Italy at the FIFA World Cup

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This is a record of Italy's results at the FIFA World Cup. The World Cup is an international association football competition contested by the men's national teams of the members of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the sport's global governing body. The championship has been awarded every four years since the first tournament in 1930, except in 1942 and 1946, due to World War II.

The tournament consists of two parts, the qualification phase and the final phase (officially called the World Cup Finals). The qualification phase, which currently take place over the three years preceding the Finals, is used to determine which teams qualify for the Finals. The current format of the Finals involves 32 teams competing for the title, at venues within the host nation (or nations) over a period of about a month. The World Cup Finals is the most widely viewed sporting event in the world, with an estimated 715.1 million people watching the 2006 tournament final.[1]

Italy is one of the most successful national teams in the history of the World Cup, having won four titles (1934, 1938, 1982, 2006), just one fewer than Brazil. The team was present in 18 out of the 21 tournaments, reaching six finals, a third place and a fourth place.

FIFA World Cup record[edit]

     Champions       Runners-up       Third Place       Fourth Place  

FIFA World Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Did Not Enter
Italy 1934 Champions 1st 5 4 1 0 12 3
France 1938 Champions 1st 4 4 0 0 11 5
Brazil 1950 Group Stage 7th 2 1 0 1 4 3
Switzerland 1954 10th 3 1 0 2 6 7
Sweden 1958 Did Not Qualify
Chile 1962 Group Stage 9th 3 1 1 1 3 2
England 1966 9th 3 1 0 2 2 2
Mexico 1970 Runners-up 2nd 6 3 2 1 10 8
West Germany 1974 Group Stage 10th 3 1 1 1 5 4
Argentina 1978 Fourth Place 4th 7 4 1 2 9 6
Spain 1982 Champions 1st 7 4 3 0 12 6
Mexico 1986 Round of 16 12th 4 1 2 1 5 6
Italy 1990 Third Place 3rd 7 6 1 0 10 2
United States 1994 Runners-up 2nd 7 4 2 1 8 5
France 1998 Quarter Final 5th 5 3 2 0 8 3
South Korea Japan 2002 Round of 16 15th 4 1 1 2 5 5
Germany 2006 Champions 1st 7 5 2 0 12 2
South Africa 2010 Group Stage 26th 3 0 2 1 4 5
Brazil 2014 22nd 3 1 0 2 2 3
Russia 2018 Did Not Qualify
Qatar 2022 TBD
CanadaMexicoUnited States 2026 TBD
Total 4 Titles 18/21 83 45 21 17 128 77
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks

Winning World Cups[edit]

Year Manager Captain Winning Goal Scorer(s)
1934 Vittorio Pozzo Gianpiero Combi Raimundo Orsi, Angelo Schiavio
1938 Vittorio Pozzo Giuseppe Meazza Gino Colaussi (2), Silvio Piola (2)
1982 Enzo Bearzot Dino Zoff Paolo Rossi, Marco Tardelli, Alessandro Altobelli
2006 Marcello Lippi Fabio Cannavaro Marco Materazzi, Fabio Grosso (decisive penalty)

By Match[edit]

