Italy failed to reach the final stage of the FIFA 2018 Russia World Cup. This happened for the first time since 1958. The four-time world champion team failed to make their place in the Mega Tournament. Italy, after Ghana, America, Netherlands also failed as the fourth heavyweight team. Italy faced Sweden in the returning leg game on Monday night. In the first match, Buffon’s team were lagged behind and the match was won by Sweden. Italy, however, failed to lift the goal in the entire match despite being aggressive in the first game. Sweden, with an average of 1-0 in the two leg, took the ball off Italy and won the World Cup qualifying spot for the final.
At the end of the match, legendary goalkeeper Buffon said: “It’s not just bad for myself, it looks bad for the whole country, for our football”. He also told to withdraw himself from international football on this day. “It’s the only regret that I have to lose in my last match on the country’s jersey,” he said.
Brazil has the record of qualifying for most of the World Cup stage. They have qualified for the World Cup 20 times. Germany is in second place. Germans have made also 16 appearances in the World Cup. And the name of Italy is just right after 14 teams participating in the World Cup could not qualify for the upcoming World Cup. That incident awkward the whole football world.