2011-13 Italy Home Shirt Size Small
Era: 2011-13 (Used for the 2012 UEFA European Championships, 2012 UEFA European Championships Final and during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Campaign)
This shirt is in excellent condition bearing very little wear! The heat applied plastic crest and Puma icons are also in excellent condition as is the collar.
Pit to Pit Measurement: 17.5 inches
Shirt Length: 29 inches
Made in puma's range of ‘Puma Sports Lifestyle’ football shirts which they introduced in 2012; this shirt produces excellent dimensions for a size small fitting football shirt!
With the disappointment of the 2010 FIFA World Cup firmly in the rear view mirror; Puma would for the first time since manufacturing Italy’s football shirts would create a home shirt with a conventional classic collar and the result was one of the finest shirts made by Puma for the ‘Azzurri’!. After the previous strip was much darker; this effort was this effort played homage to some of the classic Italy shirts with a lighter shade of blue, meanwhile. the collar would also come with a red and green trim to replicate the flag of the flag of Italy. There was also an embossed pattern in the main body of the shirt further add to the majesty of this shirt. In another addition, Puma would also change their icons and the Crest from felt to heat applied plastic. This shirt would of course be famously worn as Cesare Prandelli’s side reached the final of Euro 2012!
After making easy work of their Euro 2012 Qualifying Campaign, they would end 2011 by beating Euro 2012 co-hosts: Poland before falling to Uruguay in respective friendlies to conclude a great year for Cesare Prandelli’s side. Italy would be drawn in Group C at the Ukraine/Poland spectacle alongside Croatia, qualification rivals: Ireland and crucially the reigning and defending European and World Champions: Spain in what was a very tough group for the recently deposed World Champions.
There would be just two times that the national side would gather before their June 10th opener against Spain, and in typical Italian fashion, they would almost disregard their friendly encounters; losing 1-0 at home to the United States on February 29th and then being sensationally beaten 3-0 by Russia on June 1st!
Come game time in Gdansk to challenge the best international side on the planet (Spain) however; Italy were at their tournament sharpest, taking the lead against the Spaniards through Antonio Di Natale’s goal, before having to settle for a 1-1 draw.
Up next was the challenge of Croatia, however, they would drop the lead again and would have to settle for yet another 1-1 draw! It was classic Italy to do things the hard way, however, their 2-0 win over the Republic of Ireland on Match-Day 3 would see them through to the quarter final where they would meet England in a very intriguing tie in Kiev on June 24th!
The meeting between former World Champions would become one of attrition as neither side could score after 120 minutes of action; meaning penalties would decide the fate of the contest! England took advantage of Ricardo Montolivo’s penalty miss to go 2-1 up, however, in one of the tournament’s most iconic moments; Andrea Pirlo would score a ‘Pannenka’ penalty to level matters! This set the stage for England to miss their next two spot-kicks, and for Italy to eventually prevail 4-2 and reach the semi-final!
Standing between them and a first European Championship Final since 2000 was the ever-indomitable Germany! Playing spoiler to the anticipated Germany vs Spain Euro 2008 Final rematch; Mario Balotelli would enjoy his finest hour in Italy colours when his fine brace, which included his now iconic ‘Hulking’ celebration was enough to ward off a late Mesut Ozil penalty and send Italy to their final for their rematch with Spain on July 1st!
Unlike the cagey curtain raiser between the two sides some 3 weeks earlier; Spain would need just 14 minutes to go ahead through David Silva! Their misery would be compounded further as Giorgio Chiellini was replaced after 21 minutes with an aggravation of his thigh injury. Barcelona bound Jordi Alba would make it 2-0 just before the break. Fernando Torres and Juan Mata made it definitive late on, as Spain successfully defended the title with a 4-0 win in Kiev!
The national side would reunite for a friendly with England on August 15th and ‘The 3 Lions’ would extract a small modicum of revenge with a 2-1 win in Bern, Switzerland. This would be followed up by a disappointing 2-2 draw away to Bulgaria as the 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying campaign began on September 7th.
4 days later, they would be back in the win column as they beat Malta 2-0 at home, before back to back 3-1 wins over Armenia and Denmark respectively, in the October friendly’s allowed to them take the initiative in the group. 2012 would end with a glamour friendly with France, where again they would be beaten in a high-profile international friendly; this time losing 2-1 in Rome on November 14th. As 2013 rolled around, Italy would place in the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil by virtue of their 2nd place finish at Euro 2012! This home shirt would be used for the final time in Italy’s 1-1 draw with the Netherlands on February 6th 2013 as a young Marco Verratti scored a 91st minute equaliser in Amsterdam!
The notable players that season(s) were:
Fabio Borini, Mattia Destro. Antonio di Natale, Alberto Gilardino, Sebastian Giovinco, Mario Balotelli, Antonio Cassano, Claudio Marchisio, Emanuele Giaccherini, Riccardo Montolivo, Antonio Nocerino, Alessandro Diamanti, Andrea Pirlo, Daniele De Rossi, Alberto Aquilani, Thiago Motta, Christian Maggio, Federico Balzaretti, Ignazio Abate, Giorgio Chiellini, Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci, Gianluigi Buffon, Morgan De Sanctis, Salvatore Sirigu
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