Italy national football team
The Italy national football team has represented Italy in association football since their first match in 1910. The squad is under the global jurisdiction of FIFA and is governed in Europe by UEFA—the latter of, co-founded by the Italian team's supervising body, the Italian Football Federation. Italy's home matches are played at various stadiums throughout Italy, their primary training ground is located at the FIGC headquarters in Coverciano, Florence. Italy is one of the most successful national teams in the history of the World Cup, having won four titles and appearing in two other finals, reaching a third place and a fourth place. In 1938, they became the first team to defend their World Cup title, due to the outbreak of World War II, retained the title for a further 12 years. Italy had previously won two Central European International Cups. Between its first two World Cup victories, Italy won the Olympic football tournament. After the majority of the team was killed in a plane crash in 1949, the team did not advance past the group stage of the following two World Cup tournaments, failed to qualify for the 1958 edition—failure to qualify for the World Cup would not happen again until the 2018 edition.
Italy returned to form by 1968, winning a European Championship, after a period of alternating unsuccessful qualification rounds in Europe appeared in two other finals. Italy's highest finish at the FIFA Confederations Cup was in 2013, where the squad achieved a third-place finish; the team is known as gli Azzurri. Blue is the traditional colour of the national teams representing Italy and it comes from the border colour of the royal House of Savoy crest used on the flag of the Kingdom of Italy; the national team is known for its long-standing rivalries with other top footballing nations, such as those with Brazil, France and Spain. In the FIFA World Ranking, in force since August 1993, Italy has occupied the first place several times, in November 1993 and during 2007, with its worst placement in August 2018 in 21st place; the team's first match was held in Milan on 15 May 1910. Italy defeated France by a score of 6–2, with Italy's first goal scored by Pietro Lana; the Italian team played with a system and consisted of: De Simoni.
First captain of the team was Francesco Calì. The first success in an official tournament came with the bronze medal in 1928 Summer Olympics, held in Amsterdam. After losing the semi-final against Uruguay, an 11–3 victory against Egypt secured third place in the competition. In the 1927–30 and 1933–35 Central European International Cup, Italy achieved the first place out of five Central European teams, topping the group with 11 points in both editions of the tournament. Italy would later win the gold medal at the 1936 Summer Olympics with a 2–1 victory in extra time in the gold medal match over Austria on 15 August 1936. After declining to participate in the first World Cup the Italian national team won two consecutive editions of the tournament in 1934 and 1938, under the direction of coach Vittorio Pozzo and the performance of Giuseppe Meazza, considered one of the best Italian football players of all time by some. Italy hosted the 1934 World Cup, played their first World Cup match in a 7–1 win over the United States in Rome.
Italy defeated Czechoslovakia 2–1 in extra time in the final in Rome, with goals by Raimundo Orsi and Angelo Schiavio to achieve their first World cup title in 1934. They achieved their second title in 1938 in a 4–2 defeat of Hungary, with two goals by Gino Colaussi and two goals by Silvio Piola in the World Cup that followed. Rumour has it, before the 1938 finals fascist Italian Prime Minister Benito Mussolini was to have sent a telegram to the team, saying "Vincere o morire!". However, no record remains of such a telegram, World Cup player Pietro Rava said, when interviewed, "No, no, no, that's not true, he sent a telegram wishing us well, but no never'win or die'." In 1949, 10 of the 11 players in the team's initial line-up were killed in a plane crash that affected Torino, winners of the previous five Serie A titles. Italy did not advance further than the first round of the 1950 World Cup, as they were weakened due to the air disaster; the team had travelled by boat rather than by plane. In the World Cup finals of 1954 and 1962, Italy failed to progress past the first round, did not qualify for the 1958 World Cup due to a 2–1 defeat to Northern Ireland in the last match of the qualifying round.
