Why do non-Italians hate the Italian Soccer Team?



Most everyone will agree, Italy is a beautiful country. Great food. Great people. So why do so many people (including myself) hate the Italian Soccer team? Italians might tell you it’s because The Azzurri are a great team and always have been. But by that logic, shouldn’t everyone hate Brazil too? Others will tell you it’s because the Italian team are flagrant divers. But as much as people don’t like Portugal for the same reason, it’s not nearly as bad as the hate I’ve seen for Team Italy. Hmmmm…

Let’s quickly examine three teams that are hated (and loved).

New York Yankees. Storied and successful history, currently successful, highest payroll in MLB, tons of fans across North America.

Toronto Maple Leafs. Storied and successful history, currently awful, tons of fans across North America.

Manchester United. Storied and successful history, currently successful, high payroll, tons of fans worldwide.

What do these teams have in common?

Storied history or a history of success seems to be a must for hating a team. Team Italy wins a lot and always have. Check.

Current success is a wildcard, but as far as I’m concerned, acts a hatred multiplier. Italy are the 2006 World Cup champs. Check.

High payroll isn’t a factor in World Cup soccer, but because it can be looked at as attaining success through not playing on even terms, it can be compared to diving. Both are cheap victories one might say,  although fans of the aforementioned teams might just call that sour grapes. For non-Italians, do you hate Team Italy? Why or why not? For Italians, why do you think The Azzurri are hated so much?

Anyway, here’s a little clip from the 2010 World Cup. Dive or leg cramp? You tell me.


  • JOJO

    the reasons to hate the Italian football team are truly legion, but it comes down to diving, dirty play, boring play and whining like 12 year old girls at a Justin Bieber concert when a call goes against them. They have a sense of entitlement that no one else even the Brazilians have. The De Rossi dive you have here has now been joined with another dive in the box resulting in a PK they didn't deserve. Win at any cost that is all that matters and if you don't the world is against you and whomever beat you didn't deserve it…insufferable!

  • JOJO

    the reasons to hate the Italian football team are truly legion, but it comes down to diving, dirty play, boring play and whining like 12 year old girls at a Justin Bieber concert when a call goes against them. They have a sense of entitlement that no one else even the Brazilians have. The De Rossi dive you have here has now been joined with another dive in the box resulting in a PK they didn't deserve. Win at any cost that is all that matters and if you don't the world is against you and whomever beat you didn't deserve it…insufferable!

  • Jj

    In what way are the leafs a storied franchise. Your argument would be better in used the Montreal Canadiens.

    • Hey JJ, I used the Toronto Maple Leafs because they are the most valuable team in the NHL (in terms of how much the team is worth), they have a storied history (up to and including 1967), but they’ve had little to no success since 1967, and yet are still hated more than any team in the league. Therefore, they prove recent success is not part of the recipe for making a team hated. Montreal wouldn’t have worked, they also have a high value and a great history, but the difference is they had success in recent history and thus, couldn’t act as an exception. Besides, as much as Toronto fans hate Montreal, they’re not as hated throughout the league and throughout Canada as Toronto is.

  • Anonymous

    whoever wrote this article is simply an idiot

    • Agreed. I can’t stand him one bit.

  • determined

    THE MOST HATED NATIONAL TEAM IN THE HISTORY IS ENGLAND…and this writer is a complete fool..i mean what about THE HANDBALL OF LUIS FABIANO??THE SWAN DIVE OF OWEN??THE HAND OF GOD-PART2 THEIRRY HENRY??why do you pick italians??Italy won the greatest match of all time in 1970 and 1982..

    England is total piece of shit..haven’t won anything in 45 years and 1966 world cup they cheated..got raped by Maradona in ’86,and in 2010 germany showed them their chicken status in football.haha…and David beckham is the most overrated footballer of all time–doesn’t know how to dribble..

    FORZA ITALIA…

    • Based on your comment, it’s getting a little clearer why people hate the Italian team: their fans.

  • david

    Personally, I don’t believe most fans HATE Italy.
    And those who do, I think it is mostly based around the 2006 Final, and the Zidane incident. I personally feel Italy would have won anyways, as Zidane was sent off near the end of extra time, and though he is a MAGNIFICENT PK scorer, France missed 2 kicks, so he wouldn’t have made a difference. One could argue that France lost their nerve when their captain left, but it’s an athletes job not to let that happen.

    The fact is, many great teams have their detractors:
    Germany has been called dirty, especially for their 1990 victory over Argentina, and the 1982 France game.
    Argentina Maradonna’s hand of God.
    England’s 1966 Final.
    Despite all of this the above teams have always fielded magnificent teams. Again I’m an Italy fan, so I am inclined to say the German team can be excessively violent, but there is no question they are one of the three best squads in the World (historically AND currently).
    All a matter of perspective.

    • I suppose who the most hated team is depends on where you live and who your team’s rival is. It is most definitely a matter of perspective, but it’s also a matter of some other factors as listed above.

      I mean, it’s difficult to hate a team that never wins or has little to no supporters.

      Most hated teams are usually good, have more fans (both nice and annoying fans), and get more media attention, which can often bother fans of other teams who feel their team is overshadowed or overlooked.

      The best way to take it is as a bizarre form of compliment. I’m sure Yankees fans are used to being hated and love every second of it.

  • Lord_vaeder

    I hate italians coz thez are fuckin dirty hairy monkeys.

  • Rapheal_r

    I hate them cause they care to cocky

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