As one of many largest soccer nations on the planet, Italy are synonymous with the World Cup.
As four-time winners, they’ve the joint-second finest document within the competitors’s historical past – tied with Germany and behind Brazil who’ve 5 trophies.
Nonetheless, there might be a tragic lack of Azzurri blue as soon as the motion kicks off in November.
Here is why Italy will not be current at Qatar.
To make an extended story quick, they didn’t qualify.
To make an extended story, effectively, lengthy, Italy have been drawn alongside Switzerland, Northern Eire, Bulgaria and Lithuania in Group C of UEFA’s World Cup qualification.
They ended up ending second behind Switzerland, who mechanically certified for the World Cup, as 4 attracts from eight video games restricted them to the play-offs.
It was missed alternatives throughout their two video games with Switzerland which contributed to their heartbreak. In each clashes, Jorginho missed penalties as every match led to a draw. In addition they didn’t beat Northern Eire on the ultimate day of group stage qualification, ending two factors behind the Swiss.
Italy have been seeded as one of many six-best groups within the play-offs, being positioned in Path C in what many thought would finish in a last showdown between the Azzurri and Portugal. Nonetheless, a semi last with North Macedonia in March earlier this 12 months ended up ending their hopes of reaching Qatar.
After misfiring for 90 minutes, Italy have been made to pay as Aleksandar Trajkovski scored the one aim of the sport within the 92nd minute to arrange a gathering between North Macedonia and Portugal. Fernando Santos’ facet sealed qualification thanks to 2 strikes from Bruno Fernandes in a 2-0 win.
Italy document on the World Cup
Italy introduced themselves as probably the greatest groups on this planet at Euro 2020 once they beat England within the last on penalties at Wembley to be topped the highest facet in Europe.
Nonetheless, that golden era of gamers failed in 2022 qualification, whereas the Azzurri have been additionally absent from the 2018 World Cup in Russia – they misplaced over two legs to Sweden.