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Published: Sunday 5 January 2014, 1.26CET
Europe's most successful nation in the FIFA World Cup with four victories, in 1934, 1938, 1982 and 2006, Italy have been crowned champions of Europe on just one occasion.

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Published: Sunday 5 January 2014, 1.26CET

Italy team profile

Europe's most successful nation in the FIFA World Cup with four victories, in 1934, 1938, 1982 and 2006, Italy have been crowned champions of Europe on just one occasion.

Best result: winners 1968
Coach: Cesare Prandelli
Leading scorers: all-time – Luigi Riva (35); current – Alberto Gilardino (19)
Most appearances: all-time – Gianluigi Buffon (138); current – Gianluigi Buffon (138)
Association formed:
1898
Nickname: Azzurri (Blues)
Where they play: Various

Europe's most successful nation in the FIFA World Cup with four victories, in 1934, 1938, 1982 and 2006, Italy have been crowned champions of Europe on just one occasion, back in 1968 when they lifted the Henri Delaunay Cup after a replayed final against Yugoslavia in Rome. They have experienced mixed fortunes in the competition since then, failing to qualify in 1984 and 1992 but reaching the final in both 2000 and 2012. The Azzurri won their 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying group with room to spare, remaining undefeated in their ten matches to secure their place at the finals for the 15th time in a row.

EURO pedigree
Matches played
Overall: P131 W70 D42 L19 F204 A90
Final tournament:
P33 W13 D15 L5 F33 A25
Qualifying: P98 W57 D27 L14 F171 A65

Italy's sole UEFA European Championship success came in Rome in 1968 when, under coach Ferruccio Valcareggi and with Dino Zoff in goal, Yugoslavia were beaten 2-0 in a final replay two days after a 1-1 draw. The Azzurri came close to adding a second European title in 2000, Sylvain Wiltord's last-gasp equaliser for France denying them before David Trezeguet ended their dreams with an extra-time golden goal.

There was more heartbreak in 2012, but a 4-0 loss to Spain was hardly close – indeed, that marks the most one-sided EURO final to date. Semi-finalists in 1980 and 1988, Italy have reached every tournament since 1992, when they were edged out by the Commonwealth of Independent States in qualifying.

Memorable EURO matches
28/06/2012: Germany 1-2 Italy, UEFA EURO 2012 semi-finals
Two Balotelli goals and a fine overall display helped Italy eliminate their fancied opponents.

29/06/2000: Netherlands 0-0 Italy (1-3 on pens), UEFA EURO 2000 semi-finals
Down to ten men, Zoff's side overcame a side that twice failed from the spot in regulation time.

10/06/1968: Italy 2-0 Yugoslavia, 1968 UEFA European Championship final
Goals from Luigi Riva and Pietro Anastasi sealed Italy's only EURO title to date.

Did you know?
Italy hosted the first eight-team final tournament in 1980 but had to settle for fourth place after losing a third-place play-off on penalties to Czechoslovakia.

*Last updated on 07/01/14

Last updated: 09/06/15 2.24CET

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Match log

HomeAway
The home team is listed first.Last updated: 21/08/2015 12:06 CET
4 September 2014 - Friendlies 2014-16
Italy2-0Netherlands
Referee: not available
06/10/2015 19:01:09
9 September 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
Norway0-2Italy
Referee: Milorad Mažić (SRB) Stadium: Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo (NOR)
07/11/2015 08:26:40
10 October 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
Italy2-1Azerbaijan
Referee: Hüseyin Göçek (TUR) Stadium: Renzo Barbera, Palermo (ITA)
08/21/2015 10:36:20
13 October 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
Malta0-1Italy
Referee: Ovidiu Haţegan (ROU) Stadium: National Stadium, Ta' Qali (MLT)
07/11/2015 08:27:25
16 November 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
Italy1-1Croatia
Referee: Björn Kuipers (NED) Stadium: Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milan (ITA)
07/11/2015 08:28:06
18 November 2014 - Friendlies 2014-16
Italy1-0Albania
Referee: not available – Stadium: Stadio Luigi Ferraris, Genoa (ITA)
06/10/2015 18:25:18
Bulgaria2-2Italy
Referee: Damir Skomina (SVN) Stadium: Natsionalen Stadion Vasil Levski, Sofia (BUL)
08/21/2015 11:06:30
31 March 2015 - Friendlies 2014-16
Italy1-1England
Referee: not available
06/10/2015 15:00:55
Croatia1-1Italy
Referee: Martin Atkinson (ENG) Stadium: Stadion Poljud, Split (CRO)
07/11/2015 08:28:39
16 June 2015 - Friendlies 2014-16
Italy0-1Portugal
Referee: not available
06/17/2015 13:28:44
3 September 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
ItalyMalta
Referee: TBD Stadium: Stadio Artemio Franchi, Florence (ITA)
08/24/2015 14:27:20
6 September 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
ItalyBulgaria
Referee: TBD Stadium: Renzo Barbera, Palermo (ITA)
08/25/2015 10:33:28
10 October 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
AzerbaijanItaly
Referee: TBD Stadium: Bakı Olimpiya Stadionu, Baku (AZE)
08/18/2015 16:23:59
13 October 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
ItalyNorway
Referee: TBD Stadium: Stadio Olimpico, Rome (ITA)
08/18/2015 13:59:31
IsraelItaly
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 13:42:16
ItalySpain
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 16:57:03
FYR MacedoniaItaly
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 15:37:47
LiechtensteinItaly
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 16:16:03
ItalyAlbania
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 14:17:47
ItalyLiechtenstein
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 18:19:18
SpainItaly
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 20:40:03
ItalyIsrael
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 21:27:48
ItalyFYR Macedonia
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 14:17:47
AlbaniaItaly
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 20:27:48

General info

  • Founded : 1898
  • Currently playing : European Championship 2014/2016, Friendly matches 2014/2016

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