Buffon retires from International football after Italy fail to qualify for 2018 World Cup

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Buffon with his coach

By Kazeem Ugbodaga

Italian goalkeeper, ageless Gigi Buffon has retired from international football after the Azurris of Italy failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, first time since 1958.

A determined Sweden took the place of the Italians after winning 1-0 aggregate in the two-legged play-off on Monday. The Swedish team won the first leg 1-0 and forced the Azurris to a goalless draw in the second leg.

Speaking after the Azurris lost, Buffon said he was sorry for himself and the Italian football, regetting that the team could not qualify for the World Cup.

“I’m not sorry for myself but all of Italian football. We failed at something which also means something on a social level. There’s regret at finishing like that, not because time passes.

“There is certainly a future for Italian football, as we have pride, ability, determination and…

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