Be it Marco Tardelli's famous wild-eyed celebration in 1982 or Roberto Baggio rooted to the spot after missing form a penalty in the final in 1994, Italy have provided some of the most dramatic scenes that the World Cup has witnessed throughout its history.
With that drama has come much success.
They first won the tournament in their own back yard in 1934 and repeated the feat – draped in black with their right arms aloft in the fascist salute – in France four years later.
It took them some time to claim their third title but they did so in Spain in 1982, overcoming West Germany in the final.
Their final triumph, in 2006, was perhaps their most impressive. Serie A had been rocked by a massive match-fixing scandal but the players bonded through adversity and held their nerve to beat France on penalties and claim their fourth World Cup title.
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