Italian national soccer team

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FIGC emblem
Nickname (s) Squadra Azzurra
Gli Azzurri
La Nazionale
Association Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio
confederacy UEFA
Technical sponsor puma
Head coach Roberto Mancini
Assistant coach Alberico Evani
Attilio Lombardo
Giulio Nuciari
Fausto Salsano
captain Giorgio Chiellini
Record scorer Luigi Riva ( 35 )
Record player Gianluigi Buffon ( 176 )
Home stadium Changing stages
FIFA rank 13. (1607 points)
(as of July 16, 2020)
First jersey
Second jersey
Third jersey
Balance sheet
824 games
438 wins
224 draws
162 defeats
First international match Italy 6-2 France ( Milan , Italy ; May 15, 1910)
Italy 1861Kingdom of Italy (1861-1946) Third French RepublicThird French Republic
Biggest win Italy 9-0 USA ( Brentford , England ; August 2, 1948)
ItalyItaly United States 48United States
Biggest defeat Hungary 7-1 Italy ( Budapest , Hungary ; April 6, 1924)
Hungary 1918Hungary Italy 1861Kingdom of Italy (1861-1946)
Successes in tournaments
World Championship
Participation in the finals 18 ( first : 1934 )
Best results World champion in 1934 , 1938 , 1982 , 2006
European Championship
Participation in the finals 9 ( first : 1968 )
Best results European Champion 1968
Confederations Cup
Participation in the finals 2 ( first : 2009 )
Best results Third 2013
Olympic games
bronze 1928
gold 1936
(As of November 18, 2019)

The Italian national football team ( Italian Nazionale di calcio dell'Italia ) of men is the selection team of the Italian football association Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio (FIGC) . The team, also known as Squadra Azzurra , Gli Azzurri or La Nazionale , is headed by the Commissario Tecnico , the national coach . She takes part in international matches against other national associations. The Italian selection is one of the most successful national teams with four world championship titles ( 1934 , 1938 , 1982 , 2006 ), one European championship title ( 1968 ), two successes in the European Cup for national soccer teams ( 1927–1930 , 1933–1935 ) and an Olympic victory ( 1936 ) in football .


The Italian national team before the international match against France (1910)
Game scene from the international match against Germany in
Milan in 1929

The Italian football association Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio (FIGC) was founded on March 16, 1898 in Turin and has been a FIFA member since 1905. The first international match of the selection was played on May 15, 1910 in Milan in the Arena Civica against France , the Italians won the friendly against the Équipe Tricolore 6-2. Pietro Lana scored the first goal and hat trick in history for the Azzurri in that game .

Italy achieved its first two major successes in 1934 and 1938 , when they could win the World Cup. Outstanding players at that time were Giuseppe Meazza and Silvio Piola . The then national coach Vittorio Pozzo is still the only coach who has been world champion twice in a row. In the intervening years, this team also won the gold medal ahead of Austria at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin . In 1968 the first and so far only European Championship title was won.

In 1982 they won the third world title. The team with top scorer Paolo Rossi , who shot Brazil almost single-handedly with three goals in the second round, Dino Zoff , the world-class goalkeeper who was already 40 years old at this World Cup and a legendary defensive line around Gaetano Scirea , won that against Germany Final with 3: 1.

The fourth world title was added in 2006 . At the World Cup in Germany they won the final against France 5-3 on penalties, after they had been 1-1 after 120 minutes.

The losing streak of the Italians at the important tournaments before was almost tragic. In three consecutive world championships ( 1990 , 1994 , 1998 ) they were eliminated by penalty shoot-out (1990 in the semi-finals against Argentina; 1994 in the final against Brazil; 1998 in the quarter-finals against France). Overall, Italy lost only two games in regular time in the five World Cups between 1982 and 1998. In the final of the EM 2000 against France they only conceded the 1-1 equalizer in the fourth minute of stoppage time after well-managed regular time and lost to David Trezeguets golden goal in extra time. The end of the 2002 World Cup came in the second round against South Korea, also through Golden Goal. The Italians had their own golden goal withdrawn in controversial referee decisions and their star Francesco Totti was sent off for an alleged swallow inside the penalty area. In the previous tournament, they had been denied a total of four regular goals due to wrong decisions by the referees. At the 2004 European Championships , they were eliminated undefeated after the preliminary round, tied with the two teams in the group that were better placed due to the goal difference.

The Italian national team is considered to be difficult to play against internationally because of the stereotype that they usually have a very defensive stance. This image emerged especially after the 1966 World Cup , when Helenio Herrera , the advocate of the Catenaccio, became national coach for a short time . His assistant coach Ferruccio Valcareggi was later Herrera's successor, he directed the play of was Catenaccios continued until the early 1970s.

Italy traditionally plays in blue national team jerseys. This is why the team is nicknamed Gli Azzurri ( The Azure Blue ). Historically, this goes back to the national colors of the Kingdom of Sardinia-Piedmont , which took over the leading role in the unification of Italy in the 19th century.

The headquarters of the FIGC association is located in the capital Rome , the primary training and performance center of the national team in the Tuscan capital Florence .

The Pozzo era (1910–1938)

The first three decades of the history of the Italian national football team were shaped by one man: Vittorio Pozzo . Two years after Italy's first international match, he took over the position of national coach in 1912. With the exception of a few interruptions, he led the team until 1948. The first success was participation in the 1928 Olympics in Amsterdam . Italy played with a 2-3-5 system and only failed in the semi-finals against the outstanding team from Uruguay . Uruguay, which won the gold medal in 1924, also won this tournament. Italy secured the bronze medal with an 11-3 win over Egypt.

They did not want to take part in the first World Cup in Uruguay in 1930 because of the long crossing. In the same year, however, Italy managed to win the first-ever European Cup for national soccer teams, this tournament is considered the forerunner of the European Championship. In this tournament, European teams played against each other over a period of two years. Vittorio Pozzo achieved something unique with Italy in the next few years: He won two world championship titles (1934 and 1938) in a row. Between the two titles, Italy again won the European Cup for National Soccer Teams in 1935 and the gold medal at the 1936 Olympic Games in Germany. The final in the Berlin Olympic Stadium was won against the selection of Austria. The stars of this golden Italian era were Giuseppe Meazza , Silvio Piola , Luis Monti , Virginio Rosetta , Giuseppe Ruffino and Giovanni Ferrari .

The tragedy of Superga (1948–1962)

In contrast to Germany, Italy, which had switched sides in World War II , was admitted to the 1950 World Cup in Brazil, the first after the war. In 1948 coach Vittorio Pozzo, who had led the team with a few interruptions since 1912, resigned. In 1949, Italian football was badly hit by the tragic Superga plane crash . Along with other passengers, all the players on the professional team of the AC Turin football club , which was considered the best in Italy at the time , died. Ten of these players were in the selection of the national team. Fearing another crash, the team traveled to the World Cup in Brazil by ship. Here you failed in the preliminary round. The 1950s were unsuccessful. In 1954 they failed in the preliminary round, for the 1958 World Cup the qualification was missed. Although the two Lombard clubs AC Milan and Inter Milan shaped European football in the 1960s, it was not possible to implement these successes in the national team. At the EM 1960 you didn't even start and in Chile 1962 you failed again in the preliminary round. The period between 1945 and 1962 was marked by numerous coach changes. The team was led by technical commissions several times.

The Battle of Santiago (1962–1966)

On June 2, 1962, the second round of the 1962 World Cup in Chile between hosts Chile and Italy took place in the Estadio Nacional de Chile in front of 66,000 spectators. This game would go down in football history as the Battle of Santiago . In the 8th minute, the English referee Ken Aston sent the Italian Giorgio Ferrini off after a foul on Honorino Landa . The game could only be continued after an eight-minute break. Towards the end of the first half, Chile's midfielder Leonel Sánchez returned the favor to Mario David for the hard man marking by knocking the Italian down. When David realized the referee would do nothing, he kicked Sánchez in the 41st minute and was sent off.

The brutality only increased. Italy striker Humberto Maschio suffered a nasal bone fracture from a punch from Sánchez . This also went unpunished, as the referee did not dare to send a Chilean off the field. There were repeated unsportsmanlike conduct. The referee had to arbitrate between the arguing players several times due to the increasing number of fistfights, and the support of the security forces was necessary twice more.

The Chileans also had a hard time against the Italians, who were playing with two men outnumbered. Only two late goals by Jaime Ramírez in the 73rd and Jorge Toro in the 87th minute decided the game in favor of the hosts, who qualified for the quarter-finals. After the Italians could not qualify for the next round, despite a clear victory in the last preliminary round match against Switzerland, coach Paolo Mazza resigned and handed over the office to Edmondo Fabbri .

In qualifying for the European Football Championship in 1964 , the team failed in the round of 16 with 0: 2 and 1: 1 at the USSR . The qualification for the Soccer World Cup in England in 1966 succeeded. Here the Italian team prevailed undefeated as group first. The subsequent World Cup in England, however, turned out to be a disgrace. Already in the preliminary round Italy surprisingly lost 1-0 to North Korea in the last group game . Fabbri had to resign. He was succeeded by Ferruccio Valcareggi .

European champions and the game of the century (1966–1975)

Memorial plaque at the Aztec Stadium

Ferruccio Valcareggi took over the office of national coach together with Helenio Herrera . Herrera only stayed until 1967, so Valcareggi led the team alone from 1967. He led Italy to the European Championship in 1968 and reached the final of the World Cup in Mexico.

At the Soccer World Cup in Mexico in 1970 , Italy met Germany in the semi-finals on June 17, 1970 in front of over 100,000 spectators in the Aztec Stadium in Mexico City . This game went down in football history as the game of the century. The early Italian 1-0 lead by Roberto Boninsegna in the eighth minute was only compensated by Karl-Heinz Schnellinger in stoppage time in the second half, shortly before the actual final whistle. The German television commentator Ernst Huberty led to a cult statement (“… of all things Schnellinger!”), Because Schnellinger earned his money as a professional in Italy at AC Milan and before that at AS Roma and AC Mantova and this was his only goal in 47 international matches was.

There was therefore an extension in which Gerd Müller brought the German team into the lead in the 94th minute, which was equalized by Tarcisio Burgnich four minutes later. A minute before the break, Luigi Riva made it 3-2 for Italy. Gerd Müller equalized again to 3: 3 for the DFB selection. One minute after the German equalizer, Gianni Rivera, who replaced Sandro Mazzola at halftime, decided the match with his goal for Italy to make it 4-3. At the end of the game, the spectators rose from their seats and applauded both teams.

Two former world champions, Italy and Brazil, met in the final. Brazil took the lead with a goal from Pelé in the 18th minute. Roberto Boninsegna equalized in the 37th minute. In the second half, the exhaustion of the Italians after the game of the century made itself felt. They couldn't do much to counter the creativity of the Brazilians. Gerson scored in the 66th minute to make it 2-1. The 3-1 prepared by Gerson and Pelé by Jairzinho and the fourth goal by Alberto Carlos finally sealed Italy's defeat in the final.

At the European Championships in 1972 they failed to qualify in the quarter-finals due to the eventual hosts Belgium. The 1974 World Cup in Germany was a catastrophe: The vice world champion did not survive the preliminary round. Goalkeeper Dino Zoff had not conceded a goal in twelve international matches from September 1972 to June 1974. At the World Cup finals, the Haitian Sanon ended this series without conceding a goal after 1143 minutes. The result of this tournament was the dismissal of Valcareggis. Fulvio Bernardini took over, who was responsible for a generation change. Top performers and veterans of the Squadra Azzurra such as Tarcisio Burgnich , Roberto Boninsegna , Sandro Mazzola , Gianni Rivera and Luigi Riva resigned from the Italian national team in 1974. Due to problems in the qualification for the EM 1976 assistant coach Enzo Bearzot then took over the office.

