Italy

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World Cup 2014 Italy National Team

  • FIFA country code: ITA
  • FIFA member since: 1905
  • Confederation: UEFA
  • Confederation member since: 1954
  • Association: Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio (FIGC)
  • In English: Italian Football Federation
  • Association founded: 1898
  • Most caps: Gianluigi Buffon  (+138 and still counting)
  • Top scorer: Luigi Riva (35)
  • 1st World Cup win: 7-1 USA in Italy ’34
  • 1st World Cup goal scorer: Angelo Schiavio (1934)
  • World Cup top scorer: Paolo Rossi, Roberto Baggio, Christian Vieri (9)
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World Cup 2014 Italy National Team

World Cup 2014 Italy Schedule Group D

MatchDateTimeCityCountryResultsCountry
7
14/06
16:00
Fortaleza
World Cup Brazil 2014 Uruguay teamUruguay
1-3Costa Rica
World Cup Brazil 2014 Costa Rica team
8
14/06
18:00
Manaus
World Cup Brazil 2014 England teamEngland
1-2Italy
World Cup Brazil 2014 Italy team
23
19/06
16:00
São Paulo
World Cup Brazil 2014 Uruguay teamUruguay
2-1England
World Cup Brazil 2014 England team
24
20/06
13:00
Recife
World Cup Brazil 2014 Italy teamItaly
0-1Costa Rica
World Cup Brazil 2014 Costa Rica team
39
24/06
13:00
Natal
World Cup Brazil 2014 Italy teamItaly
0-1Uruguay
World Cup Brazil 2014 Uruguay team
40
24/06
13:00
Belo Horizonte
World Cup Brazil 2014 Costa Rica teamCosta Rica
0-0England
World Cup Brazil 2014 England team

Italy is the 7th country to have qualified for the World Cup Brazil on the 10th of September 2013. The decisive match was against Czech Republic. The World Cup 2014 Italy national team had to win this match in order to make sure their 1st spot in group B would not be jeopardized. Italy successfully sealed their spot by winning with a 2-1 score. The first goal was scored by Giorgio Chiellini and the second by Mario Balotelli which was a penalty. Eventually not a single qualification match was lost. The fixed number 1 position in group B resulted in immediate qualification for the 2014 World Cup.

 TeamMPWDLGFGAPts
World Cup Brazil 2014 Costa Rica teamCosta Rica3210417
World Cup Brazil 2014 Uruguay teamUruguay3201446
World Cup Brazil 2014 Italy teamItaly3102233
World Cup Brazil 2014 England teamEngland3012241

World Cup 2014 Italy Players

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The 23 players who have been selected for the World Cup 2014 Italy national team are:

GoalkeepersDefendersMidfieldersForwards
Gianluigi Buffon
Mattia Perin
Salvatore Sirigu
Ignazio Abate
Andrea Barzagli
Leonardo Bonucci
Giorgio Chiellini
Matteo Darmian
Mattia De Sciglio
Gabriel Paletta
Alberto Aquilani
Antonio Candreva
Daniele De Rossi
Claudio Marchisio
Thiago Motta
Marco Parolo
Andrea Pirlo
Marco Verratti
Mario Balotelli
Antonio Cassano
Alessio Cerci
Ciro Immobile
Lorenzo Insigne

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Head Coach: Cesare Prandelli (Italian)
Captain: Gianluigi Buffon

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Italy World Cup History

How Many World Cups Played: 17

YearRoundPositionGPWDLGSGA
1934Champions15410123
1938Champions14400115
1950Group Stage7210143
1954Group Stage10310267
1962Group Stage9311132
1966Group Stage9310222
1970Final26321108
1974Group Stage10311154
1978Semi-Finals4741296
1982Champions17430126
1986Round of 1612412156
1990Semi-Finals37610102
1994Final2742185
1998Quarter-Finals5532083
2002Round of 1615411255
2006Champions17520122
2010Group Stage26302145
Best/TotalChampions18044211512674

GP=Games played, W=Wins, D=Draws, L=Losses, GS=Goals scored, GA=Goals against

Best Performance

1938 – Final: Aside from winning the World Cup Final by beating Hungary with 4-0, Italy won every match of the tournament.

Worst Performance

2010 – First round: This the only World Cup where Italy won 0 matches and ended up on the last position of group F, under Paraguay, Slovakia and New Zealand.

Did You Know Italy:

