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Football in italy

Football in Italy

Football in italy

A bit of history …

  • Different forms of football were played in Italy in ancient times, the earliest of which was Harpastum, played during the times of the Roman Empire. This game may have also been influential to other forms throughout Europe due to the expansion of the Empire, including Medieval football in England.

Football in italy

The first leagues were started by English emigrants in the 1891s in Italy. The first club was Genoa Cricket and Athletic Club (now Genoa Cricket & Football Club). Initially there were separate leagues for Italians and foreigners, they merged around 1897. In March 1898, the Italian Football Federation (Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio , FIGC) was set up in Turin with four clubs joining: Genoa, FC Torinese, Internazionale di Torino and the Società Ginnastica di Torino (Gymnastic Society of Torino). Other clubs existed but decided not to join. The first league took place on a single day, May 8, 1898 in Torino. The title was won by Genoa.

Football in italy

  • Football is the most popular sport in Italy. The Italian national football team has won the Football World Cup four times and is the current title-holder. Italy's club sides have won 27 major European trophies, making them the most successful footballing nation in Europe.

World champion 1934

World Champion 1934

World champion 1938

World Champion 1938

World champion 1982

World Champion 1982

World champion 2006

World Champion 2006

  • BUFFON Gianluigi - ZAMBROTTA GianlucaCANNAVARO Fabio

  • IAQUINTA Vincenzo - GROSSO Fabio

  • TOTTI Francesco

  • GATTUSO Gennaro - PIRLO Andrea

  • DEL PIERO Alessandro

  • CAMORANESI Mauro - TONI Luca


  • DE ROSSI Daniele - PERROTTA Simone

National football championship

National Football Championship

  • The Italian football league system is a series of interconnected leagues for football teams in Italy. At the top there is the Lega Nazionale Professionisti (Professional national League, often referred to as “Lega Calcio”) which manages the two main divisions: Serie A e Serie B.

In Serie A, the major professional division, there are 20 teams competing and the one which gains more scores wins the so called Scudetto. Serie A is widely regarded as an elite in the footballing world. Historically it has produced the highest number of European Cup finalists.

The most famous teams in serie a are

The most famous teams in Serie A are:

Italian coaches and players in uk

Italian coaches and players in UK

  • Fabio Capello, Ex football player and coach for many important Italian teams. In 2007, he became coach for the English National Football team.

  • Gianluca Vialli, retired player and coach. In 1996, he joined Chelsea as striker and then player-coach. After, he became coach for Wattford

  • Gianfranco Zola,ex player. He played for Chelsea and in 2008 became coach for West Ham.

Football in italy

  • Paolo Di Canio, retired player. He has played for many years as striker for Celtic, Glasgow, Sheffield Wednesday, West Ham and Charleton.

  • Carlo Cudicini, goalkeeper for Chelsea and currently plays for Tottenham.

  • Andrea Dossena, defender for Liverpool since 2008.

  • David De Michele, striker for West Ham since 2008.

Le parole del calcio football words

Le parole del calcioFootball words

Le divise ufficiali the o fficial uniforms

Le divise ufficialiThe official uniforms

Lo stemma

The badge

In casa

Home Colours

Fuori casa

Away Colours

L allenamento coaching

L’allenamento… – Coaching…

…La partita - The match…

E il goal and the goal

…e il goal! – …and the goal!

I tifosi

I tifosi

The supporters

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Football player













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Calcio di punizione

Free kick

Calcio di rigore

Penalty kick

Cartellino rosso/giallo

Red / yellow Card

Calcio d'angolo

Corner kick

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Goal Net


Changing room

Coppa del mondo

World Cup



Campo da calcio soccer field

Campo da calcio - Soccer Field


corner kick






goal area

Area di rigore

Penalty area

Linea di difesa

Zone defense

Football in italy

Edited by: Sabrina Lombardi (2006)

Ri-edited by: Paola Digregorio (2009)

Education Department

Italian Consulate General, London

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