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 By Ben Gladwell

Carlo Tavecchio resigns as FIGC president after Italy's World Cup failure

Gab Marcotti explains why he believes Italy's World Cup qualifying failure could factor into Napoli's clash against Milan.
With Serie A fans calling for a strike, Steve Nicol and Mark Donaldson delve into Carlo Tavecchio's standing with the Italian FA.
Shaka Hislop shares his thoughts on whether Carlo Ancelotti is the right man to bring Italy back to their former glory.
Italian Football Federation president Carlo Tavecchio has confirmed that Gian Piero Ventura has been relieved of his duties as Italy head coach.

Carlo Tavecchio has defended his record and slammed those who lost faith in him after resigning as president of the Italian FA (FIGC) a week after the national team failed to qualify for next summer's World Cup.

Tavecchio, 74, told an emergency FIGC meeting on Monday that he would be stepping down, and that the advisory board should follow suit. Just a few hours later, he called a news conference in which he fired parting shots at those who had wanted him out, and defended his record.

"I have tendered...

 By Ben Gladwell

Italian FA chief Carlo Tavecchio slams Gian Piero Ventura's team selection

Gab Marcotti talks all things Italy, including Tavecchio's role as president and the omissions of Balotelli and Giovinco.
With Serie A fans calling for a strike, Steve Nicol and Mark Donaldson delve into Carlo Tavecchio's standing with the Italian FA.

Italian FA president Carlo Tavecchio blamed manager Gian Piero Ventura for getting his team selection wrong as Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup.

Ventura was sacked on Wednesday, 48 hours after Italy missed a World Cup for the first time in six decades.

"It was a technical debacle," Tavecchio told Mediaset's Le Iene programme." It was a technical mistake in how the team was picked.

"I've not slept for four days. We played badly. We needed to get past them [Sweden] -- all 1.90 metres tall...

John Brewin profile picture  By John Brewin

If Antonio Conte leaves Chelsea, he has no shortage of options -- including Italy

Shaka Hislop shares his thoughts on whether Carlo Ancelotti is the right man to bring Italy back to their former glory.
Gab Marcotti explains why he believes Italy's World Cup qualifying failure could factor into Napoli's clash against Milan.

Italy's failure to qualify for the World Cup was both a triumph and a disaster for Antonio Conte. A proud patriot's reputation has been further enhanced by the failure of his successor as national team coach. "It is a disaster for us," said Conte on Friday. "You know very well how important football is in Italy. They have to find the right solution and improve the solution."

Gian Piero Ventura failed to build on the good work Conte did in two years as Azzurri manager, paying the price by being...