Italian sports

The Italians love their sport and have one of the most successful football teams in the world having won the world cup multiple times. As well as football the Italians play a large number of sports, here’s just a few of them.


Football is by far the most popular sport in Italy. The national team has won the world cup four times (1934, 1938, 1982 and 2006). This number is only bettered by the Brazilian team. Italian club teams are amongst the most successful in the world. They have won a combined haul of 27 major of European trophies making them the most successful nation in Europe. In Italy Football is called calico. The Serie A leagues is regarded as one of the best in the world with AC Milan, Juventus and Inter just some of the big name teams.

Water Polo

Italy has a successful men’s water polo team with the international side winning 6 Olympic medals, 5 World Championships, 5 World Cups, 10 European Championship medals and 1 World League medal. They have won a combined six championships in those four competitions, with the World League being the only competition which Italy has yet to win.

The sport became popular in 1899 when an exhibition math was played in Milan. Commentators described the sport as more tiring and skilful version of football. The national squad is one of the world’s top 4 teams.

Rugby Union

Rugby Union has seen its popularity skyrocket over the last decade and the Italian team is now considered one of the top teams in Europe. Italy participates in the six nation’s tournament every year but has yet to win the tournament. Rugby has become increasingly popular in the North of the country.


A lot of amateur players partake in Volleyball with professionals playing in the Italian Volleyball League. As with Water Polo the Italian Volleyball team is often placed in the top four best teams in the world. The national team dominated the international scene in the 1990’s and early 2000’s. They won three world championships in a row, six European titles and one World cup. Currently they are ranked third in the world.