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Misfiring Italy fail to reach World Cup as Sweden go through

14 November 2017

"I am not sorry for myself but all of Italian football".

The Italian football team will miss out on World Cup contention for the first time in sixty years, following a nil-all draw against Sweden in a do-or-die qualifying play-off. We failed at something which also means something on a social level. That is the only regret I have and certainly not that I am finishing my career, because time passes and it's only right.

"I want to give a big hug to everybody who has always supported me, like Chiello [Giorgio Chiellini], Barza [Andrea Barzagli], Leo [Bonucci], Lele [Gabriele Oriali, team manager] and everybody who's shared these past 10 years with me".

"I leave a squad of talent that will have their say, including Gigio Donnarumma and Mattia Perin". Unfortunately, it wasn't enough, but I hope at least we can take some benefit out of this as an example.

"In football you win as a group, you lose as a group, you divide the credit and the blame", he said.

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Reports in Italy claimed Italy manager Gian Piero Ventura had resigned following the 1-0 aggregate defeat.

"The most fancied name is Ancelotti but there is the possibility (Chelsea boss Antonio) Conte will return, as he is a bit exhausted of England".

Sweden survived wave after wave of Italian attacks in the second leg of their European playoff on a night of unremitting tension and drama at a disbelieving San Siro.

However, it was unlikely he banked on his worldwide exit coming before Russian Federation 2018. We weren't able to express ourselves at our best.

Buffon made 175 appearances for Italy and was also a runner-up in the 2012 Euros.

Misfiring Italy fail to reach World Cup as Sweden go through