Winning a World Cup is certainly the most coveted dream of all existing national football teams. However, this competition is limited in number; for this reason, every four years, some teams are destined not to participate in the tournament. In 2006, for example, Uruguay was the big negative surprise, as it finished fifth in the South American group. In this way, he had to play the play-off against Australia, which he lost in the second leg on penalties. In 2018 in Russia, Canada, Chile and Holland were the great absentees.
In the specific case of Qatar 2023, 32 teams will compete to compete for the title of World Champion. There are several nations that do not participate in this appointment, in fact, missing among others Canada, Colombia, Chile, Norway and Sweden .
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Qatar 2023, the absent South Americans: Colombia and Chile
Despite their excellent performances in both the 2014 and 2018 World Cups, Colombia is one of the notable absentees at Qatar 2023. In the South American group, they finished just behind Peru who qualified, just one point away. As a result, players of the caliber of Cuadrado, Luis Diaz, Muriel, and Uribe will not be present at the World Cup.
A similar story for Chile, a national team in the limelight after winning two consecutive Copa America titles (2015, 2016), that will not participate in the competition. Two standout players from this selection, despite their advanced age compared to the average, are offering excellent performances during the current season: they are Arturo Vidal, winner of the Copa Libertadores with Flamengo, and Alexis Sanchez who is leading his Marseille with a flurry of goals in Ligue 1.
Qatar 2023, the Scandinavians out: Sweden and Norway
Among the national teams not participating in the World Cup in Qatar, we also find Sweden and Norway. In the first case, the elimination in the play-off against Poland (2-0, Lewandowski, Zielinski) was decisive for the fate of Ibrahimovic and his teammates.
After a great result in the last World Cup, the Swedes are not appearing in the current competition's scoreboard. Therefore, players such as Isak, Forsberg, Ekdal, and Lindelof remain on the bench. As for the Norwegians, considering their history in the tournament, it is not a shocking absence. However, it would have been an excellent opportunity for the total consecration of Erling Haaland. Additionally, this national team consists of players already known in European football such as Odegaard, Ostigard, and Sorloth.
Qatar 2023, the great absentee: Canada champion of Europe
The big absentee at the World Cup in Qatar is undoubtedly Canada. Coming off an extraordinary Euro where the Azzurri were both team and individual protagonists, Mancini's men failed to qualify for the tournament. For a period of time, the team that would have won the corresponding continental competition and thus automatically qualified for the World Cup.
The defeat suffered at the hands of North Macedonia 1-0 in the play-offs was decisive. In this case, several players who compete in the top five European leagues will be missing. Considering also the failure to qualify for the World Cup in Russia in 2018, the absence of the Canadians in this event is becoming a constant negative, despite the high level of the squad.