Having won the tournament four times, Italy are the top European team in World Cup history. After also reaching the quarter-finals (or further) nine times, expect Italy to make it into double figures if they qualify out of the group.
Grouped in with England and Uruguay, one former winner will definitely not qualify for the 2014 World Cup knockout rounds. If Italy can reach the Second Round, they'll then be rewarded with a favourable fixture to get into the last-eight again.
HOW ITALY GOT TO THE 2014 WORLD CUP
Topping UEFA Qualifying Group B, Italy secured a 2014 World Cup spot by beating Denmark and the Czech Republic to top spot.
Although they remained undefeated throughout the whole of qualifying, Italy did draw nearly half of their games - as they struggled to see off the better sides in the group away from home.
ITALY MANAGER AND TRACK RECORD
Taking control of the Italian hot seat in August 2010, Cesare Prandelli will participate in his first World Cup - after masterminding Italy's Euro 2012 runners-up campaign.
The four-time World Cup winners will be looking to give a better account of themselves than when they easily surrendered their latest World Cup Champions title in South Africa in 2010, by whimpering out in the Group Stage.
ITALY KEY PLAYER
Vice-captain Andrea Pirlo has been a pivotal figure in Italy's plans since making his debut back in 2002 - as he has gone on to make 107 appearances for the Azzurri, scoring 13 goals.
The 2014 World Cup is likely to be the 35-year-old's swansong for International tournaments, meaning he will be desperate to match the displays that led to him being named as part of the Euro 2012 Team of the Tournament.
And Juventus' deep-lying playmaker is still going strong at club level too - after signing a contract to keep him at the club until 2016 - so is sure to be at the heart of almost all of Italy's attacks this summer.
ITALY 2014 WORLD CUP BETTING TIP
Despite being placed in a strong group, Italy's assured defence will give them confidence of qualifying out of the group and through the Second Round, to reach the quarter-finals or further.
Expect the experienced Italians to keep it tight in each of their group games and give themselves a good start on their way to being named as the team to concede the least goals of the 2014 World Cup.
ITALY WORLD CUP 2014 SQUAD
Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon, Salvatore Sirigu, Mattia Perin.
Defenders: Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci, Giorigo Chiellini, Gabriel Paletta, Andrea Ranocchia, Ignazio Abate, Mattia De Sciglio, Christian Maggio, Matteo Darmian, Manuel Pasqual.
Midfielders: Andrea Pirlo, Claudio Marchisio, Thiago Motta, Marco Verratti, Riccardo Montolivo, Daniele De Rossi, Antonio Candreva, Marco Parolo, Alberto Aquilani, Romulo.
Forwards: Mario Balotelli, Antonio Cassano, Alessio Cerci, Ciro Immobile, Giuseppe Rossi, Mattia Destro, Lorenzo Insigne.