Why do Italian national sports teams mostly wear blue, rather than one of the colours represented on the flag?
According to their wonderful book Tutti i colori del calcio (All the Colours of Football), authors Sergio Salvi and Alessandro Savorelli acknowledge that although national teams generally wear strips based on the colours of their respective national flags, this is not always the case: The Dutch wear orange jerseys, the colour of the House of Orange-Nassau; the Germans wear white shirts, from the flag of Prussia; and the Slovenians green and white, the traditional colours of the capital city of Ljubljana. The Indians have an all-blue strip and the Australians green and gold!
The Italians' football and rugby (both codes) teams wear blue in honour of the House of Savoy, under whom Italy was unified in 1861.
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