The Forza Azzurri Web Site was established in 1996. The site was one of the first for the Italian National Soccer team, many years before the official FIGC site came along. During World Cup tournaments our servers would get so loaded that traffic couldn't be handled with the limited bandwidth.
Information was very scarce back in the late 1990's for the national team. We were proud to provide this information to the many loyal fans. The internet and access to information has grown by leaps and bounds. This is the reason why we have stopped providing match updates. We feel we did our part in helping promote The Azzurri to new and old fans alike. Please feel free to send your questions about the national team and we will respond as soon as possible.
Not all memories were fondly remembered but with pain comes excitement and the more hardship we endured the more passionate our celebrations have become.
Who can forget Tardelli's goal at world cup 1982 or Baggio's timely goals at world cup 1994 and more recently, Cannavaro hoisting the trophy at world cup 2006. How about the various jerseys that our Azzurri have worn over the years. The game has changed but so has the fashion. Which one was your favourite ? This is our purpose so that veteran fans can experience that passion on any given day and that new fans can share in the history.
The word "forza" translated in Italian is "force" or "strength" and can have an indirect meaning of "go". The word "azzurri" translated in Italian is the plural form of the colour blue or singular "azzurro". Blue has a significant meaning as it was the colour of the Royal House Savoia. The colour was used for the previous president's flag (blue with the republic coat of arms in gold) from 1861 to 1946. That blue colour has been the official colour for all Italian sports teams. Put it all together and you get a term that is chanted, sang and written to show support for The Italian National Soccer Team.
The site has evolved to a data base of previos matches that include information on goal scorers, lineups, stadium and any other relevant match related statistics. With our powerful search feature we feel we are the only dedicated National Team information site on the web.
We also tried to make the site very portable handheld friendly so you can have all this information on the go.