Top 5 teams that failed to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia

After a grilling qualification phase for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, over 200 teams took part in the qualifying process to get their place in the 31 available spots for the tournament. Russia qualified for the 2018 FIFA World Cup as the hosts left the qualification process for rest of the football playing nations. We shall look at the top 5 teams that failed to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, featuring, Italy, Netherlands and more.

Over the entire qualification process for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, we saw some amazing goals, many heart-racing moments and some of the best International matches in recent memory. However, there were many teams that failed to book their place for the 2018 FIFA World Cup and will be missed at this year’s biggest sporting extravaganza.

Five teams that failed to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup:

1). Italy

Seeing Italy miss out on the 2018 FIFA World Cup has to be the biggest shock going into the pre World-Cup fever as Italy have been one of the mainstays of European and World Football in recent years.

Italy have won 4 World Cup titles over the years (most recent in 2006) but their continued reliance on the older players to carry them tournament after the tournament had to backfire on them and sadly it did in their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign.

Italy finished behind Spain in their Group G qualification standings for the 2018 FIFA World Cup and were asked to play a playoff against Sweden which they lost 1-0 on aggregate and have been asked to look at the problems which lie way deeper than just their aging players and hope to come back stronger for the next European Championship.

2). Netherlands

Just like Italy, another team with a glorified past but struggling to find their recent form with players like Arjen Robben, Wesley Sneijder, and Robin van Persie turning on the wrong side of the 30’s and yet they were the ones expected to carry Netherlands to the 2018 FIFA World Cup and as many had feared, this plan failed as the Dutch fans will follow the World Cup action from the sidelines.

After reaching the finals of 2010 FIFA World cup and finished 3rd at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Netherland’s absence from the next edition of FIFA World Cup will be tough for all the fans around the world. The Dutch FA has started to focus on their U-19 and U-23 teams to ensure a travesty of this sort never repeats itself in the near future.

3). Chile

This was perhaps the most unfortunate way for any team to not qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup after Argentina’s first ever win in Ecuador since 2001 saw them leapfrog Chile to 3rd in the qualification standings and a 3-0 defeat (vs Brazil) in Chile’s last qualification game pushed them to 6th place only based on a worse goal difference.

Peru who finished the group as the 5th and the final team to qualify from the group faced New Zealand in the playoffs and managed to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, however, Chile who have won the last 2 Copa America titles were left to rue their missed opportunities as they became one the biggest teams that failed to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

4). USA

No one had thought that the US national team will miss out on their ticket to the 2018 FIFA World Cup, however, as they say in football nothing should be taken for granted and that is exactly what USA did and ended up paying a massive price.

Despite winning CONCACAF Gold Cup for the 6th time last summer, USA could only win one of the last four qualifiers and finished second from bottom and saw the top 3 teams from their group qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

5). Cameron

Cameron are the most successful African side in the history of FIFA World Cups having made a total of 7 appearances and they were the first ever African team to reach the quarter-final stage of the FIFA World Cup.

Cameron had started their 2018 FIFA World Cup campaign on a high after winning the last African Cup of Nations in February 2017, however, a run of only 5 wins in their last 13 qualification games meant that Cameron failed to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.


READ: 5 African stars to watch out at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.