It is the official representation of Italy in international events that the national men’s football team competes in. The Italian national football team has won four World Cups and one UEFA European Championship, making them one of the most successful teams in the world.
In 1936, the team also took home the gold medal at the Olympic football event. The team is currently rated 7th in the FIFA World Rankings and is led by Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini. It is managed by Roberto Mancini, who also serves as the team’s coach.
Formed by the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) and the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) in Europe, the team is subject to the global jurisdiction of the FIFA and the UEFA in Europe. In Italy, the Italian Football Federation (FIGC), commonly known as Federcalcio, is the organisation in charge of the sport’s administration. The team is also known as the Azzurri, which translates to “blues,” as they play in the colour savoy blue.
Italy’s National Football Squad has a Long and Distinguished History
The team’s first official match came against France on May 15, 1910, in Milan, and it was their first win. Italy won the match 6-2, with Pietro Lana scoring the first official goal in the process. The Azzurri used a 2-3-5 formation and included players like as De Simoni, Varisco, Cal, Trerè, Debernardi, Fossati, Capello, Rizzi, Boiocchi, Cevenini I, Lana, among others.
The Azzurri won the World Cup in 1990. Francesco Cal served as the first official captain of the Italian national team. Following its establishment in 1927, the team experienced its first taste of international success at the 1928 Summer Olympics in Amsterdam, when they took home a bronze medal for the United States. The team went on to win a gold medal at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin.
Italy’s Participation in the FIFA World Cup
Italy has been one of the most successful teams in what is perhaps the most important sporting event on the planet this year. The team has participated in 18 of the 21 events it has entered and has advanced to the finals six times. In addition, the squad placed third and fourth on two occasions. The team has won four world championships, the first in 1934, the second in 1938, the third in 1982, and the fourth in 2006. Brazil is the most successful team, having won five titles, while Germany and Italy are tied for second place with four titles each.
Italy declined to compete in the 1930 World Cup in Uruguay due to financial constraints. It subsequently went on to win the next two championships, becoming the only team in history to accomplish this feat. As a result of an air disaster that killed ten of the team’s original eleven players, the team failed to go beyond the group stage in 1950’s FIFA World Cup.
In the 1954 World Cup, the team failed to go beyond the group stage for the second time in a row. The team failed to qualify for the World Cup in 1958 for the first time in its history. A second time, in 1962 and 1966, the team was unable to advance beyond the group stage. The team made it to the finals of the 1970 World Cup, where it was defeated by Brazil. Having defeated West Germany in the semi-final, which is regarded as “the Game of the Century,” and is considered to be one of the greatest games in sporting history, they progressed to the championship game.
It was in 1980 that the Azzurri were able to win their third World Cup title, which came after a hiatus of several decades. The Italians overcame the West German team to win their third world championship. Until it won its fourth World Cup victory against the home nation Germany in 2006, that was the team’s only previous World Cup triumph before 2006. After 2006, the team’s performance began to deteriorate, and the squad failed to qualify for the big event for the first time since 1958 in 2018.
What Happened to Italy that took them from European Champions to World Cup Losers?
An examination of what has occurred to the Azzurri since their success at Euro 2020, which seemed to herald their reemergence as a world power after missing out on the competition in 2018.
Italy and Spain Began the UEFA Nations League Semi-Finals with a Rematch of their Euro 2020 Epic
Italy are now on a world-record winning streak of 37 games and have a roster that is predictably stacked with players who were involved in their drive to triumph in the Euro final victory against England at Wembley Stadium.
Italy’s Participation in the UEFA European Championship is a success
One of the most successful teams in the history of the sport has only won the European Championship once, in 1968, despite having won four global crowns. In 2000 and 2012, it was able to finish runners on both occasions. To date, the Italians have competed in nine European Championships in various sports.
Under manager Roberto Mancini, the squad has qualified for the 2020 UEFA Euro Cup and is considered one of the favourites to win the tournament in France. This is the first time the team has lost a match since a setback to Portugal in September 2018.
The Italian Football Federation was Established After the Country’s Unification
The headquarters of the Italian Football Federation are in Rome, and the headquarters of its technical department are in Coverciano, Florence. It is in charge of the men’s and women’s football teams, as well as the youth teams. Founded on March 26, 1898 in Turin, the federation was the first of its kind. Mr. Mario Vicary served as the country’s first official president.