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.
Antognoni: 'Italy's reputation at stake'
Giancarlo Antognoni feels “Italy are gambling with World Cup qualification, but also their reputation” against Sweden.
Graziani: 'Italy players in wrong roles'
Ciccio Graziani “cannot understand” Italy Coach Giampiero Ventura’s picks against Sweden. “Just put every player in their own position.”
Italy-Sweden: Probable Line-Ups
Italy are expected to start Jorginho, Alessandro Florenzi and Manolo Gabbiadini in the decisive World Cup play-off against Sweden.
EDF: 'When nobody believes in Italy...'
Eusebio Di Francesco hopes Italy will replicate the 1982 World Cup experience tonight against Sweden. “When nobody believes in the Nazionale…”
Maldini: 'Italy vastly superior to Sweden'
Paolo Maldini “daren’t imagine a World Cup without Italy, as we are vastly superior to Sweden,” but reveals he would love a Federation job.
Di Biagio: Here for Italy, but…
Luigi Di Biagio suggests he would be interested in becoming Italy’s next Coach but insists “it’s not something to talk about right now.”
Balotelli: Ibra, we’ll beat you!
Mario Balotelli insists he ‘respects’ his absence from the Italy squad and tells Sweden rival Zlatan Ibrahimovic, “we’ll beat you!”
Allegri in Italy contention?
Juventus boss Max Allegri is reportedly in contention to replace Giampiero Ventura if Italy fail to qualify for the World Cup.
‘Sweden was Jorginho’s fate’
Jorginho’s agent claims his ‘fate’ was to play in the second leg of Italy’s World Cup playoff against Sweden on Monday.
Toni: Ancelotti the right call, Italy...
Luca Toni feels Bayern Munich sacking Carlo Ancelotti was the right call but admits Italy “would be in a real mess if they didn’t qualify” for the World Cup.
Genoa boss ’not talking to Swedish wife’
Genoa boss Davide Ballardini reveals he has not talked to his Swedish wife since Italy’s 1-0 defeat on Friday.
Zoff: Ventura criticism is nothing!
Dino Zoff claims he finds talk of exaggerated criticism towards Giampiero Ventura ‘funny’. “If I remember what they said about poor Enzo Bearzot…”
Del Piero: No problems in attack
Alessandro Del Piero is confident Italy have “no problems in attack” for Sweden on Monday, explaining Giampiero Ventura “has real options” at his disposal.
Vialli: Faith in Ventura
Gianluca Vialli insists Giampiero Ventura “knows what to do” against Sweden and that Italy “made them look better than they actually are.”
Del Piero eyes Conte return
Alessandro Del Piero admits he ‘hopes’ former Juventus teammate Antonio Conte can return to Italy after his spell with Chelsea.
Osvaldo: Living like a rockstar…
Italy striker-turned-rock musician Dani Osvaldo says “I like to drink whiskey, smoke a cigarette and do rock and roll, but only whenever I can.”
Italy-Sweden: Probable Line-Ups
Italy are expected to give Jorginho and Manolo Gabbiadini rare competitive starts in the decisive World Cup play-off against Sweden.
Materazzi: 'We're all playing'
World Cup winner Marco Materazzi sent a message to the Italy squad ahead of their play-off with Sweden. “We are all playing tomorrow.”
Barzagli: 'Italy must be united'
Andrea Barzagli called for Italy and the fans to find “unity” ahead of the World Cup play-off against Sweden. “We all want to go to Russia.”
Ternana Coach apologises for rant
Sandro Poschesci, the Ternana Coach who went viral for his rant against Italy and Sweden, has apologised to Giampiero Ventura.
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