A World Cup is also the story of its absences. And Brazil will not be different. Great players will be out of the tournament because of injuries, technical decisions or just because their countries did not qualified. These five players are some of those we will miss more.
-Carlos Tévez: The stellar forward still can be part of Argentina’s National team. However, Tévez has never been called by the actual Argentina’s manager, Alejandro Sabella. At least, Sabella has lot of talent available to choose. If he says he doesn’t need Tévez, he just does not. But Tévez is in great form, is a corner stone of Juventus, Italian league leaders, and his presence could make a strong team better.
-Zlatan Ibrahimovic: After two underachieved tournaments in 2002 and 2006, he and Sweden didn’t qualified for South Africa 2010. At 32, Brazil could be the last opportunity “Ibra” had to play again at a World Cup. For the way he is playing, is easy to think of him as an important part of Sweden’s National team for the next World Cup qualifying round. But for Brazil 2014, he and Sweden lost their chance against Portugal, and let Cristiano Ronaldo out of this list.
-Gareth Bale: For players like veteran Ryan Giggs and Bale, it is a shame the way Great Britain’s soccer is organized. Instead of be one of the key forwards of Great Britain, Bale has to play for Wales and his chances to participate in a World Cup are slim. At his age and with his talent, he probably will make this list again for Russia 2018, maybe for Qatar 2022 too.
-Carlos Vela: This is a particular case. Vela himself took the decision to not play at Brazil 2014. It was not the first time. Vela has refused to join Mexico’s National Team since 2011. But this new refusal was a strong disappointment for a lot of people, after Mexico’s manager Miguel Herrera flew to Spain to talk with Vela.
-Radamel Falcao? Colombia will wait as long as possible for the striker. But Falcao is running against the odds. Recovering time for the procedure he received in January is six to nine months, and Brazil is in June. With just two months in front of him, any step back will be Falcao’s final goodbye to Brazil.