2.And these are Italy's fans. The soccer team is known as the Azzurri, which refers to the team's blue jerseys.
3.And this is how fans cheer for the Italian national team.
4.Also, the French and Italian soccer teams have a BIT of a rivalry.
5.Historically, Italy has played a strong, team-oriented defensive style, nicknamed Catenaccio, meaning bolted door.
6.After Brazil, Italy is the most successful team in World Cup history. Gli Azzurri have won the title four times — in 1934, 1938, 1982, and 2006 — and also have finished as runner-up twice, in 1970 and 1994.
7.But in 2010, Italy pretty much shat the proverbial bed. The Italians failed to win a match — the first time the team didn't win a game at World Cup finals — and the team finished last in their group.
8.More recently, Italy finished as runner-up to Spain in the 2012 European Championship, a tournament they won in 1968 and were also runner-up in 2000.
The Italian squad for this year's World Cup is very, very good, but they also have some work to do.