The third world title (1975–1986)

In 1975, Enzo Bearzot , “The Silent from Friuli”, took over as national coach. He was to stay until 1986 and oversee a total of 104 international matches. Bearzot was to become the most successful national coach in Italy after the Second World War .

The qualification for the European Football Championship 1976 , in which only four teams took part in the finals in a semi-final, did not make Italy. Italy was in the same group as the reigning vice world champion Netherlands around Johan Cruyff and the World Cup third Poland around star striker Grzegorz Lato . Italy only came third in this group.

Two years later they qualified for the 1978 World Cup in Argentina . Here they qualified with five wins and one defeat before England . Italy started the tournament well. The hosts and eventual world champions Argentina were defeated 1-0. In the second group of the final they met the world champion and vice European champion Germany and the vice world champion and EM third party Netherlands. Because of a 2-1 defeat against the Netherlands they only reached the game for third place, which they lost 2-1 to Brazil. Before the tournament, Bearzot discovered second-rate striker Paolo Rossi , who performed well in Argentina and scored three goals.

This tournament was followed by the 1980 European Championship in their own country. Italy could not reach the final. They played 0-0 twice and won 1-0. So you only reached the game for third place, which you lost against the defending champion Czechoslovakia on penalties. At the end of 1980 they played the so-called Mini-World Cup , where they drew against the vice world champions Netherlands, but lost against the eventual tournament winner Uruguay and thus eliminated.

The Italian players Dino Zoff (left), Franco Causio (2nd from left) and coach Enzo Bearzot (from right) together with President Sandro Pertini on the return flight after winning the World Cup in 1982

The 1982 World Cup in Spain was not a favorite. Reaching the second group of the finals was excruciating for Italy: after three draws in the preliminary round of the World Cup, there was criticism of the Bearzots game system. Italy only reached the second final round because they scored one more goal against Cameroon with the same goal difference. Striker Rossi, whom Bearzot still trusted, failed to score. In the second round, tournament favorites Brazil and world champions Argentina waited with superstar Diego Armando Maradona . Italy, who played from a solid defense and counterattacked, defeated Argentina. The tough guy Claudio Gentile had taken Maradona out of the game. Italy had found its shape. 18-year-old defender Giuseppe Bergomi was set to become one of the tournament's best players. Bruno Conti , Gaetano Scirea , Tardelli and Altobelli should also do a great job. The game against Argentina was followed by one of the greatest hours in Italian football. The 3-2 win over Brazil in Barcelona is still considered one of the best games in World Cup history. Gentile took care of superstar Zico and Bergomi took care of Eder. Paolo Rossi made the game of his life: he scored all three goals. This was followed by a 2-0 semi-final victory against Poland with two Rossi goals and in the final they faced European champions Germany , who prevailed in the match of the century against France (" Night of Seville "). Here Italy won clearly 3-1. Paolo Rossi was the top scorer with six goals. The dutiful Bearzot did not resign at the peak, but continued to look after the team. The qualification for the European Championship in 1984 was a disaster: World champions Italy failed as group fourth of five teams. Only Cyprus played more unsuccessfully in this group. Italy played better at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico and was eliminated in the round of 16 after losing to strong European champions France . Bearzot resigned after the tournament.

A new generation (1986–1991)

Azeglio Vicini joined Bearzot's legacy in August 1986 after the 1986 World Cup . The former offensive midfielder and later defensive player, who played for Sampdoria Genoa , was to stay until 1991.

Of the generation that had triumphed in Madrid in 1982, Giuseppe Bergomi and Alessandro Altobelli were left. The younger generation of Italian players around Walter Zenga , Franco Baresi , Paolo Maldini , Carlo Ancelotti , Roberto Donadoni and Gianluca Vialli formed the core of the new team. Italy delivered a solid performance at the European Football Championship in Germany in 1988 . They were unbeaten behind runner-up world champions Germany and tied for second in the group and made it to the semi-finals. Here, however, they were subject to the USSR .

Expectations were high at the 1990 soccer World Cup in their own country. New to the squad were Roberto Baggio and Salvatore Schillaci . Italy easily reached the semi-finals without conceding a single goal and the Sicilian Schillaci became a celebrated national hero with his goals. However, the semi-finals turned into a nightmare for Italy, where they met world champion Argentina, who had tormented themselves through the tournament with moderate performances. Italy took an early lead through Schillaci, but Caniggia equalized in the 67th minute. Argentina thus saved themselves on penalties, where the penalty killer Sergio Goycochea once again proved his class. Italy lost and achieved third place by beating England. Schillaci was named top scorer and best player of the tournament. Vicini resigned a year later after Italy failed to qualify for the 1992 European Championship in Sweden.

Sacchi's Cultural Revolution (1991–1998)

The AC Milan master coach , Arrigo Sacchi , succeeded him in 1991. Sacchi not only wanted to make Italy successful again, he also tried to change the game culture. Instead of tactical defensive play, he wanted to implement his philosophy of offensive football, which was successful at club level, in the national team. Ultimately, however, the right players were missing. Only Roberto Baggio was absolutely world class on the offensive. The qualification for the soccer world championship 1994 in the USA was reached before Switzerland. The tournament started with a disappointment. Italy lost 1-0 to underdog Ireland and only survived the group in third place. Similar to 1982, Italy proved to be a tournament team again. Roberto Baggio played three great games and almost single-handedly shot Italy to the World Cup final. Here the revenge for the 1970 defeat against Brazil should succeed. The final was characterized by total security and both teams tactically neutralized each other for almost the entire season. After two hours it was 0-0 and there was a penalty shoot-out . Ironically, the top performers Baresi and Baggio awarded their penalties and Brazil, not Italy, won their fourth world title.

Lineups for the 1994 World Cup final

This near-triumph was followed by another disappointment: At the European Championships in England, they retired as group third after a victory against Russia, a defeat against the eventual European runner-up, the Czech Republic, and a draw against eventual European champions Germany.

Cesare Maldini , Paolo Maldin's father, took over as national coach after the disappointment. He qualified for the World Cup in France and made it to the quarter-finals there. There you met the eventual world champion France. After 120 minutes it was 0-0 and the penalty shoot-out had to decide. Luigi Di Biagio was the unlucky person who put the ball against the bar and sealed Italy's fate.

From the Golden Goal defeats to the "Scandinavian match agreement" to the World Cup title (1998-2006)

After the 1998 World Cup , Dino Zoff became the new national coach for Italy. The first games under his direction were promising: After two victories against Wales and Switzerland in the European Championship qualification , a draw against Spain in a friendly followed. After that, however, the expected successes did not materialize. Despite mediocre games in the European Championship qualification (including 1: 1 and 0: 0 against Belarus , 0: 0 against Switzerland and 2: 3 against Denmark ), the ticket to the European Championship 2000 was still bought , as you were one point ahead of the Danes and Swiss lay. The game of the Azzurri also remained changeable in preparation for the European Championship : Sometimes they won confidently, like in the 2-0 test against Portugal , and sometimes they lost after a desperate performance (1: 3 against Belgium , 0: 1 against Norway ). Nevertheless, the expectations for the tournament in Belgium and the Netherlands were high.

In the preliminary round group B you could move into the next round with three wins. In the first game they defeated the well-kept Turkish team 2-1 with goals from Antonio Conte and Filippo Inzaghi . In the second game a never threatened 2-0 win against hosts Belgium succeeded in which Stefano Fiore and Francesco Totti brought about the decision. In the third game, before which they were already qualified, they beat the Swedes 2-1 with a late Del Piero goal. In the quarter-final match against Romania they won 2-0 with confidence, the game being decided after 60 minutes by goals from Totti and Inzaghi and a red card against Gheorghe Hagi . In the semifinals there was a clash with the second host Netherlands . This game was 0-0 both after regular and extended playing time. After 34 minutes Gianluca Zambrotta was sent off with a yellow-red card , and shortly afterwards the strong Francesco Toldo saved a penalty from Frank de Boer . Despite the almost 90-minute majority, the Dutch failed to score, as Patrick Kluivert also only hit the post with his penalty in the second half. So Italy saved itself from penalties . After goals by the Italians by Di Biagio , Pessotto and Totti as well as Maldini's miss , the Dutch were under pressure after two of three missed penalties (Toldo saves against De Boer, Stam forgives), but Paul Bosvelt failed because of the brilliant Toldo, who thus made it to the final Italy made perfect. In the final against France , Marco Delvecchio scored a goal in the 55th minute and took the lead until stoppage time. In this Sylvain Wiltord was able to achieve the 1-1 and thus force the extension, in which David Trezeguet decided the game with the 2-1, the golden goal . With Francesco Toldo, Fabio Cannavaro , Alessandro Nesta and Francesco Totti, there were four players in the UEFA all-star team during the good European Championship . Despite the good performance, Zoff announced his resignation from office as national coach.

The French and Italian teams before the European Championship final on July 2, 2000 in Rotterdam

Giovanni Trapattoni , who has so far been very successful in club football, has been hired as Dino Zoff's successor . Under him, the national team was able to continue its good development, so that Trap lost only two friendlies until the 2002 World Cup (1: 2 against Argentina and 0: 1 against the Czech Republic ). Otherwise, good results were achieved throughout, such as the test game wins against England (1-0, 2-1) for example. In the World Cup qualifying group 8 , they easily achieved first place and secured participation in the World Cup with eight wins and two draws.

National coach from 2000 to 2004: Giovanni Trapattoni

For the World Cup you were drawn into Group G together with Ecuador , Croatia and Mexico . In the first game a sovereign 2-0 win against Ecuador was achieved, which was ensured early on by two Vieri goals. In the second group game they surprisingly lost 2-1 to the Croatians, who showed their morale after falling behind and earned the victory. In the last game you had to score points against the Mexicans, who had played well up until then, as a defeat threatened elimination, as Ecuador could prevail with a win or Croatia with a draw or their own victory. But after just 35 minutes they were 0: 1 behind through Jared Borgetti's goal . However, Alessandro Del Piero , who had recently been substituted on, was still able to make it 1-1 in the 85th minute, so that they were one point ahead of Croatia and Ecuador and reached the next round in second place. In this round of 16 match against South Korea , however, they were eliminated from the tournament very unlucky: Despite a penalty held by Gianluigi Buffon at the beginning of the game and the early 1-0 by Vieri, they could not win the game. Shortly before the end, the South Koreans equalized and thus saved themselves in overtime . In this, Francesco Totti was sent off the field and again shortly before the end of the game, South Korea scored the decisive 2-1, as the game was over due to the golden goal rule. The dismissal against Totti and a regular goal Damiano Tommasis scored in extra time , which was disallowed , were the biggest upsets of the game. After the World Cup tournament , referee Byron Moreno was suspended by FIFA . He later also admitted that withdrawing the Italian goal in extra time was a mistake. Overall, the tournament was a disappointment for Italy , despite the dubious referee decisions that favored the elimination. After the tournament, record national player Paolo Maldini ended his national team career after 126 internationals.

After the bitter World Cup , Trapattoni wanted to lead the Italians to the European Championship victory. But even at the beginning of the European Championship qualification they did not play convincingly and had only four points after a test match defeat against Slovenia and the first three games against Azerbaijan (2-0), Serbia and Montenegro (1: 1) and Wales (1: 2) on the account. The team threatened to miss an EM tournament for the first time since 1992 if the results continued to be poor . Despite the dwindling trust in the national coach and team, finally convincing results (four wins, one draw) made it possible to qualify for the 2004 European Championships in Portugal . In preparation for this one continued to show decent performances (2: 1 against Portugal , 1: 1 against Spain , 4: 0 against Tunisia ), so that the hopes for the first title after 1982 rose again.

