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RED200 CSIG. Genf Geneve (Schweiz), 10/12/2017.- Henrik von Eckermann from Sweden rides his horse Mary Lou 194 to take the second place during the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping at the 57th CSI international horse show jumping tournament in Geneva, Switzerland, 10 December 2017. (Ginebra, Suecia, Suiza) EFE/EPA/MAGALI GIRARDIN

RED200 CSIG. Genf Geneve (Schweiz), 10/12/2017.- Henrik von Eckermann from Sweden rides his horse Mary Lou 194 to take the second place during the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping at the 57th CSI international horse show jumping tournament in Geneva, Switzerland, 10 December 2017. (Ginebra, Suecia, Suiza) EFE/EPA/MAGALI GIRARDIN

RED200 CSIG. Genf Geneve (Schweiz), 10/12/2017.- Henrik von Eckermann from Sweden rides his horse Mary Lou 194 to take the second place during the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping at the 57th CSI international horse show jumping tournament in Geneva, Switzerland, 10 December 2017. (Ginebra, Suecia, Suiza) EFE/EPA/MAGALI GIRARDIN

RED200 CSIG. Genf Geneve (Schweiz), 09/12/2017.- Peder Fredricson from Sweden rides his horse H&M Christian K to take the third place during the 17th top 10 IJRC at the 57nd CSI horse Show-jumping tournament in Geneva, Switzerland, 09 December 2017. (Ginebra, Suecia, Suiza) EFE/EPA/MAGALI GIRARDIN

RED200 CSIG. Genf Geneve (Schweiz), 09/12/2017.- Peder Fredricson from Sweden rides his horse H&M Christian K to take the third place during the 17th top 10 IJRC at the 57nd CSI horse Show-jumping tournament in Geneva, Switzerland, 09 December 2017. (Ginebra, Suecia, Suiza) EFE/EPA/MAGALI GIRARDIN

Man Utd set to sign Swedish wonderkid

The 14-year-old is due to become Jose Mourinho's next signing at Old Trafford as United look to the future by adding the Sweden-based forward

Harambee Stars ace on trials in Sweden

Johanna scored five goals for Vassaland including a brace in his last match last month

Low warns World Cup holders Germany against being "own biggest enemy"

The reigning champions must not underestimate Mexico, Sweden or South Korea in Group F at the finals in Russia, according to their head coach

Italian football federation slates election for Jan. 29

FILE- In this Monday, Nov. 13, 2017 file photo, Italy's goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, left, and Federico Bernardeschi react to their team's elimination in the World Cup qualifying play-off second leg soccer match between Italy and Sweden, at the Milan San Siro stadium, Italy. FIFA's top salesman insists the 2018 World Cup will make its income target even after taking a financial hit from Italy and the United States failing to qualify. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno, File)

Mexico drawn into World Cup Group F with Germany, Sweden and South Korea

El Tri will have a Confederations Cup rematch with the defending champion, playing in Moscow, Rostov-on-Don and Yekaterinburg

FILE PHOTO: 2018 World Cup Qualifications - Europe - Sweden vs Italy

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - 2018 World Cup Qualifications - Europe - Sweden vs Italy - Friends Arena, Stockholm, Sweden - November 10, 2017 Sweden’s Andreas Granqvist celebrates after the match REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach/File Photo

What's the longest goalless streak at a major international tournament?

That’s your lot for at least another five matches. Andriy Shevchenko scores against Sweden in 2012, Ukraine’s last European Championship goal.