  • Has the following nickname: Azzurri (The Blues)
  • Is the 2nd country to win a World Cup
  • Is the first European country to win a World Cup (1934)
  • Is the 2nd most successful country in World Cup history with 4 World Cup wins (1934, 1938, 1982, 2006)
  • Has participated in the most World Cups together with Germany  (17 out of 19) after Brazil (19 out of 19)
  • Is the 2nd country to win a World Cup on home soil
  • Is the first country to win a World Cup twice in a row
  • Played the most draws in World Cup history: 21 times
  • Is rivals with France, Brazil, Spain and Germany 
  • Played against Spain in 1934 for the first time in World Cup history
  • Played the first World Cup match which ended in a draw (against Spain 1-1 in 1934)
  • Forward Angelo Schiavio scored the 100th World Cup goal in their first 1934 World Cup match against USA (7-1)
  • Midfielder Luis Monti is the only player to have played a World Cup Final for 2 different countries (Argentina in 1930 and Italy in 1934)
  • Played against France in 1938 for the first time in World Cup history
  • Played against Brazil in 1938 for the first time in World Cup history
  • Coach Vittorio Pozzo (‘Il Vecchio Maestro’ (the old master)) is the only coach who has won 2 World Cups (1934 and 1938)
  • Lost 10 international players due to the Superga air disaster in 1949, which was the reason the Italian team travelled to Brazil by boat and not by plane for the 1950 World Cup
  • Failed to qualify for a World Cup only once: for the 1958 World Cup
  • Played in an infamous 1962 World Cup match against Chile which is called the ‘Battle of Santiago’, and involved repeated and deliberate attempts from players to harm opponents
  • Defender Cesare Maldini who played in the 1962 World Cup was the trainer of Italy in the 1998 World Cup
  • Player Cesare Maldini has a son Paolo Maldini who played in the 1990, 1994, 1998 and 2002 World Cup
  • Is known to have adopted the defensive playing style Catenaccio which was used not to win matches but to avoid losing them, goals were scored on the counterattack with a quick change from defense into attack
  • Played against West Germany in 1962 for the first time in World Cup history
  • Won an infamous 1970 World Cup Semi-Final match against West Germany which is called ‘Game of the Century’ since 5 goals were scored in extra time
  • Reached a World Cup Final again after 32 years in 1970 since the 1938 World Cup Final
  • Goalkeeper Dino Zoff didn’t concede any goal for 1142 minutes between 1972 and 1974 (a record), until  Emmanuel Sanon from Haiti scored a goal in the 1974 World Cup group match
  • Italy became the first country to advance from the first round without winning any match, drawing all 3 matches in the 1982 World Cup
  • Sweeper Franco Baresi played in the 1982, 1990 and 1994 World Cup, but his brother Giuseppe Baresi played only in the 1986 World Cup
  • Midfielder Marco Tardelli celebrated Italy’s 2nd goal in the 1982 Final famously full of emotion: he moves his arms and head wildly while screaming ‘gol’, his celebration is also called l’urlo di Tardelli (Tardelli’s scream)
  • Goalkeeper and captain Dino Zoff is the oldest player to have won a World Cup (Spain ’82)
  • Striker Paolo Rossi is the 3rd and last player so far to have won the Golden Boot, Golden Ball and the tournament (in 1982) (after the Golden Ball was retrospectively awarded)
  • Has the longest gap between successive World Cup titles: 44 years (1938–1982)
  • Played the most matches not won in a World Cup where they ended up becoming World Cup champion, in 1982 (3 not won out of 7)

  • Goalkeeper Walter Zenga holds the record for the most consecutive minutes without conceding a goal in World Cup history, for 517 minutes (almost 6 matches) no goals were scored until Argentina player Claudio Caniggia scored in the 67th minute of the 1990 Semi-Final
  • Lost the 1990, 1994 and 1998 World Cup because of the penalty shoot out
  • Lost only 1 match over the span of 3 World Cups: 1990, 1994 and 1998 which was against Ireland (0-1) (not counting penalty shootouts)
  • Defender Mauro Tassotti was suspended for 8 matches by FIFA after reviewing the 1994 Round of 16 match against Spain, where he viciously elbowed Luís Enrique unnoticed
  • Lost the first ever penalty shootout in a World Cup Final (USA ’94)
  • Goalkeeper Gianluca Pagliuca is the first goalkeeper in World Cup history to be sent off (suspended for 2 matches), in the 1994 group match against Norway for stopping the ball outside the keeper area
  • Goalkeeper Gianluca Pagliuca is also the first goalkeeper to save a penalty in a penalty-shootout in a World Cup Final (1994)
  • Striker Roberto Baggio is the only Italian player to have scored in 3 World Cups (1990, 1994, 1998)
  • Defender Giuseppe Bergomi has the longest span of World Cup appearances together with 5 other players: 16 years (1982,1986,1990,1998)
  • Lost a controversial World Cup 2002 Round of 16 match against South Korea (2-1) where a goal was rulled out as offside and Francesco Totti was sent off for an alleged dive
  • Defender Paolo Maldini (1990-2002) ranks 2nd in most matches played in World Cups: (23) after German Lothar Matthäus who played 25 in total
  • Defender Paolo Maldini did play the most minutes in total in World Cups: 2,217 minutes (1990-2002)
  • Forward Alessandro Del Piero scored the latest record goal from kick-off in the 121st minute ( against Germany in the 2006 World Cup Semi-Final)
  • Is the only country to have participated in a penalty shootout twice in a World Cup Final (1994 and 2006) but won in the 2006 World Cup Final
  • Won their first and last World Cup penalty shootout so far in the 2006 World Cup Final
  • Goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon is the 2nd goalkeeper to have only conceded 2 goals before becoming World Cup champion in 2006
  • Goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon is the only World Cup winning goalkeeper to not have conceded a goal in open play throughout the 2006 World Cup (one goal coming from an own goal after a free-kick, and the 2nd from a penalty)
  • Centre back Marco Materazzi was involved in an event that is considered as the greatest ever World Cup shock: the Zinedine Zidane headbutt in the 2006 World Cup Final
  • Failed to win any group match for the first time in World Cup history in the 2010 World Cup
  • Is the only country which didn’t make it to the 2nd round twice (1950, 2010 World Cups) after having won the previous World Cups (1938, 2006)
  • Will be based in Mangaratiba, Rio de Janeiro during the 2014 World Cup

