ITALY NATIONAL TEAM


Euro 2016 Qualifying Game


Italy vs Malta


Match Worn Shirt


Pirlo Andrea


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Despite previously announcing his international retirement following the 2014 World Cup, Pirlo reversed his decision, and under new Italy manager, and Pirlo’s former Juventus manager Antonio Conte, Pirlo returned to the Italian squad. On 10 October 2014, Pirlo started in Italy’s second Euro 2016 qualifying match, which ended in a 2–1 home win over Azerbaijan, overtaking Zoff with his 113th appearance for Italy. Pirlo assisted Chiellini’s first goal of the match from a corner kick. In August 2015, Pirlo was called for Italy’s Euro 2016 qualifying matches against Malta and Bulgaria in September; he appeared in Italy’s 1–0 home victory over Malta on 3 September, becoming the first MLS player to represent Italy. In total, Pirlo made four appearances under Conte, as Italy qualified for Euro 2016 on 10 October in a 3–1 win over Azerbaijan. On 23 May 2016, Pirlo, along with fellow MLS compatriot Giovinco, was left off of Conte’s 30-player shortlist for Italy’s Euro 2016 squad. Regarding their omission, Conte commented in a press conference: “When you make a certain choice and go to play in certain leagues, you do so taking it into account that they could pay the consequences from a footballing viewpoint”.[ In response to Conte’s comments, Pirlo stated to Sky Italia: “I have spoken to Conte and there is no disappointment on my part, he knows what he has to do and what he should not do. We had discussions during the season and both parties made their own decisions. He is the coach and it’s only right he makes his decisions and decides what is best for him. I hope Italy win although the favourites are other teams such as Germany, Spain and France.”


ITALY NATIONAL TEAM


Euro 2016 Qualifying Game


Italy vs Croatia


Match Worn Shirt & Socks


Buffon Gianluigi


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Buffon made his first appearance for Italy under new manager Antonio Conte on 9 September 2014, captaining his team in their opening European Championship qualifying match against Norway in Oslo. He kept a clean sheet as Italy won the match 2–0. On 12 June 2015, Buffon became the first player to appear in 50 UEFA competitive international matches in Italy’s 1–1 away draw against Croatia in a European qualifying match. Buffon saved an early Mario Mandžukić penalty, but was taken off at half time and replaced by Salvatore Sirigu due to an injury. He made his 150th appearance for Italy on 6 September 2015, keeping a clean sheet in a home 1–0 win over Bulgaria, his 62nd clean sheet at the international level. Italy qualified for Euro 2016 on 10 October in a 3–1 win over Azerbaijan. After the Euro qualification, Buffon stated that Euro 2016 would be the final European Championship of his career, but expressed his intentions to retire only after the 2018 World Cup, which would see him play up to the age of 40. On 31 May 2016, Buffon was named the captain of Conte’s 23-man Italy squad for Euro 2016.

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The 2016 UEFA European Championship, commonly referred to as UEFA Euro 2016 or simply Euro 2016, was the 15th UEFA European Championship, the quadrennial international men’s football championship of Europe organised by UEFA. It was held in France from 10 June to 10 July 2016. Spain were the two-time defending champions, having won the 2008 and 2012 tournaments, but were eliminated in the round of 16 by Italy. Portugal won the tournament for the first time, following a 1–0 victory after extra time over the host team, France, in the final played at the Stade de France. For the first time, the European Championship final tournament was contested by 24 teams, having been expanded from the 16-team format used since 1996. Under the new format, the finalists contested a group stage consisting of six groups of four teams, followed by a knockout phase including three rounds and the final. Nineteen teams – the top two from each of the nine qualifying groups and the best third-placed team – joined France in the final tournament, who qualified automatically as hosts; a series of two-legged play-off ties between the remaining third-placed teams in November 2015 decided the last four finalist spots. France was chosen as the host nation on 28 May 2010, after a bidding process in which they beat Italy and Turkey for the right to host the 2016 finals. The matches were played in ten stadiums in ten cities: Bordeaux, Lens, Lille Métropole, Décines-Charpieu, Marseille, Nice, Paris, Saint-Denis, Saint-Étienne, and Toulouse. It was the third time that France hosted the finals, after the inaugural tournament in 1960 and the 1984 finals.