In group C of the European Championships , they met Denmark , Sweden and Bulgaria . No goals were scored in a weak first game against Denmark. In the second game against Sweden, the young Antonio Cassano took the lead, but failed to expand it, so that Zlatan Ibrahimović scored the equalizer shortly before the end of the game and they parted 1-1. Before the last game against already eliminated Bulgarians, the starting position for the Italians was very complicated. To get into the quarter- finals you had to win. In addition, the game between the Danes and Swedes was not allowed to end in a draw of 2: 2 or higher, as they would have been eliminated (no matter how high they would win against Bulgaria) due to the direct comparison. A 2-1 win, achieved by a goal from Cassano in the fourth minute of stoppage time, at least kept the chance of the quarter-finals alive. However, Denmark and Sweden drew 2-2, exactly the result that was enough for both of them to advance, so that Italy was eliminated in the preliminary round. Particularly in the spotlight was the suspicion of a match agreement, as Morten Olsen continued to fuel the discussions after the final whistle with the statement “Of course we will make a deal.” Before the game, the Danes deservedly led 2-1, but in the final phase of the Sweden managed to make it 2-2 after a goalkeeper mistake by Thomas Sørensens , which meant that both teams advanced and Italy was eliminated. Trapattoni, however, rejected the criticism and said that both teams behaved athletically and the elimination was based solely on their performance. The Italian association reacted accordingly and let Trapattoni's contract expire. Despite the early exit, Gianluca Zambrotta was honored with listing on the All-Star Team .

After the expiring contract of Giovanni Trapattoni was not renewed, who brought Italian association with Marcello Lippi a previously highly successful club coach as new Commissario Tecnico . After initial failures (0-2 against Iceland in the first game and further draws against weaker opponents), the team managed to qualify for the 2006 World Cup , which was rather mixed. Mostly they did compulsory tasks, but sometimes the team wasn't convincing enough against the group opponents (0: 1 against Slovenia , 0: 0 against Norway and 1: 1 against Scotland ), so that doubts always arose. In preparation for the World Cup, however, the team was able to show its class (especially in the 3-1 win against the Netherlands and 4-1 against Germany ) and indicated that there was great potential.

Lineups for the 2006 World Cup final

At the World Cup, a good preliminary round succeeded with two safe victories against Ghana in the first game and against the Czech Republic in the third game (both 2-0) as well as a draw against the USA (1: 1), which caused a sensation, as three were sent off were. The first red card was given to Daniele De Rossi for an elbow strike at Brian McBride , the second to Pablo Mastroeni for a dangerous tackle against Andrea Pirlo . In addition, Eddie Pope received a yellow-red card for repeated foul play , overall the harshness of the game was noticeable. As group winners, they qualified for the round of 16 , in which they beat Australia 1-0 despite Marco Materazzi being sent off . The penalty that Francesco Totti converted in the fifth minute of stoppage time was initially highly controversial, but the television pictures clearly showed that Fabio Grosso had actually been fouled by Lucas Neill . In the quarter-finals they were able to move into the semi- finals very confidently and safely against Ukraine 3-0 . In this one met host Germany and offered a high-class and exciting game, in which two late goals in extra time by Fabio Grosso and Alessandro Del Piero made it into the final. In the final , which turned out to be a breathtaking game, you faced the French, who were getting stronger in the tournament . After seven minutes, Zinédine Zidane was able to convert a penalty from Marco Materazzi to Florent Malouda , but shortly afterwards Materazzi converted a corner kick to equalize. The game remained balanced until the end, although France gained an overweight, especially through the Zidanes class. Only in the extension it fizzled out with the dismissal for Zizou . This had of provocations Materazzi to an assault carried away and gave this a head butt, and he the referee was sent off. With no more goals scored, the penalty shoot-out had to make the decision. In this all Italian shooters scored, while David Trezeguet only hit the crossbar , making Italy world champions for the fourth time. In addition, Fabio Cannavaro was awarded the silver glove , Andrea Pirlo the bronze ball and Gianluigi Buffon the golden glove . These three were also on the all-star team of the tournament along with Gianluca Zambrotta , Gennaro Gattuso , Francesco Totti and Luca Toni . Shortly afterwards, Francesco Totti and, a little later, Alessandro Nesta announced their resignation from the national team.

Decline with Vice European Championship title (2006-2017)

President Napolitano with captain Cannavaro and coach Lippi after winning the 2006 World Cup

After the World Cup victory, Marcello Lippi resigned as coach, so that Roberto Donadoni took over. He got off to a poor start as coach of the Azzurri and was also unable to successfully play his first international match (0: 2 against Croatia ) and the first matches of the European Championship qualification (1: 1 against Lithuania and 1: 3 against France ). After that, however, the team recovered and was able to celebrate nine wins and one draw in qualifying, which made them the group winners for the 2008 European Football Championship . In doing so, however, one did not play particularly attractive football, but merely achieved the desired results. In preparation for the EM you could win two friendlies against Portugal and Belgium and just lost against the Spaniards .

Italy got off to a catastrophic false start in the European Championship. The failure of Fabio Cannavaro meant a significant weakening of the defense, which was still the Italian showpiece at the 2006 World Cup. The numerous mistakes were exploited by the Dutch in the first game. After the 2-0 break they had several chances to get back into the game in the second half, but the Italians lacked the necessary calm and cleverness to overcome Edwin van der Sar. However, the experienced team quickly recovered from this defeat and presented themselves a few days later in the game against Romania. The high-class game ultimately ended in a draw. The final game against France was won 2-0; especially the Italian defensive found its way back to its old strength against the French team. Thus, the expected move into the quarter-finals succeeded as second in the group. In this, thanks to a disciplined tactical style of play, the penalty shoot-out against the eventual tournament winner Spain was achieved . There they lost 2: 4. With the departure of the Italian team, Donadoni's contract was not extended and he had to vacate his place. Overall, his term of office was rated as a failure, as the game did not develop under him and there were no successes.

In June 2008 the Italian federation announced that Marcello Lippi would again be national coach and lead the team to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa . This time the start went better under the new coach and after a draw in the friendly against Austria (2-2) at Lippi's comeback, they celebrated solid successes in qualification group 8 , in which the role of favorites was recognized early on. With the exception of one defeat in the friendly against Brazil , they held themselves harmless until the summer of 2009. In this, however, due to the World Cup victory in 2006, they qualified for the Confederation Cup , in which they narrowly eliminated third in the group after an opening win against the USA (3: 1) and with two defeats against the Egyptians and Brazilians. In the further course of the World Cup qualification, they won three wins and a draw, so that in the end they were sovereign group winners, whereupon a mixed preparation for the World Cup took place: with only one win against Sweden (1-0), one defeat against Mexico (1 : 2) and 3 draws (against the Netherlands , Cameroon and Switzerland ), doubts about a new World Cup triumph increased.

In the World Cup group F , they were considered a sure favorite, only Paraguay were calculated outsider chances. You had to compete against them in the first group game and showed a moderate performance at 1-1, which was additionally weakened by the failure of Gianluigi Buffon after Andrea Pirlo was not available for the first games. In the second game, in which everyone expected a big win, the brave New Zealanders fought their way to a not undeserved 1: 1, which gave them a chance to advance. On the last day of the match everything was open, every team still had a chance for the next round. A win against Slovakia was essential , otherwise you would be eliminated as the defending champion. Lippi trusted a similar team as in the previous games and had to watch Róbert Vittek bring the Slovaks 2-0 up. Ten minutes before the end, Antonio Di Natale succeeded in the connection goal, so that they suddenly played again for the round of 16 , since the other game was 0-0 and so a draw would be enough. Shortly afterwards, the strong Fabio Quagliarella scored a regular goal, but it was disallowed for offside , they opened up and were punished with the 1: 3. Quagliarella was able to shorten with a shot worth seeing, but they lost 2: 3 and were eliminated from the bottom of the group. This was the biggest disappointment of the tournament after the French , who also attracted attention by boycotting their coach Raymond Domenech . As a result, Marcello Lippi announced his resignation and took all guilt upon himself. In addition, captain and record player Fabio Cannavaro ended his national team career after 136 appearances.

After the disastrous World Cup in South Africa and the subsequent resignation of Marcello Lippi , Cesare Prandelli , until then coach of AC Florence , became the new national coach. When he took office, he also introduced an ethics code in which he voluntarily renounced players if they were conspicuous due to assault or verbal abuse. In addition, he visibly rejuvenated the team and introduced an offensive game system (usually a 4-1-3-2) in which combination football is used. His first game as coach of the Azzurri on August 10, 2010 against the Ivory Coast was lost 0-1. Even after that, the performances remained mixed for the time being, for example they only played draws against Northern Ireland and Romania . Only after the 1-1 draw in Dortmund against Germany on February 9, 2011 was an increase in performance to be heard. Ultimately, you could qualify unbeaten and with only two goals conceded for the European Championship. Before the tournament, however, followed three defeats in a row against Uruguay , the USA and Russia .

Shortly before the European Championship , many details from a betting scandal in Italian football became known, so that the police arrived at the training camp shortly before leaving for the European Championship. Strong allegations were made against Domenico Criscito , who was then removed from the squad for the euro by Prandelli . Even Leonardo Bonucci and Gianluigi Buffon to have been stood on suspicion of match-fixing involved, but both traveled with the team to the tournament. After the investigation was over, all of the allegations turned out to be baseless. In the first game of the Azzurri against Spain in Group C they earned a remarkable 1: 1, which was not only dubbed a "treat" by the press, but also attracted attention due to an unusual 3-5-2 system with which the Spaniards didn't get along well. In the second game against Croatia , it was also only 1-1. In the last group game, which had to be won in order to reach the quarter-finals , a 2-0 victory was achieved against Ireland , which secured second place behind Spain due to the simultaneous defeat of Croatia against Spain. In the following quarter-final against England was celebrated getting ahead despite oppressive superiority throughout the entire game until the penalty shoot-out in which the penalty of Andrea Pirlo caused quite a stir. In the semi-finals , thanks to a strong Mario Balotellis , they beat Germany 2-1 , which went into the game as the favorite, for the third time after 1968 and 2000 in a European Championship final. By participating in the finals, they also qualified for the Confed Cup 2013 , as Spain, as the final opponent, was already qualified as world champions. The final was clearly lost 4-0 against a strong Spanish team, which meant that the tournament did not surprise. After the injury of Thiago Mottas, who had just been substituted , you had to act outnumbered for half an hour due to the already exhausted substitution contingent. Nevertheless, the tournament was considered a success for the Italians, because despite the betting scandal and messed up preparation, they were able to forget the bad World Cup two years ago and played convincing, offensive football. Italy, for example, was the only team that played permanently with two strikers , whereas all the other teams bet on one point. In addition, Gianluigi Buffon, Daniele De Rossi , Andrea Pirlo and Mario Balotelli have joined the UEFA All-Star Team .

