Why are Italian footballers so small?

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The Italian football team is one of the best in the world. In the history of Football, they achieved 4 titles. In 1934, 1938, 1982, 2006. They are just one fewer than Brazil.


Why are Italian footballers so small?

Why are Italian footballers so small?

The main reason behind this is genetics. The footballers who come from the Middle and Southern, are short. Scientists found that Middle and Southern Italians most likely originated at the time of Greek and a small percentage of subsequent Arabs. And Northern Italy is an admixture. As we know, the ancestors of the Greek people are short. That’s why some  Italian Footballers are small.


Italian footballers are not small. In Fact, they are really tall.  The average Italian football player’s height is 5ft 10in or 178cm. But an interesting fact is Italy has a tradition that most short players play as forwards.


Let’s talk about some short footballers from Italy.


  • Gianfranco Zola

Gianfranco Zola

Gianfranco Zola , born in 1966, height 166cm and born in Oliena, Italy. As we know,  Oliena is in southern Italy. Gianfranco Zola is a Famous short player of Italy. He was a forward player and happy to assist. In the Italian national team, he scored 10 goals in 35 matches.


  • Fabrizio Miccoli

Fabrizio Miccoli

Fabrizio Micoli , born in1979, height 168cm and born in Nardò , Italy . As we know that Nardò is in the southern part.Fabrizio Miccoli got the best coppa italia scorer award in 2002-2003. He also got the title of Maradona of Salento.

  • Lorenzo Insigne

Lorenzo Insigne

Lorenzo Insigne, born in  1991, height 163 cm. Born in Naples, Italy. As we know it is in southern Italy. Lorenzo Insigne is the smallest footballer in football history in Italy. He plays as a forward in the Italian Football National Team. He debuted his career in 2010. He got Coppa Italia Top Goal-scorer in  2013–14


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