Italy miss out on World Cup as Sweden qualify

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It marks the first time Italy will not be at a World Cup since 1958 when, coincidentally, Sweden were the host nation.

In the minutes after the Swedes hung on for a goalless draw on Monday that secured one of the big World Cup upsets, Ibrahimovic wrote "We are Zweden" on Instagram next to a photo of the delighted team, deliberately adding the "Z" of his name to his country's.

On 10 June, 1958 parking meters were introduced in the United Kingdom with the first being put in London where an hour costing sixpence.

"We had no weapons left".

But while Sweden may lack the star players of past generations, their coach riled at suggestions that Ibrahimovic might be tempted out of global retirement ahead of Russian Federation 2018.

"I'll still watch the World Cup when I can, but I'll give precedence to going out for dinner, drinks, to the cinema and going to the beach and playing sports outside", said Marco Angelelli, a 31-year-old shop assistant from Salento in southern Italy who now lives in Milan.

"I'm emotional and very happy", said Sweden coach Janne Andersson. "We couldn't do it in any other way, they are so skilful".

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"I'm sorry, sorry, sorry", a tearful Buffon told Rai television as he confirmed he was ending his worldwide career. We blew something that could have meant so much.

TEARFUL Gianluigi Buffon apologised to Italy fans while announcing his retirement from global duty.

Here, we pick out a talented XI who will be twiddling their thumbs rather than lighting up the world stage next summer. We know how to get back up again as we've always done. It's a unique disappointment.

"We will not be with you and you will not be with us", read an editorial.

"There will be inevitable consequences, but let's just see if they stop with Ventura or go further". I have to evaluate an infinity of things.

Ventura, who is under contract until 2020, apologised after the match but the 69-year-old stopped short of resigning. After the match, he said: "I have not resigned because I haven't spoken to the president yet".

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