Shocker as tournament favorites and four time winner Italy failed to qualify for 2018 World Cup.

Today’s flashback World Cup feature is Italy’s 2014 win in Germany.This was Italy’s fourth World Cup title,Not only did Italy win 5-3 on penalty kicks, but France’s captain Zinedine Zidane was red-carded for head-butting Marco Materazzi in extra-time. This incident will forever be remembered as part of the highlight world cup brawl which seemed to have cost France the cup,nonetheless, Zinedine Zidane was awarded the Golden Ball trophy as the tournament MVP. Italy’s goalkeeper, Gianluigi Buffon won the Golden glove Award and was among players voted in the All-Star team.

The 2006 World Cup was a tournament of many firsts, including the first where the defending champions were no longer granted automatic qualification – Brazil had to qualify like everybody else.

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