The Italian press is furious with the national team after the historical failure of Squadra Azzurra’.
After having participated in 14 World Cups in a row, Italy will now watch the 2018 edition on TV, having failed to get past Sweden in the Qualification playoff. After a 0-1 defeat in Stockholm, Italy failed to score a single goal in the return leg and the 0-0 draw saw Sweden winning the golden tickets for the 2018 Russia World Cup.
Gazzetta dello Sport wrote on their first page: “End of the road! Italy misses the World Cup after 60 years.”
The journalists from Corriere dello Sport were much more drastic: “Italy in tears. Ventura will be sacked, but he shouldn’t be the only one. Everyone should leave!” was the title presented on their first page.
Corriere della Sera and Republica have both chosen to present a picture with Buffon in tears, who announced his retirement from the national time last night, together with Daniele de Rossi.
The result in Milano last night surprised other journals around the world as well. Marca wrote: “Unbelievable, a World Cup without Italy”. The French from L’Equipe also covered the news with the title: “Ciao Italy. A historical fiasco.”
On the other hand, the Swedish journalists from Aftonbladet wrote enthusiastically: “Miracle in Milan. Sweden goes to the World Cup.”