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Italy in the World Cup Finals

World Cup Appearances:
France 1998 was Italy's 14th appearance in the World Cup Finals.

Best World Cup Performance:
Italy have won the World Cup three times: Italy 1934, France 1938, and Spain 1982.

The Azurri were also runners up in 1970, and 1994; third in 1990; and fourth in 1978. Quite an impressive record.

Italy in the 1998 World Cup

Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio
Group B

11th June: vs. Chile (2:2) in Bordeux.

17th June: vs. Cameroon (3:0) in Montpellier.

23rd June: vs. Austria (2-1) in Saint-Denis.

Italy had a lucky start against Chile, and managed to hold off the terrible, last-minute Austrians; for a place in the Second Round.

Knockout Stage

Second Round
27th June: vs. Norway (1:0) in Marseilles.

Against Norway, in the Second Round, Italy effectively killed off the match when Vieri scored his fifth goal of the tournament; in the eighteenth minute.

Quarter-Finals
3rd July: vs. France (0:0 aet) in Saint-Denis.

Italy didn't look much much livelier against France, in the quarter-finals; scoring a blank and losing on penalties.

UEFA:
Union des Associations Européennes de Football.

Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio.

Italy World Cup Squad

Goalkeepers:

1 Francesco Toldo (Fiorentina)
12 Gianluca Pagliuca (Inter Milan)
22 Gianluigi Buffon (Parma)

Defenders:

2 Giuseppe Bergomi (Inter Milan)
3 Paolo Maldini (AC Milan)
4 Fabio Cannavaro (Parma)
5 Alessandro Costacurta (AC Milan)
6 Alessandro Nesta (Lazio)
7 Gianluca Pessotto (Juventus)
8 Moreno Torricelli (Juventus)

Midfielders:

9 Demetrio Albertini (AC Milan)
11 Dino Baggio (Parma)
13 Sandro Cois (Fiorentina)
14 Luigi di Biagio (Roma)
15 Angelo di Livio (Juventus)
16 Roberto di Matteo (Chelsea)
17 Francesco Moriero (Inter Milan)

Forwards:

10 Alessandro del Piero (Juventus)
18 Roberto Baggio (Bologna)
19 Filippo Inzaghi (Juventus)
20 Enrico Chiesa (Parma)
21 Christian Vieri (Athletic Madrid)

Trainer:
Cesare Maldini.

Teams by Group

Group A
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Group B
Travel to Austria Austria, Travel to Cameroon Cameroon, Travel to Chile Chile, Travel to Italy Italy.

Group C
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Group D
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Group E
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Group F
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Group G
Travel to Colombia Colombia, Travel to England England, Travel to Romania Romania, Travel to Tunisia Tunisia.

Group H
Travel to Argentina Argentina, Travel to Croatia Croatia, Travel to Jamaica Jamaica, Travel to Japan Japan.

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