What To Expect From FOOTBALL STARS Who Have Made It To RUSSIA 2018
The FIFA 2018 World Cup is in view but some players have been unfortunate in helping their countries qualify. Many countries qualified and a few to battle for the final spots through a play-off, some top football stars would sadly watch the entire action from behind their screens instead on being a part of it.
A quick look at the countries that have qualified and the big stars that helped their nations, plus those who will miss the entire showdown. Each country were grouped into 4, namely South America,Europe, Asia and Africa
South America Group
In a group of 10 countries, only 4 were given the automatic qualification. The country that finishes 5th will be in a two-legged playoff with another country were the winner gets the spot. Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina and Colombia finished in the top 4.
The top stars in the various countries are:
Brazil: Neymar Jnr (PSG), Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool), Willian (Chelsea)
Uruguay: Luis Suarez (Barcelona)
Argentina: Lionel Messi (Barcelona) and Paulo Dybala (Juventus)
Columbia: Radamel Falcao (AS Monaco) and David Ospina (Arsenal)
Alexis Sanchez hasn’t had a good year in his career. It’s painful enough for him not to make the 30 men Ballon d’Or shortlist but for Chile to fail to qualify for Russia 2018 is just the last straw. Back at his club, he is staying at Arsenal against his wish and he hasn’t looked his best so far.
The country that finished top of it’s group got the spot to Russia 2018. The runner-ups in the 8 Groups would go through a play-off to qualify for Russia.
Group A: France
Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspurs), Benjamin Mendy (Manchester City), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Paul Pogba (Manchester United), N’Golo Kante (Chelsea).
Netherlands couldn’t qualify even for a play-off that means, no action will be seen from Arjen Robben of Bayern Munich.
Group B: Portugal
Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Andre Silva (AC Milan), Bernardo Silva (Manchester City) Pepe (Besiktas)
Group C: Germany
Mesut Ozil (Arsenal), Mario Gotze (Borussia Dortmund), Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich), Leroy Sane (Manchester City)
Arsenal’s Petr Cech couldn’t keep his side in the competition therefore he would enjoy the World Cup from home.
Nemanja Matic (Manchester United) and Branislav Ivanovic ( Zzenit Saint Petersburg).
Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale face disappointment as he was unable to gain qualification for Wales and couldn’t even finish 2nd to gain a play-off spot.
Group E: Poland
Robert Lewandowski of Bayern Munich succeeded in leading Poland to the Russia 2018. He is currently the lead scorer in the Qualifiers with 16 goals.
Group F: England
Harry Kane ( England), John Stones ( Manchester City) Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspurs), Kyle Walker (Manchester City) Eric Dier (Tottenham Hostspurs).
Group G: Spain
Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona) Isco (Real Madrid), Alvaro Morata (Chelsea) David De Gea (Manchester United), Marco Asensio (Real Madrid) Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Pedro Rodriguez (Chelsea).
The likes of Marco Verrati ( PSG), Giorgio Chiellini ( Juventus) and Ballon d’Or nominee, Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus) may miss the World Cup if Italy doesn’t find their magic back in the play offs.
Group H: Belgium
Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) and Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United).
Group I: Iceland
They defied all odds to make their first World Cup trip with no major star player. They are the smallest country among the pack and hopefully will bring in a lot of sensation.
Out of the 5 groups, Only 2 countries have qualified with the rest having final matches to play.
Group E: Egypt
Mohamed Salah of Liverpool single handedly helped his nation to qualify for the world cup and his Egyptians could not have been more thankful to him as their joy was evident after he scored the winning goal through a penalty.
Asamoah Gyan (Kayserispor) Andrew Ayew (Westham United) Jordan Ayew (Swansea) Thomas Partey (Atletico Madrid) and Daniel Amartey (Leicester City) will all be missing from the action.
Group B: Nigeria
Alex Iwobi (Arsenal) Victor Moses (Chelsea) John Obi Mikel (Tianjin TEDA)
The countries who finished 1st and 2nd gained automatic qualifications while the 3rd place countries will be drawn into a two-legged play-off in which the winner will also gain a spot in Russia.
Group A: Iran and Korea Republic