The Italian team on July 1, 2012 in Kiev before the European Championship final against Spain

After the European Championship, Cesare Prandelli continued his course and continued to play offensively oriented football. A friendly defeat against England was followed by four qualifying games , which they successfully contested despite poor performances with three wins (2-0 against Malta , 3-1 against Armenia , 3-1 against Denmark ) and a draw (2-2 against Bulgaria ) could. The following friendlies against France (1: 2), the Netherlands (1: 1) and Brazil (2: 2) were also rather mixed, which was also due to the fact that Prandelli wanted to try and test a lot in such games. In the qualifying match against Malta that followed, they achieved a lackluster 2-0 win, in which the Maltese did not play badly for a long time. The two test games in preparation for the Confederation Cup against San Marino (4: 0) and Haiti (2: 2) and the qualifying game against the Czech Republic (0: 0) were not particularly glamorous. People came to the Confed Cup as outsiders, as Spain and Brazil entered the tournament as favorites. In addition, the Europeans were said to be at a disadvantage compared to Brazil and Uruguay , as they could deal better with the climatic conditions and the fact that Prandelli wanted to test players for the World Cup . In the first game they beat Mexico 2-1 with a very convincing appearance , in which Andrea Pirlo scored a remarkable free-kick in his 100th international match . The next game against good Japanese things got going: after falling 2-0 down, the team took a 3-2 lead, which was leveled shortly afterwards. Shortly before the end, however , Sebastian Giovinco was able to score the winning goal, so that they could qualify early for the semi- finals. The third group game was very unfortunate: After having to do without Pirlo, both Ignazio Abate and Riccardo Montolivo were injured at the beginning of the game . Nevertheless, for a long time they were able to compete against strong Brazilians who, however, forced the victory and went off as group winners with two Fred goals. Because of that you had to play in the semi-final against Spain, against whom you have played for the fourth time in the last two years. Well prepared for the opponent, you played on counter-chances and earned them, which were not used, so that you had to go to penalties after a goalless game and extra time. All shooters were successful there, only Leonardo Bonucci missed the goal, so that one failed again to Spain. In the heavily criticized game for 3rd place , the Uruguayans were particularly willing to win and competed with the best line-up, while Prandelli rotated. Italy were able to take the lead thanks to two sets from Alessandro Diamanti , which Edinson Cavani was able to equalize. After a strenuous tournament and a dismissal against Montolivo, they saved themselves from penalties. In this Buffon was able to parry three penalty kicks and secure third place.

With six points ahead of the second-placed Danes, the team secured first place in the group and qualified directly for the finals. Before the World Cup, there was a 1-0 loss to Spain in March 2014 , a goalless draw against Ireland and a disappointing 1-1 against Luxembourg . At the 2014 World Cup, the Azzurri were drawn into group D together with two other former world champions, England and Uruguay , as well as the outsider Costa Rica . In their first game against England, the team took the lead on 35 minutes with a goal from Claudio Marchisio and then had to accept an equalizer from Daniel Sturridge two minutes later to score the winner in the person of Balotelli five minutes after the break. In the second game they lost against Costa Rica 1-0 after Bryan Ruiz scored the winning goal for the outsider from Central America shortly before the break . The Central Americans qualified early with this victory while the English were eliminated with the victory of the Costa Ricans. Italy couldn't lose to Uruguay. Even a draw would have been enough to advance. After a boring 45 minutes, the second half was high when Claudio Marchisio was sent off in the 59th minute and Luis Suárez was not punished for his shoulder bite on Giorgio Chiellini . Diego Godín scored the winning goal for Uruguay in the 81st minute and Italy was eliminated for the second time after the group stage after 2010. As a result of the elimination in the preliminary round, Prandelli announced his immediate resignation.

His successor was Antonio Conte , who previously coached Juventus Turin and won the Italian championship three times with this club. His debut was successful when they won 2-0 in Bari against the World Cup third Netherlands . In the European Championship qualification you met Norway , Azerbaijan , Malta , Croatia and Bulgaria . The start was successful when they beat the Norwegians 2-0 through goals from Simone Zaza and Leonardo Bonucci in Oslo and the Azerbaijanis, trained by Berti Vogts , 2-1 in the second game . The year ended with a win against Malta and a 1-1 draw against Croatia at the Giuseppe Meazza Stadium in Milan .

Ultimately, the Italian team finished their qualifying group as the unbeaten group first and qualified directly for the European Championship finals. There the Squadra Azzurra was drawn together with Belgium , Sweden and Ireland in group E of the preliminary round. Italy managed a 2-0 win against the supposed group favorites from Belgium in the opening game. After a 1-0 win in the second group match against Sweden, the Italian team was already the group winners. The third group game lost Italy, which played with numerous substitutes, 0-1 against Ireland. As in the final four years earlier, they met Spain in the round of 16 . With a 2-0 win, the Azzurri advanced to the quarter-finals, where Italy met Germany , as in the semifinals of 2012 . After the Italian team fell behind in the middle of the second half, they equalized with a penalty kick about ten minutes before the end of the game. No more goals were scored in the remaining regular time or in extra time, so the game went to penalties. While three players on the German side were unable to convert their penalties, four shooters awarded on the Italian side, which eliminated Italy from the tournament. For the first time, an Italian national team lost out in a major tournament against a German national team, albeit on penalties.

After the tournament, Conte resigned as national coach to become coach of Chelsea FC . He was succeeded by Gian Piero Ventura . He made his debut as national coach in the 1: 3 defeat on September 1, 2016 in a friendly in Bari against runner-up European champions France , with the 17-year-old goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma coming on in the second half . Five days later, Italy started the preliminary rounds for the 2018 World Cup , where they played in a group with Israel , Spain , Macedonia , Liechtenstein and Albania . With a draw in the top game against Spain and five wins in six games up to June 2017, Italy was tied with Spain second in the table. Due to a defeat in the second leg against the Spaniards, Italy, which won all of the remaining three games, was second behind the Iberians at the end of the qualification and had to play in the relegation games. There they met Sweden . The first leg in Solna ended in a 0-1 defeat, in the second leg in Milan Italy couldn't get past a goalless draw and thus missed a World Cup finals for the first time since 1958 and generally for the first time since not participating in the 1992 European Championship in Sweden a finals. Shortly after the failure, Gianluigi Buffon announced his resignation from the national team. Even Andrea Barzagli and Daniele De Rossi resigned from the national team.

Present (since 2017)

Buffon reversed his decision in February 2018 and was available for the following two test matches against Argentina and England in March 2018 . Under interim coach Luigi Di Biagio followed a 2-0 defeat against Argentina and a 1-1 draw against England. In the early summer of 2018, Buffon announced his final resignation from the national team. Meanwhile, Roberto Mancini was introduced as the new coach of the Italian national team. In the first game under Mancini, Italy achieved a 2-1 friendly win against Saudi Arabia in St. Gallen on May 28, 2018 , before a 3-1 win against eventual world champions France three days later in Nice . Three days later, the Italian national team parted from the Netherlands in Turin with a 1-1 draw. The UEFA Nations League kicked off in September 2018 , with Italy playing in League A in a group with Poland and Portugal. With one defeat, one win and two draws, Italy finished the group in League A in the UEFA Nations League in second place.

In the qualification for the European Championship in 2021 (initially scheduled for 2020) which met Squadra Azzurra in Finland , Liechtenstein , Greece , Bosnia-Herzegovina and Armenia . Italy won the opening game against Finland 2-0, on the second matchday Liechtenstein was defeated 6-0. After the 7th of 10 match days, Italy, which had won every game so far, was confirmed ahead of time as the second permanent participant in the European Championship after Belgium . The Italians were drawn in Group A and will play the opening game against Turkey in Rome .

Balance sheets


competition title Year (s)
World Championship 4th 1934 , 1938 , 1982 , 2006
European Championship 1 1968
Olympic Summer Games 1 1936
European Cup of National Football Teams 2 1927-1930 , 1933-1935

World champion teams

Italy - Football World Cup 1934

Allemandi  | Arcari  | Bertolini  | Borel II  | Caligaris  | Castellazzi  | Cavanna  | Combi  | Demaría  | G. Ferrari  | Ferraris IV  | Guaita  | Guarisi  | Masetti  | Meazza  | Monti  | Monzeglio  | Orsi  | Pizziolo  | Rosetta  | Schiavio  | Varglien I
Trainer:  Vittorio Pozzo

Italy - Football World Cup 1938

Andreolo  | Bertoni  | Biavati  | Ceresoli  | Chizzo  | Colaussi  | Donati  | G. Ferrari  | Ferraris II  | Foni  | Genta  | Locatelli  | Masetti  | Meazza  | Monzeglio  | Olivieri  | Olmi  | Pasinati  | Perazzolo  | Piola  | Rava  | Serantoni
Coach:  Vittorio Pozzo

Italy - Soccer World Cup 1982

1  Zoff  | 2  cash  | 3  Bergomi  | 4  Cabrini  | 5  Collovati  | 6  Gentile  | 7  Scirea  | 8  Vierchowod  | 9  Antognoni  | 10  Dossena  | 11  Marini  | 12  Bordon  | 13  Oriali  | 14  Tardelli  | 15  Causio  | 16  Conti  | 17  Massaro  | 18  Altobelli  | 19  Graziani  | 20   Rossi  | 21  Selvaggi  | 22  Galli
Trainer:  Enzo Bearzot

Italy - Football World Cup 2006

1  Buffon  | 2  Zaccardo  | 3  Grosso  | 4  De Rossi  | 5  Cannavaro  | 6  Barzagli  | 7  Del Piero  | 8  Gattuso  | 9  Toni  | 10  Totti  | 11  Gilardino  | 12  Peruzzi  | 13  Nesta  | 14  Amelia  | 15  Iaquinta  | 16  Camoranesi  | 17  barons  | 18  Inzaghi  | 19  Zambrotta  | 20  Perrotta  | 21  Pirlo  | 22  Oddo  | 23  Materazzi
coach:  Marcello Lippi

European champions team

Italy - European Football Championship 1968

Albertosi  | Anastasi  | Anquilletti  | Bercellino  | Burgnich  | Bulgarelli  | Càstano  | De Sisti  | Domenghini  | Facchetti  | Ferrini  | Guarneri  | Juliano  | Lodetti  | S. Mazzola  | Prati  | Riva  | Rivera  | Rosato  | Salvadore  | L. Vieri  | Zoff
coach:  Ferruccio Valcareggi

Olympic gold team

Italy - 1936 Summer Olympics

Baldo  | Bertoni  | Biagi  | Cappelli  | Froni  | Frossi  | Gabriotti  | Giani  | Girometta  | Giuntoli  | Locatelli  | Marchini  | Negro  | Nicolini  | Petri  | Piccini  | Puppo  | Rava  | Scarabello  | Tamietti  | Vannucci  | Venturini
Trainer:  Vittorio Pozzo

Participation of Italy in the soccer world championship

Italy has taken part in world championships 18 times and has won the title four times, most recently in Germany in 2006.

year Venue (s) Participation until ... Last opponent Result Trainer Comments and special features
1930 Uruguay not participated
1934 Italy final Czechoslovakia 01st place Vittorio Pozzo
1938 France final Hungary 01st place Vittorio Pozzo
1950 Brazil Preliminary round Paraguay , Sweden 07th place Ferruccio Novo First elimination of a reigning world champion in the preliminary round
1954 Switzerland Preliminary round Belgium , England , Switzerland 10th place Lajos Czeizler Loss in the playoff against Switzerland
1958 Sweden not qualified
1962 Chile Preliminary round Chile , Germany , Switzerland 09th place Paolo Mazza " Battle of Santiago "
1966 England Preliminary round Chile , North Korea , USSR 09th place Edmondo Fabbri
1970 Mexico final Brazil 02nd place Ferruccio Valcareggi " Century Game "
1974 Germany Preliminary round Argentina , Haiti , Poland 10th place Ferruccio Valcareggi
1978 Argentina 3rd place match Brazil 04th Place Enzo Bearzot
1982 Spain final Germany 01st place Enzo Bearzot Paolo Rossi top scorer
1986 Mexico Round of 16 France 12th place Enzo Bearzot
1990 Italy 3rd place match England 03rd place Azeglio Vicini Salvatore Schillaci top scorer
1994 United States final Brazil 02nd place Arrigo Sacchi Loss in the first penalty shoot-out in a World Cup final
1998 France Quarter finals France 05th place Cesare Maldini
2002 Japan / South Korea Round of 16 South Korea 15th place Giovanni Trapattoni Golden Goal defeat
2006 Germany final France 01st place Marcello Lippi First win in a World Cup penalty shoot
headbutt Zidane against Materazzi
2010 South Africa Preliminary round New Zealand , Paraguay , Slovakia 26th place Marcello Lippi
2014 Brazil Preliminary round Costa Rica , England , Uruguay 22nd place Cesare Prandelli
2018 Russia not qualified Loss in the play-offs against Sweden

