Category: World Cup

On the edge of missing out on the World Cup 2018

On the edge of missing out on the World Cup 2018

2018 World Cup qualifiers are heating up. Several big teams have been struggling in the process and it remains to be seen who will miss out on a place at the showpiece tournament in Russia. In this blog’s special we highlight 3 teams that are on the edge of missing out on the World Cup 2018. Big changes should be made in order to qualify and set a good result in the worlds most important tournament.

the Netherlands

the Netherlands failed to book their place at Euro 2016 and they have been struggling in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers as well. The Oranje have collected only seven from possible 15 points in their qualifying group and, as expected, coach Danny Blind paid price for poor results. The Dutch FA have yet to appoint a new coach, but regardless of who will take over the reins, Netherlands are on a very difficult quest in the World Cup qualifiers. Arjen Robben is still part of the Dutch national team, but he is nearing the end of his playing days and it is more than obvious that he is no longer capable of producing scintillating displays at this level. The lack of star players seems to be the biggest problem for the Oranje and it is no surprise many football predictions suggest that they will miss out on a place at next year’s tournament in Russia. It is well known that Netherlands missed back-to-back World Cup finals (1982 and 1986) and, no doubt, they will give 100% to avoid such a scenario this time out. The Oranje did not participate at the 2002 World Cup finals in Japan and South Korea as well.

Argentina

It has been 31 years since Argentina won their last World Cup trophy. La Albiceleste are eager to regain the prestigious title, but they have been playing below expectations in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers and, no doubt, they will be more than happy should they happen to book their place at the showpiece tournament in Russia. Edgardo Bauza’s men suffered a shocking 2-0 loss to Bolivia in La Paz in their last qualifying match, but it has to be noted that Barcelona superstar Leo Messi missed the match with injury. “The Argentine Magician” and Co. occupy fifth place in the South America World Cup qualifying group and it has to be noted that sixth-placed Ecuador are breathing down their neck. Argentina failed to qualify for the 1970 World Cup in Mexico and it remains to be seen if the history is going to repeat itself.

USA

United States of America have been participating at the FIFA World Cup finals since 1990, but they could miss out on a place at the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The Yanks did well to make it to the knockout stages of the 2014 tournament in Brazil, but they have been having their ups and downs in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers. USA have already suffered two defeats in the process and it is no surprise they sit in fourth place in the standings after four rounds. Anyhow, Bruce Arena’s men will have to be on top of their game in the remainder of the process if they are to qualify for the World Cup finals.

As things stand now, Netherlands are seen as main favorites to miss the FIFA World Cup in Russia as they have been totally out of form of late. The Oranje have yet to face France on the road in the qualifiers and I would not be surprised if they fail to book their place at the finals of the prestigious tournament for the first time since 2002.