The Italian Football’s Six-Year (quasi) Rule

1970- Italy in World Cup final (lost to Brazil)

1976- missing (European Championship in Yugoslavia, but had a completely different format than today’s)

1978, 1980 – see below

1982- Italy in World Cup final (won against Germany)

1988- Italy in European Championship semi-final (lost to the USSR)

1990  – see below

1994- Italy in World Cup final (lost to Brazil)

2000- Italy in European Championship final (lost to France)

2006- Italy in World Cup final (won against France)

2012- Italy in European Championship final

Outside the rule, Italy reached the World Cup semi-finals in 1978 (finished fourth having lost the Netherlands and Brazil); the European Championship semi-finals in 1980 (finished fourth having lost to Czechoslovakia); the World Cup semi-finals in 1990 (finished fourth having lost to Argentina and then won against England).

 

3 Replies to “The Italian Football’s Six-Year (quasi) Rule”

  1. Italy has no credibility in football since they took a dive against Australia in 2008 World Cup.They are one of the best Football teams in the World and DO NOT need to CHEAT

      1. To “lose” in that fashion and have the head of FIFA say it was the wrong decision was very disappointing ,such is life

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