Juventus F.C. and the Italy national football team

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Italy's set up, with eight Juventus players, before the match against France in 1978 FIFA World Cup at Estadio José María Minella (Mar del Plata, Argentina – 2 June 1978)

Juventus is the club that has contributed the most players to the Italy national team in history.[1] They are the only Italian club that has contributed players to every Italian national teams since the 2nd FIFA World Cup.[2] Juventus have contributed numerous players to Italy's World Cup campaigns.

Two Juventus players have won the golden boot award at the World Cup with Italy; Paolo Rossi in 1982 and Salvatore Schillaci in 1990. As well as contributing to Italy's World Cup winning sides, Alfredo Foni and Pietro Rava represented Italy in the gold medal winning squad at the 1936 Summer Olympics, and Sandro Salvadore, Ernesto Castano and Giancarlo Bercellino made Italy's 1968 European Football Championship squad.[3]

Juventus have also contributed to a lesser degree to the national sides of other nations. Zinedine Zidane and captain Didier Deschamps were Juventus players when they won the 1998 FIFA World Cup with France, as well as their conational Blaise Matuidi in the 2018 World Cup, making the total number of Juventus World Cup winners 25 (including 22 for the Italy team since 1934), more than any other club around the world. Three Juventus players have also won the European Football Championship with a nation other than Italy, Luis del Sol won it in 1964 with Spain, while the Frenchmen Michel Platini and Zidane won the competition in 1984 and 2000 respectively.[4]

List of call-ups of Juventus F.C. players to the Italy national team[edit]

Below is a list of all Juventus F.C. players to have played for the senior national team (or Nazionale A in Italian) in official matches during their Juventus career, when Giovanni Giacone became the first Juventus player to play for the national team on 28 March 1920.[5]

Source: (in Italian) [1]

As of 20 November 2018.

Top 10 national team appearances for Juventus players[edit]

Not all appearances made for the national team by the players were made while they were under contract with Juventus. Updated on 23 March 2019.

Rank Name Appearances Goals First cap Last cap
1 Gianluigi Buffon 176 0 1997 2018
2 Fabio Cannavaro 136 2 1997 2010
3 Andrea Pirlo 115 13 2002 2015
4 Dino Zoff 112 0 1968 1983
5 Giorgio Chiellini 101 8 2004
6 Gianluca Zambrotta 98 2 1999 2010
7 Alessandro Del Piero 91 27 1995 2008
8 Leonardo Bonucci 86 6 2010
9 Marco Tardelli 81 6 1976 1985
10 Gaetano Scirea 78 2 1975 1986

See also[edit]

Footnotes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Italian national team: J-L Italian club profiles". Italian national team records & statistics. Retrieved 22 April 2017.
  2. ^ "Juve players at the World Cup". juventus.com. Archived from the original on 30 September 2007. Retrieved 7 July 2006.
  3. ^ "European Championship 1968 - Details Final Tournament". RSSSF.com. 8 June 2007.
  4. ^ "European Championship". RSSSF.com. 8 June 2007.
  5. ^ "La storia di una leggenda" (in Italian). juventus.com.


  • Giacone, Gianni (1993). Juve Azzurri - I bianconeri che hanno fatto grande la Nazionale (in Italian). Hurrà Juventus – Fabbri Editori.
  • Tavella, Renato (2001). Dizionario della grande Juventus. Dalle origini ai nostri giorni (in Italian). Newton Compton. ISBN 88-8289-639-0.

External links[edit]

(in Italian) National team in figures: the call-ups to all Italy national football teams (Major, Olympic and Under) by clubs (research in the FIGC official website)