Team Italia Chair World Cup 2014 Edition
The wait is over. With the 2014 FIFA World Cup finally upon us, the excitement and buzz surrounding the cup is filling the air. The World Cup is the world’s most watched sporting event with an estimated 3.2 billion people tuning in to the 2010 tournament and even more expected to tune in to this edition being held in the center of the soccer universe, Brazil.
One of the most prolific teams to play in the World Cup, is that of team Italia. They boast an astonishing 44-21-15 (wins-draws-losses) record in their 80 World Cup appearances. The Italians are the second most successful team to have ever played in the World Cup and boast a long list of some of the greatest players to ever play the game. They have played in 18 of the 19 tournaments and reached the championship game 6 times, winning the cup in 4 of those appearances. Only one team (Brazil) has won more with their 5 titles.
The Italian team is known for their unselfish playing style and the superb teamwork they have displayed throughout their many appearances. In their championship World Cup run of 2006, the Italians set the FIFA World Cup record for most players to score a goal. They had an eye popping 10 different players find the back of the net on their way to defeating France in the finals (PK’s 5-3).
Entering the 2014 World Cup, the Italians have to be ecstatic to have their award winning and well-respected goalkeeper back in the lineup. Gianluigi Buffon kept 5 clean sheets in 7 games on the road to the 2006 World Cup title. He had high hopes in the 2010 World Cup, but was injured after only 45 minutes. The Italians never quite recovered after the loss of Buffon and were sent packing early, after finishing in the bottom of their group with a 0-2-1 record.
Four years have passed since their humiliating performance in South Africa. However, the Italians have not forgotten and look to rebound in 2014. The only question mark for Italy is their age, over half of the roster is at least 27 years old. While that raises eyebrows across the world, the Italian faithful shouldn’t worry. It is continuity, experience and depth that wins matches, and Italy has plenty of it.
Amongst the many seasoned vets, Italy will also be showing off their talented young goal scorer Mario Balotelli. Balotelli scored 12 goals in 13 games for A.C. Milan last year and while he has some off the field issues, he is among a short list of elite scorers.
Italy will be in Group D in 2014, joining the likes of England, Uruguay and Costa Rica in what many deem to be the ‘Group of Death’. If they play like they are capable of playing, they should cruise right into the elimination round and have a good shot at the quarterfinals and beyond. Although Italy may not be as athletic as a lot of the other teams, they play an extremely intelligent brand of soccer. With the return of their captain Buffon, iconic mid-fielder Pirlo and the exciting and explosive Mario Balotelli, don’t sleep on Gli Azzurri.
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About This Build
Toronto is one of the most multi-cultural cities in the world so naturally the World Cup is always an exciting and much anticipated event. The sound of horns honking and the sight of flags waving in the streets is a regular occurrence as passionate fans cheer on their favourite national team squad. You’ll find supporters from every nationality but none more than those folks cheering on Gli Azzuri!
Creating an Team Italia Chair World Cup 2014 Edition was a must so when the call came in from Isidoro, a die-hard fan of Gli Azzuri, we knew it was the perfect opportunity! Isidoro or ‘Easy’ for short, is a past customer and proud owner of a Toronto Raptors ProTeam Chair and was now looking to expand his collection.
We knew the chair had to feature the iconic Italian National Team Soccer jersey but we also knew that this chair had to be extra special so we decided to take it a step further. Inspiration came from those passionate supporters waving Italian flags after every victory.
We located an Italian Soccer Federation flag (FIGC – Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio) which featured the federation’s logo as well as the 4 stars signifying each of Gli Azzuri’s 4 World Cup Championships. It was perfect and would adorn the back of this one-of-a-kind chair. To complete the look, we added the Green, White and Red from the Italian flag to each side of the chair. The end result is an Team Italia Chair that would make any Italian Soccer fan proud!
- VERSION: Team Italia Chair World Cup 2014 Edition
- STYLE: Special Edition
- TEAM: Italian National Soccer Team
- JERSEY: Puma Home Jersey
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