France–Italy football rivalry
France–Italy match on 20 February 1921.
|First meeting||Italy 6–2 France
(15 May 1910)
|Latest meeting||France 2–1 Italy
(14 November 2012)
|Next meeting||Italy – France
(1 September 2016)
|Most wins||Italy (18)
|Largest victory||Italy 7–0 France
(22 March 1925)
|Largest goal scoring||Italy 9–4 France
(18 January 1920)
The France–Italy football rivalry between the national teams of France and Italy are longtime rivals, as the two countries are neighbours and football is Italy's national sport. In recent times this rivalry has been more diffused, as many top French players made their names while playing for Serie A clubs, notably Lilian Thuram (Parma & Juventus), David Trezeguet (Juventus), Marcel Desailly (Milan) and Zinedine Zidane (Juventus) to name a few.
For many years Italy dominated (before 1982: 17 wins, 3 losses and 6 draws), while from 1982 the French team had not lost a single game against Italy (with 5 wins and 4 draws) until the 2006 World Cup final, which Italy won on penalties.
Several other games remain in the memory of football fans and have put their mark on the World Cup and of the European Football Championship. Among them, the 2006 World Cup Final, when the Italians defeated the French 5–3 in the penalty shoot-out, after an 1–1 draw, and the 2000 European Championship, won by France with an extra-time golden goal by David Trezeguet.
- 1 List of matches
- 2 Comparison of France's and Italy's positions in major international tournaments
- 3 Major tournaments
- 4 Statistics
- 5 See also
- 6 References
List of matches
|01||15 May 1910||Milan||Friendly||Italy – France||6–2
|02||9 April 1911||Saint-Ouen / Paris||Friendly||France – Italy||2–2|
|03||17 March 1912||Turin||Friendly||Italy – France||3–4|
|04||12 January 1913||Saint-Ouen / Paris||Friendly||France – Italy||1–0|
|05||29 March 1914||Turin||Friendly||Italy – France||2–0|
|06||18 January 1920||Milan||Friendly||Italy – France||9–4|
|07||29 August 1920||Antwerp||1920 Summer Olympics||France – Italy||3–1|
|08||20 February 1921||Marseille||Friendly||France – Italy||1–2|
|09||22 March 1925||Turin||Friendly||Italy – France||7–0|
|10||24 April 1927||Colombes / Paris||Friendly||France – Italy||3–3|
|11||29 May 1928||Amsterdam||1928 Summer Olympics||France – Italy||3–4|
|12||25 January 1931||Bologna||Friendly||Italy – France||5–0|
|13||10 April 1932||Colombes / Paris||Friendly||France – Italy||1–2|
|14||17 February 1935||Rome||Friendly||Italy – France||2–1|
|15||5 December 1937||Paris||Friendly||France – Italy||0–0|
|16||12 June 1938||Colombes / Paris||1938 World Cup||France – Italy||1–3
|17||4 December 1938||Naples||Friendly||Italy – France||1–0|
|18||4 April 1948||Colombes / Paris||Friendly||France – Italy||1–3|
|19||3 June 1951||Genoa||Friendly||Italy – France||4–1|
|20||11 April 1954||Colombes / Paris||Friendly||France – Italy||1–3|
|21||5 May 1956||Bologna||Friendly||Italy – France||2–0|
|22||9 November 1958||Colombes / Paris||Friendly||France – Italy||2–2|
|23||5 May 1962||Florence||Friendly||Italy – France||2–1|
|24||19 March 1966||Paris||Friendly||France – Italy||0–0|
|25||8 February 1978||Naples||Friendly||Italy – France||2–2|
|26||2 June 1978||Mar del Plata||1978 World Cup||Italy – France||2–1|
|27||23 February 1982||Paris||Friendly||France – Italy||2–0|
|28||17 June 1986||Mexico City||1986 World Cup||France – Italy||2–0|
|29||16 February 1994||Naples||Friendly||Italy – France||0–1|
|30||11 June 1997||Paris||Friendly||France – Italy||2–2|
