Italy at the FIFA World Cup
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.
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.
- 1 FIFA World Cup record
- 2 World Cup Finals
- 3 Player appearances
- 4 Top goalscorers
- 5 Awards and Records
- 6 Refereeing
- 7 See also
- 8 References
- 9 External links
FIFA World Cup record
Champions Runners-up Third Place Fourth Place
|FIFA World Cup record|
|1930||Did Not Enter|
|1958||Did Not Qualify|
|1986||Round of 16||12th||4||1||2||1||5||6|
|2002||Round of 16||15th||4||1||1||2||5||5|
|2018||Did Not Qualify|
- *Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks
|Italy's World Cup record|
|First Match|| Italy 7–1 United States |
(27 May 1934; Rome, Italy)
|Biggest Win|| Italy 7–1 United States |
(27 May 1934; Rome, Italy)
|Biggest Defeat|| Switzerland 4–1 Italy |
(23 June 1954; Basel, Switzerland)
Brazil 4–1 Italy
(21 June 1970; Mexico City, Mexico)
|Best Result||Champions in 1934, 1938, 1982, and 2006|
|Worst Result||Group Stage in 1950, 1954, 1962, 1966, 1974, 2010 and 2014|
Winning World Cups
|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)|
Italy's score listed first
Record by Opponent
|FIFA World Cup matches (by team)|
|Opponent||Wins||Draws||Losses||Total||Goals Scored||Goals Conceded|
|Republic of Ireland||1||0||1||2||1||1|
World Cup Finals
1934 World Cup Final v Czechoslovakia
With temperatures around 40 °C (104 °F), Italy won their home tournament in 1934 after going into extra time against Czechoslovakia.
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.
|Colaussi 6', 35'
Piola 16', 82'
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.
Carlos Alberto 86'
1982 World Cup Final v West Germany
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 became the first team to lose two World Cup finals against the same opponent.
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.
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.
|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|
|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)|
|Alessandro Altobelli||5||1982 (1) and 1986 (4)|
|Giuseppe Meazza||3||1934 (2) and 1938 (1)|
|Gianni Rivera||3||1970 (2) and 1974 (1)|
Awards and Records
- World Champions 1934
- World Champions 1938
- World Champions 1982
- World Champions 2006
- Second Place 1970
- Second Place 1994
- Third Place 1990
- Golden Ball 1934: Giuseppe Meazza
- Golden Ball 1982: Paolo Rossi
- Golden Ball 1990: Salvatore Schillaci
- Silver Ball 1938: Silvio Piola
- Silver Ball 1978: Paolo Rossi
- Silver Ball 1994: Roberto Baggio
- Silver Ball 2006: Fabio Cannavaro
- Bronze Ball 2006: Andrea Pirlo
- Golden Boot 1982: Paolo Rossi
- Golden Boot 1990: Salvatore Schillaci
- Silver Boot 1934: Angelo Schiavio
- Silver Boot 1938: Silvio Piola
- Silver Boot 1998: Christian Vieri
Other individual awards
- Golden Glove 1982: Dino Zoff (oldest Golden Glove winner)
- Golden Glove 2006: Gianluigi Buffon
- Best Young Player Award 1978: Antonio Cabrini
- Man of the Match Award 2006: Andrea Pirlo
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.
- 2006 FIFA World Cup TV Coverage Archived 2007-06-14 at the Wayback Machine (PDF), FIFA.com. Retrieved on June 6, 2007.
- "Italy – France". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. Retrieved 6 August 2012.
- "Campionati Mondiali: Presenze" [World Cup: Appearances] (in Italian). Italia1910.
- "Campionati Mondiali: Gol fatti" [World Cup: Goals scored] (in Italian). Italia1910.