Countries that have failed to qualify for FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar?

The World Cup qualifiers also proved to be a tough bridge to cross over for several big nations and players, who will not be part of the World Cup later this year.

Egypt's Mohamed Salah reacts after his penalty miss in the World Cup qualifier play-off against Senegal.   -  AP

At the end of the final round of the FIFA World Cup qualifiers, 29 of the 32 teams for the showpiece event in Qatar have been confirmed.

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The qualifiers also proved to be a tough bridge to cross for several big teams, who will not be part of the World Cup later this year.

Only three of the 32 teams remain to be confirmed for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, with them to be decided through the inter-confederation playoffs and the eliminator between Wales and the winner of Scotland vs Ukraine.   -  GRAPHIC NEWS

 

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Italy (UEFA)

European champion Italy will not play in the 2022 World Cup after being beaten by North Macedonia in its play-off in Palermo. Italy has now failed to qualify for a second consecutive World Cup. Federico Chiesa, Marco Verratti and Giorgio Chiellini will not take the big stage in Qatar.

Sweden (UEFA)

Sweden lost its play-off final match against Poland, resulting in its failure to make a second successive World Cup appearance after a quarterfinal finish in Russia in 2018. The 40-year-old AC Milan forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic has now likely played his final World Cup finals match.

Nigeria (CAF)

Among the powerhouses in African football, Nigeria suffered a stunning elimination at home at the hands of Ghana. Leicester City trio Kelechi Iheanacho, Wilfred Ndidi and Ademola Lookman, and Napoli's Victor Osimhen are the big names who will not feature at the World Cup.

Algeria (CAF)

The 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) winner Algeria has failed to qualify for a second successive World Cup. Manchester City winger and Algeria captain Riyad Mahrez will be missing in action in Qatar.

Egypt (CAF)

It was a double blow for Egypt in the space of two months. After losing the AFCON final to Senegal in a penalty shootout last month, the Pharaohs suffered a similar fate against the same opponent in the third round qualifiers. Mohamed Salah, arguably among the most feared forward in world football at the moment, will not feature on the grandest stage of international football this year.

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Colombia (CONMEBOL)

After a quarterfinal exit and round-of-16 finish in the previous two editions, Colombia has failed to make a third successive World Cup appearance. Luis Diaz, James Rodriguez and Davinson Sanchez are among the star Colombian players to miss out on the World Cup.

Chile (CONMEBOL)

It is now a second successive World Cup where Chile has failed to make the cut. Chile's most-capped player and top-scorer Alexis Sanchez and Arturo Vidal will be among notable absentees.

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