Italy’s World Cup 2018 dreams die

Italy will miss the World Cup for the first time in 60 years.

Italian players react after losing to Sweden, 1-0

 

The Italian national team lost to Sweden, 1-0, on aggregate in a World Cup qualifying match. The Azzurri will miss the 2018 World Cup as a result. on aggregate in a World Cup qualifying match. The Azzurri will miss the 2018 World Cup as a result.

 

Italy will miss the World Cup for the first time since 1958, an astounding development in an autumn full of qualifying casualties.

The Netherlands, United States, Ghana and now Italy, a four-time champion and a pillar of soccer for almost a century, all will be absent from the 2018 tournament.

“I’m not sorry for myself but all of Italian football,” said goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, 39, who was seeking to play in a sixth World Cup. “There is certainly a future for Italian football, as we have pride, ability, determination and after bad tumbles, we always find a way to get back on our feet.”

Gianluigi Buffon

Daniele De Rossi was caught on camera complaining to members of the Italy staff. He was told to warm up and reacted with extreme irritation.

De Rossi told Ventura’s assistant: ‘Why the hell should I go on?’ And pointed to Lorenzo Insigne

 

De Rossi told Ventura’s assistant: ‘Why the hell should I go on?’ And pointed to Lorenzo Insigne to suggest he should go on instead.

Post-match De Rossi tried to play down the incident, insisting that it was nothing personal against Ventura.

‘We have this tendency to warm up three at a time, then after five minutes we change and another three go,’

‘I just said we were near the end and had to win, so send the strikers to w

arm up. I pointed to Insigne too.

Only Brazil (20) and Germany (18) have appeared in as many World Cups as Italy (18). The last time the Italians failed, a Brazilian teenager named Pele was preparing for his first World Cup and Brazil, the greatest success the sport has ever seen, had yet to win its first global title.

Buffon anD Bonucci after the match

The Netherlands, United States, Ghana and now Italy, a four-time champion and a pillar of soccer for almost a century, all will be absent from the 2018 tournament.

 

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