FIFA presented the very first 'FIFA World Champions Badge' to reigning world champions Italy in Coverciano, Italy.
The Squadra Azzurra are the first national team to receive this badge, which from now on will be awarded after every FIFA World Cup finals competition.
The reigning world champions will be able to wear the badge until the next FIFA World Cup.
"Wearing a badge to mark the team's triumph in 2006 is a way to proudly commemorate, day after day, the title of world champion," said the FIFA President, who personally congratulated the Italian world champions during their training session at the Italian Football Association's academy in Coverciano.
"This badge pays tribute to the world champions and is a gesture of respect and recognition.""Italy have the honor of being the first team in the history of the World Cup to wear FIFA's new badge. It is a source of great pride for the whole of Italian football," said coach Marcello Lippi.