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@252The FIFA rankings are used for seeding.Are you seriously suggesting that the top 32 teams from the FIFA rankings should go to the World Cup? If that's your view, then why bother having a World Cup tournament at all - just give the trophy to the #1 team in the rankings as at June of World Cup year.There has to be a qualifying tournament to help - in part - determine those rankings.
@263How were Italy supposed to get through the group stage? They had Spain in their group, and could only get a draw and a loss against them.At no stage in qualifying did they look good, strong, or passionate as you stated. And that applied especially in the 2 legs of their playoff.Face it - they didn't deserve to go to Russia. They didn't earn it. The big name earns you nothing.
@286So all of the Italian players were married then?
Congratulations Agent Ace Ventura on a job well doneIf Italian football is true to its history, after Rossi in '82 and Juventus scandal of 2006 then they will be World Champions in Qatar 2022
No surprise that Ventura had been sacked. Is Conte in the frame for a return, or Pellegrini, or even Mourhino.Short term thinking if any of the above.
'Football is a simple game. Twenty-two men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, England cannot score penalties'.- Just joking on some comments ;-)
@ 3. N88: there was no single Italian player in AS Roma starting squad against Chelsea.
Philosopher once said 'Find someone more unhappy than you and then you are happy' ......
It's been a long time coming. Fewer and fewer Italian children play football and the bottom two tiers of the league structure (2a and 3a Categorie) are disappearing. The S"amatori" have fewer teams too. It's no longer a big sport in Italy.
This is what happens when racism clouds a manager's selection logic. The likes of Mario Balotelli would have helped this squad qualify had they based their selection on form and talent. There was no reason for Italy to leave out Balo. Good riddance
Italy are simply in a cycle of rebuilding. Every country gets in that situation. When it happens to England the Media want to shoot everyone connected with the National team, the set up, everybody and everything is wrong. England have just won 2 of the 3 World Youth Cup Finals, and are on the way back. Italy can be in the same happy position as England in 40 years time,what's the problem ?
BOTH GPV & CT SHOULD RESIGN BY THEMSELVES. WHY IN THE HELL WAS INSIGNE NOT USED WHEN HE WAS THE MOST CREATIVE PLAYER IN SERIE A. THE APPOINTMENT OF A COACH FROM SERIE C ITSELF SHOWED THAT FIGC LACKS AMBITION.
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