Italy did not take part in the first edition of the European Championship in 1960, was knocked out by the Soviet Union in the first round of the 1964 European Nations' Cup qualifying. Their participation in the 1966 World Cup was ended by a 0–1 defeat at the hands of North Korea. Despite being the tournament favourites, the Azzurri, whose 1966 squad included Gianni Rivera and Giacomo Bulgarelli, were eliminated in the first round by the semi-professional North Koreans; the Italian team was bitterly condemned upon their return home, while North Korean scorer Pak Doo-ik was celebrated as the David who killed Goliath. Upon Italy's return home, furious fans threw fruit and rotten tomatoes at their transport bus at the airport. In 1968, Italy participated in their first European Championship, hosting the European Championship and winning their first major competition since the 1938 World Cup, beating Yugoslavia in Rome for the title. Th
Italy the Italian Republic, is a country in Southern Europe. Located in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, Italy shares open land borders with France, Austria and the enclaved microstates San Marino and Vatican City. Italy covers an area of 301,340 km2 and has a temperate seasonal and Mediterranean climate. With around 61 million inhabitants, it is the fourth-most populous EU member state and the most populous country in Southern Europe. Due to its central geographic location in Southern Europe and the Mediterranean, Italy has been home to a myriad of peoples and cultures. In addition to the various ancient peoples dispersed throughout modern-day Italy, the most famous of which being the Indo-European Italics who gave the peninsula its name, beginning from the classical era and Carthaginians founded colonies in insular Italy and Genoa, Greeks established settlements in the so-called Magna Graecia, while Etruscans and Celts inhabited central and northern Italy respectively; the Italic tribe known as the Latins formed the Roman Kingdom in the 8th century BC, which became a republic with a government of the Senate and the People.
The Roman Republic conquered and assimilated its neighbours on the peninsula, in some cases through the establishment of federations, the Republic expanded and conquered parts of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. By the first century BC, the Roman Empire emerged as the dominant power in the Mediterranean Basin and became the leading cultural and religious centre of Western civilisation, inaugurating the Pax Romana, a period of more than 200 years during which Italy's technology, economy and literature flourished. Italy remained the metropole of the Roman Empire; the legacy of the Roman Empire endured its fall and can be observed in the global distribution of culture, governments and the Latin script. During the Early Middle Ages, Italy endured sociopolitical collapse and barbarian invasions, but by the 11th century, numerous rival city-states and maritime republics in the northern and central regions of Italy, rose to great prosperity through shipping and banking, laying the groundwork for modern capitalism.
These independent statelets served as Europe's main trading hubs with Asia and the Near East enjoying a greater degree of democracy than the larger feudal monarchies that were consolidating throughout Europe. The Renaissance began in Italy and spread to the rest of Europe, bringing a renewed interest in humanism, science and art. Italian culture flourished, producing famous scholars and polymaths such as Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael and Machiavelli. During the Middle Ages, Italian explorers such as Marco Polo, Christopher Columbus, Amerigo Vespucci, John Cabot and Giovanni da Verrazzano discovered new routes to the Far East and the New World, helping to usher in the European Age of Discovery. Italy's commercial and political power waned with the opening of trade routes that bypassed the Mediterranean. Centuries of infighting between the Italian city-states, such as the Italian Wars of the 15th and 16th centuries, left the region fragmented, it was subsequently conquered and further divided by European powers such as France and Austria.
By the mid-19th century, rising Italian nationalism and calls for independence from foreign control led to a period of revolutionary political upheaval. After centuries of foreign domination and political division, Italy was entirely unified in 1871, establishing the Kingdom of Italy as a great power. From the late 19th century to the early 20th century, Italy industrialised, namely in the north, acquired a colonial empire, while the south remained impoverished and excluded from industrialisation, fuelling a large and influential diaspora. Despite being one of the main victors in World War I, Italy entered a period of economic crisis and social turmoil, leading to the rise of a fascist dictatorship in 1922. Participation in World War II on the Axis side ended in military defeat, economic destruction and the Italian Civil War. Following the liberation of Italy and the rise of the resistance, the country abolished the monarchy, reinstated democracy, enjoyed a prolonged economic boom and, despite periods of sociopolitical turmoil became a developed country.
