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Premier League flop Osvaldo: I quit football for beer, barbecues and rock music!

The 31-year-old enjoyed spells in Italy and England before pursuing a career in music, claiming he prefers alcohol to money

Premier League flop Osvaldo: I quit football for beer, barbecues and rock music!

The 31-year-old enjoyed spells in Italy and England before pursuing a career in music, claiming he prefers alcohol to money

Premier League flop Osvaldo: I quit football for beer, barbecues and rock music!

The 31-year-old enjoyed spells in Italy and England before pursuing a career in music, claiming he prefers alcohol to money

Ancelotti is the coach Italy want to replace Ventura after qualifying fiasco

The former Bayern Munich and Real Madrid boss heads the list of candidates to rebuild the Azzurri, who missed out on the World Cup

Ancelotti is the coach Italy want to replace Ventura after qualifying fiasco

The former Bayern Munich and Real Madrid boss heads the list of candidates to rebuild the Azzurri, who missed out on the World Cup

Ancelotti is the coach Italy want to replace Ventura after qualifying fiasco

The former Bayern Munich and Real Madrid boss heads the list of candidates to rebuild the Azzurri, who missed out on the World Cup

Ancelotti is the coach Italy want to replace Ventura after qualifying fiasco

The former Bayern Munich and Real Madrid boss heads the list of candidates to rebuild the Azzurri, who missed out on the World Cup

Ancelotti is the coach Italy want to replace Ventura after qualifying fiasco

The former Bayern Munich and Real Madrid boss heads the list of candidates to rebuild the Azzurri, who missed out on the World Cup

'Important names' being considered as Ventura's Italy replacement

The Azzurri sacked the coach on Wednesday and the head of the Italian Football Federation is hoping to appoint an impressive successor

The logo of the Italian Soccer Federation (FIGC) is seen at the entrance of the headquarters in Rome

The logo of the Italian Soccer Federation (FIGC) is seen at the entrance of the headquarters in Rome, Italy, November 15, 2017. REUTERS/Max Rossi

World Cup trophies are seen at the entrance of the Italian Soccer Federation (FIGC) headquarters in Rome

World Cup trophies are seen at the entrance of the Italian Soccer Federation (FIGC) headquarters in Rome, Italy, November 15, 2017. REUTERS/Max Rossi

Italian natiopnal soccer team head coach Gian Piero Ventura (L) and captain Gianluigi Buffon (R) attend a press conference at Friends Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, 09 November 2017 (reissued 15 November 2017). Gian Piero Ventura have been sacked as Italian national soccer team head coach after Italy failed to qualify for the FIFA World Cup for the first time since 1958, media reports claimed on 15 November 2017. EPA

Italian natiopnal soccer team head coach Gian Piero Ventura (L) and captain Gianluigi Buffon (R) attend a press conference at Friends Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, 09 November 2017 (reissued 15 November 2017). Gian Piero Ventura have been sacked as Italian national soccer team head coach after Italy failed to qualify for the FIFA World Cup for the first time since 1958, media reports claimed on 15 November 2017. EPA

Italian natiopnal soccer team head coach Gian Piero Ventura (L) and captain Gianluigi Buffon (R) attend a press conference at Friends Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, 09 November 2017 (reissued 15 November 2017). Gian Piero Ventura have been sacked as Italian national soccer team head coach after Italy failed to qualify for the FIFA World Cup for the first time since 1958, media reports claimed on 15 November 2017. EPA

Italy sack Gian Piero Ventura after failure to qualify for World Cup

Italy sack Gian Piero Ventura after failure to qualify for World Cup

Italy sack Gian Piero Ventura after failure to qualify for World Cup

Gian Piero Ventura leaves Italy after 16 months as manager.

Ancelotti, Mancini & the Italy head coach candidates to replace disastrous Ventura

The Azzurri boss has been shown the exit door after the catastrophic failure that was their World Cup qualification campaign. So who's next?

Ancelotti, Mancini & the Italy head coach candidates to replace disastrous Ventura

The Azzurri boss has been shown the exit door after the catastrophic failure that was their World Cup qualification campaign. So who's next?

Ancelotti, Mancini & the Italy head coach candidates to replace disastrous Ventura

The Azzurri boss has been shown the exit door after the catastrophic failure that was their World Cup qualification campaign. So who's next?

