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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: 10/02/14 15.58CET

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Match log

HomeAway
The home team is listed first.Last updated: 25/06/2014 01:06 CET
15 August 2012 - Friendlies 2012-14
England2-1Italy
Referee: Sascha Kever (SUI)
08/18/2014 15:53:18
Bulgaria2-2Italy
Referee: Martin Atkinson (ENG) – Stadium: Natsionalen Stadion Vasil Levski, Sofia (BUL)
04/18/2013 14:23:48
11 September 2012 - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group B)
Italy2-0Malta
Referee: Antti Munukka (FIN) – Stadium: Alberto Braglia, Modena (ITA)
04/18/2013 14:23:48
Armenia1-3Italy
Referee: Marijo Strahonja (CRO) – Stadium: Hrazdan Central Stadium, Yerevan (ARM)
04/18/2013 12:23:33
Italy3-1Denmark
Referee: Damir Skomina (SVN) – Stadium: Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milan (ITA)
04/18/2013 14:23:03
14 November 2012 - Friendlies 2012-14
Italy1-2France
Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP)
08/18/2014 15:54:02
6 February 2013 - Friendlies 2012-14
Netherlands1-1Italy
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR) – Stadium: Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam (NED)
08/18/2014 15:50:17
21 March 2013 - Friendlies 2012-14
Italy2-2Brazil
Referee: not available – Stadium: Stade de Genève, Geneva (SUI)
08/18/2014 15:50:39
Malta0-2Italy
Referee: Serdar Gözübüyük (NED) – Stadium: Ta' Qali National Stadium, Ta' Qali (MLT)
05/28/2013 11:07:35
31 May 2013 - Friendlies 2012-14
Italy4-0San Marino
Referee: Marco Borg (MLT) – Stadium: Renato Dall'Ara, Bologna (ITA)
08/18/2014 15:50:57
Czech Republic0-0Italy
Referee: Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR) – Stadium: Stadion Letná, Prague (CZE)
06/07/2013 21:37:24
11 June 2013 - Friendlies 2012-14
Haiti2-2Italy
Referee: not available
08/18/2014 15:51:26
14 August 2013 - Friendlies 2012-14
Italy1-2Argentina
Referee: not available – Stadium: Stadio Olimpico, Rome (ITA)
08/18/2014 15:51:36
Italy1-0Bulgaria
Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP) – Stadium: Renzo Barbera, Palermo (ITA)
09/11/2013 07:03:51
10 September 2013 - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group B)
Italy2-1Czech Republic
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (SWE) – Stadium: Juventus Stadium, Turin (ITA)
09/11/2013 07:10:01
Denmark2-2Italy
Referee: Stéphane Lannoy (FRA) – Stadium: Parken, Copenhagen (DEN)
12/16/2013 12:35:54
Italy2-2Armenia
Referee: Michael Oliver (ENG) – Stadium: Stadio San Paolo, Naples (ITA)
12/16/2013 12:36:23
15 November 2013 - Friendlies 2012-14
Italy1-1Germany
Referee: not available – Stadium: Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milan (ITA)
08/18/2014 15:52:07
18 November 2013 - Friendlies 2012-14
Italy2-2Nigeria
Referee: not available – Stadium: Craven Cottage, London (ENG)
08/18/2014 15:49:03
5 March 2014 - Friendlies 2012-14
Spain1-0Italy
Referee: not available – Stadium: Estadio Vicente Calderón, Madrid (ESP)
08/18/2014 15:50:18
31 May 2014 - Friendlies 2012-14
Italy0-0Republic of Ireland
Referee: not available – Stadium: Craven Cottage, London (ENG)
08/18/2014 15:51:47
4 June 2014 - Friendlies 2012-14
Italy1-1Luxembourg
Referee: not available – Stadium: Renato Curi, Perugia (ITA)
08/18/2014 15:52:17
England1-2Italy
Referee: Björn Kuipers (NED) – Stadium: Arena Amazonia, Manaus (BRA)
06/17/2014 08:18:33
Italy0-1Costa Rica
Referee: Enrique Osses (CHI) – Stadium: Arena Pernambuco, Recife (BRA)
06/20/2014 18:55:33
Italy0-1Uruguay
Referee: Marco Rodriguez (MEX) – Stadium: Estadio das Dunas, Natal (BRA)
9 September 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
NorwayItaly
Referee: TBD – Stadium: Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo (NOR)
09/02/2014 20:48:06
10 October 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
ItalyAzerbaijan
Referee: TBD – Stadium: Renzo Barbera, Palermo (ITA)
08/25/2014 15:28:00
13 October 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
MaltaItaly
Referee: TBD – Stadium: Ta' Qali National Stadium, Ta' Qali (MLT)
08/07/2014 11:41:20
16 November 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
ItalyCroatia
Referee: TBD
08/07/2014 11:40:39
BulgariaItaly
Referee: TBD
08/07/2014 11:38:54
CroatiaItaly
Referee: TBD
08/07/2014 11:39:29
3 September 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
ItalyMalta
Referee: TBD
08/07/2014 11:41:20
6 September 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
ItalyBulgaria
Referee: TBD
08/07/2014 11:39:20
10 October 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
AzerbaijanItaly
Referee: TBD
08/07/2014 11:37:34
13 October 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
ItalyNorway
Referee: TBD
08/07/2014 11:37:21

General info

  • Founded : 1898
  • Currently playing : European Championship , World Cup 2012/2014, Friendly matches 2012/2014

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