Italy's score listed first

World Cup Round Opponent Score Venue Scorers
1934 Round of 16  United States 7–1 Rome Schiavio (3), Orsi (2), Ferrari, Meazza
Quarter-finals  Spain 1–1 (a.e.t.) Florence Ferrari
 Spain 1–0 Florence Meazza
Semi-finals  Austria 1–0 Milan Guaita
Final  Czechoslovakia 2–1 (a.e.t.) Rome Orsi, Schiavio
1938 Round of 16  Norway 2–1 (a.e.t.) Marseille Ferraris, Piola
Quarter-finals  France 3–1 Paris Piola (2), Colaussi
Semi-finals  Brazil 2–1 Marseille Colaussi, Meazza
Final  Hungary 4–2 Paris Colaussi (2), Piola (2)
1950 Group stage  Sweden 2–3 São Paulo Carapellese, Muccinelli
 Paraguay 2–0 São Paulo Carapellese, Pandolfini
1954 Group stage   Switzerland 1–2 Lausanne Boniperti
 Belgium 4–1 Lugano Pandolfini, Galli, Frignani, Lorenzi
  Switzerland 1–4 Basel Nesti
1962 Group stage  West Germany 0–0 Santiago &
 Chile 0–2 Santiago &
  Switzerland 3–0 Santiago Bulgarelli (2), Mora
1966 Group stage  Chile 2–0 Sunderland A. Mazzola, Barison
 Soviet Union 0–1 Sunderland &
 North Korea 0–1 Middlesbrough &
1970 Group stage  Sweden 1–0 Toluca Domenghini
 Uruguay 0–0 Puebla &
 Israel 0–0 Toluca &
Quarter-finals  Mexico 4–1 Toluca Riva (2), Guzmán (o.g.), Rivera
Semi-finals  West Germany 4–3 (a.e.t.) Mexico City Boninsegna, Burgnich, Riva, Rivera
Final  Brazil 1–4 Mexico City Boninsegna
1974 Group stage  Haiti 3–1 Munich Rivera, Benetti, Anastasi
 Argentina 1–1 Stuttgart Perfumo (o.g.)
 Poland 1–2 Stuttgart Capello
1978 Group stage  France 2–1 Mar del Plata Rossi, Zaccarelli
 Hungary 3–1 Mar del Plata Rossi, Bettega, Benetti
 Argentina 1–0 Buenos Aires Bettega
Second round  West Germany 0–0 Buenos Aires &
 Austria 1–0 Buenos Aires Rossi
 Netherlands 1–2 Buenos Aires Brandts (o.g.)
Third place play-off  Brazil 1–2 Buenos Aires Causio
1982 Group stage  Poland 0–0 Vigo &
 Peru 1–1 Vigo Conti
 Cameroon 1–1 Vigo Graziani
Second round  Argentina 2–1 Barcelona Tardelli, Cabrini
 Brazil 3–2 Barcelona Rossi (3)
Semi-finals  Poland 2–0 Barcelona Rossi (2)
Final  West Germany 3–1 Madrid Rossi, Tardelli, Altobelli
1986 Group stage  Bulgaria 1–1 Mexico City Altobelli
 Argentina 1–1 Puebla Altobelli
 South Korea 3–2 Puebla Altobelli (2), Cho K. R. (o.g.)
Round of 16  France 0–2 Mexico City &
1990 Group stage  Austria 1–0 Rome Schillaci
 United States 1–0 Rome Giannini
 Czechoslovakia 2–0 Rome Schillaci, R. Baggio
Round of 16  Uruguay 2–0 Rome Schillaci, Serena
Quarter-finals  Republic of Ireland 1–0 Rome Schillaci
Semi-finals  Argentina 1–1 (a.e.t.)
(3–4 pen.)
Naples Schillaci
Third place play-off  England 2–1 Bari R. Baggio, Schillaci
1994 Group stage  Republic of Ireland 0–1 East Rutherford &
 Norway 1–0 East Rutherford D. Baggio
 Mexico 1–1 Washington, D.C. Massaro
Round of 16  Nigeria 2–1 (a.e.t.) Foxborough R. Baggio (2)
Quarter-finals  Spain 2–1 Foxborough D. Baggio, R. Baggio
Semi-finals  Bulgaria 2–1 East Rutherford R. Baggio (2)
Final  Brazil 0–0 (a.e.t.)
(2–3 pen.)
Pasadena &
1998 Group stage  Chile 2–2 Bordeaux Vieri, R. Baggio
 Cameroon 3–0 Montpellier Vieri (2), Di Biagio
 Austria 2–1 Saint-Denis Vieri, R. Baggio
Round of 16  Norway 1–0 Marseille Vieri
Quarter-finals  France 0–0 (a.e.t.)
(3–4 pen.)
Saint-Denis &
2002 Group stage  Ecuador 2–0 Sapporo Vieri (2)
 Croatia 1–2 Ibaraki Vieri
 Mexico 1–1 Ōita Del Piero
Round of 16  South Korea 1–2 (a.e.t.) Daejeon Vieri
2006 Group stage  Ghana 2–0 Hanover Pirlo, Iaquinta
 United States 1–1 Kaiserslautern Gilardino
 Czech Republic 2–0 Hamburg Materazzi, Inzaghi
Round of 16  Australia 1–0 Kaiserslautern Totti
Quarter-finals  Ukraine 3–0 Hamburg Toni (2), Zambrotta
Semi-finals  Germany 2–0 (a.e.t.) Dortmund Grosso, Del Piero
Final  France 1–1 (a.e.t.)
(5–3 pen.)
Berlin Materazzi
2010 Group stage  Paraguay 1–1 Cape Town De Rossi
 New Zealand 1–1 Nelspruit Iaquinta
 Slovakia 2–3 Johannesburg Di Natale, Quagliarella
2014 Group stage  England 2–1 Manaus Marchisio, Balotelli
 Costa Rica 0–1 Recife &
 Uruguay 0–1 Natal &

