Pacitalia national football team
(also the Foxes)
|Association||Federazione di Futaboli Pacitaliana|
|Confederation||AOCAF (Atlantian Oceania)|
|Most caps||Michelangelo Mascagnano (133)|
|Top scorer||Ambrosino Giurimano (114)|
|Home stadium||Superstadio Repubblicana, Timiocato|
|AO ranking||1st (31.8 pts)|
|Highest ranking||1st (AOCAF Cups 26, 27, 31-33, 37-38)|
|Lowest ranking||18th (AOCAF Cup 13)|
|Home kit, away kit and alternate kit|
Pacitalia 4 — 1 Amarenthe
(Anubisyrria, friendly match, 1899)
Pacitalia 7 — 0 Nanwe
(Krytenia, AOCAF Cup 27 group stage, 2009)
Pacitalia 7 — 0 Hutt River
(Geisenfried, AOCAF Cup 37 group stage, 2012)
Starblaydia 6 — 0 Pacitalia
(Bazalonia, AOCAF Cup 15 group stage, 2006)
|Highest scoring match|
Pacitalia 11 — 10 Delaclava
(Delaclava, AOCAF Cup 31 quarterfinal, 2011)
|Appearances||26 (as of AOCAF Cup 37)|
First appeared in AOCAF Cup 12
|Best result||Champions (nine times)|
|UCAS Football Championship|
|Appearances||24 (as of 2006)|
|Result||Champions, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006|
Pacitalia's national football team, known as the Blue Foxes, represents the Pacitalian Republic in international competitions for the sport of football. It is controlled by the Federazione di Futaboli Pacitaliana, the governing body of the sport for the Pacitalian republic.
The Blue Foxes have won a regional-record nine AOCAF Cup titles, and have held the number-one ranking in the region for much of the last few years, in an era described as a golden age for Pacitalian football.
Previous to entering competition at the regional level in Atlantian Oceania, the Blue Foxes dominated the Union of Central American States Football Championship, winning it 17 times, including in each of the first and last four years the tournament was held. The Blue Foxes won five straight UCAS FC titles between 1996 and 2000. The FFP has also taken advantage of a strong under-21 program to develop players for the senior national team.
Former Audioslavia international and Bulls manager André-Luis Partico is the current manager of the Blue Foxes, having been officially introduced in the role on 18th January 2013. He succeeded Narciso Pennachetti.
Formation and style of play
The Blue Foxes employ an unorthodox attacking style of play, with, normally, five positional tiers on the pitch — a goalkeeper, two deep backs, three "halfbacks", two midfielders and three forwards (also called a "2-3-2-3 formation"). Under normal conditions, midfielders will quarterback attacking attempts, while the halfbacks will perform a hybrid duty of defending and controlling play in the middle of the pitch.
This formation, like the more conventional and less attacking 4-2-3-1, has been successful in giving halfbacks the ability to become part of a counter-attack against an opponent, as they can corral errant passes or loose balls and commence an attack.
Under Marco van Basten, the team employed a traditional "Total Football" style of play, allowing positional interchange between all players except the goalkeeper and striker. Players were free to roam to collect balls and switch positions with other players on the field.
Under the Pennachetti system, players continue to move the ball in intricate patterns, attempt to control overall ball possession, and employ sharp passing (with only one or two touches between passes) in smaller areas of the pitch, rather than dumping long balls into the corners to attempt an attack.