A typical Azzurri squad of 1969
During 1969, the Italian National Team played 6 matches, 3 in Italy and 3 abroad, 3 friendly and 3 competitive matches. The Azzurri won 3 matches and equilised 3, during which they scored 13 goals and conceded 5.
1969
Award shared with West Germany
Giacinto
FACCHETTI
(Inter)
Captain
Artemio
FRANCHI
President
FIGC
Ferruccio
VALCAREGGI
National
Coach
The Azzurri Squad of the Euro 2000
During 2000, the Italian National Team played 14 matches, 5 in Italy and 9 abroad, 5 friendly and 9 competitive matches. The Azzurri won 9 matches, equilised 2 and lost 3, during which they scored 20 goals and conceded 9. During this year the Azzurri finished Runners-Up European Champions in the 1988 European Nations Championship after they lost the final of the Euro 2000 in the Low Countries.
2000
Dino
ZOFF
National
Coach
(10 games)
Paolo
MALDINI
(Milan)
Captain
(11 games)
Luciano
NIZZOLA
President
FIGC
FORZA
AZZURRI
STATISTICS
www.forza-azzurri.info
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The second part of all the honours won by the Italian National Team throughout the years.
History:
TEAM HONOURS 2
Go to History: EURO 2008
The Italian National Team is among the very few National Teams who won all the major competitions and trophies, both World and European that football can offer. The only exception is the new competition organised by FIFA among the winners of the various continental cups and the World Cup, the FIFA Confederations Cup. But one must point out that the Azzurri only participated twice in this competition with the best result being Third position.The second page of team honours concentrates on the Azzurri victories in the Coppa Internazionale and other international annuals and all-time awards like the FIFA World Team of the Year, Best Mover of the Year and the World Cup Most Entertaining Team, the Laureus World Team of the Year, the European National Team of the Year, the International Football Hall of Champions and the Best 1908-1940 Overall Football Olympic Team.
Go to History: Azzurri World Cup Stars 2
COPPA INTERNAZIONALE
THE MOST PRESTIGIOUS NATIONAL TEAM HONOUR IN EUROPE PRIOR TO THE EUROPEAN NATIONS CHAMPIONSHIPS
Winners - Regarded as European Champions prior to 1960.
Organisers - The first five editions where organised by the
National Federations of Austria, Italy, Hungary and
Czechoslovakia after the idea of the Austrian National Coach
and Official Hugo Meisl. Switzerland joined immediately
before the first edition started. The last (sixth) edition was
organised under the auspices of the newly founded UEFA
(Union of European Football Associations).
Participating Countries - Austria, Italy, Hungary, Czechoslovakia and Switzerland. Yugoslavia participated only in the last (sixth) edition.
Competition Structure - The competition was organised in a one group system with all participating countries playing against each other on a home / away basis. The country with most points at the end of the edition will be declared the winner. An overall winner was declared after every three editions, that is the country with the best placings in every three editions. Italy was the overall winner of the first three editions and got the right to keep the cup. There was no declared overall winner for the second three editions.
Names - The first edition was also called 'Coppa Svehla' after the former Czech Prime Minister Antonin Svehla who had donated the first trophy. The last (sixth) edition was also called 'Coppa Dr. Gero' in memory of the Austria Football Official Dr. Josef Gero who had just died.
Calendar - The competition was not organised with a fixed calendar and each edition took different number of years to complete. The second edition was played in two years (1931-32) whilst the sixth took six years (1954-60).
Editions and Winners - First edition (1927-30) Italy. Second edition (1931-32)  Austria. Third edition (1933-35) Italy. Fourth edition (1936-37) edition not completed because of the take-over of Austria by Germany in 1938 and the Second World War. Fifth edition (1948-53) Hungary. Sixth edition (1954-60) Czechoslovakia.
End of Competition - With the founding of UEFA and the creation of the European Nations Championships in 1960 the Coppa Internazionale lost its significance and was abolished.
Squads - Since the competition was played over a number of years there was no fixed squads for each edition. A different squad was called for each match.
THE TROPHY
Name -
Coppa Svehla, named after the former Czech Prime Minister Antonin
Svehla
who donated the cup.
Manufacturers - Unkown Czech Glass Factory.
Material - Bohemian Glass.
Used - First edition (1927-30) only.
Winners - Italy.
History - The trophy was damaged during the train trip after the last match of the edition, from Budapest to Italy when the train braked suddenly at the Monfalcone Station. National Coach Vittorio Pozzo kept the broken piece in his pocket as a lucky charm during the victorious finals of the 1934 and 1938 World Cups and the 1936 Olympics. It is not known what kind of trophy was presented to the winners in the other five editions.
WINNERS (1st Place) - COPPA INTERNATIONALE WINNERS
(EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS)
1930
Competition was played between 18 September 1927 and 11 May 1930. Italy won the Competition by 11 points, 1 point more than Czechoslovakia and Austria. From a total of 8 games Italy won 5, draw 1 and lost 2, scoring a total of 21 goals and conceding 15. The Azzurri received the 'Coppa Svehla' after the last match in the 'Ferencvaros Stadium' of Budapest in Hungary on the 11 May 1930 after beating Hungary 5-0.
