Italy: Buffon, Two Others Retire After World Cup Miss
Every thing that has a beginning usually has an end and the end for legendary goalkeeper Gigi Buffon came on Monday night, as the Italian national team failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in 60 years.
Aside Buffon, two other Italian players, De Rossi and Andrea Barzagli have also called time on their international career with the Azzurri.
"My adventure finishes here,” said De Rossi. "It's a black moment for Italian football and a really dark one for us players who were a part of the past two years.
"The Federation now has an important job to start again from such a moment of painful disappointment.
"They’ll have to go again with the spirit that my teammates showed on the pitch tonight. We didn’t deserve to go out based on what was seen in those 180 minutes, but congratulations to them.”
On his part, tearful Buffon apologised to Italians for the shock miss, he said:"I'm not sorry for myself but all of Italian football.
"We failed at something which also means something on a social level. There's regret at finishing like that, not because time passes.
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"In football you win as a group, you lose as a group, you divide the credit and the blame. The coach is part of this entire group."Buffon added
Many of the Italy players fell to the ground at the full-time whistle, with strikers Andrea Belotti and Immobile reduced to tears.
The dream of the Azurris was punctured on Monday night as they were held to a barren draw by a Swedish team that had beaten them 1-0 in the reverse fixture.
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