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  • The 1954 Italian National Soccer Team

    The fifth edition of the World Cup was held in Switzerland in 1954 with West Germany winning the title. A total of 16 teams participated in the tournament. Once again the teams were divided into 4 groups. The top two teams from each group would advance to the quarterfinals. The way group stage was setup each team only played two games, so you did not play every team in your group. If there was a tie for the second spot a playoff was played to determine who would advance. Italy placed in Group 4 with England, Switzerland and Belgium. After their two matches Italy found themselves tied with Switzerland for the second spot. A playoff was needed to determine who would finish second. Italy did not fare well in the playoff and ended up finishing third in their group and missed out on advancing to the quarterfinals. Below is list of the players that participated in the tournament, goals they scored and the results of each match the team played.

    No.NamePositionGoals
    19 Gianpiero Boniperti Forward 1
    10 Gino Cappello Forward  
    14 Sergio Cervato Defender  
    16 Rino Ferrario Midfielder  
    21 Amleto Frignani Forward 1
    9 Carlo Galli Forward 1
    3 Giovanni Giacomazzi Defender  
    20 Guido Gratton Midfielder  
    11 Benito Lorenzi Forward 1
    13 Ardico Magnini Defender  
    15 Giacomo Mari Midfielder  
    7 Ermes Muccinelli Forward  
    4 Maino Neri Midfielder  
    6 Fulvio Nesti Midfielder 1
    8 Egisto Pandolfini Forward 1
    18 Gino Pivatelli Forward  
    17 Armando Segato Midfielder  
    5 Omero Tognon Midfielder  
    2 Guido Vincenzi Defender  
    Goal Keepers
    No.NameRecord (W - D - L)Goals Allowed
    22 Leonardo Costagliola    
    1 Giorgio Ghezzi 1 - 0 - 1 3
    12 Giovanni Viola 0 - 0 - 1 4
    Coach - Lajos Czeizler

    Match Results
    Group 4
    Italy1 - 2Switzerland
    Giampiero Boniperti 44'Goals ScoredRobert Ballaman 18'
    Josef Hügi 78'
    Italy4 - 1Belgium
    Egisto Pandolfini 41'
    Carlo Galli 48'
    Amleto Frignani 58'
    Benito Lorenzi 78'
    Goals ScoredLéopold Anoul 81'
    Playoff
    Italy1 - 4Switzerland
    Gino Colaussi 9'
    Fulvio Nesti 67'
    Goals ScoredJosef Hügi 14', 85'
    Robert Ballaman 48'
    Jacques Fatton 90'
    10th Place Finish
    1950 World Cup 1962 World Cup
    Italian National Soccer Team


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