List of Italy national football team captains

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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.

List of captains[edit]

Updated as of 11 July 2021.[3]

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

# Name Captain Appearances Goals National years Captaincy years Ref
1 Gianluigi Buffon 80 176 0 1997–2018 2010–2018[nb 1] [1]
2 Fabio Cannavaro 79 136 2 1997–2010 2002–2010[nb 2] [2]
3 Paolo Maldini 74 126 7 1988–2002 1994–2002 [3]
4 Giacinto Facchetti 70 94 3 1963–1977 1966–1977 [4]
5 Dino Zoff 59 112 0 1968–1983 1977–1983 [5]
6 Giuseppe Bergomi 33 81 6 1982–1998 1988–1991 [6]
7 Franco Baresi 31 81 1 1982–1994 1991–1994 [7]
8 Adolfo Baloncieri 27 47 25 1920–1930 1927–1930 [8]
9 Renzo De Vecchi 26 43 0 1910–1925 1920–1925 [9]
10 Giampiero Boniperti 24 38 7 1947–1960 1952–1960 [10]
11 Giorgio Chiellini 19 112 8 2004– 2012– [11]
12 Leonardo Bonucci 17 109 8 2010– 2014– [12]
12 Giuseppe Meazza 17 53 33 1930–1939 1937–1939 [13]
12 Sandro Salvadore 17 36 2 1960–1970 1963–1966 [14]
15 Umberto Caligaris 16 59 0 1922–1934 1931–1934 [15]
16 Giuseppe Milano 11 11 0 1911–1914 1911–1914 [16]
17 Gaetano Scirea 10 78 2 1975–1986 1984–1986 [17]
18 Luigi Allemandi 9 24 0 1925–1936 1934–1936 [18]
18 Silvio Piola 9 34 30 1935–1952 1940–1952 [19]
18 Marco Tardelli 9 81 6 1976–1985 1983–1985 [20]
18 Antonio Cabrini 9 73 9 1978–1987 1983–1987 [21]
18 Andrea Pirlo 9 116 13 2002–2015 2010–2015 [22]
23 Alessandro Altobelli 8 61 25 1980–1988 1986–1987 [23]
23 Virginio Rosetta 8 52 0 1920–1934 1929–1934 [24]
25 Riccardo Carapellese 7 16 10 1947–1956 1949–1950 [25]
25 Luigi Cevenini 7 29 11 1915–1929 1925–1929 [26]
25 Alessandro Del Piero 7 91 27 1995–2008 2004–2008 [27]
28 Demetrio Albertini 6 79 3 1991–2002 1996–2000 [28]
28 Carlo Annovazzi 6 17 0 1947–1952 1951–1952 [29]
28 Lorenzo Buffon 6 15 0 1958–1962 1961–1962 [30]
28 Sergio Cervato 6 28 4 1951–1960 1955–1959 [31]
28 Daniele De Rossi 6 117 21 2004–2017 2007–2017 [32]
28 Virgilio Fossati 6 12 1 1910–1915 1912–1915 [33]
28 Cesare Maldini 6 14 0 1960–1963 1962–1963 [34]
35 Gianpiero Combi 5 47 0 1924–1934 1931–1934 [35]
35 Alessandro Mazzola 5 70 22 1963–1974 1972 [36]
35 Valentino Mazzola 5 12 4 1942–1949 1947–1949 [37]
35 Egisto Pandolfini 5 21 9 1950–1957 1952–1955 [38]
39 Giancarlo Antognoni 4 73 7 1974–1983 1977–1981 [39]
39 Gianni Rivera 4 60 14 1962–1974 1964–1965 [40]
41 Alessandro Costacurta 3 59 2 1991–1998 1995–1997 [41]
41 Attilio Ferraris 3 28 0 1926–1935 1934–1935 [42]
