Football is by far the most popular sport in Italy (Soccer for the Americans). With 4,363,000 participants, it surpasses the second favourite (watersports) by about a million participants.
Football goes way back to the time of the Roman Empire when they played “harpastum”, which is the earliest form of football in Italy. Even some of the popes played the game at the Vatican. Said popes include Clement VII, and Leo XI
The Italian national football team is among the very best in the world, there is no doubt about that. Italy has won the FIFA world cup no less than 4 times, in 1934, 1938, 1982, and 2006.
At the moment, Germany and Italy are the second most successful football countries in history, considering the amount of times they have won. Both are trailing Brazil.
The Italian national football team typically wears blue shirts.
If you’re planing on visiting Italy, don’t forget to attend a football game, when it’s the right season. The ambiance if an experience to remember. You might be a bit deaf for a few hours afterwards! Bring something to drink, and chips, and you’ll have the time of your life.
Tickets aren’t usually too cheap, however.