5 Big Football Nations That Could Miss the 2014 World Cup

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5 Big Football Nations That Could Miss the 2014 World Cup
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The nature of World Cup qualifying means that there are always a number of high-profile casualties when the tournament proper rolls around.

Russia and Egypt, for example, were both expected to be among the dark horses in South Africa three years ago, but neither ended up getting out of its qualification competitions.

In 2002, The Netherlands were a notable absentee, and the 1994 World Cup was played without both England and France.

Already it looks as though a handful of teams that have contended in previous World Cups will struggle mightily to participate in the next one.

The following five slides reveal which nations these are, and when the first ball is kicked in Brazil less than 15 months from now, it’s highly likely at least one of them won’t be there.

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