A typical formation of the Azzurri during the first edition of the Coppa Internazionale
The Players
Carlo
CARCANO
National Coach
(3 games)
Luigi
ALLEMANDI
Inter
Leopoldo
CONTI
Inter
Julio
LIBONATTI
Torino
Federico
MUNERATI
Juventus
Giuseppe
MEAZZA
Inter
Raimondo
ORSI
Juventus
Angelo
PICCALUGA
Modena
Mario
ZANELLO
Pro Vercelli
Enrico
COLOMBARI
Torino
Eraldo
MONZEGLIO
Bologna
RUNNER-UP (2nd Place) - COPPA INTERNAZIONALE
RUNNER-UP (VICE EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS)
Luigi
CEVENINI
Juventus
Raffaele
COSTANTINO
Bari
Go to History: 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup
Adolfo
BALONCIERI
Torino
Captain
(5 games)
Umberto
CALIGARIS
Casale & Juventus
Captain
(2 games)
Virginio
ROSETTA
Juventus
Captain
(1 game)
Fulvio
BERNARDINI
Inter
Giampiero
COMBI
Juventus
Giovanni
DE PRA'
Genoa
Attilio
FERRARIS
Roma
Pietro
GENOVESI
Bologna
Virgilio F.
LEVRATTO
Genoa
Mario
MAGNOZZI
Livorno
Silvio
PIETROBONI
Inter
Alfredo
PITTO
Bologna
Enrico
RIVOLTA
Inter
Gino
ROSSETTI
Torino
Angelo
SCHIAVIO
Bologna
Leandro
ARPINATI
President FIGC
Augusto
RANGONE
National Coach
(4 games)
Vittorio
POZZO
National Coach
(1 game)
1935
Competition was played between 2 April 1933 and 24 November 1935. Italy won the Competition by 11 points, 2 points more than Hungary and Austria. From a total of 8 games Italy won 5, draw 1 and lost 2, scoring a total of 18 goals and conceding 10. The Azzurri received the 'Coppa Internazionale' after the last match in the 'Civico Arena' of Milano in Italy on the 24 November 1935 after equilizing with Hungary 2-2.
A typical formation of the Azzurri during the third edition of the Coppa Internazionale
The Players
Luigi
ALLEMANDI
Roma
Captain
(2 games)
Carlo
CERESOLI
Inter
Giovanni
FERRARI
Juventus / Inter
Anfilogino
GUARISI
Lazio
Giuseppe
MEAZZA
Inter
Raimondo
ORSI
Juventus
Ernesto
MASCHERONI
Inter
Roberto
PORTA
Inter
Renato
CATTANEO
Roma
Eraldo
MONZEGLIO
Bologna / Roma
Luigi
BERTOLINI
Juventus
Raffaele
COSTANTINO
Roma
Umberto
CALIGARIS
Juventus
Captain
(5 games)
Virginio
ROSETTA
Juventus
Felice P.
BOREL
Juventus
Giampiero
COMBI
Juventus
Renato
CESARINI
Juventus
Giordano
CORSI
Bologna
Gino
COLAUSSI
Triestina
Attilio
DEMARIA
Inter
Ricardo
FACCIO
Inter
Enrico
GUAITA
Roma
Luisito
MONTI
Juventus
Alfredo
PITTO
Inter
Captain
(1 game)
Silvio
PIOLA
Lazio
Mario
PIZZIOLO
Fiorentina
Angelo
SCHIAVIO
Bologna
Vittorio
POZZO
National Coach
Pietro
SERANTONI
Inter
Giorgio
VACCARO
President FIGC
1932
Competition was played between 22 February 1931 and 28 October 1932. Italy finished second with 9 points, 2 points less than the winners Austria. From a total of 8 games Italy won 3, draw 3 and lost 2, scoring a total of 14 goals and conceding 11.
A typical formation of the Azzurri during the second edition of the Coppa Internazionale
The Players
Luigi
ALLEMANDI
Inter
Giovanni
FERRARI
Juventus
Anfilogino
GUARISI
Lazio
Giuseppe
MEAZZA
Inter
Raimondo
ORSI
Juventus
Attila
SALLUSTRO
Napoli
Elvio
BANCHERO
Genoa
Eraldo
MONZEGLIO
Bologna
Luigi
BERTOLINI
Alessandria / Juventus
Raffaele
COSTANTINO
Roma
Umberto
CALIGARIS
Juventus
Captain
(2 games)
Virginio
ROSETTA
Juventus
Captain
(4 games)
Giampiero
COMBI
Juventus
Captain
(1 game)
Renato
CESARINI
Juventus
Bruno
DUGONI
Roma
Francesco
FEDULLO
Bologna
Mario
GIANNI
Bologna
Antonio
VOJAK
Napoli
Alfredo
PITTO
Bologna /
Fiorentina
Raffaele
SANSONE
Bologna
Vittorio
POZZO
National Coach
Ezio
SCLAVI
Lazio
Fulvio
BERNARDINI
Roma
Captain
(1 game)
Enrico
COLOMBARI
Napoli
Attilio
FERRARIS
Roma
Felice
GASPERI
Bologna
Julio
LIBONATTI
Torino
Mario
MAGNOZZI
Milan
Leandro
ARPINATI
President FIGC
FIFA WORLD TEAM OF THE YEAR
THE MOST PRESTIGIOUS NATIONAL TEAM STATISTICAL HONOUR IN THE WORLD
Winners - Regarded as the Best Overall Team in the World on Statistical values.