|31||3 July 1998||Saint Denis||1998 World Cup||France – Italy||0–0
|32||2 July 2000||Rotterdam||Euro 2000 Final||France – Italy||2–1
|33||9 July 2006||Berlin||2006 World Cup Final||Italy – France||1–1
|34||6 September 2006||Paris||2008 Euro qualifier||France – Italy||3–1|
|35||8 September 2007||Milan||2008 Euro qualifier||Italy – France||0–0|
|36||17 June 2008||Zürich||Euro 2008||France – Italy||0–2|
|37||14 November 2012||Parma||Friendly||Italy – France||1–2|
|38||1 September 2016||TBD||Friendly||Italy – France|
- (a) Italy wins the 2006 FIFA World Cup after penalty shoot-out (5–3)
- (b) France wins the 2000 European Championship after a Golden goal in extra time by David Trezeguet
- (c) France wins the quarter-final after penalty shoot-out (4–3) and later wins the 1998 World Cup
- (d) Italy wins the quarter-final and later wins the 1938 FIFA World Cup
- (e) First international match ever for Italy
Comparison of France's and Italy's positions in major international tournaments
|1930 World Cup||7th||DNP|
|1934 World Cup||9th||1st|
|1938 World Cup||6th||1st||In the quarter finals, Italy defeated France 3–1.|
|1950 World Cup||DNP||7th|
|1954 World Cup||11th||10th|
|1958 World Cup||3rd||FTQ|
|1962 World Cup||FTQ||9th|
|1966 World Cup||13th||9th|
|1970 World Cup||FTQ||2nd|
|1974 World Cup||FTQ||10th|
|1978 World Cup||12th||4th||France and Italy were placed in the same first round group. Italy defeated France 2–1, in the match between the two teams, as France did not progress out of the group.|
|1982 World Cup||4th||1st|
|1986 World Cup||3rd||12th||In the round of 16, France defeated Italy 2–0.|
|1990 World Cup||FTQ||3rd|
|1994 World Cup||FTQ||2nd|
|1998 World Cup||1st||5th||In the quarter finals, France defeated Italy 4–3 on penalties after extra time.|
|Euro 2000||1st||2nd||In the final, France defeated Italy 2–1 with a golden goal in extra time.|
|2002 World Cup||28th||15th|
|2006 World Cup||2nd||1st||In the final, Italy defeated France 5–3 on penalties.|
|Euro 2008||15th||8th||France and Italy were placed in the same first round group. Italy defeated France 2–0, in the match between the two teams, as France would not progress out of the group.|
|2010 World Cup||29th||26th||Both defending finalists were eliminated in the group stage, the first time this occurred.|
|2014 World Cup||7th||22nd|
Denotes which team finished better in that particular competition
FTQ – Failed to qualify
DNP – Did not participate
1938 World Cup
On 12 June, France and Italy were matched up in the quarter final of the 1938 FIFA World Cup, which ended 3–1 in favour of Italy with goals by Gino Colaussi in the 9th minute and two goals by Silvio Piola in the 51st and 72nd minute, with France's only goal coming from Oscar Heisserer in the 10th minute, as France were eliminated. Italy went on to win their second World Cup title in succession.
1978 World Cup
On 2 June, Italy and France met in the first group stage match of the 1978 FIFA World Cup, which ended 2–1 for Italy after goals by Paolo Rossi in the 29th minute and Renato Zaccarelli in the 54th minute, although France scored first in the 1st minute of play with a goal by Bernard Lacombe. Italy later made it out of the group, however France did not.
1986 World Cup
On 17 June, Italy and France met in the round of 16 of the 1986 FIFA World Cup, which ended with France eliminating Italy from the tournament 2–0 with goals by Michel Platini in the 15th minute and Yannick Stopyra in the 57th minute.
