JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM – The Italian national team has just made a bad record. In a period of 60 years, Italy again failed to step into the World Cup finals.
Of course, the failure of the Italian national team to qualify for the 2018 World Cup adds to the list of big teams that failed to perform in Russia next year.
At least, there are five countries that always become players of major tournaments of the world which will certainly become spectators only. Italian national team was unable to qualify after being eliminated by Swedish national team. Aggregate-wise, Italy lost by a score of 0-1 from two matches held.
The Italian national team for the first time since 1958 failed to qualify for the World Cup finals. Plus the first edition in 1930, the Italian national team only three times failed to qualify for the World Cup.
Before Italy, there were other big teams that could not fly to Russia. In the European zone there are the Dutch national team and Wales national team.
Dutch national team failed to compete with Sweden in the race for the runner-up position of Group A to qualify for the playoffs. Group A title thus belongs to the French national team.
Failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup made the Dutch national team misfortune continue. The Oranje team last year also failed to qualify for the 2016 European Cup finals in France.
The failure of the Wales national team is also quite surprising. The reason, Gareth Bale and friends are team of European Cup 2016 semifinalist. Wales national team can only finish third in the final standings of Group D qualifying for the 2018 World Cup zone of Europe.
From the Latin American zone or CONMEBOL, Chilean national team which is a favorite team failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup after losing 0-3 to the Brazilian national team in the last match at the Allianz Parque Stadium, Sao Paulo, on October 10.
The last surprise came from the CONCACAF zone. US national team for the first time since 1986 failed to qualify World Cup finals.
The 1-2 defeat from Trinidad and Tobago, last October, led the US team to only the fifth place in the final standings of the CONCACAF zone.