(AGI) Rome, May 18 - Italian oil and gas giant ENI will be Top Sponsor of the Italy football teams of the FIGC (Italian Football Federation) until 2018. The three-year agreement was announced on Wednesday at Converciano during the news conference of the pre-retreat for the European Football Championships. The three-year period includes two major events, the 2016 European Football Championships taking place in France, and the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Sport is a universal language, according to ENI, and it is a crossroads of different cultures, where sportsmanship and principles of mutual respect should be shared. The Italy team is very popular and has an international following, being one of the best loved teams in the world. ENI has decided to support it, recognising that it represents a unifying symbol, thus expressing the company's affection for the nation. ENI, "an integrated company in the energy sector, is committed to searching, producing, transporting, processing and marketing oil and natural gas. ENI's women and men are keen on tackling challenges, continuous development, excellence, and ascribe great importance to the individual, the environment and integrity". (AGI). .