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Lineker's Verdict

Italy Team Kit

 Group A
 France
 Senegal
 Uruguay
 Denmark
 Group B
 Spain
 Slovenia
 Paraguay
 South Africa
 Group C
 Brazil
 Turkey
 China
 Costa Rica
 Group D
 South Korea
 Poland
 USA
 Portugal
 Group E
 Germany
 Saudi Arabia
 Rep of Ireland
 Cameroon
 Group F
 Argentina
 Nigeria
 England
 Sweden
 Group G
 Italy
 Ecuador
 Croatia
 Mexico
 Group H
 Japan
 Belgium
 Russia
 Tunisia

Italy star player, Christian Vieri
World Cup record:
 1934   Winners
 1938   Winners
 1950   First round
 1954   First round
 1962   First round
 1966   First round
 1970   Runners up
 1974   First round
 1978   Fourth place
 1982   Winners
 1986   Second round
 1990   Third place
 1994   Runners up
 1998   Quarter-finals
 2002   Second round

Did you know?
Italy play in blue shirts rather than the colours of their national flag in a custom dating back to the country's pre-republican days. Blue was the official colour of the Royal House of Savoy and the Azzurri tribute to the Italian monarchy survives today.

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Giovanni Trapattoni
Christian Vieri
And I thought supporting England was frustrating. Italy often fail to fulfil their obvious potential and this World Cup was no exception.

There was a lot of moaning and groaning about this and that when they lost to South Korea, but at the end of the day they've only got themselves to blame.

They are notorious for being too conservative. It can be an easy frame of mind to fall into when you've got a defensive unit as formidable as theirs, but if you live by the sword you have to be prepared to die by it.

But that doesn't help me understand that mindset when you have such rapier-like forwards as Francesco Totti, Christian Vieri, Alessandro del Piero and Filippo Inzaghi

You look at that list and think that they could score goals for fun, but as a team they never really seemed to hit their stride and were overly reliant on Vieri.

He scored four of their five goals - which is a very good haul - but he'll be left thinking about that one that got away in the dying moments against South Korea.

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2002 World Cup results

Group G: v Ecuador 2-0; v Croatia 1-2; v Mexico 1-1; Second round: v South Korea 1-2 (aet).



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