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Top 10 Players To Miss Out On Brazil 2014
Footytubeblog (Blog) 3 years ago
The World Cup is always hailed as the absolute pinnacle of football, with the planet’s very best players making up 32 teams for 64 matches across the summer. With qualification all but complete, we now know all of the countries that will be present (barring an epic comeback from Jordan against Uruguay), giving us an idea of the illustrious names that will be gracing the stadiums of Brazil and television sets all over the planet next year. While illustrious names such as Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Rickie Lambert(?) may be making the trip, there are some truly fantastic players that will be unable to perform at the showpiece tournament after unsuccessful qualification campaigns with their respective nations. Here are ten players who, like most of us, will be watching events unravel from their living room rather than on the field of play in 2014.

Gareth Bale (Wales)
The world’s top footballing competition will be without the world’s most expensive player. The £86m Real Madrid winger was unable to inspire Wales to a shock place in the competition, which really is a shame for admirers of the wing wizard. Powerful, pacey and deadly in front of goal, Bale has the abilities to grace any international side, however he will be watching proceedings from afar as many of his team-mates at club level influence play. If only he was born around 50 miles East of Cardiff the 24-year-old may have been representing England.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden)
Enigmatic, unpredictable and extremely talented, the 2014 World Cup would certainly have been a slightly more interesting affair had ‘Ibra’ been making the trip. The burly Swede couldn’t help his nation to a play-off victory against a Cristiano Ronaldo-inspired Portugal, leaving the tournament bereft of a Scandinavian team for the first time since 1982. The 32-year-old man may just have to console himself by helping PSG to keep their title as French champions before enjoying a nice summer beach holiday.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon)
The majority of Africa’s big names will be present at next year’s competition, but Aubameyang will be one of the continent’s most talented players not in action. Gabon were tipped, by some, as a side with an outside chance of making the World Cup, but they were unable to advance from their qualification group, leaving the Borussia Dortmund man away from the limelight. Dubbed ‘the African Neymar’, the 24-year-old certainly could have showcased his immense talents in Brazil, however he will have to wait for his chance to shine, which - given Gabon’s developing reputation as a footballing nation - may happen in 2018.

Petr Cech (Czech Republic)
The majority of the world’s top goalkeepers will be defending nets in Brazil in just under seven months’ time, but Cech will not be among the talented stoppers present. The Chelsea man has long been thought of as one of Europe’s top number ones, but despite his side having only conceded nine goals in qualification, he won’t be digging out his passport and heading to South America any time soon. With another Chelsea ‘keeper likely to be in action in the shape of Belgium’s Thibaut Courtois, the skull-capped glovesman may live to rue being unable to help the Czech Republic qualify.

Nemanja Matic (Serbia)
From Chelsea ace to former Chelsea flop, another man that won’t be among the action in Brazil is Matic. The domineering midfielder has quickly emerged as one of Europe’s finest enforcers since leaving the Blues to join Benfica, but was unable to use his excellent club form to help Serbia advance from Group A. As well as the 25-year-old, the likes of Branislav Ivanovic and Aleksandar Kolarov will also miss out.

Christian Eriksen (Denmark)
With the lowest points tally of any of Europe’s runners-up, Denmark narrowly missed out on a play-off spot and the chance to represent themselves at the very pinnacle of the international game. Christian Eriksen is, arguably, the most talented man in their squad, and will be missed on the biggest stage, The Tottenham playmaker hasn’t quite set the world alight since his summer move to White Hart Lane, but with his intricate skills and eye for the killer pass, the 21-year-old certainly could have spiced up proceedings in South America.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Armenia)
Commentators and match reporter rejoice, Armenia’s top, and possibly most tricky to spell or pronounce, player was unable to guide his side to a spot at the World Cup. The versatile attacking midfielder rose to prominence last season with Shakhtar Donetsk before selecting a summer move to Borussia Dortmund over Liverpool. Despite being a relatively small nation on the European footballing front, Armenia are quickly establishing themselves as force, but 2014 proved to be a little to soon Mkhitaryan’s men.

Marek Hamsik (Slovakia)
Fans of woeful hairstyles may well want to avoid the 2014 World Cup, with Slovakia’s Hamsik unable to make the trip after the Repre failed to overhaul Greece and Bosnia in Group G. The Napoli man is one of Serie A’s leading midfield talents and, after a slightly underwhelming 2010 tournament in South Africa, really could have announced himself on the global stage in Brazil. But, another candidate, a la Ronaldo in 2002, may fill the dodgy barnet quota, only time will tell.

Robert Lewandowski (Poland)
After causing England’s defence a few problems in qualification, Lewandowski won’t be making the journey to the World Cup. The talented Polish side were, perhaps, a little unlucky to have found themselves in a group with the Three Lions and Ukraine, with a kinder draw having the potential to have given them a greater chance of qualification. With a big move to either the Premier League or Bayern Munich being touted for the Borussia Dortmund man next summer, he can use his spare time for a little house hunting.

Andriy Yarmolenko (Ukraine)
Another player to have impressed in Group H was Ukraine’s Andriy Yarmolenko, Despite netting a goal in their 2-0 play-off first leg win against France, the attacking midfielder was unable to inspire his side as they slipped to a 3-0 defeat in Paris. But don’t fear if you weren’t able to witness his skills over the course of the past couple of years, a move to the Premier League for the Eastern European ace has been populating gossip columns for some time.

Written by Alex Hams
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