The Italy National Team is headed back to the World Cup for the 14th consecutive time -- and this time, Italy is out for redemption. After winning the World Cup in 2006, Italy failed to advance to the knockout round in 2010, finishing in last place in group play. Now in 2014, Gli Azzurri is poised to make another deep run in the World Cup, as Italy attempts to win its fifth World Cup.
Italy qualified for the 2014 World Cup after finishing in first place in Europe's Group B during qualifications. As of March 2014, Italy is ranked No. 8 by FIFA, essentially earmarking Italy as a legitimate World Cup contender.
Italy opens World Cup play with a pivotal match against England on June 14, before taking on Costa Rica on June 20. Italy's final match in group play is another tough one, as Gli Azzurri will take on Uruguay on June 24. Italy National Team Facts World Cup appearances: 18 Four-time World Cup champions (1934, 1938, 1982, 2006) Longest World Cup qualification streak: 14 (active) One-time UEFA European champions (1968) One-time Olympic gold medalists (1936) Two-time Olympic bronze medalists (1928, 2004) Manager: Cesare Prandelli All-time leading scorer: Luigi Riva (35)
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