Italy failed to reach the World Cup for the first time since 1958 Monday as they were held to a 0-0 draw by Sweden.
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Italy's stunned internationals return to the mundane setting of Serie A this weekend days after their star status in world football imploded with a shocking World Cup exit. Goalkeeping great Gianluigi Buffon was back training with Juventus after his emotional retirement from international duty after two decades, preparing for Sunday's game at Sampdoria, along with fellow 2006 World Cup winner Andrea Barzagli and Giorgio Chiellini.Napoli are top of the Italian league standings with 32 points from 12 games, a point ahead of Juventus with Inter Milan third on 30 .Lazio, in fourth, are four points adrift of Napoli with Roma a further point back in fifth, with both capital sides having a game in hand.
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