Record by Opponent[edit]

FIFA World Cup matches (by team)
Opponent Wins Draws Losses Total Goals Scored Goals Conceded
 Argentina 2 3 0 5 6 4
 Australia 1 0 0 1 1 0
 Austria 4 0 0 4 5 1
 Belgium 1 0 0 1 4 1
 Brazil 2 1 2 5 7 9
 Bulgaria 1 1 0 2 3 2
 Cameroon 1 1 0 2 4 1
 Chile 1 1 1 3 4 4
 Costa Rica 0 0 1 1 0 1
 Croatia 0 0 1 1 1 2
 Czech Republic 1 0 0 1 2 0
 Czechoslovakia 2 0 0 2 4 1
 Ecuador 1 0 0 1 2 0
 England 2 0 0 2 4 2
 France 2 2 1 5 6 5
 Germany 3 2 0 5 9 4
 Ghana 1 0 0 1 2 0
 Haiti 1 0 0 1 3 1
 Hungary 2 0 0 2 7 3
 Israel 0 1 0 1 0 0
 Mexico 1 2 0 3 6 3
 Netherlands 0 0 1 1 1 2
 New Zealand 0 1 0 1 1 1
 Nigeria 1 0 0 1 2 1
 North Korea 0 0 1 1 0 1
 Norway 3 0 0 3 4 1
 Paraguay 1 1 0 2 3 1
 Peru 0 1 0 1 1 1
 Poland 1 1 1 3 3 2
 Republic of Ireland 1 0 1 2 1 1
 Slovakia 0 0 1 1 2 3
 South Korea 1 0 1 2 4 4
 Soviet Union 0 0 1 1 0 1
 Spain 2 1 0 3 4 2
 Sweden 1 0 1 2 3 3
  Switzerland 1 0 2 3 5 6
 Ukraine 1 0 0 1 3 0
 United States 2 1 0 3 9 2
 Uruguay 1 1 1 3 2 1

World Cup Finals[edit]

1934 World Cup Final v Czechoslovakia[edit]

With temperatures around 40 °C (104 °F), Italy won their home tournament in 1934 after going into extra time against Czechoslovakia.

Italy 2–1 (a.e.t.) Czechoslovakia
Orsi Goal 81'
Schiavio Goal 95'
Report Puč Goal 71'
Attendance: 55,000
Referee: Ivan Eklind (Sweden)
GK Gianpiero Combi (c)
RB Eraldo Monzeglio
LB Luigi Allemandi
RH Attilio Ferraris
CH Luis Monti
LH Luigi Bertolini
OR Enrique Guaita
IR Giuseppe Meazza
IL Giovanni Ferrari
OL Raimundo Orsi
CF Angelo Schiavio
Manager:
Italy Vittorio Pozzo
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GK František Plánička (c)
RB Josef Čtyřoký
LB Ladislav Ženíšek
RH Rudolf Krčil
CH Štefan Čambal
LH Josef Košťálek
OR Antonín Puč
IR Oldřich Nejedlý
IL František Svoboda
OL František Junek
CF Jiří Sobotka
Manager:
Czechoslovakia Karel Petrů

1938 World Cup Final v Hungary[edit]

After a difficult route to the final, defeating hosts France in the quarter-finals and Brazil in the semis, Italy was the first team to win the World Cup title on foreign ground. Also, it was the first of only two times in World Cup history that a team successfully defended their title.

