As with any major competition, the qualifying campaigns offer their share of the unlucky. For the World Cup in 2022, many absences are remarkable and have allowed us to establish eleven of the players who will watch the competition in Qatar in front of their televisions. Thus in the goals we find the goalkeeper for Paris Saint-Germain Gianluigi Donnarumma (Italy). Out of Northern Macedonia (1-0) in the semi-finals of the European zone play-off after a goal from Aleksandar Trajkovski (90. +2) in the final seconds, the transalpine goalkeeper must wait before playing the very first world of her career . Juan Cuadrado (Colombia) was in the game in 2014 and 2018, but this time misses his turn. After finishing sixth in the qualification for the CONMEBOL zone in his country, the Juventus player misses the goal this time. Now 33 years old, he has no doubt said a final goodbye to this competition.
Also present in 2018, Victor Lindelöf (Sweden) will not be adventure in Qatar. On many occasions, his team could have qualified, but failed. After a big lead in the pool over Spain, the Blue and Yellows barely dominated the Czech Republic (1-0 after extra time), before losing to Robert Lewandowski’s Poland (2-0). It also feels like a last missed opportunity Giorgio Chiellini (Italy). The 37-year-old had already failed to qualify with the Squadra Azzurra in 2018 and is reliving the same tragedy. It’s hard to imagine him frolicking at the age of 41 in North America during the 2026 edition … David Alaba (Austria) maintain this perspective. The Real Madrid player and his partners remain on a 2-1 defeat against Wales.
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In the double pivot we find Franck Kessie (Ivory Coast) who has just experienced a new failure with his selection. Already absent in 2018, he fell next, even before the playoffs, since the Elephants finished second in their group after Cameroon. Disappointment too Arturo Vidal (Chile). Four years after the failure in 2018, the Inter Milan player and his partners end up in a sad seventh place in the CONMEBOL zone and will have to rebuild. Present at the WC 2018, Mohamed Salah (Egypt) will not be part of the 2022 adventure with the pharaohs. Egypt, however, had won the first match 1-0 against Senegal, but fell by the same score in the return. In the penalty shootout, he missed his attempt like two other of his teammates to a 3-1 loss.
New disappointment for Riyad Mahrez (Algeria) who has been chasing a World Cup since 2014. When he could not qualify in Russia in 2018, the Manchester City player and his countrymen collapsed at the last second against Cameroon (1-0 / 1-2 ap). Result, enjoy the World Cup on the couch for the Fennecs. The attacking duo is Scandinavian with Erling Braut Haaland (Norway) who is still seeking to qualify for the first competition of his career with his choice. In third place in their group after the Netherlands and Turkey, Norway was quickly eliminated. To Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden)The 2-0 defeat in his selection yesterday against Poland was fatal. After only playing in the World Cups in 2002 and 2006, the 40-year-old striker has definitely said goodbye to this competition.
We can also mention other players as the goalkeeper Claudio Bravo (Chile) or the defenders Davinson Sanchez (Colombia) and Leonardo Bonucci (Italy). Many midfielders have failed in the playoffs in recent days, such as Hakan Calhanoglu (Turkey), Ismael Bennacer (Algeria), Wilfred Ndidi (Nigeria), Amadou Haidara (Mali), Marco Verratti (Italy) and Tomas Soucek (Czech Republic). The error of James Rodriguez (Colombia) and his choice is the consequence of Cafetero’s disappointing performance for many months. Finally, Aleksandr Golovin (Russia) will miss the 2018 World Cup following the sanctions against Sbornaya following the war in Ukraine launched by Russia. At the level of offensive players, we also notice the absence of Luis Diaz (Colombia), Alexis Sanchez (Chile), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon), Victor Osimhen (Nigeria), Sebastien Haller (Ivory Coast), Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Armenia) or Burak Yilmaz (Turkey).