April 18, 2014

2014 FIFA World Cup teams: Italy (UEFA), prominent players in 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying (theoretical best XI for Italy, with 11 other player-options listed).

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Italy national team. UEFA (Europe). Gli Azzurri (the Blues). Home jersey: House of Savoy Blue, with red-white-green trim. {‘Coat of arms of the House of Savoy, Vittorio Emanuelle II‘ (}.
Question: why does Italy play in blue?. Answer (from ‘Italy play in blue shirts rather than the colours of their national flag in a custom dating back to the country’s pre-republican days. Blue was the official colour of the Royal House of Savoy and the Azzurri tribute to the Italian monarchy survives today.’ (

-Italy is in 2014 FIFA World Cup Group D (with Costa Rica, England, and Uruguay), ‘2014 FIFA World Cup Group D‘ (

2014 FIFA World Cup qualification: 2014 is Italy’s 18th qualification out of 19 tries (1930: did not enter; 1958: did not qualify).
Italy has qualified for the World Cup in: 1934, 1938, 1950, 1954, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014.
Previous WC finish: 2010, Group Stage (0-2-1).
Highest WC finish:
1934, Champions (4-1-0).
1938: Champions (4-0-0).
1982: Champions (4-3-0).
2006: Champions (5-2-0).

Italy have won the FIFA World Cup 4 times, which is second only to Brazil’s 5 World Cup titles {}.

Population of Italy: 59.9 million {2013 estimate}. Capital & largest city: Rome, city pop. 2.6 million {2013 estimate}; metro area pop. 4.3 million {2012 estimate}. Largest metro area: Milan, city pop.1.3 million {2013 estimate}; metro area pop. 7.6 million {2012 estimate}.

Italy’s 8 largest metro areas can be seen in the following link, ‘Metropolitan cities of Italy/Sizing, Economic Performance‘ ( (The largest 8 metro areas in Italy are also shown on the map below.)

-Italy coach, Cesare Prandelli. Cesare Prandelli. -Italy squad captain, GK Gianluigi ‘Gigi’ Buffon (Juventus). Gianluigi Buffon.

[Note: the chart below is updated to reflect final roster selection for 2014 WC/ 'Italy national football team/Current Squad' (]
Below: Theoretical Best XI for Italy (with 11 other player-options further below) -
Photo and Image credits above -
Italy 2013-14 home jersey, photo from
Italy/EU map, by NuclearVacuum at ‘File:EU-Italy.svg‘ (
Italy map by Eric Gaba & NordNordWest at ‘File:Italy relief location map-blank.jpg‘ (
Cesare Prandelli, photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images via
Gigi Buffon (Juventus), photo unattributed at
Ignazio Abate (Milan), photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images Europe via
Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), photo by Nigel French/EMPICS via
Andrea Barzagli (Juventus), photo unattributed at
Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), photo unattributed at
Claudio Marchisio (Juventus), photo unattributed at
Andrea Pirlo (Juventus), photo unattributed at
Riccardo Montolivo (Milan), photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images Europe via
Daniele De Rossi (Roma), photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images Europe via
Mario Balotelli (Milan), photo unattributed at
Antonio Cassano (Parma), photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images Europe via
Other player-options,
Thiago Motta MF/CMF/DMF (PSG), photo by L’Equipe at
Alberto Aquilani CM (Fiorentina), photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images Europe via
Alessio Cerci (Torino), photo unattributed at
Lorenzo Insigne AMF/LW (Napoli), photo unattributed at
Mattia De Sciglio DF/RB (Milan), photo by Dino Panato/Getty Images Europe via
Antonio Candreva RW/RM/AM (Lazio), photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images Europe via
Gabriel Paletta CB (Parma), photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images Europe via
Marco Verratti CM (PSG), photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images Europe via
Matteo Darmian RB/CB (Torino), photo from
Salvatore Sirigu GK (PSG), photo from
Ciro Immobile FW (Torino), photo from

Thanks to the contributors at ‘2014 FIFA World Cup qualification‘ (
Thanks to the contributors at ‘Italy national football team‘ (
Thanks to, for player-position details.
Thanks to, for recent squad line-ups (with positions-on-the-field graphics), at

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