Participation of Italy in the European Football Championship

Italy took part in the finals of the European Championship eight times. The best results so far were first place in 1968 and second place in 2000 and 2012.

year Venue (s) Participation until ... Last opponent Result Trainer Comments and special features
1960 France not participated
1964 Spain not qualified
1968 Italy final Yugoslavia 1st place Ferruccio Valcareggi Entry into the final with the last coin toss in international competitions,
final victory in the replay
1972 Belgium not qualified
1976 Yugoslavia not qualified
1980 Italy 3rd place match Czechoslovakia 4th Place Enzo Bearzot Loss in the last European Championship game for 3rd place
1984 France not qualified Failed to qualify as world champion
1988 Germany Semifinals USSR - Azeglio Vicini
1992 Sweden not qualified
1996 England Preliminary round Germany , Russia , Czech Republic - Arrigo Sacchi
2000 Belgium / Netherlands final France 2nd place Dino Zoff Defeat by the last golden goal in EM history
2004 Portugal Preliminary round Bulgaria , Denmark , Sweden - Giovanni Trapattoni Tottis spit attack against Poulsen
2008 Austria / Switzerland Quarter finals Spain - Roberto Donadoni
2012 Poland / Ukraine final Spain 2nd place Cesare Prandelli Italy was the only team to
score a goal against eventual European champions Spain .
Highest final defeat in EM history
2016 France Quarter finals Germany - Antonio Conte
2021 Europe qualified Postponement of EM 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic Set
in group A with 3 games in Rome

Participation of Italy in the FIFA Confederations Cup

Italy has taken part twice in the FIFA Confederations Cup , which has been held since 1997 : in 2009 as world champions and in 2013 as runner-up European champions, as European champions Spain were already qualified as world champions.

year Venue (s) Participation until ... Last opponent Result Trainer Comments and special features
1997 Saudi Arabia not qualified
1999 Mexico not qualified
2001 South Korea / Japan not qualified
2003 France not qualified
2005 Germany not qualified
2009 South Africa Preliminary round Egypt , Brazil , USA - Marcello Lippi
2013 Brazil 3rd place match Uruguay 3rd place Cesare Prandelli
2017 Russia not qualified

Participation of Italy in the UEFA Nations League

Italy has so far participated in the Nations League once, but was unable to qualify for the final round ( Final Four ).

Years league Participation until ... Last opponent Result Trainer Comments and special features
2018/19 League A Group stage Poland , Portugal 8th place Roberto Mancini
2020/21 League A Italy face Bosnia-Herzegovina , the Netherlands and Poland in the group stage .

Participation of Italy in the Olympic Games

Italy has taken part in the Olympic Games, open to senior national teams, six times and won the gold medal once, in 1936.

year Venue (s) Participation until ... Last opponent Result Trainer Comments and special features
1908 London not participated
1912 Stockholm Round of 16 Finland - Vittorio Pozzo
1920 Antwerp Quarter finals France - Technical Commission
1924 Paris Quarter finals Switzerland - Vittorio Pozzo
1928 Amsterdam 3rd place match Egypt bronze 3rd place Augusto Rangone
1936 Berlin final Austria gold 1st place Vittorio Pozzo Annibale Frossi top scorer
1948 London Quarter finals Denmark - Vittorio Pozzo

International match records

Italy has the following results against other national teams (at least 10 games; as of November 18, 2019). National teams that no longer exist are shown in italics .

country Sp. S. U N Goal
Important encounters
ArgentinaArgentina Argentina 15th 06th 05 04th 022:15 + 07 World Cup preliminary round 1974, 1978, 1986, intermediate round 1982, semi-finals 1990
BelgiumBelgium Belgium 22nd 14th 04th 04th 043:24 +19 World Cup preliminary round 1954; European Championship quarter-finals 1972, preliminary round 1980, 2000, 2016
BrazilBrazil Brazil 16 05 03 08th 023:30 - 07th World Cup semi-finals 1938, final 1970, 1994, game for 3rd place 1978, intermediate round 1982; Confederations Cup Preliminary Round 2009
BulgariaBulgaria Bulgaria 19th 10 07th 02 033:16 +17 World Cup opening game 1986, semi-finals 1994; EM quarter-finals 1968, preliminary round 2004; World Cup qualification 2010, 2014; European Championship qualification 2016
DenmarkDenmark Denmark 13 08th 02 03 024:16 + 08 Quarter-finals of the 1948 Olympic Games; World Cup qualification 1982, 2014; European Championship preliminary round 1988, 2004
GermanyGermany Germany 35 15th 12 08th 050:41 + 09 World Cup preliminary round 1962, semi-finals 1970 , 2006, intermediate round 1978, final 1982; European Championship opening game 1988, preliminary round 1996, quarter-finals 2016, semi-finals 2012
EnglandEngland England 27 10 09 08th 031:33 - 02nd World Cup game for 3rd place 1990, preliminary round 2014; EM quarter-finals 2012, preliminary round 1980
FinlandFinland Finland 15th 12 01 01 036: 08 +28 Round of 16 of the 1912 Olympic Games; World Cup qualification 1966, 1978; European Championship qualification 1976, 2004, 2020
FranceFrance France 39 18th 10 11 082:56 +26 Quarter-finals of the 1920 Olympic Games, round of 16 of the 1928 Olympic Games; World Cup quarter-finals 1938, 1998, preliminary round 1978, round of 16 1986, final 2006; European Championship finals 2000, preliminary round 2008
GreeceGreece Greece 11 07th 03 01 022: 06 +16 World Cup qualification 1934, 1982; Euro 2020 qualification
IrelandIreland Ireland 14th 08th 03 03 020:10 +10 World Cup quarter-finals 1990, preliminary round 1994; European Championship preliminary round 2012, 2016, qualification 1972
Yugoslavia Socialist Federal RepublicYugoslavia Yugoslavia 17th 08th 05 04th 024:21 + 03 World Cup qualification 1982; European Championship finals 1968 (2 ×)
MexicoMexico Mexico 12 07th 04th 01 028:10 +18 World Cup quarter-finals 1970, preliminary round 1994, 2002, Confederations Poakl preliminary round 2013
NetherlandsNetherlands Netherlands 21st 09 09 03 028:21 + 07 World Cup intermediate round 1978; European Championship semi-finals 2000, preliminary round 2008
NorwayNorway Norway 17th 10 04th 03 022:13 + 09 Consolation round of the 1920 Olympic Games, semifinals of the 1936 Olympic Games; World Cup round of 16 1938, 1998, preliminary round 1994; European Championship qualification 1992, 2016
AustriaAustria Austria 37 17th 08th 12 049:56 - 07th Consolation round of the Olympic Games 1912, final of the Olympic Games 1936 (see footnote); World Cup semi-finals 1934, intermediate round 1978, preliminary round 1990, 1998; European Championship qualification 1972
PolandPoland Poland 16 06th 07th 03 021:10 +11 World Cup preliminary round 1974, 1982, semi-finals 1982; European Championship qualification 1976; Nations League group stage 2018
PortugalPortugal Portugal 27 18th 03 06th 051:23 +28 World Cup qualification 1958, 1994; European Championship qualification 1988; Nations League group stage 2018
RomaniaRomania Romania 17th 10 05 02 028:14 +14 World Cup qualification 2002; EM quarter-finals 2000, preliminary round 2008
ScotlandScotland Scotland 11 08th 02 01 019: 04 +15 World Cup qualification in 1966, 1994, 2006; European Championship qualification 2008
SwedenSweden Sweden 25th 11 07th 07th 028:25 + 03 Consolation round of the 1912 Olympic Games; World Cup preliminary round 1950, 1970, play-offs for the 2018 World Cup; EM preliminary round 2000, 2004, 2016
SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland 58 28 22nd 08th 107: 67 +40 Quarter-finals of the 1924 Olympic Games; World Cup preliminary round 1954 (2 ×), 1962; European Championship qualification 1968, 1988, 2000
Soviet Union 1955Soviet Union Soviet Union 11 02 05 04th 007: 09 - 02nd World Cup preliminary round 1966; European Championship round of 16 1964, semi-finals 1968, 1988
SpainSpain Spain 37 11 15th 11 043:40 + 03 Tournament for 2nd and 3rd place in the 1920 Olympic Games, preliminary round of the 1924 Olympic Games, quarter-finals of the 1928 Olympic Games (2 ×); World Cup quarter-finals 1934 (2 ×), 1994, World Cup qualification 2018; European Championship preliminary round 1980, 1988, 2012, round of 16 2016, quarter-finals 2008, final 2012; Confederations Cup Semi-Finals 2013
CzechoslovakiaCzechoslovakia Czechoslovakia 26th 09 09 08th 039:38 + 01 World Cup final 1934, preliminary round 1990; European Championship game for 3rd place in 1980
TurkeyTurkey Turkey 10 07th 03 00 018: 05 +13 World Cup qualification 1974; Euro 2000 preliminary round
HungaryHungary Hungary 34 16 09 09 063:56 + 07 Round of 16 of the 1952 Olympic Games; World Cup final 1938, preliminary round 1978; European Championship qualification 1992
UruguayUruguay Uruguay 11 03 04th 04th 012:11 + 01 Semifinals of the 1928 Olympic Games; World Cup preliminary round 1970, 2014, round of 16 1990; Confederations Cup 3rd place match 2013
United StatesUnited States United States 13 09 03 01 037: 05 +32 Round of 16 of the 1936, 1948 Olympic Games, preliminary round of the 1952 Olympic Games (see footnote); World Cup round of 16 1934, preliminary round 1990, 2006; Confederations Cup Preliminary Round 2009
positive balance (more victories than defeats) balanced balance negative balance (more defeats than victories) 

Notes on the table:

  1. If a game ends after regular playing time or after extra time, it will be rated according to the result; Games decided on penalties count as a draw in the following.
  2. Qualifying matches are only listed in this table if there has not yet been a match in a final round in the relevant competition.
    A detailed list of all competitive games can be found here .
  3. ↑ In contrast to FIFA and FIGC, the ÖFB does not evaluate the final of the 1936 Olympic Games as an official international game and lists an international game that was canceled on March 21, 1937 as a victory (see Austrian list). From his point of view, Austria has won against Italy thirteen times, lost only sixteen times and with 57:47 a goal difference better by three goals.
  4. FIGC, FIFA and RSSSF make contradicting statements about Italy's international games against the United States: The match in the preliminary round of the 1952 Olympic Games, which Italy won 8-0, is counted as an official international game by FIGC and is listed in the RSSSF Lists of both countries, but is not considered an A international by FIFA. Italy's 1-0 victory at the 1984 Olympics is only included in the US RSSSF list and is not counted by either FIGC or FIFA. The same applies to a 10-0 win for Italy in an unofficial game from 1975. A special case is the 4-0 win for Italy on May 23, 1976: This game was played as part of a mini-tournament in which England and Brazil also participated. Since the actual national team of the USA was not considered competitive against these opponents, a selection of the US American league, which was also composed of numerous non-Americans (captain of this team was Pelé), came instead. While the Italian Football Association still rated the game as an international match against the USA, FIFA did not list the game at all. It is also only included in the RSSSF list of Italy.


