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Rumors of Italy replacing Iran in the 2022 World Cup, FIFA President: Please, can you be serious or not?
The Italy national team could replace Iran at the 2022 World Cup. Italy failed to qualify for the Qatar 2022 World Cup after losing 0-1 to North Macedonia in the playoffs.
Iran is one of the Asian representatives who managed to seal a place in the World Cup 2022 Qatar. FIFA strongly condemns Iran’s ban on mothers who want to watch the match live.
Pizza Country is currently in the seventh position with 1642.06 points. Member of the FIFA executive, Evelina Christillin, denied FIFA’s claim to exclude Iran from participating in the 2022 World Cup.
Gianni Infantino’s rebuttal
“Please, let’s be serious,” Infantino said as quoted by Football Italia. “We never discussed removing them [Iran] from the 2022 World Cup.
It happened in the Iran 2022 World Cup Qualification match against Lebanon at the Imam Reza Stadium, Mashhad, Tuesday (29/3).
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4x Italy Did Not Qualify in World Cup History!
This is not the first time Italy has not qualified for the World Cup finals. The Italian national team has missed the previous three editions and the upcoming tournament World Cup in Qatar 2022 will be the fourth time they have not attended. At the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Italy did not qualify. They didn’t qualify after being knocked out by Sweden in the second round of the play-off. This made Italy the first former world champion to fail to qualify for the final in world cup history.
The total number of World Cup Finals that Italy has attended so far is 18 times. Meanwhile, the two countries with the most appearances in world football matches – are Germany (20) and Brazil (22). Surprisingly, Italy has won this world cup tournament 4 times. Of course, this number of wins is the same as that of Germany, only trailing record-holders Brazil who has lifted the trophy five times.
The first edition of the World Cup in Uruguay in 1930 was the first time they did not appear at the World Cup. This happened because Italy refused an invitation to attend the grand event of the World Cup. They hosted the second edition of the 1934 final. Touted as a champion at home. And successfully defended the trophy for four years in France. After that, Italy lost their place in the world cup final in Sweden in 1958 after finishing second in their group to Northern Ireland.