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List of Italy national football team captains

This is a list of all the captains who played for the Italy national football team.

Francesco Calì was the first captain of the Italian national football team.[1]

The only players who were captains in all matches they have played in the national team were Giuseppe Milano (11 appearances), Francesco Calì (2 caps) and Giulio Cappelli (2 caps).

Gianluigi Buffon wore the captain band the most times: 80.[2]

Gianluigi Buffon is also the goalkeeper who has worn the captain band the most times: 80.

Valentino Mazzola and Sandro Mazzola as well as Cesare Maldini and Paolo Maldini are the only cases of father and son who have worn the captain band during their respective times on the national team. Goalkeepers, Gianluigi Buffon and Lorenzo Buffon are distant cousins. Attilio Ferraris and Pietro Ferraris, despite the same surname, are not relatives.

Giorgio Chiellini is the current captain of the national team.

Contents

List of captainsEdit

Updated as of 11 June 2019.[3]


Players in bold are still active. Players in italics served as the designated captain for his captaincy period.

Position Name Appearances Goals Captain National years Captaincy years Ref
1 Gianluigi Buffon 176 0 80 1997–2018 2010–2018[nb 1] [1]
2 Fabio Cannavaro 136 2 79 1997–2010 2002–2010[nb 2] [2]
3 Paolo Maldini 126 7 74 1988–2002 1994–2002 [3]
4 Giacinto Facchetti 94 3 70 1963–1977 1966–1977 [4]
5 Dino Zoff 112 0 59 1968–1983 1977–1983 [5]
6 Giuseppe Bergomi 81 6 33 1982–1998 1988–1991 [6]
7 Franco Baresi 81 1 31 1982–1994 1991–1994 [7]
8 Adolfo Baloncieri 47 25 27 1920–1930 1927–1930 [8]
9 Renzo De Vecchi 43 0 26 1910–1925 1920–1925 [9]
10 Giampiero Boniperti 38 7 24 1947–1960 1952–1960 [10]
11 Giuseppe Meazza 53 33 17 1930–1939 1937–1939 [11]
11 Sandro Salvadore 36 2 17 1960–1970 1963–1966 [12]
13 Umberto Caligaris 59 0 16 1922–1934 1931–1934 [13]
14 Giuseppe Milano 11 0 11 1911–1914 1911–1914 [14]
15 Giorgio Chiellini 103 8 10 2004– 2018– [15]
15 Gaetano Scirea 78 2 10 1975–1986 1985–1986 [16]
17 Antonio Cabrini 73 9 9 1978–1987 1986–1987 [17]
17 Marco Tardelli 81 6 9 1976–1985 1983–1985 [18]
17 Silvio Piola 34 30 9 1935–1952 1940–1947 [19]
17 Luigi Allemandi 24 0 9 1925–1936 1935–1936 [20]
17 Andrea Pirlo 116 13 9 2002–2015 2010–2015 [21]
22 Alessandro Altobelli 61 25 8 1979–1988 1987–1988 [22]
22 Virginio Rosetta 52 0 8 1920–1934 1931–1932 [23]
24 Leonardo Bonucci 87 6 7 2010– 2014– [24]
24 Luigi Cevenini 29 11 7 1915–1929 1925–1927 [25]
24 Riccardo Carapellese 16 10 7 1947–1956 1949–1950 [26]
27 Demetrio Albertini 79 3 6 1989–2002 1999–2001 [27]
27 Carlo Annovazzi 17 0 6 1947–1952 1951–1952 [28]
27 Lorenzo Buffon 15 0 6 1958–1962 1961–1962 [29]
27 Sergio Cervato 28 4 6 1951–1960 1956–1957 [30]
27 Daniele De Rossi 117 21 6 2004–2017 2007–2017 [31]
27 Alessandro Del Piero 91 27 6 1995–2008 2004–2008 [32]
27 Cesare Maldini 14 0 6 1960–1963 1962–1963 [33]
27 Virgilio Fossati 12 1 6 1910–1915 1914–1915 [34]
35 Gianpiero Combi 47 0 5 1924–1934 1934 [35]
35 Alessandro Mazzola 70 22 5 1963–1974 1972 [36]
35 Egisto Pandolfini 21 9 5 1950–1957 1954 [37]
35 Valentino Mazzola 12 4 5 1942–1949 1947–1949 [38]
39 Giancarlo Antognoni 73 7 4 1974–1983 1977–1981 [39]
39 Gianni Rivera 60 14 4 1962–1974 1964–1965 [40]
41 Attilio Ferraris 28 0 3 1926–1935 1934–1935 [41]
41 Alberto Gilardino 57 19 3 2004– 2011– [42]
41 Alessandro Nesta 78 0 3 1996–2006 2004 [43]
41 Gianluca Vialli 59 16 3 1985–1992 1989–1992 [44]
45 Romeo Benetti 55 2 2 1971–1980 1978–1979 [45]
45 Giacomo Bulgarelli 29 7 2 1962–1967 1966 [46]
45 Francesco Calì 2 0 2 1910 1910 [47]
45 Giulio Cappelli 2 1 2 1936 1936 [48]
45 Fulvio Collovati 50 3 2 1979–1986 1985 [49]
45 Giovanni Ferrari 44 14 2 1930–1938 1938 [50]
45 Pietro Ferraris 14 3 2 1935–1947 1947 [51]
45 Alfredo Foni 23 0 2 1936–1942 1936 [52]
45 Gennaro Gattuso 73 1 2 2000–2010 2009 [53]
45 Ardico Magnini 20 0 2 1953–1957 1956–1957 [54]
45 Marco Materazzi 41 2 2 2001–2008 2004–2005 [55]
45 Riccardo Montolivo 66 2 2 2007– 2013– [56]
45 Miguel Montuori 12 2 2 1956–1960 1959–1960 [57]
45 Maino Neri 8 0 2 1948–1954 1948 [58]
45 Gianluca Pagliuca 39 0 2 1990–1998 1994–1995 [59]
45 Pietro Rava 30 0 2 1935–1946 1939–1942 [60]
45 Armando Segato 20 0 2 1953–1959 1958–1959 [61]
45 Gianluca Zambrotta 98 2 2 1999–2010 2010 [62]
63 Massimo Ambrosini 35 0 1 1999–2008 2006 [63]
63 Roberto Baggio 56 27 1 1988–2004 1992 [64]
63 Fulvio Bernardini 26 3 1 1925–1932 1932 [65]
63 Sergio Brighenti 9 2 1 1959–1961 1961 [66]
63 Alessandro Costacurta 59 2 1 1991–1998 1995–1997 [67]
63 Tarcisio Burgnich 66 2 1 1963–1974 1973 [68]
63 Piero Campelli 11 0 1 1912–1921 1920 [69]
63 Antonio Cassano 39 10 1 2003– 2011 [70]
63 Gino Colaussi 25 15 1 1935–1940 1939 [71]
63 Antonio Di Natale 42 11 1 2002–2012 2009 [72]
63 Ciro Ferrara 49 0 1 1987–2000 2000 [73]
63 Claudio Gentile 71 1 1 1975–1984 1984 [74]
63 Mario Gianni 6 0 1 1927–1933 1932 [75]
63 Ciro Immobile 36 7 1 2014– 2018– [76]
63 Lorenzo Insigne 30 4 1 2012– 2018– [77]
63 Giacomo Losi 11 0 1 1960–1962 1962 [78]
63 Bruno Mora 21 4 1 1959–1965 1962 [79]
63 Bruno Nicolè 8 2 1 1958–1964 1961 [80]
63 Christian Panucci 57 4 1 1994–2008 2003 [81]
63 Angelo Peruzzi 31 0 1 1995–2006 2005 [82]
63 Alfredo Pitto 29 2 1 1928–1935 1935 [83]
63 Giuseppe Rossi 30 7 1 2008– 2010– [84]
63 Aristodemo Santamaria 11 3 1 1915–1923 1921 [85]
63 Angelo Schiavio 21 15 1 1925–1934 1933 [86]
63 Luca Toni 47 16 1 2004–2009 2005 [87]
Total 87 players 817 1910–2019 1910–2019

