Italy’s goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon reacts during their 2018 World Cup playoff second leg with Sweden. Photo: Marco Bertorello/Getty Images

Gianluigi Buffon was born in Carrara, the Tuscan city where they quarried the marble for Michelangelo’s David 500 years ago. Maybe even now there is a(...)

  Italy have sacked coach  Gian Piero Ventura after the failure to qualify for next year’s World Cup in Russia. Photograph:    Claudio Villa/Getty Images

Italy have sacked coach Gian Piero Ventura following their failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. The Italian Football Federation announced in a (...)

Italian players dejected at the end of their 2018 World Cup Qualifier Play-Off. Photo: Claudio Villa/Getty Images

Apocalypse, how? The Italian Football Federation’s president, Carlo Tavecchio, had defined the prospect of missing out on the 2018 World Cup as a disa(...)

Croatia midfielder Luka Modric challenges  Finland forward Simon Skrabb during the qualifier in Rijeka at the start of October. Photograph: Antonio Bat/EPA

Croatia: Vedran Buble of Index.hr “After the win in Ukraine, everyone believes that Croatia will qualify for the World Cup, although the emotions are(...)