Italy says arrivederci to WC18 after losing to Sweden

For the first time in 59 years, Italy won’t be at the FIFA World Cup.

The four-time champions failed to qualify for Russia 2018 after a goalless draw against Sweden in the second leg of their playoff.

Sweden managed to progress to their first World Cup since 2006, on aggregate, after winning the first leg 1-0.


What’s possibly worse for the Italians is the retirement of their iconic goalkeeper, Gianluigi Buffon.

The 39-year-old called time on his 175 game international career just moments after the loss.

Buffon has been a mainstay of the side since his debut in 1997 and kept a clean sheet in his final ever international match.

He left the pitch in tears before tweeting from the national team’s official account.