The Italian national football team is called “Gli Azzurri” and “Squadra Azzurra” because the they play the most of their games with the mediterranean blue shirts. The color is traditonally linked to the royal dynasty which united Italy in 1861, and maintained the official standard and this was decided by the President himself. Italy is one of the most successful national teams in the world history of the world cup, having won four titles (1934, 1938, 1982 and 2006) just one fewer than Brazil. To this you can add:
1 European Championship 1968
1 Olympic Football Tournament 1936
Italy is considered to be on the best teams in international football history.
So what makes this team so speciall? Not for just the Italians, but the whole world? What was the recipe to become so successful in the the sport known as Football by the most of the world and as Soccer in others? How have they managed to raise after disasters?
How did they deal with the scandals during the championsips in the years 1982 and 2006? These Questions can be answered by going through the Italian national teams history…
The Italian national teams first match was held in Milan actually, on the 15th of May 1910 more than 100 years ago. Italy played France and defeated them with 6-2.
The prize for th win was packs of cigarettes thrown down on the pitch by the 4000 spectators. The first real success in a tournament came 1928 in the summer Olympics held in Amsterdam After losing the semifinal against Uruguy they won the Bronze Medal beating Egypt in the 3rd place match with 11-3. This gave the Italians hunger for more! And more it would be…
The first World Cups (1930-1938):
In the first World Cup 1930 in Uruguay, Italy declained to participate, although their national team was already a steady and strong team. Remarkably, on their debut 1934 in the World Cup stage they managed a series of impressive matches on home soil...