World Cup Awards

WhenWhatWho
1934Golden BallGiuseppe Meazza
1934Silver Boot (4 goals)Angelo Schiavio
1934Bronze Boot (3 goals)Raimundo Orsi
1934All-Star TeamEraldo Monzeglio
Luis Monti
Attilio Ferraris
Giuseppe Meazza
Raimundo Orsi
Enrique Guaita
1938Silver BallSilvio Piola
1938Silver Boot (5 goals)Silvio Piola
1938Bronze Boot (4 goals)Gino Colaussi
1938All-Star TeamPietro Rava
Alfredo Foni
Michele Andreolo
Ugo Locatelli
Silvio Piola
Gino Colaussi
1962Bronze Boot (2 goals)Giacomo Bulgarelli
1962All-Star TeamCesare Maldini
1970All-Star TeamGiacinto Facchetti
1978Silver BallPaolo Rossi
1978Best Young Player AwardAntonio Cabrini (age 20)
1978All-Star TeamRoberto Bettega
Paolo Rossi
1982Golden BallPaolo Rossi
1982Golden Boot (6 goals)Paolo Rossi
1982All-Star TeamDino Zoff
Claudio Gentile
Fulvio Collovati
Paolo Rossi
1986Bronze Boot (4 goals)Alessandro Altobelli
1990Golden BallSalvatore Schillaci
1990Golden Boot (6 goals)Salvatore Schillaci
1990All-Star TeamPaolo Maldini
Franco Baresi
Salvatore Schillaci
1994Silver BallRoberto Baggio
1994Silver Boot (5 goals)Roberto Baggio
1994All-Star TeamPaolo Maldini
Roberto Baggio
1998Silver Boot (5 goals)Christian Vieri
2002Bronze Boot (4 goals)Christian Vieri
2006Silver BallFabio Cannavaro
2006Bronze BallAndrea Pirlo
2006Yashin AwardGianluigi Buffon
2006All-Star TeamGianluigi Buffon
Fabio Cannavaro
Gianluca Zambrotta
Andrea Pirlo
Gennaro Gattuso
Luca Toni
Francesco Totti

Curious which place FIFA gave Italy in their official ranking? Find out now! Or do you want to know more about the World Cups Italy has played? Increase your World Cup history knowledge now!

Italy in Action

Italy Defeats Czechoslovakia With 2-1 in the Final – 1934 World Cup

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_rRYZ6fpdVA

Italy Defeats Hungary With 2-4 in the Final – 1938 World Cup

Italy Defeats Mexico With 4-1 in the Quarter-Final – 1970 World Cup

Italy Defeats West Germany With 4-3 in the Semi-Final – 1970 World Cup

Italy Defeats Argentina With 0-1 – 1978 World Cup

Italy Defeats Argentina With 2-1 in the Second round – 1982 World Cup

Italy Defeats Brazil With 3-0 in the Second round – 1982 World Cup

Italy Defeats Poland With 0-2 in the Semi-Final – 1982 World Cup

Italy Defeats West Germany With 3-1 in the Final – 1982 World Cup

Italy Defeats South Korea With 2-3 – 1986 World Cup

Italy Defeats Czechoslovakia With 2-0 – 1990 World Cup

Italy Defeats Uruguay With 2-0 in the Round of 16 – 1990 World Cup

Italy Defeats Ireland With 1-0 in the Quarter-Final – 1990 World Cup

Italy Defeats England With 2-1 in the Match for the Third Place – 1990 World Cup

Italy Defeats Nigeria With 1-2 in the Round of 16 – 1994 World Cup

Italy Defeats Spain With 2-1 in the Quarter-Final – 1994 World Cup

Italy Defeats Bulgaria With 1-2 in the Semi-Final – 1994 World Cup

Italy Loses Memorable Final Against Brazil – 1994 World Cup

Italy Draws Memorable Match Against Chile – 1998 World Cup

Italy Defeats Cameroon With 3-0 – 1998 World Cup

Italy Defeats Norway With 1-0 in the Round of 16 – 1998 World Cup

Italy Defeats Ecuador With 2-0 – 2002 World Cup

Italy Defeats Ghana With 2-0 – 2006 World Cup

Italy Defeats Australia With 1-0 in the Round of 16 – 2006 World Cup

Italy Defeats Ukraine With 3-0 in the Quarter-Final – 2006 World Cup

Italy Defeats Germany With 0-2 in the Semi-Final – 2006 World Cup

Italy Defeats France With 5-2 in the Final – 2006 World Cup

Italy Qualified For World Cup Brazil

Italy: 2014 World Cup Profile

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