Every footballer dreams about one thing and only thing, that is to feature in a Football world cup.
Footballers strive hard at club levels to make the final cut into their national squads and ensure that their team reaches the world cup finals. Some have been deserving of the privilage whereas others have been unlucky despite solid performance. Here are some big names to miss the tournament in 2014.
Falcao – Despite Columbia qualiying, their mercurial striker Radamel Falcao misses the tournament owing to a knee injury. The AS Monaco striker played a pivotal part in his side’s qualification and won’t be able to reap the benefits when his side takes the field in Brazil. He has been one of the most sought after strikers in Europe and his services will be greatly missed.
Gareth Bale- The World’s costliest player, Gareth Bale will also be missing the world cup after his national side Wales failed to make it past the qualifiers. The Welsh winger has been in red hot form for Real Madrid notching up some fine goals and also winning the Champions League. His exquisite speed and trickery will surely be missed in Brazil.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic- Football’s new ‘bad boy’ Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be another notbale absentee in this years FIFA World Cup. The former Barca striker has been one of the most influential players in modern times and has an arsenal of trickery. His side Sweden missed the bus to Brazil after losing in a last ditched effort to Portugal. The match can be remembered for Ronaldo bulldozing the Swedish to help Portugal secure the spot. Zlatan’s gimmicks and tantrums will surely be missed in Brazil.
Robert Lewandowski- Borussia Dortmund have been one of the finest teams in Europe over the last couple of years and they owe a large part of it to their former striker Robert Lewandowski. The 25 year old Poland striker, scheduled to move to Bayern Munich next season misses the world cup after the Poles failed to move past the qualifiers. The joint hosts of the Euro 2012 will surely rue their luck.
Theo Walcott- Injury prone Arsenal and England winger Theo Walcott is another notable absentee from this year’s FIFA World Cup. In what can be themed as a remarkable season for Arsenal, Walcott played a pivotal role before being sidelined with a knee ligament injury in an FA cup clash against Tottenham. The mercurial winger has failed to recover in time and this will surely dent England’s chances of a fine World Cup performance.