"We will not be with you and you will not be with us. A love so great must be reserved for other things. Italy will not participate at the World Cup. It is time to start thinking about what else we
can do in June and July: concerts, cinema, village festivals. Anything but watching Sweden play at the World Cup. That would be too painful."
-- Italian sports daily Gazzetta dello
Sport's Stefano Cantalupi
following Italy's failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup after its 0-0 tie against Sweden. (Gazzetta dello Sport