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Heartbroken Italians demand answers after World Cup ‘apocalypse’

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Milan (AFP) – After the initial shock and disbelief, heartbroken Italians on Tuesday demanded answers as to why the one-time stars of the global game had missed the World Cup finals for the first time in 60 years.

The Italian press called it an “apocalypse” for the four-time world champions, who failed to qualify for the 1958 World Cup but have played every other edition apart from the inaugural tournament in 1930.

Heartbroken Italians demand answers after World Cup ‘apocalypse’

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Milan (AFP) – After the initial shock and disbelief, heartbroken Italians on Tuesday demanded answers as to why the one-time stars of the global game had missed the World Cup finals for the first time in 60 years.

The Italian press called it an “apocalypse” for the four-time world champions, who failed to qualify for the 1958 World Cup but have played every other edition apart from the inaugural tournament in 1930.

Italian despair at World Cup ‘apocalypse’

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Milan (AFP) – Stunned Italians awoke Tuesday to the nightmarish realisation they will miss out on the World Cup finals for the first time in 60 years.

Distraught fans of the one-time top dogs of the global game reacted with shock and disbelief.

The Italian press called it an “apocalypse” for the team, who last failed to qualify for the 1958 World Cup and have played every other edition apart from the inaugural tournament in 1930.

Italian despair at World Cup ‘apocalypse’

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Milan (AFP) – Stunned Italians awoke Tuesday to the nightmarish realisation they will miss out on the World Cup finals for the first time in 60 years.

Distraught fans of the one-time top dogs of the global game reacted with shock and disbelief.

The Italian press called it an “apocalypse” for the team, who last failed to qualify for the 1958 World Cup and have played every other edition apart from the inaugural tournament in 1930.

Buffon quits as Italy suffer World Cup ‘apocalypse’

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Milan (AFP) – A tearful Gianluigi Buffon quit international football as four-time champions Italy sensationally missed out on their first World Cup finals in 60 years after a playoff defeat to Sweden on Monday.

Coach Gian Piero Ventura also said he would consider his future after the Azzuri drew 0-0 in the second leg of their tie with Sweden, who qualified 1-0 on aggregate.

Pele To Auction Off Some Of His Nick-Nacks, Collection Include Jules Rimet Trophy (Worth £400,000) And Two World Cup-Winner’s Medals

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Pele has decided to clear out a bit of space in his loft and as such a whole treasure trove of the legendary Brazil striker's personal mementos are about to come up for sale.

The pristine collection, put together by Julian's Auctioneers, is comprised of almost 2,000 separate items.

Included arePele's own personal Jules Rimet Trophy, two of his gold World Cup Winner's Medals from 1958 and 1970 and even a makeshift ball (made from rolled-up socks) thatO Reiused to hoof around the streets as a child.

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Q&A with Len Oliver: Philly amateur soccer in the 1950s

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The Kensington-born National Soccer Hall of Famer talks about playing in the amateur ranks, seeing Brazil and the 4-2-4 in the 1958 World Cup, playing in international friendlies in Philadelphia, and more.

Len Oliver: Amateur soccer in early 1950′s Philadelphia

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Kensington-born National Soccer Hall of Famer Len Oliver describes moving up the Philadelphia amateur soccer ranks, playing in international friendlies, and trying out for the US Olympic team.

2-3-5 in the 215: Tactics in the early days of Philadelphia soccer

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In the years immediately following the codification of the rules of football in 1863, soccer as it was played would have borne little resemblance to the game we see today on television, let alone play informally with friends or formally in organized leagues. Some differences would have been obvious.