Organisers - FIFA (Federation Internationale de Football
Association) with the support of Coca-Cola.
Participating Countries - All FIFA member countries in
the World, more than 200 nations.
THE TROPHY
No particular trophy is awarded for this award.
Award Objective and Structure - The FIFA World Ranking List was created in 1993 in order to provide a fair basis of comparison of the relative strengths of all the National Teams in the World. Every month FIFA awards a number of points to each National Team according to a fixed criteria of factors, based mainly on the results, importance of matches, strength of opponents, regional strength and the number of matches played in the last four years. These points are updated each month by taking in consideration the new matches, with the monthly total being used to rank each National Team in a list that shows the current statistical strengths and progress of each team. The FIFA World Team of the Year Award is won by the National Team who is ranked first in the last FIFA Ranking of each year (December Ranking List). Since 2000 consideration was given to the National Team that had the highest average points in their seven best matches of the year.
First Edition - 1993
Editions until Today - 27
History - The award was won by seven different nations: Eleven times Brazil (1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006); Six times Spain (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013); Three times Germany (1993, 2014, 2017), Belgium (2015, 2018, 2019); Two times Argentina (2007, 2016); One time Netherlands (2000), Honduras (2001).

RUNNER-UP (2nd Place) - FIFA WORLD TEAM OF THE YEAR
1993
During 1993, the Italian National Team played 8 matches, 5 in Italy and 3 abroad, 1 friendly and 7 competitive matches. The Azzurri won 7 matches and lost 1, during which they scored 20 goals and conceded 4.
A typical formation of the Azzurri during 1993
Antonio MATARRESE
President
FIGC
Arrigo
SACCHI
National Coach
2006
During 2006, the Italian National Team played 16 matches, 5 in Italy and 11 abroad, 5 friendly and 11 competitive matches. The Azzurri won 8 matches, equilized 6 and lost 2, during which they scored 24 goals and conceded 11. During this year the Azzurri were crowned world champions by winning the 2006 World Cup in Germany.
The Azzurri Squad for the 2006 World Cup
Franco
CARRARO
President
FIGC
Roberto
DONADONI
National Coach
(6 games)
Marcello
LIPPI
National Coach
(10 games)
Guido
ROSSI
Commissioner
FIGC
Luca
PANCALLI
Commissioner
FIGC
A typical formation of the Azzurri during 1995
Arrigo
SACCHI
National Coach
Antonio MATARRESE
President
FIGC
During 1995, the Italian National Team played 9 matches, 4 in Italy and 5 abroad, 2 friendly and 7 competitive matches. The Azzurri won 7 matches, equilized 1 and lost 1, during which they scored 17 goals and conceded 5.
1995
FIFA WORLD TEAM OF THE YEAR 3rd PLACE
FIFA BEST MOVER OF THE YEAR AWARD
Winners - Regarded as the national team who made most progress in the world during the course of a whole year.
THE TROPHY
No particular trophy is awarded for this award.
WINNERS (1st Place) - FIFA BEST MOVER OF THE YEAR
2006
During 2006, the Italian National Team played 16 matches, 5 in Italy and 11 abroad, 5 friendly and 11 competitive matches. The Azzurri won 8 matches, equilized 6 and lost 2, during which they scored 24 goals and conceded 11. During this year the Azzurri were crowned world champions by winning the 2006 World Cup in Germany.
The Azzurri Squad for the 2006 World Cup
FIFA WORLD CUP MOST ENTERTAINING TEAM AWARD
Winners - Regarded as the team who produced the most entertaining football in the final stage of a World Cup edition.
Organisers - FIFA (Federation Internationale de
Football Association) with the support of Yahoo.
Participating Countries - The four semi-finalist
teams plus two other sides chosen by FIFA at
the end of the quarter-final round.
THE TROPHY
Award Objective and Structure - This is a subjectively awarded prize for the team which has done the most to entertain the public with a positive approach to the game during each World Cup edition. The winner is selected through public participation in a poll, in the last editions determined by an Internet vote.
First Edition - 1994
Last Edition - 2014
Editions Awarded - 6
History - The award was won by six different nations: Brazil (1994), France (1998), South Korea (2002), Portugal (2006), Germany (2010), Columbia (2014).
Organisers - FIFA (Federation Internationale de Football
Association) with the support of Coca-Cola.
Participating Countries - All FIFA member countries in
the World, more than 200 nations.