Italy 4–2 Hungary
Colaussi Goal 6'35'
Piola Goal 16'82'
Report Titkos Goal 8'
Sárosi Goal 70'
GK Aldo Olivieri
RB Alfredo Foni
LB Pietro Rava
RH Pietro Serantoni
LH Ugo Locatelli
CH Michele Andreolo
IR Giuseppe Meazza (c)
IL Giovanni Ferrari
OR Amedeo Biavati
CF Silvio Piola
OL Gino Colaussi
Manager:
Italy Vittorio Pozzo
ITA-HUN 1938-FIN-CM.svg
GK Antal Szabó
RB Sándor Bíró
LB Gyula Polgár
RH Gyula Lázár
LH Antal Szalay
CH György Szűcs
IR Gyula Zsengellér
IL Jenő Vincze
OR Pál Titkos
CF György Sárosi (c)
OL Ferenc Sas
Manager:
Hungary Alfréd Schaffer

1970 World Cup Final v Brazil[edit]

In 1970, the Brazilian team featured superstars like Pelé, Rivelino, Jairzinho and Carlos Alberto and were considered favourites for the title. Particularly in the second half, the Italians were outclassed by the Brazilians passing play.

Brazil 4–1 Italy
Pelé Goal 18'
Gérson Goal 66'
Jairzinho Goal 71'
Carlos Alberto Goal 86'
Report Boninsegna Goal 37'
Attendance: 107,412
GK 1 Félix
DF 4 Carlos Alberto (c)
DF 2 Brito
DF 3 Piazza
DF 16 Everaldo
MF 5 Clodoaldo
MF 8 Gérson
FW 7 Jairzinho
FW 9 Tostão
FW 10 Pelé
FW 11 Rivelino Yellow card
Manager:
Brazil Mário Zagallo
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GK 1 Enrico Albertosi
DF 2 Tarcisio Burgnich Yellow card
DF 5 Pierluigi Cera
DF 8 Roberto Rosato
DF 3 Giacinto Facchetti (c)
MF 10 Mario Bertini Substituted off 75'
MF 13 Angelo Domenghini
MF 16 Giancarlo De Sisti
FW 15 Sandro Mazzola
FW 11 Luigi Riva
FW 20 Roberto Boninsegna Substituted off 84'
Substitutions:
MF 18 Antonio Juliano Substituted in 75'
MF 14 Gianni Rivera Substituted in 84'
Manager:
Italy Ferruccio Valcareggi

1982 World Cup Final v West Germany[edit]

Italy played three draws in the first group stage in a worrisome start to the tournament, proceeding ahead of Cameroon only on number of goals scored. However, the Italians continued to defeat Brazil, Argentina and a strong Polish side over the course of the tournament and faced West Germany in the final in Madrid.

Antonio Cabrini missed a penalty in the goalless first half, but the dominant Italian side eventually built up a 3-0 lead and won by 3-1 in the end, securing their third World Cup trophy.

