Eight months after winning the European Championship and being feted as nationwide heroes, Italy’s soccer workforce crashed again to earth, lacking out on the World Cup for the second time operating.

Italy misplaced 1-0 at dwelling to little-fancied North Macedonia who scored the winner in harm time on Thursday.

It was a shock repeat of 4 years in the past, when Italy failed to succeed in soccer’s international showpiece match for the primary time since 1958.

However after the workforce’s victory within the European closing in opposition to England final July, few individuals believed a repeat calamity was looming.

“Out of the world” was La Gazzetta dello Sport’s, the key sports activities newspaper in Italy, headline on Friday morning.

“Taking Roberto Mancini [team manager] to trial is a mistake. It’s your entire soccer system that must be rebuilt,” mentioned an opinion piece within the newspaper.

Media reviews counsel Mancini, who was hailed as Italy’s saviour after taking the aspect from World Cup omission to Euros glory, will in all probability depart.

“Let’s see,” mentioned Mancini. “The frustration is just too large at current to speak concerning the future. I simply don’t know what to say.”

Italy’s Alessandro Florenzi appears to be like dejected after the match [Guglielmo Mangiapane/Reuters]

Many of the big-name gamers, together with the 2006 World Cup winners, remained silent and it was laborious to search out posts or feedback on social media from the present gamers.

Corriere dello Sport and Tuttosport respectively had “To Hell” and “Noooooooooo” as headlines, with quite a few articles of why the workforce misplaced the match and the way the workforce’s efficiency obtained worse after the ultimate in London final summer season.

Italy have gained the World Cup 4 occasions, together with the 2006 triumph. Nevertheless, they exited on the group stage in 2010 and 2014, and this newest setback advised that the European triumph in 2021 was merely a blip in a chronic interval of decline.

“All of the Gazzetta dello Sport have been virtually offered out early within the morning,” Christian, 50, proprietor of a newspaper kiosk in south-central Milan, advised Al Jazeera.

“Those that purchased the newspapers have been indignant and unhappy. However this time it was completely different from 2018 primarily for 2 causes. Firstly, individuals are involved concerning the warfare in Ukraine and soccer, even right here in Italy, will not be a precedence as of late. Secondly, now we have gotten used to not making it to the World Cup.”

For the final two seasons, no Italian groups have reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League, a trophy which has eluded Italy since 2010, with many home golf equipment weighed down by debt and unable to draw the highest expertise that when flocked to Serie A.

The newly appointed head of the top-flight Serie A league acknowledged {that a} shake-up was wanted.

“This failure… should lead everybody to critical reflection and profound change in our system,” mentioned Lorenzo Casini, with out giving particulars of what wanted doing.

For 64-year-old Nunzio, it was the identical feeling as the remainder of Italy.

“That is what they deserve as a result of they performed actually dangerous yesterday,” he advised Al Jazeera. “After all I’m dissatisfied, I like soccer and I all the time assist Azzurri however after Euro 2020, we didn’t do something to deserve qualification. Macedonia was a lot better than us yesterday, I’m glad for them.”


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