Brazil–Italy football rivalry

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Brazil–Italy football rivalry
Brasil x Itália - Arena fonte Nova (9108582157).jpg
Fans prior to the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup match between Brazil and Italy.
Teams Brazil
First meetingItaly 2–1 Brazil
1938 World Cup
(16 June 1938)
Latest meetingBrazil 4–2 Italy
2013 Confederations Cup
(22 June 2013)
Meetings total16
Most winsBrazil (8)
All-time seriesItaly: 5
Draw: 3
Brazil: 8
Largest victory5 games (3 goal difference)
Largest goal scoringItaly 3–3 Brazil
Tournoi de France
(8 June 1997)
Brazil 4–2 Italy
2013 Confederations Cup
(22 June 2013)
Brazil–Italy football rivalry is located in Earth

The Brazil–Italy football rivalry, also known as the Clásico Mundial in Portuguese or the World Derby in English,[1] is a football rivalry between the national football teams of Brazil and Italy, two of the most successful football nations in the world, having achieved nine World Cups between the two countries. They have played against each other five times in the World Cup. Most notably, the 1970 World Cup Final and the 1994 World Cup Final in which Brazil won 4–1 in the former, and 3–2 on penalties after a goalless draw in the latter, as well as the semifinals of the 1938 World Cup and the final second group stage match of the 1982 World Cup won 3–2 by Italy. They have also met at two FIFA Confederations Cups as well as the 1976 U.S.A. Bicentennial Cup Tournament and the 1997 Tournoi de France.

Brazil have won a total of eight meetings, slightly edging the Italians at five wins.[2]

The last meeting ended in a 4–2 victory for Brazil in Salvador, Brazil on 22 June 2013.

List of matches[edit]

Number Date Location Competition Game Results
1 16 June 1938 France Marseille 1938 World Cup Italy – Brazil 2–1
2 25 April 1956 Italy Milan Friendly Italy – Brazil 3–0
3 1 July 1956 Brazil Rio de Janeiro Friendly Brazil – Italy 2–0
4 12 May 1963 Italy Milan Friendly Italy – Brazil 3–0
5 21 June 1970 Mexico Mexico City 1970 World Cup Final Brazil – Italy 4–1
6 9 June 1973 Italy Rome Friendly Italy – Brazil 2–0
7 31 May 1976 United States New Haven Bicentennial Cup Brazil – Italy 4–1
8 24 June 1978 Argentina Buenos Aires 1978 World Cup Brazil – Italy 2–1
9 5 July 1982 Spain Barcelona 1982 World Cup Brazil – Italy 2–3
10 14 October 1989 Italy Bologna Friendly Italy – Brazil 0–1
11 17 July 1994 United States Pasadena 1994 World Cup Final Brazil – Italy 0–0
12 8 June 1997 France Lyon Tournoi de France Italy – Brazil 3–3
13 10 February 2009 England London Friendly Brazil – Italy 2–0
14 21 June 2009 South Africa Pretoria 2009 Confederations Cup Brazil – Italy 3–0
15 21 March 2013 Switzerland Lancy Friendly Brazil – Italy 2–2
16 22 June 2013 Brazil Salvador 2013 Confederations Cup Brazil – Italy 4–2

Major encounters[edit]

1938 FIFA World Cup[edit]

During the 1938 World Cup semi-final on 16 June, nine minutes after Gino Colaussi's 51st-minute breakthrough, Giuseppe Meazza doubled Italy's lead from the penalty spot. While Meazza was getting ready to take the penalty, the elastic in his shorts snapped, causing the Inter Milan striker to hold them up with his left hand when taking the kick. Romeu scored a late Brazilian consolation as Italy went on to win the match 2–1 over Brazil and subsequently the World Cup in the final against Hungary for their second straight World Cup title.[3]

Italy 2–1 Brazil
Colaussi Goal 51'
Meazza Goal 60' (pen.)
Report Romeu Goal 87'

1970 FIFA World Cup[edit]

Italy reached the final of the 1970 World Cup on 21 June by defeating West Germany 4–3 in one of the most memorable matches of all time, five of the seven goals coming in extra time. However, Ferruccio Valcareggi's men were beaten in Mexico City four days later. Roberto Boninsegna cancelled out Pelé's 18th-minute opener, Brazil scored three goals in the second half by Gérson, Jairzinho and Carlos Alberto, with no answer from Italy as Brazil went on to win 4–1 for their third World Cup title.[3]

Brazil 4–1 Italy
Pelé Goal 18'
Gérson Goal 66'
Jairzinho Goal 71'
Carlos Alberto Goal 86'
Report Boninsegna Goal 37'

1978 FIFA World Cup[edit]

On 24 June, Brazil and Italy were matched up for the third-place match of the 1978 World Cup after both sides finished second in their respective groups in the second round. Brazil won the position of third place, knocking Italy to fourth after a 2–1 win with goals by Nelinho in the 64th minute and Dirceu in the 71st minute, although Italy's Franco Causio scored first in the 38th minute.[4]

Brazil 2–1 Italy
Nelinho Goal 64'
Dirceu Goal 71'
Report Causio Goal 38'
Estadio Monumental, Buenos Aires
Attendance: 69,659

1982 FIFA World Cup[edit]

It was the final second round group stage match for Group C in the 1982 World Cup on 5 July. The match was won by Italy 3–2, with Italian striker Paolo Rossi scoring a hat-trick. The result eliminated Brazil from the tournament while Italy went on to win it. The match has been described as one of the greatest football matches of all time.[5][6][7]

Italy 3–2 Brazil
Rossi Goal 5'25'74' Report Sócrates Goal 12'
Falcão Goal 68'
Attendance: 44,000

1994 FIFA World Cup[edit]

In the 1994 World Cup on 17 July, after 120 minutes of goalless action during the final at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, United States, Italians Franco Baresi, Massaro and Roberto Baggio missed their penalty kicks as Brazil went on to win 3–2 in the resulting penalty shoot-out for their fourth World Cup title.[3]

2009 FIFA Confederations Cup[edit]

On 21 June, Italy and Brazil were matched up for the final group game of the 2009 Confederations Cup, which saw Brazil advance with a win 3–0 with two goals by Luís Fabiano in the 37th minute and 43rd minute as well as an own goal by Italy's Andrea Dossena in the 45th minute. Since the United States won their final group match, they over took and eliminated Italy on goals scored, although level on points.[8] Brazil went on to win the Confederations Cup for the third time.

Italy 0–3 Brazil
Report Luís Fabiano Goal 37'43'
Dossena Goal 45' (o.g.)

2013 FIFA Confederations Cup[edit]

On 22 June, Italy and Brazil faced off in the following final group match of the 2013 Confederations Cup, with Brazil, yet again edging Italy, this time 4–2 with Brazilian goals by Dante in the final minute of stoppage time in the first half, Neymar in the 55th minute, and Fred in the 66th minute and the 89th minute, with Italian goals coming from Emanuele Giaccherini in the 51st minute and Giorgio Chiellini in the 71st minute.[9] Italy still advanced from the group to beat out Uruguay in the third-place position, while Brazil went on to with the Confederations Cup for the 4th time after beating out Spain.

Italy 2–4 Brazil
Giaccherini Goal 51'
Chiellini Goal 71'
Report Dante Goal 45+1'
Neymar Goal 55'
Fred Goal 66'89'



Matches Wins Draws Goals
Brazil Italy Brazil Italy
FIFA World Cup 5 2 2 1* 9 7
FIFA Confederations Cup 2 2 0 0 7 2
All competitions 7 4 2 1 16 9
Friendly 7 3 3 1 7 10
Bicentennial Cup Tournament 1 1 0 0 4 1
Tournoi de France 1 0 0 1 3 3
All matches 16 8 5 3 30 23

Note: *Brazil overcame Italy in the 1994 FIFA World Cup Final via penalty shoot-out.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ víctor pérez. "Brasil-Italia, el clásico del fútbol mundial que consagró el viejo Sarriá".
  2. ^ Brazil – Italy (Head-To-Head) at
  3. ^ a b c Paolo Menicucci (22 June 2013). "Brazil v Italy: classic encounters". Retrieved 27 February 2016.
  4. ^ "Match Report Brazil - Italy".
  5. ^ Duarte, Fernando (23 March 2016). "Brazil lost that Italy game in 1982 but won a place in history – Falcão". The Guardian. Retrieved 23 March 2016.
  6. ^ Wilson, Jonathan (25 July 2012). "Italy 3-2 Brazil, 1982: the day naivety, not football itself, died". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 May 2015.
  7. ^ Lewis, Tim (23 March 2016). "1982: Why Brazil V Italy Was One Of Football's Greatest Ever Matches". Esquire. Archived from the original on 2015-09-27. Retrieved 20 May 2015.
  8. ^ "Match Report Italy - Brazil".
  9. ^ "Match Report Italy - Brazil".

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