04.09.2018 05:03:37 Italy will play again next season, with the national team having won all their matches.
Coach Francesco Totti is also keen to return, as is a number of senior players.
The last time they won the title was in the 1998-99 season, when the team was led by Diego Maradona, who scored a hat-trick against Barcelona.
Former Italy midfielder Antonio Cassano, who left the country to join Manchester United in 2005, is also among those keen to take on the task of replacing the retiring Mario Mandzukic.
Cassano has also expressed interest in becoming the team’s coach, but has no plans to make the move until after the World Cup.
“I am convinced that this team can win again next year,” he told Radio: “The only thing missing is a trophy.
For now, we are in a difficult situation, but I know that we have a great team and I believe in them.”
Cassiano has also revealed that he wants to make a “major” contribution to the Italian team, having played for the country at the last World Cup in Brazil in 2018.
His name will be added to the team that will play in Italy’s final World Cup qualifying game in March 2019.
Italian fans have taken to social media to celebrate, with some even turning up in force to the stadium to see the team take on Italy’s opponents Uruguay in a final-day game.
However, with Juventus and Napoli currently in the thick of their respective competitions, it remains to be seen whether they will be able to get the same amount of fans into their home stadiums as they did during the tournament.
Maniacino, a native of the city of Turin, has been an instrumental figure in turning around the fortunes of the national side in recent years, making several key signings during his time in charge.
Despite the lack of silverware in recent times, the current squad remains one of the most highly-rated in Europe.
He was instrumental in signing the likes of Francesco Macheda and Andrea Pirlo to the squad, as well as signing up former Serie A star Giorgio Chiellini.
It is no secret that the Giallorossi have struggled financially during the current financial crisis, with a budget shortfall of €70m (US$81m) that they have been unable to solve.
Although the club is in the midst of an investigation into their financial situation, the Italian press has already hinted at the possibility of a new stadium, with many fans saying that it is the perfect place to play.
As for the players, they have already been given a chance to prove themselves against the likes on offer in Serie A. Bello, the reigning PFA player of the year, is expected to be one of several youngsters to be given a run in the side, along with former Juventus star Gervinho, former Inter Milan striker Lorenzo Insigne, and former AC Milan forward Antonio Candreva.
There is a clear desire among the players to return for the first time since the end of the 2016/17 season, and they have all signed new contracts, with Candrevala and Insigne joining Milan and Inter Milan respectively.
In addition, there is also the chance of a return for Alessandro Nesta, who spent time with the Italy Under-20 squad this summer, and has been offered a deal that is worth €25m (€25m US$35m).
There are also a number more who have made their way to the fold, with Totti signing Andrea Barzagli from Lazio, who was one of Italy’s most sought after signings during the 2016-17 campaign, and Alessandro Del Piero joining Fiorentina from Sampdoria.
While some may be sceptical about the team taking the step back, the squad’s performance at the World Cups has proven that it can compete at a high level, and that it has the capability to get out of their slump.
At the end, the only thing that will truly determine the final outcome of the World Series is the outcome of Italy versus Uruguay.