Italy National Football Team (Nazionale di calico dell’ Italia) has been representing and making the country proud since 1910 which is when they played their first game. This team is one of the most successful in the entire history of the World Cup and has won four titles by 2020. They are nicknamed affectionately gli Azzurri or "the Blues". This comes from the colour blue which is the traditional colour of the national teams. Blue borders the House of Savoy crest on the flag of the Kingdom of Italy and matches their uniform. The team wears an all blue uniform for most international games, and their outfits are manufactured by Puma.
The home games of the Italy National Football Team are played at stadiums throughout the country and the season runs from August through May. They are trained at the Italian Football Federation headquarters which is located named Centro Tecnico Sportivo Federale della FIGC or nicknamed the Coverciano in Florence.
The team is known amongst its fierce rivals which are Brazil, France, Germany, and Spain. In the FIFA World Ranking, the Italy National Football Team has taken first place more than a few times. The rivalry with Brazil is known as the World Derby. This is because these two teams are the most successful in the world. In fact, they have won nine world cups altogether. They were first matched in 1938 and have played each other five other times in the World Cup. But this wasn’t the earliest rival the team had. They also have a fierce rivalry with France. This dates back to a game played on May 15, 1910, which was Italy’s first match and a victory for them. Germany also has a long-standing rivalry with the Italian team. In 1970, the semifinals between them were dubbed “The Game of the Century.” Italy was victorious in this game as well. The rivalry Italy has with Spain has been dubbed the Mediterranean Derby and has been fierce since 1920. In 2012, Spain was victorious over Italy in the UEFA Euro Final.
As you can tell, Italy takes their football (or calcio) very seriously and it as much a part of the culture as the historical sites and landmarks. If you are a fan, you might want to take in a game on your vacation here and see the Italy National Football Team play live while you enjoy the thrill and the energy that this sport instigates amongst the masses of fans.
If you want to take the train to Florence to see a game or practice it’s easy. The Santa Maria Novella Station is the central station and is located on the western edge of the city. If you are staying and visiting locally, this station is in the heart of it all. Passengers coming into and out of the city may use the Florence Rifredi or Campo di Marte stations. If you end up at one of these stations, it is a quick ten-minute train ride into the main station of Santa Maria Novella. If the games are playing at some of the other stadiums around Italy, most cities and towns have a central train station that makes train travel fast, comfortable and fun.