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Italy football federation chief Tavecchio resigns amid World Cup chaos

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Rome (AFP) – Italian football federation chief Carlo Tavecchio became the latest victim of the Azzurri’s World Cup qualifying disaster falling on his sword Monday, days after the sacking of coach Gian Piero Ventura.

A week after missing out on qualifying for the World Cup final for the first time since 1958, former World Cup superstars Italy find themselves in a power vacuum.

World Cup 2018 heartbreak: What went wrong for Italy and Ventura?

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It's arguably the big story of the whole World Cup 2018 qualification process. Italy have failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1958 (which was also the last time Bolton...

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Italy coach Ventura axed after World Cup disaster

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Milan (AFP) – Gian Piero Ventura was sacked as Italy coach on Wednesday after the four-time champions failed to reach the World Cup finals.

The veteran coach’s fate was sealed after a crisis meeting of the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) in Rome.

The 69-year-old had refused to resign despite a 1-0 aggregate play-off defeat to Sweden on Monday saw Italy miss the World Cup for the first time in 60 years.

Italy coach Ventura axed after World Cup disaster

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Milan (AFP) – Gian Piero Ventura was sacked as Italy coach on Wednesday after the four-time champions failed to reach the World Cup finals.

The veteran coach’s fate was sealed after a crisis meeting of the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) in Rome.

The 69-year-old had refused to resign despite a 1-0 aggregate play-off defeat to Sweden on Monday saw Italy miss the World Cup for the first time in 60 years.

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.

Reports: Italy Coach Gian Piero Ventura ‘Refuses To Resign’ Despite Overseeing Calamitous World Cup Failure

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As you may have heard, Italy came up short in their attempts to reach the 2018 World Cup after failing to breach Sweden's defence in the second leg of their play-off at the San Siro on Monday night.

The Azzurri racked up 76% of the possession and mustered 27 shots as they grew increasingly desperate, but still the evening ended with Gianluigi Buffon weeping down the camera like a grieving walrus his magisterial 20-year, 175-cap international career petering out with the most meagre of dull splutters.

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Italy sack Ventura, target Ancelotti

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Milan (AFP) – Gian Piero Ventura’s reign as Italy coach ended on Wednesday after a World Cup qualifying fiasco during which the four-time champions failed to reach next year’s finals in Russia.

The 69-year-old’s fate was sealed after a crisis meeting of the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) in Rome, with former Chelsea and Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti among the favourites to take over and rebuild the Azzurri.