Ancelotti, Mancini & the Italy head coach candidates to replace disastrous Ventura

The Azzurri boss has been shown the exit door after the catastrophic failure that was their World Cup qualification campaign. So who's next?

Ancelotti, Mancini & the Italy head coach candidates to replace disastrous Ventura

The Azzurri boss has been shown the exit door after the catastrophic failure that was their World Cup qualification campaign. So who's next?

Ancelotti, Mancini & the Italy head coach candidates to replace disastrous Ventura

The Azzurri boss has been shown the exit door after the catastrophic failure that was their World Cup qualification campaign. So who's next?

Ancelotti, Mancini & the Italy head coach candidates to replace disastrous Ventura

The Azzurri boss has been shown the exit door after the catastrophic failure that was their World Cup qualification campaign. So who's next?

Ancelotti, Mancini & the Italy head coach candidates to replace disastrous Ventura

The Azzurri boss has been shown the exit door after the catastrophic failure that was their World Cup qualification campaign. So who's next?

Ancelotti, Mancini & the Italy head coach candidates to replace disastrous Ventura

The Azzurri boss has been shown the exit door after the catastrophic failure that was their World Cup qualification campaign. So who's next?

Ancelotti, Mancini & the Italy head coach candidates to replace disastrous Ventura

The Azzurri boss has been shown the exit door after the catastrophic failure that was their World Cup qualification campaign. So who's next?

Ancelotti, Mancini & the Italy head coach candidates to replace disastrous Ventura

The Azzurri boss has been shown the exit door after the catastrophic failure that was their World Cup qualification campaign. So who's next?

Italy coach Ventura fired after missing World Cup place

Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura gestures during the World Cup qualifying play-off second leg soccer match between Italy and Sweden, at the Milan San Siro stadium, Italy, Monday, Nov. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Italy coach Ventura fired after missing World Cup place

Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon is comforted by Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura after Italy failed to qualify at the end of the World Cup qualifying play-off second leg soccer match between Italy and Sweden, at the Milan San Siro stadium, Italy, Monday, Nov. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Italy coach Ventura fired after missing World Cup place

Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura looks down during the World Cup qualifying play-off return leg soccer match between Italy and Sweden, at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, Monday, Nov. 13, 2017. (Daniel Dal Zennaro/ANSA via AP)

Italy coach Ventura fired after missing World Cup place

Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura walks on the pitch during a training session ahead of Monday's World Cup qualifying play-off return leg soccer match against Sweden, in Appiano Gentile, near Milan, Italy, Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

Italy coach Ventura fired after missing World Cup place

Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura looks at the ground during the World Cup qualifying play-off second leg soccer match between Italy and Sweden, at the Milan San Siro stadium, Italy, Monday, Nov. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

2018 World Cup Qualifications - Europe - Italy vs Sweden

Soccer Football - 2018 World Cup Qualifications - Europe - Italy vs Sweden - San Siro, Milan, Italy - November 13, 2017 Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura looks dejected after the match. REUTERS/Max Rossi

2018 World Cup Qualifications - Europe - Italy vs Sweden

Soccer Football - 2018 World Cup Qualifications - Europe - Italy vs Sweden - San Siro, Milan, Italy - November 13, 2017 Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura looks dejected after the match. REUTERS/Max Rossi

Italy's head coach Gian Piero Ventura had defended his leadership as "one of the best records in 40 years" despite failing to lead the 1934, 1938, 1982 and 2006 winners to their 19th World Cup

Italy's head coach Gian Piero Ventura had defended his leadership as "one of the best records in 40 years" despite failing to lead the 1934, 1938, 1982 and 2006 winners to their 19th World Cup (AFP Photo/Dimitar DILKOFF)

Italy's head coach Gian Piero Ventura had defended his leadership as "one of the best records in 40 years" despite failing to lead the 1934, 1938, 1982 and 2006 winners to their 19th World Cup

Italy sack head coach Gian Piero Ventura after failing to qualify for World Cup

Italy sack head coach Gian Piero Ventura after failing to qualify for World Cup

Ventura sacked from Italy post after World Cup qualifying failure

The 69-year-old was relieved of his duties two days after his side shockingly failed to overcome Sweden in a two-leg qualifying play-off

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