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Italy was unable to defeat Sweden on Monday, that means the soccer-crazed nation will miss the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
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ROME (AP) — The End. The Apocalypse. A nationwide disgrace.

Local newspapers spared no phrases Tuesday in describing four-time champion Italy’s failure to qualify for the World Cup for the primary time in six many years.

The Gazzetta dello Sport headline learn “FINE” — “The End” — in large, block letters, whereas Turin each day La Stampa wrote “Apocalypse Azzurra.”

Rome each day Il Messaggero known as it “A national shame,” and Rome sports activities each day Corriere dello Sport stated “Everyone out.”

After a scoreless draw with Sweden on Monday, Italy misplaced its World Cup qualifying playoff on 1-Zero combination.

Italy had participated in each World Cup since failing to qualify for the 1958 event, which coincidentally was held in Sweden.

The earlier main competitions Italy missed had been the 1984 and 1992 European Championships.

“It’s one of the darkest pages of our sporting history,” Gazzetta editor Andrea Monti wrote in a front-page editorial. “A brutal slap beyond the incalculable harm for a country that lives and breathes soccer.”

Widely criticized for his ways, the Gazzetta gave Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura a lowly three out of 10 in its well-known report card for the sport.

“He will go down as one of the worst national team coaches of all time, if not the worst,” the report card learn.

When Italy received the World Cup in 2006, the Gazzetta used the headline “Tutto Vero” — “It’s all true.” On Tuesday, Swedish each day Dagens Nyheter copied that headline and amended it for its personal use.

“Tutto vero. It is true. Sweden is at the World Cup,” Dagens Nyheter wrote.

Former Italian soccer federation and Italian Olympic Committee president Franco Carraro estimated that the failed qualification will value the nation between 500 million and 600 million euros (as much as $700 million).

“If you add the indirect impact, it will definitely exceed a billion,” Carraro stated.

Italian each day La Repubblica famous that purchases of televisions in Italy elevated four % when Italy competed in final yr’s European Championship.

If Italy had certified, the price of home TV rights for the World Cup had been estimated at 175 million euros ($200 million). Now they may very well be price half that.

The nationwide group’s contract with shirt provider Puma, price 18.7 million euros ($22 million) per season, can even possible be revised.

And there may very well be ramifications for Italy’s betting business, the place soccer wagers generate 140 million euros (greater than $160 million) per yr, in keeping with Repubblica.

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