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Italy sacked coach Gian Piero Ventura after failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup

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It’s official.  The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) sacked Italy Head Coach Gian Piero Ventura on Wednesday 15 November 2017 after failing to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.   Italy lost the Playoff against Sweden.  First Leg ended with a 1-0 and the Second Leg with a 0-0 draw.

FIGC President Carlo Tavecchio announced that “Gian Piero Ventura is no longer the Coach of the Italian National Team.”

On the other hand, FIGC President Tavecchio said that “he is unwilling to relinquish his mandate and will instead offer himself to the Federal Council which is being convened for a series of proposals where members will be called upon to express themselves.”

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Coach Ventura failed with the Italian National Team. Italy did not qualify for the 2018 World Cup

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Totally UNACCEPTABLE!!!

Say what!!! Italy fail to qualify for the 2018 World Cup? I AM FAINTING!!!

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Italy won’t be participating in the 2018 World Cup….  I am so saddddd  very sadddd…  disappointed….. However…. I am still rooting for Italy!!!!    We will be  back!   Thanks Azzurri.

Result ITALY 0 – 0 SWEDEN, Monday 13 November 2017, World Cup Playoffs

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76% Ball Possession ITALY and 24% Ball Possession SWEDEN

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It’s over!!!  Italy out of the 2018 World Cup.   A total sad day for Italian football because Italy played with their guts but the goals never arrived.   Sweden qualifying to the World Cup while Italy did not make it.   The First Leg ended with Sweden 1 – 0 Italy. Sadly, Italy won’t be playing in Russia for the World Cup…. I am sad.   Simply, put, Italy will miss World Cup for the first time since 1958!!!!! An Epic Failure!

I cannot believe it. It’s UNACCEPTABLE!!!!   Ventura failed with the Nazionale Italiana di Calcio. It’s over.  wow! silence…..

Here is  ITALY official starting lineup – formation by Head Coach Gian Piero Ventura:

ITALY (3-5-2): Buffon; Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini; Candreva, Florenzi, Jorginho, Parolo, Darmian; Immobile, Gabbiadini.

Here is SWEDEN official starting lineup – formation by Head Coach Jan Andersson:

SWEDEN (4-4-2): Olsen; Lustig, Lindelof, Granqvist, Augustinsson; Claesson, Larsson, Johansson, Forsberg; Berg, Toivonen.

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Italy – Sweden
Monday 13 November 2017
Giuseppe Meazza Stadium / San Siro
Milan, Italy

20:45

Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP)
Assistant referees: Pau Cebrián Devís (ESP) and Roberto del Palomar (ESP)
Fourth official: Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP)

Goals:

Official lineups – formations:

ITALY (3-5-2): Buffon; Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini; Candreva, Florenzi, Jorginho, Parolo, Darmian; Immobile, Gabbiadini.

Subs: Donnarumma, Perin, Rugani, Gagliardini, Belotti, insigne, Astori, De Rossi, Éder, Bernardeschi, Zappacosta, El Shaarawy

Coach: Gian Piero Ventura.

SWEDEN (4-4-2): Olsen; Lustig, Lindelof, Granqvist, Augustinsson; Claesson, Larsson, Johansson, Forsberg; Berg, Toivonen.

Subs: Johnsson, Nordfeldt, Olsson, Thelin, Guidetti, Helander, Svensson, Krafth, Jansson, Rohdén, Durmaz, Sema.

Coach: Jan Andersson.

Referee: Lahoz (Spain)

Come on Italy! Time is running and we MUST win the game!!!!

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Forza Azzurri!!!! Let’s go Italy!!!

Come on ITALIAAAAAAA

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Italy vs Sweden: Official starting lineups – formations, Monday 13 November 2017, World Cup Qualifier Playoff

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Here are ITALY vs SWEDEN official starting lineups – formations valid for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers, Playoffs, Second Leg on Monday 13 November 2017 at the Giuseppe Meazza Stadium – San Siro in Milan, Italy at 20:45. It is Referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz from Spain to direct the game.

ITALY (3-5-2): Buffon; Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini; Candreva, Florenzi, Jorginho, Parolo, Darmian; Immobile, Gabbiadini.

Subs: Donnarumma, Perin, Rugani, Gagliardini, Belotti, insigne, Astori, De Rossi, Éder, Bernardeschi, Zappacosta, El Shaarawy

Coach: Gian Piero Ventura.

SWEDEN (4-4-2): Olsen; Lustig, Lindelof, Granqvist, Augustinsson; Claesson, Larsson, Johansson, Forsberg; Berg, Toivonen.

Subs: Johnsson, Nordfeldt, Olsson, Thelin, Guidetti, Helander, Svensson, Krafth, Jansson, Rohdén, Durmaz, Sema.

Coach: Jan Andersson.

Referee: Lahoz (Spain)

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Italy – Sweden
Monday 13 November 2017
Giuseppe Meazza Stadium / San Siro
Milan, Italy

20:45

Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP)
Assistant referees: Pau Cebrián Devís (ESP) and Roberto del Palomar (ESP)
Fourth official: Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP)

Italy Women’s National Team: 23 players called up to squad for World Cup qualifier away to Portugal on 28th November 2017

Everything is set for the Italian Women’s National Team towards the World Cup Qualifier .