ITALY NATIONAL TEAM


Euro 2016


Italy vs Spain


Match Worn Shirt


Eder Citadin Martins

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Éder, as a dual citizen of Italy and Brazil, was eligible to play for both nations. He qualified for the Italy national team through his Italian citizenship as well as more than 2-year of residence in Italy; he qualified to Italian citizenship through his Italian great-grandfather Battista Righetto, who came from Nove in Veneto. Éder began to be considered for the Italian national team by head coach Antonio Conte due to his good form in the 2014–15 season with Sampdoria. There was controversy surrounding Antonio Conte’s call-up for Éder and Franco Vázquez, respectively born in Brazil and Argentina. Speaking at a Serie A meeting on 23 March 2015, Inter manager Roberto Mancini stated, “The Italian national team should be Italian. An Italian player deserves to play for the national team while someone who wasn’t born in Italy, even if they have relatives, I don’t think they deserve to.” Conte’s response to the use of overseas-born players was: “If Mauro Camoranesi [who was born in Argentina] was allowed to help Italy win the 2006 World Cup, then why can’t Éder and Franco Vázquez lead the Azzurri to glory in next year’s European Championship?” On 28 March 2015, Éder made his debut for Italy, coming on as a 58th-minute substitute for Simone Zaza in a Euro 2016 qualifier against Bulgaria and scoring the equaliser in a 2–2 draw in the 84th minute. He made his first start three days later against England in a 1–1 draw in Turin, making way for fellow oriundo Vázquez after 61 minutes. On 10 October 2015, Éder opened the scoring in a 3–1 away win over Azerbaijan, which sealed Italy’s qualification for UEFA Euro 2016. On 31 May 2016, he was named to Conte’s 23-man Italy squad for Euro 2016. On 17 June, he scored the only goal against Sweden in the 88th minute during the second group game, which qualified Italy to the Round of 16; he was named Man of the Match by UEFA.

ITALY NATIONAL TEAM


Euro 2016


Player’s Bib


ITALY NATIONAL TEAM


Euro 2016


Team Training Ball 


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This ball was used by Italy Team for all of the official Euro 2016 training sessions and pre-game warm up. While the official balls used for the games had match details printed on them, training and warm up balls had team’s name printed on them. In this case “ITA” printing marks  Italy Team’s official balls.

ITALY NATIONAL TEAM


Fifa World Cup “RUSSIA 2018” Qualifying Game


Liechtenstein vs Italy 


Match Worn Shirt


Verratti Marco


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Verratti made his “debut” with Italy Team while, still uncapped was included into Cesare Prandelli’s preliminary 32-man Italy squad for UEFA Euro 2012, being one of only two Serie B players (the other being Torino’s Angelo Ogbonna) to be part of it. He was subsequently cut from the squad on 28 May 2012. He then made his real debut with the Italian senior team in a 2–1 friendly loss against England held in Bern.He subsequently made his first competitive appearance in 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification, appearing as a second-half substitute for Emanuele Giaccherini in a 2–2 draw against Bulgaria on 7 September. On 6 February 2013, Verratti scored his first international goal in a friendly against the Netherlands in Amsterdam, a 91st-minute equalizer that made the final score 1–1. He took part with the Italy U-21 side at the 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Championship, where the Azzurrini finished as runner-up to Spain. His performances saw him included in UEFA’s all-star squad for the tournament. On 1 June 2014, Verratti was selected in Italy’s 23-man squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup but he missed Euro 2016 after a long lasting injury from a sports hernia which would require surgery on 16 May, sidelining him for two months. Upon recovering from his injury, Verratti returned to the team under Italy’s new manager Gian Piero Ventura.

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To celebrate Buffon’s 20th anniversary as an Italy player, PUMA requested the help of ‘Kamp Seedorf’, a group of artists specialized in graffiti and football culture, to create murals of the 39-year-old in each country where he has played at a World Cup or will star at. The Italian icon unveiled the ultimate mural was made in Torino ahead of Italy’s crunch World Cup qualifier with Macedonia. 

 

ITALY NATIONAL TEAM


Fifa World Cup “RUSSIA 2018” Qualifying Game


Italy vs Macedonia


Match Worn Shirt


Buffon Gianluigi


Did you Know?

This shirt worn by Buffon against Macedonia is an authentic piece of history. For the first time ever an Italy Team’s goalkeeper wore the usual home outfield shirt instead of the regular goalkeeper’s shirt. Italy faced Macedonia in the Fifa World Cup “RUSSIA 2018” qualifying game and in honour of Buffon, who has played for his country for 20 years and featured in five World Cups, the squad wore the away jersey so that the goalkeeper could don the famous blue jersey for the first time in his career. 

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