Today, Italy is considered to be one of the world's most culturally and economically advanced countries, with the sixth-largest worldwide national wealth. Its advanced economy ranks eighth-largest in the world and third in the Eurozone by nominal GDP. Italy owns the third-largest central bank gold reserve, it has a high level of human development, it stands among the top countries for life expectancy. The country plays a prominent role in regional and global economic, military and diplomatic affairs. Italy is a founding and leading member of the European Union and a member of numerous international institutions, including the UN, NATO, the OECD, the OSCE, the WTO, the G7, the G20, the Union for the Mediterranean, the Council of Europe, Uniting for Consensus, the Schengen Area and many more; as a reflection
The Coppa Italia is an Italian football annual cup competition. Its first edition was won by Vado; the second tournament, scheduled in the 1926–27 season, was cancelled during the round of 32. The third edition was not held until 1935 -- 36; the events of World War II interrupted the tournament after the 1942–43 season, it did not resume again until 1958 where it has been played annually continuously since. Juventus is the competition's most successful club with 13 wins, followed by Roma with 9. Juventus has contested the most finals followed by Roma with 17 finals; the holder can wear a "tricolore" cockade, akin to the roundels. The winner automatically qualifies for both the UEFA Europa League group stage and the Supercoppa Italiana the following year; the competition is a knockout tournament with pairings for each round made in advance. Each tie is played with the exception of the two-legged semi-finals. If a match is drawn, extra time is played. In the event of a draw after 120 minutes, a penalty shoot-out is contested.
As well as being presented with the trophy, the winning team qualifies for the UEFA Europa League. If the winners have qualified for the UEFA Champions League via Serie A, or are not entitled to play in UEFA competitions for any reason, the place goes to the next highest placed finisher in the league table. There are a total of eight rounds in the competition; the competition begins in August with the first round and is contested only by the lowest-ranked clubs – those outside the top two divisions. Clubs playing in Serie B join in during the second round and the 12 lowest-ranked teams in Serie A based on the previous league season's positions begin the competition in the third round before August is over; the remaining eight Serie A teams join the competition in the fourth round in January, at which point 16 teams remain. The round of 16, the quarter-finals and the first leg of the semi-finals are played in quick succession after the fourth round and the second leg of the semi-final is played a couple of months later.
The rather unusual two-leg final was eliminated since the 2007–08 edition and a single-match final is now played at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. Notes 1 The 1922 tournament was contested only by minor teams, the biggest clubs having left FIGC to form a private league of their own. 2 Although 71 tournaments have been contested only 70 championships have been assigned. The 1926–27 tournament was cancelled in the round of thirty-two. Bold is the winner of the finals. Note: from 1968 to 1971, FIGC introduced a final group instead of semifinals and finals. For statistical equity, only champions and runners-up of those groups are counted as finalists. Moreover, in 1971, a decisive match between the two best clubs was played to assign the cup; this is a list of television broadcasters which provide coverage of Coppa Italia, as well as the Supercoppa Italiana and maybe exclude the Serie A matches. The Supercoppa and Coppa Italia has a broadcasting agreement with the public broadcaster RAI. ^IDN - Starting from semi-finals in 2018-19 season.
Italy – List of Cup Finals from RSSSF Coppa Italia Fixtures and Results Coppa Italia all matches by season
A.S.D. Torres Calcio Femminile
Associazione Sportiva Dilettantistica Torres Calcio Femminile was an Italian women's association football club based in Sassari, Sardinia. The club was formed in 1980 and competed in women's Serie A until 2015. Torres's colours were red; the team won eight Italian Women's Cups. They were refused a license for the 2015–16 Serie A season due to debts. After winning two doubles in 2000 and 2001, Torres became the first team to represent Italy in the newly founded UEFA Women's Cup. After 2009–10 the team was a regular competitor in the rebranded UEFA Women's Champions League, reaching the quarter-finals on three occasions; the club was founded in 1980 as A. C. F. Delco Costruzioni of Sassari and affiliated to the Federazione Italiana Calcio Femminile, they began playing in the 1981 season, enrolling in the local division of Serie C. In 1989, by known as CUS Sassari, the team won the Sardinian section of Serie C and promotion to Serie B; the next season the club arrived in Serie A for the first time. In the club's first season at the top level, 1990–91, the team won their first Italian Women's Cup.