Kickin' it

France's forward Kadidiatou Diani controls the ball during the friendly football match between France and Sweden at the Chaban-Delmas stadium in Bordeaux, France (AFP Photo/NICOLAS TUCAT)

World Cup draw is without 10 of top 32 in new FIFA rankings

Italian players react to their elimination 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)

Buffon thanks Rakitic for World Cup offer

FILE - In this file photo taken on Nov. 13, 2017, Italy's goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, left, and Federico Bernardeschi react to their team's elimination in the World Cup qualifying play-off second leg soccer match between Italy and Sweden, at the Milan San Siro stadium, Italy. Italian football federation president Carlo Tavecchio resigned on Monday, a week after the Azzurri failed to qualify for the World Cup. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Italy's World Cup fallout deepens as Tavecchio resigns

FILE - In this Monday, Nov. 13, 2017 file photo, Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon is comforted by Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura, right, 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. Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura has been fired Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017 following the Azzurri's failure to qualify for the World Cup. Ventura leaves in disgrace, widely criticized for his tactical decisions that left Italy out of football's biggest competition for the first time in six decades. A football federation statement says Ventura is "no longer coach of the national team." (AP Photo/Luca Bruno, File)

Wild-eyed fury, urchin’s grin, sheer dynamism – Gianluigi Buffon had it all | Richard Williams

Gianluigi Buffon did not betray the great tradition of Italian defending in the World Cup exit against Sweden. The problems lay elsewhere.

Sweden's Zlatan Ibrahimovic has made an impressive recovery from the career-threatening knee ligament injury he suffered in April 2017

Sweden's Zlatan Ibrahimovic has made an impressive recovery from the career-threatening knee ligament injury he suffered in April 2017

Sweden's Zlatan Ibrahimovic has made an impressive recovery from the career-threatening knee ligament injury he suffered in April 2017 (AFP Photo/JONATHAN NACKSTRAND)

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

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

Refusal of Italian football chief to resign sparks outrage

Italian players react to their elimination 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)

Refusal of Italian football chief to resign sparks outrage

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)

Correction: Italy-World Cup-Photo Gallery story

FILE - In this Sunday, July 9, 2006 file photo Italy's Fabio Cannavaro, top center, holds up t he World Cup trophy as he celebrates after winning the final of the soccer World Cup between Italy and France in the Olympic Stadium in Berlin. On Nov. 13, 2017 after a scoreless draw with Sweden four-time champion Italy lost its World Cup qualifying playoff on 1-0 aggregate. Paradoxically, the start of Italy's decline can be traced back to 2006 the year Italy won its fourth World Cup. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, files)

Correction: Italy-World Cup-Photo Gallery story

FILE - In this Sunday, July 9, 2006 file photo Fabio Cannavaro lifts the soccer World Cup trophy after Italy defeated France in the final in the Olympic Stadium in Berlin, Germany. On Nov. 13, 2017 after a scoreless draw with Sweden four-time champion Italy lost its World Cup qualifying playoff on 1-0 aggregate. Paradoxically, the start of Italy's decline can be traced back to 2006 the year Italy won its fourth World Cup. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno, Files)

Italy's 'lost generation' will lack any World Cup experience

CORRECTS IDENTITY OF PLAYER AT RIGHT Italy's goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, left, and Federico Bernardeschi react to their team's elimination in 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's 'lost generation' will lack any World Cup experience

Italy's Andrea Belotti reacts after a missed chance 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's 'lost generation' will lack any World Cup experience

Italy's Federico Bernardeschi controls the ball 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's 'lost generation' will lack any World Cup experience

Italy's Jorginho, center, smiles with his teammates Alessandro Florenzi, right, and Andrea Belotti 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's 'lost generation' will lack any World Cup experience

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, Monday, Nov. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Insigne: I had to accept Ventura's team selection for Sweden nightmare

Italy missed out on the World Cup due to a 1-0 aggregate defeat to the Swedes, in which the Napoli attacker was not used

UEFA World Cup play-offs: Fixtures, dates, draw & everything you need to know

The likes of the Republic of Ireland, Sweden and Italy are looking to qualify for next summer's finals in Russia through a one-off, do-or-die tie

UEFA World Cup play-offs: Fixtures, dates, draw & everything you need to know

The likes of the Republic of Ireland, Sweden and Italy are looking to qualify for next summer's finals in Russia through a one-off, do-or-die tie

UEFA World Cup play-offs: Fixtures, dates, draw & everything you need to know

The likes of the Republic of Ireland, Sweden and Italy are looking to qualify for next summer's finals in Russia through a one-off, do-or-die tie

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