Italy bowed out of their own group of death having only picked up three points in a 2-1 opening match win against England.
The other two matches turned out to be defeats against Costa Rica and Uruguay, sending the Azzurri home early in a second consecutive disappointing World Cup.
Even though Italy wasn't considered a tournament favorite, they were certainly expected to get out of their group and challenge at least until the semifinals.
As with any tournament where Italy is knocked out, there will be plenty of questions and doubts raised.
Here are eight problems and mistakes that plagued the Azzurri during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil: