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Sport in Italy

Italy have a relatively short sporting tradition but as with most European countries, they love football. It is their most popular sport with basketball, cycling and volleyball being runners-up.

Giro d'Italia cycling eventGiro d'Italia cycling event

The Italian football team won the 2006 FIFA World Cup and is widely considered as the second best team in the whole of World Cup history, next only to Brazil who has won five championships. Italy has taken a total of four FIFA World Cup's (1934, 1938, 1982, and 2006). They also were once the European champions (1968) as well as a two-time Central European International Cup winners.

Italy also has a strong foothold in a number of sports such as rugby, athletics, tennis, fencing, as well as winter sports. Italian riders are well known in the cycling circuit for winning more World Cycling Championships than any country, with exception to Belgium. The Giro d'Italia is one of the three Grand Tours that is held every May. It normally runs or three weeks, much like the Vuelta a Espana and the Tour de France. Italy has participated in most of the modern Olympic Games since 1896, missing only the 1904 Games. They are one of the most successful nation to ever join either the Summer or Winter Games and have hosted the Games in three separate occasions.

Italians have a long sporting history. Below are details of sports, sporting events and sports people related to Italy. See also the list the most popular internet searches for "sports" in Italy.

Popular sports of Italy (see more)

Traditional or Regional Sports

Italian Sporting Success

Great athletes from Italy

Italy Sports trivia

Italy at major events

Past sporting events events hosted in Italy

Upcoming sporting events in Italy

Annual sporting events held in Italy

Sporting Facilities in Italy


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