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italy, chile
(Grigory Dukor/Reuters)
Baggio's Goal Gives Italy 2-2 Tie Roberto Baggio, the goat of the 1994 World Cup for Italy, scored with six minutes left to give the Italians a 2-2 tie with Chile on Thursday. At left, Italy's Fabio Cann-
avaro contests a header by Chile's Javier Margas.

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World Cup Highlights

 Three-time winners of the World Cup
 World Cup finalists in 1970 and 1994
 Third in the 1994 World Cup and fourth in 1978
 Winner of the European championships in 1968

First-Round Schedule

Day, Time (EDT) Opponent Site TV
Thursday, June 11, 11:30 a.m. Chile Bordeaux ESPN
Wednesday, June 17, 3 p.m.Cameroon Montpellier ESPN
Tuesday, June 23, 10 a.m.Austria Saint-Denis ESPN2

Tentative Roster

Pos. Name Age Club
GK Gianluca Pagliuca33Inter Milan
GKFrancesco Toldo26Fiorentina
GKGianluigi Buffon20Parma
D Fabio Cannavaro 24 Parma
D Alessandro Costacurta 31 AC Milan
D Moreno Torricelli 28 Juventus
D Alessandro Nesta 22 Lazio
D Paolo Maldini 29 AC Milan
D Giuseppe Bergomi 34 Inter Milan
M Luigi Di Biagio 26 AS Roma
M Roberto Di Matteo 27 Chelsea
M Angelo Di Livio 31 Juventus
M Dino Baggio 26 Parma
M Demetrio Albertini 26 AC Milan
M Gianluca Pessotto 27 Juventus
M Francisco Moriero 29 Inter Milan
M Sandro Cois 27 Fiorentina
F Christian Vieri 24 Atletico Madrid
F Fabrizio Ravanelli 29 Marseille
F Filippo Inzaghi 24 Juventus
F Alessandro Del Piero 23 Juventus
F Roberto Baggio 31 Bologna

Road to France

Won Lost Tied GF GA
6 0 4 13 2
How Qualified: Second place on UEFA Group 2, defeated Russia in playoff
UEFA Second-Place Playoffs
Nov. 15, 1997Italy 1, Russia 0
Oct. 29, 1997Russia 1, Italy 1
UEFA Group 2
Oct. 11, 1997Italy 0, England 0
Sept. 10, 1997Georgia 0, Italy 0
Apr. 30, 1997Italy 3, Poland 0
Apr. 2, 1997Poland 0, Italy 0
March 29, 1997Italy 3, Moldova 0
Feb. 12, 1997England 0, Italy 1
Oct. 9, 1996Italy 1, Georgia 0
Oct. 5, 1996Moldova 1, Italy 3

Facts and Figures

Location: Southern Europe, a peninsula extending into the central Mediterranean Sea, northeast of Tunisia
Population: 56.3 million (1995 estimate)
Capital: Rome
Comparative area: Slightly larger than Arizona
Religions: Roman Catholic 98 percent, other 2 percent
Landscape: Italy is shaped like a boot, with the toe pointing toward the offshore Italian island of Sicily; country got its name from the ancient Romans; the Romans called the southern part of the peninsula "Italia," meaning "land of oxen" or "grazing land"; mostly rugged and mountainous; some plains, coastal lowlands

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