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*FIFA World Cup™ finals history *Italy are the joint-second most successful country in FIFA World Cup history. They have featured in the finals 18 times and lifted the Trophy on four occasions (1934, 1938, 1982 and 2006), on a par with Germany and behind only Brazil. La Nazionale and the Seleção are also the only two teams to have won consecutive editions of the competition. This notwithstanding, the Italians' last two campaigns have ended with a whimper in the group stage.

*The team *A survivor from the side that tasted glory at Germany 2006, captain and custodian Gianluigi Buffon remains a stalwart of the set-up. The defence is typically solid, while Marco Verratti's emergence has freshened up the middle of the park. Simone Zaza, Graziano Pelle and Eder all emerged as options in attack during the recent UEFA EURO 2016 campaign, where the *Azzurri *eventually lost to Germany on penalties in the quarter-finals.

*The coach *Vacant

The stat 6 - The number of World Cup Finals contested by Italy. Winners in 1934, 1938, 1982 and 2006, they fell at the last hurdle in 1970 and 1994. The 1930s was a particularly auspicious decade for the Squadra Azzurra, as they also claimed gold at the 1936 Olympics.

*The former stars *Dino Zoff, Franco Baresi, Giacinto Facchetti, Paolo Maldini, Gianni Rivera, Sandro Mazzola, Roberto Baggio, Giuseppe Meazza, Silvio Piola, Luigi Riva, Paolo Rossi, Fabio Cannavaro