Euro 2024: Why do Italy play in blue?

Italy Euro 2024 squad HARRISON, NEW JERSEY - MARCH 24: Players of Italy line up prior to the International Friendly match between Ecuador and Italy at Red Bull Arena on March 24, 2024 in Harrison, New Jersey. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
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Generally speaking, international football teams wear colours that have some relationship to their flags. England play in white, Scotland play in blue, a whole load of African nations play in green…even Germany often have elements of black, red and gold in their kit.

So why are Italy one of the big exceptions? The Italian flag, of course, is made up of green, white and red stripes. No blue there, you notice.

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Steven Chicken

Steven Chicken has been working as a football writer since 2009, taking in stints with Football365 and the Huddersfield Examiner. Steven still covers Huddersfield Town home and away for his own publication, Steven is a two-time nominee for Regional Journalist of the Year at the prestigious British Sports Journalism Awards, making the shortlist in 2020 and 2023.