ITALY NATIONAL TEAM


1995-1996


Euro 96 Qualifying Game


Italy vs Estonia 


Match Worn Shirt


Minotti Lorenzo


The wrist band of 1996 Nike shirt with the color of the Italian flag.

ITALY NATIONAL TEAM


1995-1996


Euro 96 Qualifying Game


Italy vs Ukraine 


Match Worn Shirt


Berti Nicola


Did you Know?

Starting January 1st 1995 the Italian Team changed the technical supplier from Diadora to Nike. This away model together with the blue model above were the first two Nike models used by the team. They were then changed in 1996 with the Euro 1996 kits.

ITALY NATIONAL TEAM


Euro 96


Match Worn Shirt


Albertini Demetrio

Did you Know?

Italy went to the European championship in England as vice-world champions and many saw Sacchi’s team as the key contender for the title along with Germany, and saw Albertini as Italy’s key player, wearing the number 10 shirt. However, the tournament ended in frustration for the Italians. Arrigo Sacchi’s team selection for the second group game against Czech Republic was based on the presumption that, after the victory over Russia and in the light of the upcoming clash with Germany, Italy could afford playing without a series of key players including Albertini. Italy lost 2–1 to the Czech Republic and then were knocked out of the tournament following a 0–0 draw with future champions Germany, a match the “Azurri” dominated thanks to Albertini’s presence in midfield. Sacchi in one of his interviews admitted the early departure was due to his mistakes and the 1996 squad was his best Italy team, even better than the one that got the second place in USA 1994.

Things to Know:

This style of shirt was only used during Euro 96. The regular style of shirt had the “ITALIA” writing on the bottom of the back side. UEFA just few days before Euro 1996 didn’t allow the team to play with the regular version of the shirt so the team had to hide the “ITALIA” printing. Since the shirts were already prepared for the match, during the first game the team played with a white patch on the bottom of the back in order to cover up the ÏTALIA” writing. Since the second game instead, Nike made this kind of shirts with nothing printed on the back. Take a look at the regular shirts below, used for the Fifa World Cup “France 98” qualifying game to check the differences.

Did you Know?

Euro 96 was the first tournament where teams played with patches on sleeves. On the left sleeve there was the competition patch. On the right sleeve there was the well known “FAIR PLAY” patch. This white shirt was issued for the team but never used because Italy played all the three games of the group’s stage with classical home sky blue shirt.

ITALY NATIONAL TEAM


Euro 96


Match Issued Shirt


Donadoni Roberto

ITALY NATIONAL TEAM


Olympic Games “ATLANTA 96”


Match Worn Shirt


Bernardini Antonino


 

Did you Know?

Antonino Bernardini is an Italian football manager and former footballer, who played as a midfielder.Bernardini was a member of the Italy national under-21 football team that won the 1996 UEFA European Under-21 Championship; he also took part at the Summer Olympics later that year.

ITALY NATIONAL TEAM


1996-1997


Friendly


Italy vs Bosnia and Herzegovina


Match Worn Shirt


Maldini Paolo

Did you Know?

Although he played as a left back for most of his career, Maldini was naturally right footed, and began playing for Milan as a right back. He was switched to the left back position by manager Arrigo Sacchi due to the presence of Mauro Tassotti on the right for Milan. This was made possible due to Maldini’s tactical versatility and ability with both feet, which allowed him to play anywhere along the backline, and have a long and successful professional career, both with Milan and Italy. Maldini was renowned for his technical ability, athleticism, sliding tackles, stamina, composure and fast energetic forward runs as a left-back or wing-back. He was also an excellent crosser of the ball, and was an effective attacking threat, scoring and assisting several goals throughout his career. In the final few years of his career, as he lost speed, he was moved to a centre-back position, where he excelled in relying on his experience, tactical ability, positioning and timing to win the ball. Maldini was renowned for his technical ability, athleticism, sliding tackles, stamina, composure and fast energetic forward runs as a left-back or wing-back. He was also an excellent crosser of the ball, and was an effective attacking threat, scoring and assisting several goals throughout his career. In the final few years of his career, as he lost speed, he was moved to a centre-back position, where he excelled in relying on his experience, tactical ability, positioning and timing to win the ball.

