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Ventura sacked after WC qualifying failure

Ventura sacked after WC qualifying failure

"I'd bend over backward to get Antonio Conte back", Ravanelli told Tuttomercatoweb.

Gian Piero Ventura is no longer Italy's coach, the Italian football federation (FIGC) said two days after the national team failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

Italy lost 1-0 on aggregate in their qualification play-off with Sweden after finishing second to Spain in the group phase.

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With 39-year-old goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon in tears at the final whistle as his legendary Italian career had come to an end, plus veterans Giorgio Chiellini, Andrea Barzagli and Danielle De Rossi also announcing their retirement, much of the blame has been portioned to manager Gian Piero Ventura.

He signed a new deal until 2020 in August, a move which has seen the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) and its president Carlo Tavecchio receive significant criticism.

Many Italian newspapers also called for the resignation of Tavecchio following the World Cup fiasco, but in Wednesday's statement, the FIGC said he had declined to quit.

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On Tuesday, Tavecchio said he was calling a meeting for Wednesday to put together "an in-depth analysis and decide on choices for the future".

Italy finished second in their European qualifying group behind Spain, forcing them to playoff against Sweden for a place in Russian Federation.

With Juventus, Conte won three consecutive top flights titles in Italy before taking over the national side ahead of Euro 2016.

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Apart from 1958, the only other occasion Italy missed the World Cup was the inaugural tournament in 1930 when, like many other European teams, they did not enter because of the difficulties of travelling to Uruguay.


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