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Rakitic would give World Cup spot to Buffon

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) – Barcelona’s Croatian international Ivan Rakitic said Tuesday he would love to tell Italian goalkeeping great Gianlugi Buffon to take his place in the 2018 World Cup.

Rakitic will meet Buffon in Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Juventus in Turin, just a week after Buffon tearfully retired from international duty as Italy crashed out of the World Cup.

Rakitic would give World Cup spot to Buffon

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) – Barcelona’s Croatian international Ivan Rakitic said Tuesday he would love to tell Italian goalkeeping great Gianlugi Buffon to take his place in the 2018 World Cup.

Rakitic will meet Buffon in Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Juventus in Turin, just a week after Buffon tearfully retired from international duty as Italy crashed out of the World Cup.

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.

Italian FA chief resigns after World Cup fiasco

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Rome (AFP) – Italian FA president Carlo Tavecchio has resigned after Italy’s World Cup qualifying fiasco saw the four-time champions miss the finals for the first time in 60 years, an FIGC official confirmed on Monday.

The 74-year-old handed in his resignation during a crisis meeting of the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) in Rome.

Allegri and Spalletti not interested in Italy job

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Rome (AFP) – Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri and Inter Milan manager Luciano Spalletti both distanced themselves from taking up the vacant Italian national team post on Saturday.

“Coaching the national team is one of my ambitions, but not right now,” the 50-year-old told a press conference ahead of Juventus’s game at Sampdoria Sunday.

Allegri and Spalletti not interested in Italy job

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Rome (AFP) – Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri and Inter Milan manager Luciano Spalletti both distanced themselves from taking up the vacant Italian national team post on Saturday.

“Coaching the national team is one of my ambitions, but not right now,” the 50-year-old told a press conference ahead of Juventus’s game at Sampdoria Sunday.

Italy’s stars fall back to earth in Serie A

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Milan (AFP) – Italy’s stunned internationals return to the mundane setting of Serie A this weekend days after their star status in world football imploded with a shocking World Cup exit.

Goalkeeping great Gianluigi Buffon was back training with Juventus after his emotional retirement from international duty after two decades, preparing for Sunday’s game at Sampdoria, along with fellow 2006 World Cup winner Andrea Barzagli, and Giorgio Chiellini.

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.

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.

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.

Sad farewell for Italian football legend Buffon

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Milan (AFP) – It was a tearful farewell for Italy legend Gianluigi Buffon, who had dreamed of bowing out with another record in a stellar career - a sixth World Cup finals appearance.

Instead, his career finished not in Russia but with a humiliating World Cup playoff exit against Sweden at Milan’s San Siro stadium, as Italy missed out on the finals for the first time in 60 years.

Italy keeper Buffon ends international career

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Milan (AFP) – Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon confirmed Monday he was ending his international career after the four-time champions failed to reach the World Cup for the first time in 60 years.

Buffon, 39, played his 175th and final game for Italy as they were beaten 1-0 on aggregate in a play-off by Sweden after a 0-0 second-leg draw at the San Siro, bringing an end to a 20-year international career that included winning the 2006 World Cup.

Italy keeper Buffon ends international career

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Milan (AFP) – Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon confirmed Monday he was ending his international career after the four-time champions failed to reach the World Cup for the first time in 60 years.

Buffon, 39, played his 175th and final game for Italy as they were beaten 1-0 on aggregate in a play-off by Sweden after a 0-0 second-leg draw at the San Siro, bringing an end to a 20-year international career that included winning the 2006 World Cup.

‘Apocalypse’ now as Italy face World Cup humiliation

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Milan (AFP) – Four-time champions Italy face missing out on the World Cup for the first time since 1958, a potential national humiliation likened to the “apocalypse” by the team’s fanatical supporters.

Italy need to overturn a 1-0 play-off first-leg defeat against Sweden at the San Siro on Monday.

‘Apocalypse’ now as Italy face World Cup humiliation

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Milan (AFP) – Four-time champions Italy face missing out on the World Cup for the first time since 1958, a potential national humiliation likened to the “apocalypse” by the team’s fanatical supporters.

Italy need to overturn a 1-0 play-off first-leg defeat against Sweden at the San Siro on Monday.

‘We’re Italy, we’ll qualify’, insists Ventura

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Milan (AFP) – “We’re Italy and if we qualify it will be by playing football,” coach Gian Piero Ventura insisted on Sunday on the eve of their crunch World Cup play-off against Sweden.

Four-time world champions Italy need to overturn a 1-0 first-leg defeat to avoid missing out on the World Cup for the first time since 1958 when Sweden hosted the tournament.

‘We’re Italy, we’ll qualify’, insists Ventura

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Milan (AFP) – “We’re Italy and if we qualify it will be by playing football,” coach Gian Piero Ventura insisted on Sunday on the eve of their crunch World Cup play-off against Sweden.

Four-time world champions Italy need to overturn a 1-0 first-leg defeat to avoid missing out on the World Cup for the first time since 1958 when Sweden hosted the tournament.

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‘I Should Have Sacked Ventura At Half-Time!’ – Italian FA President Carlo Tavecchio Announces Resignation, Goes Out With Bang (Video)

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As the fallout from Italy's failure to reach a World Cup finals for the first time in nigh-on 60 years continues to churn, the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) have announced that they are now looking for a new president, as well as a new national team coach.

While he initially refused to budge, manager Giampietro Ventura resigned a few days after the Azzurri saw their final shot at earning a place in Russia go up in smoke with a two-leg defeat against Sweden in their World Cup play-off.