The Italian sports newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport chose the national team in 1982 and 2006 as “ World Team of the Year ” and in 1978 as Italy's Sports Team of the Year.

The Italian national soccer team was named “Team of the Year” at the Laureus World Sports Awards in 2007 .

Record player

Record player
Gianluigi Buffon

The ranking lists the players with the most appearances, the most goals and the most appearances as captain of the Italian national team. If the number of games is the same, the players are sorted by surname, and if the number of goals is the same, they are sorted by the higher goal rate.

After missions
# Name a b Period Games Gates
01 Gianluigi Buffon 1997-2018 176 00
02 Fabio Cannavaro 1997-2010 136 02
03 Paolo Maldini 1988-2002 126 07th
04th Daniele De Rossi 2004-2017 117 21st
05 Andrea Pirlo 2002-2015 116 13
06th Dino Zoff 1968-1983 112 00
07th Giorgio Chiellini 2004–0000 103 08th
08th Gianluca Zambrotta 1999-2010 098 02
09 Leonardo Bonucci 2010–0000 095 07th
10 Giacinto Facchetti 1963-1977 094 03
After goals
# Name a b Period Gates Games Goals / game
01 Luigi Riva 1965-1974 35 42 0.83
02 Giuseppe Meazza 1930-1939 33 53 0.62
03 Silvio Piola 1935-1952 30th 34 0.88
04th Roberto Baggio 1988-2004 27 56 0.48
05 Alessandro Del Piero 1995-2008 27 91 0.30
06th Alessandro Altobelli 1980-1988 25th 47 0.53
07th Adolfo Baloncieri 1920-1930 25th 57 0.44
08th Filippo Inzaghi 1997-2007 25th 61 0.41
09 Christian Vieri 1997-2005 23 49 0.47
10 Francesco Graziani 1975-1983 23 64 0.36
As captain
# Name a b Period Games
01 Gianluigi Buffon 1997-2018 80
02 Fabio Cannavaro 1997-2010 79
03 Paolo Maldini 1988-2002 74
04th Giacinto Facchetti 1963-1977 70
05 Dino Zoff 1968-1983 59
06th Giuseppe Bergomi 1982-1998 33
07th Franco Baresi 1982-1994 31
08th Adolfo Baloncieri 1920-1930 27
09 Renzo De Vecchi 1910-1925 26th
10 Giampiero Boniperti 1947-1960 24
a Players marked in bold are still active in the national team.
b Players marked in italics are still active, but no longer in the national team.

As of March 23, 2020

Organizational matters

Trainer and function team

Roberto Mancini has been the national team's head coach since 2018.
Nat. Surname function
Coaching staff
ItalyItaly Roberto Mancini Head coach
ItalyItaly Alberico Evani Assistant coach
ItalyItaly Attilio Lombardo Assistant coach
ItalyItaly Giulio Nuciari Assistant coach
ItalyItaly Fausto Salsano Assistant coach
ItalyItaly Massimo Battara Goalkeeping coach
ItalyItaly Claudio Donatelli Athletic trainer
ItalyItaly Andrea Scanavino Athletic trainer
Sporting management and organization
ItalyItaly Gabriele Oriali Team manager
ItalyItaly Emiliano Cozzi secretary
Scouting and game preparation
ItalyItaly Marco Scarpa Scout
ItalyItaly Antonio Gagliardi Game analyst
Medical staff
ItalyItaly Carmine Costabile Team doctor
ItalyItaly Andrea Ferretti Team doctor
ItalyItaly Maurizio Fagorzi Physiotherapist
ItalyItaly Luca Lascialfari Physiotherapist
ItalyItaly Emanuele Randelli Physiotherapist
ItalyItaly Fabrizio Scalzi Physiotherapist
ItalyItaly Walter Martinelli osteopath
ItalyItaly Matteo Pincella Nutritionist
As of March 24, 2019


Stadio Olimpico di Roma (2014)
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza (2009)

The Italian national team does not play in a national stadium like other nations (e.g. England ) , but always changes the venue and thus the stadium for home games . The respective home venues are selected according to various criteria, such as the importance of the game or the strength of the opponents.

So far, the national team has played in 42 different Italian cities (as of November 18, 2019), most often in Rome (59 games) and Milan (58). Other cities with at least ten events are Turin (39), Genoa (28), Florence (26), Naples (25), Bologna (21), Palermo (15) and Bari (11). The currently largest available stadiums (more than 40,000 seats) are the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza in Milan, the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, the Stadio San Paolo in Naples, the Stadio San Nicola in Bari, the Stadio Artemio Franchi in Florence and the Juventus Stadium in Turin.

Italy has hosted four major tournaments so far, namely the World Championships in 1934 and 1990 and the European Championships in 1968 and 1980 , in which a total of two titles (one world and one European championship) as well as third and fourth place were achieved. In addition, Italy is with the Roman Stadio Olimpico one of twelve venues of the continental discharged European Championship 2021 .

Many of the larger stadiums were built or renovated for the 1990 World Cup, so there was no investment in the stadium infrastructure in Italy for a long time. However, there are now a few new buildings, of which the Juventus Stadium, which opened in 2011, was the largest new building to date. In addition, at many locations - including Cagliari , Florence, Milan, Pescara , Pisa , Rome and Venice - new stadiums are under construction, in planning or under discussion, as many venues no longer meet today's standards. In addition, some stadiums were renovated or rebuilt, such as the Stadio Friuli in Udine or the Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino in Turin. Modifications of some stadiums are also planned, e.g. B. at the Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia ( Bergamo ), Stadio San Vito - Gigi Marulla ( Cosenza ), Stadio Carlo Castellani ( Empoli ) or Stadio Renato Dall'Ara (Bologna).

Youth work

In order to introduce young and talented players to the senior national team and to bring them closer to the processes and habits, there are several junior national teams in the Italian football system , which is subject to the Italian association . From the age of 14 (U-15) there is a separate youth national team for each age, with the U-21 team receiving special attention. This is because players who are already under contract in professional leagues or who are seen as future pillars of the A-team act in this. For example, the European Championship tournaments in this age group are very important.


The German sporting goods manufacturer Puma has been responsible for the equipment since January 1st, 2003 . This includes game, training and leisure clothing as well as accessories and a variety of possible shoes . Nevertheless, all players can choose their favorite brand in the field of shoes and goalkeeper gloves . This applies to all national teams belonging to the association, including the youth national teams such as the U-21 national team .

Until December 31, 2002, the Italian company Kappa supplied the national team.


The national team does not present advertising partners on the jerseys , but only on training and casual clothing. Among the sponsors and partners include Eni , Giorgio Armani , Ferrero , Fiat , Frecciarossa , Lete , Lidl Italia , Poste Italiane , Puma , Radio Italia , Sixtus , Technogym and Telecom Italia .


In Group J of the qualification for Euro 2020 , Italy met Armenia , Bosnia-Herzegovina , Finland , Greece and Liechtenstein from March to November 2019 . Italy was the first to complete the group, qualifying for Euro 2020, which was moved to 2021.

In Group A1 of the Nations League 2020/21 , Italy will meet Bosnia-Herzegovina, the Netherlands and Poland from September to November 2020 .

In Group A of the EM 2021 , Italy will meet Switzerland , Turkey and Wales in June 2021 .

International matches

The games of the last twelve months as well as all scheduled matches are listed. The results are presented from an Italian perspective (as of July 21, 2020).

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic , all friendlies planned from March to June 2020 (against England , Germany , San Marino and the Czech Republic ) have been canceled. The European Championship games were postponed from June / July 2020 to June / July 2021.

date Venue opponent Result occasion Goal scorers
05th Sep 2019 Yerevan ( ARM ) ArmeniaArmenia Armenia 3: 1 (1: 1) Qualification EM 2021 Karapetjan (11th), Belotti (28th), Pellegrini (77th), Ayrapetyan (80./ ET )
08 Sep 2019 Tampere ( FIN ) FinlandFinland Finland 2: 1 (0: 0) Qualification EM 2021 Immobile (59.), Pukki (72./ FE ), Jorginho (79./ HE )
Oct 12, 2019 Rome GreeceGreece Greece 2: 0 (0: 0) Qualification EM 2021 Jorginho (63./ HE ), Bernardeschi (78.)
Oct 15, 2019 Vaduz ( LIE ) LiechtensteinLiechtenstein Liechtenstein 5: 0 (1: 0) Qualification EM 2021 Bernardeschi (2nd), Belotti (70th, 90th + 2 '), Romagnoli (77th), El Shaarawy (82nd)
Nov 15, 2019 Zenica ( BIH ) Bosnia and HerzegovinaBosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina 3: 0 (2: 0) Qualification EM 2021 Acerbi (21st), Insigne (37th), Belotti (52nd)
Nov 18, 2019 Palermo ArmeniaArmenia Armenia 9: 1 (4: 0) Qualification EM 2021 Immobile (8th, 33rd), Zaniolo (9th, 64th), Barella (29th), Romagnoli (72nd),
Jorginho (75th / FE ), Orsolini (77th), Babayan (79th), Chiesa (81.)
04th Sep 2020 Florence Bosnia and HerzegovinaBosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina Nations League 2020/21
0Sep 7 2020 Amsterdam ( NLD ) NetherlandsNetherlands Netherlands Nations League 2020/21
0Oct 7, 2020 Parma Moldova RepublicRepublic of Moldova Moldova Friendly match
Oct 11, 2020 Gdansk ( POL ) PolandPoland Poland Nations League 2020/21
Oct 14, 2020 Milan NetherlandsNetherlands Netherlands Nations League 2020/21
Nov 11, 2020 Benevento EstoniaEstonia Estonia Friendly match
Nov 15, 2020 Rome PolandPoland Poland Nations League 2020/21
Nov 18, 2020 ( BIH ) Bosnia and HerzegovinaBosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina Nations League 2020/21
June 11, 2021 Rome TurkeyTurkey Turkey Preliminary round EM 2021
June 16, 2021 Rome SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland Preliminary round EM 2021
June 20, 2021 Rome WalesFlag of Wales (1959 – present) .svg Wales Preliminary round EM 2021
Italian team win - draw - Italian team lost

Current squad

On November 8, 2019, the Italian Football Association announced Roberto Mancini's 29-player squad for the European Championship qualifiers against Bosnia-Herzegovina on November 15 in Zenica and Armenia on October 18 in Palermo (status: November 18, 2019). Andrea Cistana ( Brescia Calcio ), Gaetano Castrovilli ( Fiorentina ) and Riccardo Orsolini ( FC Bologna ) are in the squad for the first time, while Rolando Mandragora ( Udinese Calcio ) returns after more than a year. Mancini had to do without the injured Alessio Cragno , Leonardo Pavoletti (both Cagliari Calcio ), Mattia Perin , Giorgio Chiellini (both Juventus Turin ), Cristiano Piccini ( Valencia CF ) and Bryan Cristante and Lorenzo Pellegrini (both AS Roma ). After the short-term failures of Leonardo Spinazzola (AS Roma), Marco Verratti ( Paris Saint-Germain ) and Domenico Berardi ( US Sassuolo Calcio ), Sandro Tonali (Brescia Calcio) was nominated.

