Published: Tue, November 14, 2017
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Buffon quits as Italy suffer World Cup 'apocalypse'

Buffon quits as Italy suffer World Cup 'apocalypse'

The four-time winners, a regular fixture at the tournament since missing their last one in 1958, could not get past Sweden in the qualifiers.

ITALY boss Giampiero Ventura is set to learn his fate as Italy boss in the next 24 hours after the Azzurri failed to reach the World Cup for the first time in 60 years.

Playing in front of 70,000 fans, Italy were the dominant side, but they could not overturn Sweden's first-leg advantage. I only hope that now we've hit rock bottom there can finally be a reformation of OUR FOOTBALL!

Their on-field celebrations proved too much for the Eurosport news desk, which they tackled and subsequently broke. The Swedish defence held firm, the game ending goalless.

Buffon , who has 175 global caps, had already announced that the World Cup finals in Russian Federation would be his last. Blame is shared equally between everyone.


"For my part, this is the biggest thing that has happened to me and for those of us that are older this is probably the last chance to play at a World Cup so to succeed in those circumstances is an unbelievable joy", the 32-year-old said. "I just said we were near the end and had to win, so send the strikers to warm up". "I cried a few tears", Andersson said after his players had left to continue their celebrations on the pitch.

Italy joins Chile, Holland, the U.S. Men's National Team, Ghana and the Ivory Coast as some of the most recognizable countries to miss out on next year's World Cup.

"Italy, this is the apocalypse", ran a headline on the website of sports daily Gazzetta dello Sport.

"The era of four or five veterans comes to a close, the one of the hungry young players coming through begins and that's how it should be", said Ventura, who took over from Chelsea coach Antonio Conte in 2016 with a contract until June 2020.

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