Ventura confirms intention to resign after Italy World Cup failure

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Chiellini lifted the World Cup with Italy in 2006 but announced his global retirement immediately after his side's play-off exit to Sweden on Monday.

Sweden eliminated Italy 1-0 on aggregate Monday to cement its place in the 2018 FIFA World Cup which will be held in Russian Federation next June.

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"It's upsetting that my last Italy game coincides with our elimination for the World Cup", said Buffon, a World Cup victor in 2006.

The former Torino coach has been under pressure ever since Italy failed to top their qualification group, and their World Cup failure is seemingly the final straw.

"I thank the lads who were us and, although it wasn't enough, I hope that we gave them something".

"Considering that he has made a decision to leave global football, he is a great champion, but we had to adapt and found another style".

Italian fans were struggling to come to terms with the prospect of a World Cup without their national team.

The 39-year-old goalkeeper also confirmed it was his last global appearance.

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"It is really very sad because watching the World Cup was something that really brought us together as Italians", said recent graduate Stefania Pusateri, heading for the exit after watching the match in a Rome bar.

The game was also Italy team captain Gianluigi Buffon's last worldwide appearance.

Speaking after the game, Barzagli, 36, said it was painful, adding: "I don't know what we missed. The era of four or five veterans comes to a close, the one of the hungry young players coming through begins and that's how it should be".

The Gazzetta dello Sport headline read "FINE" - "The End" - in big, block letters, while Turin daily La Stampa wrote "Apocalypse Azzurra".

It continued: "We will not be with you and you will not be with us".

"There will be inevitable consequences, but let's just see if they stop with Ventura or go further".

Ventura, 69, is under contract until 2020. I have to evaluate an infinity of things.

"I have never experienced anything like this", said goalkeeper Robin Olsen.