Posted: 2017-11-14 05:14:01

Over the past 60 years, nearly everything about the World Cup has been tinkered with, from the number of teams to the design of the trophy. But when the 2018 edition kicks off in Russia next summer, the tournament will try something it hasn’t experienced since 1958: a World Cup without Italy.

The Azzuri, four-time world champions, failed to qualify on Monday after losing a home-and-home playoff against Sweden, marking a level of sporting disgrace that younger generations had not considered possible. Worse than slow Ferraris...

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