The national sport of Italy is soccer, known as calcio in Italian. Italian fans love soccer and turn out in numbers to watch local and national teams. In Italy, Serie A is the major soccer league.
Tifosi, or the sports fans in Italy, take soccer quite seriously. They are extremely supportive verbally at matches, and, according to La Casa Italia, national pride is at stake in World Cup competition. La Squadra Azzurra is Italy's national soccer team that plays for the World Cup. One important World Cup victory for Italy came in 1982, when the team defeated Germany to win its first title since 1938. Italy won again in 2006 by defeating France.