As the world looks forward to an exciting football extravaganza in Brazil starting this June, there is one team that will not feature but has the potential of reaching the finals. The 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil is set to be the most-watched sporting event in the world enjoying live coverage in almost every country. However, according to some fans, the best team will not even feature anywhere during the tournament, unless at the VIP stands with the rest of the fans.
Chelsea FC’s first choice goalkeeper Petr Cech will be among the best players who will not feature in the tournament. He had a disappointing run during the group stages after conceding nine goals in ten matches. The poor performance saw his side, Czech Republic, finish third in their group. Spain’s goalkeeper Victor Valdes has also been ruled out of the competition due to a knee injury.
Brainslav Ivanovic is yet another star who will have to watch the action from the stands. The Serbian and Chelsea powerful right-back scored only once for his country but faced four away defeats that automatically knocked him and the rest of the team out of the qualifiers.
Another Serbian center back Neven Subotic will not feature in the 2014 FIFA World Cup due to the country’s failure to qualify for the football extravaganza. He plies his trade for German Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund and only played in four out of ten matches during the qualifiers. Other popular defenders who will miss the June to July action include Denmark and Liverpool FC’s Daniel Agger, Morroco’s Mehdi Benatia, and Bayern Munich’s David Alaba who plays for Austria.
The battle for the midfield would have been more exciting if the likes of Manchester City’s Samir Nasri would be available for the tournament. The French national had been omitted from Didier Deschamps squad; a move that sparked a heated war of words between his girlfriend, the French Football Federation and the head coach. Additionally, since Slovakia did not qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Napoli’s captain Marek Hamsik will not feature in the competition. The talented midfielder has shown great leadership qualities and at the age of 22, he was appointed the captain of Slovakia national team during the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa.
Gareth Bale is yet another superstar who will have to wait a little bit longer to play in the World Cup. The talented and creative midfielder who sometimes plays as a striker holds the record for being the most expensive player during last year’s transfer season from English Premier League side Tottenham Hotspurs to La Liga giants Real Madrid. Bale, who plays for Wales, will watch the action from the stands or probably from the comfort of his home as his nation failed to qualify. He is more likely to follow the footsteps of his fellow countryman Ryan Giggs who has never played in both the Euro and World Cup finals despite his successful career as a player-cum-coach at Old Trafford.
Argentina fans will have to cheer their team with the absence of Carlos Tevez who helped Juventus FC win the Italian Serie A title this season. There were rumors that he was left out of the squad because of tension between him and FC Barcelona’s superstar Lionel Messi.
Robert Lewandoski joins the list of football superstars who will not be in Brazil after Poland failed to sail through the qualifiers. His side finished fourth in a group that was conquered by England. The 25-year-old forward who is set to make a historic move from German Bundesliga giants Borrusia Dortmund to their bitter rivals and local champions Bayern Munich will be hoping to play in the next World Cup competitions in Russia 2018 and Qatar 2022 since he is still young, full of energy and talented.
Finally, Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s absence during this year’s FIFA World Cup is dubbed as one of the greatest disappointments in the history of this global competition. The Swedish goal poacher-cum-goalkeeper’s enemy number 1 recently declared that this year’s competition will be a waste of time without his presence and most of his fans feel the same. The extremely talented forward who has a long history of scoring from unexpected angles characterized by nerve-breaking acrobatic goals would have added the much-needed excitement and anticipation in Brazil.
Here is the full squad of the best team that consists of players who will not make it to the 2014 FIFA World Cup:
Goalkeepers: Petr Cech, Victor Valdes
Defenders: Brainslav Ivanovic, Neven Subotic, Mehdi Benatia, Daniel Agger and David Alaba
Midfielders: Samir Nasri, Gareth Bale and Marek Hamsik,
Strikers: Robert Lewandoski and Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Commentary by Andrew Amoth Wandola