Italy will not be at the World Cup for the first time since 1958
By talkSPORT – @talkSPORT
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
It has been 60 years since a World Cup did not feature Italy.
The four time winners were beaten by Sweden in their play-off match so talkSPORT.com looks at what the world was like the last time the Azzurri were not at football’s biggest event.
It was 1958 and the World Cup was actually held in Sweden across 22 days in June with the hosts finishing runners-up to Brazil.
Wolves were the champions of England
Paolo Rossi, Italy’s World Cup hero in 1982, was a few months short of his second birthday
Pizza Hut was founded in in Kansas, America and eventually gave us adverts starring Donald Trump and Gareth Southgate
On 10 June, 1958 parking meters were introduced in the UK with the first being put in London where an hour costing sixpence.
Wales had a team at the World Cup – the only time in their history – and boasted names like Cliff Jones, John Charles and Ivor Allchurch (below)
England’s World Cup win was still eight years away. Their squad for the 1958 edition included 23-year-old Johnny Haynes, 20-year-old Bobby Charlton and 25-year-ol d Bobby Robson. Jimmy Greaves, meanwhile had just finished his first season as a professional footballer at Chelsea
A month earlier, a Nat Lofthouse double ensured Bolton beat Man United 2-0 in the FA Cup final
This was no.1 in the UK at the start of the 1958 World Cup