Italian newspapers headline Italy's failure to qualify for the World Cup a day after a scoreless draw between Italy and Sweden in a qualifying playoff on a 1-0 aggregate, in Rome, Nov 14, 2017. (BEATRICE LARCO / AP)
ROME — The End. The Apocalypse. A national shame.
Local newspapers spared no words Tuesday in describing four-time champion Italy's failure to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in six decades.
The Gazzetta dello Sport headline read "FINE" — "The End" — in big, block letters, while Turin daily La Stampa wrote "Apocalypse Azzurra."
Rome daily Il Messaggero called it "A national shame," and Rome sports daily Corriere dello Sport said "Everyone out."
After a scoreless draw with Sweden on Monday, Italy lost a qualifying playoff on 1-0 aggregate.
Italy had participated in every World Cup since failing to qualify for the 1958 tournament, which coincidentally was held in Sweden.
The previous major competitions Italy missed were the 1984 and 1992 European Championships.
Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon is hugged by teammate Leonardo Bonucci after their team was eliminated in the World Cup qualifying play-off second leg soccer match between Italy and Sweden, at the Milan San Siro stadium, Italy, Nov 13, 2017. (LUCA BRUNO / AP)