41 Alessandro Nesta 3 78 0 1996–2006 2004 [43]
41 Gianluca Vialli 3 59 16 1985–1992 1989–1992 [44]
45 Romeo Benetti 2 55 2 1971–1980 1978–1979 [45]
45 Giacomo Bulgarelli 2 29 7 1962–1967 1966 [46]
45 Francesco Calì 2 2 0 1910 1910 [47]
45 Giulio Cappelli 2 2 1 1936–1936 1936 [48]
45 Fulvio Collovati 2 50 3 1979–1986 1985 [49]
45 Giovanni Ferrari 2 44 14 1930–1938 1938 [50]
45 Pietro Ferraris 2 14 3 1935–1947 1947 [51]
45 Alessandro Florenzi 2 45 2 2012– 2020– [52]
45 Alfredo Foni 2 23 0 1936–1942 1936 [53]
45 Gennaro Gattuso 2 73 1 2000–2010 2009 [54]
45 Alberto Gilardino 2 57 19 2004–2013 2011–2013 [55]
45 Ciro Immobile 2 52 15 2014– 2018– [56]
45 Ardico Magnini 2 20 0 1953–1957 1956–1957 [57]
45 Marco Materazzi 2 41 2 2001–2008 2004–2005 [58]
45 Riccardo Montolivo 2 66 2 2007–2017 2013–2014 [59]
45 Miguel Montuori 2 12 2 1956–1960 1959–1960 [60]
45 Maino Neri 2 8 0 1948–1954 1948 [61]
45 Gianluca Pagliuca 2 39 0 1990–1998 1994–1995 [62]
45 Pietro Rava 2 30 0 1935–1946 1939–1942 [63]
45 Armando Segato 2 20 0 1953–1959 1958–1959 [64]
45 Gianluca Zambrotta 2 98 2 1999–2010 2010 [65]
66 Massimo Ambrosini 1 35 0 1999–2008 2006 [66]
66 Roberto Baggio 1 56 27 1988–2004 1992 [67]
66 Federico Bernardeschi 1 32 6 2016– 2021 [68]
66 Fulvio Bernardini 1 26 3 1925–1932 1932 [69]
66 Sergio Brighenti 1 9 2 1959–1961 1961 [70]
66 Tarcisio Burgnich 1 66 2 1963–1974 1973 [71]
66 Piero Campelli 1 11 0 1912–1921 1920 [72]
66 Antonio Cassano 1 39 10 2003–2014 2011 [73]
66 Gino Colaussi 1 25 15 1935–1940 1939 [74]
66 Antonio Di Natale 1 42 11 2002–2012 2009 [75]
66 Stephan El Shaarawy 1 29 6 2012– 2020– [76]
66 Ciro Ferrara 1 49 0 1987–2000 2000 [77]
66 Claudio Gentile 1 71 1 1975–1984 1984 [78]
66 Mario Gianni 1 6 0 1927–1933 1932 [79]
66 Lorenzo Insigne 1 47 10 2012– 2018– [80]
66 Giacomo Losi 1 11 0 1960–1962 1962 [81]
66 Bruno Mora 1 21 4 1959–1965 1962 [82]
66 Bruno Nicolè 1 8 2 1958–1964 1961 [83]
66 Christian Panucci 1 57 4 1994–2008 2003 [84]
66 Angelo Peruzzi 1 31 0 1995–2006 2005 [85]
66 Alfredo Pitto 1 29 2 1928–1935 1935 [86]
66 Giuseppe Rossi 1 30 7 2008–2014 2010 [87]
66 Aristodemo Santamaria 1 11 3 1915–1923 1921 [88]
66 Angelo Schiavio 1 21 15 1925–1934 1933 [89]
66 Salvatore Sirigu 1 27 0 2010– 2020– [90]
66 Luca Toni 1 47 16 2004–2009 2005 [91]
66 Marco Verratti 1 45 3 2012– 2019– [92]
Total 92 players 843 1910–2021 1910–2021

Notes[edit]

  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]

References[edit]

  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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