Surname Date of birth society Games Gates debut Last use
Gianluigi Donnarumma Feb 25, 1999 ItalyItaly AC Milan 0000000000000016.000000000016 0000000000000000.00000000000 0Sep 1 2016, against FranceFranceFrance  15 Nov 2019, against Bosnia and HerzegovinaBosnia and HerzegovinaBosnia and Herzegovina 
Pierluigi Gollini 18 Mar 1995 ItalyItaly Atalanta Bergamo 00000000000000001.00000000001 0000000000000000.00000000000 15 Nov 2019, against Bosnia and HerzegovinaBosnia and HerzegovinaBosnia and Herzegovina  15 Nov 2019, against Bosnia and HerzegovinaBosnia and HerzegovinaBosnia and Herzegovina 
Alex Meret 22 Mar 1997 ItalyItaly SSC Naples 00000000000000001.00000000001 0000000000000000.00000000000 18 Nov 2019, against ArmeniaArmeniaArmenia  18 Nov 2019, against ArmeniaArmeniaArmenia 
Salvatore Sirigu Jan. 12, 1987 ItalyItaly Torino FC 0000000000000024.000000000024 0000000000000000.00000000000 10 Aug 2010, against Ivory CoastIvory CoastIvory Coast  18 Nov 2019, against ArmeniaArmeniaArmenia 
Francesco Acerbi Feb 10, 1988 ItalyItaly Lazio Rome 00000000000000006.00000000006th 0000000000000001.00000000001 18 Nov 2014, against AlbaniaAlbaniaAlbania  15 Nov 2019, against Bosnia and HerzegovinaBosnia and HerzegovinaBosnia and Herzegovina 
Cristiano Biraghi 0Sep 1 1992 ItalyItaly Inter Milan 00000000000000008.00000000008th 0000000000000001.00000000001 May 31, 2017, against San MarinoSan MarinoSan Marino  18 Nov 2019, against ArmeniaArmeniaArmenia 
Leonardo Bonucci 0May 1, 1987 ItalyItaly Juventus Turin 0000000000000095.000000000095 0000000000000007.00000000007th 03rd Mar 2010, against CameroonCameroonCameroon  18 Nov 2019, against ArmeniaArmeniaArmenia 
Andrea Cistana 0Apr 1, 1997 ItalyItaly Brescia Calcio 00000000000000000.00000000000 0000000000000000.00000000000
Giovanni Di Lorenzo 0Aug 4, 1993 ItalyItaly SSC Naples 00000000000000002.00000000002 0000000000000000.00000000000 October 15, 2019, against LiechtensteinLiechtensteinLiechtenstein  18 Nov 2019, against ArmeniaArmeniaArmenia 
Emerson 0Aug 3, 1994 EnglandEngland Chelsea FC 00000000000000007.00000000007th 0000000000000000.00000000000 Sep 10 2018, against PortugalPortugalPortugal  15 Nov 2019, against Bosnia and HerzegovinaBosnia and HerzegovinaBosnia and Herzegovina 
Alessandro Florenzi 11th Mar 1991 ItalyItaly AS Roma 0000000000000035.000000000035 0000000000000002.00000000002 November 14, 2012, against FranceFranceFrance  15 Nov 2019, against Bosnia and HerzegovinaBosnia and HerzegovinaBosnia and Herzegovina 
Armando Izzo 02nd Mar 1992 ItalyItaly Torino FC 00000000000000003.00000000003 0000000000000000.00000000000 26th Mar 2019, against LiechtensteinLiechtensteinLiechtenstein  18 Nov 2019, against ArmeniaArmeniaArmenia 
Gianluca Mancini Apr 17, 1996 ItalyItaly AS Roma 00000000000000003.00000000003 0000000000000000.00000000000 26th Mar 2019, against LiechtensteinLiechtensteinLiechtenstein  October 15, 2019, against LiechtensteinLiechtensteinLiechtenstein 
Alessio Romagnoli Jan. 12, 1995 ItalyItaly AC Milan 0000000000000012.000000000012 0000000000000002.00000000002 06 Oct 2016, against SpainSpainSpain  18 Nov 2019, against ArmeniaArmeniaArmenia 
Nicolò Barella 0Feb 7, 1997 ItalyItaly Inter Milan 0000000000000012.000000000012 0000000000000003.00000000003 Oct. 10, 2018, against UkraineUkraineUkraine  18 Nov 2019, against ArmeniaArmeniaArmenia 
Gaetano Castrovilli Feb. 17, 1997 ItalyItaly AC Florence 00000000000000001.00000000001 0000000000000000.00000000000 15 Nov 2019, against Bosnia and HerzegovinaBosnia and HerzegovinaBosnia and Herzegovina  15 Nov 2019, against Bosnia and HerzegovinaBosnia and HerzegovinaBosnia and Herzegovina 
Jorginho Dec 20, 1991 EnglandEngland Chelsea FC 0000000000000022.000000000022nd 0000000000000004.00000000004th 24 Mar 2016, against SpainSpainSpain  18 Nov 2019, against ArmeniaArmeniaArmenia 
Rolando Mandragora June 29, 1997 ItalyItaly Udinese Calcio 00000000000000001.00000000001 0000000000000000.00000000000 0June 1, 2018, against FranceFranceFrance  0June 1, 2018, against FranceFranceFrance 
Sandro Tonali 0May 8, 2000 ItalyItaly Brescia Calcio 00000000000000003.00000000003 0000000000000000.00000000000 October 15, 2019, against LiechtensteinLiechtensteinLiechtenstein  18 Nov 2019, against ArmeniaArmeniaArmenia 
Nicolò Zaniolo 0July 2, 1999 ItalyItaly AS Roma 00000000000000005.00000000005 0000000000000002.00000000002 23 Mar 2019, against FinlandFinlandFinland  18 Nov 2019, against ArmeniaArmeniaArmenia 
Andrea Belotti Dec 20, 1993 ItalyItaly Torino FC 0000000000000027.000000000027 0000000000000009.00000000009 0Sep 1 2016, against FranceFranceFrance  15 Nov 2019, against Bosnia and HerzegovinaBosnia and HerzegovinaBosnia and Herzegovina 
Federico Bernardeschi Feb 16, 1994 ItalyItaly Juventus Turin 0000000000000024.000000000024 0000000000000004.00000000004th 24 Mar 2016, against SpainSpainSpain  15 Nov 2019, against Bosnia and HerzegovinaBosnia and HerzegovinaBosnia and Herzegovina 
Federico Chiesa Oct 25, 1997 ItalyItaly AC Florence 0000000000000018.000000000018th 0000000000000001.00000000001 May 31, 2017, against San MarinoSan MarinoSan Marino  18 Nov 2019, against ArmeniaArmeniaArmenia 
Stephan El Shaarawy Oct 27, 1992 China People's RepublicPeople's Republic of China Shanghai Shenhua 0000000000000025.000000000025th 0000000000000004.00000000004th 15 Aug 2012, versus EnglandEnglandEngland  15 Nov 2019, against Bosnia and HerzegovinaBosnia and HerzegovinaBosnia and Herzegovina 
Ciro Immobile Feb. 20, 1990 ItalyItaly Lazio Rome 0000000000000039.000000000039 000000000000010.000000000010 05th Mar 2014, against SpainSpainSpain  18 Nov 2019, against ArmeniaArmeniaArmenia 
Lorenzo Insigne 04th June 1991 ItalyItaly SSC Naples 0000000000000034.000000000034 0000000000000007.00000000007th Sep 11 2012, against MaltaMaltaMalta  15 Nov 2019, against Bosnia and HerzegovinaBosnia and HerzegovinaBosnia and Herzegovina 
Riccardo Orsolini Jan. 24, 1997 ItalyItaly Bologna FC 00000000000000001.00000000001 0000000000000001.00000000001 18 Nov 2019, against ArmeniaArmeniaArmenia  18 Nov 2019, against ArmeniaArmeniaArmenia 
Goalkeeper - defender - midfielder - striker

Extended squad

The extended squad includes all players who have been appointed to the national team within the last twelve months. (As of November 11, 2019)

Surname Date of birth society Games Gates debut Last use Last nomination
Alessio Cragno June 28, 1994 ItalyItaly Cagliari Calcio 00000000000000000.00000000000 0000000000000000.00000000000 May 27, 2019
Antonio Mirante 0July 8, 1983 ItalyItaly AS Roma 00000000000000000.00000000000 0000000000000000.00000000000 May 27, 2019
Mattia Perin Nov 10, 1992 ItalyItaly Juventus Turin 00000000000000002.00000000002 0000000000000000.00000000000 18 Nov 2014, against AlbaniaAlbaniaAlbania  0June 4, 2018, against the NetherlandsNetherlandsNetherlands  15th Mar 2019
Giorgio Chiellini (C)Captain of the crew Aug 14, 1984 ItalyItaly Juventus Turin 000000000000103.0000000000103 0000000000000008.00000000008th 17 Nov 2004, against FinlandFinlandFinland  June 11, 2019, against Bosnia and HerzegovinaBosnia and HerzegovinaBosnia and Herzegovina  30 Aug 2019
Danilo D'Ambrosio 0Sep 9 1988 ItalyItaly Inter Milan 00000000000000004.00000000004th 0000000000000000.00000000000 28 Mar 2017, against the NetherlandsNetherlandsNetherlands  October 12, 2019, against GreeceGreeceGreece  04th Oct 2019
Mattia De Sciglio Oct. 20, 1992 ItalyItaly Juventus Turin 0000000000000039.000000000039 0000000000000000.00000000000 21 Mar 2013, against BrazilBrazilBrazil  June 11, 2019, against Bosnia and HerzegovinaBosnia and HerzegovinaBosnia and Herzegovina  30 Aug 2019
Luca Pellegrini 07th Mar 1999 ItalyItaly Cagliari Calcio 00000000000000000.00000000000 0000000000000000.00000000000 30 Aug 2019
Cristiano Piccini 26 Sep 1992 SpainSpain Valencia CF 00000000000000003.00000000003 0000000000000000.00000000000 Oct. 10, 2018, against UkraineUkraineUkraine  23 Mar 2019, against FinlandFinlandFinland  15th Mar 2019
Leonardo Spinazzola 25th Mar 1993 ItalyItaly AS Roma 00000000000000008.00000000008th 0000000000000000.00000000000 28 Mar 2017, against the NetherlandsNetherlandsNetherlands  October 12, 2019, against GreeceGreeceGreece  0Nov 8, 2019
Bryan Cristante 03rd Mar 1995 ItalyItaly AS Roma 00000000000000007.00000000007th 0000000000000000.00000000000 06 Oct 2017, against North MacedoniaNorth MacedoniaNorth Macedonia  October 15, 2019, against LiechtensteinLiechtensteinLiechtenstein  04th Oct 2019
Lorenzo Pellegrini June 19, 1996 ItalyItaly AS Roma 0000000000000013.000000000013 0000000000000001.00000000001 May 31, 2017, against San MarinoSan MarinoSan Marino  08 Sep 2019, against FinlandFinlandFinland  30 Aug 2019
Stefano Sensi 0Aug 5, 1995 ItalyItaly Inter Milan 00000000000000004.00000000004th 0000000000000001.00000000001 November 20, 2018, against the USAUnited StatesUnited States  08 Sep 2019, against FinlandFinlandFinland  04th Oct 2019
Marco Verratti 0Nov 5, 1992 FranceFrance Paris Saint-Germain 0000000000000036.000000000036 0000000000000003.00000000003 15 Aug 2012, versus EnglandEnglandEngland  October 15, 2019, against LiechtensteinLiechtensteinLiechtenstein  0Nov 8, 2019
Domenico Berardi 0Aug 1, 1994 ItalyItaly US Sassuolo Calcio 00000000000000006.00000000006th 0000000000000000.00000000000 May 31, 2017, against San MarinoSan MarinoSan Marino  November 20, 2018, against the USAUnited StatesUnited States  0Nov 8, 2019
Vincenzo Grifo 0Apr 7, 1993 GermanyGermany Sc freiburg 00000000000000002.00000000002 0000000000000000.00000000000 November 20, 2018, against the USAUnited StatesUnited States  October 15, 2019, against LiechtensteinLiechtensteinLiechtenstein  04th Oct 2019
Moise Kean Feb 28, 2000 EnglandEngland Everton FC 00000000000000003.00000000003 0000000000000002.00000000002 November 20, 2018, against the USAUnited StatesUnited States  26th Mar 2019, against LiechtensteinLiechtensteinLiechtenstein  May 27, 2019
Kevin Lasagna Aug 10, 1992 ItalyItaly Udinese Calcio 00000000000000004.00000000004th 0000000000000000.00000000000 October 14, 2018, against PolandPolandPoland  05th Sep 2019, against ArmeniaArmeniaArmenia  30 Aug 2019
Leonardo Pavoletti Nov. 26, 1988 ItalyItaly Cagliari Calcio 00000000000000001.00000000001 0000000000000001.00000000001 26th Mar 2019, against LiechtensteinLiechtensteinLiechtenstein  26th Mar 2019, against LiechtensteinLiechtensteinLiechtenstein  May 27, 2019
Matteo Politano 0Aug 3, 1993 ItalyItaly Inter Milan 00000000000000004.00000000004th 0000000000000002.00000000002 May 31, 2017, against San MarinoSan MarinoSan Marino  26th Mar 2019, against LiechtensteinLiechtensteinLiechtenstein  May 27, 2019
Fabio Quagliarella Jan. 31, 1983 ItalyItaly Sampdoria Genoa 0000000000000028.000000000028 0000000000000009.00000000009 28 Mar 2007, against ScotlandScotlandScotland  June 11, 2019, against Bosnia and HerzegovinaBosnia and HerzegovinaBosnia and Herzegovina  May 27, 2019
Goalkeeper - defender - midfielder - striker

