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Italy (football)

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The sport of football in Italy is administered by the Italian Football Federation (Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio; FIGC). Italy first played an international match on 15 May 1910 when they defeated France 6–2 in Milan. The FIGC joined FIFA and Italy went on to become a leading nation in world football. The team has won the FIFA World Cup four times, most recently in 2006. In 1954, the FIGC was a founder member of UEFA. Among the most famous Italian footballers are Giuseppe Meazza, Roberto Baggio and Paolo Maldini.

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