Monday, June 11, 2018

WHICH NATIONS HAVE FAILED TO PARTICIPATE AT THE WORLD CUP


One of the biggest international football tournaments, the FIFA World Cup, is just around the corner. The best thirty two national football teams compete against each other every four years to get their hands on the prestigious World Cup trophy. The Paddy Power World Cup 2018 odds suggests that current world champions Germany are the favourites to walk away with their second consecutive World Cup trophy. Another victory this summer would bring their total World Cup tally to five, which would bring them level with South American nation Brazil. The German national team have world class players all across the pitch, with players such as Toni Kroos, Manuel Neuer and Thomas Muller playing at some of the best clubs in the world, such as Real Madrid and Bayern Munich. The European nation might be favourites to lift their fifth World Cup trophy in Russia, but they will have to be wary of teams such as Brazil and Spain who have the potential to win the competition as well. The Brazilian team will want to get revenge following their humiliating 7-1 defeat in the semi-finals of the previous tournament whilst Spain are looking to bounce back after a couple of underwhelming performances in previous tournaments in the past few years.

The majority of teams which are competing in this summer’s tournament have already made at least one appearance at a World Cup tournament. However, there are two nations that will be making their debuts this summer – Iceland and Panama. Both nations managed to secure qualification in their final game. Iceland comfortably beat Kosovo in their final group game thanks to goals from Gylfi Sigurðsson and Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson meaning that they would finish top of the group, two points ahead of second place Croatia. Their qualification also meant that it would be their second qualification in a row for a major tournament following their participation in Euro 2016. Meanwhile, Panama secured their qualification in dramatic fashion with Roman Torres scoring the winner against Costa Rica in the 88th winner to take them to their first World Cup tournament.

There have been loads of teams which have qualified for the World Cup at least once, but there have been even more which have failed to make a single appearance. This infographic looks at some of these teams which are overdue an appearance after multiple qualification attempts. Check it out – some of the teams featured here may surprise you.