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Italian legend criticises the FIGC after Italy fail to reach the World Cup

Paolo Cannavaro has attacked the Italian Football Federation after the Azzurri failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1958.

The 36-year-old Sassuolo defender was among many fans and critics attacking the Italian Football Federation after Sweden managed to beat Italy. The Swedes somehow managed to hold on to a 1-0 lead from the first leg and kept the Italians at bay in the second leg, despite a barge of attacks throughout the game.

While the four-time World Champions did stutter to a goalless draw, credit should be given to Sweden in what can be called a fiercely contested play-off tie. It ended the Italians run of 14 consecutive World Cup appearances since 1958, a total of 18 appearances tied with Germany, who’ll break the tie in their first match at Russia 2018.

However, while many hit out at the FIGC (Italian Football Federation), Paolo Cannavaro brother of the 2006 World Cup winning Captain Fabio Cannavaro attacked them and foreigners playing in Italy’s Serie A via social media. He said, “Guys, we didn’t lose the World Cup today [Monday]. We lost it 15 years ago when thanks to incredible cashing in by those in the football world, Italy brought in flops from every area of the world to unfairly steal places from our lads…” 

“We gave them glory and fame thanks to our Italian coaches, who remain the best in the world. I only hope that now we’ve hit rock bottom there can finally be a reformation of OUR FOOTBALL! Goodbye to the mummies who control Italian football and space for the youth off the field as well! Get out of our damn way, thank you…

“Honour to the great Gigi Buffon who lost the possibility of being the only player to take part in six World Cups, and despite the fact he didn’t manage it, still went in front of the cameras!!! Hopefully your tears were the last to be spilled for our football!!!!

Author’s take:

While the 2018 World Cup will certainly be different without Italy’s presence, it allows another nation to rise up and take the Azzurri’s place in the World Cup. And with the likes of Chile, Netherlands, Italy, USA and so many others failing to qualify, things may certainly get interesting at Russia, with many relatively unknown nations

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