Second only to Brazil all over the world, Italy is the most successful European nation as far as World Cup glory is concerned. TheHardTackle's Footblog contest winner Vikram Krishnaveti takes a retrospective view back in time and explains Italy's highs and lows over the period of a century.
The art of playing football is entirely different in Italy when compared to other countries; it is stylish and cunning at the same time and these art forms in the game are known as Fantasia and Furbizia; the two ingredients of Italian football that make it exquisite.
Some teams are remembered for their tactical innovations, like Rinuus Michel's Holland side or Arrigo Sacchi's Milan. Yet there are teams who, despite making important contributions to the game, have gone unnoticed. We take a look at five such teams.