The Italian national football team became the champions of the world back in 2006 when Italy defeated France in the finals of the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
Fabio Cannavaro was the captain of the Italian squad and during that period of time, he was 32 years old while the rest of his teammates had an average age of 28.
This age mark shows that during 2006 edition of the FIFA World Cup, even though Italy was the nation that came out on top and won it, they had a fairly elevated squad with no real youngster that could add explosiveness and energy into the team.
Gian Piero Ventura is the current coach of the Italian national side and he is excited to be in charge of a national team that is so young and different from the team that won the 2006 World Cup.
“We played in Israel with a 3-5-2, in Liechtenstein with a 4-2-4 and against Germany with a 3-4-3, all with two just days’ training.The compliments go to this team which has started on its journey; there is so much to do but the future is much rosier than anyone could have thought. It’s impossible to judge after 48 hours, but from what I’ve seen over the last two days, we are on the right track. It has all been extremely positive.” This was the statement released by Italy’s Gian Piero Ventura after taking charge of the national side for a few matches.
Gian Piero Ventura has so far led the Italian national team to victories over: Israel, Macedonia and Liechtenstein, all of these matches were qualifications for the 2018 FIFA World Cup and has allowed Italy to stay at the top of Group G along with Spain as they each have 10 points.