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World Cup football, Italians expect the usual standards from Italy

Updated on May 15, 2014
Loca Toni in the blue football strip, during one of the qualifying games.
Loca Toni in the blue football strip, during one of the qualifying games.
Italy 2008
Italy 2008

The World Cup 2010 Italian football team have a lot to live up to. As the most successful World Cup European football team, ever, their past record is outstanding.

Tonight, 14th June 2010, is Italy's first match in the 2010 World Cup. Their opponents are Paraguay. Italy must surely expect their team to do well, but so will fans from many countries around the world.

World Cup 2010 Groups
World Cup 2010 Groups
The World Cup
The World Cup
Hoping to win again
Hoping to win again

Italy facts and figures.

As such a successful football team the statistics are impressive.

Italy first won the World Cup in 1934 and then followed this up four years later with another win.

The next four World Cup football competitions were lacklustre for the Italian football squad.

!970 saw them in the runner-up position but in 1974 they slipped back to going out in the first round again.

From then on though success of some form or another has followed.

In 1978 Italy held the 4th place followed by:

  • 1982 they were winners again.
  • 1986 saw Italy in 2nd place.
  • 1990 had them in 3rd place.
  • In 1994 Italy were the runners-up again.
  • In 1998 Italy went through to the semi-finals.
  • In 2002 Italy only went through to the second round.
  • The last World Cup in 2006 had Italy as overall winners again.

Italians have a passion for most things and this is very true of their football. They play with zest and energy as if their very lives depended on winning. Perhaps this is why they are so successful and other European teams, such as England, are not.

Even during the qualifying stages Italy did well. Out of the 10 matches they played Italy won 7 and drew 3. Notice they did not lose one single game!

World Cup 2010 South Africa.

This World Cup has seen the Italian team with a familiar face at the helm. The coach Marcello Lippi who resigned after the last world cup was brought back in 2008. This followed Italy's disappointing Euro 2008 showing.

Italy's chances and odds.

Italy must be one of the favourites to do well in World Cup 2010. Fair enough nothing is ever certain in the beautiful game. Injuries, yellow and red cards, tears and tantrums all play a part. However, for sheer passion. perseverance, skill and more, Italy must be in with a very good chance of winning

Italy remain a popular team throughout the world and there are many football fans who will not shed a tear if Italy reign supreme again. Of course, as an English person I hope England do well, but if they don't I know who I will be cheering for.

Vieni Italia


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    • ethel smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ethel Smith 

      8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      No probs Ron. Nice to see you ack.

    • rprcarz50 profile image

      rprcarz50 

      8 years ago

      Hi again ethel,

      Great work , and a nice read !

      Thank you

      Ron

      as always also a2z50

      Sorry, I've been gone for 11 days . I didn't abandon your work.

    • ethel smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ethel Smith 

      8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Yes let's hope Italy get into their stride now.

    • H P Roychoudhury profile image

      H P Roychoudhury 

      8 years ago from Guwahati, India

      It is good knock-out to see the play between two spirited giants that brought a spirit of excitement during the play and finally a column of satisfaction for a spirited draw.

    • ethel smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ethel Smith 

      8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Sadly as we all know know it was only a draw but it could have been worse. They played well.

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      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      That is a great hub you wrote there and quite expertice. Thank you.

    • Donnacha C profile image

      Donnacha C 

      8 years ago from Ennis, Co Clare, Republic of Ireland

      thank you for a lovely article on Italy! as I mentioned to you before, I`m more used to Italian-bashing these days, when it comes to football....there is about 10 mins left in the first game, and it is hard work to say the least! I`m still hopeful though! Forza Squadra Azzurra:)

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