Italy 3–1 West Germany
Rossi Goal 57'
Tardelli Goal 69'
Altobelli Goal 81'
Report Breitner Goal 83'
GK 1 Dino Zoff (c)
SW 7 Gaetano Scirea
CB 6 Claudio Gentile
CB 5 Fulvio Collovati
RWB 3 Giuseppe Bergomi
LWB 4 Antonio Cabrini
DM 13 Gabriele Oriali Yellow card 73'
RM 16 Bruno Conti Yellow card 31'
CM 14 Marco Tardelli
LW 19 Francesco Graziani Substituted off 7'
CF 20 Paolo Rossi
Substitutions:
GK 12 Ivano Bordon
MF 10 Giuseppe Dossena
MF 11 Giampiero Marini
MF 15 Franco Causio Substituted in 89'
FW 18 Alessandro Altobelli Substituted in 7' Substituted off 89'
Manager:
ItalyEnzo Bearzot
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GK 1 Harald Schumacher
SW 15 Uli Stielike Yellow card 73'
RB 20 Manfred Kaltz
CB 4 Karlheinz Förster
LB 5 Bernd Förster
RM 6 Wolfgang Dremmler Yellow card 61' Substituted off 62'
CM 3 Paul Breitner
LM 2 Hans-Peter Briegel
RW 11 Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (c) Substituted off 70'
LW 7 Pierre Littbarski Yellow card 88'
CF 8 Klaus Fischer
Substitutions:
GK 21 Bernd Franke
DF 12 Wilfried Hannes
MF 10 Hansi Müller Substituted in 70'
MF 14 Felix Magath
FW 9 Horst Hrubesch Substituted in 62'
Manager:
West GermanyJupp Derwall

1994 World Cup Final v Brazil[edit]

The 1994 final was the first ever to be decided on penalties after goalless 120 minutes. Italian captain Franco Baresi missed the very first penalty, and Roberto Baggio the decisive last one.

Italy became the first team to lose two World Cup finals against the same opponent.

GK 1 Cláudio Taffarel
RB 2 Jorginho Substituted off 21'
CB 13 Aldair
CB 15 Marcio Santos
LB 6 Branco
CM 5 Mauro Silva
CM 8 Dunga (c)
AM 17 Mazinho Yellow card 4'
AM 9 Zinho Substituted off 106'
CF 11 Romário
CF 7 Bebeto
Substitutions:
DF 14 Cafu Yellow card 87' Substituted in 21'
FW 21 Viola Substituted in 106'
Manager:
Brazil Carlos Alberto Parreira
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GK 1 Gianluca Pagliuca
RB 8 Roberto Mussi Substituted off 35'
CB 6 Franco Baresi (c)
CB 5 Paolo Maldini
LB 3 Antonio Benarrivo
RM 14 Nicola Berti
CM 13 Dino Baggio Substituted off 95'
CM 11 Demetrio Albertini Yellow card 42'
LM 16 Roberto Donadoni
CF 10 Roberto Baggio
CF 19 Daniele Massaro
Substitutes:
DF 2 Luigi Apolloni Yellow card 41' Substituted in 35'
MF 17 Alberigo Evani Substituted in 95'
Manager:
Italy Arrigo Sacchi

2006 World Cup Final v France[edit]

Italian defender Marco Materazzi was involved in all three outstanding moments of the first 120 minutes: He conceded the penalty that was converted by Zinedine Zidane early in the game, equalised with a powerful header soon after, and provoked Zidane in a manner that lead to the French captain being sent off. He also scored in the penalty-shootout that was to follow.

It was only the second time a World Cup final was decided on penalties, again involving Italy after the 1994 final lost to Brazil.

GK 1 Gianluigi Buffon
RB 19 Gianluca Zambrotta Yellow card 5'
CB 5 Fabio Cannavaro (c)
CB 23 Marco Materazzi
LB 3 Fabio Grosso
RM 16 Mauro Camoranesi Substituted off 86'
CM 8 Gennaro Gattuso
CM 21 Andrea Pirlo
LM 20 Simone Perrotta Substituted off 61'
SS 10 Francesco Totti Substituted off 61'
CF 9 Luca Toni
Substitutions:
MF 4 Daniele De Rossi Substituted in 61'
FW 15 Vincenzo Iaquinta Substituted in 61'
FW 7 Alessandro Del Piero Substituted in 86'
Manager:
Italy Marcello Lippi
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GK 16 Fabien Barthez
RB 19 Willy Sagnol Yellow card 12'
CB 15 Lilian Thuram
CB 5 William Gallas
LB 3 Éric Abidal
CM 4 Patrick Vieira Substituted off 56'
CM 6 Claude Makélélé Yellow card 76'
RW 22 Franck Ribéry Substituted off 100'
AM 10 Zinedine Zidane (c) Red card 110'
LW 7 Florent Malouda Yellow card 111'
CF 12 Thierry Henry Substituted off 107'
Substitutions:
MF 18 Alou Diarra Substituted in 56'
FW 20 David Trezeguet Substituted in 100'
FW 11 Sylvain Wiltord Substituted in 107'
Manager:
France Raymond Domenech

