Italy was grandfathered into the 2010 World Cup in South Africa after winning in 2006, but that did little to help them as they went home disappointed. This time around they are listed at 25-1 to win the tournament in Brazil.
The Italians are historically known for their great defense which they have built on with their terrific air attack, as more than 40 percent of their goals in the qualifying process were scored via headers.
How did Italy qualify?
Italy won the UEFA Group B for the World Cup qualification undefeated with six wins and four draws, beating countries like Denmark, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Armenia and Malta. Coach Cesare Prandelli’s team has given playing defense a break and scored 19 goals and allowed nine in those 10 games.
What are Italy Betting Odds in the 2014 World Cup?
- To Win The Tournament +2500
- To Reach the Final: +1000
- To Win Group D: +175
- To Qualify: -225
- Not To Qualify: +162
- To Finish Last In Group D: +8000
- To Be the Highest Scoring team in the Tournament: +3300
- To Be the Highest Scoring team in the Group: +120
Who are Italy opponents in the 2014 World Cup?
Italy is the favorite to win group D, which is the second deadliest after the aptly named GROUP OF DEATH, at +175 odds. Joining them are former World Cup Champion teams Uruguay (+187) and England (240). The runt of the team could also be the wild card in Costa Rica (+6600).
What is Italy schedule For The 2014 World Cup?
The Italians play their opening game as slight favorites at+155 over England (+220) on June 14 at the Arena Amazônia, in Manaus.
Game two will against Costa Rica on June 19 at Arena Pernambuco, in Recife, where the English are -283 favorites to win in the money line and the Costa Ricans are +10000.
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Their last matchup will be against Uruguay (+229) on June 24 at the Arena das Dunas in Natal, where the Italians are +150 to win.
What’s Italy Official Slogan For The 2014 World Cup?
“Let’s Paint The FIFA World Cup Dream Blue”
What’s Italy Roster for the 2014 World Cup?
GOALKEEPERS: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Mattia Perin (Genoa), Salvatore Sirigu (Paris Saint Germain), Antonio Mirante (Parma)
DEFENDERS: Ignazio Abate (Milan), Andrea Barzagli (Juventus), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Matteo Darmian (Torino), Mattia De Sciglio (Milan), Christian Maggio (Napoli), Gabriel Paletta (Parma), Manuel Pasqual (Fiorentina), Andrea Ranocchia (Inter)
MIDFIELDERS: Alberto Aquilani (Fiorentina), Antonio Candreva (Lazio), Daniele De Rossi (Roma), Claudio Marchisio (Juventus), Ricardo Montolivo (Milan), Thiago Motta (Paris Saint Germain), Marco Parolo (Parma), Andrea Pirlo (Juventus), Romulo (Verona), Marco Verratti (Paris Saint Germain)
FORWARDS: Mario Balotelli (Milan), Antonio Cassano (Parma), Alessio Cerci (Torino), Mattia Destro (Roma), Ciro Immobile (Torino), Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli), Giuseppie Rossi (Fiorentina)
Who’s Italy Most Important Player in the 2014 World Cup?
Andrea Pirlo is Italy’s playmaker as he controls the tempo of the game and quarterbacks the leadfooted Italian offense. Only teams that can limit Pirlo will have a legit chance to beat the Italians.
What are Italy Betting Trends For the 2014 World Cup?
- Italy has won the World Cup four times, their last was on 2006.
- Italy were runners-up twice in 1970 and in 1994, both times against Brazil.
- Italy has been in 18 of the 20 World Cups, scoring 44 goals
- Italy leads the series against England with 9 wins, 8 losses and 7 draws. The last time they met was in 1990 as they tied 0-0.
- Italy has 2 wins, 3 losses and four draws overall against Uruguay. They met twice in World Cup matchups with one win by the Italians, and a draw.
How far will Italy go?
They are in a tough group with Uruguay and England. If they can get out of the group they can go all the way.
Odds to Win 2014 FIFA World Cup:
- Brazil 3/1
- Argentina 9/2
- Germany 11/2
- Spain 13/2
- Belgium 14/1
- France 20/1
- Italy 22/1
- Uruguay 22/1
- Colombia 25/1
- Netherlands 25/1
- England 28/1
- Portugal 28/1
- Chile 40/1
- Russia 66/1
- Mexico 100/1
- Switzerland 100/1
- USA 100/1
- Ecuador 125/1
- Ivory Coast 125/1
- Croatia 150/1
- Japan 150/1
- Bosnia-Herzegovina 200/1
- Ghana 200/1
- Greece 200/1
- Nigeria 250/1
- South Korea 300/1
- Australia 500/1
- Cameroon 500/1
- Algeria 1000/1
- Costa Rica 1000/1
- Honduras 1500/1
- Iran 1500/1