Introducing teams, men: Italy

01/08/2020

Group D – Italy

  • Italy, the reigning world champion, has always belonged to the continental powerhouses. They joined the European party in 1938 and they finished outside the top 5 only 6 times in their following 28 appearances. They stood on the podium 11 times (3-2-6): won the title in 1947, 1993, 1995, were runners-up in 2001 and 2010 and bronze medallists in 1954, 1977, 1987, 1989, 1999 and in 2014. On their last 14 appearances since 1987 they missed the semis only 5 times (1997, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2016). The 2003 performance was the worst ever (9th). They came 4th in 1950, 1958, 1966, 1970, 1991, 2012, 2018, 5th in 1938, 1974, 1985, 2006, 2008, 6th in 1981, 1997 and 2016 and 8th in 1962.
  • Italy also produced fantastic results on the world stage: were Olympic champions in 1948, 1960 and 1992, clinched the world title in 1978, 1994, 2011 and most recently in Gwangju 2019 which also secured their Olympic participation for Tokyo. Further medals at the Olympics: silver in 1976 and 2012, bronze in 1952, 1996 and 2016 – Worlds silver in 1986, 2003, bronze in 1975. Also won the World Cup in 1993.
  • Since Alessandro Campagna returned from Greece and took over the national team for the second time (during his first spell Italy was runner-up at the Europeans and 4th in Worlds in 2001), the Italians started to roll in 2010. They barely missed the semis of the big tournaments: 2010: ECH: 2., 2011: WL: 2., WCH: 1., 2012 ECH: 4., WL: 3., OG: 2., 2013: WL: 3., WCH: 3., 2014: WL: prel., ECH: 3., 2015: WL: 7., WCH: 4., 2016: ECH: 6., WL: 4., OG: 3. 2017: WL: 2., WCH: 6. 2018: WL: prel. ECH: 4., 2019: WP: prel., WCH: 1. In 21 events they reached the semis on 16 occasions.
  • EuroStats for Italy: 206 matches, 116 wins, 18 draws, 72 losses, goals: 1776-1282