The absence of two heavyweight teams, Italy and the Netherlands will take away shine from FIFA world cup Russia 2018. Both the teams were regular world cup performers and have shown splendid performance in the previous editions of the world cup.
Italy loss to Sweden last November made every football fans cry. Sweden defeated Italy in the playoffs to secure their berth in the world cup while Italy got eliminated.
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Italy Not A Part of the Tournament for the First Time Since 1958
Italy has always been a consistent performer in the world cup since 1958. Since then it is the first time that they will not participate in the world cup title race. Being 2nd in the group G of world cup qualifiers they got a chance to reclaim back his potion by winning the playoffs. But, Sweden hogs the limelight by defeating Italy 1-0 over the two legs.
Netherlands-The Three Time Finalists Will Be Missed
Other than Italy we will also miss Netherland for this edition of the world cup. Netherland no doubt is one of the consistent performers in the world cup; they were through the finals for three times. Though they have never won the title they will always be remembered as a heavyweight contender.
They have shown remarkable performance in between the 1970 and 1980 dominating the world football, for the reason they are often termed as a European powerhouse.
In 2010, despite dominating the game they lost to Spain 1-0, Iniesta scored the extra minute goal and put an end to their expectation of lifting the world cup in that year.
However, despite the shocking loss in the final, they even came back stronger in the next edition of the world cup. They became third in the previous edition of the world cup.
But sad for orange fans, this is the first time since 2002 they have not managed to secure a place FIFA world cup Russia 2018.