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Italy soccer chief resigns after failure to reach World Cup

ROME (AP) Italian football federation president Carlo Tavecchio has resigned a week after the Azzurri failed to qualify for the World Cup.

Monday's announcement came following calls for a complete overhaul of the nation's most popular sport, from the amateur leagues right up to Serie A and the national teams.

Sweden's playoff win over Italy kept the four-time champion out of the World Cup for the first time in six decades.

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