Italy Soccer Betting Odds
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Nicknames: Gli Azzurri (The Blues)
Head coach: Cesare Prandelli
Captain: Gianluigi Buffon
Most caps: Fabio Cannavaro (136)
Top scorer: Luigi Riva (35)
In Italy the game of football is known as calcio, which is pronounced something like KAL-choe. Calcio storico (historic calcio) is an Italian ballgame dating to the Middle Ages. It is vaguely soccer-like and the modern game was officially given it this name in an arcane debate over amatuerism in the 1920s after previously being known as football. The Italian national team is called the 'Azzuri' - the Blues, a reference to their blue jerseys. Blue was the traditional color of the House of Savoy, the ruling family of Italy until World War II.
The Italian football federation (the FIGC) runs the various Italian national teams and the handles the overall organization of the game while the individual leagues organize their own competitions as well as the Coppa Italia (the Italian Cup). The Coppa Italia is officially known by its title sponsor TIM, an Italian telecommunications company. The league champion in Italy earns the right to have a small shield (scudetto) on their jerseys the following season, and winning the championship is often called 'winning the scudetto'. The cup winner wears a similar, circular emblem. A team that has won 10 titles permanently wears a gold star on their jersey.
FIFA 2014 World Cup Group D
2014 World Cup Game Schedule
|Jun 14||Uruguay||1-3||Costa Rica||Fortaleza||4:00 PM|
|Jun 14||England||1-2||Italy||Manaus||6:00 PM|
|Jun 19||Uruguay||2-1||England||Sao Paulo||4:00 PM|
|Jun 20||Italy||0-1||Costa Rica||Recife||1:00 PM|
|Jun 24||Italy||0-1||Uruguay||Natal||1:00 PM|
|Jun 24||Costa Rica||0-0||England||Belo Horizonte||1:00 PM|
UEFA World Cup Qualifiers
The Union of European Football Associations, almost always referred to by its acronym UEFA is the administrative and controlling body for European association football, futsal and beach soccer. UEFA represents most of the national football associations of Europe, runs national and club competitions in its area, and controls the prize money, regulations and media rights to those competitions. Due to the disputed boundary of Europe and Asia transcontinental nations such as Turkey, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia, and Russia, are members of the UEFA rather than AFC, as are Israel and Cyprus which lie entirely in Asia.