Award Objective and Structure - The Best Mover of the Year is awarded to the national team who has made the best progress in the FIFA World Ranking List over the course of the year. The FIFA World Ranking List was created in 1993 in order to provide a fair basis of comparison of the relative strengths of all the National Teams in the World. Every month FIFA awards a number of points to each National Team according to a fixed criteria of factors, based mainly on the results, importance of matches, strength of opponents, regional strength and the number of matches played in the last four years. These points are updated each month by taking in consideration the new matches, with the monthly total being used to rank each National Team in a list that shows the current statistical strengths and progress of each team. The Best Mover award is not simply given to the national team that has risen the most places in the World Ranking List during the year, but a calculation is performed in order to account for the fact that it becomes progressively harder to earn more points the higher up the rankings list a team is.
First Edition - 1993
Editions until Today - 27
History - The award was won by twenty-four different nations, Two times: Croatia (1994, 1998), Colombia (1993, 2012), France (2016, 2018); One time: Jamaica (1995), South Africa (1996), Yugoslavia (1997), Slovenia (1999), Nigeria (2000), Costa Rica (2001), Senegal (2002), Bahrain (2003), China (2004), Ghana (2005), Italy (2006), Mozambique (2007), Spain (2008), Brazil (2009), Netherlands (2010), Wales (2011), Ukraine (2013), Germany (2014), Turkey (2015) and Denmark (2017),Qatar (2019).
2006
During the 2006 World Cup edition, the Italian National Team played 7 matches, winning 5 matches and equilized 2, one of which (the final) they won after a penalty shoot-out. In these matches they scored 12 goals and conceded only 2 (an own goal and a penalty). The Azzurri were crowned world champions.
The Azzurri Squad for the 2006 World Cup
Marcello
LIPPI
National Coach
Guido
ROSSI
Commissioner
FIGC
RUNNER-UP (2nd Place) - FIFA WORLD WORLD CUP
MOST ENTERTAINING TEAM
BEST 1908-1940 OVERALL FOOTBALL OLYMPIC TEAM
Winners - Regarded as the best overall team in the Football Olympic Tournaments (1908-1940) prior to the creation of the World Cup.
Organisers - IFFHS (International Federation of
Football History and Statistics) with the approval of
FIFA (Federation Internationale de Football
Association)
Participating Countries - All national teams that
participated in any of the Olympic Football Tournaments between 1908 and 1940, a total of 37 National Teams.
THE TROPHY
No particular trophy is awarded for this award.
Award Structure - Each National team was awarded 2 points for each win and 1 point for each draw for all the matches played in the Olympic Football Tournaments between 1908 and 1940, thus creating a cumulative table.
History - The best overall ten 1908-1940 Football Olympics National Teams were: 1. Italy, 2. Nederlands, 3. Uruguay, 4. Great Britain, 5. Spain, 6. Austria, 7. Czeckoslovakia, 8. Switzerland, 9. Sweden, 10. Danmark.
WINNERS (1st Place) - BEST OVERALL
FOOTBALL OLYMPIC TEAM 1908-1940
1908 - 1940
In the period 1908 - 1940, Italy participated in five tournaments, missing only in 1908. In total the Azzurri played 19 matches, winning 12, losing 6 and equalizing 1. In the process they scored 51 goals whilst conceding 30, obtaining a total of 25 points from the maximum possible of 38. Italy placed as follows:
Giuseppe
MILANO
(Pro Vercelli)
Captain
1912
Renzo
DE VECCHI
(Genoa)
Captain
1920 (3 games)
1924 (1 game)
Francesco
MAURO
President
FIGC 1920
YearVenue      Stage of Elimination     Final Ranking
1912Stockholm, SwedenPreliminary Round10th
1920Antwerp, Belgium   Quarter Finals 5th
1924Paris, France   Quarter Finals 6th
1928Amsterdam, NetherlansdSemi Finals    3rd - Bronze Medal
1936Berlin, Germany      Final       1st - Gold Medal
Adolfo
BALONCIERI
(Alessandra)
Captain
1924 (2 games)
1928
Giulio
CAPPELLI
(Viareggio)
Captain
1936 (2 games)
Alfredo
FONI
(Juventus)
Captain
1936 (2 games)
Franco
BARESI
(Milan)
Captain
(6 games)
Paolo
MALDINI
(Milan)
Captain
(2 games)
Fabio
CANNAVARO
(Juventus & Real Madrid)
Captain
(15 games)
Massimo
AMBROSINI
(Milan)
Captain
(1 game)
Paolo
MALDINI
(Milan)
Captain
(7 games)
Alessandro
COSTACURTA
(Milan)
Captain
(1 game)
Gianluca
PAGLIUCA
(Inter)
Captain
(1 game)
Franco
CARRARO
President
FIGC
Roberto
DONADONI
National Coach
(6 games)
Marcello
LIPPI
National Coach
(10 games)
Guido
ROSSI
Commissioner
FIGC
Luca
PANCALLI
Commissioner
FIGC
Fabio
CANNAVARO
(Juventus & Real Madrid)
Captain
(15 games)
Massimo
AMBROSINI
(Milan)
Captain
(1 game)
Fabio
CANNAVARO
(Juventus)
Captain
Luigi
BOZINO
President
FIGC 1924
Leandro
ARPINATI
President
FIGC 1928
Giorgio
VACCARO
President
FIGC 1936
Vittorio
POZZO
National Coach
1912, 1924, 1936
Giuseppe
MILANO
National Coach
1920
Augusto
RANGONE
National Coach
1928
Piero
CAMPELLI
(Inter)
Captain
1920 (1 game)
INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL HALL OF CHAMPIONS
THE MOST PRESTIGIOUS ALL-TIME HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE LIST FOR NATIONAL TEAMS / FEDERATIONS
Winners - Regarded as one of the all-time best National Teams / Federation in the world.
