Italy's Exit From World Cup Qualification Sees The End For Its Veterans

Paola Ditto
Novembre 15, 2017

Italy's Olympic Committee president has urged Italian Football Association (FIGC) president Carlo Tavecchio to step down after the country's failure to qualify for the World Cup.

Italy's hopes of booking a place at the 2018 tournament were ended following a 0-0 draw with Sweden in the second leg of their play-off at the San Siro in Milan on Monday (November 13).

Low said the absence of the four-time world champions, who failed to qualify for the first time since 1958, was a huge blow to the showpiece tournament.

Bergomi said: "No one has been attacking the players and I hate saying this but what really happened here?"

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. If Germany or France or even Brazil or Argentina [miss out], for me there is something missing without the Italian team. The U.S. team also didn't qualify for the first time since 1986. But the only way for this nation to pick itself up from rock bottom is to see the end as a new beginning and a chance for those waiting in the wings to finally shine. Some of their players are ending their career. (Leonardo) Bonucci or also De Rossi or the others.

This frustration was never more evident than when 34-year-old Roma midfielder De Rossi was sent to warm up by one of the Azzurri Coaches as the team were struggling to break a resolute Sweden down on the pitch.

"I read yesterday that De Rossi said he wouldn't want to be subbed in, because they needed a striker".

"I say Mourinho but it can also be someone like Mancini".

"However, I think it can help them change their style of play a bit, given they've had some difficulties lately".

"Seeing Buffon cry saddened me", the 1982 World Cup victor, who also represented Juve with distinction for over a decade, told Goal .

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