Did you Know?

Chiesa played for the Italian team from 1996 to 2001, collecting a total of 22 caps with 7 goals. Chiesa made his senior international debut in a 2–2 friendly draw against Belgium on 29 May 1996 in Cremona, marking the occasion with a goal. He was subsequently selected by manager Arrigo Sacchi to play for Italy at the UEFA Euro 1996 tournament later that year, ahead of other established strikers such as Roberto Baggio, Gianluca Vialli, and Giuseppe Signori. Chiesa appeared in two group stage matches, the first in a 2–1 defeat against the Czech Republic, where he scored Italy’s only goal of the match, and the second in a 0–0 draw against Germany, as Italy were eliminated in the first round. He also was called up to the 1998 FIFA World Cup by manager Cesare Maldini as a replacement for Fabrizio Ravanelli. He appeared in Italy’s opening group match of the 1998 World Cup, which ended in a 2–2 draw against Chile, also appearing as a substitute in the 1–0 victory in the round of 16 match against Norway. Italy were eliminated in the quarter finals on penalties by hosts and eventual champions France. Under manager Dino Zoff, Chiesa appeared in Italy’s 6–2 friendly win over the FIFA World Stars on 16 December 1998, organised to commemorate the centenary of the Italian Football Federation, scoring a hat-trick. He also scored a goal in a 4–0 victory over Wales in a European qualifying match in Bologna, on 5 June 1999. He made his final appearance for Italy under Giovanni Trapattoni, in Italy’s 1–0 friendly win over South Africa in Perugia, on 25 April 2001. Alongside Alessandro Del Piero, Chiesa holds the unique record for the most goals scored by an Italian international coming off the bench (5). Chiesa is currently the last player to manage 2 goals in his first two Italy appearances.

ITALY NATIONAL TEAM


1996-1997


Fifa World Cup “France 98” Qualifying Game


Italy vs Moldova


Match Worn Shirt


Chiesa Enrico

Did you Know?

Di Livio was capped 40 times for Italy. He played for Italy at Euro 96, the 1998 FIFA World Cup, Euro 2000 (where Italy finished in 2nd place), and the 2002 FIFA World Cup. His first cap came on 6 September 1995 against Slovenia; his last on 18 June 2002 against South Korea. For Italy, he was often used as a holding player to shut down games when the team was ahead, thus sealing the win.

ITALY NATIONAL TEAM


1997


“Tournoi de France”


Match Worn Shirt & Player Participation Medal


Di Livio Angelo

Things to Know:

The 1997 “Tournoi de France” French for “Tournament of France”, often referred to as Le Tournoi was a friendly international football tournament held in France in early June 1997 as a warm-up to the 1998 FIFA World Cup. The four national teams participating at the tournament were Brazil, England, hosts France, and Italy. They played against each other in a single round-robin tournament with the group winner also being the winner of the tournament. England won the tournament after collecting six points by winning their first two matches, against Italy and France, and losing one to Brazil. Brazil were second with five points, a product of a win and two draws. Their 3–3 draw with Italy included two goals from then 22-year-old Alessandro Del Piero and one goal apiece from Romário and Ronaldo as well as one own goal from each of the teams. Del Piero was the top goalscorer of the tournament with three goals scored while Romário scored twice. In the 21st minute of the opening match between France and Brazil, Roberto Carlos scored from a 35-metre curled free kick, often considered one of the best in the modern game.

ITALY NATIONAL TEAM


1997-1998


Fifa World Cup “France 98” Qualifying Game


Match Worn Shirt


Buffon Gianluigi

Did you Know?