National coach or team leader

Surname Period Games S 1 U 1 N 1 Gates difference Point 2 Point quota 2 Win rate 1 image Tournaments (finals) successes
Technical Commission
Sports Management: Umberto Meazza
1910-1912 07th 01 02 04th 014: 020 - 006 005 0.71 14.29%
Vittorio Pozzo 1912 03 01 00 02 004: 008 - 004th 003 1.00 33.33% Vittorio Pozzo Olympia 1912
Technical Commission
Sports Management: Various
1912-1924 30th 12 10 08th 048: 048 ± 000 046 1.53 40.00% Olympia 1920
Vittorio Pozzo 1924 05 02 01 02 005: 009 - 004th 007th 1.40 40.00% Vittorio Pozzo Olympia 1924
Technical Commission
Sports Management: Guido Baccani ,
Giuseppe Milano & Augusto Rangone
1924-1925 06th 02 01 03 011: 006 + 005 007th 1.17 33.33%
Augusto Rangone 1925-1928 24 12 07th 05 068: 045 + 023 043 1.79 50.00% Olympia 1928 Olympic third in 1928
Carlo Carcano 1928-1929 06th 03 01 02 013: 013 ± 000 010 1.67 50.00% Carlo Carcano
Vittorio Pozzo 1929-1948 87 60 16 11 224: 110 +114 196 2.25 68.97% Vittorio Pozzo WM 1934 , 1938
Olympics 1936 , 1948
World Champion 1934
Olympic Champion 1936
World Champion 1938
Technical Commission
Sports Management: Various
1949-1959 54 23 13 18th 092: 065 + 027 082 1.52 42.59% World Cup 1950
Olympics 1952
Giuseppe Viani 1960 02 01 00 01 004: 003 + 001 003 1.50 50.00%
Giovanni Ferrari 1960-1961 06th 04th 00 02 020: 010 + 010 012 2.00 66.67%
Technical Commission
Sports Management:
Giovanni Ferrari & Paolo Mazza
1962 05 03 01 01 008: 004 + 004 010 2.00 60.00% World Cup 1962
Edmondo Fabbri 1962-1966 29 18th 06th 05 063: 018 + 045 060 2.07 62.07% World Cup 1966
Technical Commission
Sports Management:
Helenio Herrera & Ferruccio Valcareggi
1966-1967 04th 03 01 00 007: 002 + 005 010 2.50 75.00%
Ferruccio Valcareggi 1967-1974 54 28 20th 06th 096: 043 + 053 104 1.93 51.85% 1970 World Cup , 1974
Euro 1968
European champion 1968,
vice world champion 1970
Fulvio Bernardini 1974-1975 06th 01 02 03 002: 005 - 003 005 0.83 16.67% Fulvio Bernardini (1974)
Technical Commission
Sports Management:
Enzo Bearzot & Fulvio Bernardini
1975-1977 16 011 02 03 034: 016 + 018 035 2.19 68.75%
Enzo Bearzot 1977-1986 88 40 26th 22nd 115: 084 + 031 146 1.66 45.45% World Cup 1978 , 1982 , 1986,
European Championship 1980
World Cup fourth 1978,
European fourth 1980
World Champion 1982
Azeglio Vicini 1986-1991 54 32 15th 07th 076: 024 + 052 111 2.06 59.26% 1990 World Cup, 1988
European Championship
EC semi-finalist in 1988,
third in 1990
Arrigo Sacchi 1991-1996 53 34 11 08th 090: 036 + 054 113 2.13 64.15% 1994 World Cup, 1996
European Championship
Vice World Champion 1994
Cesare Maldini 1996-1998 20th 10 08th 02 030: 013 + 017 038 1.90 50.00% Cesare Maldini (1969) World Cup 1998
Dino Zoff 1998-2000 23 11 07th 05 034: 019 + 015 040 1.74 47.83% Dino Zoff (1974) EM 2000 Vice European Champion 2000
Giovanni Trapattoni 2000-2004 44 25th 12 07th 068: 030 + 038 087 1.98 56.82% Giovanni Trapattoni (2011) World Cup 2002,
EM 2004
Marcello Lippi 2004-2006 29 17th 10 02 045: 019 + 026 061 2.10 58.62% Marcello Lippi (2010) World Cup 2006 World Champion 2006
Roberto Donadoni 2006-2008 23 13 05 05 035: 022 + 013 044 1.91 56.52% Roberto Donadoni (2009) EM 2008
Marcello Lippi 2008-2010 27 11 11 05 038: 028 + 010 044 1.63 40.74% Marcello Lippi (2010) World Cup 2010
Confed Cup 2009
Cesare Prandelli 2010-2014 56 23 20th 13 079: 058 + 021 089 1.59 41.07% Cesare Prandelli (2012) World Cup 2014,
EM 2012
Confed Cup 2013
Vice European Champion 2012,
Confederation Cup third in 2013
Antonio Conte 2014-2016 25th 14th 07th 04th 034: 021 + 013 049 1.96 56.00% Antonio Conte (2015) EM 2016
Gian Piero Ventura 2016-2017 17th 10 04th 03 035: 013 + 022 034 2.00 58.82% Gian Piero Ventura (2015)
Luigi Di Biagio (interim) 2018 02 00 01 01 001: 003 - 002nd 000 0.50 00.00% Luigi Di Biagio (2013)
Roberto Mancini 2018–0000 19th 13 04th 02 045: 012 + 033 043 2.26 68.42% Roberto Mancini (2017)
As of November 18, 2019
1 Games that are decided on penalties are entered in the statistics as a draw.
2 The 3-point rule applies to the point calculation .

Team captains

This list names all of the designated captains of the Italian national team. The period indicates when the players were designated captain, but the number of games as captain includes games as deputy captain. This does not apply to games in which the captain's armband was taken over during a game. Players who were deputy but never appointed captain in individual games are not listed.

Surname Period
national players
as a captain
International matches International games
as captain
Quota image Tournaments (finals)
as captain *
Francesco Calì 1910 1910 002 02 100.0% Francesco Calì
Giuseppe Milano 1911-1914 1911-1914 011 11 100.0% Olympia 1912
Virgilio Fossati 1910-1915 1914-1915 012 06th 050.0% Virgilio Fossati
Renzo De Vecchi 1910-1925 1920-1925 043 26th 060.5% Olympia 1920 , 1924
Luigi Cevenini 1915-1929 1925-1927 029 07th 024.1% Luigi Cevenini
Adolfo Baloncieri 1920-1930 1927-1930 047 27 057.4% Adolfo Baloncieri Olympia 1928
Cup 1927–30
Umberto Caligaris 1922-1934 1931
059 06
027.1% E'pokal 1931-32 , 1933-35
Virginio Rosetta 1920-1934 1931-1933 052 08th 015.4% Virginio Rosetta (1932) WM 1934
Cup 1931–32
Gianpiero Combi 1924-1934 1934 047 05 010.6%
Attilio Ferraris 1926-1935 1934-1935 028 03 010.7% Atilio Ferraris
Luigi Allemandi 1925-1936 1935-1936 024 09 037.5% E'pokal 1933-35
Giuseppe Meazza 1930-1939 1937-1939 053 17th 032.1% WM 1938
Silvio Piola 1935-1952 1940-1947 034 09 026.5%
Valentino Mazzola 1942-1949 1947-1949 012 05 041.7%
Riccardo Carapellese 1947-1956 1949-1950 016 07th 043.8% WM 1950
E'pokal 1948–53
Carlo Annovazzi 1947-1952 1951-1952 017th 06th 035.3% E'pokal 1948-53
Giampiero Boniperti 1947-1960 1952-1960 038 24 063.2% WM 1954
Cup 1948–53 , 1955–60
Lorenzo Buffon 1958–1962 1961–1962 015th 06th 040.0% World Cup 1962
Cesare Maldini 1960-1963 1962-1963 014th 06th 042.9% Cesare Maldini (1969)
Sandro Salvadore 1960-1970 1963-1966 036 17th 047.2% World Cup 1966
Giacinto Facchetti 1963-1977 1966-1977 094 70 074.5% 1970 World Cup , 1974
Euro 1968
Dino Zoff 1968-1983 1977-1983 112 59 052.7% Dino Zoff (1974) World Cup 1978 , 1982
European Championship 1980
Marco Tardelli 1976-1985 1983-1985 081 09 011.1% Marco Tardelli (2016)
Gaetano Scirea 1975-1986 1985-1986 078 10 012.8% World Cup 1986
Antonio Cabrini 1978-1987 1986-1987 073 10 013.1% Antonio Cabrini (2008)
Alessandro Altobelli 1980-1988 1987-1988 061 08th 013.7% Alessandro Altobelli EM 1988
Giuseppe Bergomi 1982-1998 1988-1991 081 33 040.7% Giuseppe Bergomi (2008) World Cup 1990
Franco Baresi 1982-1994 1991-1994 081 31 038.3% Franco Baresi (2012) World Cup 1994
Paolo Maldini 1988-2002 1994-2002 126 74 058.7% Paolo Maldini (2008) 1998 World Cup , 2002
European Championship 1996 , 2000
Fabio Cannavaro 1997-2010 2002-2010 136 79 058.1% Fabio Cannavaro (2011) World Cup 2006 , 2010
EM 2004
Confed Cup 2009
Gianluigi Buffon 1997-2018 2010-2018 176 80 45.5% Gianluigi Buffon (2014) World Cup 2014,
EM 2012 , 2016
Confed Cup 2013
Giorgio Chiellini 2004–0000 2018–0000 103 10 009.7% Giorgio Chiellini (2015)
As of November 18, 2019
* For the European Cup of the national soccer teams there are sometimes several players as captains, as the tournaments stretched over a longer period and some players were no longer captains before the end.

See also

Web links

Commons : Italy national soccer team  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

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