In 1993–94 the goals of Carolina Morace secured a first Scudetto. The following season, without Morace, the title was lost. Between 1999 and 2005, Torres won two league titles, four Italian Cups, two Italian Super Cups and the Italy Women's Cup, as well as establishing the record of 38 consecutive wins in official matches including league and Italian Cup. Torres was the first Italian team to participate in the UEFA Women's Cup, the female version of the UEFA Champions League. In 2008, after finishing second in the league, Torres won a seventh Italian Women's Cup by beating Bardolino 1–0 in the final's second leg, overturning a 3–2 defeat in the first leg. Throughout this period, Torres' success rested on the prolific goal-scoring of players such as Rita Guarino, Pamela Conti and the Spaniard Ángeles Parejo. In the 2009 -- 10 season Torres won a fourth Scudetto; the club secured the Super Cup, but were beaten in the final of the Italian Women's Cup. A successful season was crowned by an appearance in the UEFA Women's Champions League quarter-finals.
2010–11 culminated in a treble of the Super Cup and Italian Women's Cup. In the following season, Torres collected a Scudetto and Super Cup double, but lost out in the semi-finals of the Italian Women's Cup. In 2013 they retained the league title and were named fifth in the year's best women's clubs by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics; the 2013–14 season yielded a Super Cup and runners-up finishes in the league and Italian Women's Cup, as well as another quarter-final placing in the UEFA Women's Champions League. Patrizia Panico scored more than 40 league goals, but Torres were thrashed 12–1 on aggregate by Turbine Potsdam and overall the season was considered to be below expectations. A dispute over funding and the club's strategic direction saw the departure of both president Leonardo Marras and coach Manuela Tesse in 2014. Torres were subsumed into the structure of Torres' male club in June 2014. In September 2015 it was announced that Torres had been refused a license for the forthcoming Serie A season and would be excluded from taking part.
La Lega Nazionale Dilettanti, who oversee women's football in Italy, demanded that the club's new owners pay half of the total €90.000 debt up front, rejecting a proposed alternative repayment arrangement which the male club offered to underwrite. As of 20 October 2014. Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. For details of current and former players, see Category:Torres Calcio Femminile players. Torres have won the most trophies of all Italian women's clubs. Serie A Winners: 1993–94, 1999–00, 2000–01, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–13Serie B Winners: 1989–90 Coppa Italia Winners: 1990–91, 1994–95, 1999–00, 2000–01, 2003–04, 2004–05, 2007–08, 2010–11Supercoppa ItalianaWinners: 2000, 2004, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013Italy Women's Cup Winners: 2004, 2008 Torres Calcio Femminile website UEFA profile
Football in Italy
Football is the most popular sport in Italy. The Italian national football team is considered to be one of the best national teams in the world, they have won the FIFA World Cup four times, trailing only Brazil, runners-up in two finals and reaching a third place and a fourth place. They have won one European Championship appearing in two finals, finished third at the Confederations Cup, won one Olympic football tournament and two Central European International Cups. Italy's top domestic league, the Serie A, is one of the most popular professional sports leagues in the world and it is depicted as the most tactical national football league. Italy's club sides have won 48 major European trophies, making them the second most successful nation in European football. Serie A hosts three of the world's most famous clubs as Juventus and Inter, all founding members of the G-14, a group which represented the largest and most prestigious European football clubs. Juventus and Inter, along with Roma, Fiorentina and Parma but now Napoli are known as the Seven Sisters of Italian football.
