Former World Champions Italy to miss 2018 World Cup in Russia

One of world football’s most storied – and successful – teams will not be heading to next year’s World Cup in Russia. Italy, who has appeared at the finals of every World Cup since missing out in 1958, was held to a goalless draw by Sweden in Milan. The Swedes advance to next summer’s tournament courtesy of an aggregate score of 1-0 for the playoff tie.

Four-time winners Italy won’t be the only big names who are missing FIFA’s centerpiece tournament next summer. Perennial favorites the Netherlands, back-to-back South American champions Chile, and the United States, which had been a fixture at the finals for the last seven tournaments, all failed to make the grade this time around.