Wales v Italy


Italy have been FIFA World Cup winners on four occasions, in 1934, 1938, 1982 and 2006, and have qualified for the FIFA World Cup tournaments 18 times including the 1934 and 1990 tournaments as hosts.

They have also won the UEFA European Championships twice, in 1968 and 2021 having qualified on 10 occasions.


The Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio (FIGC) was formed in 1898 as the Federazione Italiana del Football (FIF). They have been members of FIFA since 1905 and were founder members of UEFA in 1954.

Italy's first official international game was a 2-6 defeat at home to France in a friendly match in May 1910 and the country made its competitive debut during the 1912 Summer Olympic Games with a 2-3 defeat to Finland in Idrottsplats, Sweden.

Wales record v Italy

Wales' first match against Italy was a friendly international in the Stadio Comunale, Florence in 1965 with a first competitive meeting coming three years later in UEFA Qualifying Group 3 for the 1970 FIFA World Cup.

Wales' first win over Italy came in a friendly international in Stadio Mario Rigamonti, Brescia when Ian Rush, who had recently signed for Italian club side Juventus, scored the only goal of the game. Rush also won his 73rd and final cap in the friendly against Italy in Terni in 1996.

Head to Head


Match details

no.datescorescorers (wales)venue 
26301/05/1965Italy 4-1 WalesGodfreyStadio Comunale, FlorenceFr
28023/10/1968Wales 0-1 Italy Ninian Park, CardiffWCQ
28804/11/1969Italy 4-1 WalesEnglandStadio Olimpico, RomeWCQ
41304/06/1988Italy 0-1 WalesRushStadio Mario Rigamonti, BresciaFr
46524/01/1996Italy 3-0 Wales Stadio Libero Liberati, TerniFr
48105/09/1998Wales 0-2 Italy Anfield, LiverpoolECQ
48505/06/1999Italy 4-0 Wales Stadio Dall'Ara, BolognaECQ
50816/10/2002Wales 2-1 ItalyDavies, BellamyMillennium Stadium, CardiffECQ
51406/09/2003Italy 4-0 Wales Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, MilanECQ
67720/06/2021Italy 1-0 Wales Stadio Olimpico, RomeEC

Italy Honours

FIFA World Cup winners (4): 1934, 1938, 1982, 2006

UEFA European Championship winners (2): 1968, 2021

Welsh players to have made their debut against Italy

Four Welsh players have made their debut for Wales against Italy.