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Italy sack manager Giampiero Ventura after World Cup failure


Italy have sacked manager Giampiero Ventura after the Azzurri failed to reach the World Cup for the first time in 60 years.

Italy lost 1-0 on aggregate to Sweden in their World Cup play-off after finishing second in their qualification group behind Spain.

Ventura said his record was “one of the best of the last 40 years”.

“I lost only two games in two years,” he told Italian television show Le Iene before the Italian Football Federation fired him on Wednesday.

Ventura, was described as a “master of football” by Italian football federation president Carlo Tavecchio, faced a lot of criticism for a variety of issues: a perceived boring style, stubborn attitude and questionable use of some key players including Napoli duo Jorginho and Lorenzo Insigne.

Speaking to the press after the result against Sweden, the 69-year-old said, “I can only apologise to the Italians, not for the will or effort but for the result, which as I know is the main thing.”


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