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The Italy national football team is the association football team that represents the country of Italy in international competition and is controlled by the Italian Football Federation which is the governing body in Italy.
The nation first match was against France on the 15th May 1910 in Milan. The first goal that was ever scored was Pietro Lana as they defeated the French 6-1. Despite the turmoil of Pro Vercelli who were the best team in the league, Marcello Bertinetti got into the squad and would play six matches for the national team. Two years later and Italy competed in their first international tournament with the 1912 Summer Olympics football tournament in Stockholm as they got eliminated in the quarter-finals after they lose to Switzerland by a score of 5-0.
Italy sent a team to the 1914 FIFA World Cup as they were considered to be the underdogs as they were one of two teams who were on debut (the other being Chile). In what some would say as the toughest group of the four, they finished on top of the group after defeating Ireland and France before drawing with Argentina to qualify through to knock-out stage of the competition. From there they would take out Switzerland in what was a close game before coming in 3rd after losing the semi-final to Denmark 3-2.