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The absent countries that will miss the Qatar 2022 World Cup | Digital Trends Spanish


On April 1, the draw for the Qatar 2022 World Cup was held at the Doha Convention and Exhibition Center, a World Cup that will be the XXII edition of the most important soccer event in the world and that has several teams. who aim to take the tournament, as well as other notable absences.

Precisely, on this last point is that we will review those historical squads that will not be present in the championship, in which they stood out in some cases for the poor qualifying they made or for the surprising last results they achieved in key matches.

Italy national team

The “Squadra Azzurra” is, for the second consecutive World Cup, the main absence of the tournament, although on this occasion the failure was much more notorious, since expectations were generated around the team after having reached the Eurocopa 2020 (developed in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic), as well as the squad he had and the coach who leads the team, since Roberto Mancini has a more outstanding career than Gian Piero Ventura, the former coach who was at the helm of the flop heading to Russia 2018.

Everything seemed to indicate that Italy would have a relaxed qualification, since they were in Group C with teams with much less parchments, such as Switzerland, Northern Ireland, Bulgaria and Lithuania. However, towards the end of the group’s development, the cast of the former Manchester City and Inter Milan coach began to lose points and finished second, behind the Swiss.

There was still the playoff, against a weak North Macedonia, which in Group J was far from Germany, winner of its zone. It was foreseen that the quota would finally be played by the Azzurra against Portugal, but the surprise of the qualifiers came.

It was in Palermo, at the Renzo Barbera stadium, that against all odds, Italy fell by the smallest score, with a goal from Aleksandar Trajkovski at 90+2′. A result that surprised the world and that probably consolidated the team’s biggest failure in qualifying, leaving outstanding players such as Jorginho, Marco Verratti and Gianluigi Donnaruma, among others, without the World Cup.

Sweden national team

The Scandinavian team also had an elimination process that suffered a bump at the end of their group, although in their favor it can be said that they had a much more complex area than Italy, since they shared qualifiers with Spain, Greece, Georgia and Kosovo in the B.

The Swedes, who were an interesting team in Russia 2018 by reaching the quarterfinals (and who even left Italy out of the playoffs in the playoffs), managed to get through to the playoffs, where in the first instance they faced the Czech Republic, defeating them by the minimum count.

It was in the final round where the team that has players recognized as the eternal Zlatan Ibrahimovic or other notables such as Dejan Kulusevski and Victor Linderlöf, among others, who lost to Poland 2-0, remaining without a ticket to Qatar 2022 and again missing out on a global event, as happened in both 2010 and 2014.

A historic team, which we remember was runner-up in the world in 1958 and managed to get third place three times, making it one of the teams that usually animate this type of competition.

Colombian national team

The coffee team also did not reach the World Cup in Qatar 2022, after experiencing a process that was not unrelated to shocks, with changes of coaches involved and with controversies by the players of the national team.

In the first instance, it was Carlos Queiroz who began the path to the planetary instance, but the poor results, mainly that win that Ecuador gave him at home with a resounding 6-1, sentenced the Portuguese strategist’s passage and added the yellow cast to a road to uncertainty.

After this, it was Reinaldo Rueda who took the reins of the Colombian team, where the results were not entirely consistent either, reaching a streak of six games without winning, which stalled the team’s pace and made it arrive with certain chances until the final matches.

To the poor results, other controversies were added. First, Queiroz’s distance from those selected, which also influenced the Portuguese’s exit, and then the friction of the former DT of Chile with figures like James Rodríguezwhich made him worthy of harsh criticism from the press and fans.

Finally, Colombia finished its route to Qatar 2022 in sixth place, breaking the streak of two consecutive World Cups, since in Brazil 2014 and Russia 2018 it reached the quarterfinals and eighth finals, respectively.

Chilean national team

Unlike what happened with the coffee growers, the Red had a much more complex path, as a result of the football crisis that their local league is going through, in addition to the non-existent replacement, which ended up hitting the process towards the World Cup.

After the resounding failure of not going to Russia 2018, it was thought that Chile would begin its path to renewal and complement the so-called “Golden Generation”, which gave the South American country its first two Copa Americas. However, none of that happened, and although he had a good Copa América 2019 in Brazil at the hands of Reinaldo Rueda, the qualifying process had poor results, only reaching direct qualifying positions on one date.

There were many points that La Roja left along the way to get excited about the classification, losing against weak rivals like Venezuela or equaling at home against Bolivia, which had an impact on the final sum of units.

To the above, it is also added that the process of Rueda, questioned by the press and by the Chilean soccer board, ended after the fourth date, later arriving the Uruguayan Martín Lasarte, who could not offer a better alternative in terms of results either a style of play that excited the fans with a classification that seemed difficult.

In recent dates, Chile came with some mathematical options, but after the hard thrashing against Brazil by 4-0 and the 2-0 loss to Uruguay at homesealed a sad end for the team in the qualifiers and giving a painful possible farewell from the national team to figures like Arturo Vidal or Claudio Bravo, who were pillars in the team’s moment of glory until not long ago.

Nigerian national team

Another cast accustomed to planetary events and that will not be in this edition of the World Cup are the Super Eagles, who will miss the tournament after having been present in the last three editions, highlighting their time in Brazil 2014, where they achieved the eighth end.

The African team had a process that was easy in the group phase, leading their zone with 13 units, but it was in the third round where they sentenced their elimination, since they had to face the always complicated Ghana, a cast with which even in the results no differences were found.

However, it was the latter who managed to qualify, thanks to the away goal rule, so they will have to watch the Qatar 2022 tournament from a distance, losing the chance that players like Kelechi Iheanacho or Samuel Chukwueze will miss out on a World championship.

It is worth mentioning that the scandal of not qualifying was such that the fans then invaded the field of the Nigerian National Stadium.

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