While you are busy contemplating about the chances of your favorite team to win the FIFA World Cup in Russia, we will tell you more about the most potent teams who could not make it to the FIFA 2018. While the champions Germany, Brazil, Argentina, Spain, and France are fighting out along with the teams of ‘the first-timers’ Iceland and Panama, there are some notable teams that have failed to qualify. Let’s take a pause from the latest fashion styles for men and latest fashion trends men and continue our World Cup sojourn.
The most unexpected disqualification was of Italian national team, the four-time winners of the football world cup. The failure of the team to qualify led to unprecedented dismissals of coach Giampiero Ventura, goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, and Daniele De Rossi. An otherwise ‘the most potent team’ could neither won their match against Spain nor could score goals against Sweden.
2. The Netherlands:
The famous Dutch team entered the finals of the World Cup in years 1974, 1978, and 2010 and secured fourth place in semi-finals in 1998 World Cup after their nail-biting match against Brazil that stretched to the penalty kicks. Fans would miss the action of Arjen Robben who ranked as the fourth-best footballer in the world by The Guardian in 2014.
One of the most potent teams that are missing out this time, the La Roja (“The Red One” have not only played World Cup nine times but also hosted 1962 World Cup, where they secured the third position. Surprisingly they are also the reigning Copa América champions as they won 2015 Copa América on home grounds! Fans are surely going to miss outstanding players like Arturo Vidal, Alexis Sanchez, and Gary Medel.
4. The USA:
The United States men’s national soccer team (USMNT) got eliminated in continental qualifying for the 2018 World Cup. The potential team has played 10 FIFA World Cups and hosted 1994 World Cup in which they advanced to the group of best 16 teams, before losing out to Brazil. Interestingly, USMNT’s head coach position has been lying vacant since Oct 2017, when Bruce Arena resigned. Fans will miss the action of Christian Mate Pulisic who is famous for his attacks as a midfielder and is regarded as the top American soccer prospect. He was the youngest American player to represent the senior national team in a FIFA World Cup qualifier.