California contains both the highest and lowest points in the contiguous United States (Mount Whitney and Death Valley), and has the 3rd longest coastline of all states (after Alaska and Florida). Earthquakes are a common occurrence due to the state's location along the Pacific Ring of Fire: about 37,000 are recorded annually.
A team like Italy is nationally known. They have displayed change over the years due to fame and their ability to succeed while playing the game. Italy is a great example of a team that has both grown in the game, and in recognition globally. With their incredibly attractive players, they clearly display how the game has changed the influence of the players.