They went home!
After two weeks in South Africa, the dream has ended for 16 nations: South Africa, France, Greece, Nigeria, Slovenia, Algeria, Australia, Serbia, Denmark, Cameroon, New Zealand, Italy, Ivory Coast, North Korea, Switzerland and Honduras.
So while the other 16 teams battle it out for the greatest prize in sport, the players of the aforementioned sides will be lazing by the beach.
Some—Italy and France— exited the competition humiliated. While others—New Zealand and South Africa—can hold their heads high after a good effort with limited squads.
Here, we look at five players who gave it their all but ultimately failed to help their country through the group stages.