Only Brazil can claim to have enjoyed more World Cup success than Italy, the four stars on their famous blue shirts representing triumphs in 1934, 1938, 1982 and 2006. The Azzurri have been involved in some of the tournament’s most memorable matches and delivered some of the most iconic moments in the history of the competition.
From the screaming, incredulous celebrations of Fabio Grosso and Marco Tardelli to the slaloming runs of Roberto Baggio, Italian performances have always caught the eye at football’s showpiece event. As such, choosing the greatest XI players ever to line up for the Azzurri is an arduous task, with some choices proving extremely difficult.
Over the following pages is an attempt to do just that, with the team set out in a 4-3-1-2 formation. Some truly great players have been left out, please leave a comment on who would make up your own all-time Italy starting line-up.