Team facts of Italy
Italy have won three World Cups (1934, 1938 and 1982) and one European Championship (1968).
They can now become the second nation to win at least four World Cup trophies. Brazil are the only team to have won five World Cup titles.
Italy are unbeaten in 24 international matches, their longest unbeaten streak since 1939.
Their 11 goals at the 2006 tournament have been scored by 10 different players. This equals the World Cup record for teams with most different scorers in a single finals. This record was set by France in 1982.
If France fail to score, the Italians will equal the record for most successive World Cup clean sheets of five, and become the first nation ever to register six shut-outs in a World Cup campaign.
Italy have reached the World Cup final every 12 years since 1970. They lost the 1970 final, won in 1982 and lost in 1994.
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