Ventura: ‘Never said I’d resign’
Giampiero Ventura insists “I never said” he’d resign as Italy CT, despite there being a video of him telling Le Iene he would.
Dybala: ‘I was cheering for Italy’
Juventus forward Paulo Dybala says he was cheering for Italy last night - “I wanted to meet you in Russia”.
Italy to face England in March
Italy have confirmed they will play a friendly against England at Wembley Stadium in March.
Tardelli: ‘Tavecchio should resign’
Italy legend Marco Tardelli slams the President of the FIGC - “if Carlo Tavecchio had any dignity he would resign”.
Jorginho: ‘Italy, I’m so sorry’
Jorginho apologises for Italy’s elimination from the World Cup qualifiers - “I’m so sorry for how it went”.
Malago: ‘Thank you, Buffon’
CONI President Giovanni Malago thanks Gianluigi Buffon for his reaction to Italy’s draw last night, but refuses to back Carlo Tavecchio.
Sacchi: ‘Ancelotti not enough’
Arrigo Sacchi says appointing a great Coach like Carlo Ancelotti won’t be enough for Italy - “look at the two disastrous World Cups”.
Ventura: ‘Will I resign? Yes'
Giampiero Ventura replies “yes” when asked if he’ll resign from the Italy job, but it’s reported he wants a €700,000 pay-off.
Milan consider new stadium?
Reports suggest Milan are once again considering building a new stadium, and moving out of San Siro.
Buffon agent: ‘Immense sorrow’
Gianluigi Buffon’s agent says “the sorrow is immense” after his last competitive match for Italy.
Disgr-Ace Ventura - His Italy timeline
The CT has become the first man to fail to take Italy to a World Cup, and Football Italia looks back at his disastrous reign.
Report: Ventura won’t resign
Reports claim Giampiero Ventura and FIGC President Carlo Tavecchio are both unwilling to resign, despite Italy missing out on the World Cup.
Zaccardo: ‘I’m speechless’
World Cup winner Cristian Zaccardo admits “I’m speechless” after Italy missed out on the World Cup, but calls Gianluigi Buffon “a great man” for facing the cameras.
Ventura sneaks out of Milan hotel
Giampiero Ventura reportedly left Italy’s hotel in Milan by the back door, and won’t be present at an FIGC meeting in Rome tomorrow.
Report: Ventura rowed with players
It’s reported Giampiero Ventura threatened to resign after the first leg defeat to Sweden, following a row with the players.
Italy’s exit: the world reacts
The footballing world has reacted with shock to the fact Italy won’t be at next summer’s World Cup in Russia.
Italy vs Sweden player ratings
Italy’s World Cup dreams were dashed as they drew a blank against Sweden at San Siro.
Italy reacts to World Cup exit
The Italian media has reacted to the failure to reach the World Cup, with one newspaper calling it “an intolerable footballing shame”.
Andersson: ‘Don’t ask about Ibra!’
Sweden Coach Janne Andersson shrugs off talk Zlatan Ibrahimovic could return for the World Cup, having knocked out Italy.
Barzagli: ‘Italy will be back’
Andrea Barzagli apologises for Italy’s failure to qualify for the World Cup, but assures “the movement will resume” with younger players.
Cannavaro: 'Mummies run Italian football'
Paolo Cannavaro launched a scathing attack on the “mummies in charge of the FIGC” and blamed foreign players for Italy’s failure to reach the World Cup.
What the papers say...
Today's front page headlines in English from La Gazzetta dello Sport, Corriere dello Sport and Tuttosport.
Ventura: 'I apologise only for result'
Giampiero Ventura has refused to resign and apologised to Italy fans “for the result, but not the effort” after failing to reach the World Cup.
Bernardeschi: ‘Italy failed veterans’
Federico Bernardeschi felt the World Cup exit was “tragic” for Italy, but above all for those retiring. “They did not deserve this.”
Chiellini: ‘My last Italy game’
Giorgio Chiellini confirmed his Italy retirement, complimented Sweden on their World Cup qualification and called this exit “Zero Hour” for the Azzurri.
Gabbiadini: ‘Italy exit is ugly’
Manolo Gabbiadini said Italy’s World Cup exit was “an ugly thing that nobody wanted to see” after losing 1-0 on aggregate to Sweden.
De Rossi: 'My last Italy match'
Daniele De Rossi announced his international retirement after Italy failed to reach the World Cup, but also confirmed he urged staff to play Lorenzo Insigne.
Barzagli: 'End of an era'
Andrea Barzagli marked “the biggest disappointment of my life,” as well as the “end of an era” for Gigi Buffon, Daniele De Rossi and Giorgio Chiellini.
De Rossi: 'Put Insigne on!'
Daniele De Rossi was spotted protesting Italy Coach Giampiero Ventura’s decisions, urging him to throw Lorenzo Insigne on against Sweden.
Buffon: 'Sorry to end like this'
Italy captain Gigi Buffon was in tears after the 0-0 draw with Sweden. “It’s a shame my last official game coincided with the failure to qualify for a World Cup.”
Ignominious Italy out of World Cup
Italy have failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1958, as they were held 0-0 by Sweden at San Siro, losing the play-off 1-0 on aggregate.
World Cup Liveblog: Italy v Sweden
Join us for all the build-up, action and post-match comments from Italy’s decisive World Cup play-off with Sweden at San Siro.
Maldini: 'Tense for a week!'
Paolo Maldini admits he has “been tense for a week” ahead of the play-off against Sweden. “I can’t imagine a World Cup without Italy.”
Ventura: 'System important, not decisive'
Giampiero Ventura explained some of his Italy decisions for the World Cup play-off against Sweden. “The system is important, but not decisive.”
Jorginho gets his first competitive start for Italy with Manolo Gabbiadini and Alessandro Florenzi for the World Cup play-off against Sweden.
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