The World Cup is the most prestigious award a nation can win in world sport. Individual awards can be great personal victories, but nothing can unite a nation like a triumph on the world stage.
However, some nations have come almost too close for comfort, as devastating results have seen them fail to enjoy the euphoria or national pride of a victory on the world stage.
Teams and players have both been guilty of such frustrating, and at times completely gut wrenching, performances, or in the case of this slideshow, non-performances.
I consulted multiple online lists, as well as personal insight, into compiling this slideshow and hope you will find some of your own picks on here as well.