FIGC president Giancarlo Abete believes Marcello Lippi and the Italy delegation will deliver glory in South Africa as he keeps faith in retaining the World Cup trophy won in 2006.
Abete has acknowleged the quality of others teams, but believes the Italians are not to be excluded from the potential list of winners.
"There are national teams that head to South Africa as favourites, like Brazil for example," he told the press.
"Italy, though, has a great group and a great coach, and I am convinced we will have a good tournament."
Lippi has been tipped to leave his post at the helm after the World Cup, and Abete has said he will be replaced with a top quality tactician.
"The future coach? It will be someone like Lippi, but I can express a favourable judgement to the names that have been touted in recent days," he added.
"[Cesare] Prandelli, [Carlo] Ancelotti and [Claudio] Ranieri are all coaches with the quality to lead Italy."
Can Italy win it again? Check out the Castrol World Cup Predictor.
Become a fan of Goal.com India's Facebook fan page for all the latest news and insight into everything related to the beautiful game!