Italy the 1970 finalist, not doing well these tournaments, Azurri failed to reach the second phase mostly because of the unexpected rise of Poland.
The first game was against Haiti, and it went well, save for the Haitians nicking Dino Zoff’s goal record of 1142 minutes without conceding. It was a 3-1 despite being down a goal for a hair. The second game was the ever so meaningful one, or so it was thought, against Argentina. As so often happens with big games in the groups, it disappointed, with a 1-1 draw off an Argentine own goal earning Italy their point.This would set up the final game with Poland, merely a draw needed, with qualification via a loss still possible. However, Poland would continue their tear, setting Italy down 2-0 by the half, and putting Italy quickly into panic mode. Italian goalkeeper Dino Zoff conceded his first goal in 1,143 minutes when Haitian Sanon scored in their 3-1 loss to the Azzurri.
Italy classic simple round neck manufacture by Adidas, but at the time showing the logo or the three stripes was forbidden by the italian federation. The Italy home kits was in the favoured blue and white combination, the shirt, with its matching round neck and cuffs, was quite a unique design, let down only by the team badge over the left chest. The Italy home was wore during the match against Argentina and Poland. The away shirt totally in white strip, but now combined them with a broad blue horizontal panel. Italy wore the away kits at first game was against Haiti.