Italian managers are the most successful in European Football in competitions such as the Champions League. More players have won the coveted Ballon d'Or award while playing at a Serie A club than any other league in the world. Other forms of football were played in Italy in ancient times, the earliest of, Harpastum, played during the times of the Roman Empire; this game may have been influential to other forms throughout Europe due to the expansion of the Empire, including Medieval football. From the 16th century onwards, Calcio Fiorentino, another code of football distinct from the modern game, was played in the Piazza Santa Croce in Florence; some famous Florentines were amongst players of the game the Medici family including Piero and Alessandro de' Medici. As well as Popes such as Clement VII, Leo XI and Urban VIII who played the game in the Vatican; the name calcio was adopted for football in Italy. The modern variation of the game was brought to Italy during the 1880s; the title of the first Italian football club is a controversial one, the most cited in popular history is Genoa Cricket and Football Club who were formed as a cricket club to represent England abroad, founded by Englishmen in 1893.
Three years in 1896 a man named James Richardson Spensley arrived in Genoa introducing the football section of the club and becoming its first manager. However, evidence exists to suggest. Edoardo Bosio, a merchant worker in the British textile industry had visited England and experienced the game, he was motivated to help spread football in his homeland. He founded Cricket Club that year while Nobili Torino soon followed; the second club bore the name of noble because it contained the Duke of the Abruzzi and Alfonso Ferrero di Ventimiglia. The two merged in 1891 to form Internazionale Football Club Torino, By 1898 the rival federation FIGC had been formed, with its center in Turin and the first two presidents as Mario Vicary and Luigi D'Ovidio. FIGC created the Italian Football Championship with the four founder clubs being; the first competition of, held at Velodromo Umberto I in Turin on 8 May 1898 and was won by Genoa. While it was common for clubs to compete in both FIGC and FNGI competitions early on, the titles won in the FIGC championship are the only ones recognised by the modern day league.
In the following years, the tournament was structured into regional groups with the winners of each group participating in a playoff with the eventual winners being declared champions. Until to 1904 the tournament was dominated by Genoa. Between 1905 and 1908 a Final Group among regional champions was contested to award the title and the Spensley Cup. Juventus won his first title and Spensley Cup in 1905, but the two following championships were won by Milan. In November 1907, the FIF organised two championships in the same season: Italian Championship, the main tournament where only Italian players were allowed to play; the majority of big clubs withdrew from both the championships in order to protest against the autarchical policy of the FIF. The Federal Championship was won by Juventus against Doria, while The Italian Championship 1908 and Coppa Buni were won by Pro Vercelli, beating Juventus, Doria and US Milanese. However, the Federal Championship won by Juventus was forgotten by FIGC, due to the boycott made by the dissident clubs.
In 1909 season, the two different championships were organised again, with Coppa Obe
A.C.F. Brescia Calcio Femminile
A. C. F. Brescia Calcio Femminile S.s.d. A r.l. known as Brescia Calcio Femminile is an Italian women's football club from Capriolo, near Brescia. It was founded in 1985 as FCF Capriolo Arredamenti Ostilio. In 2000 it moved to Bergamo; the team was renamed in 2005. In 1994–95 the team won a regional championship. In 1996–97 won their Serie D division, they finished second in Serie C in 2001–02 and again in 2003–04 after which they promoted after play-off. In 2006–07 they won Serie B and got promoted to Serie A2. In 2008–09 they won Serie A2. Since 2009–10 Brescia has played Serie A. In its first year at top level they were 9th. In the 2010-11 season Brescia was the surprise team of the league and competed with UPC Tavagnacco for a Champions League spot. Brescia ranked 3rd. Brescia striker Daniela Sabatino was the second top scorer of the season with 25 goals, just one shy of Patrizia Panico, they won their first national championship in 2013–14. On 11 June 2018, it was announced that male professional team A.
C. Milan had bought Brescia's spot in women Serie A in order to start their own women's section, it was announced that the youth team of Brescia would have participated in Eccellenza instead. For details of former players, see Category:A. C. F. Brescia Calcio Femminile players. Serie A champions: 2014, 2016 Italian Cup winners: 2012, 2015, 2016 Super Cup winners: 2014, 2015, 2016 Official website