World Cup soccer tournament in Brazil & Olive Oil in Team's foods menu

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Italy packed Parmesan, olive oil and prosciutto. The U.S. brought oatmeal, Cheerios, peanut butter and A1 Steak Sauce.

The Mexican team, of course, required a little more spice. El Tri traveled with the ingredients for pozole, along with chile peppers, chipotle chiles and nopales — or cactus.

When it comes to World Cup food, teams aren’t willing to leave anything to chance. They expect their players to have top nutrition, and also want them to enjoy some favorites so they are comfortable and at their best when it’s time to play.

For the Azzurri, attention to culinary detail is nothing new. The Italians are particular about their pasta.

“Pasta is our preferred fuel, and before matches we play with the tricolore: pasta (white), tomato (red) and extra virgin olive oil (green),” explained Italy team nutritionist Elisabetta Orsi, referring to the country’s flag colors.

With everything else taking up suitcase space, the Italians left their bottled water back home this time because of the high cost to bring it, even though the federation has a water sponsor.

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