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Club teams had an impact on Italy’s failure to qualify for the World Cup | Sports

ROME (AP) — Loved and admired around the world for producing players like Roberto Baggio and Andrea Pirlo, the Italian national team struggles for respect at home.

In a country where club teams rule and where provincialism dating back to medieval times still reigns, the Azzurri are often seen as an afterthought, if not an inconvenience.

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