Gianni Infantino FIFA president says Italy's World Cup failure is a wake-up call

Infantino, the Swiss-born son of Italian immigrant parents, took over the scandal-battered world body from disgraced president Sepp Blatter in February 2016.

  • Published: , Refreshed:
FIFA president Gianni Infantino wishes Italy had qualified for the 2018 World Cup play

FIFA president Gianni Infantino wishes Italy had qualified for the 2018 World Cup

(AFP/File)
24/7 Live - Subscribe to the Pulse Newsletter!

FIFA president Gianni Infantino revealed Thursday his dispair at Italy's failure to reach the World Cup finals where he had hoped to hand the trophy to Azzurri captain Gianluigi Buffon.

"I'm sad, yes I'm sad for the World Cup. I almost cried," Infantino, who holds both Swiss and Italian nationality, said in an interview with Italy's Gazzetta Dello Sport five months ahead of the World Cup final match in Russia.

"I think it's a collective sadness. We're talking about a team with a great tradition who give their best in events like this.

"But those who are in Russia deserved to qualify and in any case Italy stayed out with an Italian President: do we need anything else to say we're honest and clean?"

Infantino, the Swiss-born son of Italian immigrant parents, took over the scandal-battered world body from disgraced president Sepp Blatter in February 2016.

"I would have liked to have given the cup to Buffon though," admitted the 47-year-old.

Infantino said that there had been signs of trouble within the four-time world champions long before their dramatic failure in last November's play-offs.

"There have been signals to this effect for a long time, and (Matteo) Darmian's shot against Sweden could have gone in instead of hitting the post, but he would have only concealed the problems.

"Italy were the first in the world for organisation, clubs, training, structures, food, tactics. We forgot that, without work, talent is not enough.

"How many young people advance to the first team?".

Italy are without a national coach and a football federation president with the FIGC currently under the guardianship of the national Olympic committee CONI.

Infantino said he hoped this would be "as short as possible".

"One or two men cannot change a situation that needs a strong president, backed by all parties, and with a long-term strategy: clubs, leagues, players, everyone has to go in the same direction, as in Germany in the 90s, after the crisis of results, as in England after the Heysel (Stadium disaster), everyone at the table thinking about the common good, today Germany wins the World Cup and Confederations with young players, and England are world champions in Under 17 and Under 20."

Infantino added that he hoped to encourage 40-year-old Juventus and Italy goalkeeping legend Buffon to take a role in football's governing body when he retires.

"Could he take a role in FIFA? I'm going to go in person and get him."

Do you ever witness news or have a story that should be featured on Pulse Ghana?
Submit your stories, pictures and videos to us now via WhatsApp: +233507713497, Social Media @pulseghana: #PulseEyewitness & DM or Email: eyewitness@pulse.com.gh.

Recommended Articles

Recommended Videos




Top Articles

1 Sad Tale Dong Bortey needs GHC 200 to save mother from dyingbullet
2 Football Chelsea readied for Barca test as Willian leads rout of Hullbullet
3 La Liga Sulley Muntari takes Deportivo opportunity as Seedorf hands...bullet
4 Football Mourinho says new midfielder will replace Carrick, not Pogbabullet
5 Dele Alli Sex-tape of Tottenham and England midfielder leakedbullet
6 Football Manchester United boss Mourinho slams Pogba 'lies'bullet
7 Sulley Muntari Ex-Black Stars midfielder passes trials, set...bullet
8 Disgrace Four Premier League players in trouble in Spain...bullet
9 Kwame Ampadu Meet the first Ghanaian to play for Arsenalbullet
10 Lovely Just beautiful photos of Abedi Pele’s daughter...bullet

Top Videos

1 Video ‘My baby girl is gone’- Songo shed tears over Ebony’s deathbullet
2 Video This is what made Andre Ayew Swansea City legendbullet
3 Video Watch top 10 Neymar goals of all-timebullet
4 Video Meet the sculptor who designed Michael Essien's bizarre statuebullet
5 Video Akufo-Addo displays dancing skills at George Weah’s...bullet
6 Video Sculptor of Michael Essien's statue says critics have...bullet
7 E.K Afranie Don Bortey accuses ex-Black Stars coach of briberybullet
8 Premier League Pulse Ghana Premier League Team Of The Weekbullet
9 CHAN Final Morocco demolish Nigeria to emerge championsbullet

Football