RUGBY UNION - On Saturday, 9 February, Italy’s Andrea Lo Cicero will become the 24th player in Rugby Union history, and the second from his country, to have featured in at least 100 international Test matches. In the Six Nations era, no player has made so many starts in his position, loosehead prop. Check out our Infographic for positional leaders.
FOOTBALL - Holland take on Italy in an international friendly at the Amsterdam ArenA on Wednesday, 6, February. The Dutch have never won a friendly against Italy, drawing five and losing six of the previous 11 non-competitive meetings. We have several key stats on this match listed below.
Last weekend’s Grand Prix of Belgium winner Jenson Button looks to have hit his form just in time to challenge for the chequered flag this weekend in the Grand Prix of Italy at Monza. It is a race that Button has never won, although he has finished runner-up in each of the previous three seasons.
FOOTBALL - On Saturday, 1 September, AC Milan started their Serie A match at Bologna by fielding 10 Italians in their starting lineup, Kevin-Prince Boateng being the only foreigner. The last time AC Milan had deployed only one foreigner was on the final matchday of the 1994/1995 season, when they were also involved in a Champions League final. This stat researched by the brilliant Mr. Chip (@2010misterchip).
6 - Italian record for most Olympic golds by an individual which could be equalled in London by fencer Valentina Vezzali. Click ‘Read More’ to see the complete countdown from 100 until today.
14 - Italy have won 14 individual fencing foil titles (M+F) - most Olympic golds in any event of any sport by a non-US country. Click ‘Read More’ to see the complete countdown from 100 until today.
FOOTBALL - Christian Vieri is 39 years old today. The Bologna-born striker is the only player in history to win single season top scorer honours in Spain (with Atlético Madrid in 1997/1998) and in Italy (with Internazionale in 2002/2003). He was also a dangerous weapon of the Italian national team, netting 23 times in 49 matches for the Azzurri, including nine goals in nine FIFA World Cup matches.
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FOOTBALL - Spain and Italy are back to where Euro 2012 started for them. These countries met in the group stage, where they drew 1-1. This is fifth occasion in history of Euros, on which the same two teams have played each other the in group stage and also in the knockout stage.
FOOTBALL - Italy are aiming for their second European Championship title and their sixth crown in European Championships and World Cups. If the Azzurri succeed, they will equal the continental record by Germany, formerly West Germany. Spain are bidding to win their fourth trophy at EChs and WCs.