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Saturday, June 23, 2012

Historical Record of Italy versus England

Editor's Note
  • Historic records before their meeting in June 2012 at Euro 2012 (0-0: 4-2 AET) and after an August 2012 friendly won by England, 2-1.

Their Last Match in 2002


Two historic rivals with vastly different footballing mentalities will meet this Sunday at the Olympic Stadium in Kyiv, Ukraine in a Euro 2012 quarterfinal match. England may be the mother of modern football; however, the Italians played a game called "Calcio Fiorentino" (Florentine kickball) during the Renaissance. 

Sir Winston Churchill once said, "Italians lose wars as if they were football matches and football matches as if they were wars." Former Italian international and Chelsea player/manager, Gianluca Vialli, said in "The Italian Job," "The Italians play with their heads, and the English play with their hearts."

Rare Tournament Play
It is surprising to learn that the two countries have rarely faced each other during an international tournament. It has only happened three times before Euro 2012: 1976 Bicentennial Cup (USA), 1980 European Cup (Italy) and 1990 World Cup (Italy), respectively.

The Italian Derivation of “il Mister”


When the English first introduced football to Italy over a century ago, the early teachers of the game were called “Mister.” Italian managers are still called “Mister” as a token of respect. Ironically, one of the rare English managers who have worked in Italy in the modern era, Roy Hodgson, is the current England manager.

Mr. Hodgson managed Internazionale from 1995 to 1997 and briefly in 1999. He had a seventh and third place finish, respectively, and led Inter to the 1997 UEFA Cup final. He also managed another Serie A club, Udinese, in 2001. Mr. Hodgson was sacked after half a season in charge of the Friulian club.


Source: (1)

Historic Record and Trivia

* England and Italy have faced each other 22 times since 1933.
* England has won 7 times. (The first England win came in 1934 and the last one was in 1997).
* Italy has won 9 times. (The first Italian win came in 1973 and the last one was in 2002).
* There have been 6 draws.
* 11 games have taken place in Italy. England has won two times on Italian soil (1948 and 1961).
* 8 games have taken place in England. Italy has won three times on English soil (1973, 1997 and 2002).
* 1 game has taken place in France, Mexico, and the USA, respectively.
* England has won twice on neutral soil (1976 in the USA and 1997 in France).
* Italy has won once on neutral soil (1985 in Mexico).


* 15 of the games have been friendlies. (Italy has won 5, England has won 5, and 5 have been draws).
* 7 of the games have been competitive. (Italy has won 4, England 2, and 1 ended in a draw).**
* 3 games have taken place at international tournaments. (Italy has won two and England, one).
* The last English competitive win was on 16 November 1977 at Wembley Stadium.
* Italy has never scored more than two goals in one game.
* England has scored three or more goals on four occasions.
Source: (2)
** I have included the 1976 Bicentennial Cup match in the USA as a competitive fixture.

Historic Matches According to Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation (RSSSF)

1. Roma (Stadio Nazionale del P.N.F.) – Saturday, 13 May 1933 – h. 15,30
ITALIA - ENGLAND                  1-1 (1-1)   Friendly                

2. London (Arsenal Stadium, Highbury) – Wednesday, 14 November 1934 – h. 14,30

ENGLAND - ITALIA 3-2 (3-0) Friendly

3. Milano (Stadio Comunale, San Siro) – Saturday, 13 May 1939 – h. 15,00

ITALIA - ENGLAND                  2-2 (0-1)   Friendly             

4. Torino (Stadio Comunale) - Sunday, 16 May 1948 - h. 17,00

ITALIA - ENGLAND 0-4 (0-2) Friendly

Note: First win for England on Italian soil and the worst defeat in the entire series.

5. London (Tottenham Stadium) - Wednesday, 30 November 1949 - h. 14,15

ENGLAND - ITALIA                  2-0 (0-0)   Friendly

6. Firenze (Stadio Comunale) - Sunday, 18 May 1952 - h. 16,00
ITALIA - ENGLAND 1-1 (0-1) Friendly
7. London (Wembley Stadium) - Wednesday, 6 May 1959 - h. 15,00
ENGLAND - ITALIA 2-2 (2-0) Friendly
8. Roma (Stadio Olimpico) - Wednesday, 24 May 1961 - h. 16,00
ITALIA - ENGLAND 2-3 (1-1) Friendly
Note: Second win for England on Italian soil.
9. Torino (Stadio Comunale) - Thursday, 14 June 1973 - h. 18,30
ITALIA - ENGLAND 2-0 (1-0) Friendly
Note: First home win by Italy versus England.
10. London (Wembley Stadium) - Wednesday, 14 November 1973 - h. 20.00
ENGLAND - ITALIA 0-1 (0-0) Friendly
Note: First win for Italy on English soil.
11. New York (Yankee Stadium) - Friday, 28 May 1976 - h. 20,00
ENGLAND - ITALIA 3-2 (0-2) U.S.A. Bicentennial Tournament (2nd match)
Note: First win for England outside of Europe versus Italy.
12. Roma (Stadio Olimpico) - Wednesday, 17 November 1976 - h. 14,30
ITALIA - ENGLAND 2-0 (1-0) II FIFA World Cup (European Qualification Group 2 Match)
13. London (Wembley Stadium) - Wednesday, 16 November 1977 - h. 19,45
ENGLAND - ITALIA 2-0 (1-0) II FIFA World Cup (European Qualification Group 2)
14. Torino (Stadio Comunale) - Sunday, 15 June 1980 - h. 20,30
ITALIA - ENGLAND 1-0 (0-0) IV European Championship of Nations "VI Henri Delaunay Cup" (Group 2)
15. Mexico (Estadio Azteca) - Thursday, 6 June 1985 - h. 14,00
ITALIA - ENGLAND 2-1 (0-0) Friendly
Note: First win for Italy outside of Europe versus England.
16. London (Wembley Stadium) - Wednesday, 15 November 1989 - h. 20,00
ENGLAND - ITALIA 0-0 Friendly
17. Bari (Stadio "San Nicola") - Saturday, 7 July 1990 - h. 20,00
ITALIA - ENGLAND 2-1 (0-0) V FIFA World Cup (Final Phase, 3rd place final)
18. London (Wembley Stadium) - Wednesday, 12 February 1997 - h. 21,00
ENGLAND - ITALIA 0-1 (0-1) VII FIFA World Cup (European Qualification Group 2)
Note: Second win at Wembley Stadium for Italy.
19. Nantes (Stade La Beaujoire) - Wednesday, 4 June 1997 - h. 20,30
ENGLAND - ITALIA 2-0 (2-0) Tournament of France Friendly
20. Roma (Stadio Olimpico) - Saturday, 11 October 1997 - h. 20,45
ITALIA - ENGLAND 0-0 VII FIFA World Cup (European Qualification Group 2)
21. Torino (Stadio Delle Alpi) - Wednesday, 15 November 2000 - h. 20,45
ITALIA - ENGLAND 1-0 (0-0) Friendly
22. Leeds - Wednesday, 27 March 2002
ENGLAND - ITALIA 1-2 (0-0) Friendly

Note: Third win by Italy on English soil.

Source: (3)

References

(3) Italy-Results of the National Team; Igor Kramarsic, Roberto Di Maggio, Maurizio Mariani, and Joe Tiziano for the Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation.



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