A World Cup without Italy is going to be so incredibly weird
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Italy have not qualified for the 2018 World Cup. This is weird, and it’s going to get weirder.

It’s not just weird because Italy are four-time winners of the trophy, or have one of the world’s most established footballing cultures and professional leagues, or have been to every tournament since 1958. Though that’s all true. It’s a weird at a deeper, more existential level.

Perhaps it’s the relative infrequency of the games, or the fact that the World Cup is such a significant occasion, but...

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