The Sport Has Always Been Kind to the Illustrious Blues
Italy is a city that shouts class, pizzazz and the downright mix of modernization and rich tapestry of history. Aside from being known as a majestic place to visit in every person’s lifetime, Italy is also famous for their intense desire for anything they can channel their support to.
We know Italians are avid patrons of their own fashion brands, their local food, music festivals, performing artists, and most especially, sports. Easily, one of the most famous sports that Italians truly love is the illustrious world of football.
While it’s quite expected of a European country to be adept at football, Italian athletes have exceeded expectations and surprised the world’s football stage with their incomparable passion and a mighty skill set that’s definitely second to none.
Governed by the Italian Football Federation, the Italian National Football team is the country’s pride in beating every other squad as far as how their talents can get them. Clad in blue shirts, white pairs of shorts and solid royal blue knee-high socks, Italian football players who are colloquially called as The Blues have been playing the sport since time immemorial.
Like their French counterpart, The Blues have made a mark in the competitive football arena and have been heralded as one of the most successful teams to have ever played in a global scale. The Italian National Football Team has victoriously sealed 4 World Cup Titles garnered in 1934, 1938, 1982 and 2006 with two runner-up finishes in 1970 and 1994.
Currently, the Italian National Football Team is headed by the genius that is Antonio Conte as head coach and Gianluigi Buffon as the team’s captain. Italy is also in the top section for the FIFA World Rankings, taking the 1st spot on different instances (November 1993, February 2007, April 2007 and September 2007).
The team got its career-low rank of 17 in July-October 2015, but boosted themselves four places up as they are currently at the 13th rank at this time. The Blues have successfully been a part of the World Cup eighteen times, making nine appearances in the European Championships, winning the title in 1968 and getting the chance to play twice in the Confederations Cup in 2009, reaching third place in 2013.
In the following years, the best of the best would come to gather again for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification matches, wherein the mighty team of Italy would go against different football squads the likes of Germany, Macedonia, Spain, Israel, Albania, Liechtenstein and Belgium.
The year after would also be a busy, and hopefully triumphant period for The Blues, as they would compete in intermediate matches with the countries they are clustered with. The Italian National Football Team has recently participated in the UEFA Euro 2016 Qualifying Matches and has emerged as the top ranked team alongside Croatia, making them officially advance as teams that are eligible for the Finals.
Active players in this upper-class football unit include the names of Ignazio Abate, Christian Abbiati, Francesco Acerbi, Marco Amelia, Luca Antonelli, Alberto Aquilani, Davide Astori, Mario Balotelli, Andrea Barzagli, Lorenzo De Silvestri and many others.
Italian National Team – Azzurri.com
FIFA World Cup: Italy – Uefa.com