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"Italy not in the World Cup is like Pizza without cheese"I give you the Pizza marinara
How many remember that match against Poland....!
510.the tournament will be poorer without Holland and Italy you say.hafe you seen how poor Holland actually are they have jansen as their main striker,they will be no miss at all.italy won't be missed either,an ageing team with no pace and lack of a goal threat
Iceland could well make the Quarter Finals.FIFA will ensure that they don't though by putting them in a hard group.Probably with Germany,Spain,Brazil or Argentina.You just watch when the draw is made Iceland will have a hard group to get out of,whilst Spain,Argentina and Brazil will have easy groups .
@512 The world cup finals should be contested by the best footballing nations.Like Iceland, Costa Rica,Algeria and the USA.
Italy could still win the World Cup....FIFA could look at this and try to find a back door to let them in....several big sponsors are Italian, and let's face it FIFA are only interested in money!
The World Cup Finals should be contested by the best footballing nations. There will be also ran African & Asian nations there. They would never qualify if they had to play European/American nations in a group stage. FIFA's obsession with making the finals "more inclusive" for lesser footballing nations, actually demeans & lowers the quality. The Euro's is harder to win, than the World Cup.
I’m a very proud Swede fantastic resilience and defensive performance
Can't understand why two heavyweights - Spain and Italy - were drawn together in same qualifying group. Yet England - hardly at Spain's level - had moderate opposition at best. Tournament will be poorer with absence of Holland and now Italy.
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Look at all the other countries who at one time have done well at World Cups who havent qualified..........Czechoslovakia(CR and Slovakia),Hungary,Bulgaria,Romania,Norway,Austria,Turkey.....I remember the days when France Spain Portugal Belgium werent really a threat to England and not taken particularly seriously.Times change...and Italy and Holland should be worried......
Ruweller war chickens? Yeah cos the yanks didnt bail out Britain or anything 🤔
@490 the Uraguayans will make up for it....
502.Sweden hasn't just made it to the semifinals in 1994, they actually made it to the WC final in 1958, coincidentally the last WC Italy didn't compete in.
Shaping up to be a storming world cup with the likes of Lapland and Mordor fighting it out with Narnia and Catalonia....Far too many hopeless countries taking part at the expense of better and more exciting European teams. It's about time we had another Sepp Baltter behind the scenes making sure that The Netherlands and Italy qualify and no-hopers like Panama and Saudi Arabia don't.
498 Last 3 World Cups won by 3 different European teams two of those 3 all European finals 5 different European teams in those finals. No African team has ever got passed quarters ditto Concacaf. These areas have been given places by some political correct quota system not meritocracy. WC without Italy & Holland because of that feel sorry for them & NI. FIFA are a joke.
No surprise, it was going to happen one day as European groups are the toughest to qualify from, not like the play offs are against weak countries outside of Europebut ptted a former semi finalist against 4 time champions.Hope Italy don't have too much of an inquisition as just wasn't to be.Good luck to Sweden as they absolutely deserve it.
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