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Gli Azzurri

The Italian national football team, 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 most successful national teams in history. They have a total of four World Cup championships (1934, 1938, 1982, 2006), while receiving silver twice (1970, 1994) and bronze once (1990). They have one Euro Cup championship (1968), while receiving silver twice (2000, 2012). They received bronze once (2013) in the Confederations Cup. They have one gold medal in the Olympics (1936) and received bronze once (1928). They also have two Central European International Cup championships (1930, 1935).

Italy have been ranked first on the FIFA rankings six times (November 1993, February 2007, April 2007, May 2007, June 2007, September 2007) as well as receiving the Laureus World Sports Award for Team of the Year back in 2007.

The traditional colour of the national team (as well as all Italian national teams and athletes officially representing Italy) is azure blue (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 Italian President. This is the reason for their nickname "Gli Azzurri" which translates to "The Blues". In their 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.

The Italian national team does not have a designated "home stadium" like some other 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.

All-Time Record

mp
w
d
l
gf
ga
+/-
  • friendlies
    388
    188
    111
    88
    649
    433
    216 
  • fifa world cupworld cup
    83
    45
    21
    17
    128
    77
    51
  • world cup qualifyingworld cup qual.
    105
    73
    24
    8
    217
    67
    150
  • uefa euro cupeuro cup
    38
    16
    16
    6
    39
    27
    12
  • euro cup qualifyingeuro cup qual.
    108
    64
    30
    14
    187
    72
    115
  • fifa confederations cupconfed. cup
    8
    3
    2
    3
    13
    15
    -2
  • olympics
    21
    13
    1
    7
    63
    35
    28
  • central european cupcentral euro. cup
    46
    21
    11
    14
    84
    70
    14
  • Total
    797
    423
    216
    157
    1380
    796
    584
  • May 15, 1910

    FIRST MATCH
    6 - 2
    Italy
    Italy
    France
    France

    Arena Civica

    Milan, Italy

    FIRST MATCH
  • August 2, 1948

    BIGGEST WIN
    0 - 9
    United States
    United States
    Italy
    Italy

    Griffin Park

    Brentford, England

    BIGGEST WIN
  • April 6, 1924

    BIGGEST DEFEAT
    7 - 1
    Hungary
    Hungary
    Italy
    Italy

    Hidegkuti Nándor Stadium

    Budapest, Hungary

    BIGGEST DEFEAT