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Italy




Federation founded: 1898
FIFA member since: 1905
Confederation: UEFA
Colours: Blue and white
Nicknames: Gli Azzurri (The blues)
World Cups qualified for: 18 (of 20)
Best results: Champions 1934, 1938, 1982, 2006

WORLD CUP RANKING
P 83 W 45 D 21 L 17 GF 128 GA 77 Pts 156
Italy are 3rd on the all-time table.

WORLD CUP SUMMARY
1930 Did not enter
1934 Champions 1 Squad Qualifiers*
1938 Champions 1 Squad
1950 First round 7 Squad
1954 First round 10 Squad Qualifiers
1958 Did not qualify Qualifiers
1962 First round 9 Squad Qualifiers
1966 First round 9 Squad Qualifiers
1970 Runners-up 2 Squad Qualifiers
1974 First round 10 Squad Qualifiers
1978 Second phase 4 Squad Qualifiers
1982 Champions 1 Squad Qualifiers
1986 Round of 16 12 Squad
1990 Semifinal 3 Squad Hosts
1994 Runners-up 2 Squad Qualifiers
1998 Quarterfinal 5 Squad Qualifiers
2002 Round of 16 15 Squad Qualifiers
2006 Champions 1 Squad Qualifiers
2010 First round 26 Squad Qualifiers
2014 First round 22 Squad Qualifiers
* Only time a host has needed to qualify.

TEAM RECORDS
Champions 1934, 1938, 1982, 2006
Finalists 1970, 1994
Semifinalists (or top 4) 1978, 1990
Quarterfinalists (or top 8) 1950, 1998
Biggest win 7-1 vs United States 1934
Biggest loss 1-4 vs Switzerland 1954
1-4 vs Brazil 1970
Most wins in a row 7
Most losses in a row 2
Longest unbeaten run 12
Longest run without win 5
Longest run qualifying 14 (1962 - )
Longest run not qualifying 1
Penalty shoot-outs 1 win, 3 losses
ITA vs Europe W28 - D7 - L10
ITA vs South America W8 - D8 - L4
ITA vs Asia W1 - D1 - L2
ITA vs Africa W3 - D1 - L0
ITA vs N/C America W4 - D3 - L1
ITA vs Oceania W1 - D1 - L0

MOST WORLD CUP APPEARANCES
Paolo Maldini 23 1990-02
Antonio Cabrini 18 1978-86
Fabio Cannavaro 18 1998-10
Gaetano Scirea 18 1978-86
Dino Zoff 17 1974-82
Roberto Baggio 16 1990-98
Giuseppe Bergomi 16 1982-98
Gianluigi Buffon 14 2002-14
Paolo Rossi 14 1978-82

MOST WORLD CUP GOALS
Roberto Baggio 9 1990-98
Paolo Rossi 9 1978-82
Christian Vieri 9 1998-02
Salvatore Schillaci 6 1990
Alessandro Altobelli 5 1982-86
Silvio Piola 5 1938
Gino Colaussi 4 1938
Angelo Schiavio 4 1934


 

YEAR RD OPPONENTS RESULT 1934 1R United States W 7-1 QF Spain [aet] D 1-1 Spain [replay] W 1-0 SF Austria W 1-0 F Czechoslovakia [aet] W 2-1 1938 1R Norway [aet] W 2-1 QF France W 3-1 SF Brazil W 2-1 F Hungary W 4-2 1950 1R Sweden L 2-3 1R Paraguay W 2-0 1954 1R Switzerland L 1-2 1R Belgium W 4-1 P/O Switzerland L 1-4 1962 1R West Germany D 0-0 1R Chile L 0-2 1R Switzerland W 3-0 1966 1R Chile W 2-0 1R Soviet Union L 0-1 1R North Korea L 0-1 1970 1R Sweden W 1-0 1R Uruguay D 0-0 1R Israel D 0-0 QF Mexico W 4-1 SF West Germany [aet] W 4-3 F Brazil L 1-4 1974 1R Haiti W 3-1 1R Argentina D 1-1 1R Poland L 1-2 1978 1R France W 2-1 1R Hungary W 3-1 1R Argentina W 1-0 2Ph West Germany D 0-0 2Ph Austria W 1-0 2Ph Netherlands L 1-2 3/4 Brazil L 1-2 1982 1R Poland D 0-0 1R Peru D 1-1 1R Cameroon D 1-1 2Ph Argentina W 2-1 2Ph Brazil W 3-2 SF Poland W 2-0 F West Germany W 3-1 1986 1R Bulgaria D 1-1 1R Argentina D 1-1 1R South Korea W 3-2 2R France L 0-2 1990 1R Austria W 1-0 1R United States W 1-0 1R Czechoslovakia W 2-0 2R Uruguay W 2-0 QF Rep. of Ireland W 1-0 SF Argentina [3-4 ap] D 1-1 3/4 England W 2-1 1994 1R Rep. of Ireland L 0-1 1R Norway W 1-0 1R Mexico D 1-1 2R Nigeria [aet] W 2-1 QF Spain W 2-1 SF Bulgaria W 2-1 F Brazil [2-3 ap] D 0-0 1998 1R Chile D 2-2 1R Cameroon W 3-0 1R Austria W 2-1 2R Norway W 1-0 QF France [3-4 ap] D 0-0 2002 1R Ecuador W 2-0 1R Croatia L 1-2 1R Mexico D 1-1 2R South Korea [gg] L 1-2 2006 1R Ghana W 2-0 1R United States D 1-1 1R Czech Republic W 2-0 2R Australia W 1-0 QF Ukraine W 3-0 SF Germany [aet] W 2-0 F France [5-3 ap] D 1-1 2010 1R Paraguay D 1-1 1R New Zealand D 1-1 1R Slovakia L 2-3 2014 1R England W 2-1 1R Costa Rica L 0-1 1R Uruguay L 0-1

 

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