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FIFA World Cup 2018: These 4 top teams will not be seen in Russia

As the world’s best teams gear up to battle for football’s most coveted prize, here’s a look at some big names that will be missing in action in Russia.

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Italy | Four-time winners Italy finished second behind Spain in their qualification group and crashed out of the World Cup after failing to score against Sweden over two legs of the playoffs, going down 1-0 on aggregate. Their premature exit spelled an anticlimactic end to the career of keeper Gianluigi Buffon and Daniele De Rossi.
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Italy | Four-time winners Italy finished second behind Spain in their qualification group and crashed out of the World Cup after failing to score against Sweden over two legs of the playoffs, going down 1-0 on aggregate. Their premature exit spelled an anticlimactic end to the career of keeper Gianluigi Buffon and Daniele De Rossi.

Netherlands | The country which brought ‘total football’ to the world, will not be participating in this edition of the World Cup after a disastrous qualifying campaign, where they finished third behind Sweden. Netherland’s early exit forced 33-year-old talismanic forward, Arjen Robben to draw curtains on his 14-year international career.
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Netherlands | The country which brought ‘total football’ to the world, will not be participating in this edition of the World Cup after a disastrous qualifying campaign, where they finished third behind Sweden. Netherland’s early exit forced 33-year-old talismanic forward, Arjen Robben to draw curtains on his 14-year international career.

Chile | Reigning Copa America champions suffered a heavy 3-0 defeat to Brazil on the final day of the qualifiers which saw them move from third to sixth position all in the span of just 90 minutes. After winning two Copa America titles in 2015 and 2016, Chile even finished runners-up to Germany at the 2017 Confederation Cup. However, we won’t see the talented Chile stars such as Alexis Sanchez and Arturo Vidal feature in Russia this summer.
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Chile | Reigning Copa America champions suffered a heavy 3-0 defeat to Brazil on the final day of the qualifiers which saw them move from third to sixth position all in the span of just 90 minutes. After winning two Copa America titles in 2015 and 2016, Chile even finished runners-up to Germany at the 2017 Confederation Cup. However, we won’t see the talented Chile stars such as Alexis Sanchez and Arturo Vidal feature in Russia this summer.

USA | USA, who have qualified for every World Cup since 1990, missed out on a finals berth this time around following a dismal qualifying campaign under coach Bruce Arena. USA needed either a win or even a draw in their final qualifying game against Trinidad and Tobago, but they went down 2-1 instead prompting Bruce Arena to step down as coach of the national side.
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USA | USA, who have qualified for every World Cup since 1990, missed out on a finals berth this time around following a dismal qualifying campaign under coach Bruce Arena. USA needed either a win or even a draw in their final qualifying game against Trinidad and Tobago, but they went down 2-1 instead prompting Bruce Arena to step down as coach of the national side.

First Published on Jun 2, 2018 09:53 am
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