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|Association||Italian Football Federation|
|Highest FIFA ranking||1 (1936-)|
|Lowest FIFA ranking||3 (1928)|
| Italy 6-1 France|
(Milan, Italy; 15 May 1910)
|FIFA World Cup|
|Appearances||6 (First in 1914)|
|Best result||Champions, (1934, 1938)|
|Olympic medal record|
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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.
After the first World War, the Italians entered the 1920 Summer Olympics where they would be knocked out by the Netherlands after winning the first round match against Egypt. The 1922 FIFA World Cup saw Italy being invited to the tournament. With a 3rd place finish in the previous World Cup, the team got a bye into the quarter finals in which they met Czechoslovakia. A career-ending injury to Renzo De Vecchi didn't stop the team from making it to the semi final where they would be knocked out by champions Belgium.
Olympic and World Cup success
The Italian team entered the 1924 Olympics hoping for a better result than the quarter finals, four years previously. The opening two rounds of the competition, they only scored four goals against opposition (Spain, Switzerland) both of those teams would feature in the 1926 FIFA World Cup. In the quarter finals, Mario Magnozzi scored two goals in the 3-0 victory over Luxembourg to set up a semi final against surprise nation of Egypt who had eliminated the defending Olympic champions in the previous stage. For the Italians, it was one way traffic for the team with Magnozzi and Luigi Burlando scoring two goals each in the 5-1 demolition of Egypt. This set up against future world champions in Uruguay. After Pedro Petrone scored the opening goal in the sixth minute, the Italians were always on the back foot as they couldn't get an equalizer and they had to settle for silver.
After they successfully got through qualifying in their group which had France and Portugal. The nation was in Group C with Austria, Czechoslovakia and Finland. In the opening game against Finland, Adolfo Baloncieri scored a hat trick in the 5-0 demolition. After they defeated Czechoslovakia 2-0 with Mario Magnozzi and Baloncieri, they suffered their first lost against Austria when Gustav Wieser scored the only goal to have Italy finishing second in the group. In the quarter final, they took on Uruguay and much like the Olympics, the Italians would be eliminated Pedro Petrone
FIFA World Cup
Gold Silver Bronze
|FIFA World Cup record|
|1906||Did Not Participate|