Editors' Choice

Italy Fails To Qualify For World Cup, A First In 60 Years

Ben Migono / November 16, 2017

Do you remember what happened in 1958? Probably not. Well that was the last time Italy missed the World Cup. Holy crap that’s a long time ago! The four-time winners will be on the outside looking in when other teams from around the world compete in the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Italy played Sweden in their decisive second leg playoff match on Monday where it ended in a 0-0 draw. A draw was great for the Swedes as they Sweden scored in their first leg last Friday.

 

If it’s any consolation to the Italians, they’ll be joining other World Cup disappointments in the Netherlands, Chile, and USA. The list could have included Argentina, but thanks to Lionel Messi, they were able to pull through.

 

In Holland, three-time World Cup finalists, the hype surrounding a new generation of football led by Memphis Depay proved to be underwhelming. Arjen Robben was their brightest star, but he couldn’t do it alone. Chile thrilled fans for the past two World Cups and were even Copa America champions in 2015 and 2016. Unfortunately, it seems their time has run out. For the States, they’ve made it to every World Cup since 1990 – until now.

 

Say what you will, Italy missing the mark is still the biggest surprise of them all.

 

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