1998 World Cup
On 3 July, Italy and France were matched up for a quarter-final of the 1998 FIFA World Cup, which ended in a goalless draw after 120 minutes. In the shoot-out, France won 4–3 to advance and went on to with the 1998 World Cup 3–0 over Brazil.
- 1:0 Zinedine Zidane (France) - Scored
- 1:1 Roberto Baggio (Italy) - Scored
- 1:1 Bixente Lizarazu (France) - Missed
- 1:1 Demetrio Albertini (Italy) - Missed
- 2:1 David Trezeguet (France) - Scored
- 2:2 Alessandro Costacurta (Italy) - Scored
- 3:2 Thierry Henry (France) - Scored
- 3:3 Christian Vieri (Italy) - Scored
- 4:3 Laurent Blanc (France) - Scored
- 4:3 Luigi Di Biagio (Italy) - Missed
On 2 July, Marco Delvecchio gave Italy the lead in the 55th minute and they held on until the final minute of injury time, when Sylvain Wiltord crashed a low drive past Italian keeper Francesco Toldo to take the game into extra time. France won the game just before half-time in extra-time when Robert Pirès cut the ball back for David Trezeguet to blast the golden goal into the top left corner of the net to win the tournament 2–1 for France.
2006 World Cup
On 9 July, France and Italy faced off in the final. Zinedine Zidane opened the scoring by converting a controversial 7th minute penalty kick, conceded by Marco Materazzi, which glanced off the underside of the crossbar and into the goal. Materazzi then levelled the scores in the 19th minute, a header from six yards following an Andrea Pirlo corner from the right. Both teams had chances to score the winning goal in normal time: Luca Toni hit the crossbar in the 35th minute for Italy, later having a header disallowed for offside, while France were not granted a possible second penalty in the 53rd minute when Florent Malouda went down in the box after a cover tackle from Gianluca Zambrotta. France appeared to be the side with better chances to win because of the higher number of shots on goal. They were unable to capitalise, however, and the score remained at one goal each.
At the end of the regulation time, the score was still level at 1–1, and the match was forced into extra time. Italian keeper Gianluigi Buffon made a potentially game-saving save in extra time when he tipped a Zidane header over the crossbar.
Almost five minutes into the second half of extra time, Zidane and Materazzi were jogging up the pitch close to each other, they briefly exchanged words after Materazzi was seen tugging at Zidane's jersey before Zidane began to walk away from him. Moments later, Zidane suddenly stopped, turned around and head-butted Materazzi's chest, knocking him to the ground. Although play was halted, referee Horacio Elizondo did not appear to have seen the confrontation. According to match officials' reports, fourth official Luis Medina Cantalejo informed Elizondo of the incident through his headset. After consulting his assistants, Elizondo issued Zidane a red card in the 110th minute.
Despite Italy being one man up for the last ten minutes of extra time, no team managed to score and remained 1–1, as the match went to penalty shoot-out.
The French David Trezeguet was the only player to miss his penalty kick as it hit the crossbar and the ball did not cross the goal line, while Fabio Grosso scored the winner for Italy as the Italians won the shoot-out 5–3.
- 1:0 Andrea Pirlo (Italy) - Scored
- 1:1 Sylvain Wiltord (France) - Scored
- 2:1 Marco Materazzi (Italy) - Scored
- 2:1 David Trezeguet (France) - Missed
- 3:1 Daniele De Rossi (Italy) - Scored
- 3:2 Éric Abidal (France) - Scored
- 4:2 Alessandro Del Piero (Italy) - Scored
- 4:3 Willy Sagnol (France) - Scored
- 5:3 Fabio Grosso (Italy) - Scored
Italy and France met in the final group stage match of UEFA Euro 2008 on 17 June. Both sides needed a win to progress to the next round. Italian goals by Andrea Pirlo from the penalty spot in the 25th minute and Daniele De Rossi in the 62nd minute gave Italy a 2–0 win over France, which allowed them to progress to the quarter final, while France was eliminated.
Draws include penalty shoot-outs
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