5 Best Teams Who Failed to Make It Through a World Cup Group Stage

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5 Best Teams Who Failed to Make It Through a World Cup Group Stage
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The FIFA World Cup draw takes place on Friday afternoon in Bahia, meaning all 32 nations who will be in Brazil for football's major festival will know exactly who they'll meet at the group stage next summer.

As such, fans can now start to get excited about their own World Cup wallcharts and will be able to plan who they think will be progressing to the knockout stages and beyond.

However, as is so often the case, the World Cup finals have a nice habit of not going according to plan, and sometimes the best teams don't always navigate their way through the group stage.

With that in mind, here's a look at five of the best nations who have failed to get past the first round at recent tournaments (USA '94—almost 20 years ago—being as far as we go).

Let us know what you think, either about the five teams selected or another who perhaps should have been, in the comments below.

Until then, enjoy:

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