No Italy, no Holland, no Chile, no problem – Why a 48-team World Cup is still bad for football

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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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Tuesday Kickoff: Sweden boss dismisses talk of Zlatan return, Italy stars retire and more

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Italy's loss to Sweden has carried major ramifications for both sides.

Sweden boss Janne Andersson dismissed questions regarding Zlatan Ibrahimovic returning to the team after qualifying for the World Cup. (REPORT)

Daniele De Rossi, Giorgio Chiellini and Andrea Barzagli have joined Gianluigi Buffon in retiring from the Italian national team following Monday's defeat.

Sweden Players Absolutely Destroy Pitchside Commentary Desk After Securing World Cup Qualification At Italy’s Expense (Video)

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After successfully keeping Italy at bay to reach the 2018 World Cup last night, Sweden celebrated hard after the final whistle at the San Siro.

As head coachJanne Andersson was being grilled by Eurosport at pitchside, the team came rampaging over to hijack the interview and quickly reduced the analysts' table to a pile of flimsy plastic rubble.

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.

Italy draw Sweden, miss first World Cup since 1958

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The 2018 World Cup will be missing another global giant.

Italy have failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1958 after a scoreless draw against Sweden at the San Siro in Milan concluded a 1-0 aggregate loss in the UEFA qualification playoffs.

The Azzurri had their chances to draw level in this match.

Where to find Italy vs. Sweden World Cup playoff 2nd leg on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Italy vs. Sweden in the World Cup playoff second leg, you’ve come to the right place.

Italy is on the verge of missing out on next summer’s World Cup. After losing 0-1 in the first leg in Sweden, the Italians have to make sure that they prevent Sweden from scoring because away goals count for double in the European playoffs for the World Cup qualification.

Where to find Italy vs. Sweden World Cup playoff 2nd leg on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Italy vs. Sweden in the World Cup playoff second leg, you’ve come to the right place.

Italy is on the verge of missing out on next summer’s World Cup. After losing 0-1 in the first leg in Sweden, the Italians have to make sure that they prevent Sweden from scoring because away goals count for double in the European playoffs for the World Cup qualification.

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Unlucky For Some: Serie A Stragglers Benevento Lose 13th Successive Match To Break Man Utd’s Unwanted 90-Year-Old Record

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What you see above is the precise moment Amato Ciciretti realised he played for the one of the worst teams (statistically, at least) in the history of European association football.

Going into Sunday's Serie A match against Sassuolo, newly-promotedBenevento Calcio were poised on the brink of breaking a record that had stood for nigh-on 90 years.

Monday Kickoff: de Gea linked to Real Madrid again, Italian FA president resigns and more

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A long-discussed transfer rumor lives on while changes are coming to the Italian FA.

Real Madrid is reportedly still after David de Gea as the club looks to seal a move next summer. (REPORT)

Carlo Tavecchio has resigned as Italian FA president one week after the national team failed to qualify for the World Cup.

Paul Pogba hints at Man Utd move for Paulo Dybala

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Tweet, Video and Photos: Man Utd defender celebrates World Cup qualification

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Manchester United centre-back Victor Lindelof booked his place at next summer's World Cup after his Sweden team beat Italy in their playoff. A...

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Photo: Jose Mourinho and Zlatan Ibrahimovic watch Sweden vs Italy together

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Italian FA boss confirms Chelsea’s Antonio Conte is top target to become new Italy manager

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Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte is the preferred candidate to become Italy's new manager, the head of the Italian FA has confirmed. Carlo...

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Chelsea scouting Milan Skriniar and Antonio Candreva this weekend

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Chelsea’s Willian linked with January move to AC Milan

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Italy didn’t deserve to qualify for World Cup after poor performances in qualification

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Welcome to the apocalypse. For the first time since 1958, Italy has failed to qualify for the World Cup.

It’s a shock to the system. No team apart from Germany had qualified more World Cups consecutively, and only one, Brazil, has won the tournament more times. Italy is a giant of world soccer in a way that only a handful of other countries are.

World Cup Play-Off: Italy Miss Out On Finals For First Time In 60 Years After Stalemate v Sweden In Milan (Video)

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Italy will miss a World Cup finals tournament for the first time in 60 years after Gianpiero Ventura's side played out a frustrating goalless draw in Milan on Monday night, leaving a victorious Sweden to book their place in Russia via a 1-0 aggregate score.

They may have lacked a Pirlo, Totti or a Del Piero, but the current edition of the Azzurri still should have had enough quality to beat a workmanlike Swedish side.

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Atalanta Captain Alejandro Gomez Receives Golden Record After His ‘Dance Like Papu’ Song Proves Massive Hit In Italy (Photo & Video)

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As unlikely as it may seem, a song about Atalanta's club captain has proved to be a ridiculously popular breakout viral smash in Italy.

Alejandro 'Papu' Gomez has a tendency to dance after scoring, much to the delight of the Atalanta fans so much so, in fact, that a few of them wrote a catchy little ditty about the Argentinian forward's post-goal wiggling.

News roundup: Harrisburg’s fascinating revamp, sordid Columbus news, more

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Italy’s issue

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Italy plays Sweden in Milan later today trailing 1-0 in their World Cup qualifying playoff. Italy is the latest team facing an uphill scenario for this summer's tournament. For some, think Argentina, it worked out. For others, think the USMNT, it didn't. For fans of the tournament, and there are plenty all over the world, Italy belongs in every World Cup.