Football is without doubt Italy's favourite sport and a national passion. The Italian national team, the Azzurri, is the current holder of the FIFA World Cup, the most prestigious award in football. Overall, Italy is the second-most successful national football team in the world, having claimed the World Cup a remarkable four times.
The top tier of Italian football, the Seria A, one of the most famous football leagues in the world. Leading teams, such as Juventus, AC Milan, Internazionale and Roma regularly appear in important competitions such as the UEFA Cup and Champions League. Between them, club teams from Italy have won 27 major European trophies.
The Italian game enjoys a massive following and stadiums are often fully packed, especially for major national events, such as the Coppa Italiana and the Supercoppa Italiana. Famous stadiums include the Stadio Olimpico, San Siro and Stadio Olimpico di Torino. Between them, they have hosted renowned football events, such as the FIFA World Cups of 1934, 1990, and numerous finals of domestic and international tournaments.
Every year thousands of football fans travel to Italy by plane, bus, train and even ferry to see their favourite teams in action. Italy has an efficient public transport network that allows fans to explore this country with ease and make the most of their time here. Major international airports are located in Rome, Milan and Venice. Hotels are plentiful and fans should have no problem booking accommodation in Italy.