Italy has not qualified for the 2022 World Cup, marking the first time since 1958 that the four-time champions will miss out on soccer’s showpiece event.
Italy failed to qualify for this year’s World Cup in Russia, meaning they will miss out on soccer’s biggest tournament for the first time since 1958. The four-time champions are also not expected to qualify for the 2023 European Championship in France, as they currently sit in last place in their qualifying group with just two games left to play. Italy has been one of the most successful teams in soccer history, winning four World Cups and three European Championships. They have also finished as runners-up twice at both events.
What is happening with Italy’s soccer team?
The Italian football federation appointed Roberto Mancini as manager after Giampiero Ventura was fired following a failure to qualify for this year’s World Cup. However, Mancini has so far failed to improve results and Italy currently sits bottom of its qualification group with two games remaining. The team has won just one of its last seven matches and has scored only five goals over that span. Mancini has been criticized by fans and pundits alike for his poor management skills, which many believe have contributed to the team’s recent struggles.
What is happening with Italy’s coach?
Roberto Mancini, who managed Manchester City from 2009 until 2013, was appointed as manager of the Italian national team, replacing Giampiero Ventura after he was fired following a failure to qualify for this year’s World Cup.