Organisers - IFHOC (International Football Hall
of Champions) and FIFA (Federation
Internationale de Football Association).
Participating Countries - All National Teams /
Federations members of FIFA from its inception
in 1904 until today.
THE PLATE
Award Objective and Structure - The Hall of Champions was created to celebrate the lives and careers of the great figures of football and through its inductees, to promote not only the values of excellence and achievement, but also those of sportsmanship and fairplay. Therefore the eligibility for the Hall of Champions was based on both sporting success and a consistent contribution to the positive image of the game of football. In order to lead the IFHOC, a Steering Committee was established, made up of 11 members, 4 from FIFA, 4 from ISEC (International Sports & Entertainment Concepts, Inc.) and 3 rotating members from various occupations and endeavors, each having, in some significant way, something to do with the sport of football or the IFHOC. In order to select the inductees, the Selectors Committee was created, made up of 26 international football journalists and executives from more than 16 different countries from all over the world, picked by the Steering Committee for their unique knowledge and commitment to the game.
Prospective inductee nominations were made to the Steering Committee and only those candidates who received more than 75% of the Selectors Committee vote were accepted as inductees of the International Football Hall of Champions.
First Edition - 1997
Last Edition - 2000
Editions Awarded - 4
History - Four different National Teams / Federations were inducteed by the IFHOC: Brazil (1997), Germany (1998), Argentina (1999) and Italy (2000). The Hall of Champions did not continue to inductee after the 2000 edition.
International Hall of Champions
International Football Hall of Champions Inductee Plate
Name - International Footnall Hall of Champions Inductee Plate.
Material - Silver with engraved logo and inscription.
Diameter - Circa 40 cm
History - The plate was given to all inductees of the International Football Hall of Champions.
Catagories - The International Football Hall of Champions inducteed eight different catagories: Players, Managers / Coaches,  Referees, Pioneers / Founders / Organisers / Club Owners, Cubs, National Teams / Federations, Sports Media and For the Good of the Game.
INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL
HALL OF CHAMPIONS INDUCTEE
2000
The Italian National Team and the FIGC (Italian Football Federation) were inducteed in the FIFA International Football Hall of Champions for their "values of excellence, achievement, sportsmanship, fairplay, sporting success and a consistent contribution to the positive image of the game of football throughout the years since their establishment - 1910 (National Team) and 1898 (FIGC)"
LAUREUS WORLD TEAM OF THE YEAR
THE MOST PRESTIGIOUS ANNUAL TEAM SPORT AWARD IN THE WORLD
Winners - Regarded as the best team in the world from all sports teams.
THE TROPHY
Organisers - The Laureus Sport for Good
Foundation with its founding Patrons
DaimlerChrysler and Richemont and the support
of the Global Partners Mercedes-Benz, IWC
Schaffhausen and Allianz.
Participating Countries - All sports teams in the
world.
Award Objective and Structure - The objective
of the Laureus awards is to promote the use of
sport as a tool for social change and celebrates
sporting excellence. The awards are given
annually to sportspeople and teams who have
been outstanding in their sports discipline during the previous
year. A Selection Panel of the world's leading sports editors,
writers and broadcasters from over 100 countries votes to create
a shortlist of six nominations in each category. The Award winner is selected by a secret ballot by the 65 members of the Laureus World Sports Academy, all retired athletes in different sports and coming from different countries from all over the world, including the Azzurro Alessandro Del Piero. The only exceptions are the Action Sportsperson and Sportsperson with a Disability Awards whose nominations are selected by a specialist panel and the Sporting Moment Award which is voted by the public.
First Edition - 2000
Editions until Today - 20
History - The Laureus World Sports Award for Team of the Year was awarded ten times to football teams, six National teams: France (2001, 2019), Brazil (2003), Greece (2005), Italy (2007), Spain (2011) and Germany (2015); and three clubs: Manchester United, England (2000), Barcelona, Spain (2012) and Bayern Munich, Germany (2014). The other ten awards where given to teams in the sports discipline of Cricket, Rugby, Formula One, Olympics, Golf and Baseball.
Categories - The Laureus Awards are given annually to seven different categories: Laureus World Sportsman of the Year, Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year, Laureus World Team of the Year, Laureus World
The Laureus World Team of the Year Trophy
Name - Laureus Statuette
Designers and Manufacturers - Cartier SA  (French)
Material - Each of the two figures is made up of 670g of solid silver with a base of 650g of gold finish.
