Clubs from the Bundesliga sent more players to the World Cup than those from any other league. The German top flight had more representatives than any other at every stage of the tournament, the gulf in representatives increasing steadily with each round.
Yet, despite the abundance of talent representing the Bundesliga in Brazil, many among the league’s best players actually were not present at the summer tournament.
Only 32 nations qualified, and the Bundesliga’s large pool of stars from countries like neighbors Austria and Poland, among others, could not have participated. Others may have been selected by countries that qualified, but missed out due to injuries.
B/R has weighed the Bundesliga’s World Cup absentees against one another, assessing their quality with emphasis on individual performance during the 2013-14 season. Click “Begin Slideshow” to start the countdown, beginning with No. 10.