The Best Azzurri World Cup Shirts
Italy are one of the most successful teams in World Cup history, lifting the prestigious trophy four times.
Sadly, the European champions will miss the tournament this year as Qatar hosts the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Here’s a look at Italy’s five most successful World Cup kits:
1994 World Cup – Finalists
The 1994 World Cup was held in the United States of America where Arrigo Sacchi’s team entered the tournament as one of the strongest teams with Roberto Baggio, Gianfranco Zola and Antonio Conte at their arrangement.
Italy fought their way through the group stages to second place with four points after struggling against Ireland and Mexico, but a crucial win over Norway kept their World Cup run going.
The Italians secured back-to-back 2-1 victories in the round of 16 against Nigeria and in the quarter-finals against Spain.
The semi-finals saw Italy collide with Hristo Stoichkov-led Bulgaria, but another brace from Roberto Baggio sealed their progress to the final.
The final stage was a goalless draw with Brazil, which ended in a penalty shootout where the South Americans emerged victorious.
The shirt worn featured the iconic blue with an almost holographic pattern, as well as stylish detailing on the cuffs reflecting the colors of the Italian flag. The old school collar was also a nice touch.
1934 World Cup – Champions
In the second edition of the most prestigious tournament in the world of football, Italy won the trophy for the first time in its history.
Italy started the tournament with a 7-1 victory over the United States, with Angelo Schiavio scoring a hat-trick and Raimundo Orsi grabbing a brace.
The quarter-finals saw Italy held to a 1-1 draw by Spain, but Italy would win on penalties and then book a place in the final to face CSSR after beating Austria 1-0.
The Italians pulled off a five-goal thriller with CSSR and emerged 3-2 winners. The kit is a very simple design – a blue long-sleeved jersey.
But rather than the Italian crest as we know it today, it featured both the Savoia family crest and the Fasces. At that time, Italy was ruled by fascist leader Benito Mussolini.
1938 World Cup – Champions
The 1938 World Cup in France saw Italy’s dominance continue as they defended their trophy and cemented themselves at the top of world football.
In the round of 16, Italy had to wait until extra time to defeat Norway, as a 94th-minute goal from Silvio Piola secured victory.
Piola continued to score, grabbing a quarter-final brace against France.
Italy booked their place in the final with a convincing 2-1 win over Brazil in the semi-finals.
The 1938 World Cup saw Italy sport a kit similar to that of the 1934 tournament. However, Italy actually wore an all-black version in the final to avoid facing the French opponent.
It was probably another nod to the fascist regime in Italy.
1982 World Cup – Champions
The 1982 World Cup saw Italy lift the trophy for the third time in their history and for the first time since 1938.
Italy had a strong start to the World Cup, beating Brazil and Argentina in Group A before being drawn into the second group.
The second part of the groups allowed Italy to narrowly qualify for the semi-finals after drawing all three of their group matches against Peru, Cameroon and Poland.
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In the semi-final, Italy collided with Poland. Enzo Bearzot’s side eventually secured victory over Poland as Paolo Rossi’s brace saw the Italians through to the final with a 2-0 win.
Paolo Rossi scored the opening goal of the final against Germany before Marco Tardelli and Alessandro Altobelli added two more.
The 1982 kit had the iconic blue shirt with the Italian crest on the left side of the chest. In addition, the edge of the sleeves and the collar highlighted the colors of the Italian flag.
2006 World Cup – Champions
Italy ended their 24-year wait and equaled the record for most World Cup victories, winning their fourth tournament, with another final victory in 2006.
Italy started their tournament in Group E alongside Ghana, the United States and the Czech Republic, topping the group with seven points after earning two wins and a draw.
A bit of luck in the final moments of their last 16 clash against Australia saw Francesco Totti convert a penalty to keep their World Cup campaign alive.
Italy had one of the strongest teams in the tournament, consisting of Francesco Totti, Gianluigi Buffon, Alessandro Del Piero, Andrea Pirlo, Fabio Cannavaro and many more.
The quarter-finals saw a much more dominant Italian performance as they beat Ukraine 3-0, with Luca Toni getting the goalscoring pick.
Italy met Germany in a highly anticipated semi-final which was very dramatic, as two late extra-time goals from Fabio Grosso and Alessandro Del Piero secured a place in the final for the first time since 1994.
The final saw Marco Materazzi grab the headlines, scoring an equalizer against France and receiving a game-changing header from France captain Zinedine Zidane.
Italy won the match 6-4 on penalties.
The Italy 2006 World Cup shirt featured the iconic blue shirt, but the crest sponsor and kit number were all placed in the center of the shirt. The numerals were gold rather than white, and the shoulders had a black border.
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