Height - 30 cm
Weight - 2.5 Kg
Represents - Two back-to-back athletes with their arms spread towards the sky, holding the globe with the five continents engraved on the base.
History - The trophy is given annually to all award winners in the different catagories to keep forever.
International Hall of Champions
WINNERS (1st Place) - LAUREUS
WORLD TEAM OF THE YEAR AWARD
2007
The Italian National Team won this award for its outstanding achievment and team spirit shown during the 2006 World Cup in Germany which the Azzurri won against all odds. During the World Cup the Azzurri played 7 matches, winning 5 matches and equilizing 2, during which they scored 12 goals and conceded only 2, one own goal and one from a penalty. They won the Semi-Final against hosts Germany 2-0 after Extra-Time and won the Final against France 5-3 on a Penalty shoot-out after the match finished 1-1 after Extra-Time to be crowned World Champions.
The Azzurri Squad for the 2006 World Cup
Marcello
LIPPI
National Coach
Guido
ROSSI
Commissioner
FIGC
Fabio
CANNAVARO
(Juventus)
Captain
Alessandro Del Piero receiving the award on the behalf of the Azzurri
EUROPEAN NATIONAL TEAM OF THE YEAR
THE MOST PRESTIGIOUS EUROPEAN ANNUAL NATIONAL TEAM AWARD
Winners - Regarded as the best National Team in Europe.
Organisers - The French bi-weekly magazine
France Football.
Participating Countries - All European national
teams.
THE TROPHY
No particular trophy is awarded for this award.
Award Structure - Not clear. The winner is probably selected by journalists (one from each member country of UEFA) during the voting process for the European Player of the Year Award given annually by France Football. There were years when the award was shared by two National Teams. The award was not given anymore after 2007.
First Edition - 1959
Last Edition - 2007
Total Editions - 49.
History - The European National Team of the Year was awarded to sixteen different countries: Eight times West Germany (1968, 1972, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1980, 1981, 1990); Six times England (1965, 1966, 1969, 1971, 1987, 2005), Spain (1964, 1986, 1995, 1997, 2001, 2007); Five times Italy (1970, 1973, 1982, 1994, 2006); Four times France (1984, 1991, 1998, 2000), Netherlands (1974, 1978, 1988, 1989), Soviet Union (1960, 1967, 1971, 1985), Three times Germany (1993, 1996, 2002), Two times Czechoslovakia (1962, 1975), Denmark (1983, 1992), Hungary (1959, 1964), Sweden (1963, 1994), One time Austria (1961), Czech Republic (2003), Greece (2004), Norway (1999) and Yugoslavia (1979).
WINNERS (1st Place) - FRANCE FOOTBALL
EUROPEAN NATIONAL TEAM OF THE YEAR
1970
During 1970, the Italian National Team played 11 matches, 1 in Italy and 10 abroad, 3 friendly and 8 competitive matches. The Azzurri won 6 matches, equilised 4 and lost 1, during which they scored 20 goals and conceded 13. During this year the Azzurri finished Runner-ups World Champions after they lost the final of the 1970 World Cup in Mexico.
Ferruccio
VALCAREGGI
National Coach
Artemio
FRANCHI
President
FIGC
Giacinto
FACCHETTI
(Inter)
Captain
The Azzurri squad for the 1970 World Cup
1973
During 1973, the Italian National Team played 8 matches, 6 in Italy and 2 abroad, 4 friendly and 4 competitive matches. The Azzurri won 7 matches and equilised 1, during which they scored 15 goals without conceding any goals.
Ferruccio
VALCAREGGI
National Coach
Artemio
FRANCHI
President
FIGC
Giacinto
FACCHETTI
(Inter)
Captain
(7 games)
A typical Azzurri formation of 1973
Tarcisio
BURGNICH
(Inter)
Captain
(1 games)
1982
Enzo
BEARZOT
National Coach
Federico
SORDILLO
President
FIGC
Dino
ZOFF
(Juventus)
Captain
The Azzurri Squad for the 1982 World Cup
During 1982, the Italian National Team played 13 matches, 3 in Italy and 10 abroad, 4 friendly and 9 competitive matches. The Azzurri won 4 matches, equilised 6 and lost 3, during which they scored 15 goals and conceded 13. During this year the Azzurri were crowned World Champions by winning the 1982 World Cup in Spain.
1994
The Azzurri Squad for the 1994 World Cup
During 1994, the Italian National Team played 16 matches, 5 in Italy and 11 abroad, 6 friendly and 10 competitive matches. The Azzurri won 9 matches, equilised 3 and lost 4, during which they scored 20 goals and conceded 12. During this year the Azzurri finished Runner-up World Champions after they lost the final of the 1994 World Cup in the USA with a penalty shoot-out.
