The Spoiler solves football’s trivial mysteries

Because there’s no such thing as a stupid question

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Thinking about the current World Cup holders, a member of The Spoiler’s staff posed the following question:

Italy’s flag is green, white and red – why do they play in blue?

The answer is actually quite simple – blue is the colour of the House of Savoia, the ruling family in Italy between 1861 and 1946.

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During that period, the nation’s flag always had the coat of arms on it (as pictured above). Only when Italy changed from a Kingdom to a republic after World War II did they adopt the tricolor national flag you see today.

Spoiler quizzical bonus: We can think of two other teams who do not play in the colours of their flag – Japan (who play in blue) and Australia (who play in green and yellow). Can you think of any others? Answers on a postcard below, please.

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