BAD DAY TO BE AN ITAL­IAN SOC­CER FAN

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If you are on the Ital­ian na­tional soc­cer team and you have just failed to qual­ify for the World Cup for the first time since 1958, don’t ex­pect the press to be kind.

FINE

Trans­la­tion: “The End” — Head­line in big, block let­ters in The Gazzetta dello Sport

APOC­A­LYPSE AZ­ZURRA

— Head­line in Turin daily La Stampa

A NA­TIONAL SHAME

— Rome daily Il Mes­sag­gero

EVERY­ONE OUT

— Rome sports daily Cor­riere dello Sport It’s one of the dark­est pages of our sport­ing his­tory. A bru­tal slap be­yond the in­cal­cu­la­ble harm for a coun­try that lives and breathes soc­cer.” — Gazzetta edi­tor An­drea Monti writ­ing in a front-page edi­to­rial. He will go down as one of the worst na­tional team coaches of all time, if not the worst. — The Gazzetta on Italy’s coach, Gian Piero Ven­tura, pic­tured above.

SWEDISH FOR GOAL?

Some­one even thought it might be help­ful to give Italy’s play­ers an IKEA-in­spired les­son in how to score, since they couldn’t in the two-game qual­i­fy­ing play­off against Swe­den.

SIX HUN­DRED

The cost — in mil­lions of eu­ros (about $900 mil­lion) — that exit from the World Cup could cost the coun­try in eco­nomic terms.

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