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. Italy’s absence from Russia next summer was confirmed on Monday night at the San Siro in Milan, where the Italians were held scoreless by a determined Sweden and condemned to aggregate defeat by Jakob Johansson’s deflected
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For the soccer-crazed country, it was perhaps the lowest point in 60 years — a humiliation, wrapped in a tragedy, enveloped in an apocalypse.
Italy’s World Cup is over In a huge upset on Monday night in Milan, Sweden knocked Italy out of the World Cup even before it started. Sweden held on to a 1-0 lead from their playoff first leg as the Azzurri failed to qualify for a W...
Italy have always been in the World Cup as far back as most people can remember.1958 was the last time they failed to qualify.That doom has caught up with them again.Sweden held on to their one goal advantage from the first leg.Desp...
With Italy failing to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1958, we assess where it went wrong for the Azzurri and what happens next.