Buffon has represented Italy at all youth levels, from the under-15 side to the under-23 side, as well as the Olympic side in 1996. With the Italy under-16 side, he reached the final of the 1993 UEFA European Under-16 Championship, saving three penalties in the semifinal shootout. With the Italy U-17 side he took part at the 1993 FIFA U-17 World Championship in Japan. In 1995, he reached the final of the UEFA European Under-19 Championship with the Italian U-19 side. He was most notably a member of Italy’s 1996 UEFA European Under-21 Championship-winning squad. Buffon was a member of the Italy squad that won the gold medal for football at the 1997 Mediterranean Games in Bari, on home soil. Buffon currently holds the record for the most clean sheets with the Italian national side.

Things to Know:

Between 1993 and 1996, Inzaghi made 14 appearances for the Italy under-21 team, scoring three goals; he was also a member of the Italy under-21 squad that won the 1994 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship. Inzaghi earned his first senior cap for Italy in the Tournoi de France, against Brazil on 8 June 1997, under his former under-21 manager Cesare Maldini, and provided an assist to goalscorer Alessandro Del Piero. Italy went on to draw 3–3. He scored his first goal for Italy on 18 November 1998, in a 2–2 friendly draw against Spain; he has since scored 25 goals in 57 appearances. He was called up for the 1998 FIFA World Cup, Euro 2000, the 2002 World Cup and the 2006 World Cup. Although Inzaghi went scoreless throughout the 1998 World Cup, as he was mainly deployed as a substitute, he came off the bench to set up a goal for Roberto Baggio in Italy’s final group match against Austria, which ended in a 2–1 win, and allowed Italy to top their group; Italy were knocked out in the quarter finals on penalties to hosts and eventual champions France. At Euro 2000, he was one of Italy’s starting strikers under the new Italy manager Dino Zoff. He scored two goals throughout the tournament; his first came from a penalty, in Italy’s 2–1 opening group win over Turkey, in which he was named man of the match, while his second came in a 2–0 win over Romania in the quarter-finals of the competition; he also set up Stefano Fiore’s goal in a 2–0 win over co-hosts Belgium in his nation’s second group match of the tournament. His performances helped Italy reach the final, where they were defeated by France once again, on a golden goal. Along with Francesco Totti, he was Italy’s top-scorer throughout the tournament. Under Zoff’s replacement, Giovanni Trapattoni, Inzaghi was Italy’s top goalscorer during the qualifying rounds of the 2002 World Cup and Euro 2004, scoring his first and only international hat-trick in a 4–0 home win over Wales on 6 September 2003, although he missed the latter tournament due to injury. He went scoreless throughout the 2002 World Cup, making two appearances, as Italy were controversially eliminated in the round of 16 to co-hosts South Korea, although he had a goal wrongly disallowed in Italy’s final group match against Mexico, which ended in a 1–1 draw. Inzaghi’s persistent knee and ankle injuries put a halt to his international play for almost two years before his resurgence at club level, which resulted in being called up by Italy coach Marcello Lippi for the 2006 World Cup final tournament. Due to the abundance of other top strikers such as Alessandro Del Piero, Francesco Totti and Luca Toni, Inzaghi made his only appearance – subbing on for Alberto Gilardino — in Italy’s final group stage match against the Czech Republic on 22 June 2006, scoring his only goal in the tournament, rounding Petr Čech in a one-on-one encounter to net in Italy’s second goal, which made him the oldest player to have scored for Italy in a World Cup, after Daniele Massaro. Italy went on to win the tournament, defeating France on penalties in the final. Following Italy’s fourth World Cup victory, Inzaghi made six appearances under new manager Roberto Donadoni in Italy’s UEFA Euro 2008 qualification campaign, scoring three goals, two of which came in a 2–1 away win against the Faroe Islands on 2 June 2007. He was not called up for the final tournament, however, where Italy were eliminated by eventual champions Spain in the quarter-finals on penalties, and he made his last appearance for Italy on 8 September 2007, in a 0–0 draw against France in Milan. Inzaghi is currently the sixth-highest goalscorer in the Italian national team’s history, with 25 goals, alongside Adolfo Baloncieri and Alessandro Altobelli.

ITALY NATIONAL TEAM


Fifa World Cup “France 98”


Match Worn Shirt


Inzaghi Filippo