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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: Antonio Conte
Leading scorers: all-time – Luigi Riva (35); current – Daniele De Rossi (17)
Most appearances: all-time – Gianluigi Buffon (154); current – Gianluigi Buffon (154)
Association formed:
1898
Nickname: Azzurri (Blues)
Where they play: Various

Italy: Top five qualifying goals

Europe's joint 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 UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying group with room to spare, remaining undefeated in their ten matches to secure their place at the finals for the sixth time in a row.

EURO pedigree
Matches played
Overall: P141 W77 D45 L19 F220 A97
Final tournament:
P33 W13 D15 L5 F33 A25
Qualifying: P108 W64 D30 L14 F186 A72

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 18/11/15

Last updated: 03/12/15 13.42CET

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Match log

HomeAway
The home team is listed first.Last updated: 27/07/2016 16:09 CET
4 September 2014 04 Sep - Friendlies 2014-16
Italy2-0Netherlands
Referee: Sergei Karasev (RUS)
12/17/2015 16:19:24
9 September 2014 09 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
Norway0-2Italy
Referee: Milorad Mažić (SRB) Stadium: Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo (NOR)
04/06/2016 12:38:42
10 October 2014 10 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
Italy2-1Azerbaijan
Referee: Hüseyin Göçek (TUR) Stadium: Renzo Barbera, Palermo (ITA)
05/31/2016 10:40:06
13 October 2014 13 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
Malta0-1Italy
Referee: Ovidiu Haţegan (ROU) Stadium: National Stadium, Ta' Qali (MLT)
01/08/2016 08:06:15
16 November 2014 16 Nov - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
Italy1-1Croatia
Referee: Björn Kuipers (NED) Stadium: Stadio San Siro, Milan (ITA)
06/02/2016 16:41:55
18 November 2014 18 Nov - Friendlies 2014-16
Italy1-0Albania
Referee: Alexander Harkam (AUT) Stadium: Stadio Luigi Ferraris, Genoa (ITA)
12/17/2015 15:40:31
28 March 2015 28 Mar - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
Bulgaria2-2Italy
Referee: Damir Skomina (SVN) Stadium: Natsionalen Stadion Vasil Levski, Sofia (BUL)
08/25/2016 10:25:48
31 March 2015 31 Mar - Friendlies 2014-16
Italy1-1England
Referee: Felix Brych (GER)
12/17/2015 16:42:49
12 June 2015 12 Jun - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
Croatia1-1Italy
Referee: Martin Atkinson (ENG) Stadium: Stadion Poljud, Split (CRO)
07/27/2016 15:10:10
16 June 2015 16 Jun - Friendlies 2014-16
Italy0-1Portugal
Referee: not available
03/22/2016 01:43:39
3 September 2015 03 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
Italy1-0Malta
Referee: Ivan Kružliak (SVK) Stadium: Stadio Artemio Franchi, Florence (ITA)
05/31/2016 10:37:55
6 September 2015 06 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
Italy1-0Bulgaria
Referee: Sergei Karasev (RUS) Stadium: Renzo Barbera, Palermo (ITA)
07/13/2016 18:11:20
10 October 2015 10 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
Azerbaijan1-3Italy
Referee: William Collum (SCO) Stadium: Bakı Olimpiya Stadionu, Baku (AZE)
05/06/2016 10:14:51
13 October 2015 13 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
Italy2-1Norway
Referee: Felix Brych (GER) Stadium: Stadio Olimpico, Rome (ITA)
05/31/2016 10:39:17
13 November 2015 13 Nov - Friendlies 2014-16
Belgium3-1Italy
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (POL)
06/30/2016 12:11:39
