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Italy's national football team (also known as La Squadra Azzurra [the blue team] or Gli Azzurri [the blues]) represents Italy in association football competitions vs. foreign national football teams. The national football team holds its home matches at various stadiums such as the Stadio Friuli in Udine, Stadio San Nicola in Bari, Stadio Ennio Tardini in Parma, Stadio Olimpico di Torino in Turin and the Stadio Via del Mare in Lecce.

Italy's national football team have won one European championship, one Olympic football tournament, two Central European International Cups and more than three UEFA World Cup tournaments.

After the 1978 FIFA World Cup, a scandal was revealed in the Serie A and a few of Italy's national football team players were prosecuted and suspended for and illegal betting and match fixing. This caused Italy's national football team to reach the 1982 FIFA World Cup with a low morale and high skepticism but despite the unpleasant circumstances, Italy's national football team managed to advance all the way to the finals and won the title after defeating their traditional opponent West Germany in the final match.

After winning the FIFA World Cup in 1982, it took Italy's national football team 24 years to reach the FIFA World Cup finals again in 2006 and win the title; this was Italy's fourth FIFA World Cup title. At the 2010 World Cup, Italy's national football team was eliminated in the first round and for the first time in its history; Italy failed to win a single match in the World Cup finals.

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