italy Juventus 16 (1) v. Turkey, 20 November 2002
Domenico Criscito 30 December 1986 (1986-12-30) (age 23) Italy Genoa 5 (0) v. Switzerland, 12 August 2009
Christian Maggio 11 February 1982 (1982-02-11) (age 28) Italy Napoli 3 (0) v. Greece, 19 November 2008
Mattia Cassani 26 August 1983 (1983-08-26) (age 26) Italy Palermo 2 (0) v. Sweden, 18 November 2009
Leonardo Bonucci 1 May 1987 (1987-05-01) (age 22) Italy Bari 1 (0) v. Cameroon, 3 March 2010
Midfielders
Gennaro Gattuso 9 January 1978 (1978-01-09) (age 32) Italy Milan 71 (1) v. Sweden, 23 February 2000
Andrea Pirlo 19 May 1979 (1979-05-19) (age 30) Italy Milan 65 (8) v. Azerbaijan, 7 September 2002
Daniele De Rossi 24 July 1983 (1983-07-24) (age 26) Italy Roma 52 (8) v. Norway, 4 September 2004
Angelo Palombo 25 September 1981 (1981-09-25) (age 28) Italy Sampdoria 15 (0) v. Croatia, 16 August 2006
Simone Pepe 30 August 1983 (1983-08-30) (age 26) Italy Udinese 13 (0) v. Bulgaria, 11 October 2008
Riccardo Montolivo 18 January 1985 (1985-01-18) (age 25) Italy Fiorentina 12 (0) v. South Africa, 17 October 2007
Claudio Marchisio 19 January 1986 (1986-01-19) (age 24) Italy Juventus 3 (0) v. Switzerland, 12 August 2009
Andrea Cossu 3 May 1980 (1980-05-03) (age 29) Italy Cagliari 1 (0) v. Cameroon, 3 March 2010
Strikers
Antonio Di Natale 13 October 1977 (1977-10-13) (age 32) Italy Udinese 31 (9) v. Turkey, 20 November 2002
Fabio Quagliarella 31 January 1983 (1983-01-31) (age 27) Italy Napoli 18 (3) v. Scotland, 29 March 2007
Giampaolo Pazzini 2 August 1984 (1984-08-02) (age 25) Italy Sampdoria 6 (1) v. Montenegro, 28 March 2009
Marco Borriello 18 June 1982 (1982-06-18) (age 27) Italy Milan 4 (0) v. Portugal, 6 February 2008

Recent call-ups

No. Pos. Player DoB (Age) Caps Goals Club
GK Gianluigi Buffon 28 January 1978 (1978-01-28) (age 32) 100 0 Italy Juventus
DF Gianluca Zambrotta 19 February 1977 (1977-02-19) (age 33) 92 2 Italy Milan
DF Fabio Grosso 28 November 1977 (1977-11-28) (age 32) 48 4 Italy Juventus
DF Davide Santon 2 January 1991 (1991-01-02) (age 19) 5 0 Italy Internazionale
DF Salvatore Bocchetti 30 November 1986 (1986-11-30) (age 23) 3 0 Italy Genoa
MF Mauro Camoranesi 4 October 1976 (1976-10-04) (age 33) 53 5 Italy Juventus
MF Alberto Aquilani 7 July 1984 (1984-07-07) (age 25) 11 2 England Liverpool
MF Antonio Candreva 28 February 1987 (1987-02-28) (age 23) 2 0 Italy Juventus
FW Alberto Gilardino 5 July 1982 (1982-07-05) (age 27) 39 16 Italy Fiorentina
FW Vincenzo Iaquinta 21 November 1979 (1979-11-21) (age 30) 35 5 Italy Juventus
FW Giuseppe Rossi 1 February 1987 (1987-02-01) (age 23) 14 3 Spain Villarreal

Previous squads

Most capped players

As of 3 March 2010, the players with the most caps for Italy are:

# Name Career Caps Goals
1 Fabio Cannavaro 1997– 132 2
2 Paolo Maldini 1988–2002 126 7
3 Dino Zoff 1968–1983 112 0
4 Gianluigi Buffon 1997– 100 0
5 Giacinto Facchetti 1963–1977 94 3
6 Gianluca Zambrotta 1999– 92 2
7 Alessandro Del Piero 1995–2008 91 27
8 Franco Baresi 1982–1994 81 1
Giuseppe Bergomi 1982–1998 81 6
Marco Tardelli 1976–1985 81 6

Bold denotes still active players.

Top goalscorers

As of 3 March 2010, the players with the most goals for Italy are:

# 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 0.29
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

Bold denotes still active players.