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Gianluigi Buffon served as second acting captain in UEFA Euro 2008 after Alessandro Del Piero was named the team's acting captain, as Cannavaro was injured and unable to take part in the competition, however Del Piero was frequently deployed as a substitute.[4] Although Buffon was officially named Italy's new captain in 2010,[5] following Fabio Cannavaro's retirement subsequent to the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Andrea Pirlo was named the Italian national team's acting captain after the tournament (while Daniele De Rossi was named the team's second acting captain),[5][6][7] as Buffon was ruled out until the end of the year due to injury, and only made his first appearance as Italy's official captain on 9 February 2011, in a 1–1 friendly away draw against Germany.[5][8][9][10]
  2. ^ During UEFA Euro 2008, Alessandro Del Piero was named the Italian national team's acting captain, as Cannavaro was injured and unable to take part in the competition, however Gianluigi Buffon was often played as captain as Del Piero was frequently deployed as a substitute.[11][12][4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Franz Calì: il primo capitano raccontato in un libro" [Franz Calì: the first captain recounted in a book] (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. Retrieved 13 May 2016.
  2. ^ "Founders: Fabio Cannavaro". Fondazione Cannavaro-Ferrara. Retrieved 20 May 2015.
  3. ^ "Capitani" [Captains]. FIGC.it (in Italian). FIGC. Retrieved 2 May 2016.
  4. ^ a b Paolo Menicucci (10 June 2008). "L'Italia parte male, l'Olanda cala il tris" [Italy start badly, Holland score three] (in Italian). UEFA. Retrieved 4 May 2015.
  5. ^ a b c Andrea Santoni (27 June 2010). "Buffon, annuncio choc: Mi opero e torno nel 2011" (in Italian). Il Corriere dello Sport. Archived from the original on 23 January 2017. Retrieved 23 July 2016.
  6. ^ Riccardo Pratesi (6 August 2010). "Prandelli cambia l'Italia Amauri, Cassano e Balotelli" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. Retrieved 23 July 2016.
  7. ^ "Pirlo, ricetta Nazionale "Ritroviamo la qualità"" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. 1 September 2010. Retrieved 23 July 2016.
  8. ^ "Motta, Giovinco and Matri news. Among the 23 players Buffon's return". FIGC. 6 February 2011. Retrieved 23 July 2016.
  9. ^ "Il gol di Rossi salva l'Italia: 1-1" (in Italian). Mediaset. 10 February 2011. Retrieved 23 July 2016.
  10. ^ Micaela Del Monte (29 March 2012). "Capitani Azzurri: Gianluigi Buffon (2008 - Oggi)" (in Italian). TuttoNazionali.com. Retrieved 23 July 2016.
  11. ^ Gaetano DeStefano (2 June 2008). "Italia, è già dopo Cannavaro Arriva Gamberini, chi gioca?" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  12. ^ Maurizio Nicita (12 June 2008). "Buffon, niente fascia Il capitano è Del Piero" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. Retrieved 22 July 2016.

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