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Decision day after World Cup 'disaster' (2)

Decision day after World Cup 'disaster' (2)

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. An FIGC source, however, told Reuters that the 69-year-old had been fired.

The Italians will miss the World Cup finals for the first time since 1958 after being dumped out on Monday night at the hands of Sweden.

The FIGC said it will consider "important names" to replace Ventura and former Italy worldwide Ravanelli insisted the country must turn to Chelsea's Conte, who left the role previous year having reached the Euro 2016 quarter-finals.

But FIGC president Carlo Tavecchio will remain in his position despite pressure on him to also resign after a defeat dubbed in the national press as an "apocalypse" for Italy.

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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"We would love to have him back in Italy, of course, because he is a great coach".

Back in 2015 Portugal went into a clash with Antonio Conte's Italy with just four wins out of the previous 24 between the nations. In August, it was extended until the Euro 2020 tournament because the FIGC said it was happy with the team's progress.

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

There is a precedent since both Giancarlo Abete, the previous federation president, and coach Cesare Prandelli each resigned immediately after Italy was eliminated in the first round of the 2014 World Cup.


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