Italy is currently ranked at #4 on the FIFA rankings. The country will be playing in their 17th World Cup Tournament in history in 2010. Italy have won the FIFA World Cup in 1934 (In Italy), 1938 (In France), 1982 (In Spain) and 2006 (In Germany).
Italy will be looking to win their 5th title in this years 2010 FIFA World Cup tournament in South Africa. Italy have played in 7 European Championships over the years as well. They have 1 European Championship title on their belt. They won the competition in 1968. Italy have been runners-up twice in the history of the FIFA World Cup. The first time in 1970 (In Mexico) and the 2nd time in 1994 (In the United States). In 2009 Italy played in their first ever FIFA Confederations Cup in South Africa. They were knocked out in the first round though.
Marcello Lippi is the current coach of the Italian National Football team (since 2008). The current Italian national football team captain, Fabio Cannavaro is also the most capped player in Italian football history. He’s played in 130 matches for his country since 1997. Luigi Riva is top goal scoring Italian footballer in history. He scored 35 goals in 42 matches between 1965 and 1974 (almost averaging a goal a match).
Italy is one of the favorites to win the 2010 FIFA World Cup. They will be playing in 3 group matches in the tournament. They should one of the teams that make it into the last 16 stage of the tournament.
Italy will be playing in Group F of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Paraguay, New Zealand and Slovakia are the other 3 teams in the group.
Group Match Schedule for Italy in the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa:
- Italy vs Paraguay – 14 June 2010 @ Cape Town Stadium- kickoff at 20:30
- Italy vs New Zealand – 20 June 2010 @ Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit – kickoff at 16:00
- Italy vs Slovakia – 24 June 2010 @ Coca Cola Park, Johannesburg – kickoff at 16:00