Best XIs Not Going To The World Cup

The World Cup in Brazil will be a star-studded event - it will be an unmissable occasion for all the football fans all over the world. The time is fast approaching until we see the first kick of the much anticipated Fifa World Cup and I'm sure it will be a tournament living up to all the media hype of an entertaining, atmospherically incredible event with no shortage of drama and controversy. Nevertheless, like every major football event, some major household footballing names have to agonisingly sit at home and merely watch what might have been because their teams failed to qualify for the World Cup. Some of the most famous players in world football, perhaps even more soul-destroying and cruel, have to miss out on football's greatest tournament due to serious injuries whilst others have to swallow their pride and put a leash on their egos because they were not selected in the final 23 World Cup squad for their country.

Here is what I perceive to be the best XI who are not going to be on the plane to Brazil due to their national teams not qualifying for the World Cup.
(3-5-2 formation - so I can accommodate the players as best to their preferred positions)


Alaba      Ivanovic     Benatia

Turan    Hamsik       Matic        Bale


Lewandowski      Ibrahimovic

(Subs: Mkhitarayan, Coleman, Farfan, Salah, Aubameyang,  Ramsey)

That team if it were to participate definitely would have the potential to win the World Cup if not make the final - incredible team. Just goes to show how many quality players play for the unfancied "lesser" sides who don't consistently make it to major international tournaments.

I also feel pity for those missing out through injury and those who were overlooked and didn't make the 23-man squad cut for their national teams hence I also made a team on those aforementioned factors.  (4-2-2-2)


Carvajal    Marquinhos   Miranda     F. Luis

Strootman     Thiago

      Reus                            El Shaarawy

Tevez         Falcao

(Subs: Bruno Alves, Moreno, Negredo, Totti, Vela, Montolivo, Rossi, Llorente, Van der Vaart, Nasri)

This team isn't anywhere as invincible-looking as the first, but nevertheless it is a very strong team with a more than capable bench. If this team competed in the World Cup in my view, it would have the potential to make at least the last 8 or the Semi finals. Most of the players in this team are world class players who are highly regarded in world football - hence it is incredible that some of the players weren't selected which epitomises the ultra-impressive squad depth in teams such as Spain as Brazil or alternately illustrates the naivety and perhaps stupidity on the coaches' behalf by snubbing them i.e. Scolari by not selecting the in-form Athletico players.

Both these world XI teams show that the World Cup will be sorely missing massive star names who are some of the best entertainers in World Football i.e. the legendary Zlatan Ibrahimovic and it sad that they will be absent from such a massive occasion for one reason or another because they always light up the footballing pitch with their presence regardless of their form. However the World Cup will still have most of the world class players we all watch and admire every year with the likes of Aguero, Messi and Ronaldo and I'm sure that despite notable absentees, the tournament will be an unrivalled success which will entertain the masses and create memories that will last the ages.

By Hesham Bilal - Hafiz (@hesham786)