Award shared with Sweden
Arrigo
SACCHI
National Coach
Antonio MATARRESE
President
FIGC
Paolo
MALDINI
(Milan)
Captain
(6 games)
Franco
BARESI
(Milan)
Captain
(9 games)
Gianluca
PAGLIUCA
(Inter)
Captain
(1 game)
The Azzurri Squad for the 1962 World Cup
Giuseppe
FERRARI
Technical
Commissioner
(5 games)
Giuseppe
PASQUALE
President
FIGC
RUNNER-UP (2nd Place) - FRANCE FOOTBALL
EUROPEAN NATIONAL TEAM OF THE YEAR
Lorenzo
BUFFON
(Inter)
Captain
(3 games)
During 1962, the Italian National Team played 7 matches, 2 in Italy and 5 abroad, 3 friendly and 4 competitive matches. The Azzurri won 5 matches, equilised 1 and lost 1, during which they scored 16 goals and conceded 5.
Award shared with West Germany and Soviet Union
1962
Cesare
MALDINI
(Milan)
Captain
(2 games)
Giacomo
LOSI
(Roma)
Captain
(1 game)
Bruno
MORA
(Juventus)
Captain
(1 game)
Paolo
MAZZA
Technical
Commissioner
(5 games)
Edmondo
FABBRI
National
Coach
(2 games)
A typical Azzurri formation of 1963
Giuseppe
PASQUALE
President
FIGC
During 1963, the Italian National Team played 6 matches, 3 in Italy and 3 abroad, 3 friendly and 3 competitive matches. The Azzurri won 4 matches, equilised 1 and lost 1, during which they scored 7 goals and conceded 3.
Award shared with Yugoslavia and Belgium
1963
Cesare
MALDINI
(Milan)
Captain
(4 games)
Sandro
SALVADORE
(Juventus)
Captain
(2 games)
A typical Azzurri formation of 1967
During 1967, the Italian National Team played 6 matches, 3 in Italy and 3 abroad, 1 friendly and 5 competitive matches. The Azzurri won 4 matches and equilised 2, during which they scored 15 goals and conceded 3.
Award shared with Hungary
1967
Ferruccio
VALCAREGGI
Technical Commissioner
(2 games)
National Coach
(4 games)
Giacinto
FACCHETTI
(Inter)
Captain
Helenio
HERRERA
Technical
Commissioner
(2 games)
Artemio
FRANCHI
President
FIGC
Edmondo
FABBRI
National
Coach
The Azzurri Squad of the 1978 World Cup
During 1978, the Italian National Team played 14 matches, 5 in Italy and 9 abroad, 7 friendly and 7 competitive matches. The Azzurri won 7 matches, equilised 3 and lost 4, during which they scored 15 goals and conceded 13. During this year the Azzurri finished fourth in the 1978 World Cup hosted in Argentina.
1978
Enzo
BEARZOT
National
Coach
Dino
ZOFF
(Juventus)
Captain
(12 games)
Franco
CARRARO
President
FIGC
Artemio
FRANCHI
Regent & President
FIGC
Giancarlo
ANTOGNONI
(Fiorentina)
Captain
(1 game)
Romeo
BENETTI
(Juventus)
Captain
(1 game)
A typical Azzurri formation of 1987
During 1987, the Italian National Team played 10 matches, 4 in Italy and 6 abroad, 4 friendly and 6 competitive matches. The Azzurri won 6 matches, equilised 3 and lost 1, during which they scored 15 goals and conceded 3.
1987
Azeglio
VICINI
National
Coach
Alessandro
ALTOBELLI
(Inter)
Captain
(6 games)
Franco
CARRARO
Commissioner
FIGC
Antonio
MATARRESE
President
FIGC
Antonio
CABRINI
(Juventus)
Captain
(2 games)
Award shared with the Netherlands
A typical Azzurri formation of 1988
During 1988, the Italian National Team played 11 matches, 5 in Italy and 6 abroad, 7 friendly and 4 competitive matches. The Azzurri won 7 matches, equilised 2 and lost 2, during which they scored 17 goals and conceded 7. During this year the Azzurri finished fourth in the 1988 European Nations Championship hosted in West Germany.
1988
Azeglio
VICINI
National
Coach
Giuseppe
BERGOMI
(Inter)
Captain
Antonio
MATARRESE
President
FIGC
Demetrio
ALBERTINI
(Milan)
Captain
(2 games)
Ciro
FERRARA
(Juventus)
Captain
(1 game)
Giovanni
TRAPATTONI
National
Coach
(4 games)
Giovanni
PETRUCCI
Commissioner
FIGC
THIRD PLACE - FRANCE FOOTBALL
EUROPEAN NATIONAL TEAM OF THE YEAR
A typical Azzurri squad of 1968
During 1968, the Italian National Team played 6 matches, 4 in Italy and 2 abroad, all of them competitive matches. The Azzurri won 3 matches, equilised 2 and lost 1, during which they scored 8 goals and conceded 4. During this year the Azzurri were crowned European Champions by winning the Euro 1968 in Italy.