Player appearances[edit]

Paolo Maldini is the player with the third-most matches at FIFA World Cups, trailing only behind the Germans Lothar Matthäus (25) and Miroslav Klose (24). This also makes him the player with the most World Cup matches who has never won the trophy.

Goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon is one of only three players who have been part of five FIFA World Cup squads.[3]

No. Name Matches World Cups
1 Paolo Maldini 23 1990, 1994, 1998 and 2002
2 Antonio Cabrini 18 1978, 1982 and 1986
Gaetano Scirea 18 1978, 1982 and 1986
Fabio Cannavaro 18 1998, 2002, 2006 and 2010
5 Dino Zoff 17 1974, 1978 and 1982
6 Giuseppe Bergomi 16 1982, 1986, 1990 and 1998
Roberto Baggio 16 1990, 1994 and 1998
8 Paolo Rossi 14 1978 and 1982
Gianluigi Buffon 14 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014
10 Claudio Gentile 13 1978 and 1982
Marco Tardelli 13 1978 and 1982
Gianluca Zambrotta 13 2002, 2006 and 2010

Top goalscorers[edit]

Two Italians were awarded the Golden Boot for best goalscorer at a FIFA World Cup: Paolo Rossi in 1982 and Salvatore Schillaci in 1990 with 6 goals each.[4]

No. Name Goals World Cups
1 Paolo Rossi 9 1978 (3) and 1982 (6)
Roberto Baggio 9 1990 (2), 1994 (5) and 1998 (2)
Christian Vieri 9 1998 (5) and 2002 (4)
4 Salvatore Schillaci 6 1990
5 Silvio Piola 5 1938
Alessandro Altobelli 5 1982 (1) and 1986 (4)
7 Angelo Schiavio 4 1934
Gino Colaussi 4 1938
9 Raimundo Orsi 3 1934
Giuseppe Meazza 3 1934 (2) and 1938 (1)
Luigi Riva 3 1970
Gianni Rivera 3 1970 (2) and 1974 (1)

Awards and Records[edit]

Team Awards[edit]

  • World Champions 1934
  • World Champions 1938
  • World Champions 1982
  • World Champions 2006
  • Second Place 1970
  • Second Place 1994
  • Third Place 1990

Individual Awards[edit]

Golden Ball award

Golden Boot award

Other individual awards

Refereeing[edit]

Three World Cup finals have been officiated by representatives of the Italian football federation, only English referees have had the honour more often (four times). The 1978 final between Argentina and the Netherlands has been led by Sergio Gonella, who had already officiated the European Championship final two years earlier. The other referees are Pierluigi Collina in 2002, and Nicola Rizzoli in 2014.

The Italian referee with the most World Cup matches, however, is Roberto Rosetti, who has been in charge of six matches total in 2006 and 2010.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2006 FIFA World Cup TV Coverage Archived 2007-06-14 at the Wayback Machine. (PDF), FIFA.com. Retrieved on June 6, 2007.
  2. ^ a b c "Italy – France". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. Retrieved 6 August 2012.
  3. ^ "Campionati Mondiali: Presenze" [World Cup: Appearances] (in Italian). Italia1910.
  4. ^ "Campionati Mondiali: Gol fatti" [World Cup: Goals scored] (in Italian). Italia1910.

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