Italy sack Giampiero Ventura after World Cup failure


Italy have parted ways with Giampiero Ventura after failing to secure World Cup qualification, as reported by the BBC.

The Azzurri lost 1-0 to Sweden in the playoffs, excluding them from a World Cup for the first time since 1958.

Gianluigi Buffon is one of three veteran Azzurri players to announce their international retirement following the loss to Sweden, while a former Juventus and AC Milan manager is being considered to replace Giampiero Ventura.

However, the 69-year-old absolved himself of any blame in the fallout of the disappointment, pointing to his own personal success throughout his career.

“I lost only two games in two years,” he said on Italia 1 program Le Iene on Wednesday.

The former Torino boss refused to resign in the aftermath of defeat, but a decision was soon made to relieve him of his duties in a meeting of Italian Football Federation officials.

Giampiero Ventura was named as the successor to Antonio Conte after EURO 2016, signing a two-year deal.

He oversaw 17 games for The Azzurri, winning 10, drawing four and losing three.

Discussions have already begun to decide a new manager with Carlo Ancelotti being weighed up, while a new era dawns for Italian football following the international retirement of Gianluigi Buffon, Daniele De Rossi and Andrea Barzagli.


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