The 23 Called Up Players for the Italian Women’s National Team

Goalkeepers: Chiara Marchitelli (Brescia), Laura Giuliani (Juventus), Rosalia Pipitone (Res Roma);

Defenders: Elisa Bartoli (Fiorentina), Lisa Boattin (Juventus), Alia Guagni (Fiorentina), Cecilia Salvai (Juventus), Sara Gama (Juventus), Elena Linari (Fiorentina), Valery Vigilucci (Fiorentina), Linda Tucceri Cimini (Zaccaria);

Midfielders: Aurora Galli (Juventus), Martina Rosucci (Juventus), Barbara Bonansea (Juventus), Greta Adami (Fiorentina), Sara Tardini (Sassuolo), Marta Carissimi (Fiorentina), Valentina Bergamaschi (Brescia), Manuela Giugliano (Brescia);

Forwards: Daniela Sabatino (Brescia), Ilaria Mauro (Fiorentina), Valentina Giacinti (Brescia), Cristiana Girelli (Brescia).

Staff – Delegation Head: Barbara Facchetti; Coach: Milena Bertolini; Assistant Coach: Attilio Sorbi; Secretary: Elide Martini; Fitness Coach: Stefano D’Ottavio; Goalkeeping Coach: Cesare Cipelli; Match Analyst: Marco Mannucci; Doctors: Matteo Guzzini, Marco Scarcia; Physiotherapist: Roberto Cardarelli, Maurizio D’Angelo; Nutritionist: Natale Gentile.

The Women’s National Team’s path for the World Cup will continue on Tuesday 28th November in Portugal. Top of Group 6 with Belgium thanks to wins over Moldova and Romania, Milena Bertolini’s side will now face Portugal at the Antonio Coimbra da Mota Stadium in Estoril at 17:00 local time or 18:00 CET. Portugal are bottom with Moldova and Romania who all have no points although Portugal have only played once.

The Coach today called up 23 players to her squad which will gather at the Novarello Villaggio Azzurro on Sunday 19th November to prepare before they travel to Estoril on Saturday 26th November.

Results, standings and schedule for Group 6 

 

15th September 2017: ITALY-Moldava 5-0

19th September 2017: Romania-ITALY 0-1

24th October 2017: ITALY-Romania 3-0

Standings: ITALY 9 points (3 games played), Belgium 6 (2), Moldova (2), Romania (3) and Portugal 0 (0)

The Azzurre’s upcoming fixtures

28th November 2017: Portugal-ITALY

6th April 2018: Moldova-ITALY

10th April 2018: ITALY-Belgium

8th June 2018: ITALY-Portugal

4th September 2018: Belgium-ITALY

N.b The top teams from each of the seven groups will progress directly to the World Cup, while the four second best teams will take part in play-offs to see who’ll advance to France

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Italy vs: Match Officials, Referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz, Monday 13 November 2017, World Cup Qualifier Playoff

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Here are the match officials for the game ITALY vs SWEDEN valid for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers, Playoffs, Second Leg on Monday 13 November 2017 at the Giuseppe Meazza Stadium – San Siro in Milan, Italy at 20:45. It is Referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz from Spain to direct the game.

Referee Mateu Lahoz will be assisted by Pau Cebrián Devís (ESP) and Roberto del Palomar (ESP).  The fourth official will be Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP)

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Italy – Sweden
Monday 13 November 2017
Giuseppe Meazza Stadium / San Siro
Milan, Italy

20:45

Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP)
Assistant referees: Pau Cebrián Devís (ESP) and Roberto del Palomar (ESP)
Fourth official: Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP)

Result SWEDEN 1 – 0 ITALY, Goal by Johansson, Friday 10 November 2017, World Cup Qualifier Playoff

 

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36% Ball Possession SWEDEN and 64% Ball Possession ITALY

Sweden Sweden 1 – 0 Italy

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The 2018 World Cup is around the corner…. Italy battling for the qualification playing the playoff against Sweden on Friday 10 November 2017 at the Friends Arena in Stockholm, Sweden.  Italy losing the First Leg and is now forced to win the Second Leg with more than 1 goal  without conceding to qualify on Monday 13 November at the Giuseppe Meazza Stadium.

Tough!   Oh my gosh…. It i Sweden to open the score in the 61st minute.  Jakob Johansson defeating Italy goalkeeper Gigi Buffon with a right footed shot in the bottom right corner. The assist is by Ola Toivonen. ….  A deflection ending with the goal….

Here is SWEDEN official starting lineup – formation by Head Coach Andersson:

SWEDEN (4-4-2): Olsen; Krafth, Lindelöf, Granqvist, Augustinsson; Claesson, Larsson, Ekdal, Forsberg; Toivonen, Berg.

Here is ITALY official starting lineup – formation by Head Coach Gian Piero Ventura:

ITALY (3-5-2): Buffon; Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini; Candreva, Parolo, De Rossi, Verratti, Darmian; Belotti, Immobile.

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Sweden 1 – 0 Italy
Friday 10 November 2017
Friends Arena
Stockholm, Sweden

20:45

Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR)
Assistant referees: Bahattin Duran (TUR) and Tarik Ongun (TUR)
Fourth official: Hüseyin Göçek (TUR)

Goals: 61′ Jakob Johansson (S)

Official lineups – formations:

SWEDEN (4-4-2): Olsen; Krafth, Lindelöf, Granqvist, Augustinsson; Claesson, Larsson, Ekdal, Forsberg; Toivonen, Berg.

Subs: Johnsson, Nordfeldt, J. Larsson, Olsson, Guidetti, Johansson, Helander, Svensson, Jansson, Rohdén, Thelin, Sema.

Coach: Andersson

ITALY (3-5-2): Buffon; Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini; Candreva, Parolo, De Rossi, Verratti, Darmian; Belotti, Immobile.

Subs: Donnarumma, Perin, Rugani, Gagliardini, Florenzi, Insigne, Astori, Jorginho, Éder, Bernardeschi, Zappacosta, Gabbiadini.

Coach: Gian Piero Ventura