The Italian national football team, represents Italy in association football and is controlled by the Italian Football Federation (FIGC),
the governing body for football in Italy. Italy is considered to be one of the most successful national teams in history. They have a total of four World Cup championships (1934, 1938, 1982, 2006),
while receiving silver twice (1970, 1994) and bronze once (1990). They have one Euro Cup championship (1968), while receiving silver twice (2000, 2012). They received bronze once (2013) in the Confederations Cup.
They have one gold medal in the Olympics (1936) and received bronze once (1928). They also have two Central European International Cup championships (1930, 1935).
Italy have been ranked first on the FIFA rankings six times (November 1993, February 2007, April 2007, May 2007, June 2007, September 2007)
as well as receiving the Laureus World Sports Award for Team of the Year back in 2007.
The traditional colour of the national team (as well as all Italian national teams and athletes officially representing Italy) is azure blue (azzurro, in Italian), due to the "Azzurro Savoia"
(Savoy Blue), the colour traditionally linked to the royal dynasty which unified Italy in 1861, and maintained in the official standard of the Italian President. This is the reason for their nickname "Gli Azzurri" which translates to "The Blues". In their first two matches, the Italian national team wore white shirts with shorts from the club of each player; the azure shirts were introduced in the third match.
The Italian national team does not have a designated "home stadium" like some other national teams. The primary training ground is at the FIGC headquarters in Coverciano,
Florence and the team plays their home matches at various stadiums throughout Italy.
May 15, 1910
August 2, 1948
April 6, 1924
Hidegkuti Nándor Stadium
Since August 11, 2014
Since July 19, 2016