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Quiz! Can you name Italy's top appearance-holders and scorers?

Gianluigi Buffon
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Five minutes on the clock, 20 players to guess.

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When we think of Italian football, we tend to think of the defence. 

It was the Italians that gave the world catenaccio, after all. Derived from the Italian word for "bolting a gate", the tactical style was the pre-Mourinho bus-parking phenomenon that relied on teams inserting an extra player into the backline to shut up shop.

And it worked phenomenally well. Just look at the success that Italian sides had in the 60s in the European Cup. It's perhaps no surprise then that the majority of the players in today's quiz are defensive in nature and have enjoyed long, healthy careers based on intuition of where the ball will fall, long after their physicality has prevented them from chasing it too far. 

Oh and the top scorer of Italy only has 35 goals. A defensive nation isn't too harsh a stereotype to give them then?

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Mark White
Mark White

Mark White has been a staff writer on FourFourTwo since joining in January 2020, writing pieces for both online and the magazine. An encyclopedia of football shirts and boots knowledge – both past and present – Mark has also been to the FA Cup and League Cup finals for FFT and has written pieces for the mag ranging on subjects from Bobby Robson's season at Barcelona to Robinho's career. He once saw Tyrone Mings at a petrol station in Bournemouth but felt far too short to ask for a photo.