See also

Notes

  1. ^ a b restricted to amateur players
  2. ^ Squad limited to three players over 23 years of age: these games are not normally considered to be part of the record of the national team
  3. ^ Azure blue was the colour of the royal house 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.
  4. ^ FIGC
  5. ^ FIGC - Club Italia
  6. ^ http://download.repubblica.it/pdf/motori/supplemento_ottobre06/04.pdf
  7. ^ http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/p/cg/por_prk_1966.html
  8. ^ http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/p/cg/ita_bra_1982.html
  9. ^ Yahoo! Sports - Sports News, Scores, Rumors, Fantasy Games, and more
  10. ^ "Match Report - 1994 FIFA World Cup USA (TM): Nigeria - Italy". FIFAworldcup.com. http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/pwc/mr_3091.html. Retrieved 2006-07-25. 
  11. ^ "Match Report - 1994 FIFA World Cup USA (TM): Italy - Spain". FIFAworldcup.com. http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/pwc/mr_3097.html. Retrieved 2006-07-25. 
  12. ^ "Match Report - 1994 FIFA World Cup USA (TM): Bulgaria - Italy". FIFAworldcup.com. http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/pwc/mr_3100.html. Retrieved 2006-07-25. 
  13. ^ "USA 1994". FIFAworldcup.com. http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/p/pwc/1994.html. Retrieved 2006-07-25. 
  14. ^ There was some controversy as both Sweden and Denmark knew before their final match that a 2-2 draw between them would let both Scandinavian sides qualify at the Italians' expense, and that is exactly what transpired. Totti again found himself at the center of controversy for the Italian side after being suspended for three games for a spitting incident in the match against Denmark.
  15. ^ People's Daily Online - Scandal threatening to bury Italy's Cup dream
  16. ^ Pirlo Leads Italy Past Ghana at World Cup
  17. ^ "Italy 1-0 Australia". BBC Sport. 2006-06-26. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/world_cup_2006/4991534.stm. Retrieved 2009-08-18. 
  18. ^ "Lippi dedicates win to Pessotto". BBC. 2006-06-30. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/world_cup_2006/teams/italy/5123318.stm. Retrieved 2006-07-25. 
  19. ^ "Germany 0-2 Italy (aet)". BBC Sport. 2006-07-04. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/world_cup_2006/4991640.stm. Retrieved 2009-08-18. 
  20. ^ "Italy 1-1 France (aet)". BBC Sport. 2006-07-09. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/world_cup_2006/4991652.stm. Retrieved 2009-08-18. 
  21. ^ "Azzurri prominent in All Star Team". FIFAworldcup.com. 2006-07-07. http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/060707/1/8n9b.html. Retrieved 2006-07-25. 
  22. ^ More than half the team admitted that their hardest game of the campaign was the game against Australia in the round of 16. "Buffon collects Lev Yashin Award". FIFAworldcup.com. 2006-07-10. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/world_cup_2006/teams/italy/5123318.stm. Retrieved 2006-07-25. 
  23. ^ "Italy squad given heroes' welcome". BBC Sport. 2006-07-10. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/world_cup_2006/teams/italy/5164410.stm. Retrieved 2009-08-18. 
  24. ^ "Italian joy at World Cup victory". BBC Sport. 2006-07-10. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/5163914.stm. Retrieved 2009-08-18. 
  25. ^ {{cite===After the World Cup=== Da news |title=Lippi the latest to be sucked into crisis |url=http://football.guardian.co.uk/News_Story/0,,1779716,00.html |first=Kevin |last=Buckley |publisher=Guardian |date=2006-05-21 |accessdate=2006-07-25 }}
  26. ^ "Lippi resigns as Italy head coach". BBC. 2006-07-12. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/world_cup_2006/teams/italy/5165406.stm. Retrieved 2006-07-25. 
  27. ^ "Italy oust Brazil to take top spot". FIFA. 2006-02-14. http://www.fifa.com/en/mens/statistics/index/0,2548,131847,00.html?articleid=131847. Retrieved 2006-02-14. 
  28. ^ "Euro 2008 - Lippi returns to manage Italy". Eurosport. 2008-06-26. http://eurosport.yahoo.com/26062008/58/euro-2008-lippi-returns-manage-italy.html. Retrieved 2008-06-28. 

External links

Titles

Preceded by
1930 Uruguay 
World Champions
1934 (First title)
1938 (Second title)
Succeeded by
1950 Uruguay 
Preceded by
1978 Argentina 
World Champions
1982 (Third title)
Succeeded by
1986 Argentina 
Preceded by
2002 Brazil 
World Champions
2006 (Fourth title)
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
1964 Spain 
European Champions
1968 (First title)
Succeeded by
1972 West Germany 
Awards
Preceded by
Renault F1 Team
Laureus World Team of the Year
2007
Succeeded by
South African Rugby Union Team

Simple English

Italy
Association Italian Football Federation
Confederation UEFA
Coach Marcello Lippi
Most caps Fabio Cannavaro (128)
Top scorer Luigi Riva (35)
FIFA ranking 4
First game 15 May 1910
France (6-2)
Largest win 2 August 1948
United States (9-0)
Largest loss 6 April 1924
Hungary (1-7)
World Cup
Appearances 17
First Apps 1934
Best result Champions (1934, 1938, 1982, 2006)

Italy national football team is the national football team of Italy.

Most appearances

PosPlayerAppsGoalsCareer
1Fabio Cannavaro12821997-present
2Paolo Maldini12671988-2002
3Dino Zoff11201968-1983
4Giacinto Facchetti9431963-1977
5Alessandro Del Piero91261995-2008
6Gianluigi Buffon8901997-present
7Franco Baresi8111982-1994
7Giuseppe Bergomi8161982-1998
7Marco Tardelli8161976-1985
10Gianluca Zambrotta8021999-present

Top scorers

PosPlayerGoalsAppsCareer
1Luigi Riva35421965-1974
2Giuseppe Meazza33531930-1939
3Silvio Piola30341935-1952
4Roberto Baggio27561988-2004
5Alessandro Del Piero26911995-2008
6Adolfo Baloncieri25471920-1930
6Filippo Inzaghi25571997-2007
6Alessandro Altobelli25611980-1988
9Christian Vieri23491997-2005
9Francesco Graziani23641975-1983


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