The latest round of qualifiers and playoff matches have seen more countries book their spot at the Qatar 2022 World Cup. However, other countries have fallen by the wayside. Missing out on the World Cup is always painful for big footballing countries around the world. Let’s take a quick look at some major footballing countries that will miss out on the showpiece.


1- Italy

Italy will miss out on another World Cup tournament after North Macedonia ousted them with a late winner last week. The reigning European Champions will miss the finals in Qatar.

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Top stars like Jorginho, Marco Verratti, Leornado Bonucci, and Gianluigi Donnarumma will watch the World Cup rather than play in it this year.

2- Egypt – Mohamed Salah missed a penalty kick as Senegal defeated the Pharaohs via penalty shootout for the second time in 7 weeks to book their spot.

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Mohamed Salah will miss the World Cup, but Sadio Mane and Edouard Mendy will lead the current African Champions to the World Cup finals.

3- Colombia: Colombians love football. The South American side will not be in Qatar come November. They could have made three consecutive appearances at the World Cup.

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The likes of Luis Diaz, James Rodriguez, and Cuadrado will be absent.


4- Nigeria: Well, we would not be seeing Nigerian kits at this year’s tournament. Ghana beat the Super Eagles to a spot at this year’s World Cup.

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The likes of Victor Osimhen, Wilfred Ndidi, and Kelechi Iheanacho will have to wait till 2026.

5- Chile: Alexis Sanchez, Arturo Vidal could not inspire Chile to qualify for the World Cup.

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It is surely the end of an era for the Chilean national team, as they will look to rebuild their team around younger talents.

6- Sweden: Zlatan Ibrahimovic will not be at the World Cup again.

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Well, ( In typical Zlatan style) he will not miss the World Cup, the World Cup will miss his charisma and talent. Despite making a return to the Swedish national team, Poland ousted them.

7- Algeria: Cameroon ousted Riyad Mahrez`s Algeria on Tuesday after scoring two away goals in Blida.

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Toko Ekambi broke the hearts of Algerian fans when he scored at the last minute of extra time to send Cameroon straight through.