Italy misses on World Cup qualification

Annette Crawford
November 15, 2017

A teary-eyed Buffon announced his global retirement after the 0-0 draw at the San Siro, with 175 worldwide caps to his name.

Director Gabriele Romagnoli told La Gazzetta dello Sport: "It's like sitting down at a table full of motivation, yet you find yourself sitting there with just a knife and fork, but no plates".

"But when we were talking about younger players not finding space in their squads we weren't making an argument for our national team, but for the good of everyone". Everyone attacked Ventura but the players did not take their responsibility as well.

Ventura stated at his post-match news conference that he not yet quit, but hinted that the match would be his last in charge. "I watched the match and it seems to me that Italy played as Sweden wanted, crossing the ball". I have to evaluate an infinity of things.

As it stands, a total of 30 teams around the world have guaranteed their participation at next year's World Cup, as 2 teams are left to complete the lineup.

A tearful Buffon, who had already made a decision to hang up his gloves after Russian Federation 2018, said in quotes reported by www.figc.it: "I'm not sorry for myself but all of the Italian football movement".


Germany coach Joachim Loew was sad to see Italy fail to qualify for the World Cup, while he praised Daniele De Rossi for his moment of "greatness". (Leonardo) Bonucci or also De Rossi or the others.

"I think we should try to get a big coach who could work as an interim coach".

Chiellini is four games away from bringing up 100 caps for Italy, but it remains to be seen if the 33-year-old Juventus defender will carry on.

Bergomi said: "No one has been attacking the players and I hate saying this but what really happened here?" In the end, we deserved to go out.

"It's a very heavy result to bear, because I was absolutely convinced that we had this ferocious desire to overcome the obstacle".

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