1968
Award shared with the Soviet Union, England and Yugoslavia
Giacinto
FACCHETTI
(Inter)
Captain
Artemio
FRANCHI
President
FIGC
Ferruccio
VALCAREGGI
National
Coach
The Azzurri Squad of the 1990 World Cup
During 1990, the Italian National Team played 13 matches, 9 in Italy and 4 abroad, 3 friendly and 10 competitive matches. The Azzurri won 9 matches and equilised 4, during which they scored 17 goals and conceded 3. During this year the Azzurri finished third in the 1990 World Cup hosted in Italy.
1990
Award shared with England
Giuseppe
BERGOMI
(Inter)
Captain
(12 games)
Franco
BARESI
(Milan)
Captain
(1 game)
Azeglio
VICINI
National
Coach
Antonio
MATARRESE
President
FIGC
A typical Azzurri formation of 1993
During 1993, the Italian National Team played 8 matches, 5 in Italy and 3 abroad, 1 friendly and 7 competitive matches. The Azzurri won 7 matches and lost 1, during which they scored 20 goals and conceded 4.
1993
Award shared with Spain
Franco
BARESI
(Milan)
Captain
(6 games)
Arrigo
SACCHI
National
Coach
Antonio
MATARRESE
President
FIGC
Paolo
MALDINI
(Milan)
Captain
(2 games)
A typical Azzurri formation of 2003
During 2003, the Italian National Team played 11 matches, 6 in Italy and 5 abroad, 6 friendly and 5 competitive matches. The Azzurri won 9 matches, equilised 1 and lost 1, during which they scored 21 goals and conceded 5.
2003
Fabio
CANNAVARO
(Inter)
Captain
(10 games)
Christian
PANUCCI
(Roma)
Captain
(1 game)
Giovanni
TRAPATTONI
National
Coach
Franco
CARRARO
President
FIGC
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Antonio
JANNI
Torino
2006
During 2006, the Italian National Team played 16 matches, 5 in Italy and 11 abroad, 5 friendly and 11 competitive matches. The Azzurri won 8 matches, equilized 6 and lost 2, during which they scored 24 goals and conceded 11. During this year the Azzurri were crowned world champions by winning the 2006 World Cup in Germany.
The Azzurri Squad for the 2006 World Cup
Franco
CARRARO
President
FIGC
Roberto
DONADONI
National Coach
(6 games)
Marcello
LIPPI
National Coach
(10 games)
Guido
ROSSI
Commissioner
FIGC
Luca
PANCALLI
Commissioner
FIGC
Fabio
CANNAVARO
(Juventus & Real Madrid)
Captain
(15 games)
Massimo
AMBROSINI
(Milan)
Captain
(1 game)
A typical formation of the Azzurri during 2007
Giancarlo
ABETE
President
FIGC
Luca
PANCALLI
Commissioner
FIGC
During 2007, the Italian National Team played 10 matches, 5 in Italy and 5 abroad, 2 friendly and 8 competitive matches. The Azzurri won 8 matches, equilized 1 and lost 1, during which they scored 18 goals and conceded 7.
2007
Fabio
CANNAVARO
(Real Madrid)
Captain
(8 games)
Daniele
DE ROSSI
(Roma)
Captain
(1 game)
Gianluigi
BUFFON
(Juventus)
Captain
(1 game)
Roberto
DONADONI
National Coach
The Azzurri Squad of the Euro 2000
During 2000, the Italian National Team played 14 matches, 5 in Italy and 9 abroad, 5 friendly and 9 competitive matches. The Azzurri won 9 matches, equilised 2 and lost 3, during which they scored 20 goals and conceded 9. During this year the Azzurri finished Runners-Up European Champions in the 2000 European Nations Championship after they lost the final of the Euro 2000 in the Low Countries.
2000
Dino
ZOFF
National
Coach
(10 games)
Paolo
MALDINI
(Milan)
Captain
(11 games)
Luciano
NIZZOLA
President
FIGC
Demetrio
ALBERTINI
(Milan)
Captain
(2 games)
Ciro
FERRARA
(Juventus)
Captain
(1 game)
Giovanni
TRAPATTONI
National
Coach
(4 games)
Giovanni
PETRUCCI
Commissioner
FIGC
Name - FIFA World Cup Most Entertaining Team
Material - Gold body with a Glass sphere in the middle
Base Diametre: circa 18cm
Note - This trophy is also given to the FIFA Presdential award winner
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Newcomer / Breakthrough of the Year, Laureus World Comeback of the Year, Laureus World Alternative / Action Sportsperson of the Year, Laureus World Sportsperson with a Disability of the Year and Laureus World Sporting Moment of the Year (initiated in 2017 - won by Spanish club Barcelona Under 12s team in 2017). Five other discretionary awards are given out not necessary annually but according to annual events: Laureus Lifetime Achievement Award, Laureus Sport for Good Award (won by Kenyan 'Moving the Goalposts' in 2016 and Indian 'Yuwa' in 2019), Laureus Spirit of Sport Award (won by Spanish club Barcelona in 2007 and English club Leicester City in 2017), Laureus Exceptional Achievement Award and Laureus Sporting Inspirations Award.