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The New Indian Express - - FRONT PAGE -

“I’m not sorry for my­self but all of Ital­ian foot­ball. We failed at some­thing which also means some­thing on a so­cial level. There’s re­gret at fin­ish­ing like that, not be­cause time passes.” Gian­luigi Buf­fon

Dis­may, dis­be­lief for an en­tire coun­try

“Re­sign? I don’t know. I have to eval­u­ate an in­fin­ity of things. I have not yet spo­ken to the pres­i­dent. It doesn’t de­pend on me, I’m not in the state of mind to face this ques­tion. It’s a very heavy re­sult to bear, be­cause I was ab­so­lutely con­vinced that we had this fe­ro­cious de­sire to over­come the ob­sta­cle.” Gian Piero Ven­tura, coach “We are deeply af­fected and dis­ap­pointed. It’s a sport­ing fail­ure that re­quires shared so­lu­tions by every­one.” Carlo Tavec­chio, Ital­ian FA pres­i­dent

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Swedish play­ers cel­e­brate qual­i­fy­ing for the World Cup on Mon­day | Gian­luigi Buf­fon has col­lected 175 caps for Italy na­tional team, at least 39 more than any other player Italy have failed to reach the WC for the first time since 1958 Italy made 19 touches in the ri­val box in the first half against Swe­den, 14 more than the first 45 min­utes of the re­v­erse match Italy have scored only 3 goals in the last 6 matches and haven’t found the net in 3 of these Be­fore the de­cider against Swe­den, Ital­ian press were claim­ing that a fail­ure to qual­ify for the World Cup would be cat­a­strophic. At San Siro, that is ex­actly what hap­pened. Ex­press re­views ma­jor talk­ing points... Fans re­act af­ter Italy’s fail­ure to qual­ify | Did not en­ter Win­ners Win­ners Group stage Group stage Did not qual­ify Group stage Group stage Run­ners-up Group stage Fourth place Win­ners Round of 16 Third place Run­ners-up Quar­ter­fi­nals Round of 16 Win­ners Group stage Group stage Did not qual­ify

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