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The top 11 players that will miss the 2014 World Cup

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Ibrahimovic will miss the World Cup after Sweden lost to Portugal  (©GettyImages)
Ibrahimovic will miss the World Cup after Sweden lost to Portugal (©GettyImages).

After the completion of the play-off round for 2014 World Cup in Brazil, everyone is aware of the nations that will be present next summer in Brazil.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Luis Suarez, Franck Ribery, Georgios Karagounis, Luka Modric and Javier Hernandez are among the last ones who managed to book a place for the World Cup in Brazil.

But what about the ones who failed to qualify with their nations and they are forced to watch this football festival from their home’s television? With this opportunity we are presenting a starting formation that could proudly represent any country in the World Cup.

We used the 4-3-3 formation as this formation is the one that most clubs around the world are using.

At the goalkeeper position we have Chelsea’s Petr Cech. The Czech international did not manage to qualify with his country’s national team from European Qualifiers group B where Italy was dominating.

At the position of the right back we have one more Chelsea player Branislav Ivanovic. The Serbian international played with Serbia in group A and finished third after Belgium and Croatia missing out even the chance to compete for the qualification in the knock-out stage.

At the left back we have the Austrian David Alaba. Bayern Munich’s international was in great form but he was not enough for his team as they failed to qualify from group C where Germany did not let anyone question its power, taking the first place of the group, and Sweden that with Zlatan Ibrahimovic on top form took the second place and a spot in the knock out round.

Finishing with the defensive line we have our two centre backs. Liverpool’s Daniel Agger and Borussia Dortmund’s Neven Subotic. Agger was a part of the Danish National team which was disqualified from group B from Italy. Subotic on the other hand played in group A but neither he nor Ivanovic managed to take Serbia to the World Cup.

At the midfield we have the Turkish International Arda Turan. Turkey was largely disappointing in the group stages and did not manage to qualify from group D finishing at the fourth position.

The second player of our midfield is Marek Hamsik. Napoli’s Slovak international could not lead his country higher that the third position of group G where the excellent Bosnia-Herzegovina and the always tough to beat Greece took the first two positions.

The last midfield player is Henrikh Mkhitaryan. The young winger of Borussia Dortmund participated with Armenia’s National team in group B but they were far from the standards needed in order to challenge a qualifying place.

Finally we have the attacking line where we find Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale. The explosive winger tried his best to help his country’s team to qualify but as in the case of Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Armenia the national team of Wales are far from even thinking that they can compete for a qualifying place.

Up next we find Robert Lewandowski. The Polish striker did his best but Poland failed to qualify from a very tough group, group H where England and Ukraine fought until the end from the first position. Lastly we have the great Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The Swedish showman led his team all the way but stumbled onto a magnificent Cristiano Ronaldo in the Knock out round where he scored four goals in two matches when Zlatan scored only two.

Ibrahimovic tried to take the qualification by his own but football is a team sport and eleven players will always win against just one

So here it is eleven top class players that will miss the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Surely the competition is poorer without them but I believe that the ones who will be there will compensate us for this loss more than enough. 

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