17 November 2015 17 Nov - Friendlies 2014-16
Italy2-2Romania
Referee: Adrien Jaccottet (SUI)
12/29/2015 10:01:12
24 March 2016 24 Mar - Friendlies 2014-16
Italy1-1Spain
Referee: Deniz Aytekin (GER) Stadium: Stadio Friuli, Udine (ITA)
06/04/2016 08:27:06
29 March 2016 29 Mar - Friendlies 2014-16
Germany4-1Italy
Referee: Oliver Drachta (AUT) Stadium: Fußball Arena München, Munich (GER)
06/02/2016 21:41:16
29 May 2016 29 May - Friendlies 2014-16
Italy1-0Scotland
Referee: Alan Mario Sant (MLT) Stadium: National Stadium, Ta' Qali (MLT)
06/02/2016 21:40:12
6 June 2016 06 Jun - Friendlies 2014-16
Italy2-0Finland
Referee: Bas Nijhuis (NED) Stadium: Stadio Friuli, Udine (ITA)
06/07/2016 18:15:13
Belgium0-2Italy
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (ENG) Stadium: Stade de Lyon, Décines (FRA)
08/25/2016 10:41:22
Italy1-0Sweden
Referee: Viktor Kassai (HUN) Stadium: Stadium de Toulouse, Toulouse (FRA)
06/28/2016 12:00:24
Italy0-1Republic of Ireland
Referee: Ovidiu Haţegan (ROU) Stadium: Stade Pierre Mauroy, Villeneuve d'Ascq (FRA)
08/03/2016 17:21:16
27 June 2016 27 Jun - UEFA EURO, Round of 16
Italy2-0Spain
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR) Stadium: Stade de France, Saint-Denis (FRA)
06/29/2016 10:08:11
2 July 2016 02 Jul - UEFA EURO, Quarter-finals
Germany1-1Italy
Germany win 6-5 on penalties (6-5p)
Referee: Viktor Kassai (HUN) Stadium: Stade de Bordeaux, Bordeaux (FRA)
07/06/2016 09:45:25
5 September 2016 05 Sep - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group G)
IsraelItaly
Referee: TBD Stadium: Sammy Ofer Stadium, Haifa (ISR)
08/25/2016 12:20:17
6 October 2016 06 Oct - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group G)
ItalySpain
Referee: TBD Stadium: Juventus Stadium, Turin (ITA)
08/11/2016 14:21:51
9 October 2016 09 Oct - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group G)
FYR MacedoniaItaly
Referee: TBD Stadium: Nacionalna Arena Filip II Makedonski, Skopje (MKD)
08/12/2016 13:13:02
12 November 2016 12 Nov - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group G)
LiechtensteinItaly
Referee: TBD Stadium: Rheinpark Stadion, Vaduz (LIE)
07/15/2016 01:45:16
24 March 2017 24 Mar - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group G)
ItalyAlbania
Referee: TBD
07/15/2016 01:37:57
11 June 2017 11 Jun - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group G)
ItalyLiechtenstein
Referee: TBD
07/15/2016 01:44:16
2 September 2017 02 Sep - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group G)
SpainItaly
Referee: TBD
07/15/2016 01:28:13
5 September 2017 05 Sep - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group G)
ItalyIsrael
Referee: TBD
07/15/2016 01:38:25
6 October 2017 06 Oct - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group G)
ItalyFYR Macedonia
Referee: TBD
07/15/2016 01:43:41
9 October 2017 09 Oct - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group G)
AlbaniaItaly
Referee: TBD
07/14/2016 23:52:14

General info

  • Founded : 1898
  • Currently playing : Friendly matches 2014/2016, European Championship 2014/2016, World Cup 2016/2018

Trophy cabinet

Team record in UEFA competitions

  • Biggest win:
    02/12/1962, Italy 6-0 Turkey, Bologna
  • Biggest defeat:
    01/07/2012, Spain 4-0 Italy, Kyiv
  • Appearances in UEFA European Football Championship: 14
  • Player with most appearances: 57
    Gianluigi Buffon (ITA)
  • Top scorers: 14
    Filippo Inzaghi (ITA)
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