Ahead of lining up against Spain for a friendly encounter at the Estadio Vicente Calderon, the Azzurri’s record against tonight's opposition on Spanish soil reads as follows: one victory, three draws and five defeats.
The Bianconeri have often featured in these meetings, starting from the very first time the two sides came up against each other in Valencia in 1925, when Juve goalkeeper Gianpiero Combi and left-back Virginio Rosetta both took to the field.
Italy’s sole triumph in the series dates back to 1949, the national team’s final game before the Superga tragedy, and in fact seven members of the Grande Torino side starred in the 3-1 victory that day.
There are two outings which most resemble the game the Azzurri will contest tonight in that both were warm-up tests for the 1970 and 1978 World Cups, tournaments in which Italy would go on to claim second and fourth places respectively.
Both matches were real thrillers, Juve man Pietro Anastasi opening the scoring in a 2-2 draw in 1970 before Bianconeri midfielder Marco Tardelli scored the solitary Azzurri goal in a 2-1 defeat eight years later.
In terms of current Bianconeri, tonight’s meeting will be Gigi Buffon’s third Spain v Italy friendly, having already played in Barcelona in the year 2000 and in Elche in 2008 against a La Roja side more or less the same as the current incarnation set to battle it out with Cesare Prandelli’s men this evening.